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Bits of Business | Wellness studio to open

Wellness in Motion Studio will hold its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Wellness in Motion, 611 University Drive, is described as a “mind body movement studio” and is run by Nittany Valley Chiropractic.

The event will include a grand prize trip to Belize. There will also be giveaway baskets, refreshments and live entertainment.

For more information, visit www.wellnessin motionstudio .com.

KCF wins $25,000 in contest

KCF Technologies was the winner of a $25,000 grant through the Shale Gas Innovation Contest.

There were more than 80 applicants and 13 finalists, and the State College-based company was one of four winning businesses.

Its winning entry was its SmartDiagnostics Vibration Monitoring System — a “powerful, easy-to-use software and low-power wireless vibration sensors” that allows technicians or engineers to visualize the operating state of equipment in order to predict the best time to perform maintenance for maximum efficiency, a report from KCF said.

This year’s contest was co-sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and 17 other regional and national energy, finance and resource exploration firms.

KCF Technologies is a tech company that develops and commercializes embedded intelligence solutions for industry and the military.

Engineering firm opens locally

In May, Providence Engineering Corp. opened an office in State College at 1344 S. Atherton St.

The office will allow the company to maintain closer contact with clients in the central and western part of the state, said spokeswoman Carmen Beinhauer.

The structural engineering firm was established in Pennsylvania in 1992 with headquarters in Lancaster.

3 contracts for Mission Critical

Mission Critical Partners Inc., landed three consulting contracts this spring, awarded by federal and state agencies.

In one project, MCP will assess the feasibility of a proposed next generation 911 quality assurance laboratory.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council is a council of governments in Texas. It hired MCP to conduct a feasibility study concerning the Texas i3 South project, which looks to create a quality-assurance laboratory for next generation 911 systems and equipment.

In another project, MCP will evaluate communications network technology and operational efficiency at the second-largest public safety answering point in Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County has renewed its contract with MCP, which will continue to assess the county’s public safety answering point. MCP will continue its review of the 911 center’s operational efficiency and suggest ways to optimize its various communications networks.

In its third project, MCP will assess emergency public alerting/warning systems deployed near nuclear facilities across the United States.

MCP is providing technical support to the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program — a unit within the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Technological Hazards Division. MCP will also examine pilot projects that are underway and make recommendations regarding potential new technologies that may be deployed in the future.