first_imgGW Plastics Inc,GW Silicones has announced the completion of its new facility at the GW Plastics Technical Campus in Royalton, Vermont. The $3.5 million expansion, which began in the fall of 2011, includes a 15,000-square-foot expansion that is scalable to 25,000 square feet. The new state-of-the-art Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) molding and assembly facility is capable of supporting up to 18 new injection machines and features an ISO Class 8 cleanroom along with expanded office, engineering and conference space.‘Our customers are increasingly looking to silicone as an alternative to thermoplastic because of its unique biocompatibility and performance attributes ‘it is odorless, tasteless, stainless, bacteria-resistant, easy to clean and sterilize, and works extremely well in complex injection molding applications with extremely fine detail and very tight tolerances,’explains Terri Marion, GW Silicones Business Development Manager. ‘The expansion of GW Silicones reflects our commitment to meeting our customers’growing demand for cutting-edge silicone applications in the medical device/healthcare and automotive markets.’GW Silicones, a division of GW Plastics (http://www.gwplastics.com/en(link is external)), delivers cost-effective solutions for the complex molding and manufacture of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and unique multi-material components and assemblies to the medical device/healthcare market. GW Silicones specializes in product design and development, in-house precision tooling, and scientific injection molding along with a variety of contract manufacturing services. ‘With the recent expansion of our manufacturing facility in Royalton, VT, we can now offer improved production scalability along with our world class speed to market, quality and delivery,’said Mark Hammond, General Manager of GW Silicones. Royalton, VT, USA – July 24, 2012last_img read more

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first_imgCommunity Bank NA,Left to right: Green Mountain Animal Defenders Walk Coordinator Jenn Piette, Community Bank N.A. New England District Manager Erika Baldasaro, Green Mountain Animal Defenders volunteer Jessica Langton, Green Mountain Animal Defenders Board President Sharon MacNair, Community Bank N.A. New England Regional Manager Anita Bourgeois and Community Bank N.A. Branch Manager Jonathan Roddy.Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently presented Burliington’s Green Mountain Animal Defenders with a $1,000 donation to sponsor the organization’s annual Walk for All Animals. All funds raised from the walk will help rescue, protect and provide direct services to pets, wildlife, farm animals and animals of all types in the Burlington region. Green Mountain Animal Defenders is Vermont’s oldest and largest volunteer-run animal protection organization. It provides a variety of services, including food, spay/neuter assistance, transportation, education and wildlife rescue. For more information, visit greenmountainanimaldefenders.org(link is external).About Community Bank System Inc. Community Bank System Inc. operates more than 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank N.A. With more than $10 billion in assets, the DeWitt, New York-headquartered company is among the country’s 150 largest financial institutions. In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, the company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services. Community Bank System Inc. subsidiaries/business units include OneGroup NY Inc., which provides risk management and commercial insurance, employee benefits and personal lines insurance; Community Bank Wealth Management, which provides investment advisory, personal trust and financial planning services, as well as personal, business and nonprofit portfolio design; and Benefit Plans Administrative Services Inc., which provides actuarial, retirement and VEBA/HRA plan administration, and collective investment fund, employee benefit trust and transfer agency services.Community Bank System Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company’s stock trades under the symbol “CBU.” For more information about Community Bank, visit communitybankna.com(link is external) or ir.communitybanksystem.com(link is external).Source: Community Bank,Yeslast_img read more

