Month: September 2016

This company literally is a diamond in the rough

Delaware Diamond Knives is a family-based business with global appeal by Kathy Canavan Tucked behind the old Pathmark on Lancaster Avenue is a company that grows diamonds and whips up one-of-a-kind parts for the U.S. government. Delaware Diamond Knives has been growing sales every year for the last nine and the state has backed it…

Primary became a tipping point for political parties

by Kathy Canavan Jim Baker, Bob Byrd, Charlie Copeland, John Daniello, Rich Heffron, Janet Kilpatrick and Larry Tarabicos — all longtime political observers — said there are new takeaways from the Sept. 13 primary. The first primary since at least 1960 to feature eight candidates for mayor of Wilmington may have been a tipping point…

Watching Mike Purzycki win the Democrat nomination for mayor of Wilmington — tantamount to election — brought to mind my last conversation with the late great Mayor Daniel S. Frawley, who died at 50 in 1994, just a year after leaving office. Mayor Frawley did not have a casual, nuanced or subtle bone in his…

GREENVILLE — Christopher Long, leader for the last six years of the Greenville-based national think tank Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), is stepping down Nov. 1 to return to the financial services industry with Glenmede Trust, it was announced Wednesday. Charles L. “Charlie” Copeland will succeed him. Copeland also chairs the Delaware Republican Party. Copeland has…

WILMINGTON — Candidates for the office of New Castle County Executive made a joint appearance at the Wilmington Rotary Club’s weekly meeting on Thursday. Matt Meyer, who defeated incumbent County Executive Tom Gordon in the primary, and Republican candidate Mark Blake took turns responding to questions that ranged from core expectations of county government to…

Del-One Federal Credit Union contributed $500,000 to Delaware Technical Community College for naming rights to the conference center at the Terry Campus in Dover. As the main meeting and rental space for the campus, the Del-One Conference Center hosts thousands of individuals annually for events such as the Kent County Economic Summit, Gourmet Gala, Chocolate…

The Ellen and Alan Levin Family Foundation has seeded a fund at the Delaware Community Foundation to help pay for the education of children of Delaware first responders killed or fully disabled in the line of duty. The Delaware Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, initiated with a $100,000 gift from the Levin Foundation, is an endowed…

NEW CASTLE — Amira Idris, founder of Vibrating Therapeutic Apparel, was named the winner of the Swim with The Sharks Video Pitch Competition, sponsored by the Emerging Enterprise Center (EEC), a New Castle County Chamber of Commerce (NCCCC) initiative. Results were announced during the1st Annual EEC Luncheon at World Café Live at the Queen in…

Techmer ES (TES), a leading producer of engineered thermoplastic compounds, opened its New Castle compounding facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour this month. “We’re very pleased that Techmer ES chose Delaware as the strategic place to consolidate and expand its high-tech manufacturing operations,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “We are pleased that our state’s…

Smart Kidz Club Inc., headquartered in Bear, was one of about 100 U.S. companies and organizations that sent representatives to Latin America in September for the U.S. Department of Commerce-led Trade Winds-Latin America trade mission and business forum. The forum featured a three-day business forum in Santiago, Chile, plus optional trade mission stops in Argentina,…