Gov. Tom Corbett announces the award of a $5 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to continue the revitalization and renewal of Downtown Pittsburgh at the site of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University on Forbes Avenue on Friday.

State grant secured for new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown

Point Park University hopes to start work on the $75 million complex on Forbes Avenue before the end of the year.

1 year ago

Shaky stock market bounces back

Economic growth and consumer sentiment help major indexes erase earlier reverse.

1 year ago

Letters to the Business Editor: Reporting out of line with facts

Len Boselovic’s Sept. 21 column mentioned the Center for Political Accountability’s successful advocacy for greater transparency.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Uber must stop services in two major German cities

Also: Sale of FedFirst to CB Financial approved by shareholders; son replaces father at Meadville’s Channellock, PIMCO co-founder exits

1 year ago

 National color marketing manager Dee Schlotter demonstrates using PPG’s new color workstation and digital kiosk at its new paints headquarters complex in Cranberry. The facility formally opened Thursday.

PPG celebrates keeping new headquarters close to home

PPG opens it new North American architectural paints headquarters in Cranberry, but it wasn’t a sure bet the region would get the facility.

1 year ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto, left, with City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle

City negotiating new pact on nonprofits’ contributions

The mayor and his staff have said discussions have focused on a new agreement structured more along the lines of the Pittsburgh Promise.

1 year ago

 Strip District produce terminal

Mayor's aide hails 'very positive' discussions on Strip District produce terminal

McCaffery Interests and Rubino Partners are working with Pittsburgh to develop a plan for the structure and surrounding area.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Kmart in Beaver County closing in early December

Also: Bayer’s credit looking up; Credit cards waive late payments; Glaxo names new chair; Gas prices drop; Jimmy John’s security breached.

1 year ago

Pa. oil and gas regulations under consideration

Officials from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection are deciding which regulations to keep, and which need to be changed.

1 year ago

 Conservative commentator Sean Hannity speaks at the luncheon for the Shale Insight 2014 conference Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Marcellus Shale Coalition closes with speeches from big names

Gov. Tom Corbett, former Gov. Tom Ridge and Fox News pundit Sean Hannity all spoke at the Downtown event Thursday.

1 year ago

PUC judges recommend Uber application be denied

The judges said that Uber demonstrated "willful disregard of the direction of the presiding officers."

1 year ago

 From left, Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole and Stolmy Pimentel celebrate the Pirates clinching a National League playoff spot with their win against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday in Atlanta.

Empty champagne bottles from Pirates celebration will soon be up for sale as memorabilia

Empty champagne bottles for $50? When it comes to sports marketing, everything is for sale.

1 year ago

 Don Goughler

Adviser from Forbes Funds assists Pittsburgh region nonprofits

After decades as a nonprofit leader, Don Goughler now advises other executives on how to better shape their organizations for success.

1 year ago

UPMC letter on EMS confuses Shaler area residents

In Shaler, a letter is leading to confusion over whether UPMC Health Plan customers can use the township’s primary ambulance service.

1 year ago

 The 2014 Ram Power Wagon definitely goes wherever you think of taking it. And gets you noticed along the way.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Ram Power Wagon handles well and begs to be noticed

It handles better than even some smaller pickups. But reliability could be stronger.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Retailers expect lots of treats this Halloween

Also: GE to donate $10M for new PSU center; Marc USA’s Warhol campaign honored; suburban hospitals sue Highmark; New-home sales up.

1 year ago

PPG formally opens regional headquarters in Cranberry

The regional headquarters is expected to house 550 employees when it reaches full capacity.

1 year ago

Three Pittsburgh area stores affected in Jimmy John's data breach

The chain said “customers’ credit and debit card data was compromised after an intruder stole log-in credentials” from a vendor

1 year ago

 The Highmark and UPMC logos are seen atop buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

UPMC, Highmark advance different messages about access

Highmark says 80 percent of UPMC doctors will stay in network when their contract ends; UPMC says the figure is “no more” than 56 percent.

1 year ago

 David Goldberg, left, executive vice president in charge of Allegheny Health Network's central region, and David Parda, system chair, Cancer Institute of Allegheny Health Network, tour Allegheny Health Network’s new Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion in Pine on Tuesday. The medical facility will open next Wednesday. In the background is a linear accelerator for cancer treatment.

Health networks increase presence in North Hills

With AHN set to open a new medical pavilion in Pine township next week, one of the medical system’s most obvious needs has been addressed.

1 year ago

 The Rev. William Curtis, spokesman for the Coalition to Preserve the August Wilson Center, said the group was not formally endorsing the bid by 980 Liberty Partners to buy the August Wilson Center.

Coalition expresses confidence in 980 Liberty purchase of August Wilson Center

The Rev. William Curtis, coalition spokesman, stressed Tuesday that the group was not formally endorsing the August Wilson Center bid.

1 year ago

 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg.

Effect of new inversion rules on Mylan's deal with Abbott unclear

A day after the U.S. Treasury Department announced plans to crack down on inversions, analysts are unclear of the impact on pending deals.

1 year ago

 Former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland.

Former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland to be replaced with apartments

The city approved plans to erect a complex that will include 389 apartments and street-level retail space on Forbes and Fifth avenues.

1 year ago

Steel prices gap currently bucking conventional wisdom

A near-record gap between high U.S. steel prices and the low prices being seen in every other part of the globe has analysts puzzled.

1 year ago

Infrastructure spending may create jobs, advocates say

The NAM urged Congress and the White House to take a bipartisan, long-term approach to funding infrastructure improvements.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Soda makers pledge to reduce calorie consumption

Also: Philips spins off ighting arm; P&G selling rest of pet care line; Germany wants Ukraine-Russian gas dispute settled.

1 year ago

DEP fines MarkWest, National Fuel Gas for natural gas infrastructure violations

The DEP fined MarkWest for two incidents in Washington County and NFG Midstream for an incident in Lycoming County.

1 year ago

Chemicals sector sees opportunities for innovation

Gas found in the Marcellus Shale could help fuel growth in the chemical industry, say experts and economists at Pittsburgh Chemical Day.

1 year ago

 Joe Cimino, the water treatment plant operator for Galeton Water Authority, talks about how Galeton had to close one of its two public water supply intakes in March 2011, after muddy runoff at a Chesapeake well site under development choked the borough's water filters. The incident, for which Chesapeake paid a $215,000 fine, occurred despite repeated warnings by state inspectors about erosion problems on the site.

Post-Gazette analysis: Tracking Marcellus

A detailed look at the Marcellus Shale industry and its regulation

1 year ago

 Dale Sleva of Kennedy stands with one of the two-car taxis in the Cindy's Carriages company, which he manages while his wife, Cindy, acts as owner. They operate in the west suburbs.

Startup taxi company targeting South Side draws protest

Cindy’s Carriages, a two-car taxi company, is trying to expand, but has had efforts blocked by Classy Cab and Yellow Cab.

1 year ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Turning it off, on may be what doctor ordered

Also: An expensive slip of the tongue; it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Googlecast; and the founder speaks.

1 year ago

 Jim Carroll Named Best Lawyers' 2015 Pittsburgh Employment Law - Individuals "Lawyer of the Year"

Dateline Pittsburgh: 09/23/2014

People on the move.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Century III Mall Sears store moves toward Dec. closure

Also: Indiana Toll Road operator files for bankruptcy; RadioShack talking with ‘major vendor’; Rothschild to aid Bayer; FNB wraps takeover

1 year ago

France's Total sells Utica assets to Korean companies for $450 million

Total plans to remain active in the Utica through its upstream joint venture with Chesapeake and Enervest.

1 year ago

 Alcoa’s oil and gas division, based in Texas, has started marketing aluminum drill pipe, and has found some takers in the Marcellus and Utica shales,

Alcoa makes push for lighter drill pipe in the Marcellus, Utica

The aluminum supplier is targeting Marcellus and Utica operators for vertical and horizontal wells.

1 year ago

Pennsylvania law firms look to ‘reassert’ themselves locally

As local law firms were setting their sights on national and international markets, out-of-town firms started opening up shop in the state.

1 year ago

Duquesne Light turns on LED streetlight plan

After its tariff was approved, Duquesne Light will install 1,337 LED streetlights this year.

1 year ago

 DEP inspector John Sengle prepares to take water samples from Hawk Run near Philipsburg.

A day in the life of a longtime Pennsylvania DEP inspector

Inspecting an active gas well site means hours of walking, talking and testing.

1 year ago

 DEP inspector John Sengle prepares to take water samples from Hawk Run near Philipsburg.

