Jobs Feature: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? 

IT and Engineering

Argo AI has an opening for a Technical Director of Cyber Security to implement cybersecurity for development and cloud environments, bring next-generation capabilities to the company’s cybersecurity portfolio, document infrastructure security requirements, create report metrics and more.

Healthcare

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health seeks a Client Service Manager for a client-facing role to deliver exceptional service and supervisory skills.

Higher Education

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a Major Gifts Officer to raise gifts at the $100,000-plus level and build a diverse and sustainable portfolio of fundraising prospects.

Governmental

The Quaker Valley Council of Governments seeks an Executive Director to work with 15 municipalities, as well as state and county officials, to establish regional priorities, identify efficiencies and meet the needs of citizens, businesses and civic organizations.

Nonprofit

The Frick Pittsburgh is looking for a Membership Manager to define and refine the Frick experience for members and increase the organization’s membership and individual donor bases.

Business and Finance

Amazon has an opening for an Area Manager to oversee safety, quality, productivity and customer delivery, mentor team members, develop plans that meet business objectives and more.

Citizens Bank seeks a Fraud Operations Senior Specialist to handle customer calls, perform analytical review of data and documentation, ensure compliance with policies, troubleshoot operational issues and more.

Marketing and Communications

Duquesne Light Company is hiring a Marketing Specialist to implement the marketing strategy and administration of programs, track marketing efforts, increase visibility in the marketplace and more.

Human Services

The Salvation Army Western PA Division seeks a Recovery Support Specialist to maintain a safe, orderly and therapeutic physical environment for residents, evaluate clients’ behavioral and emotional needs and work as part of a treatment team.

Advanced Manufacturing

Calgon Carbon Corporation is hiring a Mechanical Assembler I to perform general labor functions, load and unload trucks, operate tools, machinery and vehicles, assemble products, test units and more.

ZOLL Medical Corporation is looking for an Associate Quality Assurance Inspector to oversee inspection reports, operate measurement equipment and read manufacturing drawings, inspection instructions, diagrams schematics and engineering change notices.

Retail

Sheetz is hiring a Store Team Leader to serve as a hospitality ambassador, greet customers, prepare food and beverage items, complete customer transactions, receive and replenish supplies and products, and more.

Source: Who’s hiring in Pittsburgh? Amazon, Argo AI, Citizens Bank and more — 3/22/21

Pittsburgh-Area Business Owners Say They Cannot Fill Open Positions

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The coronavirus pandemic caused a massive wave of unemployment in the Pittsburgh region.

Now that the economy is coming back, employers face a new problem — not enough workers. KDKA investigator Andy Sheehan looks into why employers now can’t fill positions.

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After a year of shutdowns and indoor dining restrictions, the lunchtime crowd at the Juniper Grill in Cranberry is picking up. The problem now is a shortage of cooks, bartenders and waitstaff to serve them.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Pat McDonnell with Atria’s Restaurants. “We have eight restaurants and we need employees at all eight restaurants.”

Employers throughout the region have the same lament. Now that the economy is springing back, they can’t find the workers to fill the positions.

“People call for interviews and they don’t show up for interviews,” said McDonnell. “We’ve gone every place we could go to advertise, to get the word out we are hiring. It’s just been very, very difficult.”

“The labor force is down. The people looking for work is down. I think a lot of folks have moved on,” said University of Pittsburgh researcher Chris Briem.

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At the onset of the pandemic, the region lost 200,000 jobs but got all but 78,000 back over the last year. Now that many of those jobs are returning, about 50,000 people have left the workforce and, according to Briem, are no longer available.

“I think some of our workers have retired early,” said Briem. “I think a lot of our younger workers include students. I think there are tremendous issues with folks taking care of children or other folks at home not being able to jump back into the labor force.”

“It’s a challenge to get them back because of the increased money they get,” said Chief Operating Officer of St. Moritz Security Services Chris Hansen.

Source: Pittsburgh-Area Business Owners Say They Cannot Fill Open Positions

Bernie Sanders rips into Jeff Bezos: ‘You are worth $182 billion … why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers’ from unionizing?

Bezos declined to testify at a hearing on income inequality, which included testimony from a pro-union Amazon worker in Alabama.

