This Article was written by Barbara Fox and Michele Alperin

Call Comcast for cable service and you will get a New Jersey voice, and after February 13 that voice will likely come from Windsor Corporate Park, the former satellite factory for Lockheed Martin on Princeton-Hightstown Road.

Not only is Comcast moving its regional headquarters east from Eatontown, a distance of 30 miles, but it is also moving the regional call center from 90 Lake Drive in East Windsor, just five miles away.

The new 36,000 square-foot offices will house 175 employees, with no

new hires planned, says Joseph J. Fischer, the regional senior vice president for Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast claims 21.4 million cable customers nationally, 8.1 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.2 million voice customers. Fischer’s division has 5.6 million customers from New York to Washington, D.C., and more than 1.4 million customers in New Jersey.

The new 24-hour call center will have state-of-the-art telephone and computer technology. "It will allow us to centralize many of our operations and incorporate advanced technologies to improve our customer service for years to come," said Fischer in a release.

Fischer, who lives with his wife in Lambertville, majored in electrical engineering at Rutgers and has a law degree from Suffolk University in Boston; he also completed coursework for a Rutgers MBA. He worked for the cable television office of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and was community affairs director for Warner Amex Cable (now AOL Time Warner), general manager of two New Jersey cable companies, and chief operating officer of Sutton Capital Associates, which has operations in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He joined

Comcast in 1994.

Among the products he launched in New Jersey are digital voice service, available throughout the state by the end of 2006, wireless phone service available through a partnership with Sprint Nextel, and Exercisetv, for time-shifted on-demand viewing. Four of the most popular CBS television shows, including the crime show CSI, are broadcast on demand, hours after they air. CSI also happens to be Fischer’s favorite network show.

Comcast (CMCS), 50 Millstone Road, Building 300, Windsor Corporate Park, Suite 200, Cranbury 08512; Joe Fischer, regional senior vice president.

Shifting Fusion: PPPL to Oak Ridge

The United States headquarters for a major international fusion experiment will move from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on the Forrestal Campus to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, but everyone at PPPL will continue in their current role, says Robert Goldston, the director.

The ITER project focuses on building a fusion power plant in France that will, according to a press releae, "produce no greenhouse gas emissions, use abundant and widely distributed sources of fuel, shut down easily, require no fissionable materials, operate in a continuous mode to meet demand, and produce manageable radioactive waste."

Participating countries include China, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Russia, the United States, and India. PPPL’s Ned Sauthoff of PPPL will still be the project manager of ITER, and PPPL will continue to have a major role in the project.

"We are not talking job cuts but a rebalancing of what goes on between the two laboratories," says Goldston. Procurement management jobs that might have been added in Princeton are going to go to Oak Ridge, which is just finishing up a $24 billion project. "It didn’t make sense to disband a group in Oak Ridge and hire a team in Princeton." Nevertheless PPPL is hiring. "It was going to be less than a 10 percent increase, and now it is a few points less. Some people will relocate, and some will commute."

"We want this to succeed," says Goldston. "The international project will make industrial levels of fusion energy. We will take that success and add to it the innovations that we do here in the United States, and we will position the United States to be the leaders in the ultimate deployment of real fusion energy."

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, James Forrestal Campus, Box 451, Princeton 08543-0451; 609-243-2000; fax, 609-243-2751. Robert J. Goldston, director. Home page: www.pppl.gov

Wachovia to Trenton

Wachovia (WB), 32 East Front Street, Trenton 08608; 609-826-8544. Suzanne Svizeny, regional president. Home page: www.wachovia.com

Last month Wachovia moved 125 staff members from a building that its predecessor (CoreStates) had occupied at 370 Scotch Road. Now it occupies the top three floors, 45,000 square feet, in the new building erected by Matrix Development.

Only the second floor remains vacant for office use; the first floor will be retail, says spokesperson Fran Durst.

New in Town

Robert Ryan, Attorney at Law, 812 State Road, Suite 104, Princeton 08540; 609-430-910.

Robert Ryan has opened a law office at 812 State Road in Princeton.

Technosoft Corporation, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 311, Princeton 08540; 609-936-3770; fax, 609-936-7225. Rajiv Tandon, CEO. www.technosoftcorp.com

Technosoft Corporation recently opened an office in Princeton. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, the 10-year-old company focuses on IT consulting, professional services, and business process outsourcing. The company also has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as a 50,000 square foot facility for outsourcing operations in Chennai, India.