Pennsylvania inspectors key to Marcellus regulation

Inspectors are the front line of the state’s effort to ensure development in Marcellus is done right and with little environmental impact.

1 year ago

 Angela Rose of Rigmaids cleans the washer in the bathroom of one of the trailers at Stallion Oilfield Services.

Rigmaids finds niche cleaning up the oil and gas industry

Cleaning company finds a niche in the Marcellus Shale.

1 year ago

Finding value in mine water

Abandoned mines could be a source of renewable energy, extracted not from coal but from the water flooding the unused caverns.

1 year ago

PowerSource Voice: Ethane from shale presents a wealth of opportunities

In six short years, the word “shale” has taken on new and significant meaning for the future development of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West

1 year ago

 Sears has announced that it will close its store at Century III Mall in West Mifflin in early December.

Sears closing store at Century III Mall in West Mifflin

A spokesman for Sears Holdings in Illinois said a liquidation sale is scheduled to start Friday.

1 year ago

Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC's revenue

The health giant says 31 percent of its revenue comes from Highmark reimbursement payments.

1 year ago

 The fast food protest movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

Anti-business movements unlikely to change politics

Historians and political experts say “anti-business” sentiment is unlikely to translate into votes for this fall’s congressional midterms.

1 year ago

 Sue Morrow of Butler joins protesters gathered in Butler to oppose Rex Energy Marcellus Shale drilling and demand that clean water be restored in their Connoquenessing Township community.

Negative publicity does more damage to Marcellus Shale drilling companies than fines

Drillers are trying to keep problems under the radar.

1 year ago

Pittsburgh attorney wants to bring more attention to pipeline companies

There has been a lot of focus on drilling, but less attention to the issues that midstream and pipeline companies face, he said.

1 year ago

Moody's cuts price assumptions for natural gas, oil through 2015

A mild summer pushed natural gas prices down in 2014, the ratings agency noted.

1 year ago

 Steelworker Walt Oliver waves his protest sign at the Save Steel Jobs rally in May at U.S. Steel's research and development offices in Munhall.

Elimination of U.S. Steel audit staff puts human face on Carnegie Way

U.S. Steel says its efficiency initiative is a “transformational journey.” But for some employees, it’s onto the unemployment line.

1 year ago

 A fire and spill in March 2010 at an Atlas Resources well site in Washington County sent a large plume of smoke into the air.

Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

The Post-Gazette analyzed every paper record for every Marcellus well incident that resulted in fines through June 1, 2014.

1 year ago

Shale gas extraction issues go beyond fracking

Though fracking often dominates discussions of shale gas extraction studies, other issues face the industry.

1 year ago

New laws helping state collect old debts

Pennsylvania’s Revenue Department has been ramping up efforts to collect past-due debts, conducting more aggressive audits.

1 year ago

Len Boselovic's Heard off the Street: Push for restrictions on corporate political spending gains steam

Shareholder interest in restricting corporate political spending is on the rise following a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

1 year ago

Work Zone: Finding a place for email outside office life

The stack of email awaiting your return from vacation is always a bummer. So what if your employer preemptively deleted them?

1 year ago

 Market District Chef Janice Kirich of McKees Rocks speaks to applicants at a Giant Eagle Job Fair on Saturday at the Monroeville Convention Center.

Giant Eagle job fairs attract hundreds

Seeking to fill more than 1,000 slots, the company said it’s more important for candidates to bring a good attitude than a good resume.

1 year ago

Dateline Pittsburgh: 09/21/2014

People on the move

1 year ago

The week that was: Sept. 14-19

Business news making headlines this week for Busy Beaver,  H.J. Heinz Co. and Marriott

1 year ago

The Color of Money: Some tips for good improving credit

Answering reader questions about their credit situations.

1 year ago

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Receivers come in different forms

Don Lindich breaks down the different types of receivers.

1 year ago

 Sheba Gittens, left, of Mentoring Partnership, shares a laugh with college mentors while role-playing with Tianna Foore, a sophomore at Carlow University during the Strong Women, Strong Girls event Saturday at Carlow University.

Giving young women a boost of confidence

The mentoring program brought about 30 female professionals together with 160 female students, to help them mentor elementary school girls.

1 year ago

 Post-Gazette publisher and editor-in-chief  John Robinson Block tries the newly installed Washington Press, now on display at the newspaper's facility in Clinton

Vintage press restored on display at PG's new facility

Prolific, powerful and portable, the vintage press is a reminder of how technology advanced democracy.

1 year ago

Office Coach: Joining corporate ranks takes some adjusting

Plus: Persistence can lead to new opportunities.

1 year ago

 The pressmen pose for a portrait on the first night on the new presses Sunday, Sept. 8, in Clinton.

Post-Gazette operations unified at a single plant

The new presses weigh more than 600 tons and are supported on a concrete pad that is four feet thick.

1 year ago

Business Calendar: 9/21/2014

Looking ahead to the business events, meetings and seminars this week.

1 year ago

 The Post-Gazette's new facility in Clinton houses all of the newspaper's operations except editorial.

A new -- and renewed -- commitment to journalism in Pittsburgh

A letter to our readers from David M. Shribman and John Robinson Block.

1 year ago

 A 1955 drawing shows John Scull and Joseph Hall putting out the first edition of The Pittsburgh Gazette in 1786.

A distinguished history of journalism here since 1786

Now, 228 years later, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is being published at a state-of-the-art printing facility in Clinton.

1 year ago

 Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson stops by Christmas Cottage of Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) with his wife, Renda Tillerson, to drop off a $50,000 check to the organization in Dec 2013 in Southlake, Texas.

Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson an Eagle Scout to the core

Dressed in a blazer and gray slacks, Eagle Scout Rex Tillerson — better known as the CEO of Exxon Mobil — approached the podium during a

1 year ago

 An artist’s rendering shows the proposed open community space in the Hill District.

Penguins present plans for Civic Arena site

The details were part of the preliminary land development plan the hockey team submitted to the city of Pittsburgh.

1 year ago

 Part of Alcoa's the new automotive line in Davenport, Iowa.

Higher aluminum prices help Alcoa

One of Alcoa’s biggest initiatives has been shuttering outdated, inefficient smelters and focusing on more lucrative downstream markets.

1 year ago

Business Forum: PA 529 plans can alleviate future college costs

The funds have grown and stabilized under the leadership of Treasurer Rob McCord and his great staff.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Pittsburgh median home price rises

Also: Marc acquires Boston media agency; EDMC delays filing annual report; CEO of II-VI receives $2.9 million; Hennion returns to GNC.

1 year ago

Pennsylvania unemployment rises in August for second consecutive month

Unemployment would have been higher, but 28,000 people gave up looking for work during the month and this were not counted.

1 year ago

Pittsburgh rally to promote women's work in life sciences

The Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally on Monday will give entrepreneurs a chance to make pitches to investors.

1 year ago

 Bayer’s stock shot up by more than 6 percent on the Frankfurt stock exchange following the news that the German parent of Bayer MaterialScience, whose North American headquarters is in Robinson, will spin off the unit in the next 12 to 18 months.

Bayer says it will spin off materials unit

After months of speculation, Bayer says it will spin off lagging plastics business.

1 year ago

 Tom Balestrieri, head of the Buncher Co., shows the proposed development his company is planning for the Strip District riverfront from the 16th Street Bridge to 21st Street.

Buncher Co. making progress on Strip District land

The firm is now hoping for “clarity” with regard to the nearby development of the historic produce terminal.

1 year ago

 Author Glennon Doyle Melton

Author to bring message of lifting others to Pittsburgh

Glennon Doyle Melton, who battled addictions and bulimia and now raises money to assist families in need, will share her life challenges.

1 year ago

 Many adult children have made financial sacrifices to cover caregiving expenses, according to About half — 46 percent — spend more than $5,000 a year on caregiving expenses.

Cost of care for adult relatives often falls on younger generations finds 46 percent of its visitors surveyed spend more than $5,000 on caregiving expenses.

1 year ago

 Self-serve candy choices at the new Cinemark North Hills and XD, opening today at McCandless Crossing.

Curtain rises on new amenities-packed movie theater in McCandless

Cinemark at McCandless Crossing opens with 12 digital auditoriums, a bar serving wine, beer and frozen cocktails, and movies new and recent.

1 year ago

 FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, photo, Wal-Mart employees Jon Christians and Lori Harris take job applications and answers questions during a job fair at the University of Illinois Springfield campus in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season in 2014, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Business news briefs: 9/19/14

Home Depot Says Data Breach Affected 56 Million Payment Cards, Chevron meets shale standards from CSSD and more

1 year ago

 The Whole Foods in East Liberty stands as an example of how retail has driven new developments in the Pittsburgh neighborhood.

