American Micro Products in Batavia Township was one of three local companies to receive the Workforce One Investment Board of Southwest Ohio’s Investing in People Award, presented annually to organizations that exhibit a strong commitment to local workforce development. The company supplies high-precision and micro-precision solutions for some of the world’s largest equipment manufacturers in the diesel fuel systems, aerospace, medical device, energy, and communications sectors.

The Gateway Quarter development on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine has three new businesses:
Little Mahatma, which specializes in jewelry, art, and artifacts from around the globe;Switch, a modern lighting store with a full range of decorative fixtures for the home or office; and Incredible Creations, an upscale barbershop and beauty salon.

Construction on the second phase of the Greenbrier Office Condominium Park in Mason is underway. Robert Lucke Interests Inc. purchased 3.2 acres adjacent to the park’s first phase on Tylersville Road and plans to build 14 additional units, adding a total of 32,576 square feet of office space. The new office suites will be available in early 2009.

Convergys Corp.
has purchased Dallas-based software company Intervoice Inc. for $335 million in cash, or $8.25 per share. The purchase is expected to add dozens of employees to Convergys’ Downtown location. With 87 call centers and about 75,000 employees, Convergys is the largest tele-services business in the United States.

The corporate headquarters ofAmerican Nursing Care, along with 110 jobs, will move to Park 50 in Clermont County in November.The company, which is now in the county’s Summit Drive building recently purchased by Tata Consultancy Services, provides home care, staffing services, and patient transport services to patients, physicians, hospitals, and managed care organizations. It has 30 offices throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Suburban Chicago-based hair care products maker Alberto-Culver Co. will be the new owner of the rights and trademarks of the Noxzema skin care brand. Cincinnati-basedProcter & Gamble Co.
has agreed to sell the brand, although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Noxzema was created in 1914 and was acquired by P&G in 1989.

Fujitec America Inc. has signed a 10-year, $6.5 million lease with Neyer Properties to lease 116,200 square feet of office space for its new U.S. corporate headquarters on Innovation Way in Mason. Fujitec is a global leader in elevator, escalator and autowalk system manufacture, design and installation. The move is estimated to bring 115 jobs to Mason.

Jim Fenwick is now president of Miller-Valentine Group’s Residential Management division. Fenwick will be responsible for overseeing the property management function for Miller-Valentine’s residential portfolio, which includes about 9,000 units.

CECO Environmental Corp., a Cincinnati provider of air pollution control and industrial ventilation systems, announced 13 new orders totaling about $10.75 million. CECO Environmental Corp. is North America’s largest independent air pollution control company.

The breads and pastries of Cincinnati’s Servatii, a popular local European-style baker, are now available in Northern Kentucky. The company recently opened a Crestview Hills Town Center location. It’s the 10th Servatii in the region.

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As is fitting for a real estate developer, Dan Neyer used to drive past the neglected property along Red Bank Expressway in Madisonville and muse about its possibility. Then he partnered with the city of Cincinnati to make his musings a reality.

Today, the property Neyer pondered is the $25 million Red Bank Crossing. The city and Neyer Properties recently celebrated the completion of the second phase of the project — a 30,000-square-foot, two-story office building on 2.5 acres. The building was approved for tax abatements through a Cincinnati tax exemption program that offers property tax incentives to encourage new construction and rehabilitation of commercial and multi-use residential properties.

The Red Bank development took flight in 1997, when the city bought the overgrown lots and rezoned the area. Neyer bought the property from the city in 2001. By 2002, the $8.5 million headquarters of the Gorilla Glue Co. opened there. Red Bank Crossing I, a $6 million, 40,000-square-foot space, was completed in 2005 and is fully leased to medical office tenants.

Construction on a retail space spanning more than an acre should begin in 2009. Neyer estimates that once the project is completed, Red Bank Crossing should generate 400 jobs for the city of Cincinnati.