  • Bezos declined Sanders’ invitation to testify at a hearing, but the senator had harsh words for him.
  • Sanders criticized Amazon’s countering of a union drive in Alabama despite the CEO’s record wealth.
  • The hearing included testimony from a pro-union worker at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Source: Bernie Sanders rips into Jeff Bezos: ‘You are worth $182 billion … why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers’ from unionizing?

Giant Eagle hiring 700 employees in Pittsburgh area

Giant Eagle is looking to fill more than 700 permanent full and part-time positions across the company’s Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle and Market District supermarkets.

The company will conduct socially distant, in-person hiring events at host locations throughout the area March 15 to March 19. Candidates will meet with recruiters and have the opportunity for same-day job offers. All event participants will be required to wear a mask or other face covering.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.GiantEagle.com/OnTheSpotOffers for complete event detail, a full list of host locations and to explore open positions and submit their application in advance to expedite the in-person interview process.

Doughbar, a new pizza destination, to open on South Side | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There are few foods that evoke as much passion as pizza: Ask a dozen people their favorite and you might get a dozen answers, and everyone has a fierce loyalty for their neighborhood pizza shop.

Matt Porco, Donnie Amman and Chris Clark can rattle off theirs without batting an eye — Casa Del Sole in Aspinwall, Don Campiti’s in Dormont and Napoli in Bridgeville, respectively. It’s a combination of that neighborhood nostalgia along with a career’s worth of experience at top restaurants in Pittsburgh and New York that they’ll bring to Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie, slated to open March 17 at 1831 E. Carson St. on the South Side.

Though whole- or half-bird rotisserie chicken and wings will be on the menu, pizza is the star.

“When you look at Pittsburgh’s pizza historically, we have a neighborhood pizza culture. We are bridging the gap between that and a full-service restaurant with the experience we have, the ideas that we can present, and creating an environment that is a destination,” said Porco, executive chef and co-owner.

“We’re hoping that you can get a little bit of nostalgia,” Clark said. “We’re incorporating ideas from the pizzas we liked when we were young.”

“Our menu is going to be a riff on a neighborhood pizzeria,” Mr. Porco said.

The new pizza restaurant from Matt Porco, Donnie Amman and Chris Clark will open on March 17.

Source: Doughbar, a new pizza destination, to open on South Side | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Conneaut Lake Park | TribLIVE.com

CONNEAUT LAKE — A federal bankruptcy court judge has approved the sale of a century-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh-based U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jeffrey Deller on Tuesday morning approved the sale of Conneaut Lake Park to Keldon Holdings LLC for a cash price of $1.2 million.

Source: Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Conneaut Lake Park | TribLIVE.com

‪#‎lapelsgreensburg‬ – Explore This Featured Business | Facebook

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and pick up a metal Greensburg sign from Acorn Metal Signs.

Source: (20+) ‪#‎lapelsgreensburg‬ – Explore | Facebook

Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie to open on Pittsburgh’s South Side | TribLIVE.com

A shuttered Mexican restaurant on the South Side will soon be home to pizza and rotisserie chicken.

Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie restaurant has taken over the space on East Carson Street, with a planned opening ona March 10.

The menu will feature 14- and 12-inch pizzas in New York style and pan options, rotisserie chicken served as whole or half bird with options for wings or tenders, stone-baked hoagies and a selection of starters, salads, sides and sauces.

It’s owned by former chefs at Downtown Pittsburgh’s Sienna Mercato and Emporio: A Meatball Joint, Matthew Porco of Franklin Park and Donnie Amman of Dormont. They teamed up with Chris Clark, general manager of Superior Motors in Braddock.

 

Source: Doughbar Pizzeria & Rotisserie to open on Pittsburgh’s South Side | TribLIVE.com

Levin Furniture reopens stores in McMurray, Robinson; soon Mt. Pleasant | TribLIVE.com

Jeff Federoff had just been laid off from his job at Levin Furniture & Mattress. The new ownership had gone bankrupt — and then the pandemic hit.

“I open my mail and there is a letter and a check from Robert Levin,” said Federoff, a 20-year employee from Canonsburg, as he stood inside the reopened Levin store on Wednesday in McMurray. “Robert is the best boss you could ever work for. He is so gracious and employees are blessed to work for him.”

