The Graham Group on Monday announced that it acquired American Kuhne, a Rhode Island-based manufacturer of extruders, extrusion systems and screws.

York-based Graham, an engineering firm, was attracted to American Kuhne's position in the medical extrusion market and dedicated customer service, according to Dave Yenor, vice president of global business development for Graham.


New contracts

BAE Systems was awarded a $97.6 million Army contract, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The award will enable the defense contractor to perform reset services on its Bradley A3 vehicles.

Work will be performed at its West Manchester Township facility and in Texarkana, Texas, and is slated to be complete on Nov. 28, 2014.

The West Manchester Township facility was also awarded a $73.8 million contract to procure International Light Armored Vehicles in support of Foreign Military Sales.

Location for the work will be determined with each order and is expected to be completed on Sept. 27, 2015.


New siren system

The installation of a new, state-of-the-art siren system at Three Mile Island Generating Station has been completed, its parent company Exelon Generation announced on Tuesday.


With 96 sirens, improved sound coverage and battery back-up capability, the upgrade is part of Exelon's $13 million investment into its nuclear stations.

In accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency standards, sirens will be tested for three minutes on each of the following dates: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1, six separate three-minute tests will be conducted. If there is inclement weather, the tests will be held Nov. 2.

"Protecting the health and safety of the public is our top priority and emergency planning is a key part of that effort," said Rick Libra, site vice president of TMI. "The siren system upgrade strengthens the ability to alert the public in the unlikely event of plant or local weather-related emergencies."


Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Leader Heights is getting a facelift.

The 134-room hotel at 140 Leader Heights Road is in the middle of a $1.75 million remodel, said Dave Hogg, CEO of Springwood Real Estate Services, which manages the partnership that owns the hotel.

Every guest room will be gutted and decorated with new carpeting, fixtures, furniture and more, he said.

A stone finish will be added to the first floor and a swimming pool will be installed.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year, Hogg said.



New Jersey-based Church & Dwight Co. Inc. on Monday announced it has completed its acquisition of Avid Health Inc., a manufacturer of gummy vitamins and supplements.

Church & Dwight paid $650 million to close the deal, which was first announced in August.

The company, which has a plant in West Manchester Township, makes personal care, household and specialty items that bear the Arm & Hammer brand name and other trademarks.



Bimax Inc. has agreed to pay a $36,455 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its chemical manufacturing facility in Glen Rock.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced the facility at 158 Industrial Road will also spend $305,000 to install a system that is expected to eliminate 99 percent of the hazardous air pollutants emitted from the facility.

In a March 2011 inspection at Bimax, the EPA noted hazardous waste, including solvents, that was improperly stored in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the federal law governing the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.