Primedia Sale

Films Media Group/Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2572 Brunswick Pike, Box 2053, Princeton 08543-2053; 609-671-1000; fax, 609-671-5777. Wendy Collins and Frank Batavick, directors. www.films.com.

Primedia has sold Brunswick Pike-based Films Media Group (formerly known as Films for the Humanities) to Infobase Publishing Company, an educational media firm that owns such reference publishing imprints as Facts On File, Chelsea House, Ferguson Publishing, and Bloom’s Literary Criticism.

The founders of Films for the Humanities were Harold Mantell and his wife, Marianne Mantell. In 1952 Marianne Mantell had co-founded Caedmon, the first company to record authors reading their own works. When she sold Caedmon in 1970, the couple started Films for the Humanities the following year. It offers more than 12,000 titles in formats ranging from DVD to digital to VHS. In addition to Films for the Humanities and Sciences, FMG includes Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.

FMG joins such other firms at Infobase as Ferguson Publishing, a career reference publisher, and Chelsea House, a 30-year-old publisher of curriculum-based, nonfiction books for the school and library market.

“Combine Facts On File’s outstanding print and database content with FMG’s extensive video content, and what emerges is a very impressive set of resources for schools and libraries,” said Mark McDonnell, president of New York-based Infobase, in a prepared statement.

Primedia was a public firm, but Infobase is funded by Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a private equity firm that invests in the media, information, and education industries. It has more than 50 platform companies in its more than $12 billion portfolio.

Expansions

Artegraft Inc., 220 North Center Drive, North Brunswick 08902; 732-422-8333; fax, 732-422-8647. Richard A. Gibson, president and CEO. Home page: www.artegraft.com.

Artegraft Inc., a medical device manufacturer that creates surgical implants from cow arteries, has expanded into the suite next door, moving from 4,500 to 8,500 square feet. Artegraft devised the first vascular graft approved by the FDA, and it has been in continuous use since 1970. The company has 12 employees.

Computer Troubleshooters, 3490 Route 1, Suite 15B, Princeton Service Center, Princeton 08540; 609-455-6653. John Goodman. www.pc-troubleshooters.com.

Computer Troubleshooters, a franchise that configures and services servers, workstations, and E-mail servers, moved from a home office in April. The franchise, one of 250 nationwide, 12 in New Jersey, and 17 in Pennsylvania, started in 2003. Owner John Goodman notes that owners of the different franchises help each other out with technical solutions.

Goodman worked previously at an Internet data center that supported the Merrill Lynch trading site. Before that, he owned Sterling Computers in South Jersey, which did computer sales and service. “When everyone was buying computers, we were in the ‘build’ part of industry,” he says. “Now we’re in service and protection.”

Goodman graduated from Rutgers University in 1984 with a degree in medical technology. He grew up in Collingswood.

Start-ups

PEG Biosciences, 11 Deer Park Drive, Suite 102C, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-438-8788; fax, 732-438-8886. Chyi Lee PhD, president. Home page: www.biosciences.com.

Chyi Lee, president of the newly established firm, PEG Biosciences, formerly headed a drug delivery company, Wintrance Corporation. Wintrance moved out of this suite about three months ago.

Leaving Town

CGI-AMS, 75 Livingston Avenue, Second Floor, Roseland 07068; 973-535-7000; fax, 973-535-7079. Maura Benjamin, project manager. Home page: www.cgi.com.

CGI-AMS has closed its office at 508 Carnegie Center. Inquiries may be addressed to the Roseland office. CGI-AMS, formerly American Management Systems, an information technology and managed services provider, was based in Montreal. The Princeton office had focused on New Jersey Spirit, the statewide automated child welfare project (SACWIS).

Name Changes

Allstate New Jersey, 264 George Street, New Brunswick 08901; 732-745-2001. Ted Tenzlinger.

Allstate New Jersey has designated Ted Tenzlinger as an exclusive agent, providing services to New Brunswick and other Middlesex County communities.

Contracts Awarded

AIL Research, 50 Washington Road, Box 3662, Princeton 08543-3662; 609-799-2605; fax, 609-799-2604. Andrew Lowenstein PhD, president. Home page: www.ailr.com.

AIL Research, which does research on energy technologies, just received two phase 2 SBIR contracts, one for a solar-powered desalination system and the other for a more efficient way to scrub carbon dioxide from the flue gas of a coal-fired power plant.

The firm’s president, Andrew Lowenstein, says that the company is starting to commercialize a heat-powered air conditioner that it has been developing in the last couple of years for the Department of Energy. One way to produce that heat is through solar power. The company is in the process now of setting up field tests and demonstrations.

The next step will be to set up manufacturing and sales. AIL Research has been negotiating with companies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York, but has not yet turned up a possibility for manufacturing in New Jersey.

AIL Research has six employees in addition to Lowenstein, who received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1969 and a doctorate in aerospace from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.

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