What drives East Liberty's revitalization efforts?

The Pittsburgh neighborhood stands as an example of redevelopment in an area once known mainly for deteriorating buildings and crime.

1 year ago

 Traffic on the  North Shore

Pa. auto insurance a bargain, report says

Report: Pittsburgh region has the third least expensive car insurance among 25 metro areas surveyed.

1 year ago

Pennsylvania legislators debate energy measures

Leaders of key energy-related committees spoke about their expectations for the present and next legislative sessions during a conference.

1 year ago

Ads coming to North Hills school website

Visitors to the North Hills School District's website soon will be seeing ads for area businesses.

1 year ago

 Review of the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Driver's Seat: Nissan Juke beautifully fun, in a weird, radical way

Review of the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Consol and Noble launch midstream IPO

Also: Innovation Works receives $800,000 for AlphaLab; Butler Health System retains bond rating; Esmark subsidiary acquires metals supplier.

1 year ago

Chevron meets shale drilling standards from Pittsburgh organization

The Center for Sustainable Shale Development offers certification for drillers that aim to go beyond existing state regulations

1 year ago

 Bayer AG announced today that it plans to put its material sciences segment on the stock market as a separate company.

Bayer to spin off material sciences division as separate company

The material science division produces plastics, coatings and chemicals used in foams, insulation, auto lights and DVDs.

1 year ago

Innovation Works receives $800,000 to expand AlphaLab

The federal grant is expected to create 300 jobs and bring in $225 million in private investment.

1 year ago

 Downtown-based is predicting record revenues for 2015 thanks to a recent acquisition and a plan to unroll digital storage of documents and videos in addition to photos.

Pittsburgh based has more in store for future

Downtown’s is hoping that the Panstoria acquisition puts it ahead of its cloud storage competitors.

1 year ago

 Lynette Lederman of Squirrel Hill was named winner of the Standing Firm Community Champion Award. Ms. Lederman, who has been working for the City of Pittsburgh for over 10 years, covers issues within Squirrel Hill and other Jewish communities.

Pittsburgh City Council aide recognized for efforts against domestic violence

The local organization Standing Firm is helping companies respond to domestic violence.

1 year ago

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

Heinz production returning to Pittsburgh, with baby food

The production coming to the North Side had been handled at its plant in Leamington, Ontario, which the company sold earlier this year.

1 year ago

 The Strip District's Produce Terminal.

Pittsburgh may seek to keep Strip District produce terminal

The proposal will be part of the negotiations with McCaffery Interests and Rubino Partners for the redevelopment of the building.

1 year ago

U.S. Steel shares surge after restructuring moves

The company also said it expects a significant improvement in its third quarter operating profit.

1 year ago

 A security officer tells SEIU union protesters they cannot leave bags of groceries for UPMC employees at the company's offices at the U.S. Steel Tower.

National poverty rate continues slow fall

The national poverty rate fell by half of a percentage point from 15 percent to 14.5 percent in 2013.

1 year ago

 FedEx’s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 24 percent, and the company says it plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers.

FedEx earnings exceed expectations

FedEx’s fiscal first-quarter net income rose 24 percent, and the company says it plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers.

1 year ago

 The first panel of the Civic Arena roof comes down in January 2013.

Hill District residents give feedback on redevelopment of former Civic Arena site

The agreement, finalized Sept. 9, settled issues such as affordable housing and minority participation.

1 year ago

 Ruth Hardrick, a dealer who worked at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino for 26 years, stands with friend Anthony Powell on the Boardwalk, after the casino closed early Tuesday in Atlantic City, N.J. Trump Plaza is the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year.

Trump Plaza deals final hand at casino, hotel

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino closes its doors, the fourth Atlantic City casino to go belly-up so far this year.

1 year ago

Callers altering their IDs isn’t illegal, but doing it to scam is

Spoofing is a service that allows people to use someone else’s name and number instead of their own.

1 year ago

 Leroy McGinnis, 85, founded McGinnis Wood Products in Cuba, Mo., in 1968 with eight employees. After multiple expansions, the white oak bourbon barrel maker now employs 155 people.

Bourbon boom driving Missouri barrel sales

Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey are undergoing a resurgence, with U.S. sales growing nearly 20 percent from 2008 to 2013.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Dick’s president plans to retire

Also: Producer prices unchanged in August; Hertz adds Icahn’s candidates to board; UPS expects to hire more seasonal workers.

1 year ago

Cone Midstream launches IPO

The master limited partnership formed by Consol Energy and Noble Energy hope to raise $422.6 million from the offering.

1 year ago

Microsoft buys ‘Minecraft’ maker Mojang for $2.5 billion

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang

1 year ago

New Castle-based Jameson Health System to become part of UPMC

As part of the deal, UPMC will invest $70 million to develop services at Jameson’s 25 facilities.

1 year ago

 Joe Kallen, CEO of home improvement store Busy Beaver, points out the bargain bins situated in the center aisle of the New Kensington location during a tour discussing the stores' reorganization.

New owners of Busy Beaver are expanding, remodeling chain

“My No. 1 challenge in everything we do is how to make Busy Beaver relevant,” said Joe Kallen, the new chief executive of the chain.

1 year ago

 Two longtime Dick’s Sporting Goods executives, including the Findlay sporting goods retailer’s president and chief operating officer Joseph H. Schmidt, have announced plans to retire.

Dick's Sporting Goods president, executive vice president to retire

Joseph H. Schmidt has been president and chief operating officer since 2009 and been with the company since 1990.

1 year ago

Enrollment losses drive Cal U to lay off 16

The university will leave another 14 vacant positions unfilled.

1 year ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Apple Watch may stay on fringe

Also: Apple also announced that iOS 8; a Stanford engineer has managed to create a wireless radio just a few millimeters across.

1 year ago

Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments over electronic voting machines

The court arguments as to whether machines that do not produce paper records of each vote cast violate the Pennsylvania Election Code.

1 year ago

GSK’s ‘re-removal’ efforts weighed by Third Circuit

After the Third Circuit declarec GSK a Delaware company, GSK sought to remove federal court cases filed against it in Pennsylvania state

1 year ago

Business Workshop: Safe harbor returns for construction loans

A new amendment to Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law will make it easier for borrowers to secure funding for construction projects.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Mylan reaches deal to provide hepatitis C drug

Also: Apple says it had record 4 million iPhone orders on first day; safety agency investigates Ford Fiesta door latches.

1 year ago

 Mark Stebbins, District Operations Superintendent, Gas. of Consol Energy Inc.cups a 4.5 inch steel pipe, one of dozens needed to drill a shale well. Each rod weights 750 pounds and is reused in the drilling of other wells.

Consol Energy moves forward on airport drilling

A closer look at drilling activity at Pittsburgh International Airport

1 year ago

Sunoco eyes CNG pumps at Pittsburgh Airport

Sunoco is looking into installing CNG pumps at its airport gas station as part of a plan to increase CNG offerings

1 year ago

U.S. companies look overseas to find customers for ethane

While ethane is abundant and low-priced, exporting the gas has some challenges to overcome, analysts say.

1 year ago

PowerSource Voice: New tax would add to challenges of gas industry

Natural gas severance taxes raise concerns.

1 year ago

 Air force veteran Sean Rooney checks equipment for Range Resources in Washington County.

Oil and gas companies court military veterans as shale boom grows

Schools such as Westmoreland Community College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have received grants for training programs.

1 year ago

Learning from the Marcellus to drill the Utica

Youngstown State University to conduct a groundwater baseline study on about 20 water wells near shale drilling activity

1 year ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

Ride-share companies Lyft and Uber may get boost in Harrisburg

“I'd rather address it now than wait until it becomes more of an issue in the future," Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said.

1 year ago

 Len Caric, the president and CEO of Uncle Charley's Sausage.

New owners of Uncle Charley's eye expansion

The sausage company based in Vandergrift looks to bring specialty brand into new regions

1 year ago

 Lee Kimball, chief operating officer of Thread International, speaks at The Pitch, part of Thrival an annual festival designed to highlight innovation in Pittsburgh. The event was held at alphalab gear's office in East Liberty. Mr. Kimball and Thread won the $25,000 prize.

Local startup Thread pitches and wins $25K at Thrival Festival

“The Pitch” was a highlight among a week of events at the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival in East Liberty.

1 year ago

Heard off the street: Dreams of steel minimill come to end

Samuel, Son & Co. of Mississauga, Ontario, announced it will close the steel processing operation that remains at the World Class site.

