Local Industry for Sunday — December 11, 2005

‘Kukui’ begins with “k,” too

  • Kay Jewelers opened its first and only Kaua’i store, opened for business Friday, Dec. 9, at Kukui Grove Center. A $1,000 diamond shopping-spree sweepstakes took place. Customers will find at least one certified diamontologist at every Kay Jewelers store. Free professional jewelry cleaning is also available at each location.

Leaders of Sterling Jewelers, Inc., parent company of Kay Jewelers, operate 1,202 stores in all 50 states, and employ more than 15,000 associates. Sterling Jewelers Inc. is the U.S. division of London-based Signet Group plc, making it part of the largest specialty-jewelry retailer in the world. For more information, please call toll-free 1-800-681-8796, or visit kay.com.

Tony & Harry’s opens in Lihu’e

  • Tony & Harry’s Pizza, Pasta & Local Cuisine is now open in the former Lihue Shopping Center annex, across Kuhio Highway from McDonald’s, offering everything in their name, plus panini sandwiches, plate lunches, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, deserts, shakes, smoothies. Please call 245-3732 for more information.

Bank of Hawaii tops largest list

  • Officials at Bank of Hawaii have been informed that their bank has been ranked as the top-performing bank among the 150 largest publicly-owned banks and thrifts in the United States, according to the 2005, fourth-quarter edition of Bank Director magazine. Bank of Hawaii topped the list of the magazine’s 2005 Bank Performance Scorecard, which used six performance criteria that measure profitability, balance-sheet strength and asset quality.

Furusho, Smith are pest-control directors

  • Russell Furusho of Kauai Termite Fumigation Inc. and Gary Smith of Mokihana Pest Control are the Kaua’i directors on the Hawaii Pest Control Association board of directors. Alvin Fukuyama, president of State Termite Control, Inc. was reelected association president for 2006.

The Hawaii Pest Control Association is a nonprofit statewide association of pest-management companies composed of 95 percent of all the pest-control operators in the state.

Deadline for proposals coming soon

  • Officials with the Hawaii Tourism Authority have issued a request for proposals (RFP) for their natural resource program for 2006, and announced the deadline for submitting RFPs as 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30.

HTA’s natural resources program provides funding to manage, enhance and protect Hawai’i’s natural environment and areas that are frequented by visitors.

The primary purpose of the program is to protect and preserve the beauty and uniqueness of Hawai’i’s natural environment for both residents and visitors to experience and enjoy, an HTA official said.

The application and information packets are available for downloading from the HTA’s Web site, www.hawaii.gov/tourism.

Interested parties may also call 1-808-973-2258 to request a packet.

BEI Environmental sold again

  • Marc C. Tilker, president and chief executive officer of Marathon Group LLC and Joseph Pickard, president of Environet, Inc. are pleased to announce the sale of BEI Environmental Services (BES) to Environet, Inc. effective Dec. 1.

BES is an environmental consulting subsidiary of the Marathon Group, and is being sold as part of a corporate reorganization, officials said.

It began in 1932 as the Laboratory Division of BEI Hawaii, formerly Brewer Environmental Industries, a C. Brewer subsidiary, supporting its fertilizer products. Consulting services started in 1989. Since then, BES professional staff of scientists, engineers and technicians have assisted clients throughout Hawai’i and the Pacific Rim with their sampling, environmental studies and investigations and clean-up needs.

Pickard, president of Environet, said he welcomed the addition of BES to its family of companies. “The combined strength of our professional staffs will be of immense value to both firm’s clients.”

Environet, Inc. was founded in 1995 as an environmental engineering and planning firm. This acquisition makes the firm one of Hawai’i’s larger locally-owned, environmental-engineering firms.

Kevin Kennedy, formerly president of BES, will become vice president of commercial services for Environet.

Marathon Group will continues to own and operate its other companies: BEI Hawaii, the state’s largest supplier of fertilizer, agricultural and industrial chemicals and pest control products; and HT&T Truck Center, the state’s largest full service dealership for heavy and medium duty trucks.

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