Biz Briefs of the Week: July 2, 2012

Going To The Dogs

Royal Jewelers in conjunction with the Kentucky Humane Society is having an event to raise money for the animals. The theme is “Your watch battery money is going to the dogs.” The purchase price of every watch battery, which is $15, will be donated to the Kentucky Humane Society from July 7 – 14. It’s time to stop by and make your donation.

Top State Awards Given

Three Pro Patria awards were presented by the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at its annual meeting on June 16. The awards, the highest state awards the committee may give, went to Ford Motor Co., Louisville, in the large company category, to Ingram’s Water & Air Equipment, Paducah, in the small company category, and to the Jefferson County School System in the public sector category.

The Kentucky committee also presented Above & Beyond Awards to several businesses in both private and public sectors. The Above & Beyond Award is given to companies and organizations that also go above the legal norm in their treatment of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency with a mission to develop and promote a culture of employer support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, as well as to assist them in employment. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at

Office building opens on UofL’s Shelby Campus

The first office building on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus officially opened June 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 600 North Hurstbourne building is a joint venture of the UofL Foundation and NTS Development Company. Churchill Downs Inc., Semonin Realtors, Stifel Nicolaus and NTS have moved their headquarters to the new building and are its largest tenants.

“This is a big day for the University of Louisville,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “We’re finally utilizing one of the most valuable pieces of property in Jefferson County to generate income for our foundation which, in turn, will help fund the academic and research mission of the university.”

The 600 North Hurstbourne building faces Hurstbourne Parkway and is situated just north of Shelbyville Road. The 125,000-square-foot, four-story building was designed to be “leading edge,” with a rounded, sleek, innovative look. The building’s iconic, environmentally sensitive design combines the latest technology with natural materials that deliver a fresh and modern office atmosphere, including floor-to-ceiling glass to maximize natural light, high ceilings, and a recycling center. It is surrounded by bike lanes, walking paths and ample green space and is expected to receive LEED certification for its energy and environmental efficiency. The structure was built with recycled and renewable materials, water-saving fixtures, high-performance envelope/glass and energy-efficient systems.

With more than 80 percent of the building already leased, the UofL Foundation and NTS officials are planning to construct a second office building nearby. The development is part of the 240-acre Shelby Campus and has been named the ShelbyHurst Office Campus.

UofL Announces Plan For New Roadways On Belknap Campus

The University of Louisville hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, June 25, to mark the beginning of a $31 million road project. The road will provide access to a 39-acre area that university officials plan to develop into a research park. In addition to a new road, the project calls for two bridges to provide better access to a parcel of land that is bordered on three sides by railroad tracks. The UofL Foundation plans to use the property, situated between the J. B. Speed School of engineering and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, to create the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park.

“This road project will ultimately lead to jobs and an expansion of research,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “It will be like opening a door to a huge area on the Belknap Campus that is ripe with potential.”

To fund the project, the UofL Foundation provided $6.2 million and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provided $24.8 million. Funds from the state will be available July 1.

UofL Foundation officials hope construction will start in the fall and be completed in 2014, while the research park may take 15 to 20 years to fully develop. Preliminary plans for the research park include providing additional research facilities for the J.B Speed School of Engineering, offices for applied sciences researchers and offices for private companies who want to build a partnership with the engineering school.

Brundage Jewelers Adds Swiss Watch Line

Brundage Jewelers, 141 Chenoweth Lane, has recently added a private watch line to their selection of fine jewelry. Marketed under the Brundage Jewelers private label, each watch is Swiss-made or made in the USA with Swiss parts. These elegant and functional watches, both gentlemen’s and ladies,’ are covered by an unheard-of three year warranty. Additionally, all are water resistant to 5 ATM (165 feet) and feature sapphire crystals which resist scratching. Brundage Jewelers will be offering a lifetime battery replacement for each watch, as well as ensuring you receive professional care for these fine timepieces long after the three year warranty.

For more information visit Brundage Jewelers at 141 Chenoweth Lane or call 502.895.7717.