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MCI Systemhouse Bought Out by EDI
As part of a $17 billion deal with Electronic Data
Systems (EDS), MCI Systemhouse at Lenox Drive has a new name: the
International Public Safety Group of EDS. In April EDS bought MCI
Systemhouse for $1.65 billion in cash, and by the end of this month
MCI WorldCom — the parent company — and EDS will trade workers
and business groups.
"MCI had a lot of information technology (IT) professionals, and
EDS had a lot of telecommunication professionals," says Richard
Dale, who continues to be in charge of the Lenox Drive group after
the sale. "We decided to move the 12,000 IT folks to EDS, and
EDS is sending all the infrastructure and telephone-related things
to MCI WorldCom. We also do joint marketing and are tightly linked
but we changed the paychecks where it made sense."
The deal calls for MCI WorldCom to outsource much of its information
technology services to EDS and concentrate on end-to-end management
of voice and data communications on a preferred basis for EDS and
its customers. EDS will handle significant applications development
and maintenance services and virtually all of MCI WorldCom’s infrastructure
MCI Systemhouse (now EDS) has 9,000 workers and 120 offices worldwide.
With $1.7 billion in revenue last year, it is one of the industry’s
only single-source providers of convergence products and services
to enable businesses’ total networking, communications, and consulting
and outsourcing needs. Lucent Technologies is a competitor.
As an executive with MCI, Dale managed 20 percent of MCI SystemHouse,
which included the public safety and justice group on Lenox Drive.
That group’s major clients were, and are, the New York police and
fire departments, the City of Newark, the University of Pennsylvania’s
911 service, and the Ontario Integrated Justice project, a $170 million
IT project that integrates the courts and the prisons with the police
departments. The 20,000 foot office has 75 employees, some of whom
are spending time at Heaththrow Airport, since the group is on the
short list for getting a $1.8 billion contract for metropolitan London.
"We are the only group in the world that has done anything as
big as London, i.e. New York, and they want to outsource the entire
call handling ability," says Dale. "We are the only people
in the world who have done it, i.e., at the University of Pennsylvania
campus. When you dial 911 on campus, that phone is answered by one
of our employees."
The son of a medical researcher and an entrepreneur, Dale grew up
in Tacoma, and graduated from Western Washington University in 1983.
He worked for a while on 911 and internal systems for police departments
and for a division of Litton Industries before joining MCI. He lives
in Phoenix with his wife and three school-age children and commutes
to Princeton and his other office, in Seattle.
More than 12,000 employees primarily located in the U.S. and Canada
are expected to transition into employment with EDS from MCI WorldCom
and from Systemhouse. Approximately 1,000 EDS network employees from
around the world will be offered employment with MCI WorldCom.
"We have the name brand players on a world wide basis for justice,
fire, emergency medical services, and law enforcement," says Dale.
"Most of our guys invented the stuff or did the best applications.
Whether for a public or private entity, we are the only company in
the world to offer consulting, systems integration, and outsourcing."
— Barbara Fox
Lawrenceville 08648. Richard E. Dale, operating executive. 609-406-7600;
fax, 609-406-7699. Home page: http://www.eds.com.
08540. William A. Scott, CEO. 609-987-1199; fax, 609-987-9393. Home
Physiome Sciences just did a $15 million deal with PA Consulting —
the London headquarters, not the Enterprise Drive-based branch. Headed
by a former Bristol-Myers Squibb research director, Physiome Sciences
is the wunderkind company that is developing computer-based models
of human organs ("The Virtual Heart," U.S. 1, May 13, 1998).
"They bought an equity stake for $5 million and we got access
to some very novel software that will allow us to interconnect organs
in dynamic simulations," says William A. Scott, the founding CEO.
The second $5 million involves Scott’s firm using the software to
build a model of the immune system, and the third $5 million involves
Scott knew PA’s chairman, Jon Moynihan, and together they came up
with the idea of using a business applications software for biotech
purposes. PA’s software, developed by the modeling practice PA-Pugh-Roberts
Associates, had previously been used to model decision networks and
economic cycles. Moynihan is now on Scott’s board of directors.
Last year Physiome had 10 employees in Princeton; the firm has expanded
to 8,000 square feet and has 18 employees here, including new hires
Stuart F. Laermer and Tom Colatsky. Laermer, formerly with Fisher
Scientific, is now vice president of business development. Colatsky,
formerly of Wyeth Ayerst, is now vice president of R&D and chief scientific
The heart of Scott’s operation is a supercomputer that holds within
its electronic brain a fully functional, three-dimensional, interactive
model of a working heart. The result of 30 years of research and made
possible only recently by significant advances in computing power,
Physiome’s "virtual heart" breaks down the millions and millions
of biological processes going on inside the heart, describes them
as mathematical equations, and then assembles them and all their actions
and interactions to create an electronic heart that "works"
just like a real one.
Because the known mechanics of the heart’s most basic cellular functions
underlie this virtual heart, it’s possible to reprogram the heart
by changing the equations that describe those cellular functions.
