Larry Demas, a worker at the Westmoreland Supply Paint & Decorating Center in Ross, displays paint colors in this 2009 photo.

PPG turns to Westmoreland Supply sale to boost brand

PPG hopes to further grow its retail paint network in region with acquisition of Greensburg-based Westmoreland Supply’s 12 stores.

about 9 hours ago

Unclaimed funds are there to be discovered

Assets International is among companies founded to help people discover unclaimed assets and transition to life with them.

about 9 hours ago

 An animated neon Heinz ketchup bottle sign hangs atop the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

Heinz tops customer satisfaction rankings as food companies struggle

Rising food prices hurt satisfaction scores, but the ketchup maker maintained its position at the top of the manufacturing rankings.

about 9 hours ago

Chevron to partner in $20 million regional STEM initiative

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will focus on boosting students’ science, technology, engineering and math skills.

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Highmark fights Pa. hearing over Community Blue plan

The Community Blue Medicare Advantage excludes members from in-network access to UPMC.

about 9 hours ago

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: Operating system installation has simplified.

Also, Apple and Google are moving to protect users’ data from law enforcement.

about 9 hours ago

Business Workshop: Protect employees abroad

Businesses should consider insurance and political unrest when considering whether to send employees overseas.

about 9 hours ago

Fannie, Freddie to accept lower down payment mortgages

The move from a 5 percent down payment could increase the ability of creditworthy but cash-strapped consumers to become homeowners.

about 9 hours ago

AbbVie, Shire to end $52 billion inversion deal

AbbVie pulled its support for the deal in the wake of proposed changes to U.S. rules governing such transactions.

about 10 hours ago

Business Briefs: Respironics parent company misses analyst projections

Also: EveryChild names new executive director; WTO rejects country-of-origin labels for meat; Grove City-based company lays off workers.

about 9 hours ago

Water pipelines mostly a pipe dream in the Marcellus

Despite their much-touted benefits, pipelines that carry water to replace trucks haven’t caught on in Marcellus fracking.

about 7 hours ago

 A Whiting Petroleum Co. pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. on Nov. 6, 2013.

What do falling oil prices mean for U.S. shale plays?

The effect of falling oil prices on U.S. shale producers remains to be seen — but an impact, if any, is going to be on a play-by-play basis

about 6 hours ago

Energy firms challenge DEP's method to calculate fines

Energy companies argue that the DEP’s interpretation of the Clean Streams Law allows state regulators to pad fine totals.

about 7 hours ago

FirstEnergy threatens termination fee in breakup letter with customers

FirstEnergy Solutions is informing customers that it doesn’t want to renew contracts. But it will impose a $25 if customers leave first.

about 8 hours ago

FedEx Ground faces discrimination lawsuit

The Moon-based company has been hit with a lawsuit by the EEOC, which charges that the company failed to accommodate deaf workers.

about 9 hours ago

 In this 2011 file photo, Range Resources workers stand near a rig that drills into shale at a well site in Washington, Pa.

Pa. studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

1 day ago

 An art and cultural center plans to move in to the "Big Red Barn" on McFarland Road in Mt. Lebanon.

Old Rollier's barn in Mt. Lebanon to be remade into arts center

The site on McFarland Road will be known as The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh, and will allow for the relocation of Koolkat Designs.

about 21 hours ago

Highmark seeks restraint order to block health plan hearing

The Wednesday hearing in Harrisburg is based on the state’s contention that the Highmark plan violates a state-brokered consent decree.

about 15 hours ago

PPG to acquire Westmoreland Supply paint stores

Most of Westmoreland Supply’s 40-plus employees will likely work for PPG when the sale closes, PPG said.

about 21 hours ago

Elections bolster India’s PM Modi

The optimism follows on the heels of Mr. Modi’s Saturday move to scrap controls on diesel prices and increase natural gas tariffs.

1 day ago

 Steam blows across a thin layer of ice last January on the Ohio River. Last winter's historic cold has brought a new sense of urgency to predictions.

Private sector meteorology sees boost from energy companies

Energy companies are increasingly seeking out private firms to provide weather prediction models to inform their decision-making

about 18 hours ago

 Martin Dezell, center, of Shadyside and a Green Bay Packers fan and his friend Nick DellaNeve, a Buffalo Bills fan, watch football in the bar area referred to as "the horseshoe" at Stack'd in Shadyside.

Bars pay an arm, a leg and a beer for NFL content

The Steelers are king in Pittsburgh. But many bars in the area are paying small fortunes for the ability to broadcast other NFL games.

2 days ago

 Duquesne University Law Student, Jorge Rojas, left, and Ron Alvarado, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce chairman, stand at a campus facility on Locust Street.

WorkZone: Scholarships create diverse pool of qualified job candidates

Such programs can be a tool in creating a more diverse pool of qualified candidates for jobs and in making a community attractive to talent.

2 days ago

 Under the eyes of his cows, Latrobe dairy farmer Ralph Frye keeps a notebook with the information on each of his cows.

