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ICF International to acquire Ironworks Consulting

ICF International, a provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, has agreed to purchase Innsbrook-based Ironworks Consulting, LLC for the cash purchase price of $100 million, officials with ICF announced today.

“This transaction is emblematic of ICF’s strategy – to continuously expand our range of implementation service offerings in our markets,” said ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan. “Ironworks is an excellent strategic fit for ICF, adding complementary capabilities and clients across several of our key markets. With its record of sustained growth and deep client relationships in similar verticals, it strengthens our position in the fast-growing interactive digital services space.”

Ironworks is an interactive web development firm that provides customer engagement solutions across web, mobile and social media platforms to blue chip companies in the health, energy and financial services industries, as well as to U.S. federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Ironworks is expected to report revenues of $57 million for 2011 and an operating income margin of more than 20 percent.

The purchase will be funded through ICF’s existing bank credit line.

Ironworks, founded in 2001, offers integrated customer-facing applications, including interactive, portal and content management solutions and business and IT alignment services to a number of of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

Commercial business is expected to account for approximately 65 percent of Ironworks’ 2011 revenues, representing its work for companies in the health; energy; nonprofit; financial services; and manufacturing, retail, and distribution markets. In the government arena, Ironworks’s clients include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs, and National Science Foundation, among others.

“We are pleased to be joining ICF, which we see as an excellent platform to support our future growth,” said Ironworks Chief Executive Officer Scott Walker. “Our priority markets, emphasis on long-term client relationships, and ‘go-to-market’ strategies are consistent, and both of our firms have entrepreneurial cultures that value collaborative work environments.”
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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