Scott’s firm is fairly well along on modeling the lung and has begun
work on reproducing the bladder.
Ezra Schneier, president. 609-297-3000; fax, 609-716-3062. Home
This employment reporting firm, formerly known as MIB Applicant Research
Corporation, is changing its name, telephone, and website address.
It was founded in 1937 to provide employment reports to the shipping
industry, it has broadened its coverage to other industries and wanted
a new brand identity. "We feel the new name reflects our emphasis
on having a `partnering’ relationship with our customers, and that
we are dedicated to helping them work more effectively," says
Ezra Schneier, president and CEO. In Latin, "pretiem" means
Customers can order and receive reports — including education
and employment verification and criminal and credit checks — from
their web browsers. "Internet technology allows our company to
function as a back office for customers’ HR departments," says
John Mathew, vice president.
Room 208, Lawrenceville 08648. Peter Gerry, partner. 609-219-0100;
Though it was formerly known by the name of one of its funds, CitiGrowth,
this venture capital firm will now use the name of its management
company. It funds that focus on high tech, health care, media, and
Uritz, operating supervisor. 609-924-4090; fax, 609-924-4216. Home
An executive at Fidelity Investments Company had one too many bad
experiences with car services, it seems. He decided to start his own
executive ground transportation service specifically for Fidelity
employees. Today, that company — BostonCoach — has offices
in New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago
and Minneapolis and a new satellite branch here at 19 Wall Street
with a fleet of 25 1999 Volvos. Todd Stephens, vice president and
regional manager in the Elizabeth office, wouldn’t say who his Princeton
area clients are, but pointed out that it was a good spot for executive
travel between Philadelphia and New York.
"Our decision to expand into Princeton was based not only on its
rapid growth," says Russ Cooke, president of BostonCoach, "but
also on requests from customers whose business brings them to central
08648. Lazbart Oseni, financial controller. 609-219-0550; fax, 609-951-2240.
Home page: http://www.ecomserver.com.
EComServer Inc., a software company dedicated to creating E-commerce
solutions with next generation technologies, opened a temporary office
at 132 Franklin Corner Road. The 15-person company will be moving
into an office at 116 Village Boulevard at the end of the month. Lazbart
Oseni, the financial controller for the company, says that the headquarters
here is still growing. The company has another office in Hyderabad,
Cranbury Business Park, Cranbury 08512. Paul Milata, warehouse manager.
609-409-8100; fax, 609-409-2987.
Don’t look for a sign on this building at Cranbury Business Park because
it holds a warehouse, not a retail store. Graybar Electric Company
distributes more than 800,000 different electrical and communication/data
products made by such manufacturers as General Electric, Square D,
and Lucent Technology. This regional distribution center will ship
to retail outlets and wholesale customers from upstate New York to
Baltimore, says John Schooley, manager of corporate properties. Graybar
opened the brand-new facility during the first week in June.
The 416,000-foot building is owned by Prologos, which provides distribution
and light manufacturing complexes in the United States and internationally.
Cranbury Business Park is a 95-acre property 2.2 miles from Exit 8A.
With six buildings plus 57 additional acres, it has 821,600 square
feet, and 94 percent are occupied. Jules Nissim and Stan Danzig of
Cushman & Wakefield of New Jersey represented both the owner and the
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Graybar had 7,000 people working
in 260 branches in the United States and Canada. It is employee-owned
and independent. Another Graybar site, on Nami Lane in Hamilton, sells
on a retail basis and also to contractors.
Dayton 08810. 732-274-1794; Home page: http://www.totallogistic.com.
The emergence of logistics specialists, formerly used only for military
applications, has forced CEOs to consider outsourcing their warehousing
and transportation. "Fifteen years ago no company would provide
both warehousing and transportation, even though the services were
interrelated," says a spokesperson for Total Logistic Control
(TLC). "What has emerged is `third party logistics,’ where companies
hire an outside firm to manage a supply chain, for either movement
of finished product to final consumption, or raw materials coming
into manufacturing plant."
TLC is moving into 89,000 square feet at 200 Docks Corner Road, a
facility that sports 32-foot ceilings, 30 dock doors, state-of-the-art
sprinklers, and frontage on the New Jersey Turnpike. It is owned and
managed by a joint venture between Matrix Development and AMB Property
Corporation, a New York City-based real estate investment trust.
Home Depot already occupies 162,478 feet, and Cosmair has 303,843
feet. Barnes & Noble will open a new facility that occupies 162,478
feet — different from the one at Middlesex Center Boulevard. Franco
Apparel, a dress manufacturing firm, has signed for 148,000 feet but
has no local telephone number as yet. Cooper Tire moved from New Brunswick
into a new 270,000 square foot East Coast Distribution Center and
will expand by 60,000 feet more.
TLC (Total Logistic Control) was founded in 1904 in Zeeland, the fruit
growing areas of west Michigan. Gary Sarner is president and CEO.
Realizing that its clients wanted more than just warehousing, it began
to offer transportation and inventory management services as well.
