Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Morning Briefs

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AUTOLEASE CORP. NAMES PRESIDENT, COO

The Scott-McRae Group has named William Stanton as president and chief operating officer of its Autolease Corp. division.

Stanton previously worked in Tampa for the Mortgage Corp. of America. He is also co-founder and former president of the Bay Area Automotive Group.

Jacksonville-based Autolease, which formed in 1952, leases vehicles, equipment and office machines to commercial customers. The company has 13 employees in Jacksonville.

NORTH FLORIDA BUILDERS SELLS TO WOODSIDE

Woodside Communities of North Florida has acquired custom homebuilder North Florida Builders.

Twenty-seven-year-old North Florida Builders has built more than 1,800 homes in the area and is working on projects in Ponte Vedra Beach, Clay County and North and West Jacksonville.

Woodside was founded in 1977 and has built more than 16,000 homes around the country.

The management team in place at North Florida will continue running the company, Woodside said, and communities in the area will still use the North Florida Builders name.

CORNERSTONE HONORS LOCAL COMPANIES

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone division honored two local companies Thursday with its quarterly industry appreciation awards. The winner in the service sector was Skanska USA Building Inc., a global construction firm with a local office that has built the federal courthouse downtown and is working on the new Duval County courthouse.

Manufacturing sector winner, Flightstar Aviation Services, maintains and overhauls jet aircraft from its base at Jacksonville International Airport.

ASK JEEVES BUYING SITES FOR $420 MILLION

SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine Ask Jeeves Inc. is buying a family of popular Web sites that includes Excite.com and iWon.com, doubling the company's size as it vies to wrest market share away from industry leaders Google Inc. …

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