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April 4, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
When Bill Cumby Jr. and his father, Bill Sr., started W.S. Cumby Inc. in 1981, they began it as a union general contracting and project management company. "In 1981, if you wanted to do our kind of work - good-quality commercial work - you were a union contractor," said Cumby Jr., 66, who took over as president in 1998. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, father and son switched to a merit shop (non-union) business, repudiating their contracts with the unions for carpenters and laborers.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
'Give me a broken system, and I see the problem really easily," says Mark Jessen , a Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT technology consultant for global business-software maker SAP , on a visit last week to the company's North America headquarters in Newtown Square. Jessen is one of 100 people SAP has hired in its Autism at Work program since 2012. The first few hires were in India. SAP says it has developed supports to help autistic people cope with office demands they may find stressful, so they can apply their abilities to fixing software errors and other tasks.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld has moved its Center City operations from 1700 Market Street to larger offices at Two Logan Square to accommodate increasing demand, the Conshohocken-based law firm said Thursday. The firm relocated at the beginning of March to a 7,800-square-foot space at the new location, for which it has a lease of roughly six years, executive partner Neil Cooper said. Its previous Center City operations occupied 3,700 square feet. The firm opened its satellite at 1700 Market on a temporary basis in 2014 to "test the waters" in Center City, but quickly outgrew the space, Cooper said.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
The Federal Trade Commission has sued Endo International, alleging that the company violated antitrust laws by entering into "anticompetitive reverse-payment" deals to block lower-cost generic versions of Endo's pain medicines. Endo is accused of "pay for delay" agreements with Watson Laboratories, now part of Allergan, and Impax Laboratories to stay off the market with cheaper generic copies of Endo's Opana ER, an opioid drug, and Lidoderm, a lidocaine patch, the FTC said in a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2016 | Mike Zebe Staff
The Philadelphia intellectual-property firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel L.L.P. has hired Jifang Tao as a scientific adviser to support the firm's patent work on behalf of clients in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Tao was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a graduate student and research assistant at University of California, Los Angeles. Tao earned her bachelor of science degree in biological sciences with a minor in English from Tsinghua University, Beijing, with honors, and her Ph.D.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
J.D. Bravo Co. of Malvern and Philadelphia-based JacobsWysper Architects have been selected to design and build the long-planned Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center in West Philadelphia. The team was chosen for the $6.3 million project near 48th and Brown Streets through an open bidding process that begin in November, J.D. Bravo said in a release on Wednesday. Design and construction are scheduled to take 21 months, with completion slated for early 2018, the company said. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
March 17, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Nevio A. Celestino, 87, of Deptford, a former mechanical designer for the Philadelphia construction and engineering firm Day & Zimmerman, died of lung cancer Monday, March 14, at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. Mr. Celestino grew up near 12th and Shunk Streets in South Philadelphia, and graduated from Edward W. Bok Technical High School. In the early 1950s, he worked as an Army cook at a base in West Germany, his wife, Natalina, said. When he returned to Philadelphia, she said, he earned an associate's degree in mechanical design at Spring Garden College and spent much of his career with Day & Zimmerman.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Just three months after he was named DuPont Co.'s top plastics executive, Patrick E. Lindner has quit the company where he worked for 20 years to join Delaware-based W.L. Gore & Associates, the privately held $3 billion developer of Gore-Tex fabrics. "He brings a broad range of complementary experience and expertise to Gore," Gore spokeswoman Amy Calhoun said Monday. "We're confident he will contribute in many ways. " Gore, which employs 10,000, eschews traditional business titles.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
American Realty Advisors of Glendale, Calif., is taking an $18.1 million equity stake in the 3201 Race St. residential tower on Drexel University's campus, according to Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P., which brokered the investment. HFF said in a release Thursday that it also arranged for a $35.4 million construction loan from Santander Bank N.A. for the 16-story, 164-unit project being developed by Radnor Property Group of Wayne. The tower, which will feature a 13,840-square-foot child-care center operated by Nobel Learning Communities on its ground floor, is scheduled for completion in 2017.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's new lawyers come from a Center City firm with past ties to the congressman's family, considerable experience handling high-profile cases, and an apparent lack of concern over whether it gets paid any time soon. A team of three attorneys from Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis L.L.P. will make its courtroom debut Friday at a hearing in which the lawyers hope to persuade a federal judge to toss Fattah's racketeering conspiracy charges. Their attachment to the case comes amid a flap between the Philadelphia Democrat and his previous lawyers, who say they have not been fully paid and have pushed for the court's permission to drop the congressman as a client.
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