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Former Staples market manager joins Staedtler as director of sales

BY Adam Kraemer

CHATSWORTH, Calif. Staedtler, a multi-national corporation that provides an extensive range of writing instruments, art and craft materials, promotional products, drafting supplies and accessories, announced last month the appointment of Michael Melia as director of sales for national retail accounts.

Melia, an award winner of the Heart of a Hero Award from the Las Vegas Inner City Games, brings more than 20 years of exprerience to the position, having been a key market manager for both Office Depot and Staples.

“I am delighted to be part of the Staedtler team,” said Melia. “My goal is to be creative, invent new opportunities, enhance old relationships and continue moving forward in a positive direction. The Staedtler name is considered top notch throughout the world, and my intention is to make is as strong as possible in the U.S., as well.”

Staedtler will report directly to Michael Wiesmann, president of the company’s United States operations.

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Corner Care Clinic signs agreement with Aetna

BY Antoinette Alexander

INDIANAPOLIS Corner Care Clinic has signed an agreement with Aetna to become a national provider.

“We are proud to be a part of the extensive Aetna health provider network, which provides benefits through employers in all 50 states, and look forward to growing our clinics across the country,” stated Julie Beckner, president and chief executive officer of Corner Care Clinic.

Added Allen Karp, Aetna’s vice president for Health Care Delivery, “Corner Care Clinic, and its growing number of locations, offers another option for our members and adds to our network of physicians, hospitals and providers.”

Karp stated that Aetna continues to encourage its patients to see their primary care physician, but recognizes the role that such retail-based clinics play in providing patients with convenient care for acute ailments.

Corner Care Clinic has opened 22 locations in Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and New York, with plans to open several more clinics by the end of 2007.

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Allegations surface about Giant Eagle’s winning LeNature bid

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle’s winning bid of $20 million for bankrupt LeNature’s bottling plant was called into question Wednesday with both the Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporting that Giant Eagle may have allegedly coerced Cadbury-Schweppes into not filing a higher bid.

Accordingly, the purchase is on hold while trustee Todd Nielson investigates those allegations. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 30 to discuss the allegations.

“We consider this to be a serious incident,” Neilson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for Wednesday’s editions. “I”m not saying anything illegal, unethical, or improper occurred at this time.”

Giant Eagle has declined to comment, except to say that they are cooperating with the investigation.

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