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February 18, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Barry Eisele, 69, of Voorhees, a branch manager for United Refrigeration Inc. in South Jersey, died of cancer Monday, Feb. 15, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. United Refrigeration is a distributor for parts and equipment for air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration units, with locations in 44 states. A 1964 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Eisele served in a New Jersey unit of the Army Reserve. Mr. Eisele had been with United Refrigeration since his high school graduation year, his wife, Jane, said.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
The job market for law school graduates improved dramatically last year, with law firms competing aggressively to recruit the best prospects, a study released Tuesday shows. Major law firms made offers to 95.3 percent of all summer interns, the highest offer rate since the 2008-2009 recession, according to the study by the National Association for Law Placement. The number of summer internships, a stepping-stone to full-time employment, also was significantly higher, said NALP, a Washington-based group that tracks lawyer hiring.
NEWS
February 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
The Delaware water company that plans to pump from a Chester County well has withdrawn its application to expand service in the county, fueling concern among residents that the firm plans to export county water supplies to out-of-state customers. "This was our fear from the beginning," State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester), who supports residents' opposition to the company's plans, said this week. Artesian Resources Corp. plans to pump about 200,000 gallons of water per day from a well in New Garden Township near the Broad Run tributary of White Clay Creek.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Center City law firm Blank Rome, a fixture in the city's legal community for 70 years, said Thursday it had acquired Dickstein Shapiro, a venerated but struggling Washington-based firm, in a deal that will expand Blank Rome's presence in the nation's capital while securing its position as one of Philadelphia's leading law firms. In all, 107 Dickstein Shapiro lawyers will join Blank Rome, most of them based in Washington. Dickstein, known for its substantial regulatory practice in Washington, is one of the nation's most profitable law firms.
NEWS
February 11, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Helena Hoffman Pinto, 66, of Burlington Township, an award-winning senior transaction manager for Binswanger, the Philadelphia commercial real estate firm, died of lung cancer Saturday, Feb. 6, at Samaritan HealthCare and Hospice in Mount Holly. In 2015, Mrs. Pinto earned the Holmes Davis Award, named for a stalwart of the company. David R. Binswanger, its president and CEO, said in an interview that the award is "the firm's most prestigious, honoring long-standing service. " In a statement to employees about Mrs. Pinto, Binswanger wrote that "no matter what time you left the Philadelphia office in the evening, it was likely you were doing so before Helena.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Gene W. Chilton, 90, of Deptford, a civil engineer and former owner of a survey and design firm in Cherry Hill, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, at his home. Mr. Chilton was the oldest trustee at North Baptist Church in Woodbury, which he had joined in 1957, daughter Doris Chilton said. After being baptized that year, she said, he was named to the church trustee board in 1958. A Sunday School teacher in his early years at North Baptist, his daughter said, Mr. Chilton had fond memories of ringing the church bell before classes.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A Brooklyn developer has secured $24 million in financing for its redevelopment of the former West Philadelphia High School building into a 298-unit apartment property. Colliers International Capital Markets said in a release Friday that it had arranged the loan for the acquisition and redevelopment of the 442,200-square-foot, four-story structure. Brooklyn-based Heights Advisors describes the project at 4700 Walnut St. on its website as a gut rehabilitation. An entity with the same address as Heights Advisors purchased the 1911 building for $5.1 million in February 2015, according to records filed with the city.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Realen Properties of Berwyn is teaming up with a New Orleans developer that specializes in renovating historic structures to convert the Liberty Title & Trust building at 101 N. Broad St. into a hotel. Realen president Dennis Maloomian presented plans with HRI Properties Wednesday to the Philadelphia Art Commission for a 179 room hotel under Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Aloft flag at the 21-story 1920s building. Plans include a contemporary-style addition of about three stories that will wrap around the building's northern and eastern sides and provide direct access to the adjacent Pennsylvania Convention Center.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2016
A Delaware County roofing company this week was cited and fined more than $40,000 by the U.S. Labor Department for two alleged safety violations involving its workers. DDP Roofing Services of Glen Mills failed to require protective eyewear for workers using pneumatic nail guns, nor were they using any means of protecting against falls while performing roof work, according to the citations issued Monday. The infractions occurred at a commercial construction worksite in the 200 block of Washington Street in Conshohocken.
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