Source: Levin Furniture reopens stores in McMurray, Robinson; soon Mt. Pleasant | TribLIVE.com

Community Bank closing six branches, four in the Pittsburgh metro area – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Community Bank, retail arm of CB Financial Services Inc., on Tuesday said it plans to consolidate six branches.

Four are located within the 10-county Pittsburgh metro where Community Bank ranks No. 17 by deposit market share. It is targeting June 30 for the closures.

They are:

Monongahela to be consolidated into Rostraver

Perryopolis to be consolidated into Uniontown and Rostraver

Pioneer to be consolidated into Waynesburg

Southpointe to be consolidated into McMurray

Source: Local bank closing six branches, four in the Pittsburgh metro, and here’s where

Biden orders supply chain review for 4 industries – POLITICO

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday to review the global supply chains used by four key industries in an effort to avoid the shortages in medical equipment, semiconductors and other goods seen as critical during the pandemic.

China reliance targeted: Biden’s order will institute 100-day reviews of the global producers and shippers for: computer chips used in consumer products; large-capacity batteries for electric vehicles; pharmaceuticals and their active ingredients; and critical minerals used in electronics.

The reviews will seek to determine whether U.S. firms in these sectors are relying too much on foreign suppliers, particularly those in China, a senior administration official told reporters. They will also consider other vulnerabilities, like extreme weather and environmental factors.“

Clearly we are looking at the risks posed by dependence on competitor nations, but that is only one of a range of risks we are looking at,” the administration official said.

The order will also direct yearlong reviews for six sectors: defense, public health, information technology, transportation, energy and food production.

Source: Biden orders supply chain review for 4 industries – POLITICO

GameStop CFO resigns following Reddit stock trading mania | Fox Business

Following weeks of headline-grabbing attention from a social media-fueled stock trading frenzy, GameStop announced Tuesday its Chief Financial Officer Jim Bell will resign from his role effective March 26.

A reason for Bell’s resignation was not immediately clear. In an SEC filing on Tuesday, GameStop said Bell’s resignation was “not because of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices, including accounting principles and practices.”

Source: GameStop CFO resigns following Reddit stock trading mania | Fox Business

Singapore vending machines now dispense salmon, crab and even cacti – BBC News

The city state has a dizzying array of vending machines, dispensing everything from cacti to pizza.

The reasons vending entrepreneurs are trying out new products are as varied as the businesses themselves.

Manish Kumar, the managing director of Norwegian Salmon, says machines offer him his own retail space. That means his frozen products aren’t placed next to fresh salmon, which is more popular here.

Mervin Tham, one of the three founders of EasyMeat, whose machines sell the Wagyu beef, thinks the variety is expanding because the barriers to entry are fairly low.

“It’s a low effort way of testing a product, especially if you’re starting a business of your own. And generally there’s some interest towards the automated retail culture that you see overseas, like in Japan,” he says.

Source: Singapore vending machines now dispense salmon, crab and even cacti – BBC News

2 stores close at Westmoreland Mall; prom and formal wear store opens | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland Mall officials confirmed that Littman Jewelers shuttered this month, and a women’s clothing store is set to close.

Littman, a national jewelry chain, was located on the first floor across from the former Sears wing and the wing that now houses Live! Casino Pittsburgh. Christopher & Banks, on the first floor near JCPenney, also is set to close, according to signage posted at the store.

Source: 2 stores close at Westmoreland Mall; prom and formal wear store opens | TribLIVE.com

CVS Health beats profit, revenue expectations, as it has administered more than 3 million COVID-19 vaccines – MarketWatch

