EQUIPMENT

Ravenna company to relocate

Laundry equipment provider R.W. Martin & Sons is building a 34,000-square-foot facility in Brimfield Township and will relocate its operation from Ravenna, the Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reported.

“Ultimately, we’re going to keep the Ravenna facility for a little bit, and then it will be available for sale,” company President Chip Ottman told the newspaper.

The new facility is at the corner of Mogadore and Howe roads.

MANUFACTURING

Aurora group exiting China

Plastics and rubber parts manufacturer Philpott Solutions Group is closing its operations in China and bringing those jobs to its Aurora facility, Crain’s Cleveland Business reported.

“We have plans of bringing everything we have from China here,” Chief Operating Officer James Vaughn told the publication.

The company didn’t state how many jobs are involved but called it “significant.”

AUTOS

Federal EPA addresses testing

Federal regulators have stepped up the kind of testing that could have caught years of emissions-rigging by Volkswagen, but need to do more to keep automakers from duping them again on pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said Tuesday.

The audit looked into how EPA regulators missed VW’s rigged diesel-emission controls that let cars pass lab testing for pollutants, but then spew many times the allowable limit of pollutants on the road.

Outside experts told EPA internal auditors there were no clear red flags that regulators should have spotted, especially given the sophistication of VW’s scheme to get around the emissions tests.

Federal prosecution led to indictment of six of the automaker’s executives and employees and $4.3 billion in penalties, among other fines and settlements.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook reports on filtering

Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday.

In a self-assessment, Facebook said its policing system is better at scrubbing graphic violence, gratuitous nudity and terrorist propaganda. Facebook said automated tools detected 86 percent to 99.5 percent of the violations in those categories.

For hate speech, Facebook’s human reviewers and computer algorithms identified just 38 percent of the violations. The rest came after Facebook users flagged the offending content for review.

Tuesday’s report was Facebook’s first breakdown of how much material it removes for violating its policies. The statistics cover a relatively short period, from October 2017 through March of this year, and don’t disclose how long, on average, it takes Facebook to remove material violating its standards. The report also doesn’t cover how much inappropriate content Facebook missed.

RIDE HAILING

Uber revisits behavior policy

Uber’s ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior.

The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation, rather than being locked into an arbitration hearing.

The San Francisco company is also scrapping a policy requiring all settlements of sexual misconduct to be kept confidential, giving victims the choice of whether they want to make their allegations public.

It’s a conciliatory step from CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. He was hired last August amid a wave of revelations and allegations about rampant sexual harassment in Uber’s workforce, a cover-up of a massive data breach, dirty tricks and stolen trade secrets

Compiled from staff and wire reports.