TLC has major accounts with Wampler Foods (for transportation of chicken)
and Rich Products (for distribution of pizza pockets and ice cream
novelties). Now its clients can use the Internet to track where their
inventory is, and the actual storage location is less important.
As those Michigan farmers knew, if you can handle ice cream in August,
you can handle just about anything.
Monmouth Junction 08852. Ira Guterman PE, principal. 732-355-0977;
Three engineers who worked with the architects at Ford Farewell Mills
& Gatsch (FFMG) left that Mapleton Road office on June 1 to open their
own practice on Ridge Road, but they will continue to provide mechanical
and electrical engineering services to FFMG and its clients, as well
as to other clients. "Thanks to thorough planning and coordination,
there will be no break in service to our clients," says James
A. Gatsch, FFMG managing partner.
Before Ira Guterman came to FFMG five years ago, he supervised a studio
of 25 engineers and draftspersons at Joseph R. Loring and Associates
in New York City. A mechanical engineering major at Cooper Union (Class
of 1973) with a master’s degree from the University of California,
he designed the mechanical systems for such projects as the State
House and the New Brunswick Cultural Center.
Richard S. Olzewski had also been at Loring; he is an electrical engineer
from the University of Michigan and Bloomfield College. The third
principal, David T. Brown, is a mechanical engineer from Penn State.
"It was an amicable departure," says Guterman, "but it
was time to move on. We’re still friends."
Suite 100, Trenton 08618. Bradley Kozar, president, COO. 888-724-2302;
Robert P. Navarro has been appointed senior vice president in charge
of new product and business development at this 23-person agency.
With bachelor’s and doctor of pharmacy degrees from the University
of Minnesota he has been director of pharmacy services at United HealthCare
and managing director of the information service bureau of Express
Scripts/Value Rx, one of the largest pharmacy benefit management firms
in the nation. He was co-founder and first president of the Academy
of Managed Care Pharmacy and has edited two textbooks.
James E. Carnes, president & CEO. 609-734-2000; fax, 609-734-2040.
Home page: http://www.sarnoff.com.
For the first time the Sarnoff Corporation has a chief financial officer,
James S. Crofton. As CFO and vice president, he will direct financial
and purchasing function and will also be responsible for internal
computer services. An alumnus of Michigan State with an MBA from the
University of Michigan, he has been chief financial officer at EA
Industries and spent more than 20 years at Unisys Corporation.
Road, Suite 100, Dayton 08810. David Kovacs, general manager. 609-860-9444;
fax, 609-860-9449. Home page: http://www.alphagraphics.com.
AlphaGraphics Printshop on Stults Road completed ISO certification
requirements on April 16, making it the only printing establishment
to conform to the quality standards set forth by the International
Organization for Standardization for industrial businesses and international
commerce. New procedures for taking and tracking orders, production,
packaging, and delivery will enable the company to maintain quality
and identify and correct errors. "ISO just gives us the extra
seal of approval," says David Kovacs, general manager of the franchise.
Late last year the printshop moved from 4095 Route 1 to a larger space
at 12 Stults Road in South Brunswick. Printing presses, full color
equipment, bindery machines and several new people have since been
added to the staff.
Monmouth Junction 08852-0567. Robert E. Copeland, president. 732-329-0088;
Mastergraphx, a commercial printing company, has installed a Miehle
four-color perfecting press. A spokesperson says this should make
projects faster and more efficient.
Road, Suite 20 A, Jamesburg 08831. Jalsa Urubshurow, president. 609-860-9008;
Suite 21, Jamesburg 08831. Jalsa and Leslie Urubshurow, principals.
609-860-8791; fax, 609-860-9530.
Road, Suite 20 B, Jamesburg 08831. Frank Amato, director of construction.
609-409-2600; fax, 609-409-2644.
A triumvirate of companies owned by Jalsa and Leslie Urubshurow moved
from 10,000 feet at Princeton Corporate Park (Deer Park Drive) to
1095 Cranbury South River Road. One of the companies is a construction
firm (All-Tech) said to be the largest residential construction firm
in the state. Also moving was a tour operator, Nomadic Expeditions,
which sells group and customized trips to Mongolia, Russia, China,
Tibet, and Nepal. Nomadic Expeditions recently annexed a wholesale
travel firm known as Mongolia Tourism Corporation of America.
A residential development firm managed by Frank Amato, Compass Realty
& Development, also moved from Deer Park Drive, to a suite at the
Street, Princeton 08542. Chip Durell, owner. 609-683-0903; fax, 609-683-5488.
Chip Durell has moved his 12-person construction firm for the second
time in nine months, this time from 230 Nassau Street (formerly the
Gloria Nilson real estate office) to the Witherspoon Street building
previously occupied by Nassau Broadcasting. The move is a temporary
one until Durell locates a permanent headquarters (U.S. 1, December
for TGS Management Corp. at 33 Witherspoon Street.
Treat Luncheonette in Pennington.
for BFI Waste in Cranbury.
secretary with Mason Griffin & Pierson.
Shack and Stinky Pinks in Hightstown.
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