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March 24, 2011
NEW YORK - General Mills Inc.'s net income rose 18 percent in the fiscal third quarter, driven by the sale of more snacks and strength abroad. The maker of Nature Valley snack bars and Cheerios cereal has started to raise prices for some of its products over the past few months to cope with rising ingredient costs. It expects price increases will accelerate during the current fiscal fourth quarter. -Associated Press
BUSINESS
February 6, 1988 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennwalt Corp. reached an agreement in principle yesterday for sale of its Stokes division to Alcatel Vacuum Products Inc. of Higham, Mass., for an undisclosed price. Stokes makes industrial-vacuum equipment at a plant on Tabor Road in Northeast Philadelphia, which employs 346 people. The buyer is a subsidiary of a French firm, Alcatel CIT. Pennwalt declined to disclose annual sales of the Stokes unit or to estimate the effect of the transaction on its first-quarter earnings.
NEWS
August 9, 2010
York-based Graham Packaging Co. Inc. said today that one of its subsidiaries is buying Liquid Container, L.P. for $568 million. Graham, a maker of mold plastic containers for the food and household industry, says it intends to use debt to fund the acquisition, which is expected to close this year. Liquid Container, which is based in West Chicago, Ill., and has 14 plants in this country - including in Newark, Del. - making molded plastic containers, sells about 80 percent of its products to the food industry.
BUSINESS
January 11, 1996 | BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS Inquirer staff writer Donna Shaw contributed to this report
Snowblowers are in such demand that one maker, Toro Co., has issued a plea to dealers outside the snow-buried areas to ship excess inventories to the Northeast. Even the blower on display in Toro's Bloomington, Minn., headquarters lobby has come up missing, said Don St. Dennis, a Toro spokesman. You won't find any snowblowers around Toro. The company made 130,000 snowblowers for this season, and every one of them has been shipped to dealers, St. Dennis said. "It's been a very strong year for us," he added.
NEWS
December 5, 1986
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is the best money-maker the state has - a profit of over $300 million. How can anything like that be called "stupidest, least . . . efficient and most corruption-prone system for retailing liquor and wine"? You should find out more about that system. Jack Haigh Philadelphia.
NEWS
September 14, 2011
Scala, an Exton software developer, said today it appointed Tom Nix as chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1. Nix, now a company vice president, will succeed Gerard Bucas, who is retiring after nine years as CEO. Scala provides software for digital signs used on billboards, in doctors' offices and in advertising management.    -Paul Schweizer
NEWS
June 12, 1999 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
A Philadelphia-area eyewear maker has snagged home-run slugger Sammy Sosa's endorsement for shades for the next two years. The Chicago Cubs star, who is leading the National League with 21 homers, wears Native Eyewear sunglasses when he chases line drives in right field. He doesn't wear them while batting. Eric Grunfeld, spokesman for Huntingdon Valley-based Native, said Sosa wears the Athelon style, priced from $85 to $90. Sosa has been wearing the glasses since the beginning of the season, but the deal wasn't finalized until yesterday.
NEWS
November 7, 2011 | McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
Armstrong World Industries, of Lancaster, said it acquired a Montreal-based maker of specialty metal ceilings for an undisclosed price. Armstrong said it purchased Simplex Ceilings as part of its strategy to widen its global leadership and manufacturing presence in targeted markets. Simplex is a 40-employee firm with annual sales of $10 million, according to Armstrong. Adding Simplex "expands our technical capabilities, broadens our extensive specialty ceilings portfolio and improves our service and lead times for customers in North America," Armstrong's Mike Shirk said.
NEWS
April 5, 2011
Merck & Co. Inc., a Whitehouse Station, N.J., pharmaceutical giant with major operations in Montgomery County, said today that it had agreed to pay $430 million for Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Raleigh, N.C., which specializes in medicines for eye diseases. Boards of directors for both companies as well as Inspire's largest shareholder, Warburg Pincus Private Equity IX L.P., have approved the deal, which values Inspire at $5 a share, a 26 percent premium over Inspire's Monday close.
