Employee buyout
Columbus Wood Products is under new ownership.

Longtime employees Joseph Curran and Jeff Davis, along with Paul Rackoff of Nacht Management Inc., have purchased the business from founder Paul Huff. Rackoff is serving as CEO, Davis is the new president and Curran oversees sales.

“The timing for this partnership was perfect,” says Rackoff. “We were looking to invest in a strong local company with a reputation for manufacturing quality products. At the same time, Davis and Curran were looking for a partner to help with their aspirations to take CWP to the next level.”

Tax break

Medex Inc. is receiving a 60 percent tax credit for eight years from the state to expand its Dublin operations. The company plans to invest at least $5.3 million in building renovations and the acquisition of new manufacturing machinery and equipment at its Shier-Rings Road facility. The project is expected to create 100 jobs within the first three years of operation.

Medex manufactures and distributes critical care medical products and infusion systems used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in hospitals and alternate site health care facilities.

Personal honors

Michael P. Mahoney, Columbus managing partner of Arter & Hadden, receives the Bar Service Medal from the Columbus Bar Association.

Stampp Corbin, president and CEO of Resource One, receives a Governor’s Recognition Award for Minority Business from Gov. Bob Taft.

Linda Turner, president of BLT Productions, receives the Marion “Pat” Renick Headliner Award from the Columbus Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications.

Lowell T. MacKenzie is inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Columbus Society of Financial Service Professionals.


Thomas J. Bonasera, partner-in-charge of the Columbus office of Thompson Hine LLP, to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus’ Board of Trustees.

Larry Clark, president and CEO of Made From Scratch, to president of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association.

Randolph C. Wiseman, partner with Bricker & Eckler LLP, to president of the Federal Bar Association’s Columbus chapter.

Bob Biehl, partner with GBQ Partners, to president of the Central Ohio chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association.

Karen M. Moore, partner with Bricker & Eckler LLP, to treasurer of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section’s Board of Governors.

Floyd W. Nickerson, president of AEP Ohio, to chairman of the Ohio Electric Utility Institute.

Promotions, executive hires

Michelle Zahler to partner, Columbus office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Charles W. Gehring to president and CEO, LifeCare Alliance.

Dominic T. Maxwell to CFO, Mills/James Productions.

Anita C. Elliott to vice president and controller, Big Lots Inc.

Brandon Russell to executive director, Trillium Place.

Kemper Allison to vice president and director of commercial lending, Advantage Bank; senior vice president of First Savings Bank of Washington Court House.

William H. Daniels to vice president of business development services and director, Small Business Development Center, Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Up & coming

Sept. 7, 1 p.m., Surviving and thriving in the dot-com world, featuring Roger Blackwell, Center for Excellence in Manufacturing Management at Ohio State University, Longaberger Alumni House, 292-3199 or [email protected] to register.

Sept. 7, 11:45 a.m., Dot-coms revisited, featuring, BizResearch, EC Outlook and SmartPipes, Industry & Technology Council, Holiday Inn on the Lane, 225-6907 to register.

Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m., Work Place Violence, Delaware Area Safety Council, Delaware JVS South Campus, (740) 369-6221 for reservations.

Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m., NAWBO lunch meeting, Easton Hilton, 888-5203 for reservations.

Sept. 14, 9 a.m., Negotiating Insurance Claims: Strategies & Skills, Capital University Law School’s Center for Dispute Resolution, 236-6430 to register.

Sept. 24, noon, Industry & Technology Council and Columbus Venture Network golf tournament, Little Turtle Country Club, 225-6907 to register.

Oct. 3, 11:30 a.m., Governor’s Awards for Women’s Excellence in Enterprise, 466-4945 for reservations.

Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m., Junior Achievement’s Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring Florence Zacks Melton, Doug Olesen, Alex Shumate and Bob Weiler, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 771-9903 for tickets or sponsorship information.

On the move

Express-Med Inc. transfers its medical supplies subsidiary from Minnesota to New Albany.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. prepares to build a distribution center in Springfield.

Eclipse Studios Inc. breaks ground on a new facility in Dublin.

Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects and Equity break ground on Eastglen II medical office building.

JaVa’s Cyber Expresso Bar opens a location in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Container Store opens at Easton Town Center.

Company accolades

Nationwide and HMS Success, Silver Anvil Award for work promoting the development of Nationwide Arena, Public Relations Society of America.

Contract Sweepers & Equipment, Outstanding Vendor of the Year for the State of Ohio, Street Maintenance and Sanitation Officials of Ohio.

Behal Sampson Dietz, Chrysalis Award in Historic Renovation category, Professional Remodeler magazine.

Edsall & Associates LLC and The Ohio State University Department of Recreational Sports, Outstanding Sports Facility design award for Fred Beekman Park, National Intramural Recreational Sports Association.

New clients and partnerships

Imprinter Sales & Service and The Supply Department merge to form CardWare International.

FirstLocus partners with Frontstep Inc. to provide infrastructure and integration services to Frontstep clients.

RHS Solutions partners with Avert Inc. to expand its Web-based products and services.

Marketing Works Inc. signs AboutPhace, Andrews Architects, Catanzaro Foods, CrimsonCup Coffee Roasters, METSS, Printers Envelope Service Inc. and Revolution Software as clients.

The Neurological Association and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church sign Apex/M&P Construction LLC as general contractor for upcoming renovation projects.