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Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, a Buffalo architectural design firm, received the highest design award given by the national American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education for it innovative design of the King Urban Life Center Early Childhood School and Community Center in Buffalo.

Airesource Logistics Inc., a Buffalo third-party logistics provider, has begun marketing airline material support services to domestic and international airlines. Airesource will offer aircraft parts to help reduce flight delays and cancellations.

Duchscherer Oberst Design, a Buffalo architectural and engineering firm, was awarded the design services contract for a new intermodal facility in Logan, Utah. The project will provide for city buses, Greyhound buses, par-transit and "kiss-n-Ride" accommodations for Logan's free-fare system.

Ashford Concrete Inc. in Springville received a loan guarantee of $3,144,000 from USDA Rural Development. U.S. First International Bank in Rochester will make the loan to Ashford, a manufacturer of truck-mounted concrete mixers.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn., signed an agreement with Country Wide Transport Services Inc. to acquire its transportation logistics operating subsidiary, Vertex Transportation. Vertex is based in East Rochester and has a branch office in Buffalo.

Collins & Company in Buffalo was included on the 1998 ranking of U.S. public relations firms released by the Council of Public Relations Firms. Of the 185 firms, Collins placed 144, and generated revenues of $1,743,001. Also, O'Dwyer's Public Relations Service Report ranked Collins & Co. as the 43rd largest investor relations agency.

The Erie County Water Authority activated a Web site at

Gajewski & Associates, a marketing communications agency in Williamsville, formed a new division specializing in the design and placement of classified ads for employers.

Hangar 18, a Web site/multimedia development company, changed its name to SG Interactive. It is located at 344 Delaware Ave.

Keystone Film Productions Inc., a Buffalo provider of photography, film and video services, moved to 825 Main St., former home of the Courier-Express.

Lehigh Construction Group Inc. in Orchard Park was awarded the AGC Certificate of Commendation for Safety Excellence and the GBC Certificate of Safety Excellence for its safety excellence. Lehigh employees maintained a Zero Incident Rate during 1998.

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