Washington area business diary for week of April 8

Short takes on the week's announcements and deals.

Acquisitions

Philadelphia-based software company PHD Virtual Technologies said it is acquiring McLean-based software company VirtualSharp Software. Terms were not disclosed.

District-based aggregates and building materials company Summit Materials said it has acquired Pleasant Grove, Utah-based aggregates and concrete company Westroc as well as the Wichita, Kan.-based assets of Lafarge North America. Terms were not disclosed.

Columbia-based chemical and materials company W.R. Grace & Co. said it has acquired Brisbane, Australia-based Chemind Construction Products. Terms were not disclosed.

Contracts

Alexandria-based food manufacturer Cuisine Solutions said it has entered into a partnership with Zurich-based travel catering company Gategroup to produce, distribute and market sous-vide (vacuum-cooked) products to travel providers in North America.

Expansions

Richmond-based architecture, engineering and interior design firm Baskervill has opened an office at 8200 Boone Blvd., Vienna, VA 22182.

Reston-based IT company Santeon said it has added more than 12,500 square feet of office space at its headquarters.

District-based law and public policy firm Patton Boggs has opened an office in Dubai.

Funding

District-based data center company DuPont Fabros Technology said it has received a $115 million loan, secured by its data center in Ashburn.

Chevy Chase-based life sciences company Precision for Medicine said it has raised $150 million in private equity financing.

New products & services

Columbia-based UMBC Training Centers said it is offering new certificate programs through its Cybersecurity Academy in cyber foundations, cybersecurity, cyber development and cyber operations.

Start-ups & new businesses

Becca Gould, former vice president of government affairs at Dell, and Kerry Murray, a veteran of Dell and MCI, have formed District-based Worldwide Insight, a government affairs consulting firm.

Real Fire Brazilian Grill has opened at 121 Mitchells Chance Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037.

— Compiled by Shawn Selby

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