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ResCare Inc., a Louisville-based provider of services for people with disabilities and special needs, has acquired Friendship Developmental Services, a southern California company that serves 90 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Annual revenues are expected to be $6.5 million.

Telamon Corp., a high-tech company that provides computer and technical support to AT&T, has chosen Louisville as the site of its newest offices. The Carmel, Ind.-based company plans to open a technology center that will create 10 to 15 jobs in Louisville and another 20 to 25 jobs in the state, with opportunities for future expansion. The company was approved for $435,500 in state tax incentives for up to 10 years. Telamon is a $468 million company, with more than 300 employees. The company is one of the nation’s largest Asian-owned businesses.

Almost Family Inc., a Louisville-based regional provider of home health nursing services, has been added to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. The S&P SmallCap 600 is a U.S benchmark index made up of the securities of 600 companies with a market capitalization of $200 million to $1 billion. Almost Family operates more than 90 branch locations in 11 states.

Ops Plus Inc. has acquired Cassidy Associates Inc. and expanded its services to include civil engineering and land surveying. Louisville-based Ops services major utilities and municipalities as well as commercial and industrial venues. Cassidy Associates has a 35-year history of relocating utilities for highway construction throughout Kentucky.

The United Auto Workers Local 862 in Louisville is among local UAW unions across the country that have voted in favor of concessions to their 2007 labor agreement with Ford Motor Co. The agreement, which affects some 5,600 employees at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant and Louisville Assembly Plant, includes giving up bonuses and cost-of-living increases and decreasing employee breaks. The new terms, which will be in effect until 2011, also give Ford more flexibility in funding retiree health care.

Louisville-based Yum! Brands Inc., the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has been named one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Officer magazine. The magazine reviewed the largest publicly traded companies in the United States to produce its 10th annual list, evaluating their performance in regard to environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, finance and governance, with environment and employee relations weighted the most heavily.

Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has opened an office in Louisville that will handle paperwork for the trucking industry.  Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said the new office, which will employ 100 people, represents “another positive example of how Louisville has become a powerful logistics magnet that draws companies and their employees.” With 4,000 employees in Kentucky, ACS is the sixth-largest private employer in the commonwealth. Kentucky has the second largest base of ACS employees anywhere in the world, second only to the Texas-based company’s corporate headquarters. ACS recently expanded in Lexington with the hiring of 100 employees and a $2 million investment in facility upgrades.

A long effort to unionize nurses at Norton Audubon Hospital has ended with the Nurses Professional Organization withdrawing its petition for an election. The request was approved by the National Labor Relations Board last month and concludes a process that began with the original nurses union election at Norton Audubon in March 1994. Audubon employs approximately 600 nurses.

A $1 million donation has enabled Jewish Hospital to acquire the state’s first portable CT scanner. The state-of-the-art scanner allows CT imaging to be performed at the bedside, minimizing the risk of transporting critically ill patients. In honor of the gift from Jim and Dot Patterson, Jewish Hospital has established the Dot Patterson Stroke Institute. The eight-bed unit, scheduled to open this month, will provide an intermediate level of care for patients ready to leave the intensive care unit, but who still need advanced monitoring and attention.

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