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first_imgStephanie Lindquist-Johnson and her son, Phillip Johnson, are building cat shelters out of styrofoam coolers.It’s been a particularly long and harsh winter. Intermittent snowstorms mixed with the occasional warm bout of weather have weighed on Stephanie Lindquist-Johnson’s mind. That’s why the Roeland Park resident has been busy all winter building shelters for feral and outdoor cats around the Kansas City metro area.“Every year, I always worry; I feel so sorry for the animals out in the cold. They don’t have anywhere to go,” Lindquist-Johnson said. “So it’s important now to make these just because I know there are so many that don’t have shelter.”The shelters are made from styrofoam coolers. Lindquist-Johnson cuts a cat-sized hole into each one, places cardboard and straw at the bottom, wraps the cooler in black plastic (to keep the elements out and also to conceal the shelter) and tapes it with sturdy black tape. She also adds additional padding to the bottom of some of the coolers to get them off the ground.“It’s very durable; it will last a really long time,” she said.She first got the idea in October from Sandy Siecgrist, a local resident who stays connected on animal rescue Facebook pages. Siecgrist had given her a makeshift shelter for a feral cat, inspiring her to start making as many shelters as possible and distributing them where needed.Then in November 2018, Lindquist-Johnson posted on Nextdoor, a social networking application connecting neighbors, about her plans and the need for materials.“I knew the holidays were coming up, and a lot of people have these (coolers) in their garage just laying around; they just don’t want to throw them away,” she said.After the media attention she garnered earlier this year from an article in the Kansas City Star, the donations have been pouring in. Lindquist-Johnson said she is grateful for the donations from local residents, organizations and businesses who have provided her with dozens of coolers, plenty of materials and $580 in monetary donations. Her husband, Shane Johnson, has provided materials as well.How to make a cat shelterEach cat shelter is made with a styrofoam cooler, black plastic and black tape, plus bedding made with cardboard and straw.Each one takes less than an hour to make. Their 5-year-old son, Phillip Johnson, also helps make the shelters. So far, they have made 54 cooler-shelters and distributed almost all of them out into the community. They will continue making the cooler shelters throughout the winter. The best kind of shelters are about a foot to a foot-and-a-half in length, but she even takes large coolers and cuts them in half to make two smaller cat homes.“You want them fairly small so the cat’s body heat heats up inside,” she said. “If they have a lot of space, it’s going to be harder to keep warm.”Lindquist-Johnson said they hope to continue connecting the needs of stray cats with resources from people who want to help.“A lot of people worry and they just don’t know what to do,” she said, adding that people have reached out to her on Nextdoor and Facebook requesting a shelter for a stray or feral cat. “That makes me feel good. People do care; they want to help. Maybe they just don’t have the tools, supplies or resources to get it done.“This is our passion; we love to do this and it makes us feel good that we’re contributing back out to the community.”last_img read more

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first_img“He is just very confident, but he might not play his greatest every day, but I think his confidence helps me and him and I know what we have to do and what it takes to win,” Spec said.Corwin played all of last year in the No. 2 spot, going 16-11. His sophomore year, he was struggling with a wrist injury and did not play up to his ability, he said. Corwin went 6-11 that spring.However, in his freshman year, Corwin went 28-6 in singles and 25-7 in doubles. His singles match against Northwestern clinched the Gophers their first regular season title since 1995.He takes that experience with him and understand what it takes to win big matches.“When we beat Northwestern, I can’t stop thinking of those matches whenever we talk about intense excitement,” Corwin said.Corwin has big matches ahead of him on Friday night when the No. 2 team in the country visits the Baseline Tennis Center. The Gophers will face Ohio State (16-2, 3-0) in a battle of two ranked teams. Minnesota enters that duel ranked 33 in the nation.Ohio State has three ranked players, including the No. 4 ranked player in the nation, Mikael Torpegaard. The Buckeyes have played against 11 ranked teams and have only twice lost — once to No. 7 UCLA, another time to No. 21 Georgia.Barring an unexpected circumstance, Corwin will be asked to face Torpegaard, who is 8-2 in the No. 1 singles position for the Buckeyes and 4-1 in the No. 2 spot this season.“We are just going to be locked in and whatever happens in years past, it won’t make a difference,” Corwin said. Felix Corwin excels after taking over the No. 1 singles spotThe senior is 8-1 since moving to the top singles position.Jack Rodgers, Daily File PhotoSenior Felix Corwin returns the ball during his singles match against the University of Pennsylvania at the Baseline Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 25. Max BiegertMarch 29, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSince Feb. 10, senior Felix Corwin has gone 8-1 in the No. 1 singles position for the Gophers. Corwin, who started the season playing in the No. 2 spot, is now ranked No. 93 by ITA after starting unranked. He, along with fellow senior Matic Spec, are ranked No. 78 in doubles competition.The move took place when sophomore Stefan Milicevic went down with a leg injury in February. Head coach Geoff Young said that once Corwin moved into the position and continued to win, there was no reason for him to leave that spot.“There [are] three guys that can play that position, but when [Milicevic] went down and we put [Corwin] there … it is pretty obvious to leave him be,” Young said.It has not been an easy road to 8-1 for Corwin this season, having to play multiple ranked players.In a weekend in early March, Corwin took down then-No. 73 Jake Douglas from Washington in straight sets and then followed that up with a victory over Portland’s then-No. 36 Michail Pervolarakis. In his eight victories as the No. 1 singles player, Corwin has only had to go into the third set twice.“I’m taking every point with a grain of salt. I haven’t really been too worried with any specific match,” Corwin said. “I am just working on what I want to work on, and I just want to take how I’m playing and turn it into momentum for bigger matches to come.”Corwin and Spec are the only seniors on the team and they have been paired up in doubles since their sophomore year. They have roomed together all four years at Minnesota. The duo is 7-4 and in the No. 1 spot for doubles this season.Spec said he and Corwin like to feed off each other and he has been inspired by the play of his doubles partner and roommate.last_img read more

