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[February 01, 2013]

Briefly: Office Depot recognized for supporting gays [Sun Sentinel]

(South Florida Sun Sentinel (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 01--Real estate Hillsboro Center 95 percent leased Boca Raton-based Commercial Florida Realty Services has announced several leases at the Hillsboro Center office building in Deerfield Beach.

The transactions are a new lease for Pylon Manufacturing Corp (10,229 square feet) and expansions for the Ticktin Law Group (13,712), Old Republic Tile Insurance Co. (9,441) and Dart Container Co. (39,764).

The 116,000-square-foot Hillsboro Center is owned by Parkway Properties Inc. a publicly traded real estate investment trust. The building now is 95 percent leased.

Paul Owers Job cuts Centex to lay off 79 workers West Palm Beach-based Cemex, an international cement and concrete maker, issued a warning Wednesday to the state that it plans to layoff 79 employees between March and year-end.

The layoff is part of a global agreement that Cemex entered into with IBM to provide process outsourcing and IT services, a company spokeswoman said. Eliminated positions include accounting, information technology and other support roles.

Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported Thursday that planned layoffs in Florida swelled in January to 2,982. Florida employers announced only 241 layoffs in January 2012.

Florida ranks fifth in January's job cuts, behind New York, Colorado, New Jersey and Texas.

Marcia Heroux Pounds Bank earnings Sabadell profits solid Sabadell United Bank, which has branches throughout Florida, on Thursday reported $5.8 million in profit for the quarter ended Dec. 31. That's down from $6.5 million a year earlier.

For the year, the bank posted net income of $30 million, up from $20 million the previous year.

Sabadell reported $3.7 billion in assets at year-end, up from $3.5 billion at year-end 2011.

The Miami-based bank is owned by 132-year-old Banco Sabadell of Spain.

Doreen Hemlock Marine Industry Academy joins global training network Resolve Maritime Academy said Wednesday it's become the first major training center in North America to join the Transas Global ECDIS Training Network known as Get-Net.

Joining Get-Net as a training partner is a significant step in its progression and growth, the Fort Lauderdale-based company said.

ECDIS stands for Electronic Chart Display and Information System.

The academy recently added a second ECDIS classroom offering Transas simulation software and ECDIS to meet increased demand for the specialized training.

The academy offers simulation-based training for the maritime industry and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Resolve Marine Group, an industry specialist in marine salvage, wreck removal, fire-fighting and emergency response --Arlene Satchell Diversity Office Depot recognized for supporting gays Boca Raton-based Office Depot has been recognized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force with the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award. The award was presented during the 25th National Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality held this week in Atlanta, the company said.

The award was given to recognize the company's support for its LGBT employees, including its giving health benefits to transgender associates. It also helps LGBT-owned businesses through its supplier diversity programs, and it belongs to numerous gay associations.

Doreen Hemlock Distribution Flooring firm named distributor of U.K tile brand Q.E.P. Co., Inc. in Boca Raton was named as the exclusive authorized distributor of Homelux Products in North America. It represents the United Kingdom-based company's full line of tile trims, tile accessories and tiling tools, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean region.

-- Cindy Kent Send your South Florida business news to 954-356-4662 Twitter@mindingyourbiz.

___ (c)2013 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Visit the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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