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January 1, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dow Chemical Co. has quietly settled lawsuits brought by the estates of two chemists who died of brain cancer after working at the former Rohm & Haas Co. research labs in Montgomery County. The company, which purchased Rohm & Haas in 2009, agreed to pay a total of $950,000 - $475,000 in each case, according to records filed in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia. The settlements bring to a close nearly a decade of litigation, during which plaintiffs' attorneys alleged that Rohm & Haas did not provide lab employees with sufficient protection against toxic chemicals and did not adequately warn them about the rising number of brain cancers.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2007 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shares of small-business credit card issuer Advanta Corp. tumbled again yesterday amid signs that credit conditions were worsening. The Spring House company's widely held class B shares have dropped 28 percent since it released disappointing earnings Thursday and are off 46 percent from a recent peak of $29.80 on Oct. 5. They closed yesterday at $16.09, down 71 cents, or 4.2 percent, on the Nasdaq. On Friday, the investment bank Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc. slashed its price target on Advanta shares by half, to $17.50 from $35, after the company fell 5 cents short of expected earnings per share of 55 cents.
NEWS
December 19, 2002 | By Tom Avril INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rohm & Haas Co., the Philadelphia chemical maker, is studying what appears to be an elevated rate of brain cancer among former employees at its Spring House facility. In a letter to the former employees, the company wrote that it knows of 10 cases of brain cancer among the 6,000 who have worked at the Montgomery County facility in the 40 years it has been open. Based on what they acknowledge is a rough calculation, company officials said that cancer rate was about twice that of the general U.S. population.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2009 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pfizer Inc., which bought rival Wyeth last month, said yesterday that it would move "a number of functions" from Wyeth's Collegeville, Montgomery County, location as Pfizer consolidated research and development at five "hub" sites. Separately yesterday, Johnson & Johnson told Pennsylvania state officials that it would lay off 174 people at its Spring House facility as it pushed forward with 8,000 global job cuts the company announced last week. Pfizer would not immediately say how many jobs would be eliminated at Collegeville - Wyeth's long-term pharmaceutical headquarters - where it employs 3,600.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2007 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Johnson & Johnson said yesterday that it has begun construction of a $181 million building at its Spring House complex that will add 120 jobs and become the East Coast "hub" for its early-stage drug-discovery research and development. The 150,000-square-foot building will add laboratories, clinical development and office space. It is scheduled to be completed in 2009. Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development L.L.C. now employs 680 in Spring House, where the company said prescription medicines, including Topamax, Ultram and Ultracet, were developed.
REAL_ESTATE
June 14, 2015 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Don Rossi wanted country living with easy access to major roads. His wife, Marian Rossi, wanted a historic house. It was 1991, and the couple, recently married, were relocating to the Philadelphia area from upstate Pennsylvania for Don's job. So, the two spread out a map, pinned the most desirable areas, and happily settled on what they've christened Terra Sanctum, a circa 19th-century house nestled on a wooded wonderland in Exton. The one-acre property was once part of a larger tract owned by William Penn.
NEWS
January 5, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Giant Food Stores announced Thursday it will acquire 16 Genuardi's Family Markets across the Philadelphia area in a $106 million deal that will significantly alter the supermarket landscape in the region by giving surging Giant an even greater profile in the highly competitive suburbs. The transaction, expected to close over the next six months, would transfer ownership of the stores from Safeway Inc., and convert them all to Giant, whose operations are headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. The stores affected are on York Road in Jamison, Eagle Road in Newtown, Flowers Mill Road in Langhorne, County Line Road in Chalfont, Boot Road in West Chester, East Baltimore Pike in East Marlborough, East Lancaster Avenue in St. Davids, Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Wynnewood Road in Wynnewood, Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown, Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley, Bethlehem Pike in Spring House, South Henderson Road in King of Prussia, Norristown Road in Maple Glen, Susquehanna Road in Roslyn, and Sumneytown Pike in North Wales.
NEWS
April 30, 1992 | Inquirer Correspondent / SCOTT HAMRICK
About 10 acres at the Rohm & Haas Research Laboratories in Spring House are being converted to a natural habitat. This is the third year of an ongoing project, and every year, there's a tree-planting day for employees; Mike Freeman was among those involved Saturday.
NEWS
July 13, 1989 | Special to The Inquirer / ROGER TUNIS
IT'S A SPECIAL DAY for Little Leaguers on the grounds of the Rohm & Haas Research Labs in Spring House, when ex-Phillies relief star Tug McGraw holds a baseball clinic. After running the youngsters through some drills Saturday, McGraw fielded questions.
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REAL_ESTATE
June 14, 2015 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Don Rossi wanted country living with easy access to major roads. His wife, Marian Rossi, wanted a historic house. It was 1991, and the couple, recently married, were relocating to the Philadelphia area from upstate Pennsylvania for Don's job. So, the two spread out a map, pinned the most desirable areas, and happily settled on what they've christened Terra Sanctum, a circa 19th-century house nestled on a wooded wonderland in Exton. The one-acre property was once part of a larger tract owned by William Penn.
NEWS
January 1, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dow Chemical Co. has quietly settled lawsuits brought by the estates of two chemists who died of brain cancer after working at the former Rohm & Haas Co. research labs in Montgomery County. The company, which purchased Rohm & Haas in 2009, agreed to pay a total of $950,000 - $475,000 in each case, according to records filed in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia. The settlements bring to a close nearly a decade of litigation, during which plaintiffs' attorneys alleged that Rohm & Haas did not provide lab employees with sufficient protection against toxic chemicals and did not adequately warn them about the rising number of brain cancers.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
A MURAL at 68th and Wyncote avenues in West Oak Lane depicts a group of determined drug warriors gathering to fight the dealers. Look carefully and you'll see a little pigtailed girl of 7 standing with her father, looking just as determined. The little girl was Sherrill Lynn Nash, proudly marching with her father, Joseph Nash, to rid their neighborhood of the scourge of drugs. All her life, Sherrill had the grit and drive of the true fighter, not only against drugs but also in her own life, refusing to let serious physical disabilities keep her from living to the fullest.
REAL_ESTATE
September 23, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Marsha Weinraub and Stuart Schmidt embarked 17 years ago on the transformation of a barber shop and brownfield into a dramatic home with two gardens. At the time, the couple were living with two young sons in a small rowhouse in Fairmount. "I was carrying babies up and down steep steps," Weinraub recalls. Seeking more space, they checked out a storefront corner house and two overgrown lots for sale nearby in Spring Garden. Three rowhouses had been built on the site in the mid-1800s.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We have moisture in the crawl space under our house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The exterminator has been telling us this for about three years, and each year the report gets worse. My husband has faith in the builder of the house, who lives in the neighborhood. Three years ago the builder told us that the exterminator was wrong, so we ignored the warning. Now there is mold growing and other issues. We were told that the grading of soil needs to be corrected and that we need a French drain for our outside shower that is up against the house.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2013
4-week bills , Apr. 30; 3-month and 6-month bills , Apr. 29; 1-year bills , Apr. 30; 2-year notes , Apr. 28; 3-year notes , May 7; 5-year notes , Apr. 24; 7-year notes , Apr. 25; 10-year notes , May 8; 30-year notes , May 9; 10-year TIPS , May 23; 30-year TIPS , Jun. 20.   Business Referral Luncheon , presented by BNI, King of Prussia chapter. Peppers Italian Restaurant, 236 Town Center Rd., King of Prussia; 610-792-2105. Reservations required.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?
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