GPD announces acquisition
Akron engineering and architectural firm GPD Group announced the acquisition of M Neff Design Group, a civil engineering and land surveying firm based in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights.
Neff has operated in northern Ohio for 20 years, GPD said.
GPD, headquartered on South Main Street in downtown Akron, said Neff works with municipalities, community development groups, developers, park districts, landscape architects, architects, builders, contractors, lenders, title companies and attorneys.
Its principal is Matthew C. Neff, a third-generation executive. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. GPD said Neff employees have relocated to GPD offices in nearby Garfield Heights.
“We are excited that M Neff Design Group is now a part of GPD Group. Their dedication to providing outstanding engineering services is well-known in the area, and we look forward to our future together,” said Darrin Kotecki, President of GPD Group.
Area Denny’s gets makeover
The Denny’s restaurant just south of Akron, at 2943 S. Arlington Road in Springfield Township, will celebrate its $300,000 renovation today with free Grand Slam breakfasts for the first 100 diners through the door, beginning at 9 a.m.
The remodeling — including new booths, tables, chairs, flooring, walls, and pictures featuring old street scenes and other images of the Akron area — coincides with the restaurant’s 20th anniversary at the site.
The restaurant is owned by Denny’s Corp. of Spartanburg, S.C., and opened Oct. 12, 1992. An employment tally was not available, but a spokesman said most units employ 70 to 80 full- and part-time workers.
Denny’s boasts more than 1,680 company-owned, franchised and licensed restaurants. The Arlington Road site is the only Denny’s in the immediate Akron area. Other area Denny’s are in Stark and Medina counties.
The reopening celebration today also will feature other promotions. The restaurant, east of Interstate 77, is open 24 hours. General manager is Rob Sagester.
Job search program scheduled
Longtime career counselor David Feinerman will present a program called Energize Your Job Search at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. Topics at the seminar will include networking, organizing the job search, and recognizing and promoting individual strengths.
Feinerman heads hiring at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. He will present the seminar with Kimberly A. Ray, an employment specialist at the district. The district said it frequently is hiring. Seminar participants are encouraged to bring resumes. More information about jobs at the district is online at www.neorsd.org/careers. To register, go online to https://energizesearch.eventbrite.com or call 330-653-6658.
EU fracking rules changed
European Union lawmakers voted narrowly to force energy companies to carry out environmental audits before doing fracking to recover natural gas from shale rock.
France has already banned the technique, and it has sparked protests in Britain.
The rules were narrowly approved by lawmakers the European Parliament and must undergo another round of voting once an agreement on final language is reached with EU governments. Shale gas projects that do not use fracking would not be covered by the rules.
The result was considered a setback for the shale gas sector in Europe, where the industry is far less developed than in the United States and where many citizens are more concerned about the environmental impact of recovering the gas than about finding new sources of hydrocarbons as a way of combating stubbornly high energy prices.
Industry groups immediately condemned the result as more red tape for European business at a time when the bloc is seeking ways to grow after five years of economic crises.
BlackBerry breakup is option
BlackBerry Ltd. is more open to a breakup of the company amid concerns that Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. may be unable to line up funding or partners for a $4.7 billion buyout, Bloomberg News reported.
Companies such as SAP, Cisco and Samsung, which were approached last week by BlackBerry advisers, have indicated they’re only interested in parts of the company. A breakup would let parties bid for BlackBerry’s most valuable pieces, such as its patents or enterprise network. BlackBerry has been soliciting rival bids after agreeing last month to a tentative $4.7 billion offer from Fairfax, its largest shareholder. Under that pact, BlackBerry has until Nov. 4 to consider other proposals.
Compiled from staff and wire reports