December 4, 2011 |
In the recent annals of modern office-dom, first came the cube farms: nightmarish rows of high-paneled cages where office workers labored in lonely silence, noses buried in their computers. Then came the antithesis: All those bright spirits flitting about with laptops, plugging in anywhere, turbocharged on Starbucks lattes. "The mobile workforce was very in vogue," said Lynn Utter, sitting in a museum of office furniture located among cow pastures and farms in rural East Greenville, Montgomery County.
December 4, 2011 |
In some ways, the furniture-design exhibit at Philadelphia University's Paul J. Gutman Library couldn't be more commonplace. But that's exactly the point, says Gotz Unger, founding director of the university's industrial-design program. The exhibit features a simple-yet-functional, white, two-seater sofa, no frills. Nearby are a few chairs that look like seats that could be found in any office, along with a modern, plain, unadorned table - all very ordinary. Yet, they speak to the transformation in office design created by a young architect and her businessman husband, Florence and Hans Knoll, Unger said.
November 21, 2011
CONSPIRACY theories naturally follow major news events, so it's no surprise that a few, from far-out to fathomable, are kicking around the Penn State story. The far-out? Joe Paterno's football "family" whacked a district attorney familiar with allegations against Jerry Sandusky. I know. Sounds like the spine of a screenplay. But, like most conspiracy theories, it has some meat. In 1998, then-Centre County D.A. Ray Gricar ran a sting operation after claims surfaced that Sandusky allegedly abused boys.
November 15, 2010 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - St. Joseph's magical season came to an abrupt end Sunday against a formidable foe in the NJSIAA Group 1 state field hockey championship. Oak Knoll, which won four state titles from 2005 through 2008, improved its record to 25-0 with superior speed and stick work that declawed the Wildcats, 8-2. St. Joseph, which also entered the game undefeated, slipped to 23-1 and will stay home while the Royals advance to the Tournament of Champions semifinal on Wednesday at Hunterdon Central.
October 16, 2010
In the Region Amick named Discovery Labs CEO Discovery Laboratories Inc. , Warrington, officially named W. Thomas Amick its chief executive officer Friday. Amick has been serving as Discovery's interim CEO since August 2009 and has been chairman of the board since March 2007. Discovery is a biotechnology company that develops treatments for respiratory diseases. - Christopher K. Hepp FDA official hired at Teva Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. , the Israeli manufacturer of generic drugs, said it hired Gary Buehler, the industry's former top federal regulator.
October 15, 2010
Citing a "genuine recovery in demand," furniture maker Knoll Inc. said its net income rose 10.5 percent in the third quarter on a sales increase of 11.5 percent. The company, based in East Greenville, Montgomery County, posted a profit of $6.3 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Sales for the period were $202.1 million. Knoll, which makes office and residential furniture, said new products helped boost its results above the growth rate of the industry. - Paul Schweizer
July 16, 2010
Shares of Knoll Inc. were up almost 3 percent today after the Montgomery County-based maker of office furniture posted second-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations. Net sales for the quarter ended June 30 were down 4.9 percent from a year ago, to $192.3 million, but net income was up 7.4 percent, to $8.7 million. Earnings per share, predicted by analysts at 11 cents a share, came in at 19 cents, up 1 cent from the comparable period. Shares were up 38 cents, to $13.20, on the New York Stock Exchange early this afternoon.
June 6, 2010 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The Eastern softball team went so far this season, nearly ascending the mountaintop. But the Vikings faltered Saturday, and Morris Knolls, a team that resembled Eastern in its youth and aggressiveness, won a 4-3 decision, as well as the state Group 4 softball championship at Toms River North. The last time that Morris Knolls (30-4) won the state softball title was in 1980. Eastern last won in 1986. Eastern's players are too young to have witnessed that title, but they will certainly recall the season in which they finished 18-7 and made it to the final.
November 1, 2009 |
Despite the steady flow of mostly positive economic news, topped off last week with the report that the nation had ended its longest slump in more than 60 years, it is hard to shed the worry that the recovery could stall before it did much good. The argument that the economic rebound is for real, that the tide has turned for more companies than not, was bolstered by an Inquirer analysis of third-quarter revenue changes at companies in the Philadelphia area. Revenue growth is crucial to replacing the 7.2 million U.S. jobs lost since December 2007.
September 16, 2009 |
A half hour before the scheduled game time of 4:30 p.m. yesterday at Shawnee, Renegades field hockey coach Renee Phelps hadn't decided who would be the starting goalkeeper. Senior Katie Burke, junior Marlee Silverstein, and freshman Elina Pereira had all contributed in Shawnee's first two games, both wins. But in the end, it didn't matter to visiting Oak Knoll that Silverstein played the first half and Pereira the second. It also didn't seem important that Oak Knoll's bus driver got lost on the way down from Summit and the ride took two hours, instead of 90 minutes.