BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2003
AK Steel accused in race lawsuit
A hangman's noose in a cafeteria, racial graffiti, swastikas and Ku Klux Klan videos in an employee lounge comprise a "racially hostile'' environment at AK Steel's Butler, Pa., plant, according to a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh.

9/11/2001+2: Airlines slug it out
A year ago, as the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approached, Delta Air Lines chairman and chief executive officer Leo Mullin acknowledged that the airline industry was in a dire situation, but he said the jury was still out on whether the industry was permanently altered or could eventually get back to the way it had traditionally done business.
Terrorism took a toll on insurers
Area economy forecast due

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PNC Bank, with 47 branches in Greater Cincinnati, could commit $5 million to $10 million locally to help children from birth to age 5 get prepared for school.

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International Paper beefs up tech center here
International Paper Co., which on Wednesday announced 3,000 job cuts worldwide, is expanding its technology center near Wards Corner in Miami Township.
TechSolve awarded $6M research grant
TechSolve, a manufacturing assistance organization in Bond Hill, has won a $6 million federal grant to do research into "intelligent" grinding technology.
Retail sales rebound finally from attacks
The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington left consumers shell-shocked and in no mood to shop, crippling the retail industry nationwide at the time.
Tristate summary

THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

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Erpenbeck archive
A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.