1 year ago

Workzone: Whistle-blower obstacles growing

Potential whistle-blowers should check the law before taking action.

1 year ago

Sound Advice: Amplifiers are as unique as speakers

I don't think all amplifiers sound the same; but the key is matching an amplifier to the speakers.

1 year ago

Good Question: Buying a home comes down to credit

Taking steps to increase your credit score before buying a home is not only a smart thing to do; it’s also a way to save thousands.

1 year ago

 September 10, 2014, Ralph Musthaler/Post-Gazette, ASSET STEM Warhouse, Business, Joyce Gannon ASSET Executive Director Cythia Pulkowski along with Material Support Center Director Frank Arzenti and DM Logic President Tom Lee explain the process of distributing science materials among the many school districts they service.

South Side's Asset reorganizes warehouse of school equipment

A South Side warehouse filled with supplies for school science experiments is running more efficiently with a high-tech upgrade.

1 year ago

The color of money: The simple way to improve your credit

WASHINGTON -- There are no shortcuts to strengthening your credit score.

1 year ago

 Correll — accounting

Dateline Pittsburgh: 09/14/14

People on the move

1 year ago

The week that was: 09/14/14

Business week in review.

1 year ago

Office Coach: Think strategically when looking to move up

Implementing this strategy will not only accelerate your progress, but also ensure your tyrannical boss receives some much-needed oversight.

1 year ago

Shop Smart: Tricks to keeping an organized closet

Shop Smart has some great tips on taming an out-of-control closet and ways to stash winter clothes.

1 year ago

Business calendar: 9/14/2014

Business events, meetings and events this week.

1 year ago

Some doctors choose to stay independent of Highmark and UPMC

Common wisdom says that’s getting harder to run an independent medical practice. So why are some of them going it alone?

1 year ago

Business Briefs: U.S. Steel gets approval to expand iron ore mine

Also: Thrill Mill awarded $350,000 to aid entrepreneurs; Delta Prime Refinance settles over mortgage claims.

1 year ago

 Will Goodboy of West View pumps gas at the Sunny Daze Shell station in West View. Shell stations will have new fraud protection software that helps identify counterfeit or stolen credit cards at the gas pump.

Visa software tackles fraud at the gas pump

Software tries to flag stolen and counterfeit cards at the gas pump.

1 year ago

 Private lenders such as financial institutions are under no obligation to forgive student debt.

Private student loan can outlive student

A federal student loan is discharged if a student dies, but private lenders are not required to forgive student debt.

1 year ago

 According to labor statistics,  people who were killed at work were most likely to die in traffic accidents.

Workplace fatalities fall 5 percent in 2013

Workplace fatalities were down by 5 percent in 2013. People who were killed at work were most likely to die in traffic accidents.

1 year ago

 Signage at a RadioShack store in Philadelphia.

RadioShack is seeking financial rescue. Can redesigned stores help save it?

RadioShack says it may need more capital to help complete its turnaround and is exploring options for overhauling its balance sheet.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Alcoa signs $1 billion deal to supply aluminum to Boeing

Plus: UPMC in Erie to serve psychiatric hospital; Canadian company to shutter Ambridge steel processor; GNC executive leaving the company

1 year ago

Northwood Realty pulls listings from Zillow real estate website

Northwood Realty Services cited inaccurate and outdated information used to calculate home values in Western Pennsylvania.

1 year ago

 Wesley Ross holds a plate of turnovers in his deli on Fourth Avenue. He had named the business the “Carnegie Deli” but was forced to change the name after being sued by New York's Carnegie Deli.

New York's Carnegie Deli puts Pittsburgh eatery in a pickle over trademark

Wesley Ross opened Carnegie Deli and Diner in February Downtown. The famous NYC deli did not take the name kindly.

1 year ago

 The produce terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Pittsburgh URA approves proposal to work with two partners to redevelop Strip District landmark

The board will negotiate with McCaffery Interests and Rubino Partners to try to merge their visions for the produce terminal.

1 year ago

 The produce terminal on Smallman Street in the Strip District.

URA board to vote on Strip District produce terminal

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and state Sen. Jim Ferlo have differed on visions for the Strip District terminal.

1 year ago

Alcoa signs deal to supply aluminum sheet, plate products to Boeing

The aluminum producer said the $1 billion deal is the largest contract during its 35-year relationship with the aerospace company.

1 year ago

Corbett nominates businessman to Liquor Control Board

Businessman Michael Negra has been nominated to serve on the three-member state Liquor Control Board.

1 year ago

 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen on Commonwealth in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Lyft hearing examines insurance

A witness for a Pennsylvania trade group tried to explain Wednesday why the insurance coverage that Lyft is proposing is problematic.

1 year ago

New study places $2 trillion yearly price tag on federal regulation

But critics say the business group’s study is flawed and ignores the benefits regulations provide.

1 year ago

 The Golf lineup is redesigned for 2015, on a new platform that allowed Volkswagen to offer the electric-powered e-Golf.

Driver’s Seat: What lies ahead for electric car sales?

While all-electric vehicles comprise just a small drop in the auto sales ocean, they experienced a tidal wave increase in 2014.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Esmark to convert Ohio property into logistics, transportation site

Also: Duquesne’s Small Business Center wins grant; Activision’s ‘Destiny’ posts sales of $500 million; wholesale stockpiles up 0.1 percent.

1 year ago

 Marino Cordoba and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli talk about their work as union organizers in Colombia that have led to assassination attempts.

Colombia worker advocates seek aid

Colombians are asking Congress to protect workers rights as part of the trade agreement.

1 year ago

Uber details insurance policy at hearing

Ride-sharing companies are seeking permanent experimental authority to operate in the county and other parts of Pennsylvania.

1 year ago

PNC shrinks branches to serve digital customers

The bank will convert to smaller branches — which employs more technology and eliminates teller windows — by the end of the year.

1 year ago

 The West Penn Hospital complex looms over Bloomfield.

Pittsburgh's East End lags behind county in wages, new study finds

The city’s East End has 1.4 jobs for each person in its labor force, but just 6 percent of the area’s 21,000 jobs are held by its residents.

1 year ago

 The produce terminal  along Smallman Street  in the Strip District .

Pittsburgh to pay Buncher Co. $640,000 to walk away from produce terminal redevelopment

The board of the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority is expected to vote Thursday on the proposed “settlement fee” to the developer.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Duquesne Light names new VP of operations

Also: Job openings near 13-year high as hiring rises; U.S. investigating stalling issue in Chrysler minivans.

1 year ago

 4Moms, a Strip District-based tech company focused on creating innovative baby products, is about to receive $41 million from Bain Capital Ventures and Castanea Partners to speed up company growth and support product development.

Pittsburgh robotics company 4moms banks $41 million for product development

Bain Capital Ventures has teamed up with investment firm Castanea Partners to help speed up growth at the Strip District company.

1 year ago

Energy Department approves two more LNG export projects

Export terminals in Louisiana and Florida become only the second and third to receive final regulatory approval

1 year ago

 Apple is looking to expand its presence in Pittsburgh and has been searching for 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of office space.

Apple seeks to expand its presence in Pittsburgh

The technology giant has been searching for up to 20,000 square feet of office space, possibly at Carnegie Mellon or other locations.

1 year ago

 Most states will enforce postnuptial agreements as long as they were negotiated fairly.

Postnuptial agreements gaining traction with couples

Postnuptial agreements are similar to prenuptials, but are created after couples are already married.

1 year ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks today about the redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site in the lower Hill District as other city, county and Penguins officials look on.

Penguins, Pittsburgh reach agreement on redeveloping former Civic Arena site

The plan, which creates the largest tax diversion district in the city’s history, includes affordable housing, office space and retail.

1 year ago

Stationery, gift store Weldin moving to Grant Street

The J.R. Weldin Co., a stationery and gift store that has operated in Pittsburgh since 1852, is moving from 415 Wood St.

1 year ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: A means to a manual … and then some

TechMan conjures strange self-improvement ideas.

1 year ago

 Freshly picked olives make their way onto a conveyor belt, landing into a gondola pulled by a tractor at California Olive Ranch in Artois, Calif. The California Department of Food and Agriculture may soon require testing and certification for purity and quality of olive oils.

Olive oil war’s front line drawn in California

State considering grading standards that could have far-reaching impact.

1 year ago

Leaders managing ‘staggering’ costs of firm merger talks

Merger discussions could lead to lost revenue opportunities, making them a tricky proposition for firm leadership.

1 year ago

Distribution of child porn conviction rejected by court

The Third Circuit overturned the conviction because the images were never viewed by anyone else.

1 year ago

 Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.

Apple unveils smartwatch, larger iPhones

Apple’s new wearable device is called the Apple Watch, rather than the iWatch that many people had been speculating.

1 year ago

 A Lyft car in Market Square, Downtown.

PUC chairman, commissioners support Fontana legislation for Lyft, Uber

The bill would introduce Transportation Network Companies as a new category for transportation providers.

1 year ago

 Water samples from Hawk Run near Philipsburg will help the Department of Environmental Protection determine the quality of ground water in the area before Marcellus Shale drilling begins.

DEP releases updated details on water contamination near drilling sites

DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said the chemicals were introduced to the groundwater during the drilling process, not hydraulic

1 year ago

Tesla eyes growth in Pennsylvania after legislative compromise

A July law has cleared the way for additional Tesla dealerships in Pennsylvania.

1 year ago

 Anthony McNutt is a driver with the Star Transportation Group, which has a fleet of Teslas for its "White Glove" executive car service.

Star Transportation adds electric Tesla to its executive taxi service

The Star Transportation Group is one of the first taxi services in the country to use the all-electric Tesla in its fleet.

1 year ago

 Inversions have become more popular in recent months with pharmaceutical companies, including Cecil-based Mylan, announcing plans to reincorporate in the Netherlands.

Debate over tax inversions expected to heat up

Tax inversions and overseas business reincorporations could be a winning political issue come November — for both Democrats and the GOP.

1 year ago

 Paul Battista, owner of Sunnyside Supply Co., poses in his shop in Slovan, Pa. Sunnyside Supply Co., which originally catered to those in the manufacturing business, has thrived since the beginning of the energy boom.

An energy opportunity that went from solar to shale supply

Sunnyside Supply develops maintenance products for the energy sector

1 year ago

Consulting firm followed the shale to Pittsburgh

Houston firm opens Pittsburgh office as Marcellus Shale activity grows

1 year ago

 NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. appears in a new UPMC television ad to promote its sports medicine center.

UPMC, Highmark start their marketing engines

UPMC is revving up a new campaign that comes with star power, launching a commercial that features NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 year ago

 Fred Connor joins other minimum wage earners in a protest Thursday in Wilkinsburg.

Fast-food workers risk their jobs in wage fight

Raising the minimum wage for workers has been projected to pull many out of poverty.

1 year ago

Heard Off the Street: Burger King deal will leave Canadians with bad taste

With the owners of Burger King and H.J. Heinz moving north to acquire Tim Hortons, cost cutting — or “value creation” — can’t be far behind.

1 year ago

 Walsh — Accounting

Dateline Pittsburgh: 09/07/14

People on the move

1 year ago

 Recording artist Moby will perform at this year’s Thrival.

Thrival festival to focus on Pittsburgh’s technology, music scene

Thrill Mill’s Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has been extended to a weeklong celebration of technology and entrepreneurship.

1 year ago

Consumer Federation warns about automobile insurance pricing ‘scheme’

Now more than ever, drivers’ lack of initiative could cost them, a leading consumer advocate is warning.

1 year ago

Workzone: Pitt looking into impact of long periods of being sedentary

Lurking at work and at home is a rather unassuming danger: your chair.

1 year ago

 The former Allegheny County Health Department building on Forbes Avenue in Oakland will be demolished for the construction of new apartments.

Business week in review: 09/05/14

News that made headlines this week.

1 year ago

 Receivers from highly regarded brands like Marantz have very good amplifier specifications, leading to clean sound.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Factor in sensitivity along with room size

The lower the sensitivity, the more power you need. And bigger speakers are usually more efficient than smaller speakers.

1 year ago

Michelle Singletary’s Color of Money: The retirement-planning drill

Every time one of my children says, "Back in your day," I wince.

1 year ago

 Alice Hayden of Orlando, Fla., uses gaming technology in her firm. Although more women have cracked video gaming’s predominantly male workforce, experts say the business still has a gender gap.

More women get jobs in video-game industry, but gender gap persists

Women make up the fastest-growing consumer segment of the $15 billion-a-year business and the fastest-growing niche in its workforce.

1 year ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Spruce up your home and deck

Your grill may be the star of your next barbecue, but your house and deck could get less-than-rave reviews if their finishes have faded.

1 year ago

Business Calendar: 09/07/14

Business meetings, seminars and events this week.

1 year ago

 Artist Guy Harvey has developed his brand into a business empire.

Conservationist turned T-shirt designer fishing new waters

Guy Harvey’s designs have been worn by middle-aged fishermen for decades. Now he has a new audience,

1 year ago

 Seen in 2010, the Lower Hill District development area encompasses, from left, Mellon Arena, Washington Plaza apartments, Consol Energy Center with the Epiphany Church in front, and Chatham Center.

One Chatham Center facing foreclosure

The building’s owner defaulted on a $15.2 million mortgage. The Marriott City Center hotel is not part of the foreclosure.

1 year ago

 Pedestrians walk past the August Wilson Center on Liberty Avenue Downtown.

Community meets to discuss future of August Wilson Center

Interested residents want to see the August Wilson Center emerge from court financially stronger and more in touch with the community.

1 year ago

 Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor

Giuliani pushes shale gas as a foreign policy solution

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Friday urged President Barack Obama to fast-track applications to export natural gas.

1 year ago

Business news briefs: SBA awards AlphaLab, Neo Labs $50,000

Also: Mylan launches recall, FDA reports; Family Dollar bucks Dollar General bid again; Motorola emphasizes design in smartwatch.

1 year ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett wrote letters to Rep. Robert Godshall and Sen. Robert Tomlinson.

Gov. Corbett expresses his support for Lyft, Uber in Pennsylvania

Mr. Corbett wrote letters to Rep. Robert Godshall and Sen. Robert Tomlinson.

1 year ago

August jobless rate decreases to 6.1%

But nonfarm payrolls added only 142,000 jobs, short of Wall Street expectations.

1 year ago

 MWK Forbes LLC has ditched plans for 50,000 square feet of office space as part of a major Forbes Avenue redevelopment of the former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland, and will add another 59 apartments instead, bringing the total number of units to 389.

More apartments planned at former Allegheny County health building site in Oakland

Developer MWK Forbes LLC has ditched plans for 50,000 square feet of office space and instead will add more luxury apartments.

1 year ago

Pittsburgh coalition told unity will rein in health care costs

The “C-suite” executives must band together. That was the message from Brian Klepper, CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health.

1 year ago

 Tabitha Jermyn, left, reaches for some last-minute school supplies at Target in East Liberty as Lauren Klingman looks on.

Healthy back-to-school shopping could be good sign for holiday season

A trade group Thursday reported August sales at U.S. chain stores rose almost 5 percent over the same month last year.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Apple supplier in China accused of safety violations

Also: Home Depot CEO reassures customers, investors; worker productivity rises as labor costs fall.

1 year ago

 Bernardo Hees, CEO of Heinz, speaks to the audience during the new Heinz exhibition opening ceremony today in the Strip District.

Heinz CEO celebrates company's past, affirms its future in Pittsburgh

In its most recent quarter, the company reported a profit of $126.7 million on sales of $2.73 billion.

1 year ago

 “We’ll ask donors to give 105 percent of [what they did last year]." said Ray Buehler Jr., chairman of Schneider Downs and new chair of United Way annual fundraising campaign.

United Way aims higher for 2014-15

The United Way campaign chair says the climate for giving is healthy enough to ask donors to contribute 5 percent more than last year.

1 year ago

 Fast food workers protesting low wages sit in the middle of Penn Avenue in front of the Wilkinsburg McDonald's, refusing orders of Wilkinsburg police to clear the street.

Eight arrested at Wilkinsburg McDonald's in protest for wage hike

The protest on Penn Avenue brought out nearly 200 workers, who chanted “hold your burgers, hold your fries, make my wages super-sized.”

1 year ago

 A car sporting the Lyft mustache on its grill is seen on Commonwealth Place in Downtown.

Lyft hearing focuses on insurance issues

But at one point, the judge closed the courtroom so that Lyft’s public policy chief could answer questions about the number of Lyft rides.

1 year ago

 Television screens are set up Wednesday at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh so that students, faculty and administration can participate in the “Titanfall” tournament. Two creators of the “Titanfall” game for Respawn Entertainment are Art Institute alumni.

Art Institute’s 'Titanfall' gaming tournament kicks off

Art Institute of Pittsburgh president challenges students to Titanfall tournament and to dream big when it comes to gaming industry.

1 year ago

First-year associates’ salaries on rise in Pa.

At least one firm that has a presence in the state, DLA Piper, is paying out $160,000 to new associates this year.

1 year ago

 The small 2014 Mazda5 microvan looks as sporty as ever from the outside.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Mazda5’s promise not fully realized

The Mazda5 is like getting a C- paper from an A student. You know the kid’s put his heart and soul into it, but it’s just not there.

1 year ago

 An inflatable cigarette is displayed Wednesday to announce the drug store CVS’s decision to stop selling cigarettes at its stores.

Business Briefs: Departing Kennametal chief receives $6M compensation

Also: Railway signal design firm acquired by Wabtec Corp.; Fed survey finds moderate economic growth; factory orders up record 10.5 percent.

1 year ago

Williams to expand Transco interstate pipeline

Open season for Transco Western Marcellus Pipeline project to ship natural gas from Marcellus, Utica to Transco markets.

1 year ago

Kinder Morgan moves forward on Utica pipeline to Canada

The Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) project will ship natural gas liquids from Ohio to Ontario.

1 year ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark is shown along with the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Highmark sues UPMC for cancer treatment 'overbilling'

Highmark says UPMC’s pricing manipulation on chemotherapy treatments has cost consumers hundreds of millions over the last several years.

1 year ago

Army National Guard member sues UPMC Shadyside over loss of full-time job

A lawsuit filed by Arquita Coleman, who was injured while on duty and claimed she was not restored to full-time work at UPMC Shadyside

1 year ago

Students, parents trying cost-saving two-year colleges as a starting point to higher ed

Such colleges may not radiate the same prestige as four-year universities, but more parents are steering their children in that direction.

1 year ago

 Pedestrians walk past the August Wilson Center on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Group trying to save August Wilson Center lists goals

Members of the AWC Recovery Committee emphasized they are not interested in having the center be part of a hotel development.

1 year ago

 City officials announced Tuesday that Buncher Co. is out of the running for redeveloping the Produce Terminal along Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Buncher Co. out of the running for redeveloping Strip District’s produce terminal

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority board is looking to select one of the three developers instead of the Buncher Co.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Restaurant grading plan up for health board vote

Also: Fuyao Glass unit buys PPG glass plant in Ill.; culinary gift shop chain opening local location; Halliburton reaches spill settlement.

1 year ago

 The Allegheny County Board of Health Wednesday gave the final nod to a plan to start posting grades on restaurant doors.

Allegheny County health board approves plan to post grades on restaurant doors

Pittsburgh-area restaurant owners are blasting the grades, saying they’re unnecessary, confusing and could unfairly damage their businesses.

1 year ago

Shell taps Utica Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania

The company has two wells in Tioga County, an area known for Marcellus Shale development.

1 year ago

Two pipeline projects poised to ship gas to the Southeast

The southeastern U.S.’s population is growing, and power plants also want natural gas as an alternative to coal.

1 year ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Highmark, Pennsylvania Insurance Department issue post-UPMC transition plan

The plan adds detail to the consent decrees signed by Highmark and UPMC on June 27.

1 year ago

PPG closes on sale of Illinois glass plant

The deal calls for Fuyao to retrofit the facility’s two production lines to manufacture automotive glass.

1 year ago

 Debra Lam realized that discussions with regional tech leaders of all sectors could help city officials better understand their role in assisting the industry’s growth.

Pittsburgh's tech officer aims to advance region's position as a national player

Debra Lam, Pittsburgh’s chief innovation and performance officer, wants to create an “innovation road map” for the region’s tech sector.

1 year ago

 Stephen Morse, 28, just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and started his own financial advising firm.

Solo 401(k) 'one of the best-kept secrets' for the self-employed

Driven by economic necessity or a desire to take more control, more people are opting to work as freelancers and independent contractors.

1 year ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Of Disney drones and cop cameras

Drones over battlefields. Drones over rescue sites. Drones over Disney World?

1 year ago

Competition spurs firms to eye salary increases for first-year associates

At least one firm that has a presence in the state, DLA Piper, is paying out $160,000 to new associates this year.

1 year ago

Third Circuit sets FMLA return-to-work standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the trial court’s decision to grant summary judgment to Reading Hospital.

1 year ago

 Ed Vescovi in the processing plant where biodiesel will be made by the Weavertown Enviromental Group in Beaver County.

Biodiesel plant to restart amid market pessimism

For the first time since 2008, biodiesel production in Pennsylvania is set to shrink this year, even with new entrants.

1 year ago

 John Felmy, the chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute.

A need for good regulations, good tax policies

John Felmy grew up as a self-proclaimed “dirt-poor country boy” near Williamsport in what is now the heart of shale gas development. Now

1 year ago

 Tim Carney, facilities director at Carlow University, stands in front of the Grace Library building, which is under renovation.

Carlow eyes energy reductions in $15.7 million renovation project

Carlow is one of several institutions in Oakland to pledge to cut energy use by 50 percent by 2030.

1 year ago

 New energy efficient LED lighting at one of the nursing stations at UPMC Presbyterian.

UPMC effort includes adding LED lighting

One upgrade is LED lighting, which reduces energy consumption and allows lights to be easily adjusted for patients.

1 year ago

 The Department of Environmental Protection is creating a public online mapping tool by compiling and digitizing historical maps of legacy oil and gas wells, like the ones shown above in southwestern Pennsylvania. Well sites found on a scanned historical source map (left) are matched with a contemporary aerial photograph (right).

DEP aims to put abandoned oil and gas wells on the map

Researchers are taking to the archives — and the air — to track down abandoned oil and gas wells that have left little evidence on the

1 year ago

Painting a roof white the first of many steps to come for Oakland organization

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation makes moves to cut its energy, water and gas usage.

1 year ago

Business Workshop: Keep ads honest

A recent rash of false advertising lawsuits should remind all businesses of their obligation to keep their advertising honest.

1 year ago

 Garment workers at the Nishat Complex, a Ha-Meem Group factory, sew pockets for blue jeans in early July.

Long days a staple of garment industry in Bangladesh

At That’s It Sportswear, apparel makers for Pittsburgh’s American Eagle Outfitters, workers say they routinely work over 60 hours a week.

1 year ago

 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills. The DEP has launched an investigation to standardize reporting.

1 year ago

Workzone: Working without windows is bad for your health

Researchers find employees are happier, healthier and more productive when they work near natural light.

1 year ago

 PPG chairman Charles Bunch on the 40th floor of One PPG Place.

PPG transformation ‘not a revolution’

The shift from glass and chemicals to coatings was “an evolutionary process” to focus on “our best businesses,” said chairman Charles Bunch.

1 year ago

Heard Off the Street: Changes to keep brokers in check?

Just how much more protection the change provides investors remains to be seen.

1 year ago

 John Davis received a bill twice from UPMC for a dermatology visit.  He was billed by the physician and by UPMC St. Margaret  even though he saw the dermatologist at the office building behind him, not at the hospital.

Hospital billing practices raise ire

John Davis scheduled a routine exam with his dermatologist. Then he received two bills — one from his physician, one from UPMC St. Margaret.

1 year ago

 Christa Vattimo, 31, borrowed money from her company retirement savings account at PNC Bank for the down payment on a $97,000 home in West View. “I didn’t want to keep throwing money down the drain renting."

Some singles see value in mortgage payment

But homeownership barriers have made it less likely for people in their 20s and 30s to be owners than in previous generations.

1 year ago

 Horton — Accounting

Dateline: 08/31/14

People on the move

1 year ago

 Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC7B Noise Cancelling Headphones, which can be found for under $130, have active noise cancellation similar to that found in much more expensive models.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: When making the jump, avoid ‘upgrade-itis’

Given how long someone is likely to own a set of headphones, spending the extra $20 seems to be an easy decision. But use caution.

1 year ago

 Women pick through scraps of fabric and jute in Kashimpur, Bangladesh. They wade through wet and often soiled scraps, making less money than garment workers, and work is never guaranteed.

In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety

American Eagle joined a broad effort to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers, following two deadly accidents. Is it working?

1 year ago

Cindy Krischer Goodman’s Balancing Act: Back-to-school worries can stress working parents as well as kids

There’s no denying that back-to-school worries can be as stressful for working dads and moms as they are for kids.

1 year ago

Business week in review: 08/31/14

Drilling’s impact on the airport, water and jobs; fewer employees; are they employees?

1 year ago

Marie G. McIntyre’s Office Coach: Painful waiting game with job recruiter

Before you abandon hope, remember that time passes much more slowly for applicants than for those doing the hiring.

1 year ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Untangling the bundle

Take a close look at your cable bill, Consumer Reports suggests. It's a confusing onslaught of charges, taxes and add-on fees.

1 year ago

U.S. rice farmers see opportunity in China

Today, China’s swelling appetite for food is touching agribusiness everywhere and forcing companies to choose whether to adapt.

1 year ago

 Employees work on filling, labeling and packaging each personalized box Aug. 12 inside the distribution room at the Wantable company building in Milwaukee. Wantable, a 2-year-old Internet company, sells personalized packages of makeup, accessories and clothing to women on a subscription basis.

With ‘subscription box’ retailers, Christmas now comes once a month

The trend has seen upstart retailers packing everything from cosmetics to sex toys into boxes that get shipped monthly to subscribers.

1 year ago

 Rutgers University researchers found more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession, with 16 percent of Americans, or 38 million people, reporting they were financially devastated and expect that damage to be permanent.

Report finds typical worker in 'precarious' financial position

Rutgers University researchers say more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession.

1 year ago

McCandless residents fight township's approval of Wal-Mart store

Residents who say township left them in the dark are appealing the McCandless council’s approval for a new Super Center.

1 year ago

Business Forum: Are China and Russia ‘irresponsible’ traders?

Whatever our hopes may have been, China and Russia have been irresponsible since joining the WTO. And they are getting away with it.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: August Wilson legal fees mounting

Also: Shadyside juice bar ordered to close; Mylan recalls tablets, FDA reports; consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July.

1 year ago

 The UPMC logo atop of the U.S. Steel Tower.

UPMC staff working in clinical areas will be required to get flu shots

Employees who decline vaccination for medical or religious reasons would be required to wear a mask within six feet of patients or staff.

1 year ago

 Opponents of a planned Walmart Super Center in McCandless have filed an appeal in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

McCandless Walmart proposal going to court

In an appeal, 15 citizens allege township officials did not give citizens enough time or information to evaluate the complex proposal.

1 year ago

 An early morning photo of the produce terminal along Smallman Street in the Strip District.

Strip District redevelopment bidder disputes critical analysis

Representatives for Rubino Partners maintained Thursday that their plan ends up producing more money than the other two proposals.

1 year ago

 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Pennsylvania lawmakers push PUC for ride sharing

Ride-sharing issues raised by Uber and Lyft were discussed at a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearing in Harrisburg on Thursday.

1 year ago

Export-Import director says agency plays critical role

Sean Mulvaney said the financing, insurance and guarantees that the bank provides support companies such as Boeing.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Pittsburgh 2030 District expands to Oakland

Also: Engineers union retaining Highmark exclusively; U.S. economy’s growth beats forecast; Apple sets date to unveil new iPhones.

1 year ago

DEP publishes official determinations of damaged water supplies related to oil and gas operations

The determination letters, made available for the first time Thursday, show 248 incidents where drilling has contaminated water supplies.

1 year ago

 Rachel Gogos, the founder of MyPath, using the app at University of Pittsburgh.

New app helps college students pinpoint their career qualities

MyPath101 launched as a pilot at University of Pittsburgh, and is now helping students nationwide find their professional calling.

1 year ago

 American Express and Discover tied for top honors again in this year’s J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey.

American Express, Discover rated top credit cards

J.D. Power survey measured interaction; card terms; billing and payment; rewards; benefits and services, and problem resolution.

1 year ago

 Like orchestras across the country, the PSO has faced declining ticket sales but may be faring better than peer organizations.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra expects larger deficit, but aims to boost revenue

The PSO is projecting a deficit of roughly $1.4 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year, which concludes Sunday.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Fed-Ex misclassified workers, court panel rules

Also: Suzuki recalls Kizashis; GM to move work from Mexico to Tennessee; Kia to build plant in Mexico; Uber wins ruling stopping Hamburg

1 year ago

Wood Mackenzie: Marcellus could hold another $90 billion in value

The Marcellus Shale, currently the largest shale gas play, still has room to grow, the consultancy said.

1 year ago

 The 2014 Acura TL latest incarnation was never a big hit on the outside but its handling and performance make up for it.

Driver's Seat: Acura TL is elegant but feels a little dated

Sport luxury sedans square off: 2014 Infiniti Q50 AWD Premium vs. 2014 Acura TL SE

1 year ago

EDMC announces debt restructuring; expects improved capital structure

EDMC said the proposal has the support of more than 80 percent of its revolving lenders, term loan lenders and bondholders.

1 year ago

 One of the hives atop the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

Will Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club get stung on beehives?

Officials say the club hasn’t gotten the zoning variance and permit it needs to keep the four beehives on its roof.

1 year ago

 Dressed as Elvis Presley, Glenn Woods of Cranberry Township tries a pie by Gardner Pie Co. on Tuesday at Heinz Field.

Pittsburgh food festival celebrates all things tasty

Not just anybody could sneak into the Clover Mountain Foods show, but almost everybody in the region will eventually taste its products.

1 year ago

NHTSA website helps car owners check for missed recalls

Every year, millions of vehicles are recalled nationwide. Now, consumers have a quick way to find out if their vehicle was overlooked.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Region construction contracts up $62M

Also: Robinson eatery cited for 13 critical violations; Four Rivers Software Systems to join Accruent; steel imports rise 6 percent.

1 year ago

Williams to expand Transco pipeline system in Pennsylvania

Williams launches open season for Diamond East project to ship more Marcellus Shale gas northeast.

1 year ago

 Craig Wilson shows an epoxy resin created by PPG Industries during a Monday tour of the Coatings Innovation Center in Allison Park.

PPG Industries' center makes sure company investments pay off through innovation

When Chuck Kahle passes along his business card, he’s not just providing his contact information at PPG Industries.

1 year ago

 Millions of cars have been recalled this year, with the extensive problems at General Motors even leading to congressional hearings.

Vehicle buyers still can’t get no satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with automakers has dropped considerably in the past year, according to an index tracking consumer sentiment.

1 year ago

Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Samsung ‘monster’ tablet has its advantages

Verizon was kind enough to send TechMan a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for testing, the largest tablet Samsung makes.

1 year ago

K&L Gates chairman emeritus Charles Queenan honored

Mr. Queenan has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine with a lifetime achievement award.

1 year ago

Pittsburgh Dateline: 8/26/14

People on the move in business and law.

1 year ago

Pa. ban on political contributions enjoined; ruling faces criticism

Pennsylvania’s law barring corporations and associations from making political contributions has now been permanently enjoined.

1 year ago

Business Workshop: Workers’ comp for telecommuters

A recent survey by WorldatWork finds that 88% of companies offer employees some form of telecommuting.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: 8/26/14

Baby-reading program’s creator settles charges

1 year ago

Pittsburgh region's unemployment rate stays at 5.3 percent

The number of jobs, which are not seasonally adjusted, in the seven-county region fell by 8,300.

1 year ago

MarkWest to expand Butler County natural gas processing complex

Drillers Rex Energy, EdgeMarc Energy commit to send Marcellus Shale production to the facility

1 year ago

 T. Boone Pickens speaks to the crowd during a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry summit Monday.

T. Boone Pickens: 100 years of gas industry jobs

T. Boone Pickens said there will be gas extraction jobs for the next 100 years.

1 year ago

Consol looks to Gen X, Millennials to step into the roles left by retirees

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement, Generation X employees and Millennials have been called in to fill the gaps left behind.

1 year ago

 Solar panels at work

Sunrise Energy takes on utility over net metering

West Penn Power tells solar developer to pay back all the revenue it gained from net metering a Washington County solar farm.

1 year ago

Ohio electric utilities question net metering rule proposal

As the PUC continues to refine rules for net metering, one Ohio utility has appealed a rule proposal to its state Supreme Court.

1 year ago

Farmers and solar owners fight limits on power generation

The Pennsylvania PUC has received a slew of letters opposing proposed rules on who can sell electricity to the grid.

1 year ago

 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, right, talks with Allegheny County Council members Bob Macey , left, and Tom Baker before today's "project kickoff" of Consol Energy's new Marcellus shale drilling site at Pittsburgh International Airport. Behind them is the first well on pad 2. Drilling at the site began Aug. 15.

Pittsburgh airport gas drilling project set for official kickoff

Consol eventually will have 47 Marcellus Shale wells on airport property that could generate as much as $25 million a year in royalties.

1 year ago

Pressure builds within Fed to signal new policy course

Signs of economic resilience and growing anxiety about holding rates have set the stage for a debate over rewriting their policy statement.

1 year ago

 The first well on Consol Energy's Well Pad 2 at the new Marcellus Shale extraction site near Pittsburgh International Airport.

Consol Energy eyes more from airport drilling

The estimated $1 billion project will tap into Marcellus Shale reserves on 9,000 acres of Allegheny County-owned land.

