O'Brien & Gere Accreditation

O'Brien & Gere Engineers, which has an office in Landover, has announced its recent accreditation by the American National Standards Institute Registrar Accreditation Board as an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Lead Auditor Course Provider. The nationally ranked consulting company joins 13 companies nationwide that can provide similar training.

ISO 14001-registered environmental management systems provide an internationally recognized framework for organizations to manage the environmental impacts of product, processes or services and to improve overall environmental performance. O'Brien & Gere Engineers has worked with such clients as Caterpillar, Stanley, Nortel and Chrysler to develop and implement environmental management systems. O'Brien & Gere, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., employs more than 850 people in offices throughout the United States, as well as in England and Mexico.

The firm also has been awarded the first year of a three-year contract with the U.S. Army Engineering District in Mobile, Ala., for architect-engineering services. The consulting firm will provide services to address hazardous, toxic and radioactive waste, as well as environmental services throughout the Mobile District Service area.

Teleservice Anniversary

Protocall Communications, a teleservice firm, will celebrate the first anniversary of its Maryland Call Center in Laurel with the addition of 100 new employees. Since opening the facility in September 1998, the firm has grown by more than 90 percent. The new hires will bring the number of employees servicing mainly business-to-business national accounts to 300. Some of the company's national accounts include MCI Wireless, Lucent Technologies, the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic.

The State of Bowie

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and its legislative committee present the annual State of the City address at their September meeting Tuesday at the Comfort Inn off Route 301. Bowie Mayor G. Fred Robinson will be the featured speaker at the 8 a.m. meeting, and breakfast will be served. Chamber members may submit questions for the mayor by calling chamber President Andrew Stephenson at 301-262-0920 or by faxing to 301-262-0921. All questions will be forwarded to the mayor, and a short question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Cost to attend the breakfast meeting is $15 for chamber members and $18 for nonmembers. The reservation deadline is Friday.

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