U.S. Office Products to buy Wis. stationer
U.S. Office Products Co. of Capital Heights has agreed to acquire the Milwaukee-based H. H. West Co. for $17.5 million in stock and cash.
H. H. West is a contract stationer with annual sales of about $58 million. The company is the largest contract stationer in Wisconsin and also provides computers, office equipment and machines.
"Our acquisition of West will propel us over the $200 million mark in annualized revenues. It also provides our six other divisions with expertise to explore entering the burgeoning commercial market for office equipment," said Jon Ledecky, chief executive of U.S. Office Products.
The transaction is expected to close next month.
U.S. Office Products, the sixth-largest contract stationer in the United States, provides office products to corporate, commercial and industrial customers.
The company has distribution facilities in Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Chicago and Harrisburg, Pa. U.S. Office Products' initial public offering took place last month.
Hughes Network to make DSS dishes
Hughes Network Systems, a Germantown-based maker of satellite communications systems, has received permission from DirecTV Inc. to manufacture 18-inch satellite dishes and set-top control boxes for the Direct Signal Satellite (DSS) television service, which began operations last year as a competitor with cable television.
Hughes Network Systems and DirecTV are both units of GM Hughes Electronics, but before this week RCA and Sony were the only authorized manufacturers of DSS dishes.
Toshiba America and Uniden America Corp. were also designated as licensees for the DirecTV technology.
Eugene R. Cacciamani Jr., Hughes Network's senior vice president, said it has not been decided how much of the manufacturing will be done in Maryland or what the impact would be on employment at the company's facilities in the state.
Rosse, Associates hired by Grace, Bismuth
Rosse & Associates, an advertising and marketing communications firm based in Sparks, will provide public
relations services to the Grace Davison Business Unit of W. R. Grace & Co. and the Bismuth Cartridge Co.
Grace Davison, based in Baltimore, produces fluid cracking catalysts, used by the petroleum industry to produce gasoline, jet fuel, heating oil and other products.
Based in Dallas, Bismuth manufactures and distributes shotgun cartridges for the sports industry.
Freed and Associates lands Fox account
Michael Fox Auctioneers Inc., a Baltimore-based real estate and machinery auction firm, has selected Freed and Associates to handle its advertising.
Freed and Associates, of Baltimore, will create a print advertising campaign for the 49-year-old company, which conducts auctions throughout the United States and abroad.
RBA Group moves to Columbia Gateway
The RBA Group, an engineering, architectural and planning firm, has moved its Maryland office from Sterrett Place to Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia. The 26-year-old firm, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., has had offices in Columbia for the past 20 years.
The move was made to accommodate a growing staff and client base, said Mark Morelock, director of the firm's mid-Atlantic operation.
The firm, which also has offices in New York, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, N.C., and Blue Bell, Pa., provides site planning and engineering, landscape architecture, transportation planning, roadway design and a variety of other services.
Amyclae East contract to Papier Interiors
Papier Interiors and Design Group Inc. has received a design contract for a model home by Landmark Homes in the Amyclae East community of Bel Air.
Based in Timonium, Papier Interiors and Design Group employs 10 design workers and offers interior design services to residential and commercial customers.