Schneider Downs will move headquarters to Downtown
After 28 years in the Strip District, Schneider Downs, the 56th largest public accounting firm in the country, is returning to Downtown. In November, the company will be moving from its longtime headquarters at 1133 Penn Ave. to One PPG Place, where it will occupy 46,500 square feet on the 17th and 18th floors. Raymond Buehler, Schneider Downs president and CEO, said the firm, with 265 employees in Pittsburgh, had outgrown its current building, which it owns, and is marketing it for sale. Since buying PPG in 2011, Highwoods Properties has increased the occupancy from 81.2 percent to 88.7 percent.
Average gas prices in W. Pa. fall a little
The cost of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania fell a little more than a penny this week, with the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded hitting $3.498, according to GasBuddy.com. A comparable gallon nationwide cost $3.266, showing little change from last week. The price in Western Pennsylvania is up about 4 cents from one month ago.
Eric Springer receives civil rights law award
Eric Springer, retired senior partner and of counsel to law firm Horty, Springer and Mattern, received the Drum Major for Justice Award Monday for his efforts on behalf of civil rights and the African-American community. The Homer S. Brown Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association honored Mr. Springer at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast.
Coca-Cola workers in Germany on strike
Thousands of Coca-Cola employees in Germany are staging short-term strikes this week in a dispute over wages. Workers at two Coca-Cola facilities in Bavaria walked off the job on Monday, the dpa news agency reported, and co-workers at some 50 others were to follow in the coming days in a bid to put pressure on the company ahead of the next wage negotiation round with the union. The two sides are next scheduled to meet on Jan. 30.
Groupon nixes all gun-related deals
Groupon Inc. has stopped all current and future gun-related deals, bowing to customer pressure a month after the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Chicago company said Monday it has canceled existing and planned discounts for shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting.
Atari U.S. files Chapter 11 to separate from parent
Video game maker Atari's U.S. operations have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to separate from their French parent company, which is filing a similar motion separately in France. Atari's U.S. operations have shifted to focus on digital games and licensing, including developing mobile games, and have become a growth engine for its owner.
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