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 May 31, 2012 07:48 pm - Updated May 31, 2012 07:50 pm

Augusta tech firm signs up California

An Augusta technology firm landed a big fish.


The California Emergency Management Agency picked ESi’s software to replace its current emergency response information system.


ESI, headquartered in downtown Augusta, has software called WebEOC which is a disaster dashboard that lets fire, police, hospitals and anything else involved in an emergency to communicate. The company announced Thursday that it was successful in the state’s competitive procurement red tape.


“From managing wild fires in San Diego to tsunami tracking in San Francisco, WebEOC has already been used as a powerful incident and event management tool by more than 50 organizations in California, including 13 California counties,” said John O’Dell, Chief Technical Officer at ESi.


Over the years, WebEOC has been used in communications during hurricanes, tsunamis and even the presidential inauguration.


MTU ISO: ISO 9001:2008 is mumbo jumbo to people who don’t run industrial facilities. For companies that get that ISO certificate, it is the kind of thing that causes parties with cake.


ISO 9001:2008 is the standard that provides a universal set of requirements for a quality management system, regardless of what the user organization does, its size, or whether it is in the private or public sector.


Tognum America’s MTU Aiken plant, where they make giant diesel engines, just got its certification.


Because ISO is a global standard, the quality of products and the processes by which products are manufactured should be the same, regardless of where the products are purchased by customers. ISO certification provides a level of security for the customer and ensures that production is consistent and conforms to globally recognized standards of quality.


This achievement follows the ISO 14001 Environmental Certification the plant achieved in March.


COLLECTING MALLS: Augusta-based Hull Storey Gibson Companies announced Wednesday that it acquired the Liberty Fair Mall in Martinsville, Va.


The commercial real estate company now has 19 malls in its portfolio.


Hull Storey Gibson’s total retail gross leasable area is now more than 12 million square feet.


The company nabbed another Virginia mall just two months ago – it is 35 miles away from this one.


Liberty Fair Mall is anchored by Belk, Sears, JC Penney Outlet, Kroger and Office Max.