One Up, Two Down:

Fiberoptic, Finance, Telecom on the Move

Nicholson Expands


Name Changes


Corrections or additions?

These articles were prepared for the March 14, 2001

edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Life in the Fast Lane: Millstone Bypass

Faced with obstinate opposition on both sides, the

state Department of Transportation has proposed a new approach to

studying the Millstone Bypass controversy — mediation. DOT


James Weinstein says his agency will try to work out differences with

opponents through third-party mediation provided by Rutgers


This new "community-based approach" toward construction of

the roadway could smooth opposition to the project, but it would not

reduce the timeline for getting it started.

"The NJDOT is committed to taking an entirely fresh look at this

project. Everything is on the table and we intend to proceed by


everyone who has a stake in this project’s future to the table,"

says Weinstein. "The difference here is that we are shifting the

lead of this process to our environmental and public policy


and using our engineering staff to provide the technical support.

"What we will attempt to do is develop the future of this project

in a way that is sensitive to the concerns of the local communities

while still addressing an important need on a very congested section

of the Route 1 corridor," says Weinstein.

The proposed bypass would eliminate the circle at Washington Road

and Route 1 and allow cars to travel signal-free from the Carnegie

Center to College Road. As planned, cars would cut through Sarnoff

Center property from the Princeton Junction railroad tracks to Route

1 and cross the highway on an overpass at Harrison Street. Some


would enter Princeton at Harrison Street, and other cars would travel

south along the Delaware & Raritan Canal to enter Princeton along

Washington Road. Southbound traffic could exit Route 1 at Washington

Road, and Washington Road traffic could enter Route 1 from Washington

Road, but that intersection would have no traffic circle and no



Last October, in spite of vociferous opposition on the Princeton side

of the highway, the DOT was preparing to proceed with the project.

The agency was relying on an environmental assessment that supported

its preferred alignment. Several weeks later, in response to the


then-Governor Christie Whitman put a stop to the process and ordered

the completion of a full environmental impact statement. Fervent


on both sides have not ceased their lobbying efforts.

Under the DOT’s new plan, the Rutgers University Transportation Policy

Institute and the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution have

been hired to act as "objective facilitators" to help manage

and conduct the two-year environmental impact statement (EIS) on the

project. Project objectives include:

Creating a project "roundtable" to help define,

steer and manage the process;

Reopening the process for consideration of any and all

strategies and alternatives;

Fostering a "high-quality and flexible" public


process with opportunities for participation in a variety of formats;

Emphasizing continuous, comprehensive and open


between NJDOT, local officials, property owners, and interested groups

and individuals; and

Focusing on consensus building with the assistance of

professionals trained in public involvement, negotiation and conflict

resolution, as well as transportation policy.

The department will begin the EIS process with a series of


with opponents and supporters of the project to get a better


of the issues to be addressed. In addition, the process will include

a series of smaller public "listening sessions," open houses

and workshops, Weinstein says.

The first phase of the EIS process is expected to take about six


to complete and will conclude with a report listing the conceptual

strategies and alternatives (including a no-build alternative) that

will be evaluated in the Draft EIS.

Once the alternatives have been identified, it is anticipated that

the remainder of the EIS process will take 18 months to complete.

The final EIS would be submitted to the Federal Highway


which will determine whether the project can move forward.

This plan is the exact opposite of the DOT’s past practice: To present

a proposal and then seek community input. If this new method proves

successful, it could radically change DOT’s operations.

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One Up, Two Down:

One of Princeton’s rising stars is replacing a fallen

one. Princeton Optronics, formerly known as Princeton Electronics

Systems, will take over where Base Ten Systems left off at 1


Drive in Hamilton. It will occupy half of the 84,000-square-feet


Princeton Optronics — now in the Dataram complex on


Road — has products for chemical and nuclear detection, video

communications, and voltage controlled oscillators. It also does R&D

for other electronic components and government/defense research.

Base Ten, once one of the Princeton area’s brightest manufacturing

stars, will be shut down by May. It was manufacturing execution


and services for the international pharmaceutical and medical devices

industries. "It’s been a sad experience," says Kenneth Riley,

the CFO in charge of dismantling the firm. He has moved the dwindling

operation, renamed Prime Manufacturing, to temporary quarters in Belle


"We are shutting down the New Jersey operations and plan to take

the shell of the company to Vero Beach, Florida, to get into contract

manufacturing," says Riley. Ed Klinsport, the former CEO of Base

Ten, has a business — Paragon Industries — in Vero Beach


The space formerly occupied by Strategic Technology Systems remains

empty. Though Base Ten tried to get into the medical device business,

Strategic Technology Systems struggled to retain the military


— military devices, data recorders, and automatic target


units. Jerry Fennelly of NAI Fennelly, representing the owner, had

advertised the space at $8.50 gross rent per square foot last fall.

John Marks at

Cushman Wakefield and Hal Hoeland represented the tenant. Remaining

to be leased: 35,000 square feet.

Prime Manufacturing/Base Ten Systems Inc., 528

Primrose Court, Belle Mead 08502. Kenneth Riley, CFO. 908-359-1867;

fax, 908-359-6403.

Princeton Optronics, 1 Electronics Drive,


08690, Box 8627, Princeton 08543. Chuni Ghosh, CEO. 609-275-6500;

fax, 609-799-7743.

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Fiberoptic, Finance, Telecom on the Move

PD/LD Inc. (Photo Diode-Laser Diode), 30 B


Road, Pennington 08534. Vladimir Ban, president. 609-564-7900; fax,

609-564-7901. Home page:

Another fiber optics company is growing fast. This one

doubled in size in both space and personnel with a move last week

from 6,000 square feet at Research Park to 12,500 feet, sharing space

with Kooltronics at the 100,000 square foot-site in Pennington. For

now, the old phone numbers (609-924-7979; fax, 609-924-7366) are the

ones that work.

