From a harassment incident at the Silver Dollar to the announcement of a $200 million investment by GE Appliances, here are Insider’s top stories this week.
Silver Dollar owner: Group harassed bar patrons, members of Louisville socialist organization
The Louisville Metro Police Department released its report and a bodycam video following an incident at The Silver Dollar, in which the restaurant owner said a group verbally harassed and pepper sprayed members of the Louisville chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and other bar patrons, reported Jonathan Meador. Read more about how the Silver Dollar co-owner Vanessa Cantley stated in a Facebook post late Thursday that a group of men, who she claimed were “white nationalists,” attacked Louisville DSA members, as well as unaffiliated customers.
UofL eliminates COO position six months after hiring one
Roughly six months after voting to hire a new chief operating officer, the University of Louisville axed the position all together Wednesday, reported Olivia Krauth. Read more about how the position and the operations division, which UofL’s COO oversaw, were eliminated as part of a larger effort to “improve efficiency and eliminate unnecessary duplication,” UofL President Neeli Bendapudi wrote in an email to faculty and staff this week.
Struggling CafePress agrees to be sold for more than $25 million
CafePress shares spiked Friday morning after the troubled e-commerce retailer announced that it had agreed to be acquired for more than $25 million by a subsidiary of San Francisco-based photo storage and printing company Snapfish, reported Boris Ladwig. Read more about how in a joint news release, the companies said that their merger, at least in part, is about scale: “The transaction, once closed, would enable Snapfish to access over one billion content items.”
First look: V-Grits and False Idol Independent Brewers opening to public Oct. 12
After much anticipation, V-Grits and partner business False Idol Independent Brewers will make their public debut on Friday, Oct. 12, following an invitation-only soft opening this weekend, wrote Kevin Gibson. Read more from his preview: Those who frequented the previous tenant of 1025 Barret Ave., The Monkey Wrench, will barely recognize the space, thanks to a thorough redesign of the interior. White tiles, white walls and wood ceilings have transformed the place into a much brighter atmosphere.
UPDATED: GE Appliances to invest $200M, add 400 jobs in Louisville
GE Appliances plans to invest $200 million in Louisville and create 400 full-time production jobs on its laundry and dishwasher lines as a new marketing campaign, new partnerships and a focus on innovation and connectivity have boosted the company’s revenue and market share, according to GEA officials, reported Boris Ladwig. Read more about how the local upgrades are part of a $475 million nationwide expansion in production and distribution that included investments in the company’s high-end refrigeration line in Selmer, Tenn., which the company announced in May. In total, the investments are expected to create more than 1,000 U.S. jobs.