The Container Store seeks workers
The Container Store is opening its first Oklahoma store in Oklahoma City this September, and is seeking 50 to 55 full-time and part-time employees.
The store will be at the Penn Square Mall at 5644 N Pennsylvania Ave.
The store, which will be in a separate building at the northwest corner of the mall property, will be about 19,400 square feet.
Remington Park opens coffee shop
Visitors to Remington Park can now visit the track’s new coffee shop, Remington Perk.
The shop opened this month adjacent to the racetrack and casino’s gift shop, and can be accessed through the casino entrance.
Remington Perk is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shop serves Starbucks coffee, along with a selection of morning treats, snacks and pastries.
Marking Tabasco’s 150th birthday
One of the world’s most famous condiments is celebrating its 150th birthday: Tabasco.
Edmund McIlhenny created the famous pepper sauce in 1868 on Avery Island, Louisiana.
The company is still based there, and is still run by McIlhenny’s descendants.
The sauce is bottled at the Avery Island factory, producing up to 700,000 bottles a day.
Long season boosts maple syrup crop
Vermont’s longer-than-average maple season helped make it the nation’s largest producer of maple syrup, yielding 1.9 million gallons of the sweet stuff this year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Vermont’s average maple season lasted 52 days, up from an average of 46 days last year and 44 days in 2016.
It takes warm days and freezing temperatures at night for sap to flow in maple trees. If temperatures get too high, the season abruptly ends with the appearance of buds on maple trees. Vermont’s average season started on Feb. 23 and ran through April 16.
The number of taps in maple trees also continues to increase in Vermont.
New York yielded the second-highest amount of syrup, producing more than 800,000 gallons, followed by Maine, with more than 530,000 gallons.
GM names female chief financial officer
Dhivya Suryadevara, GM’s vice president of corporate finance for the past 11 months, will become chief financial officer for the company on Sept. 1.
Suryadevara is replacing Chuck Stevens, the company said Wednesday. Suryadevara, 39, played a key role in GM divesting its German affiliate Opel, acquiring self-driving car unit Cruise Automation, investing in ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. and arranging a recent investment by SoftBank Vision Fund.
GM will join a very short list of S&P 500 companies, including Hershey and American Water Works, with women serving as CEO and CFO.
Apple stops apps that sell contacts
Apple’s recently updated policy for developers on its App Store now prohibits apps from selling information collected from your address book to other people.
The changes, which were first reported by Bloomberg News, prohibit apps from using Apple’s address book or photos to “build a contact database for your own use or for sale/distribution to third parties.”
Violating Apple’s guidelines can prompt the company to remove an app from its store. It’s not clear how many applications would need to change their behavior because of the new policy. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
Developer defends video game
The developer of a school-shooting video game is vowing to continue selling it online as parents of slain children and other mass shooting victims work to get the game wiped off the internet.
The “Active Shooter” game was created by Anton Makarevskiy, a 21-year-old developer from Moscow, Russia, and is being marketed by his entity Acid Software. Acid said in a Twitter posting Tuesday that it will not be censored and cited free expression rights.
The game is branded as a “SWAT simulator” that lets players choose between being an active shooter terrorizing a school or the SWAT team responding to the shooting. Players can choose a gun, grenade or knife, and civilian and police death totals are shown on the screen. Acid had been selling an early version of the game online for $20 and plans to release a new version next month.
Acid recently set up two websites for “Active Shooter” after the game was removed from the webpages of video game marketplace Steam and crowdfunding site Indiegogo, which is refunding contributors. The removals followed complaints and online petitions by anti-gun violence advocates including parents of children killed in school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut.