Month: May 2018

DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) on Monday announced the opening of the world’s first biobased “furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME)” pilot production plant in Decatur, Illinois. FDME is a molecule derived from fructose rather than fossil fuels that’s used to produce plastics. DuPont built the plant to provide a commercial alternative to oil-based…

INVISTA, owner of the Lycra brand, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the elastic spandex material often identified with professional bicycle racers and weekend marathon runners. Dr. Joseph C. Shivers, a DuPont chemist, invented the original fiber in 1959. This year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame posthumously inducted Dr. Shivers into the Class of 2018.…

The Science, Technology and Research Institute of Delaware, or STRIDE, will host an Open House on Tuesday, May 15 at the Delaware Innovation Space laboratory. STRIDE formed in 2016 with the duel goal of employing former DuPont scientists and providing scientific contract services to companies and start-ups looking to locate in Delaware.The event is designed…

U.S. Senator Chris Coons on Tuesday joined 10 high school seniors as they signed “letters of intent” to join the workforce upon graduation. The New Castle County Vo-Tech School District recognized 10 students from Delcastle, Howard, Hodgson and St. Georges. A slew of local employers have committed to hiring from the graduating class. These include…

Delaware business professionals Ingrid and James Burnett have signed on to open a franchise of the Abrakadoodle learning camp in Wilmington. Based in Sterling, VA, Abrakadoodle’s model offers classes, field trips, special events, camps and workshops in the visual arts. The Wilmington franchise plans to expand across the state with offerings in Newark, Dover, Middletown,…

SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened today in Newark. The 132-suite hotel, located at 402 Ogletown Road, is just a short drive from the University of Delaware, the STAR Campus, the Christiana Mall and the corporate headquarters for W.L. Gore, Siemens, JP Morgan Chase and Barclay. The nightly rate begins at $179. The Marriott franchise is owned…

The Delaware Small Business Chamber has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to conduct a statewide market analysis of small businesses. The goal is to better understand the small business community and provide those insights to the businesses themselves. “As part of this on-going project, we need your help,” wrote Bob Older, head of…

J.D. Power last week released its 2018 study of customer satisfaction with retail banks. The study gathered responses from 88,000 customers of the 200 largest banks in the country. Northwest Bank topped the list, followed by Community Bank and Dollar Bank. TD Bank, the largest in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan region, ranked fourth. Other major banks,…

(AP) — Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware has begun its own investigation after participants in a construction training program said the nonprofit used them as free labor. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that board members held an emergency meeting Monday after former participants in its HomeWorks “pre-apprenticeship” program told the newspaper that they often worked for…