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first_imgRob Apodaca POLITICAL News:SANTA FE – Today, Democrat Rob Apodaca announced that he is suspending his bid for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.He made the following statement:“I very much want to thank my family, friends and supporters for all of their encouragement over the past few months. I decided to run for Congress with one goal in mind – to help the people and our communities of northern New Mexico. I love this state and I especially love this district. It has been an honor to be supported by the many people who have stood behind me and I owe so much to them and the people of this district. I had hoped that my work would continue in Congress, but unfortunately that cannot happen at this time.“One of the most sacred and core beliefs that is shared by much of the 3rd District is that family should be valued above all else. With my brother Benjie recently passing, now is a time that my family must come first. I have every intention of continuing to work with the communities of the north and look forward to continued engagement throughout the State. Together, we will work to ensure that our communities prosper and that our core values of hard work, family first and thriving communities remains intact for our children and for generations to come.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Calibration Education Hub provides users with improved click-through access to more than 500 free Fluke Calibration educational resources including applications notes, blog posts, webinars and videos.The hub is organised into three sections in order to help users. The different sections of the site are:1) Popular or New: This section helps users quickly zero in on compelling content. It lists the best new and top content, selected according to the frequency of pageviews by asset type.2) The Basics: This section is designed to help beginners at any level with links to more than 100 free, basic calibration educations resources organised by calibration discipline.3) All Resources: This section provides navigation to more than 500 educational resources, organised by calibration discipline.Commenting on the webpage launch, Jeff Gust, Chief Corporate Metrologist at Fluke Calibration, said, “We are seeing a de-skilling of the metrology and calibration workforce.”“The primary concern of some of our customer metrologists and calibration laboratory managers is the training of new people. And now there seems to be increased interest in learning as some people have more time on their hands for education during the business slow-down caused by the pandemic.”“In response, we assembled and designed the education hub to help.”last_img read more

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first_imgSome 53 firms entered the assigned risks pool (ARP) after failing to secure professional indemnity insurance in this year’s renewal round, provisional figures have revealed. The figure is well down on the 411 which applied to enter the pool at the same stage in 2010. Of last year’s number, more than 50 have been forced to close, while six have merged with other firms. Antony Townsend, chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, commented: ‘The SRA board approved key changes to the arrangements for client financial protection in April this year. ‘In the consultation process on this subject, it became clear that one of the biggest challenges facing us was the need to manage down the numbers of firms in the ARP. These figures demonstrate that our programme of reforms is having the intended effect.’last_img read more

