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News & Record - Business Briefs: Aug. 7, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld says its theme park attendance is still falling as animal activists protest the company’s treatment of whales, but its shares edged higher after the company maintained its projections for the year.

The company has been trying to recover from the 2013 documentary film “Blackfish” that suggested the treatment of captive provokes violent behavior. Park attendance dropped after the release of the documentary, and the company’s stock has fallen 50 percent over the past two years. SeaWorld also cut prices to lure more people to its parks, and that has cut into the revenue it books per visitor.

SeaWorld Entertainment runs 11 theme parks, including three SeaWorld locations. Its second-quarter profit and revenue both fell short of analyst estimates as it spent more money on a marketing campaign intended to counter the bad publicity and said attendance fell around 2 percent.

Coal mining company fined $2M for pollution violations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One of the nation’s largest coal mining companies will pay a $2 million federal fine for exceeding pollution discharge limits at Appalachian mines in several states.

The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the agreement with Arch Coal and its subsidiaries. It says excess releases of aluminum, manganese, iron and suspended solids occurred at mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia over the past six years. About 1,200 violations occurred, though 700 were resolved previously by state enforcement agencies in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Of the $2 million fine, $1 million will go to the government and $895,000 to West Virginia.

McDonald’s to eliminate over 200 corporate jobs

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it is cutting about 225 corporate jobs as part of a push intended to revitalize its flagging business.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain says the cuts include about 135 positions at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., where it says it has about 2,100 employees. An additional 90 positions are being cut overseas, the company said. It says employees were notified last month.

The move comes as McDonald’s chief executive officer, Steve Easterbrook, has said he will target $300 million in cost cuts by 2017.

Federal contract awarded

Machine Specialties of Whitsett has been awarded a $224,887 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force Material Command for aircraft components and accessories.

Federal patents granted

RF Micro Devices of Greensboro has been assigned two federal patents:

  • One developed by Marcus Granger-Jones of Scotts Valley, Calif., is for a “digital step attenuator utilizing thermometer encoded multi-bit attenuator stages.” His patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2012.
  • One for “output impedance compensation of a pseudo-envelope follower power management system” was developed by Michael R. Kay of Summerfield and Nadim Khlat of Cugnaux, France. Their application was filed on Sept. 10, 2013.

Other Triad businesses earning patents were:

ClaroLux of Greensboro has been assigned an ornamental design patent for a lighting fixture. The co-inventors are Brandon Lowry Helms of Cornelius and Robert Brian Groat of Greensboro. Their application was filed on April 18, 2013.

Syngenta Crop Protection of Greensboro has been assigned a patent for “iminipyridine derivatives and their uses as microbiocides.” The co-inventors are Paul Anthony Worthington of Maidenhead, United Kingdom; Daniel Stierli and Fredrik Cederbaum of Stein, Switzerland; Kurt Nebel of Hochwald, Switzerland; and Antoine Daina of Romont, Switzerland. Their application was filed on Aug. 20, 2013.

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