Business Report: Voting push, manufacturing jobs, ShopRite settlement

A business-led group that aims to encourage voting can take a victory lap, based on the voter turnout numbers. The nonpartisan coalition called Time to Vote asked companies across the U.S. to give their workers time off to cast their ballots. The coalition set a goal this year of having 1,000 companies make that commitment. It exceeded that goal as more than 1,800 companies made the pledge. Time to Vote was launched in 2018 by a handful of companies.

With the push to produce personal protective equipment in New Jersey, there’s a need to make sure manufacturers have enough staff to do the work. A bill now on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk would provide a permanent source of funding for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. The group’s CEO, John Kennedy, says that would go a long way toward supporting apprenticeship and other programs. Under the bill, the nonprofit group would receive $1.5 million each year.

Wakefern Food and two of its ShopRite stores will pay $235,000 to settle a data security case. The state attorney general’s office says the settlement resolves allegations that Wakefern failed to protect the personal information of more than 9,700 people who made pharmacy purchases at stores in Millville and Kingston, New York.

The owner of three South Jersey malls has filed for bankruptcy. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust says its malls will remain open as it restructures its debt. The company owns the Moorestown, Cherry Hill and Cumberland malls.