February 26, 2013 |
STOCKHOLM - Swedish furniture giant Ikea became entangled in Europe's widening meat scandal Monday, forced to withdraw meatballs from stores across Europe amid suspicions that they contained horse meat. Stores in the United States and Canada were not affected, Ikea said. The company reacted after authorities in the Czech Republic said they had detected horse DNA in tests of 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) packs of frozen meatballs that were labeled as beef and pork. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that it tested two batches of Ikea meatballs and that only one of them contained horse meat.
November 18, 2012 |
BERLIN - Swedish furniture giant Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, expressed regret Friday that it benefited from the use of forced prison labor by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago. The company released an independent report showing that East German prisoners, among them many political dissidents, were involved in the manufacture of goods supplied to Ikea 25 to 30 years ago. The report concluded...
November 14, 2012 |
BERLIN - Ikea will release a report this week addressing claims that it benefited from forced labor in the former communist East Germany, the company and victims groups said Monday. The report by independent auditors Ernst & Young looks into allegations that Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters is in Conshohocken, used East German suppliers who employed prisoners - some of them political dissidents - to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s. "We hope this will be a first step toward a broader investigation into the use of forced labor in East Germany," Rainer Wagner, chairman of the victims' group UOKG, told the Associated Press.
October 2, 2012 |
Ikea, the world's largest home retailer, is putting the kibosh on compact fluorescent light bulbs. The Swedish company announced Monday it going all LED by 2016. LED bulbs - that stands for light-emitting diodes - are more expensive, but they consume 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 20 times longer, Ikea said. Ikea, whose U.S. headquarters are in Conshohocken, called its ban on the spiral fluorescents "another bold move" by a company that first banned incandescents in 2010.
August 1, 2012
On Tuesday, IKEA officially plugged in rooftop solar arrays at three regional facilities – stores in Conshohocken and South Philadelphia, plus its U.S. service center in Conshohocken. The arrays have a total of 9,198 panels and are expected to generate 2,654,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, the equivalent of powering 228 homes. The savings in carbon dioxide emissions is expected to be the equivalent of removing 359 cars from the road. IKEA has now installed solar at 29 of its U.S. facilities, with installations under way at 10 more, according to the company.
March 30, 2012 |
When Naomi Stein, a Bala Cynwyd interior designer, was searching for a set of nightstands for her bedroom, she ran into a dilemma: She had a limited budget and rather expensive taste. Then she came across a blog post featuring an Ikea Rast dresser, a plain three-drawer box in unfinished pine, that had been painted, stained, and blinged out with hardware. She decided to follow the blogger's lead, creating her own elegant accent pieces from the same unassuming Ikea structure. "I figured, I can try it," Stein said.
December 7, 2011
In the Region Ikea assembles 45,360 solar panels Ikea , the Swedish home-furnishings retailer with U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken, announced plans to install 45,360 solar panels on 10 locations in the southern United States. The panels will have a generating capacity of 10.7 megawatts. The retailer already has 23 solar systems installed or under way. The 10 new locations will increase the company's solar presence to 75 percent of its U.S. locations. - Andrew Maykuth N.J. fugitive is arrested in Fla. Federal law enforcement officials apprehended a former Voorhees resident, who allegedly sold bogus insurance policies and had been a fugitive for three years, in Port Charlotte, Fla., the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey said.
December 6, 2011
Ikea, the Swedish home furnishings retailer with U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken, on Tuesday announced plans to install 45,360 solar panels on ten locations in the southern United States. The panels will have a generating capacity of 10.7 megawatts. The retailer already has 23 solar systems installed or under way. The ten new locations will increase the company's solar presence to 75 percent of its U.S. locations. - Andrew Maykuth
October 14, 2011
DesignPhiladelphia is an 11-day celebration of creativity in the city. Information on the festival is at www.designphiladelphia.org . Here are previews of four events. Artists, Luddites, and administrative personnel can exact vengeance on technology Saturday at the Printer Smash, back this year by popular demand as part of DesignPhiladelphia. In a space the size of a boxing ring, visitors to Printer Smash will be provided an instrument of destruction, safety goggles, and an inkless technological nemesis.
June 25, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A labor union looking to organize Ikea's first American factory is asking the federal government to allow workers to vote on whether they want representation. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board this week along with signature cards from what it believes is a majority of the eligible employees at Ikea's factory in Danville, Va. The plant, which produces bookcases and coffee tables, is run by Ikea's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood.