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Gordon Food Service to open Findlay distribution center

Gordon Food Service, the largest family-owned and operated food service distributor in North America, will open a 480,000-square-foot distribution center in Findlay, bringing 166 jobs to the region. The company will invest more than $80 million in construction, site development and equipment.

Gas prices in Pittsburgh hover above national average

The average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Pittsburgh fell by roughly a penny this week, resting at $3.69, according to GasBuddy.com. That's 5 cents above the national average of $3.64, which broke from its recent summer spike upward and dropped 3 cents over the past week.

County health department flags two Homewood establishments

The Allegheny County Health Department issued a consumer alert Friday at two establishments in Homewood -- Taboo Night Club and Rendezvous Phase III -- for holding foods at unsafe temperatures and other health code violations. Inspection reports for Allegheny County eateries are available at webapps.achd.net/Restaurant/.

Q2 profit falls 27% at Ampco-Pittsburgh

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. said second quarter profits fell 27 percent, citing weak demand for its metals, air and liquid processing equipment. Net income totalled $1.1 million, or 11 cents per share. Sales were flat at $69.9 million.

Amazon expects to add 7,000 jobs

Amazon.com Inc. says it is adding 7,000 jobs in 13 states, beefing up staff at the warehouses where it fills orders and in its customer service division. In Pennsylvania, distribution center jobs are available in Breinigsville, Lehigh County.

Hudson's Bay to buy Saks for $2.4 billion

Luxury retailer Saks is being purchased by the parent of Lord & Taylor for approximately $2.4 billion. Hudson's Bay Co. will pay $16 per share for Saks, a 5 percent premium over the company's Friday closing price of $15.31. Saks will continue to run as a separate company under Hudson's Bay. The buyout is targeted to close before year's end.

Home sales slowed in June

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales ticked down 0.4 percent to 110.9 in June. The slight decline suggests higher mortgage rates may be starting to slow sales.

iPhone maker accused

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company. Apple said it would investigate the claims.

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Gregory A. Harbaugh, founding member of the Pittsburgh law firm Houston Harbaugh, has been elected chairman of the board at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills.

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