Local business news in brief
Feb 16, 2007 at 7:33 AM
Leitner Distribution granted FTZ approval
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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Leitner Pharmaceuticals LLC, headquartered in Bristol, Tenn., has been federally approved to designate its distribution center in Piney Flats as a general purpose operator within Foreign Trade Zone No. 204, Site 5. The U.S. Foreign Trade Zone is a federal program designed to equalize costs between international and domestic competitors. An FTZ is an authorized location where foreign and domestic materials and merchandise are considered to be outside of U.S. Customs territory. Because goods imported into an FTZ are generally free of customs duties until they enter into the U.S. market, companies utilizing FTZ services can achieve significant savings and efficiencies. "We welcome Leitner and their global trade efforts," said Mark Canty, trade development specialist with the Tri-Cities Airport Commission. "With this approval, their distribution center will be the only active FTZ general purpose facility within a 60-mile radius of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port No. 2027," he said. The port is located at Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville. Leitner Pharmaceuticals is under contract with Graceway Pharmaceuticals LLC to distribute pharmaceutical products to Latin America, Mexico and Canada. Leitner Distribution currently offers warehousing and distribution for a variety of products. Leitner Pharmaceuticals is a wholly owned subsidiary of SJ Strategic Investments LLC.
Creative Energy celebrates anniversary
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JOHNSON CITY - Creative Energy, a full-service marketing and advertising agency, celebrates its 15th year in 2007. The Johnson City-based agency recently acquired Zatarain's, Vie de France and Bunge Oil food service marketing and public relations responsibilities. The agency also won an international competition to earn responsibilities for advertising Lesonal, an Akzo Nobel automotive coatings division product. "The acquisition of these new clients in food service reiterates Creative Energy's growing reputation in the food service industry," Creative Energy President Tony Treadway said. "We are now among the top food service advertising agencies in the U.S. We are proud of our 15 years in the industry and of the great clients we continue to represent." Zatarain's has been producing authentic New Orleans-style Cajun foods since 1889. Vie de France is a leading supplier of baked goods. Bunge Oil is the leading producer of zero trans fat cooking oils, butter alternatives and sprays. Creative Energy is the largest locally owned advertising, marketing and public relations firm in Northeast Tennessee. With offices in Johnson City and Asheville, N.C., the company employs 17.
VCU schedules information session
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ABINGDON - Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Nurse Anesthesia is offering its graduate curriculum to residents of Southwest Virginia at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. VCU and the SVHEC will host an information session March 8 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for interested individuals. Representatives from VCU's CRNA program will be available to provide information and answer questions. For more information on the session contact Kathy Hietala at (276) 619-4346 or Beverly Gay at (804)828-9808. A program description can be obtained at www.sahp.vcu.edu/nrsa. The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center is located off Exit 14 of Interstate 81.