December 9, 2013 |
Philadelphia is one of the handful of cities where the mix of old and start-up software companies and engineering programs produces at least a modest and growing supply of young software developers for mobile and cloud applications and other emerging products. "It's the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Philly, Boston, Seattle, Austin. That's about it," said Patrick Matalack , director of product at Twillow, a San Francisco-based cloud and communications company. Matalack is an alumnus of Archbishop Carroll and Carnegie Mellon . Matalack's short list of tech hubs raises a question for companies that have prospered elsewhere - as the Internet freed them to do - but are now in growth mode.
November 25, 2013 |
Robert F. Rink, 82, of Wayne, a life insurance company executive, died Friday, Nov. 15, at Paoli Memorial Hospital of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Starting in 1955, Mr. Rink worked in the life insurance industry, rising to president of the Life Insurance Co. of North America, which became part of Cigna Corp. After retiring in 1989, he taught business and finance courses in the degree-completion program at Eastern College. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Rink graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
November 24, 2013 |
Choreography that's easy to read is not necessarily easy to dance. New York's decade-old Keigwin + Company opened Thursday night at the Annenberg Dance Celebration in its second appearance there in two years. The troupe gave a concert of four legible works with varying degrees of difficulty. The closing work, 2009's Triptych (by artistic director and choreographer Larry Keigwin), was the most demanding, and I'd have liked to see more of this caliber from this fine company of dancers, three men and three women.
November 17, 2013 |
SMG, the West Conshohocken facilities manager that will start running Philadelphia's vast but underused Convention Center on Dec. 1, has tapped Lorenz Hassenstein, former vice president at Trevose-based Advertising Specialty Institute Inc., for a new job supervising most of the center's operating staff. Hassenstein will head the group that runs the center and deals with shows, contractors, hotels, and unions. He will report to SMG chief operating officer Bob McClintock and to the state-owned center's new executive director, whom the Convention Center board plans to approve and name next week.
November 15, 2013 |
MAJOR telecommunications companies are offering free calls and/or texts to the Philippines for customers trying to contact loved ones in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Comcast said yesterday that it would provide free calls to the island nation for its 10.5 million Xfinity Voice residential customers for calls made between Nov. 8 and 22. The company said on its corporate blog that "credits and waived fees will be automatic and no action will be required by customers. " Comcast also said it worked with the Filipino Channel to make its network available at no additional cost to all Xfinity TV digital customers through tomorrow in areas where the channel is carried.
November 11, 2013 |
The companies headed by Nicholas Schorsch have bought more than $10 billion worth of hotels, clinics, stores, apartments, stockbrokerages, and investment funds across the United States, doubling their collective size. And that's just so far this year. "This is not growth for growth's sake," the fast-moving, solidly built Schorsch, 52, insisted in a conference call with investors Thursday. Rather, he said, "it is an all-out effort to gain competitive advantage" by growing so big that the group can buy and sell assets more cheaply.
November 9, 2013 |
Mondelez International, the Chicago snack bakery chain formerly part of Kraft International, has "begun ongoing discussions with the union" about closing the former Kraft plant that makes and ships Oreos, Ritz, and many other cookies and crackers on Roosevelt Boulevard at Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia, company spokeswoman Laurie Guzzinati said Thursday. The plant employs at least 275 workers. It's the latest blow to the city's once-thriving industrial snacks industry: Bankrupt Hostess Foods closed its own Northeast Philly bakery a year ago. "We would like to invest more than $100 million in Fairlawn, N.J., and in Richmond, Va., where we have bakeries," and "consolidate" Kraft operations at those sites, which would mean closing the Philadelphia plant, Guzzinati said.
November 8, 2013 |
Loud clicks from a computer that won't boot. The blue screen of death, followed by an invitation to reformat a drive already full of treasured files. On a Mac, a folder labeled with an ominous question mark. Any could be a sign of that dreaded digital disaster: a hard-drive failure. So who ya gonna call? Don Anderson hopes you'll consider his Gloucester City company, Tri-State Data Recovery & Forensics L.L.C. Anderson says he has the Philadelphia region's only Class 10 "clean room" for data recovery, and it's hard to find evidence to the contrary.
November 4, 2013 |
Farmer Louis Farrell loved the quiet of country living in northwest Montgomery County, in the rolling hills hard by the Berks County border. Then, according to Farrell and some of his neighbors, Mountain Mulch Co. bought some of the nearby preserved farmland on Sassamansville Road and turned his paradise into a "landfill" and "eyesore. " It's true that more than a dozen piles of wood chips were stacked almost 20 feet high one day last week at Mountain Mulch. And on many days, the neighbors say, the buzzing of a Vermeer tub grinder shredding wood pallets into a fine grade of mulch can be heard, and tractor-trailers rumble through the area between breakfast and dinnertime.
November 1, 2013 |
Devra Todd Bennung, 86, a Cape May resident since 1998, died Sunday, Oct. 27, at Victoria Manor, a nursing home in North Cape May, of complications from a broken hip. In the early 1950s, Mrs. Bennung and her husband, Karl Jr., cofounded what is now Acrymax Technologies in Media, their son, Scott, said. A 1996 Inquirer story reported that the firm produces "a series of coatings used to restore and preserve roofing, especially galvanized tin. " A Bennung coating was featured on an episode of the PBS series This Old House, the story reported.