Arundel Newspapers, the 25-year old publisher of 12 newspapers in Fairfax County and the Virginia Piedmont area, announced it bought an eight-acre site in Gainesville, Va., to relocate its Herndon headquarters and to build a new production plant.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The publishing company said the move is part of a plan to launch more newspapers and increase its color capabilities.

The company's weekly newspapers now in production will continue to be produced at existing plants in Leesburg and Warrenton.

The company is in a "strong financial position" to take advantage of growth opportunities, said J. David Ray, president of Arundel Newspapers.

"We expect Gainesville and its infrastructure services to resemble Tysons Corner and Springfield in the next 15 years," Ray said.

Arundel Newspapers publishes the Loudoun Times-Mirror, the Fauquier Times-Democrat, Rappahannock News, Clarke Courier, Front Royal News and seven other newspapers in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. The publications have a combined circulation of more than 150,000.

Hughes Network Systems Inc. of Germantown was selected by the National Automobile Dealer Association of McLean to provide satellite networking services to automobile dealerships nationwide.

For six months NADA has been evaluating the feasibility of a shared telecommunications network among dealerships and the ability of various vendors to support such a network program.

Under the agreement, NADA will solicit the participation of both its nationwide dealer membership and auto manufacturers in the standard network, which will operate via regional shared satellite hubs owned by Hughes, General Motors Corp. or Chrysler Motors Corp.

The agreement stems from NADA's efforts to eliminate duplication of computer and telecommunications equipment within dealerships' networks.

Waverly Inc. of Baltimore, the parent company of national and international scientific and medical publishers, completed its acquisition of Lea & Febiger L.P., of Malvern, Pa., in exchange for Waverly common stock and cash.

Lea & Febiger, which was founded in 1785 and has annual revenue of about $11 million, publishes a wide variety of titles in the medical field and related disciplines. The company will continue operating independently at its Pennsylvania headquarters.

Mobil Corp. of Fairfax was awarded a 15-year contract to supply 400 billion cubic feet of natural gas to an electric power station to be built by PowerGen of Hertfordshire, England. Terms were not disclosed.

Eisner & Associates of Baltimore was awarded the $1.5 million Spa Lady advertising account.

SciComm Inc. of Bethesda, which provides information systems, environmental consulting and communications services, was accepted into the U.S. Small Business Administration's 8(a) program, which sets aside contracts for minority and disadvantaged businesses.

Maxwell Online Inc. of McLean added the Japan Technology database to its Orbit Search Service division.

Novacom Services Inc. of Vienna changed its name to Vaxcom Services Inc.

European Car Reservations Inc. of East Rochester, N.Y., opened an office in Springfield.

Sterling International Group Inc. of Paris, a financial consulting firm that specializes in transactions in and for Africa, opened offices in Washington.

International Bridge Inc. of Silver Spring was named East Coast representative for the Market Monitor report series produced by ASI Market Research Ltd. of Japan.

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