Shares of CVS Health Corp. CVS, +0.83% were little changed in premarket trading Tuesday, after the drugstore and health benefits company reported fourth-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations. Net income fell to $973 million, or 74 cents a share, from $1.75 billion, or $1.34 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share declined to $1.30 from $1.73, but beat the FactSet consensus of $1.24. Total revenue rose 4.0% to $69.55 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $68.73 billion. Among CVS’s business segments, all beat expectations, with pharmacy services revenue falling 1.9% to $36.36 billion amid continued price compression, retail/long-term-care revenue rising 6.6% to $24.06 billion and health care benefits revenue climbing 11.4% to $19.10 billion. For 2021, CVS expects adjusted EPS of $7.39 to $7.55, compared with the FactSet consensus of $7.54. The company said it has administered more than 3 million COVID-19 vaccines in over 40,000 long-term care facilities. The stock has gained 1.0% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.47% has advanced 8.5%.Source: CVS Health beats profit, revenue expectations, as it has administered more than 3 million COVID-19 vaccines – MarketWatch

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh permanently closes Camp Soles in Somerset County; tentative sales agreement in works | TribLIVE.com

Source: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh permanently closes Camp Soles in Somerset County; sale in works | TribLIVE.com

The 263-acre camp was a destination for kids, families and school groups for generations.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh was unable to sustain the camp because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Carolyn Grady, chief development officer.

“Camp T. Frank Soles operated over the summer with pandemic restrictions but was never able to regain the level of program participation that would make it financially viable,” she said in a statement. “We made the difficult decision to end programs at Camp Soles in October and listed the building for sale.

Local sub shop about to go out of business, saved by donation from anonymous patron | WJAC

 

It was September 2020 when Cambria County resident Geri Maul opened “Maul’s Subs & Skillz” in St. Michael.

“We did really great in the month of September and even into October. Once November hit, between the holidays and the government shutdown, it got really slow,” she said.

Slowing down…to the point of struggling.

The business — offering 24-inch subs, baked goods, and the chance to win cash on Pennsylvania Skill machines — announced they would be closing their doors forever.

But when Geri came back to clean out the space later that weekend, she came across a generous surprise.

“There was an envelope underneath the door, and it said, “to Maul’s Subs & Skillz,” and inside was a monetary donation with a note that said, “please don’t close.”

That anonymous donation, she says, contained enough money to dig them out of their financial hole.

Source: Local sub shop about to go out of business, saved by donation from anonymous patron | WJAC

Biden’s son-in-law Krein reportedly raises ethical questions about investments

​President Biden’s son-in-law’s investment in a health care company involved in the coronavirus vaccine effort is raising eyebrows in ethical circles after the president pledged that family members would have no influence in government matters, according to a report Tuesday.

President Biden is pledging that his administration will follow tough ethics regulations and that no family members will be involved in government or foreign policy decisions.

In his first interview since entering the White House, Biden, sitting next to his wife, Jill, was asked about the allegations surrounding his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China and what kind of guardrails he would put up for family.

“We’re going to run this like the Obama-Biden administration. No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place,” he told People magazine in an interview.

​Yosi Health CEO Hari Prasad created software that would help ​make the vaccine process more efficient and sought help from one of his company’s first investors, StartUp Health, which employs Biden son-in-law, Howard Krein, as its chief medical officer, ABC News reported.

Prasad sought help from StartUp Health in December to pitch their software platform to government health officials, the report said.

Source: Biden’s son-in-law Krein reportedly raises ethical questions

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. to build brewery at former PPG glass plant in East Deer | TribLIVE.com

The company’s six flagship beers — Iron City, IC Light, Mango IC Light, Old German Premium Lager, American and American Light, and Block House Brewing Summer Break — now all made in Latrobe will be produced at the new facility, Angotti said.

IC Light is the company’s biggest brand.

Source: Pittsburgh Brewing Co. to build brewery at former PPG glass plant in East Deer | TribLIVE.com

Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down 2 Businesses – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Health Department shut down two businesses this week.

Donnadieu’s on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview was ordered to close for being open and operating without a valid health permit.

Catie’s Cakes in Munhall was also ordered to close for the same reason.

The health department will update its website whenever the closure orders are removed.

Source: Allegheny County Health Department Shuts Down 2 Businesses – CBS Pittsburgh

Robinhood restricts trading in GameStop, other names involved in frenzy

  • Free-stock trading pioneer Robinhood and Interactive Brokers took steps to curb the wild trading activity in heavily shorted names like GameStop.
  • In some cases, investors would only be able to sell their positions and not open new ones.
  • The brokers also raised margin requirements for certain securities.

