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Infusion Brands' Dualtools saw chosen for This Old House top 100 list
This Old House Magazine has named the Dualtools dual-blade reciprocating saw, the RS1200, to its fourth annual “The TOH Top 100,” a list of the 100 best new home products of the year. Dualtools, a brand of Clearwater-based Infusion Brands, is best known for its patented dual counter-rotating technology used in power tools, beginning with the original dual-blade circular Dualsaw in 2008.

This Old House spent months testing and examining thousands of home products in a number of categories to be featured in the November/December issue.

Centerstone, Manatee Glens sign letter of intent to affiliate
Bradenton-based Manatee Glens signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Nashville's Centerstone. The two behavioral health care organizations expect to have a finalized affiliation agreement as early as Jan. 1.

As part of the proposed affiliation, Manatee Glens would change its name to Centerstone of Florida. However, its assets would be preserved as a local nonprofit organization with a local board of governance. Mary Ruiz, president/CEO of Manatee Glens, continues to serve as CEO of the organization.

“This affiliation model is unique in that it maintains local governance of services while adding national resources and expertise,” Ruiz says in a press release. “This is a best-of-both-worlds opportunity to meet the demands of the new national healthcare environment while preserving our local mission, staff and services.”

Centerstone is one of the largest nonprofit providers of behavioral health care in the nation. Manatee Glens is a community behavioral health hospital and outpatient practice that treats about 16,000 clients each year.

Motorworks Brewing's Vienna Lager wins Great American Beer Festival bronze
Motorworks Brewing, a Bradenton craft beer microbrewery, won a bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition in the United States.

Motorworks Brewing was recognized in the Vienna Lager beer-style category for its VTwin Lager.

Pasco-Hernando State College starts search for new president
The district board of trustees of Pasco-Hernando State College has launched a national search for the fourth president of the 42-year-old institution. Katherine Johnson, the college's president for more than a decade, announced plans earlier this year to retire June 30.

The board has hired the Macon, Ga.-based national executive search firm of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting.

“We've hit home runs with our first three presidents, Dr. Milton O. Jones; the founding president, followed by President Dr. Robert Judson, and current President Dr. Kathy Johnson,” Ed Blommel, trustee who chairs the presidential screening committee, says in a press release. “Now we want to hit a grand slam, we need a president to build on the progress we've made and lead us into the next era.”

The college maintains four campus locations, including in Dade City, Brooksville, Wesley Chapel, Spring Hill and New Port Richey.

Tampa Downtown Partnership announces Urban Excellence Awards winners
The Tampa Downtown Partnership has released the names of the winners of this year's Urban Excellence Awards. The awards are described as a celebration of businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown and have made a lasting, positive impact.

The 2014 Award Winners are:
Public Sector Project Award - Waterworks Park
Private Sector Project Award - Aloft Downtown Tampa
Partnership Award - Ulele / Ulele Spring
Landmark Development Project Award - Le Meridien Hotel
Downtown Detail Award - The Franklin Building
Downtown Experience Award - E-Boats
Activating Spaces Award - Cyclovia
Marketplace Award - Holy Hog
Downtown Person of the Year Award - Antonio de Sousa with the Hilton Downtown Tampa

CPA Sansbury name partner in charge of Mauldin & Jenkins' Bradenton office
Wade Sansbury has become the partner in charge of the Bradenton office of the CPA firm of Mauldin & Jenkins LLC.

Sansbury focuses on assisting state and local governmental clients. After more than 18 years in the firm's Macon office, he moved to the Bradenton location in June 2013.

Wade will be taking over for Jerry Marlar, who has been Bradenton's partner in charge since 2011. Marlar was the managing partner of CPA Associates, which merged with Mauldin & Jenkins in 2011.

DOW Electronics inks distribution deal with Rockford Fosgate
Tampa-based DOW Electronics reached an agreement to distribute Rockford Fosgate products in Florida.

Rockford Fosgate sells a line of high-end amplifiers, speakers and subwoofers.

DOW Electronics will add the Rockford Fosgate line of products to its 12 Volt line statewide.

“We believe this is a big win for our retailers because of the brand recognition with consumers,” Mike Barcia, DOW 12 Volt strategic sales manager, says in a press release. “Rockford is a name that industry veterans trust and that consumers will ask for, and that will help our retailers gain more sales.”

The full line of Rockford Fosgate products will be available for online ordering and is available to be shipped anywhere in Florida or for pick up at DOW Electronics' Tampa location.


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