TRUCKING

Falcon Transport closes

abruptly in Youngstown

A trucking company in Youngstown that had been a mover of parts for the auto industry has abruptly closed.

Falcon Transport Co. told its 550 workers over the weekend that it was immediately shutting down all operations.

The announcement comes about two months after General Motors stopped production at its assembly plant near Youngstown. Falcon Transport had close ties with the plant's operation.

Falcon Transport hasn't given a reason for its decision to close. It had been a family-run business until it was bought by a private equity firm in 2017.

Employees said they received a text Saturday night telling them to stop the work they were doing for the company.

AIRPORTS

Cleveland Hopkins system

clears ransomware issue

Flight and baggage screens are working again at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Beacon Journal/Ohio.com news partner News 5 Cleveland reported.

In a news conference Monday, city and airport officials confirmed ransomware infected portions of the airport's baggage and flight screens and its email system.

For nearly a week, the screens at the airport went dark and the email systems were down. The city didn’t acknowledge that malware infected the system until Friday. Officials said Friday the systems were not accessed by any unauthorized personnel, and were therefore not hacked.

FAST FOOD

Burger King widens test

of plant-based Whopper

Restaurant Brands International, Burger King's parent, said Monday that a monthlong test of the Impossible Whopper at 59 restaurants in St. Louis has gone so well that it will start testing it in additional markets. The company said it may expand sales nationally by the end of this year.

The sandwich is made with a plant-based burger from Impossible Foods, a Redwood City, Calif.-based startup. Burger King is the first fast food chain to test the Impossible burger, but other chains are offering plant-based burgers from competitors like Beyond Meat.

STREAMING MUSIC

Spotify subscriptions

reach 100 million users

Music streaming service Spotify said Monday that its paying subscribers have reached 100 million for the first time, up 32 percent on the year and almost twice the latest figures for Apple Music.

The Stockholm-based company called the figure, which was reached during the first three months of 2019, "an important milestone."

The growth was driven, among other things, by "a better-than-planned promotion in the U.S. and Canada." Spotify said it had reached "the high end of our guidance range of 97-100 million."

By comparison, archrival Apple Music had about 50 million paying subscribers at the end of 2018, the latest available figures.