NEWS
July 28, 1989 | By Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
Stanley R. Bongard, a tool and die maker, died Tuesday. He was 63 and lived in Langhorne. Born in Manayunk, Bongard was a graduate of Roxborough High School, a Navy veteran of World War II, and a volunteer fireman with the Nottingham Fire Company. He had made his living in the tool and die trade for the last 40 years. At the time of his death, he was a 20-year employee with the Milton-Roy Co. Bongard was an active member of Harry T. Klunn Post 9220, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Maker Nancy Salamon, 66, of West Chester's Clay Born pottery. She has been making hand-painted ceramics in whimsical, nature-inspired themes for 40 years, and this summer, she launched a new line of coordinating textiles digitally printed with her designs. Her start Salamon says she wandered into a clay studio while attending Antioch College and was instantly enamored. But she didn't start out intending to be a painter, too. "When I had to take painting classes, all I wanted to do was paint pictures of pots," she said.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
An industrial gas producer has agreed to pay $1 million to settle air-emissions violations at its northwestern Montgomery County plant, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday. Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. agreed to settle charges that it operated its plant on Stauffer Road in Upper Hanover Township without proper permits for five years after buying the facility from Advanced Gas Technologies. The rural plant produces high-purity specialty cylinder gases, primarily propylene.
NEWS
August 3, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Sock manufacturer Standard Merchandising has purchased a 115,300-square-foot factory building in Pennsauken, N.J.'s Airport Industrial Park for $4.1 million, according to commercial real estate services firm Colliers International. Standard Manufacturing is moving into the property at 7001 North Park Drive after its former location in Camden was sold to make way for the new Subaru headquarters being built there, Colliers, which brokered the sale, said in a release on Monday. The new Airport Industrial Park property was previously occupied by printing company Contemporary Graphic Solutions, which has moved to a facility in Camden, Colliers senior managing director Marc Isdaner said.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, Staff Writer
Bill Clinton on Tuesday cast his wife as a "change maker" who is "uniquely qualified" to confront America's challenges, and sought to undercut one of Republicans' chief critiques of Hillary Clinton's candidacy: that her tenure as secretary of state unleashed chaos on the world. "If you win elections on the theory that government is always bad and will mess up a two-car parade, a real change maker represents a real threat," the 42nd president told the thousands of delegates gathered at the Wells Fargo Center on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, hours after they nominated Hillary Clinton for president.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A flawed weld that attaches a plate to a key weight-bearing beam is at the root of SEPTA's rail-car woes, the company that built the cars acknowledged for the first time Tuesday. "The design of how it was welded and the weld itself are in question," Andrew Hyer, marketing and business-development manager at Hyundai Rotem, said Tuesday in the company's first extended comments since cracks in the beams forced SEPTA to pull one-third of its rail cars from service. "How we decide to weld the material may make all the difference," Hyer said.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
High-end furniture maker Thos. Moser, which made the wooden chairs that Pope Francis used at Independence Hall and Philadelphia International Airport during his visit last year, is returning to Center City. Moser will move into a 2,900-square-foot store at 1605 Walnut St., beside a busy Apple store. Its lease there extends the corridor's hot streak. Other recent arrivals include eyewear company Warby Parker and New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone. Moser plans a soft launch in the first half of August and a grand opening in late September.
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Sapling Co. has acquired a 65,000-square-foot Warminster industrial building to serve as the synchronized clock producer's new headquarters and manufacturing site, according to Bensalem-based Roddy Inc., which helped broker the sale. Sapling paid $3.2 million for the building on 3.7 acres of land, with plans to invest more than $1.2 million in improvements, Roddy said in a release on Wednesday. The company expects within three years to be employing 43 people at the facility at 670-682 Louis Drive in the Warminster Industrial Park, according to the release.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
As consumers force business onto smartphones, made-in-Philadelphia software plays a robust part: QVC-Curalate. QVC, the West Chester TV-shopping group, moved further online when it bought Web-shopping pioneer Zulily for $2.4 billion last summer. But to boost its reach among customers who bypass TVs and laptops to spend more time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , or Snapchat from handheld devices, QVC hired a Philadelphia firm, Curalate, and its "visual commerce platform.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Maker Tina Dixon Spence, the mompreneur behind Buddha Babe, a line of bibs, blankets, clothing, and other accessories in stylish patterns and colors befitting tiny future hipsters. Online at mybuddhababe.com or at retailers like Momo's Tree House (205 Arch St., Philadelphia). Her start When Dixon Spence had her second son 2 1/2 years ago, she noticed something about all the baby clothes and bibs on the market. "They were so babyish. I was like, enough with the ducks!"
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Makers Lang Hall, the Old City furniture company started by Denise Hall, 63, an architect, and Larry Lang, 61, an artist and builder. They fashion highly designed and engineered custom and limited-run tables, cabinets, desks, and display pieces. How it started The couple had long collaborated in producing custom furniture for Hall's projects. Hall sees furniture as an extension of her architectural practice: "It's about place-making, space-making. " Three years ago, they decided to officially launch a furniture line of their own. This way, Lang said, "We get to build things that we like to build.
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