The week that was: 05/04/14

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A favorite Pittsburgh ale is back

A legendary Pittsburgh beer that left the scene in the 1950s will make a comeback in the local market by Memorial Day weekend. The first batch of 500 barrels of Fort Pitt beer is scheduled to hit the market this month in cans, according to Mark Dudash, who is behind the new version of what was once Pittsburgh's top selling beer. The English ale will be produced at the former Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe.

Whispers of a Bayer sale

The word on the street is that Bayer wants to sell off its material sciences unit, which has its North American headquarters in Robinson. But its top executive has declined to comment. PG reporter Joyce Gannon reported that speculation about the unit — which produces plastics, coatings and chemicals used in foams, insulation, auto lights and DVDs — stems from the company wanting to focus on expanding its health care business. In the Pittsburgh region, Bayer employs about 2,200 workers, including about 1,200 in Robinson and another 1,000 at a medical devices business formerly known as Medrad.

Making bikes safe but not dorky

An East Liberty entrepreneur, Nick Drombosky, wanted to make bicycle safety a little more stylish. Now his business, Fiks:Reflective, makes reflective stickers that affix to wheel rims, as well as stickers for helmets and bike frames that come in several colors. Fiks:Reflective products are now sold in 41 countries, online, and in several Pittsburgh-area bike shops.

Men will attend Chatham

With the number of full-time freshmen half what it was in 2008 and continuing to decline, Chatham University made what officials called a “strategic” and “historic” though wrenching decision to open its undergraduate program to men. The Shadyside college founded in 1869 has admitted male graduate students for decades, but kept its undergraduate college strictly female. The college's enrollment, which peaked at about 750 in 2008, is now closer to 500, a fraction of the university's nearly 2,200 students. Male students will be recruited for fall 2015.


Tim Grant: tgrant@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1591.

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