1 year ago

 UPMC has signed a five-year advisory services agreement with Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in the Hunan Province of China.

UPMC signs advisory deal with Chinese hospital

UPMC will help the hospital establish the Xiangya International Medical Center on that campus in the Hunan Province.

1 year ago

Q&A: U.S. shale plays are being watched around the world

U.S. shale plays are a global development ground, said Natalya Sachivichik, a senior development engineer at Range Resources.

1 year ago

 A Lyft car is driven around Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh.

In clash of cultures, PUC grapples with brave new tech world

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission plans a good hard look at how it handles transportation issues at a special meeting this week.

1 year ago

 Robert Cicco is an Allegheny Health physician who's been told he can't see his UPMC physician, but he says real problem is the system under which hospitals set their charges.

Patient worries emerge over chargemasters at Pittsburgh's regional hospitals

The chargemaster is a hospital’s master list of how much it will charge for services, including every treatment, test, scan and aspirin.

1 year ago

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Don’t jump to conclusions on GE’s moves

Cynics will find some irony in General Electric’s decision to sell its appliance business.

1 year ago

 Don Charlton, chief executive officer and founder of The Resumator, said shifting the paradigm that drives hiring decisions has been his company’s primary mission since it was launched in 2009.

Recruiting software company The Resumator works to open the doors to new faces

The West View-based firm, fresh off of a $15 million investment, aims to break hiring patterns and boost diversity in tech.

1 year ago

Julian Gray and Frank Petrich’s Elder Law: New power of attorney law reminds us to check our estate plans

The power of attorney is probably the most powerful document you will sign. It’s like a loaded gun; it can be used for good or evil.

1 year ago

Policy changes may help attract young physicians

Starting Jan. 1, doctors and other clinicians can be paid for “quarterbacking” the care of chronically ill Medicare patients.

1 year ago

Workzone: Fantasy leagues powering into offices

Fantasy football is no longer a false start in the nation’s workplaces.

1 year ago

 The Pana­sonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Pana­sonic DMC-GM1 eclipses Sony for best small camera

The DMC-GM1 of­fers the im­ag­ing power of a full-sized in­ter­change­able lens cam­era in an im­pos­si­bly small pack­age.

1 year ago

 Campbell — Accounting

Dateline Pittsburgh: 08/24/14

People on the move

1 year ago

Business Week in review: 08/24/14

Kentucky bourbon makers are stockpiling their product; Dollar General made a $9.7 billion bid to buy Family Dollar Stores.

1 year ago

Marie G. McIntyre’s Office Coach: Realize your mistakes and follow through

As the one who created this problem, you should attempt to fix it by offering a sincere apology.

1 year ago

Business calendar: 08/24/14

Business events, seminars and meetings this week.

1 year ago

Judge criticizes NLRB role in UPMC labor dispute

Judge Arthur J. Schwab  rules that UPMC should comply with broad National Labor Relations Board subpoenas, but allows time for an appeal.

1 year ago

Steel tariffs aid U.S. producers

The International Trade Commission on Friday approved imposing tariffs on imports of steel pipe from South Korea and five other countries.

1 year ago

Business Forum: The problem or a symptom?

The U.S. cannot expect a robust long-term growth environment without first investing in itself.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Dynegy deal nearly doubles electricity generation

Also: Giant Eagle, union OK new 4-year contract; American Eagle site hires 100 for call center; McDonald’s taps new U.S. president.

1 year ago

 The U.S.Steel Tower offices of UPMC, in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Federal judge 'rubber stamps' subpoenas against UPMC, but stays own order

A federal judge blasted the NLRB for a series of subpoenas it served on UPMC, then granted the agency's application to enforce them.

1 year ago

 AT&T is the fourth provider to offer the service in Allegheny County, joining Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Allegheny County AT&T customers can now text 911 in an emergency

In May, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the service for Verizon. T-Mobile and Sprint have since added the service.

1 year ago

 Demolition of the east warehouse in Station Square is scheduled to begin Monday.

Demolition to begin at Station Square’s east warehouse

Owner Forest City Enterprise is demolishing the  building as part of a plan to eventually add residential housing to the complex.

1 year ago

Credit scores to improve with settled debt, bills under FICO revamp

FICO, the nation’s most widely used credit scoring agency, is revamping how it computes credit scores.

1 year ago

 Fantex, a San Francisco brand-building company founded late last year, has grown rapidly since April when it first sold 421,000 shares of a tracking stock that promised shareholders 10 percent of all future football-related earnings for San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

Sports brokerage Fantex adds more players as season approaches

As the season kickoff nears, sports brokerage Fantex has given fans another reason to watch the NFL stocks.

1 year ago

Tariffs approved on steel pipe imports; boost for U.S. Steel, other producers

U.S. steelmakers filed a complaint in July 2013 against nine countries that were importing tubular products used by the energy industry.

1 year ago

 In Jackson, Miss.,  Family Dollar and Dollar General stores are neighbors.

Business Briefs: Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Also: Wabtec acquires brake manufacturer; Home Depot names new CEO; United Airlines improving first class meals; economy rises in July.

1 year ago

Dynegy increases its northeast market presence with deals totaling $6.25B

Dynegy Inc. acquires generation assets from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners in a pair of deals totaling $6.25 billion

1 year ago

Former CMU dean of computer science advising White House Policy Office

Randal E. Bryant is using his yearlong sabbatical to teach White House officials the ins and outs of data science.

1 year ago

Chief financial officer says UPMC is holding its own

UPMC is well positioned going into the final months of its contract with Highmark, as it continues to gain share in a shrinking market.

1 year ago

 The former Tom Ayoob's building along Smallman Street is the proposed site of a new retail and residential site.

More changes in the works for the Strip District

A developer wants to turn the site of a former produce warehouse on Smallman Street into a residential/retail complex, and possibly a hotel.

1 year ago

Money managers say small firms can yield big returns

Size does matter when it comes to publicly traded companies.

1 year ago

 The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is an all-new luxury sport sedan from Nissan's luxury auto division.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Infiniti Q50’s handling disappoints

Several modes of travel allow the driver to control the feel of the handling. Unfortunately, I found none of them satisfying.

1 year ago

Facebook aiming to flag bogus reports

Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites as satire.

1 year ago

Business Briefs: Uber faces German setbacks

Also: Macy’s to settle racial-profiling probe; iconic cutlery maker files for bankruptcy; Berkshire to pay $896,000 to settle suit over USG.

1 year ago

Uber becomes second ride-sharing company approved in Allegheny County

Uber joins Lyft as ride-sharing firms operating with permission to operate on an experimental basis for 60 days.

1 year ago

India's Reliance to ship ethane from the U.S. shale plays

The company did not specify which shale plays would supply the ethane. It has joint ventures in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shales

1 year ago

West Penn Power to pay $1.3 million for missing energy target

Pennsylvania regulators agreed to a settlement that reduces the penalty from $11.3 million.

1 year ago

PUC pushes on with investigation into natural gas retail market

The PUC votes 5-0 to continue investigation into Pennsylvania’s retail natural gas market

1 year ago

Wabtec acquires Brazilian brake manufacturer Dia-Frag

The Wilmerding-based company plans to use Brazil production facility as a manufacturing center.

1 year ago

Lawrence County track, casino financiers facing lawsuit

The financiers behind the would be Lawrence County racetrack and casino have been sued by the project’s longtime consultant.

1 year ago

 The August Wilson Center on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

980 Liberty Partners asks court to void URA subpoena in August Wilson Center purchase

Eric Soller, 980 Liberty’s attorney, said very little of the information requested by the URA was relevant to the issue at hand.

1 year ago

 The state Supreme Court on Tuesday found that a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed upon a poker dealer convicted of stealing $200 from the Rivers Casino on the North Shore is unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania's top court rules $75,000 fine for employee's theft at casino illegal

The state Supreme Court ruled that the $75,000 mandatory fine given a Rivers Casino employee for stealing $200 in poker chips was excessive.

1 year ago

 U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to the fastest pace in eight months.

Business Briefs: Software firm Resumator raises $15 million

Also: Long-delayed locks project adds Tarentum company; inflation edge up 0.1 percent in July; Home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July.

1 year ago

Westinghouse announces potential for two nuclear plants in Utah

The Blue Castle Project would be the first time Westinghouse’s new AP1000 reactor design would appear in the Western U.S.

1 year ago

 American Eagle Outfitters headquarters on the South Side.

American Eagle posts better-than-expected earnings

The retailer this morning reported a profit of $5.8 million, far off the $19.6 million seen during the same period a year ago.

1 year ago