Source: Robinhood restricts trading in GameStop, other names involved in frenzy

Godiva is closing or selling all of its stores in the United States – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Luxury chocolatier Godiva is getting out of the brick and mortar business.

The company is closing or selling all 128 of its brick-and-mortar stores in North America, it announced in a statement. It plans to complete the closures and sales by the end of March.
Godiva will keep its stores open across Europe, Middle East and Greater China. The company did not disclose information on how many employees would be let go because of the closures.
Less than two years ago, Godiva was planning a massive expansion by getting into the cafe business. The chocolatier opened its first cafe in the United States in New York City in April 2019 and announced that it planned on opening 10 more cafes in New York and more than 400 across the United States. It was part of a plan to open 2,000 new cafes around the world.
But that plan never came to fruition. Godiva relied heavily on mall traffic, which has been plummeting even before the pandemic. The chocolatier’s sales are largely driven by online purchases and purchases through Godiva’s grocery, club and retail partners.
This change comes during a time when Covid has hit dozens of underperforming businesses. The retail apocalypse in particular has come for restaurants, mall stores, businesses that rely on impulse shopping and luxury retailers.

Source: Godiva is closing or selling all of its stores in the United States – CNN

Post-Gazette to drop Friday print edition, expand its Sunday paper | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will drop its Friday print editions after Feb. 26 in a move the company described as another step toward becoming a more digitally focused news provider.

The newspaper — which previously eliminated some of its print editions in 2018 and 2019 — will continue to publish print editions on Sundays and Thursdays. The company plans to bolster the Sunday editions with more than 10 pages and new content.

The paper will also continue to produce a Saturday print edition sold in retail outlets.

“We’ve seen over the past year increased demand for digital content,” said Kurt Franck, vice president of newspaper operations for Block Communications Inc., the Toledo, Ohio-based owner of the Post-Gazette.

In addition to its website that publishes news seven days a week, the Post-Gazette publishes a daily electronic edition and NewsSlide, a digital news site accessible on tablets and mobile phones.

“All of our digital delivery products will truly allow us to be a 24/7 news operation,” Mr. Franck said. “You’re going to see more papers that will go digital in the next couple [of] years. We think e-delivery is better, and we make no apologies for doing this.”

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Post-Gazette said it had 101,747 paid Sunday subscribers, including 71,520 print and 30,227 digital.

Paid subscribers for daily editions totaled 74,444, including 44,371 print and 30,073 digital.

Mr. Franck said there is no timetable for the elimination of the Post-Gazette’s Sunday and Thursday print products.

He declined to comment on whether the changes would impact jobs. The Post-Gazette employs 337 people, including its newsroom staff, drivers, production workers, and advertising and circulation sales representatives.

The nine unions that represent 270 of those employees Wednesday received letters informing them of the decision to drop the Friday print edition. The company wrote it was “prepared to discuss the effects the company’s decision will have on your bargaining unit.”

Source: Post-Gazette to drop Friday print edition, expand its Sunday paper | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

People at the US Capitol riot are being identified and losing their jobs. Saccone resigns from St Vincent – CNN

At least three men have lost their jobs as a result of their involvement in the unrest at the US Capitol Wednesday.

Rick Saccone, a former Pennsylvania state representative, shared images on his Facebook page of himself outside the Capitol. Saint Vincent College, where Saccone served as an adjunct professor, immediately began an investigation, according to Michael Hustava, the institution’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.
“As a result of that investigation, Dr. Saccone has submitted and we have accepted his letter of resignation, effective immediately. He will no longer be associated with Saint Vincent College in any capacity,” Hustava said in a statement provided to CNN.
“I decided to resign for the betterment of the school,” Saccone told the Tribune-Review, a news outlet in Western Pennsylvania, about his departure. “I’ve been there 21 years. I didn’t want all this terrible media kerfuffle to tarnish the school. I decided it would be better if I just resigned.”

Source: People at the US Capitol riot are being identified and losing their jobs – CNN

Boeing To Pay $2.5 Billion Over 737 Max Fraud, Faces No Other Charges : NPR

Boeing will pay more than $2.5 billion to settle criminal charges that it repeatedly concealed and lied about the 737 Max’s engineering problems that led to two catastrophic crashes claiming hundreds of lives.

