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Jacob Owens

Associate Editor, Delaware Business Times

  • New $10M program to retrain pandemic-affected Delaware workers

    WILMINGTON – In order to help prepare Delaware workers who have been laid off or are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has created a new workforce development program to retrain them using federal grant funds. Gov. John Carney signed an executive order on Monday that creates the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Training […]
  • Delaware’s future pinned to a skilled labor force, consultant says

    DOVER – In the last decade, Delaware has increased its number of jobs by about 12%, but its growth in average wages and gross domestic product sit among the worst in the nation in the same period. Improving those rankings over the next decade relies heavily on how to prepare a workforce for next-generation jobs […]
  • NIIMBL aims to help vaccine developers refine product

    NEWARK – More than five dozen companies, universities and organizations around the world are racing to find a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus that has killed more than 650,000 globally. While many of them are keeping their advancements secret in the competitive environment, the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) based at the […]
  • St. Francis CEO Sinnott stepping down

    WILMINGTON – Daniel Sinnott, president and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare, is resigning this month after nearly three years of leading the city’s second largest hospital, officials announced Wednesday morning. Taking over for Sinnott effective July 31 will be current Saint Francis Healthcare Chief Operating Officer Brandon Harvath. He will serve as interim leader of […]
  • DSU to partner with nonprofit on student virus testing

    DOVER – Delaware State University will be the first historically Black college and university (HBCU) to comprehensively test returning students for the COVID-19 virus under a new partnership with Testing for America (TFA). The nonprofit established by leading academics, engineers and entrepreneurs aims to make low-cost, highly reliable testing abundant in order to begin safely […]
  • Dover NASCAR weekend won’t have fans

    DOVER – When NASCAR returns to Dover next month, the grandstands at the Dover International Speedway will be empty due to lingering concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced Monday. The stock car races are set for an unprecedented doubleheader in top-tier Cup Series races over the weekend of Aug. 21-23, after the postponement of […]
  • Hockey team owner buys Newark arena for $3.5M

    NEWARK – The owner of minor league hockey franchises and numerous arenas in the United States has acquired the Patriot Ice Center for $3.5 million, according to county land records. Black Bear Sports Group announced the deal July 20, marking the 5-year-old company’s first acquisition in Delaware after owning and operating 15 arenas in Pennsylvania, […]
  • Fencing co. to open Dover-area plant, bring 90 jobs

    CHESWOLD – A former paint manufacturing plant is getting new life after a vinyl fencing manufacturer and one of its suppliers have formed a joint venture to acquire the facility. Maryland-based Shoreline Vinyl and Utah-based Duratec formed 1886 Dover LLC to acquire the more than 163,000-square-foot manufacturing plant site that sits off U.S. Route 13. […]
  • Delaware small businesses share pandemic responses

    Small businesses of all types have had to navigate the rocky waters of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but many of them are being creative with how to put their best foot forward. Three such businesses shared their experiences during a July 16 webinar sponsored by Delaware Business Times and the Delaware Small Business Development […]
  • Long-awaited Cavaliers redevelopment moving forward

    UPDATE: The New Castle County Council voted 12-0, with Councilwoman Janet Kilpatrick present but not voting, to sign off on the final plan on July 28. CHRISTIANA – When the long-awaited redevelopment of the former Cavaliers Country Club breaks ground in coming months, it will bring hundreds of new residential units to a northern New […]