Two more major American banks, U.S. Bank and PNC, reported problems with their customer websites Wednesday after a financial services security group warned about possible cyberattacks.
U.S. Bank spokesman Tom Joyce said some customers experienced intermittent delays. He said the bank was working to fix the problem and was working with law enforcement.
A spokesman for PNC, Fred Solomon, said its online operations were mostly normal but some customers had trouble accessing PNC.com on their first try. He said the bank was aware of a similar threat for today and was taking precautions.
The U.S. Bank spokesman said the issue appeared to be related to problems at other banks in the past week. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America both had site problems last week, and Wells Fargo reported access problems with its site Tuesday.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., told C-SPAN last week he believed Iran was behind the Chase and Bank of America attacks.
Hamilton factory celebrates expansion
AZZ Galvanizing Services has scheduled a ribbon-cutting at its Hamilton factory on Friday. Local and state officials will join the companys vendors, customers and other invited guests to tour the newly expanded facility at 7825 S. Homestead Drive.
The company invested $6 million this year in a 19,000-square-foot expansion and a new 58-foot galvanizing kettle, where workers dip steel into a kettle filled with molten zinc. A zinc coating protects steel from rust.
Production is slated to begin in October in the expansion, reaching full capacity by January, officials said Wednesday. AZZ has already created 20 new jobs this year, bringing the workforce to about 100. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which has 34 locations worldwide, expects to create 10 more jobs in Hamilton in the coming year.
Parkview Noble expanding rehab area
Parkview Noble Hospital is buying the former David Funeral Home in Kendallville, which it plans to remodel into an expanded outpatient rehabilitation department. Officials declined Wednesday to release a purchase price.
The hospitals outpatient rehabilitation department, which now employs 15 full- and part-time, will add three new therapists. The opening – following a $700,000 remodeling project – is expected in March.
The 8,518-square-foot building at Drake Road and Indiana 3 will almost double the departments current space. The center will be the only therapy department in a four-county area to offer a dedicated pediatric therapy gym, manager Julie Desper said.
Plastic products firm seeks tax abatement
Hoosier Pride Plastics of Fort Wayne plans to invest $465,000 on new equipment, according to a tax abatement request.
A public hearing before City Council on the tax break is set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Citizens Square. The company, 6120 Highview Drive, is seeking a seven-year abatement that would save $22,720 on an injection-molding press, 80-ton water tower system, and crane and air compression components.
Officials at Hoosier Pride said the investment will allow the company to be more competitive and eventually increase sales. The business employs 20 but will add four more workers with salaries ranging from $42,000 to $64,000.