The company admitted to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of the deferred prosecution agreement announced on Thursday and will face no further charges from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Boeing’s employees chose the path of profit over candor by concealing material information from the FAA concerning the operation of its 737 Max airplane and engaging in an effort to cover up their deception,” Acting Assistant Attorney General David Burns of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, wrote in a statement.

Boeing, which is the country’s second-biggest defense contractor behind Lockheed Martin, will pay the DOJ a criminal penalty of $243.6 million.

Source: Boeing To Pay $2.5 Billion Over 737 Max Fraud, Faces No Other Charges : NPR

Is the Stock Market Open Today? Here Are the Hours for Christmas Eve and Day. | Barron’s

As the stock market looks to 2021, Christmas is finally here. Some exchanges are closed today. Here are the hours.

Is the Stock Market Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2020?

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq closed at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Christmas Eve. Both will be shut on Friday for Christmas Day. U.S. bond markets and U.S. over-the-counter markets will also close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, and all day on Dec. 25.

Are Foreign Stock Exchanges Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2020?

The Shanghai Stock Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange will be open both days. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange closes at noon local time on Christmas Eve, and all day on Christmas Day.

The Toronto Stock Exchange ended its session at 1 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve. It will be closed on Christmas Day. The London Stock Exchange will close at 12:30 p.m. GMT on Thursday, and all day on Friday.

Can I Take Christmas Eve Off Anyway?

You wouldn’t be alone. Christmas Eve typically sees far lower volume than an average day. Going back to 2007—excluding years when Christmas Day fell on a weekend—the average Christmas Eve volume on the NYSE Composite and Nasdaq Composite was 36.8% of a normal day during that period, according to data from FactSet compiled by Dow Jones Market Data.

Source: Is the Stock Market Open Today? Here Are the Hours for Christmas Eve and Day. | Barron’s

Gov. Wolf initiates transfer of $145 million in funds to support businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that he has initiated a transfer of $145 million in funds from the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to be appropriated by the state legislature into grants for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Business owners and employees have worked hard to protect their customers and their communities during this pandemic, and I thank all of those who have prioritized health and safety despite the hardship of the past several months,” Gov Wolf said. “Our business owners and workers have been forced to make sacrifices because of COVID-19 and they need and deserve our support.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that my administration will make funds available to help businesses whose operations and revenue were significantly adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The $145 million transfer from the fund into the state’s general fund requires legislative authorization to expend the loaned money for the purpose of making grants to businesses. The legislature has the authority to establish grant agreements for purposes it deems appropriate, in this case, to support businesses adversely affected by the pandemic.

Gov. Wolf urged the legislature to follow his lead and allocate this funding as quickly as possible to businesses affected by the pandemic, among them restaurants and bars, gyms and entertainment venues.

Source: Gov. Wolf initiates transfer of $145 million in funds to support businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

2020 Ford Explorer hit with 10th recall, this time for faulty engine mount | Fox Business

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs to fix a potentially faulty engine mount that could lead to a loss of power to the wheels, the automaker said.

The action only affects 1,405 vehicles that were built from July 28-30 and sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and no accidents have been linked to the issue.

The recall is the 10th for the Explorer and sixth for the Aviator since they went on sale last year as all-new models sharing a common platform. The recalls have included problems with driveshaft weld seams, seat belts, airbags and other components, often affecting very small numbers of vehicles.

Source: 2020 Ford Explorer hit with 10th recall, this time for faulty engine mount | Fox Business

Somerset County Diner stays open for indoor dining, despite state’s COVID-19 restrictions | WJAC

Despite the state’s restrictions on indoor dining until January 4th, one diner in Somerset County has been letting customers dine-in anyway. The new, limited-time mitigation orders took effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 12, and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021.

Cars filled the parking lot of the Summit Diner in Somerset Saturday morning as customers flowed in and out of the dining room.

The diner shut down the weekend after those restrictions were announced, but then made the decision to stay open for indoor dining.

Manager Chloe Foy says their customers have been supportive of their decision.

Source: Somerset County Diner stays open for indoor dining, despite state’s COVID-19 restrictions | WJAC

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