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Life in the Fast Lane
Increased security is now the goal for many
and sellers of at-the-door security devices are doing a brisk
"We have received numerous requests for prices, quotes, and
and we have also had some immediate sales," says Sanjay Sabnani,
spokesperson for Metorex Security Products on Phillips Boulevard in
Ewing. Until now, most buyers of Metorex’ metal detectors were
or international corporations, but commercial and private sector
are calling now.
Metorex Security Products sells walk-through and handheld metal
such as those installed at Continental Airlines’ terminal in Newark.
Carol Fox Shaltis is the head of Metorex Security Products and John
Patterson heads a sister company, Metorex Inc., which sells material
analyzers for chemical analysis. Both were founded in Finland, still
the site of the manufacturing operation, and have United States
at Princeton Crossroads at Ewing (U.S. 1, January 22, 1997). Related
equipment is made in Hawthorne, Louisiana, and Malaysia.
Compared to such technologies as thermal imaging, Metorex’ metal
equipment is fairly low-tech. But the company also has a body imaging
Secure 1000 product that is the equivalent of an X-ray strip search.
It is primarily used on a consent-only basis by customs or
Metorex was acquired in 1998 by California-based OSI, an
manufacturing and components company that trades on Nasdaq. The 1,000
employee firm also owns an X-ray manufacturing company, RapidScan
Security Products, and X-ray and metal detection equipment accounted
for $50 million of its $110 million in annual sales.
Metorex’ walk-through and hand-held detectors may be more expensive
than some of the competition, such as Perkin Elmer Security Products.
But Sabnani says Metorex equipment offers more features, such as the
ability to pinpoint a particular zone to detect a potential threat.
Also, they can be marketed along with RapidScan’s X-ray machines as
part of a complete package. The least expensive metal detector by
itself might cost $25,000, and package prices are in the six-figure
range, depending on quantities.
"Since we are selling the baggage scanners, we can sell the
solution for a particular gate," says Sabnani, speaking from
"When we go in with a complete package, pricing is not as big
of a deal as it might have been for just the metal detectors."
"Our goal is to be a one-stop provider of security solutions,"
he says. Among the clients are embassies, correctional institutions,
customs offices, and airports in the United States and worldwide.
"You need to be able to provide mission critical support, and
we have a 24 by 7 support team."
Boulevard, Suite 250, Princeton Crossroads at Ewing, Trenton
John Patterson, president. 609-406-9000; fax, 609-530-9055.
On Friday, September 14, U.S. Trust Company made a
move from the Mack-Cali building at 5 Vaughn Drive to its own
at the corner of Vaughn and Alexander Road. "We’ve tripled our
size in the past five years," says Harry O’Mealia, president and
CEO of U.S. Trust Corporation. "Our new office provides
client service space, the latest technology, and room for future
needs." His company was represented by Buzz Woodworth of Keller
Dodds & Woodworth. Phone and fax stay the same.
Designed in greens and golds, and cherry wood by New York-based
Duffy, the 28,000 square-foot office was built by the landlord, Nexus
Properties. Of the 66 total employees at the wealth management
five people work at a satellite retail center on Hulfish Street in
downtown Princeton, 14 people in Morristown, and 47 people at the
headquarters here. It offers investment management, fiduciary,
planning, and banking services to affluent individuals, families,
Somehow the company managed to make this move on schedule, just three
days after the World Trade Center disaster. ""We have a lot
of people that depend on us," says spokesperson Dana Lichtstrahl,
"so we keep going while we are in the process of grieving."
Road, Princeton 08543-5209. Harry O’Mealia, president and CEO.
Junction 08852. Susan Wolstromer, executive vice president.
This real estate development, design, and construction firm had
on Route 1 North since 1946, but when it began to concentrate solely
on development, it moved to Trevose. In June it reestablished the
corporate office at one of its own properties. "We wanted to move
back because it is easier to manage properties and be on site,"
says Susan Wolstromer, executive vice president
The company owns five buildings on Route 1 North totaling 130,000
square feet: 4270, 4266, 4262, 4260, and 4250. In Hamilton, it owns
the 40,000-foot Selective Insurance Building at 1 AAA Drive.
