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February 14, 2000 | By Rosland Briggs-Gammon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Simkar Corp. is already serving the do-it-yourself and electrical-distributor market at home centers such as Home Depot. Now it's going after professional interior designers at upscale retail outlets. Simkar bought Las Vegas-based Kalco Lighting last month. Kalco makes chandeliers, sconces and other lighting accessories that it sells through showrooms and high-end retail outlets. Simkar officials would not disclose the purchase price or Kalco's revenues. "It allows us to put our product through another distribution channel and gives us a distribution channel on the West Coast," said Bud Drago, director of marketing.
BUSINESS
August 17, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
The deals just keep coming in a month more associated with vacation arrangements than definitive agreements. Google Inc. conjures up $12.5 billion to buys Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. , which makes cable set-top boxes in Montgomery County. Philadelphia's Sunoco Inc. unloads its Ohio phenol plant in exchange for $106.5 million. Cardtronics Inc. scoops up Cherry Hill-based Access to Money Inc. , which operates 10,000 ATMs in stores and credit unions, for $21.2 million.
NEWS
March 8, 1995 | By Jane M. Reynolds, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
State, local and county officials have met with representatives of the Anchor Hocking Packaging Co. in an attempt to get the company to reconsider closing its Glassboro plant. Loans from the Economic Development Authority and workforce development assistance were among offers made at the meeting Monday at the state Department of Commerce and Economic Development. The meeting was scheduled at the request of Glassboro Mayor Todd Armstrong and area legislators; union representatives also attended.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1999 | By Rosland Briggs-Gammon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ultra Hardware L.L.C. has a new display wall. Unlike the ones filled with brass-colored door knockers and locks, this one may not excite a handyman. But mothers and fathers may feel an instant affinity: All the products feature the Safety 1st label. The Pennsauken company bought Safety 1st Inc.'s hardware security business last month for an undisclosed amount. Now, it will make and distribute doorknobs, padlocks, door chains, latches and other products under the Safety 1st brand name.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2003 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During a 35-year career in the apparel industry, Frederick Gillette worked for seven companies before landing at Artex Knitting Mills Inc. eight years ago. Not that he is a job-hopper. "They all went out of business," Gillette said of his previous employers as he slipped a spool of black yarn onto a creel on one of Artex's 100 knitting machines, whose humming fills the South Jersey factory. For Gillette, 61, and many of his colleagues who make up Artex's 90-person unionized workforce, the Westville, Gloucester County, producer of knit hats and scarves has become a refuge.
NEWS
May 12, 2012 | Al Heavens
My readers never disappoint, and this week is no exception. One of you wrote to say that the white plastic coating on the bottom rack of the dishwasher was coming off, leaving rust on the dishes. The manufacturer's solution: a replacement rack for more than $200. Respondents cited similar problems — and solutions. From Stephanie Simkins: "My dishwasher is many years old and still working perfectly except for the rusting racks. I wrote to Maytag about the problem and did receive a call back from their customer service department.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
How big a bet is Comcast placing on smart-home gadgets and monitoring services, on the whole Internet of Things/connected-home revolution? Enough so that Comcast's Xfinity Home division is introducing its own line of smart-home products. And the company recently agreed to purchase the iControl Converge software platform and engineering talent pool. iControl powers the home-security and automation platform for Xfinity Home, as well as IoT services for other cable companies (Cox, Rogers, Time Warner, and Bright House)
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016
Future plans include: Buying a property in Germantown for a commercial kitchen that will be available to other small businesses. Establishing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at the Germantown site. Debuting lip balm at home-furnishings retailer West Elm. Expanding the product line beyond lip balm. Putting out a limited-edition product, with profits going to musicians. Having a presence at the South by Southwest music/film/interactive- media festival in Austin, Texas.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2003 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Zinman, an 83-year-old furrier that has been expanding its merchandise lines into other types of outerwear, has acquired a Montgomeryville fur business and expects to close on the purchase of a Northeast Philadelphia furrier on Monday, company officials said yesterday. With the acquisitions, Zinman will have seven locations, compared with three in March 2002, said JoAnn Morgan, Zinman president and chief executive officer. This summer, Zinman bought Lichtenstein Furs on Route 309 in Montgomeryville from its owners, Sam and Lynne Lichtenstein.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1997 | By Rosland Briggs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before they said "plumper," they measured the height and length. Before they said "firmer," they measured the force it would take to bite through it. Before they said "redder, richer" and "preferred nearly two to one," they took a poll; more than half the testers voted in their favor. It seemed like a lot of work for an advertising campaign. But these days, with competitors watching your every move, you'd better be prepared to back up those claims. Campbell Soup Co. was ready.
