AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BorgWarner Inc. announced today that Nelda J. Connors and David S. Haffner have been named to its Board of Directors.

Nelda J. Connors and David S. Haffner have been named to BorgWarner’s board of directors.
Nelda J. Connors and David S. Haffner have been named to BorgWarner’s board of directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Nelda and David to BorgWarner’s Board of Directors,” said Alexis P. Michas, non-executive chairman of the board of BorgWarner. “Nelda is a recognized business leader with significant expertise in operations, financial management, quality, engineering and business strategy. Her knowledge of public company matters is a great complement to our Board. David has extensive experience managing the operations of an international public company and provides the Board with experience in manufacturing operations, labor relations, compensation strategy, and financial performance.”

Ms. Connors is the founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Pine Grove Holdings, LLC, a woman- and minority-owned privately held investment company that acquires lower middle market companies with a high engineering and service component. The investments are primarily focused in power generation, specialty logistics and transportation, SAAS and advanced materials. Prior to founding Pine Grove Holdings, LLC, Ms. Connors served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atkore International Inc., formerly the Electrical and Metal Products division of Tyco International. Prior to joining Tyco, she served as Vice President at Eaton Corporation, a global electrical and automotive supplier, where she held several positions in operations, continuous improvement, and general management. Earlier in her career, Ms. Connors was employed in several senior executive and management capacities in the automotive industry with profit and loss responsibility.

Ms. Connors earned both undergraduate and graduate mechanical engineering degrees from the University of Dayton with post-graduate studies at the University of Tokyo in International Finance and Economics. She also serves as a director of Baker Hughes

Gov. David Ige today said the state launched a new virtual unemployment insurance call center that started today to handle the backlog in jobless claims.

Ige said today $4.9 million in federal coronavirus relief funds have been allocated to staff the 200-person call center to answer all types of claimant questions.

An antiquated computer system hamstrung the department and forced some unemployment claimants into a frustrating filing process, with many waiting months for financial relief. Ige said today that 96% of initial unemployment claims have been successfully filed online.

Those who are interested may ring up the new call center at 833-901-2272 and 833-901-2275. Callers will be put in touch with individuals who will serve all claims, including regular unemployment insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX).

Anne E. Perreira-Eustaquio, director of state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, said the call center will be staffed with 40% locals and the rest will be individuals from the mainland who have been trained in resolving unemployment claims.

“We know we need to be out there to address the issues that claimants are having,” said Perreira-Eustaquio, who this month replaced Scott Murakami who resigned from his post in August after being on paid leave for two months.

Ige held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the latest update on the breakdown usage of the state’s coronavirus relief funds of $1.2 billion. Ige said 98% of the $863 million of the federal funds received by the state in April has been set aside to assist with response and recovery efforts.

“We do not plan to return any of the coronavirus relief funds,” Ige said today. “We plan to use every penny.”

To date, Ige said $51

More than 5,000 United States loan brokers and personal bankers were asked to reveal the strangest reasons they have seen on applications for personal loans.

Financial experts Loanry.com has compiled those answers and some of them are odd.

Here are some of the reasons people want to borrow money:

1. To buy a tiger.

2. To build a statue of a loved one.

3. To follow David Hasselhoff on tour around Europe.

4. To keep an affair secret.

5. To hire an undisclosed celebrity to be present at the birth of their child.

6. To build a working replica of a trebuchet (type of catapult).

7. To go missing for a while.

8. To hire an acting troupe to recreate the “Game of Thrones” Red Wedding at their own.

9. To fund a trip to every Applebee’s restaurant in the United States.

10. To have plastic surgery to look like Kris Jenner.

11. To get a beard transplant.

12. To get a waterslide installed in their home.

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Thimbu, a new Amur tiger, has arrived at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and has checked out his new enclosure. Bank brokers report that one of the reasons people have asked to borrow money is “to buy a tiger.”

Of course, the goal is to get people to carefully consider reasons they are borrowing money. Loanry.com cited a 2019 study by TransUnion that revealed more than 2 million people have personal loan debt and that number is more than double what it was in 2012.

“We can’t be certain which, if any, of these applications for loans were successful – however, we encourage everyone to be; cautious when taking on debt, use loans responsibly, and to ensure they pursue every avenue available to them to make the right choice,” said Loanry.com founder Ethan Taub.