Last week in review
General Motors Co. ordered half a million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before telling the government that the switches could be defective in its small cars. The emails revive questions about what GM knew about the defective switches and when and how forthcoming the company has been while the government investigates whether it misled regulators. GM has recalled 2.6 million small cars for the problem, which has caused at least 32 deaths.
Allegheny Health Network is merging its hospice and home health operations into a for-profit venture company in a deal establishing the second largest provider in Western Pennsylvania, behind rival UPMC. The deal is expected to close Jan. 1. Allegheny Health will own 60 percent of the venture. Forty percent will be owned by Celtic Healthcare Inc., which will manage the company.
General Electric is building a plant in Findlay that will become a hub for 3-D manufacturing technologies as the company tries to make its industrial business more efficient. GE will invest $32 million over three years in the facility, which will employ 50 workers when it is completed in September.
Pittsburgh International Airport reported higher passenger traffic Thursday for the fifth-straight month, the most gains since 2010. Airport passenger traffic is up 1.5 percent through September compared with the same period last year. There was a 3.8 percent increase in traffic from September 2013 to September 2014. Airport officials have been trying to build on the momentum with additional carriers and destinations.
Allegheny Health Network CEO John Paul received $1.8 million in compensation last year. The compensation is far below what West Penn Allegheny Health System paid its former CEO before Highmark Health acquired the system of hospitals and integrated it into Allegheny Health last year. West Penn Allegheny paid former CEO Christopher Olivia $6 million in 2011, the last year that it had a permanent chief executive.