July 3 Business Briefs

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

rump courting other motorcycle companies after Harley

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the administration is courting motorcycle companies that want to move to the U.S. after Harley-Davidson said it’s moving some assembly overseas.

Harley-Davidson drew Trump’s wrath last week after the manufacturer announced it’s moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe to facilities outside the U.S. The company blamed the decision on tariffs imposed by the European Union to retaliate for tariffs Trump imposed on a host of EU products.

Trump says Tuesday on Twitter that Harley-Davidson customers aren’t happy with the Milwaukee-based company’s announcement. He also notes that sales were down 7 percent in 2017, but a sales drop last year cannot be attributed to Harley-Davidson’s announcement last week.

Trump didn’t name any motorcycle companies. The White House had no immediate comment.


Quincy leaders turn down 

permit for gay nightclub

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A city council in western Illinois has turned down a permit for a gay nightclub, rejecting the recommendation of the planning commission.

The Quincy City Council vote was 8-5 Monday. WGEM says the special permit would have allowed the business to be open until 3 a.m.

Aldermen who opposed the permit say they’re concerned about parking and noise. Another gay club, Irene’s Nightclub, operated at the site for 36 years before it closed in 2016.

Chris Taylor says he picked the site because of the history. He says he doesn’t understand the council’s decision.

Area business owner Rusty Williams says he supports the new club. He says he’s disappointed with what he considers to be the “closed-mindedness” of elected officials.


US demands Glencore 

documents to check on corruption

GENEVA (AP) — Shares in commodities giant Glencore plunged Tuesday after the company was ordered to hand over documents and records to the U.S. Department of Justice for a check on its compliance with corruption and money laundering rules.

The company, which is based in Baar, Switzerland, said Tuesday the requested documents relate to its business in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela from 2007 onwards. It said it is reviewing the subpoena.

Shares in the company, which sources and trades raw materials like metals and grains, dropped about 10 percent in London, where they are listed.

In Nigeria and Venezuela, Glencore produces oil and coal. In Congo, it operates mines for copper and cobalt, a key material for the production of mobile phone batteries.

Its Congo operations have been in focus recently due to its ties to Israeli tycoon Dan Gertler, who has long done business there and was sanctioned by the United States last year. The U.S. alleges Gertler amassed a personal fortune of billions of dollars by using his personal relationship with Congolese President Joseph Kabila to siphon off cash from the sale of mineral and oil rights.


New company to locate at South Carolina inland port

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A company that provides container and chassis maintenance is opening a facility at South Carolina’s newest inland port.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Container Maintenance Corp. plans to hire 54 people at a new operation in Dillon.

The State Ports Authority inland port along Interstate 95 in Dillon opened in April and is South Carolina’s second such operation. The other is in Greer.

Container Maintenance Corp. is expected to spend more than $11 million at the cargo hub, offering container and chassis maintenance as well as repair and upkeep of equipment to support of the inland port.

Container Maintenance Corp. has similar operations at the Port of Charleston and at the inland port in Greer.

The inland port allows trucks and trains to exchange cargo containers.


South Bend planning new tech center at its technology park

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city is moving ahead with plans for a business technology center.

South Bend’s Redevelopment Commission recently approved spending $2.7 million to develop the Technology Resource Center at the city’s 80-acre Ignition Park.

The center will focus on preparing the city and its business for the future economy by using data collection and analysis to improve their efficiency. It would also serve as a meeting place for workshops evaluating new technologies.

Project manager Jacob Burnett tells The South Bend Tribune he’s evaluated other cities, including Baltimore’s Digital Harbor Foundation and Cleveland’s Tech Hive.

Burnett has pulled ideas and concepts from each to create a center crafted to meet South Bend’s needs.


Facebook: 800K users may have had bug unblock blocked people

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says more than 800,000 users may have been affected by a bug that unblocked people they previously had blocked.

The company said Monday that the bug was active between May 29 and June 5. While the person who was unblocked by this bug could not see content users shared with their friends, they could have seen things that were posted to a wider audience. Facebook says the problem has been fixed.

It’s the second software bug in less than a month that the company has notified users about. In June, Facebook disclosed that a software bug led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. That bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May.