January 27, 2014 |
Among life's more unwelcome turns is a bad back. That is, unless one happens to own shares of Globus Medical. The company, based in Audubon, Montgomery County, has proved to be one of the region's success stories, with its innovative product line of plates, screws, rods, and other devices meant to aid in the successful repair and support of damaged spines. Globus, which went public in 2012, reported this month that 2013 revenue hit $434.5 million, up 12.6 percent over the previous year and $2.5 million more than the company had predicted.
January 7, 2014 |
Tanasia is a soft-spoken, articulate 16-year-old with a captivating smile. Social, playful, and loving, she easily makes friends and enjoys engaging in conversations. She keeps busy with a variety of activities. Musically talented, she loves to play the piano and violin, and sings in her church choir. Tanasia is also interested in technology, including computers and electronics. Tanasia had the opportunity to travel to Paris and still talks about the wonderful, exciting trip. She hopes one day to return.
December 31, 2013 |
Josephine Lorraine Fladger had a lot of fans, as a nurse tending to patients and as a candy maker and cake decorator catering to sweet tooths. To them, the world is a little less sweeter today. Mrs. Fladger, a Philadelphia native and mother of three, died Friday, Dec. 27, in State College, Pa., where she had lived the last three years with her daughter, Theresa Lunsford. Mrs. Fladger was 83 and had been suffering from breast cancer and heart disease, her family said. "She had lots of friends and family - loved by everybody," said granddaughter Sakiyna Fladger of Las Vegas, who shared memories of indulging her sugar cravings with her grandmother's creations.
November 8, 2013 |
MORE and more, venerable loudspeaker makers, like British stalwart KEF, are marching into "personal audio" product territory. And a healthy trend that is. Convincing a consumer to invest in hefty, floor-standing speakers is difficult today, no matter how good they sound. "It used to be, you'd invite a swarm of people over to hear a new album on your big, living-room rig," noted 25-year KEF vet and brand development shepherd Johan Coorg. Nowadays, people mostly listen solo, on headphones and at their computer workstations.
November 2, 2013 |
Crown Holdings, the Philadelphia maker of cans and other metal packaging, said Thursday that it agreed to acquire Mivisa Envases SAU, a Spanish food-can manufacturer, for 1.2 billion euros, or $1.64 billion. The deal builds on Crown's existing European market, chief executive officer John W. Conway said in a company statement. Crown is the world's top producer of food and aerosol cans and has come to specialize in shaped cans, such as the keg-shaped Heineken beer cans sold in some markets.
October 30, 2013 |
IN AN effort to combat cellphone theft, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Pennsylvania counterpart, Kathleen Kane, came to City Hall yesterday to call on smartphone makers to install "kill switches" in their products. Schneiderman last spring helped to launch the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative, which he called "an effort to force a group of corporate citizens to do the right thing. " The feature he is seeking would work like canceling a stolen credit card: Customers would be able to call a number and disable the phone, preventing thieves from "jail-breaking" the devices and reselling them.
October 26, 2013 |
Standing exactly five feet tall, Mira Nakashima is dwarfed by the towering planks in the woodshed once used by her father, celebrated furniture maker George Nakashima. Similarly, his legacy - and the renown that has only grown since his death in 1990 - often has overshadowed her work as a craftswoman. Yet over a 43-year career, Nakashima, 71, has come into her own style without forgetting her roots. What unites her work with her father's is the essence of the wood. "Same woodpile, same techniques," says Nakashima, as she sits in her New Hope studio.
September 27, 2013
HERE'S how geeky America's passion for hops has gotten: Brewers are now using experimental varieties that are so new and untested, they haven't even been named. Instead, the hops are known by a series of digits and letters - No. 01210, or HBC344, or whatever. That's not the nerdy part, though. Hops-obsessed beer drinkers have become such wonks, they know the codes and can rattle them off like Professor Frink-wannabes in "The Simpsons. " Blogs, online news groups and beer publications echo with chatter about the fruity character of this newfangled variety or the peppery kick from that one. Homebrewers brag about getting their mitts on them, then offer treatises on their arcane qualities.
September 2, 2013 |
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. - Ralph S. Alberts Co., a custom-plastics manufacturer that got its start 50 years ago making plane parts for a now-defunct local aircraft factory, has survived the decades by embracing new markets. Early on, it built devices to shepherd products along RCA Victor's assembly lines, a business that disappeared with RCA. In the 1970s, Hersheypark asked the firm to rebuild the padded seats and harnesses for its amusement-park thrill rides, a specialty business that has expanded handsomely.
August 17, 2013 |
Triumph Group Inc., of Wayne, says it has agreed to buy General Donlee Canada Inc., a manufacturer of precision-machined parts, such as shafts for aircraft engines and helicopters for GE Aviation, Bell Helicopter and others, for $110 million, including an unspecified amount of debt. General Donlee, which is based in Toronto and employs 200, is expected to add $60 million in annual revenue and immediately add to earnings. Triumph Group had $3.76 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.