Business news briefs, April 18: Godiva plans to open 2,000 cafes – News – Akron Beacon Journal

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UTILITIES

Ohio regulators probe

companies’ sale tactics

State regulators have initiated investigations against two retail energy companies that operate in Ohio, accusing them of using deceptive and misleading sales tactics, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

The investigation of PALMco, doing business as Indra Energy, and Verde Energy come after a recommendation by Public Utilities Commission of Ohio staff.

Between Oct. 1 and April 12, the PUCO said it received 231 complaints about Verde — and 373 about PALMco between Dec. 1 and Monday.

Neither company could be reached for comment Wednesday.

LABOR

Steelworkers question

change in Medicare plan

The United Steelworkers International union and retirees from Golden Lodge Local 1123 are questioning a change TimkenSteel plans to make in health insurance benefits for retirees eligible for Medicare.

Union officials said they learned of the change in a meeting last week, the Canton Repository reported.

Steelworkers believe the change affects contract language negotiated in 1994 that remains part of the current agreement.

TimkenSteel said the change comes after a review of the retiree group health plan.

OIL/GAS

Michigan governor willing

to allow pipeline project

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that she’s open to allowing construction of an oil transport tunnel beneath the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, despite previously halting work on a tunnel plan developed by her predecessor.

Whitmer told reporters she wanted as quickly as possible to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5, which carries oil and natural gas liquids between Superior, Wisc., and Sarnia, Ontario. A more than 4-mile segment of the line divides into two pipes that run along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac, which links Michigan’s two peninsulas.

“There’s no quick, easy solutions here, but if the goal is to get the pipeline out of the water, I think the only responsible thing to do is to pursue any strategy that gets us there, including the possibility of a tunnel,” the Democrat said.

Canada-based Enbridge is a 50/50 partner with DTE Energy in the Nexus Pipeline that crosses Ohio.

EATERIES

Godiva plans to roll out

2,000 cafes over six years

Belgium confectioner Godiva will roll out 2,000 cafes over the next six years that will serve a complete menu of items like the croiffle, a croissant and waffle hybrid that’s stuffed with fillings like cheese or chocolate and pressed on a waffle iron. Other items include an expanded list of coffees and a new collection of teas as well as grab-and-go items like sandwiches and yogurt parfaits.

The cafes mark Godiva’s foray into prepared meals. The first one officially opened in Manhattan on Wednesday. The company is privately owned by Turkish Yildiz Holding AS.

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