North, Suite 5, Monmouth Junction 08852. Ramin Bahar, division
732-274-8838; fax, 732-274-8879.
On September 17 Waddell & Reed moved from 1,500 square feet on
Corner Road in the Atrium at Lawrence to 2,235 square feet in the
S.T. Peterson building. Phone and fax are new. Headquartered in
the company offers financial services, mutual funds, variable
and life and health insurance.
Route 1 North, Monmouth Junction 08852.
To service a major client, this warehouse company has opened space
for parts storage and distribution in the S.T. Peterson building.
Its main locations are in Thorofare and Lyndhurst.
Corporate Center, Suite 230, Lawrenceville 08648. Chris Tama,
vice president. 609-493-3000; fax, 609-493-3097.
After just eight months in this new office, this pharmaceutical
firm will expand to take space across the hall at the end of October,
says Ann Bishop, administrative assistant to Chris Tama. The parent
company, Pharmaceutical Detailing Inc. or PDI, is based in Upper
Campus Building B-10, Plainsboro 08536. James Pachence, president.
609-919-1007; fax, 609-919-9407.
The five-year-old pharmaceutical firm moved in July from subleased
office space on Village Boulevard to the FMC campus, where it now
has a working laboratory and nine employees.
Vectramed is doing research and development of pharmaceutical
for site-directed drug delivery, and it has incubator lab space at
Rutgers. Vectramed was formerly known as Veritas Medical Technologies.
Condominiums, Unit 9, Monmouth Junction 08852. Gabrielle L. Strich,
attorney, mediator. 732-438-3880; fax, 732-438-3885.
Gabrielle Strich expanded from a home office with the purchase of
a 1,000-foot office at Wynwood Office Condominiums and moved in on
September 5. The design features shades of pale green with Oriental
rosewood furniture. "We moved walls, put in internal windows to
make a waiting room, and used every available space," says Strich.
"I even took the fireplace area and made a closet out of it."
Strich graduated from the University of South Florida, went to
Law School, and is licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After
a stint with a large Philadelphia firm, she opened her own firm in
New Jersey in 1990. She is married to Jacob Katz, president of Matrix
Inc., a Princeton Service Center-based firm that does statistical
analysis of market research.
Her civil practice focuses on family law, and she also does
elder law, employment/labor, estate, and business law. A
attorney in dependency mediation courses for a pilot program in Mercer
County, she is also a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission. Associated with her practice are two "of counsel"
attorneys — Ram Cheerath, who does immigration from his main
in New York, and Bonita Leadem, a former prosecuting attorney.
In an amicable parting, the principals at Schaeffer Lamont are going
their separate ways. Linda Schaeffer will offer her litigation
service as a shareholder at WithumSmith+Brown at Princeton Overlook,
and Sharon Lamont is opening an accounting office in Hamilton.
Sharon Lamont & Associates will be located at 2277 Route 33, Suite
412, Hamilton 08690, 609-631-9969; fax, 609-631-9949. (E-mail:
A graduate of Rider University, Lamont has three grown children —
and two grandchildren — and has been a CPA for more than 25 years.
She offers traditional accounting services as well as investment
she has a broker’s license. Her client list focuses on small
Schaeffer went to Seton Hall, Class of 1973, attended the master’s
program in taxation at Pace University and is both a certified fraud
examiner and a CPA. She worked as a field agent for the Internal
Service and in the tax departments of Deloitte Touche and Laventhal
& Horvath. "I am looking forward to expanding my litigation
services, to have the backbone of a prestigious firm," says
Schaeffer’s mother was a bookkeeper, and when she began her major
in accounting she thought it would be just the first step to going
to law school. "Then I found out I loved accounting, and I could
practice accounting in the courts." Much of her work is forensic
accounting in divorce cases, looking into how and where a spouse might
have concealed funds from the family exchequer.
407, Hamilton 08690. Mike DeSiccio, partner. 609-838-4700; fax,
The call center for locksmiths opened at Golden Crest Corporate Center
in August. It takes calls and faxes orders to locksmiths.
Trade Center. He worked for Bloomberg LP, first in Skillman, and most
recently at the Tradebook LLC division in Manhattan.
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