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July 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
How big a bet is Comcast placing on smart-home gadgets and monitoring services, on the whole Internet of Things/connected-home revolution? Enough so that Comcast's Xfinity Home division is introducing its own line of smart-home products. And the company recently agreed to purchase the iControl Converge software platform and engineering talent pool. iControl powers the home-security and automation platform for Xfinity Home, as well as IoT services for other cable companies (Cox, Rogers, Time Warner, and Bright House)
BUSINESS
January 10, 2016
Future plans include: Buying a property in Germantown for a commercial kitchen that will be available to other small businesses. Establishing a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture at the Germantown site. Debuting lip balm at home-furnishings retailer West Elm. Expanding the product line beyond lip balm. Putting out a limited-edition product, with profits going to musicians. Having a presence at the South by Southwest music/film/interactive- media festival in Austin, Texas.
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July 16, 2015 | Inquirer Staff Writer
By Harold Brubaker Picwell, a Philadelphia start-up with a system that analyzes 900,000 variables to help consumers evaluate health insurance plans, said it completed its first significant round of venture capital financing, raising more than than $4 million. The lead investor was MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., of Springfield, Mass. Picwell, founded in late 2013, can help employees choosing between different plans offered by their employer save the equivalent of one paycheck per year, Picwell CEO Jay Silverstein, said in an interview last month.
FOOD
June 26, 2015 | By Danya Henninger, For The Inquirer
Just two years after hawking his first slabs of home-cured bacon at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, Ari Miller is preparing to take his artisanal charcuterie nationwide. 1732 Meats, his new, 4,000- square-foot plant in Yeadon, recently received USDA certification and began production. Miller is hoping for the same reception around the country that he's gotten from local chefs for his high-quality, sustainably raised salumi. "The quality of Ari's product is unmatched as far as domestic salumi is concerned," said Joe Cicala, chef and partner at East Passyunk's Le Virtu and Brigantessa.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | BY MISTER MANN FRISBY, For the Philadelphia Daily News
IN THE shadows of a Southwest Philadelphia shed, 6-year-old Patricia Holte laid the foundation for a deliciously successful enterprise. Much too shy to interact with the other neighborhood children on 84th Street, the quiet first-grader sought refuge behind her family home with just cats, dogs and butterflies for company. Armed only with ketchup, salt, and a handful of jalapeno peppers, little Patsy would lose herself in those moments, fantasizing that she was cooking for her adoring fans.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
MICHAEL VICK twice compiled passer ratings of 100 for three games in a row. He began the 2010 season at 101.9, 108.0 and 119.2. In doing so he stole the starting job from Kevin Kolb. He finished the lost 2011 season at 107.0, 107.9 and 104.1, a meaningless run but one that supplied hope for the next season; a meritless hope, as it turned out. The Eagles were 5-1 in those six games. The common denominator: Vick played behind healthy, cohesive starting offensive lines. Nick Foles now has compiled passer ratings of at least 100 for four games in a row: 158.3, 149.3, 104.3 and 112. In doing so, he stole the starting job from Vick.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
What do you do if you have more than $145 billion in cash on hand - enough, say, to pay off Detroit's bankruptcy nearly eight times over? If you're Apple, you use some to update much of your product line in time for the holidays. You build on your lead in some areas, and answer competitors' advances in others. Oh, and you cut your laptop and desktop prices by a couple hundred bucks, and start giving away key software. Apple's pitch has always been that it charges more for premium products built around an integrated hardware-software ecosystem.
NEWS
October 5, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Next month's Philadelphia Marathon will feature tight security as expected, but the 20th anniversary of the event will also feature something else not quite anticipated: a title sponsor. Mayor Nutter received a new pair of Brooks Ghost running shoes with Gore-Tex technology on Thursday as he announced that one of the city's premier events would have a new official name, the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon. The marathon's association with Gore-Tex "is a winner, clearly, for us," Nutter said, because it "raises the city's profile across the nation and world.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Editor's Note: This column is sponsored by TD Bank. The opinions and analysis expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TD Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. It was a serendipitous meeting that could prove to be a turning point for Antoine and Kenosha Skinner and their fledgling spice company. At the very least, it was a really cool encounter for two small-business novices trying to make a name for their Momma Vi's all-natural, gluten-free, free-of-iodized-salt, hand-blended seasonings.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
Kenneth Battelle, 86, the hairdresser who gave both Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe their calling-card hairdos in the 1950s and '60s, died Sunday at his home in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Kevin Lee, creative director of Mr. Battelle's company, said the hairdresser would be remembered for "creating modern-day hair. " Mr. Battelle, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., made a splash in the worlds of fashion, celebrity, and socialites with his style of movement and shine instead of the stiffer looks popular with the previous generation.
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