Regions Insurance has acquired Franklin-based The Hanback Group, The Tennessean reports. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Regions Insurance is a subsidiary of Regions Bank.
The Franklin Planning Commission has approved plans that will allow the expansion of the CoolSprings Galleria, Channel 2 reports.
Work on the three-phase project at the Williamson County-based mall should begin in early 2014.
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Nashville-based graphic design firm Juicebox Designs has become a recommended vendor for national chain Wild Birds Unlimited.
With a Nashville-area presence in Berry Hill, Franklin and Goodlettsville, Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. has 266 stores (mainly franchised) nationwide.
Jay Smith, who founded Juicebox Designs with wife Kristi Smith, said the company is in talks to determine which of the Wild Birds Unlimited stores will carry Juicebox greeting cards.
“I am in the process of contacting all of those store owners who we have sent sample bird products to in the hope that they will want to carry our products in their stores,” he said.
The Smiths began producing small prints and greeting card sets last year at the same time they launched the rebranding of their design firm. Their first product line featured custom-illustrated birds and has, Jay Smith said, been successful with website sales and in specialty boutiques around Nashville.
Juicebox Designs unveiled its new product line last week, with the theme of suns and moons.
“Our bird products were a great beginning to our retail division,” Smith said. “Now with our suns and moons line, we have a completely different theme and illustration style to offer our customers, which also helps promote those same skills and styles we use every day in our design firm.”
Locally, Juicebox Designs cards are available at The Willow Tree in Sylvan Park, Art & Invention in East Nashville and Pangaea in Hillsboro Village.
Pathology lab operator DiaTech Oncology says it plans to hire 39 people in the next two years to help run a testing lab it is building at 405 Duke Drive in Franklin. The lab is scheduled to open its doors in early 2014 and will house medical technologists with specializations in purification and culturing of tumor cells, among other topics.
DiaTech CEO Garry Lattimer this spring raised $18 million to fund his team's growth plans, which center on the company's work with doctors to specialize cancer treatments. The company has put a $2.7 million price tag on its Cool Springs expansion.
The Noshville Cool Springs location has closed after about six years of operations. The decision to close was made during the past 10 days only after its managers determined that the surrounding office environment wasn't enough to sustain the eatery. Steve Cavendish has the story here.
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