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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

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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