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Three Cleveland area firms have begun a joint venture...

CLEVELAND -- Three Cleveland area firms have begun a joint venture to develop a nationwide chain of inns aimed to fill the market void between the budget hotels and the expensive, full-service hotels.

The new company is called Skylight Inns of America Inc. The three firms involved are: Skylight Inns Inc. of Willoughby, G.E. Springer Inc. of Beachwood and Equity Investors Co. of Cleveland.

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'We will stress quality in a limited-service inn,' said Ronald W. Lingafelter, president of Skylight.

The company wants to have 8 to 10 inns in operation in the next 18 months.

The first Skylight Inn is open in Orange Township outside of Cleveland.Work on two similar inns in Columbus, Ohio, and Southfield, Mich., will begin within two weeks.

Lingafelter said the average Skylight Inn would have 100 to 128 rooms in a two- or three-story building. The inns are geared to the needs of business travelers.

The rooms will be priced at $28 a night.

The inns will be concentrated at first in the Midwest and in the East. None of the Skylight Inns will have eating facilities.

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