In short: Bacon-scented app can be a wake-up call

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Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:00 am

Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed? There's an app for that. Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the company's Institute for the Advancement of Bacon. The company said that to emit a small puff reminiscent of bacon, the user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack. The app itself produces the sound of bacon sizzling in a pan. Oscar Mayer said the aroma-producing device won't be sold in stores and that quantities are limited.

L.L. Bean plans investment push

Coming off record profits and four years of revenue growth, L.L. Bean is ready to make the biggest single-year capital investment in the retailer's 102-year history, the company's CEO, Chris McCormick, said Friday. That plan includes pumping an additional $100 million into its website, retail expansion and business systems, he said.

Hastings firm faces OSHA citations

Werner Construction Inc. of Hastings, Neb., has been cited for three safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a maintenance worker in Albion, Neb., was fatally injured after being struck by a front-end loader. The worker became pinned between the loader and a semitrailer. The 35-year-old full-time employee died of his injuries on Sept. 14, 2013. “Employers must train their workers to identify the potential for such hazards and take necessary precautions to prevent them,” said Marcia Drumm, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Kansas City. OSHA has proposed fines of $14,000.

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