DesignBuild designed and built two new clean rooms — one for R&D

and one for production. PD/LD has 51 employees and is hiring as fast

as it can. Especially needed are assembly manufacturing personnel,

with pay based on experience.

CEO Vladimir Ban, a Croatian emigre, had helped found Epitaxx, the

successful fiber optics firm that was sold in 1990 and now, as JD

Uniphase, has 1,000 employees on Graphics Drive.

Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch Drive, Pennington

08534. 609-274-1000.

More than 3,000 workers have now moved to the new Merrill Lynch campus

in Hopewell. John Barbano heads the Private Client Technology group

at the new facility, and John Cummings heads U.S. Private Client


By next year, this campus will also have a branch office.

Many of the employees moved from Somerset and from College Road.


Lynch had totally occupied the 72,000 square-foot building at 400

College Road, which is now being taken over by Bloomberg Financial

Services. Merrill Lynch also had space at 500 College Road and 3



ITXC Corp. (Internet Telephony Exchange Carrier)


600 College Road East, Princeton 08540. Tom Evslin, CEO. 609-419-1500;

fax, 609-419-1511. Home page:

By this summer the Internet telephony services carrier will move


just under 30,000 square feet at 600 College Road to 70,000 feet in

the new building under construction at 750 College Road. ITXC was

named the second fastest growing technology company in the United

States, based on growth over the last three years, by Deloitte &


The new building, being developed by Aegis Property Group and Berwind

Property Group, was "topped out" (saw its final piece of steel

erected) last month. Berwind owned the North Brunswick building where

ITXC got its start; it also developed State Street Square in downtown

Princeton and owns two other buildings at the Forrestal Center.

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Nicholson Expands

<D>Nicholson International is nearly doubling its space

this month with a move from 3,500 square feet at Carnegie Center to

6,500 square feet at 100 Overlook Center.

This executive search and human resources consulting company is based

in the United Kingdom and has 34 offices in 25 countries. This branch

opened at 206 Carnegie Center in August, 1998. At that time there

were just three New Jersey employees. The office has grown to 12


The company also has an office in New York City, and, says Gilbert

Carrera, managing director of the company’s North American healthcare

practice, is planning for significant growth within the next 12 to

18 months.

The bulk of Nicholson’s business in central New Jersey comes from

placing executives at healthcare companies, including pharmaceuticals,

biotechs, and medical device companies. Nicholson also targets clients

in other industries, including food and beverage, information


telecom, consumer goods, and entertainment, and is moving into


recruiting for the insurance and financial services industries.

Nicholson consults on human resource issues, including employee


and team building, and has a diversity practice through which it


clients on multi-cultural workplace issues.

Millinger, who heads one of the new consulting departments, graduated

from George Washington University with a degree in English in 1992.

He also holds a master’s degree in social work from New York


Barbara Butcher is manager of the office. A graduate of the University

of Tennessee, she was a consultant with The Stevenson Group, a


search and management consulting firm.

Carrera, who holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Drew University

(Class of 1982) and a medical degree from Ross University, worked

for executive search firm Korn Ferry for seven years. He says demand

for top employees in healthcare companies remains strong despite


Among the most sought after employees in the pharmaceutical industry,

he says, are clinical and research personnel with specialties in


central nervous system, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases.

Key managers are getting harder to find. "There has been a drain

at the top," Carrera says. In the expanding economy of the past

decade "executives made significant dollars," he says.


family issues and quality of life are important. They’re saying `I’ve

made enough, I’ll get out of the rat race.’"

Nicholson International, 100 Overlook, Princeton

08540. Barbara Butcher, manager. 609-720-1800; fax, 609-720-1850.

Home page:

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Alan Brooks Design Inc., 20 Nassau Street, Suite

125, Princeton 08542. Alan Brooks, president. 609-924-3838; fax,


The design firm expanded from the second floor to the first floor

at 20 Nassau Street after a 25 percent increase in sales last year.

"Up to now, we’ve been predominately a print shop," says


Hough, development director. "But we’re receiving more requests

to produce increasingly complex website work, and the solution is

to grow the company accordingly."

Brooks went to the School of Visual Arts, Class of 1977. The firm

does corporate identity, sales materials, and website design. Recent

hires include Dhana Green, who had spent six years as art director

for Merrill Lynch Financial Services, and Randy Brasov, new director

of interactive media.

Corporate Staffing Solutions/A Staffing Now


125 Village Boulevard, Suite 330, Princeton 08540. Laurie Knafo,


manager. 609-452-0287; fax, 609-452-0289.

This office of Corporate Staffing Solutions, along with six others,

has been acquired by A Staffing Now, based in Des Moines, Iowa.


Staffing was founded in 1994 by Sally and Malcolm Schneider, based

in West Springfield, Massachusetts. With this acquisition — its

fifth in two years — the acquiring firm has 40 offices, with many

in Florida. It focuses on accounting, information technology, sales

and marketing, and administrative — permanent and temporary


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Name Changes

First Horizon Home Loans Corp. (FTN), 12 Roszel

Road, Suite A 104, Princeton 08540. Gary Shambaugh, branch manager.

609-243-9161; fax, 609-243-0127.

Maryland National Mortgage Corp. is now known as First Horizon Home

Loans Corp.

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Karen M. Parsons , 44, on March 3. She worked at Wegman’s

Food Markets at Nassau Park.

Virginia Emery Hendrickson , 67, on March 6. She had


and directed the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Barbara T. Soganic , 65, on March 6. She had been a tour

guide at Morven and a museum technician for the state.

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