March 28, 2013 |
After years of working at a bank, Nancy Dillett of Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, lost her job in the late 1990s when her company was taken over by a rival. She spent the next decade raising her two children as a stay-at-home mom, then rejoined the workforce 18 months ago - as a retail clerk in a State Store. On Wednesday, Dillett, 55, who works at the liquor store in Jenkintown, told a panel of Democratic legislators that the state House's recent passage of a bill to phase out the State Stores left her fearful of finding herself without work once more.
December 5, 2012 |
PetroChoice Holdings Inc., a Bucks County lubricant distributor, has purchased Craft Oil Corp. of Avoca, Pa. for an undisclosed sum, said Shane O'Kelly, the chief executive of PetroChoice. It was the fourth acquisition this year by PetroChoice, which was founded in 1969 in Bedford County and has been based in Bristol since it acquired Loos & Dilworth Inc. in 2009. PetroChoice provides petroleum-based lubes and services in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Regions.
November 26, 2012
Amway, short for "American Way," was founded by Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel in 1959. Friends from Grand Rapids Christian High School, the two had started out selling nutritional supplements. Based on the principles of self-reliance and financial independence, the company remains privately owned, with the founders' children all involved in the business. Under the umbrella of Alticor Corporate Enterprises, Amway now reports having three million distributors worldwide. The products are not found in malls or on retail shelves, except in the employees' company store at Amway's world headquarters in Ada, Mich.
November 8, 2012 |
WHEN TATTLE learned there were organizations unhappy with their appearances in the new Denzel Washington movie, "Flight," we assumed it was either an airline or the pilots union - Denzel plays a hero pilot who's also a drunk and drug addict. The aggrieved parties, however, are Anheuser-Busch and the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka. Anheuser-Busch said that it has asked Paramount Pictures to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Denzel's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.
July 24, 2012 |
The calls for overhauling Pennsylvania's byzantine liquor laws have grown ever louder. But Philadelphia tavern owner Earl Martin fears what he is hearing is a last call for a big swig of his business. Like tavern owners across the state, Martin counts on take-out beer sales for a significant share of his revenue at Fibber McGee's Pub in Bridesburg. The booze business in Pennsylvania is peculiar. Beer isn't available at state liquor stores. Under current law, distributors can sell only by the case or keg; other take-out outlets are restricted to 192 ounces.
November 22, 2011 |
Pamela J. Gilchrist, 67, of Ivyland, who operated a health and nutrition business from her home for 31 years, died of brain cancer Thursday, Nov. 10, at home. Mrs. Gilchrist established Gilchrist Enterprise in 1980 as a distributor for Shaklee Corp. The firm's products include nutritional supplements, weight-management products, and beauty and household products. On her website, Mrs. Gilchrist explained how she got started in the business. In 1979, she was a stay-at-home mom when a friend gave her a sample of Shaklee's Basic-H, an organic cleaner.
August 1, 2011
DELAWARE BIDEN CHARGING U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is collecting $2,200 a month for the Secret Service to rent a cottage he owns so agents can be near one of the VIPs they are sworn to protect. Records show that Biden has collected more than $13,000 since April on the cottage in Greenville, a wealthy Wilmington suburb, and is eligible for up to $66,000 before the contract expires in 2013. Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan says simply, "It's a rental property so we pay rent there.
May 9, 2011
Airgas Inc. said Monday that it bought a Bloomington, Ind., producer and distributor of dry ice and carbon dioxide for an undisclosed sum. The Indiana firm, Pain Enterprises Inc., has 140 employees and annual revenues of about $33 million. Its customers include the food and beverage industry, hospitals, and industrial and chemical manufacturers Airgas, of Radnor, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and other products such as welding equipment and supplies.
December 10, 2010
Albert N. Kass, 92, of Media, a retired electronics company owner, died Thursday, Dec. 2, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In 1959, Mr. Kass established Kass Electronics Distributors. The firm, located in Havertown and later in Drexel Hill, supplied parts to local radio and television stations. The business had spanned the technological revolution from tubes to transistors and ultimately to computer chips by the time he sold it in 1987, son Spence said. Mr. Kass grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City.
August 10, 2010 |
JENKINS TWP. - One of Northeast Pennsylvania's largest wholesale beer distributors will close in September, a spillover effect of the 2008 merger of Miller and Coors brewing companies. United Beverage of NEPA in Jenkins Township, Luzerne County, is selling its beer brands. Miller, St. Pauli Girl and Verdi are being sold to LT Verrastro in Scranton; Yuengling and Rolling Rock are going to Northeast Eagle in Pittston; and Genesee, Pabst, Straub and Dos Equis are being dealt to Banko Beverage in Allentown.