- Tetra Tech Inc.

said it was awarded a five-year, $50 million contract by the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct laboratory studies, model development and verification, and technical research for the EPA Office of Research and Development, the National Homeland Security Research Center, the Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation Program and the Environmental and Sustainable Technology Evaluation Program.

The Pasadena-based provider of consulting, engineering and technical services said the contract is an expansion of a previous five-year, $35 million program. The program, in various forms, has been awarded to Tetra Tech five consecutive times, the company said in a statement.

- DaVita Inc. said it expects to receive final regulatory approval from the Federal Trade Commission shortly for its acquisition of the U.S. health-care unit of Sweden's Gambro AB. DaVita expects the acquisition to close in early October. The El Segundo-based company agreed to buy Gambro's U.S. clinics in December for $3.1 billion in cash. The deal will create the nation's largest chain of dialysis centers, allowing DaVita to overtake Fresenius Medical Care AG of Germany, whose 84,600 U.S. customers make it the current largest provider of dialysis treatment.

- Bell Industries Inc. said its board named director John Fellows the company's new president and chief executive. Fellows, 41, succeeds Russell Doll, who was appointed acting president and CEO of the El Segundo-based technology company in September 2004. Fellows, who was elected to Bell's board in May, formerly served as chief executive of RMH Teleservices Inc., a provider of technology services, and in various management roles with PepsiCo, PageNet and TeleQuest.

- First Consulting Group Inc. announced that it will end its outsourcing agreement with UMass Memorial Health Care, effective Nov. 1. The Long Beach-based health care consulting firm said the decision was reached by both companies. Expenses incurred by First Consulting during the first nine months of this year lowered profits in its outsourcing practice and had a negative impact on the company's overall outsourcing financial performance, First Consulting said in a statement.

UMass, First Consulting and its subcontractor Affiliated Computer Services originally entered into a seven-year, $102 million outsourcing agreement in May 2002. First Consulting said it will continue to provide applications, help desk and desktop services through Nov. 1 and will also offer the services through the transition period, which is expected to occur around Dec. 31.

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