Expansions

Hopewell Valley Engineering PC, 73 Route 31 North, Box 710, Pennington 08534-0710; 609-745-5800; fax, 609-745-5807. Joseph M. Mahan Jr., president. Home page: www.hvepc.com

The engineering firm expanded to 20 percent more space, more than 6,000 square feet with a move from Pennytown Village to Route 31. "Now we are on one floor, which is a great advantage," says David Bushman, the controller. Though it will keep its post office box, it has changed phone and fax. Founded in 1988, it has 16 staff members.

Joseph M. Mahan Jr., the founder, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from Rutgers, and he has worked for the NJDEP Division of Water Resources as well as several consulting firms.

With the motto "Building the Future from the Ground Up" the company offers civil engineering, planning, and surveying services. Though it does municipal engineering for Hopewell Borough, Stockwell Borough, and East Amwell Township, many of its clients are small to medium-size developers.

Its projects include senior housing and active adult communities (developed by Nexus Properties and Beazer Homes), schools (such as Lawrenceville School, Princeton Day School, Columbus Elementary School, and Thomas Edison State College), retail stores (Harry’s Army & Navy and Cooper Pest Control), and religious institutions (St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Har Sinai Temple, and Congregation Beth Chaim).

HVE helps dam owners, such as the College of New Jersey, maintain, upgrade, or modify existing structures that are being reviewed by the Department of Environmental Protection. It also handles permitting and resolution compliance problems (such as soil erosion control, storm drainage, flood plan delineation, grading, and site layout).

Siemens Corporate Research Inc. (SI), 755 College Road, Princeton 08540; 609-734-6500; fax, 609-734-6565. Paul Camuti, CEO. www.scr.siemens.com

Siemens Medical Solutions (SI), 500 College Road East, Princeton 08540; 609-524-2133. www.usa.siemens.com/medical

Siemens outgrew its College Road building, says spokesperson Lujean Smith, and opened another 15-person laboratory across the street at 500 College Road, in the same building as State Street Corporation. Siemens medical researchers are working on health information technology and new imaging methods. (U.S. 1, September 17, 2003)

Sopherion Therapeutics Inc., 100 Overlook Center, Suite 100, Princeton 08540; 609-986-2022; fax, 609-986-2038. Ronald H. Goldfarb, CEO. Home page: www.sopherion.com

Sopherion Therapeutics, a privately held biotech focused on new therapies for advanced cancer, moved at the end of January from 100 Overlook Center, Suite 100, to larger quarters at 104 Carnegie Center. Based in New Haven, Sopherion was founded in 2001 and has 11 employees in its Princeton office.

vFinance Investments Inc., 2564 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville 08648;

609-883-8822; fax, 609-883-8899. Dennis Tanner, vice president – private client group. Home page: www.vfinance.com

Dennis Tanner moved his full service broker dealer office from 116 Village Boulevard in Forrestal Village to the Bartolomeo Pucciarelli building on Brunswick Pike. Phone and fax are new. The company, vFinance Investments, has offices in 22 states and is a member of NASD and SIPC. For individual and small business clients it offers stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate investment trusts, and private equity deals, plus insurance products.

Adaptive Systems Inc., 41 Airpark Road, Suite 3, Princeton 08540; 732-485-1977; fax, 732-210-0379.

Adaptive Systems, a computer consulting firm, moved from Dayton to Route 206. The principal in the office declined to provide more information.

Atlantic Lining Co. Inc., 9 Princess Road, Suite B, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-588-8767; fax, 609-588-8786. Frank Taylor, executive vice president.

Nancy and Frank Taylor expanded their firm from 100 Youngs Road to 11

H Princess Road in November. Then in the middle of January the firm moved within the same development to 9 B Princess Road. "We wanted more space and more central location," says a spokesperson. The six-person firm, founded in 1994, supplies and installs geosynthetic materials – liners for landfills and ponds.

Same Sex Rights

Domestic partners gained new rights under a New Jersey bill signed last month. Same sex partners now have the same rights as married couples when it comes to collecting inheritance and making funeral arrangements.

Stephen J. Hyland of Carnegie Center-based Hill Wallack points out that this bill was inspired by his client Betty Jordan, a 67-year-old Perth Amboy resident. Her domestic partner, Rene Price, died suddenly, without a will, and Jordan nearly lost her home.

Hyland says that because they were registered as domestic partners and had the same rights as married couples, the couple believed that each would inherit the other’s estate, so they would not need a will. He filed suit on Jordan’s behalf to force the state to recognize her right to inherit from her partner. "Although denied the right to marry in New Jersey, these bills move New Jersey one giant step closer to recognizing equal rights for all of the State’s citizens," said Hyland in a prepared statement.

Hill Wallack, 202 Carnegie Center, Suite 200, CN 5226, Princeton 08543-5226; 609-924-0808; fax, 609-452-1888. Robert W. Bacso, managing partner. Home page: www.hillwallack.com

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