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Natrona Bottling Co. keeps soda pop operation small, putting effort into craft, taste

By Chris Fleisher
Vito Gerasole pulled his Ford van into the garage, the pattering of a rebuilt engine echoing off cinder block walls. The 1964 Econoline looked new. Its olive-colored finish showed no trace of rust. Hand painted in white cursive on the …

Allegheny Technologies reports $700,000 loss in 3Q

By John D. Oravecz 8:39 a.m.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. reported a third-quarter loss of $700,000, blaming expenses for commissioning of its $1.2 billion flat-rolled products mill at its Brackenridge Works in Harrison and inventory charges. The expenses totaled $22.9 million, and included costs of starting up …

PPG Industries to buy Westmoreland Supply paint store chain

By John D. Oravecz
PPG Industries Inc. is growing the number of retail paint stores it has in its hometown by acquiring 124-year-old Westmoreland Supply Co., a 12-store distributor …

Demand for hazmat suits due to Ebola outbreak triples firm’s production

By Alex Nixon 7:22 a.m.
Demand for more protective hazmat suits is boosting production at an American chemical and plastics company as fears grow that the Ebola virus may spread. …

Streaming won’t mean the end of cable

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Cord cutters rejoiced last week as HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of …

Fannie Mae might take 3% down

By Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are close to allowing consumers to buy a home with as little as a 3 percent down payment and still have the mortgages backed by the two agencies. More details are expected to …

IBM to pay $1.5B to shed chip division

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — IBM disappointed investors Monday, reporting weak revenue growth again and a $1.5 billion charge to shed its chip-making division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Shares fell more …

Stocks on upswing

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The stock market moved quietly higher Monday as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week. It was a rare move upward for a market that, for the most …

Large-scale batteries are integral in shift to renewable energy

By Megha Satyanarayana
At Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster County, the secret ingredient in its ice cream is wind. Along with conventionally derived power used to make its …

Plastics, tech sectors crucial to cracker plants

By David Conti
The Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise project hasn’t broken ground, but project Vice President David Peebles has a quick retort when asked where it stands. “We’re …

Energy Spotlight: Steve Anthos

By David Conti
Steve Anthos left the steel industry 10 years ago to take a more stable job in accounting at what was then a utility called Equitable …

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny …

Open enrollment puts varied impact of health care law back in focus

By Alex Nixon
Pat Dolan of Oakmont will lose his health insurance plan next year because it doesn’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum standards for medical coverage. …

Student loan debt presents paradox

By The Washington Post
It was a monster they could manage, this six-figure debt. Two years ago, the Salvias, both lawyers in the Harrisburg area, bought a two-story home with a fenced backyard for their purebred boxer, Mani. They’re putting finishing touches on a …

Small businesses plan for profitable winter

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — What do you do in the midst of mountains of snow? If you’re like some small business owners, you try to profit from it. Remembering last year’s rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small …

Mortgage in reach despite few dings

By Bloomberg News
Bank of America Corp., the third-largest American mortgage lender, refused to give Paul Mataska the loan amount he needed last year after a six-month layoff from his job in 2012. That setback didn’t prevent a Canadian lender from providing the …

Business Briefs

Roundup: U.S. agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed; Shell pipeline unit seeks as much as $787.5M in IPO; more

By Staff and Wires
Car owners warned to get  air bags fixed immediately Safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for …

Business Columnists

Jack Markowitz

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Markowitz: Prudent approach best in volatile market

It’s back again, a scary stock market. For most investors, though (not day traders), a bit of sensible advice is …

John Browne

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John Browne: Ebola fears infect markets

The World Health Organization announced last week that Ebola cases in West Africa could reach 10,000 a week by December …

John Dorfman

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Purloined Portfolio: What top managers are holding

Call it a festival of stolen ideas. I like to keep an eye on stocks held by other money managers …

Chris Posti

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Posti: Identifying, managing ‘blind spots’ key to career, life success

I’d like to tell you something your boss has been trying to tell you, but either your boss is not …

Kim Komando

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3 ways crooks attack you using public Wi-Fi

When you’re on the go and running out of data on your cellular plan, finding free public Wi-Fi is like …

Real Estate

How to inspect your garage door

By Mct Information Services
It’s easy to ignore your garage door. But it’s a bad idea, because a broken overhead door is more than a hassle. It’s a danger. Your garage door is generally your home’s largest moving object, and, possibly, its hardest-working component. …

Business Gallery

Business Gallery, Oct. 19, 2014

By Tribune-Review
BANKING, FINANCE PNC Financial Services Group Inc. appointed Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire to its board of directors. Vincent T. Strangio, senior assistant adviser, Legend Financial Advisors, …