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first_imgPerhaps it is not quite “liberty, equality, fraternity”, but a revolution has nonetheless taken place in the aims and objectives of the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes. The original protocol was introduced in October 2000. It was designed to encourage frank and early exchange of information about a claim and any defence to it in an effort to avoid litigation, agree a settlement before proceedings or, if a claim could not be avoided, to support efficient management of the claim.One of the key causes of this particular revolution lies in a report commissioned for the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA) on the perceived value of the protocol. The report sought the opinions of contractors, consultants, specialist subcontractors, and employers, as well as lawyers and firms (those parties most likely to actually use the protocol) to gain an insight into its effectiveness in disputes. One of the objectives of the study was to see if it would be helpful to make any changes: 56% of responding construction clients thought the protocol should be amended in some way. Approximately half of all respondents agreed. Ultimately, this resulted in the second edition of the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes, which came into force on 15 November 2016.The revised protocol shows a clear change in emphasis. The amendments broadly address the concern that the protocol created work, to be duplicated if proceedings were issued, resulting in increased cost and time. The main changes to address this include:There is now an opt-out provision if parties expressly agree there is no need to comply. Bearing in mind nearly 70% of respondents to the survey felt the protocol enables parties to avoid litigation it seems likely there may be a reluctance to disregard the protocol completely in favour of the expense of litigation.Only in “exceptional circumstances”, where there is a “flagrant” or “very significant disregard” of the protocol’s terms, will the court impose cost consequences for non-compliance. Arguably the most sweeping change, this clarity will allow the parties to take a more liberal approach than in the past, without fear of cost sanctions being imposed.The objectives of the protocol now refer to an “exchange of sufficient information” to “broadly” allow the parties to understand each other’s positions. The general aims have changed too, revised to make clear that the parties need only know the “outline” nature of each other’s case. There is also express reference in the aims of the protocol to ensure that the parties are in a position where they may be able to settle cases “inexpensively” without the need for recourse to litigation.The letter of claim now requires a “brief” summary of the claim only, which may include a “proportionate level of breakdown” of the monetary value of the claim. The extent of this summary must be “proportionate” to the claim. The use of expert reports are “not expected or required” unless “succinct” and “central to the claim”. In a similar vein, the defendant’s response should contain “brief” and “proportionate” summary of the response to the claim. While the time for service has been kept at 28 days there is a shorter longstop date for the response; the period can be extended by 28 days only (reduced from three months).The parties should now normally meet 21 days after the letter of response (reduced from 28 days). Provision has been added for the meeting to take the form of an alternative dispute resolution process such as mediation.The parties can by consent agree longer periods for any step in the protocol, but the maximum extension is not to exceed 28 days in aggregate. There is also a new provision for the protocol phase to be concluded automatically at the completion of the pre-action meeting, or 14 days after the period when the meeting should have taken place.Finally, a protocol referee procedure has been added which allows the parties to regulate compliance with the pre-action process. This is a consensual process and involves the appointment of an independent referee from TeSCA or the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TeCBAR) with a fee of £3,500 plus VAT. The referee is there if needed to avoid parties becoming entrenched or uncooperative and to lend a hand in resolving any non-compliance issues. The referee procedure is a somewhat curious introduction, designed to address the lack of access to, and guidance from, Technology and Construction Court judges in the pre-action. As it requires both parties’ agreement it will be interesting to see whether there is a great deal of appetite for its use.The long-term impact of the new protocol’s effect on the dynamics of the pre-litigation process, will only be felt in the months and years ahead. While there is unlikely to be a mass of people flooding out into the streets, that’s not to say the less demanding nature of the protocol together with the prospect of savings on pre-action time and money won’t result in a few shouts of “vive la réforme!”Daniel Hutchings is a senior associate in the construction and engineering group at Taylor Wessinglast_img read more

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