Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted October 20, 2011 04:11 pm - Updated October 21, 2011 05:41 pm

Eco-friendly pet retailer moves company headquarters to Augusta

There’s another headquarters in Augusta.
This one is the online retail business, Eco-dogs, a place where pet owners can buy organic and eco-friendly products.
The distribution center, however, will remain in Mobile, Ala., said Marion Elledge, co-owner and “Chief Executive Dog Walker.”
He said a job transfer was the reason that the business is coming to Augusta.
“We hope to open a brick and mortar here as well as the online business,” Elledge said. “We are currently searching the area for just the right space, either somewhere such as Surrey Place or downtown.”
Stuff they sell: holistic, grain-free, gluten free food; collars and leashes, beds and toys made of organic materials like hemp and bamboo.
Eco-dogs is a pup of a business, starting in March with co-founder Roger Franklin. Elledge said the company sells across the U.S. and into Canada, but not worldwide.

FASHIONABLE OPENING: The Cato Corp. is opening another It’s Fashion Metro store in Augusta on Thursday. The new store is located in Southgate Shopping Center at 1631 Gordon Highway.
The company already has a “value priced” retail store on Windsor Spring Road, that it opened in 2010, and another in North Augusta that it opened in 2008.
Cato has about 100 of these spread throughout the Southeast.

BAD NAME HITS THE EXPRESS LINE: Atlantic Southeast Airlines is going to be known as ExpressJet after its merger with the other airline is done at the end of the year.
The airlines had previously planned to name their combined airline “SureJet.”
It was so poorly received that a companywide vote happened and the employees wanted ExpressJet.
ASA acquired ExpressJet Airlines in November 2010. The corporate name will officially change on Dec. 31. And Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate as a single airline is expected by then.