Business Briefs: Redevelopment in the Strip, Katie‘‍s Kandy comes to Oakland and more


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Public can comment on Strip District

Members of the public will get a chance to weigh in on the proposed redevelopment of the Strip District‘‍s produce terminal at a meeting Aug. 6 at 5:45 p.m. at the Heinz History Center. The city’‍s Urban Redevelopment Authority is sponsoring the two-hour session. Three developers — the Ferchill Group of Cleveland, McCaffery Interests of Chicago, and Rubino Partners of Pittsburgh — have submitted proposals to redevelop the Strip landmark. The Ferchill and McCaffery plans are largely housing based while Rubino‘‍s would convert the terminal to a giant marketplace.

Cancer institute opens at Jefferson Hospital

The Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute has opened at Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, featuring 20 infusion chairs and two patient beds, a patient education library and a resource center where patients and families can learn about nutrition and supportive care services. David Parda, the systemwide chair for the Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, said the institute will be integrated with AHN’s specialized oncology programs at Allegheny General Hospital on North Side and West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield. Jefferson will also open an obstetrics unit this fall, featuring eight labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites.

Wholesalers slow restocking as sales weak

Wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales. Wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 percent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, down from a 1 percent surge in April. Sales at the wholesale level, meanwhile, rose 0.7 percent, down from 1.3 percent in April. Auto sales jumped 1.1 percent while sales of computers and electrical equipment fell.

Union official: Local coming at Volkswagen plant

An official with the United Auto Workers, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, said Thursday that it is forming a new local at the plant. The union is confident the German automaker will recognize the union if it signs up a enough workers at the Chattanooga plant, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel told The Tennessean newspaper. A Volkswagen spokesman declined to comment to The AP.

Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it is looking into the allegation by China Labor Watch that its supplier Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan hired children and student workers under the legal working age.

Also in business…

Homestead-based Katie‘‍s Kandy, which also has a location in Oakland, is opening Downtown at Fifth Avenue Place.


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