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Lexmark International has formed a new division that is focused on enhancing the company’s ability to service and support federal government agencies. Lexmark Government Solutions will provide dedicated products, services and solutions to help government agencies manage their data and documents more efficiently and securely while also lowering costs.

American Eagle Airlines, a regional affiliate of American Airlines, has launched daily nonstop jet service between Blue Grass Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Eagle is operating the service with 44- and 50-seat Embraer jets.

The board of directors for Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) has approved a total dividend of $30.8 million, a decision the company says will impact more than 73,000 employers. The move marks the first time in its 15-year history the company has issued a dividend payment to current and former policyholders. Dividend checks will be issued in July of this year to customers who were insured by KEMI between Sept. 1, 1995 and Dec. 31, 2008. Under the approved plan, only policyholders who had a KEMI policy for at least six months and maintained a total loss ratio below 75 percent are eligible to receive a dividend payment.

Littler Mendelson P.C. has opened its newest law office in Lexington, with Susan Sears named as the office’s managing shareholder. Littler Mendelson focuses exclusively on management representation in employment and labor law. With the addition of the Lexington office, the firm has 49 locations and more than 750 attorneys.

Smashburger, a Denver-based fast-casual restaurant chain, has opened the first of six planned Kentucky restaurants in Lexington, near the University of Kentucky campus. Owned by Bill Lear, Jim Phelps and Wayne Wellman, the Lexington location features customized menu items inspired by the Bluegrass state, such as Wild Turkey bourbon barbecue sauce and Ale-8-One soft drinks. Smashburger was named a 2009 Hot Concepts! award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News.

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has signed a formal agreement with the Shanghai First People’s Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center in Shanghai, China, that outlines plans for cooperative initiatives in cancer prevention and treatment, research collaboration and personnel exchanges for training and education. Shanghai First People’s Hospital, affiliated with Shanghai Jiaotong University, is one the largest major hospitals in the Shanghai metropolitan area. Its cancer center has more than 43,000 outpatient visits and over 5,700 cancer surgeries per year. Major research interests are focused on gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer.

SIS Holding Co., a Lexington-based technology solutions provider, has announced plans to expand its operations, adding 15 new jobs with an average annual salary of $80,000. SIS has been headquartered in Lexington for more than 25 years and currently employs a staff of 35 in Lexington. The company also has offices in Louisville and London, Ky.; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; Charleston, W. Va.; and Alexandria, Va.

Tempur-Pedic International Inc., the Lexington-based manufacturer, marketer and distributor of premium mattresses and pillows worldwide, has acquired its Canadian distributor, Tempur Canada Inc. Tempur Canada will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and continue to provide the Canadian market with products from Tempur-Pedic.

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