Business Quick Takes

HONORED: Hancock County Commissioner Paul R. Cowey III has been selected as a recipient of a Rising Star Award.

Presented by the County Commissioners’ Association of West Virginia, the award recognizes a commissioner who goes beyond the call of duty to actively participate and advance the goals of the association and who works to preserve the responsibilities of the office. It was established in 2003.

Cowey was elected in 2016 and is in the fourth year of his six-year term. He received his award during the association’s annual meeting held in August at Canaan Valley. There are 167 county commissioners in West Virginia.

Fellow Hancock County Commissioners Joe Barnabei and Jeff Davis offered congratulations during a recent meeting.

APPOINTED: Jeff Knight has been appointed as president and chief operating officer of the Health Plan.

Knight had been serving as the interim president/COO since December. He has been with the Wheeling-based Health Plan for more than 22 years, serving as its chief financial officer for the past 11 years. Knight will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company and work closely with executive management and the board of directors.

“Jeff has demonstrated strong leadership and vision during this transition period. We are fortunate to have someone of Jeff’s caliber and experience step up to lead the Health Plan,” said John Wright, board chair.

Knight replaces Jim Pennington, who stepped down last year after serving since 2014.

U-HAUL ADDS LOCATION: Hide It Storage at 230 N. Fourth St. in Toronto is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.

Services including U-Haul trucks, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes will be available.

U-Haul has teamed with independent dealers to offer moving equipment since 1945. For information, call (740) 337-4473

ELECTRIC JEEP: Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep brand is going electric. The company has unveiled a plug-in Wrangler SUV, the first of what it says will be many Jeeps in the U.S. powered by batteries.

A big reason for the new offerings is FCA’s obligation to meet fuel economy and pollution regulations in Europe, China, and the U.S. or face stiff fines or steep costs to buy electric vehicle credits from companies like Tesla. But FCA executives say there’s also a market for an electric-powered Jeep. The Wrangler 4xe can go 25 miles on battery power before a 2-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine takes over.

APPLE DELAY: Apple is delaying a new privacy feature in the next version of its iPhone operating system that will make it more difficult for app developers to track people online to help sell ads. The decision affects iOS 14, which is expected to be released to roughly a billion iPhone users later this month. Apple intended iOS 14 to automatically block tracking as soon as the software came out, but is now postponing the feature until early next year.


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