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Two of New England's more oddly named marketing companies—Captains of Industry and Fred Inc. Productions—have merged operations.

The pair, which teamed on various projects over the past five years, will now operate out of Captains of Industry's Boston office, using that com pany's name.

Ted Page of Captains, a marketing services concern, and Fred Surr of Fred Inc., which specialized in video production, are equal owners of the combined operation. The new company employs four full-time employees and works with numerous freelancers.

Captains of Industry is now positioning itself as a full-service marketing communications agency, offering media advertising, public relations, collateral, video prod uction and interactive capabilities. Clients include medical com pany Whatman HemaSure, Polaroid, the Partnership for Patient Safety and broadband com pany ADC.