Massachusetts business in brief

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Entergy spin-off of Pilgrim delayed

PLYMOUTH – Entergy Corp. has acknowledged that it may not spin off its Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth and four other plants as quickly as it originally planned because of disruptions in the financial markets.

Entergy had originally hoped to have the spin-off completed by the end of September, a deadline that was later pushed back to the end of the year.

The New Orleans-based company said in its latest earning statement on Tuesday that the company doesn’t know whether it can secure the financing necessary for the spin-off in the near future due to unprecedented turmoil in the financial markets.

The company also said it is still trying to secure state regulatory approvals in Vermont and New York for the spin-off of the nuclear plants into a new holding company, Enexus Energy. But the company said it expects those approvals will be ready by the end of the year.

Report: Lawmakers not as friendly to high-tech companies

BOSTON – State legislators have become less favorable to the state’s high-tech companies, according to a new report from the Massachusetts High Technology Council.

The trade group’s biennial rating of lawmakers’ votes on issues of importance to the group showed a change from lawmakers voting an average of 75 percent of the time in favor of tech council causes in 2006 to 42 percent for the 2007-2008 legislative session. Lawmakers’ passage of a change in tax law that raised taxes on businesses by nearly $500 million and an increase in health care insurance assessments were two factors that counted against many legislators this time around.

Air pollution allegations settled

BOSTON – Mantrose-Haeuser Co. and Zinsser Co. will pay $2.3 million to settle allegations of air pollution violations at their factory in Attleboro, where the companies made coatings and other materials for drugs, food, and non-edible products such as wall spackle. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office said the companies failed to provide state regulators with accurate reports about the plant’s use and release of toxic chemicals.

Myvu viewer has iPhone compatibility

WESTWOOD – Myvu Corp. said its Myvu media viewer is now compatible with the Apple iPhone in addition to its current compatibility with all iPod products. The Westwood-based company makes thin glasses with screens that allow viewers to watch videos on them.

Anton's opens another Marshfield store

MARSHFIELD – Anton’s Cleaners has opened its second Marshfield store, which is located at the Shops at Ocean's Gate at 1899 Ocean St. Marshfield resident Lori Sawmiller will manage two other employees at the 1,060-square-foot store. Sawmiller spent three years as a customer service representative at the Anton’s store at 688 Plain St. in Marshfield. The new shop offers natural organic dry cleaning and VIP Express service. Tewksbury-based Anton’s Cleaners is a family-owned business with 44 stores in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

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