May 1, 2014 |
For Ken Sylvester, the road to being a tire mogul started under the hood. Sylvester, president of United Tire & Service Co., began his career as an auto mechanic. A switch to tires, and a quarter-century later, Sylvester finds himself leading a David vs. Goliath effort to keep local dealers like himself on equal footing against the Pep Boys and Mr. Tires of the world. "There are a lot of large tire chains coming into the market and buying up as many of the mom-and-pop shops as they can," said Sylvester, who started in the business, with a partner, by owning stores in Ambler and Bustleton.
April 24, 2014 |
David Kittner, 95, of Jenkintown, a lawyer and longtime partner at Blank Rome L.L.P., died Friday, April 18, at his home. A native of North Carolina, he graduated from Weldon (N.C.) High School in 1934 and went on to earn a business degree from the University of North Carolina in 1939 and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. Between the two degrees, he was an accountant and served a short time in the Army at the Presidio in San Francisco. Mr. Kittner joined Philadelphia-based Blank Rome in 1956.
April 5, 2014 |
StoneMor Partners L.P., a Levittown owner of cemeteries and funeral homes, said it had signed definitive agreements to buy nine funeral homes, 12 cemeteries and two crematories from Service Corp. International for $53.8 million in cash. The sale includes three cemeteries in the Philadelphia area: George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting, Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville, and Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn. Also included in the deal locally are two Kirk & Nice funeral facilities at George Washington and Sunset.
April 3, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The partnership behind the failed Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia filed Monday for bankruptcy court protection, citing claims of $23.6 million from 14 creditors. In addition, Citizens Bank, the largest creditor, is owed an unspecified amount, according to the court petition. People familiar with the situation say the bank lent the project about $75 million. The partnership last week sold its largest asset, a vacant 16.5-acre lot on South Columbus Boulevard between Tasker and Reed Streets.
March 27, 2014 |
Spark Therapeutics L.L.C., a Philadelphia company developing gene-based medicines for debilitating diseases, has signed a collaborative partnership with a gene-therapy firm in Ireland to develop a product to treat a rare form of blindness, the companies announced Tuesday. Spark, a biotechnology company spun out of research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Dublin-based Genable Technologies Ltd. will license certain patents from Spark, which will be the exclusive manufacturer and provide development expertise for a potential treatment for blindness caused by inherited retinal dystrophy.
March 20, 2014 |
Luke Schenn says he has been comfortable with all of his defensive partners this season, but the Flyers defenseman seems to have developed a quick chemistry with his latest blue-line mate, Andrew MacDonald. Heading into Tuesday night's win over Chicago, Schenn had been paired with MacDonald for five games since his partner was acquired from the New York Islanders before the trade deadline. Schenn is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman, while MacDonald is a smooth skater and a puck carrier.
March 20, 2014 |
GLASSBORO Rowan University announced Tuesday that it had entered an agreement with Lockheed Martin to have the company collaborate with the university's students and faculty on research and development of radar technology. The move builds on a project begun last fall and, Rowan administrators said, is a new model for universities working with industry. The school has made high-profile pledges to expand, especially its research enterprise, with the engineering school seen as a core part of that mission.
March 7, 2014 |
MUCH OF WHAT Philadelphia cops see every day is senseless violence, but life doesn't get much more senseless than a 7-year-old boy battling cancer. So when Officer Michael Levin and his partner, Officer Raymond Esquilin, heard about a caravan of cops from across the country who were traveling to Rhode Island to surprise little Tyler Seddon, who is in the middle of his second bout of leukemia, there was no doubt about whether they would participate. "We were like, 'Dude, we have to go up there and help this kid,' " Levin said.
February 13, 2014 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System and Lancaster General Health announced an alliance Tuesday that could increase Penn's share of patients who need the most complex levels of care. "That's not going to happen in one day," said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive of the Penn health system. "These are patients who are now going to Jefferson, they are going to Hopkins, they are going to Penn State, and other areas. Over a period of time, more of those patients will come to Penn, and that does benefit us. " A financial benefit to Lancaster General could be better pricing at Penn for high-level treatments and procedures, such as heart transplants, said Thomas E. Beeman, president and CEO of Lancaster General.
January 26, 2014 |
Center City law firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. said Friday that it had named Barry F. Levin, a partner in its Baltimore office, managing partner of the firm. Levin has chaired the firm's business and finance department for three years. He replaces David Antzis, who is returning to the full-time practice of law, as the firm's chief executive. Revenues from Saul Ewing's business and finance practice grew 17 percent during the time Levin chaired the group, the firm said in a statement. "Barry is a strong and proven leader with a vision to grow Saul Ewing to meet the needs of our clients at the pace they are evolving," Antzis said.