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Jacob Owens

Associate Editor, Delaware Business Times

  • PBF sells Del. City hydrogen plant as it manages virus impact

    DELAWARE CITY – PBF Energy Inc., the New Jersey-based owner and operator of the Delaware City Refinery, has agreed to sell its hydrogen plants to Air Products and Chemicals, based in Lehigh Valley, Pa. The sale won’t impact operations of PBF’s petroleum refinery but offloads the hydrogen steam methane reformer (SMR) plants that produce hydrogen […]
  • Delaware company seeks to shake up employer insurance experience

    SLAUGHTER BEACH – From a small home production studio, Ed St. Jean III, founder of Pro Benefits Plus, can discuss the intricacies of health care plans for a dozen machinists in Baltimore, a handful of plumbers on the Eastern Shore and 50 administrative staff members in Dover in a single day. He’s able to do […]
  • Maryland seeks to begin Delaware MARC line negotiations

    ANNAPOLIS – For the first time in nearly five years, Maryland and Delaware officials may be getting closer to completing a missing link in the regional commuter rail network. Currently, the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train network stops service in Perryville, Md., about 20 miles from Newark, where the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) […]
  • Community bands together to collect medical supplies

    Richard Piendak, the former owner of Richards Paving in Newport, had been reading about the shortage of needed medical supplies at hospitals around the country and it bothered him to know the health care workers on the front line may be in need. On Saturday, he decided to do something to help the doctors, nurses […]
  • Bloom Energy modifies assembly line to repair ventilators

    NEWARK – For the past six years, Bloom Energy has assembled its fuel cell servers at a large plant on the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus in Newark, but this week it added a new product to its work: ventilators. The sought-after medical machines are in short supply as the swell of coronavirus-infected patients seek […]
  • Voices From the Crisis: Protecting DSU’s research efforts

    Melissa Harrington, associate vice president for research at Delaware State University, has had a whirlwind week, in which the university closed the campus amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus and moved instruction online. As the university’s leader for academic research, closing the campus required a bit of careful planning as DSU has a few […]
  • COVID-19 Daily Briefing 3/23

    March 23, 6 p.m. Governor closes Delaware schools through May 15 Gov. John Carney has ordered all Delaware schools to remain closed through at least Friday, May 15, to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). “On March 13, after significant discussion with superintendents and charter school leaders, I ordered public schools to close through this […]
  • Dover hurting from large cancellations, postponements

    Keep up with the latest news affecting Delaware’s business community by signing up for our e-newsletter. DOVER – The businesses in Delaware’s capital have come to depend on several large annual events as part of its revenue stream, but they are now anxiously viewing the next few weeks as events are postponed, canceled or in limbo. […]
  • COVID-19 Daily Briefing 3/20

    Keep up with the latest news affecting Delaware’s business community by signing up for our e-newsletter. Delaware Public Health announces nine new COVID-19 cases There are 39 total laboratory-confirmed cases in Delaware since March 11, including nine since yesterday. Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 27 are from New Castle County, five from Kent County, and seven from Sussex County. Of […]
  • Still open, Delaware daycares operate in uncertainty

    Daycare owner Aretha Kitson, president of five Kidz Ink daycare facilities in Bear, Dover and Smyrna, is caught in the middle as parents and politicians debate whether daycares should remain open in Delaware. Her locations have been seeing an average of about 70 children this week, which is about 50% or 60% of their normal […]