Business Briefs: LIHEAP applications available for heating bill assistance

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Residents who need help paying heating bills can now file applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program until April 26, the state announced Friday. The program, known as LIHEAP, offers crisis grants to provide people who are struggling to heat their homes. The crisis grants help with heating emergencies, such as broken heating equipment, a lack of fuel, or a danger of being without fuel. The Pennsylvania Department of Welfare recommends completing an application online at www.compass.state.pa.us. However, paper applications are available through local county assistance offices.

All crisis requests for Allegheny County residents are handled by the Allegheny County Assistance Offices. For more information, call toll free 1-800-622-3527.

Ethanol production resumes at Valero Indiana site

Valero Energy Corp., the third-biggest U.S. ethanol producer, resumed output at a distillery in Linden, Ind,, on Friday. Valero resumed operations in Bloomingburg, Ohio, earlier this month and in Albion, Neb., in February after idling the distilleries because of higher corn costs and poor profit.

More drinking coffee in U.S., survey finds

About 83 percent of adults drink coffee in the U.S., the world's biggest consumer of the beverage, up from 78 percent a year earlier, according to the National Coffee Association's 2013 survey. The New York-based group said Friday that 63 percent of adults drink coffee every day, compared with 65 percent a year earlier and 58 percent in 2011. The data were compiled from an online survey of 2,840 respondents from mid- January to mid-February. Daily consumption of gourmet-coffee beverages "remained strong and steady" at 31 percent of the population, while use of traditional brands fell to 49 percent from 56 percent.

Mining equipment in demand, Joy Global forecasts

Joy Global Inc., the world's second-largest maker of mining equipment, expects demand from coal producers in China to gain this year as the economy picks up and energy use increases. Two-thirds of Milwaukee-based Joy Global's revenue comes from coal producers globally and about 18 percent from sales to China's mining industry.

From staff and wire reports

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