Thursday, April 24, 2003

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Royal Appliance sale approved

Shareholders of Glenwillow, Ohio-based Royal Appliance Mfg. Co., the maker of Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners, have approved the company's sale to Hong Kong power tools maker TechTronic Industries.

The merger, announced in December, was approved Tuesday at a special meeting of Royal Appliance shareholders. TechTronic shareholders approved the deal March 31.

Royal Appliance and its brands will be a TechTronic subsidiary. The company, based in a Cleveland suburb, has about 500 employees, and no job cuts are anticipated.

Atomic Dog wins excellence award

In textbook circles, Atomic Dog Publishing is one of this year's best of show.

The Over-the-Rhine company said Wednesday that one of its books received the Textbook Excellence Award from an organization called Text and Academic Authors. The "Texty" was given for Essentials of Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders, an Atomic Dog title written by Dr. Franklin Silverman of Marquette University.

As with other Atomic Dog titles, the online version of Essentials includes audio and video clips, interactive animation, tests and the ability to insert material and notes. It won the top prize in the TAA's humanities and social sciences category.

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