GM’s Lock­port plant look­ing for a man­ager

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Gen­eral Mo­tors’ Lock­port plant still needs a new di­rec­tor.

Kon­stanti­nos Katakis, who was sched­uled to take over lead­er­ship of the plant, has in­stead left the com­pany, a GM spokesman said. Katakis had been the di­rec­tor of a GM plant in Si­lao, Mex­ico, and was des­ig­nated to re­place Wil­liam Tiger, who re­tired ear­lier this year.

Dan Hesch, the as­sis­tant plant man­ager, has been fill­ing in since Tiger’s re­tire­ment.

The GM Lock­port com­po­nents plant is one of the re­gion’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ers, with 1,400 em­ploy­ees. lower earn­ers, while a mea­sure of the eco­nomic out­look for the next 12 months rose to a four-year high.

Ap­ple de­fends app store poli­cies after com­plaint

LON­DON – Ap­ple re­sponded on Fri­day to an­titrust claims made by the mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice Spo­tify, say­ing its poli­cies are fair and ac­cus­ing its ri­val of be­ing mo­ti­vated by a need to bol­ster fi­nan­cial re­sults.

Spo­tify filed a com­plaint with Eu­ro­pean reg­u­la­tors this week, ac­cus­ing Ap­ple of us­ing its App Store to un­der­cut com­pa­nies that com­pete with its ser­vices, like Ap­ple Mu­sic.

Ap­ple said Spo­tify was not treated any dif­fer­ently from the mil­lions of other de­vel­op­ers who use the App Store.

Ap­ple ac­cused Spo­tify of try­ing to use the advantages of the App Store, which pro­vides ac­cess to mil­lions of Ap­ple users, without hav­ing to pay fees that Ap­ple says are nec­es­sary to keep the mar­ket­place thriv­ing. Ap­ple charges a fee of up to 30 per­cent for any­thing sold through the App Store.

“Spo­tify is ask­ing to keep all those ben­e­fits while also re­tain­ing 100 per­cent of the rev­enue,” Ap­ple said.

“Spo­tify wouldn’t be the busi­ness they are to­day without the App Store ecosys­tem, but now they’re lev­er­ag­ing their scale to avoid con­tribut­ing to main­tain­ing that ecosys­tem for the next gen­er­a­tion of app en­trepreneurs,” Ap­ple said in a state­ment.

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