Zoup!, the nation’s leading fast-casual soup brand, featuring award-winning soups and made-to-order salads and sandwiches, has broken ground on its first Washington area restaurant at 181 Old Mill Boulevard, in the Old Mill shopping center, South Strabane Township.

When the restaurant opens in August, it will be the 10th Zoup! in Pennsylvania and among more than 100 in its nationwide system. According to a press release, the company will hire about 25 new employees for the restaurant in the months ahead.

“We’ve lived in Pennsylvania for several years and our family has become big fans of Zoup! We’re excited to bring their delicious soups and welcoming atmosphere to Washington,” said Dean Evers, Zoup! franchisee.

Evers plans on opening three to five more Zoup! locations throughout the Pittsburgh area in the years ahead.

A Zoup! restaurant is also located in Town Center Boulevard, Southpointe.

Zoup! features hundreds of award-winning soup recipes with 12 rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, low-cal, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options, all served with a piece of freshly baked bread. Customer favorites include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Vegetable Bounty. The menu also features made-to-order salads and sandwiches, and all menu items are available in convenient catering sizes for groups of 10 or more.

To help customers select from the daily soups, sampling is encouraged. For those looking to save time, a daily soup menu and online ordering are available. Customers also can sign up online to receive a daily email menu.

As an established brand throughout the United States and Canada – with more than 100 restaurants in 19 states/provinces – Zoup! is targeting Pennsylvania as part of an overall expansion strategy.

For more information, visit zoup.com

The Southpointe CEO Association, which since 2003, has honored an individual, or individuals, with its World Class CEO Award, will take a unique approach in presenting the 2017 award on June 21 at Hilton Garden Inn, bestowing the honor on the current panel of Washington County commissioners, Larry Maggi, Diana Irey Vaughan and Harlan Shober Jr.

The award recognizes excellence in profession, achievements in service and dedication to the business development of the Southpointe Technology Park.

Wednesday’s award banquet will mark the 15th year the recognitions have been awarded, and the first time a female has been among the winners.

“The Washington County Board of Commissioners has been instrumental in the development of Southpointe and Southpointe II to create an upscale business park incorporating office buildings, manufacturing facilities, retail, hotels, a golf club, restaurants, fitness centers, education centers, and residential units,” said association Executive Director Dr. Stephanie Urchick. “The commissioners communicated a vision to create a common sense of purpose among the multiple stakeholders in the Southpointe community, and they continue to focus on the long-term goals of the park. Through collaboration with both public and private entities, Southpointe remains one of the finest business parks in the region and the country.”

In addition to honoring World Class CEOs, the association will also award two $2,500 scholarships to individuals who are pursuing advanced higher education. Winners must be employees of an association member organization, or dependents of a person employed by a member organization.

New for this year’s awards celebration night is the launch of a the Emerging Leader Award, a collaboration with Leadership Washington County. Nominees include Carole DeAngelo, marketing director at Observer Publishing Co.; Daniel Rooney, general manager of Hyatt Place Pittsburgh South; and Jennifer Trapuzzano, co-owner of Fresh Media Group.

For more information on the association’s event visit www.southpointe-ceo.org or contact Urchick at execdirector@southpointe-ceo.org/724-747-5055.

Amanda Lundberg of Houston, who has worked as a captioner for four years, has earned the nationally recognized Certified Realtime Captioner certification from the National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners and legal videographers. The CRC designation acknowledges her proficiency in language skills and in realtime writing in the broadcast and Communication Access Realtime Translation environments. Lundberg, who also holds the professional certification of Registered Professional Reporter, is currently a freelance captioner.

CART is often defined as live-event captioning, which relies on realtime reporting to produce an immediate transcript of the spoken word. Realtime reporting produces an immediate transcript of proceedings by using a steno machine connected to a computer that instantly translates spoken word to text.

The CRC certification was implemented in August 2015 to provide NCRA members with a higher level of captioning training and the resources they need to transition to providing captioning services.

To be recognized as a CRC, candidates must successfully complete a captioning workshop provided by NCRA and a skills exam that is a realtime dictation of 180 words per minute on literary matter.

Dr. Steven Krakora of Western Pennsylvania Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery will relocate his practice to a new, state-of-the-art location this fall. The new building, Western Pennsylvania Professional Centre, will be located just across the street from Krakora’s current practice on Franklin Drive, beside the Wild Things stadium.

While the new building will enable Krakora to accommodate the most advanced medical technologies, there will be three or four more flexible, available units. Krakora said he is seeking fellow medical practices to lease this new office space, but other types businesses will be considered as well. Visit wpapc.net to learn more about the units and send an email to westernpapc@gmail.com.

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