New Name, New Face
Princeton Business Solutions, 475 Wall Street, Princeton 08540; 609-924-0905; fax, 609-683-9633. Barbara Allen, director. www.princetonofficesolutions.com
D/J Business Services, which provides shared office space and support services, has a new name, a new management team, and a new owner. Hilton Management Company, based at 902 Carnegie Center, bought D/J for an undisclosed amount and renamed the firm Princeton Office Solutions. Barbara Allen is the company’s director.
Allen says that shared space in a down economy is vital for small companies. “Recession and tough economic times make it difficult for a company to get started,” she says. “Getting good office space value is essential for survival.”
MVC Replacing Baker’s Basin Site
The state Motor Vehicle Commission broke ground November 2 on its replacement for the Baker’s Basin inspection and administrative facility on Route 1 in Lawrence Townsip. The new site will replace a 1950s-era complex. It also will be the MVC’s seventh “super agency.”
The redesign, according to the MVC, is intended to enhance customer service and modernize operations. The new Bakers Basin facility, scheduled to open in late 2012, will be the largest of all the super agencies at more than 12,000 square feet.
The expanded floor plan will provide expanded service counters and customer waiting areas, as well as space for regionalized training. The project will also include the construction of a road test field house.
The new facility also will feature environmentally friendly elements, such as sensor-controlled light and water fixtures, a white, light-reflective roof, floors made from recycled materials, and more natural light.
The features are expected to reduce energy costs by up to 50 percent and maintenance costs by up to 40 percent.
The project is expected to bring approximately 125 construction, electrical, plumbing, and paving jobs to the site.
Area Tech Firms Share in EDA Grant
Three area tech companies are among 75 tech enterprises around the New Jersey that will receive state funding aimed to enhance economic development and job growth.
Universal Display Corp., a Ewing-based manufacturer of LED equipment and screen optics, Adavaxis, a developer of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases based at 305 College Road; and netForensics Inc., an Edison-based security solutions firm that helps companies manage risk, protect critical assets, and maintain compliant operations, will share in a $60 million grant from the state Economic Development Authority’s Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program.
The grant total is twice the size of the one given by the EDA last year. Each of the recipients will receive about $800,000, which also doubles last years individual awards.
For additional information on the Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program, visit www.njeda.com
Ewing Firm Cited for Illegal Want Ad
Crest Ultrasonic, a.k.a. Crestek, a manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaning equipment, has become the the first company in the United States to be fined $1,000 for placing an illegal help wanted ad. The company’s ad included the phrase “Must be currently employed,” which is not permitted under New Jersey law.
New Jersey is the only state that outlaws posting job ads that require candidates to be already employed, though there is a push at the federal level to make it a national law. The law has been in effect since June 1.
Employment advocates statewide hope the fine will serve as precedent for a federal version of the law, though Crestek is expected to contest the fine on the grounds that the company was never notified of the new law, and with the opinion that media outlets that publish illegal ads should also be held accountable.
CEO J. Michael Goodson said the reason for specifying “must be employed” in the ad (for a service manager) was because he was hoping to find someone familiar with what the position would require.
Crest Ultrasonics Corporation, Scotch Road, Mercer County Airport, Box 7266, Trenton 08628; 609-883-4000; fax, 609-883-6452. J. Michael Goodson, CEO. www.crest-ultrasonics.com
New in Town
M.O.D. Construction Services, 17 Hulfish Street, Suite 201, Princeton 08542; 609-921-2290; fax, 609-921-6690. Charles Oberlin, partner.
Charles Oberlin has opened a Princeton office for his Newark-based construction company. Oberlin is a 1973 graduate of Rutgers who started M.O.D. in 2005 after 14 years with Williams Construction Services.
Everest Tax Consulting Inc., 12 Roszel Road, Princeton. 609-951-0800. Norm Collier CPA, partner.
Everest Tax Consulting has left its location at 12 Roszel Road and has left no forwarding address.
The firm was founded in 2009 by Norm Collier and Pawel Sipika, two Rutgers alumni (U.S. 1, November 11, 2009).
J.R. Trading Company, 34 Stouts Lane, Monmouth Junction.
J.R. Trading, an online wholesale bookseller, has left its Monmouth Junction location after 20 years.
The company specialized in remainder inventories, overstocks, and auctions for fiction and nonfiction books.
The company’s telephone number does not answer and its website is no longer active.
Frank Policastro, 68, on November 11. He was a warehouse manager at Vector Security in Lawrenceville.
Craig Zwillman, 66, on October 28. He was a former deputy attorney general.