As harvest wraps up, farmers tally up their crops

The steady rains that helped the vegetables made cutting and baling hay for livestock tough.

2 days ago

 Marcella Johnson, president of Rhea Engineers & Consultants in Hampton Township.

Rhea Engineers got a boost from government program

Marcy Johnson credits government programs for helping to get her Hampton engineering firm off the ground and into the dirt.

2 days ago

Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: U.S. Steel’s reorganization chief has been around the block

Need a job? There seems to be a good market for corporate makeover artists.

2 days ago

The week that was: Oct. 12-17

Four star fennel, Building boom and Pushed out of the nest

2 days ago

 As vice president and multicultural marketing manager at PNC Bank, Carrie Ann Quintana assisted PNC in adopting multilingual customer service representatives.

PNC manager helps broaden the bank’s reach

Carrie Ann Quintana was recognized by the Steelers and the NFL for her work in the Hispanic community.

2 days ago

 OontZ XL Bluetooth Speaker

Sound Advice: For Bluetooth speakers, OontZ beats Beats

Regardless of price, the OontZ XL and OontZ Angle speakers are fully competitive, if not outright better most of the time than competitors.

2 days ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Getting caught in a co-sign trap

A greater percentage of people 60 or older have student loans and the average amount of loans has increased to $27,168 from $14,696 in 2005.

2 days ago

Employers who look beyond disabilities find dedicated workers

It’s been five years since the Great Recession, but people with disabilities who want to work have yet to recover from the downturn.

2 days ago

 Joseph Turner, MD

Dateline Pittsburgh: 10/19/2014

People on the Move in Pittsburgh’s business scene

2 days ago

UPMC, Butler Health to take control of North Hills surgeons group Tri Rivers

McCandless-based Tri Rivers Surgical Associates has 21 doctors, more than 200 employees and nine outpatient surgical sites.

3 days ago

Stocks rise sharply, ending market’s dramatic week

The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 250 points, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years.

3 days ago

Sluggish Pa. employment persists in September

Pennsylvania’s economic recovery is slower than the rest of the nation.

3 days ago

EDMC enrollment, shares fall

The for-profit education company has not seen profits in the last three years.

3 days ago

Business Briefs: Utility commission extends Uber temporary license

Also: Huntington Bank announces SBA loans milestone; BNY Mellon profit rises 11% as Trian seeks to boost shares.

3 days ago

Christie signs law allowing betting on sports in N.J.

But legal challenges could stall the roll-out.

3 days ago

 New escalators are among the renovations in the final stages at South Hills Village mall.

South Hills Village mall races to get ready for holiday season

The mall’s renovation is an obvious example of the intense pre-season efforts going on at retail operations around the country.

4 days ago

 Raleigh, N.C.-based Highwoods Properties unveiled plans to build an office building with retail space along the Monongahela River at the SouthSide Works.

Office-building developers busy in Pittsburgh

Almost overnight, it seems, developers are stepping forward with bold proposals for big, new office projects in or near Downtown.

4 days ago

Spikes in ER visits normal for newly insured, study finds

Will ER visits among Pennsylvania’s poor rise or drop once they enroll in the “Healthy PA” Medicaid subsidy program? The answer: both.

4 days ago

Homeowners cautioned on taking vacation renters

The idea of turning one’s home over to strangers, made possible by Airbnb, an online marketplace for vacation rentals, is catching on.

4 days ago

 Whole Foods already has ranking systems for meat and seafood, which takes into account animal welfare and sustainability.

Whole Foods to roll out rankings for produce

Most notably, the supermarket chain says its labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides.

4 days ago

 Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its American Girl toys could become another headache for the toy company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.

Barbie’s star fades, dragging on Mattel in 3Q

Mattel reported Thursday that Barbie sales fell 21 percent for the three months ended Sept. 30.

4 days ago

AbbVie’s board recommends shareholders nix Shire tax inversion deal

AbbVie’s board is telling shareholders vote against its own $55 billion takeover bid for the Irish drugmaker Shire.

4 days ago

 FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010, file photo, Katherine Braun sorts packages toward the right shipping area at an fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz. Amazon is hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its distribution centers as it looks to improve its shipping efficiency during the crucial 2014 holiday season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Business Briefs: Coatings, cuts, acquisitions boost PPG Industries’ Q3

Also: Pittsburgh Mills mall to lose Sears store and auto center; Consol center concessionaire launches mobile payment plans.

4 days ago

Kinder Morgan holds open season for pipeline to take Marcellus gas to Chicago

The $100 million Chicago Market Expansion Project is expected to be in service in 2016

3 days ago

EDMC reports $664 million loss at for-profit's 110 campuses

The local for profit education provider saw its losses rise by 172 percent.

3 days ago

Unemployment rate in Pennsylvania declines to 5.7 percent in September

Unemployment declines slightly even as employers cut jobs.

3 days ago

BNY Mellon posts third-quarter earnings of $1.07 billion

The bank’s profit of $1.07 billion, or 93 cents per share, is up from $962 million during the same quarter a year earlier.

3 days ago


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