Burlington nears completion of first Sustainable Infrastructure Plan project

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Today Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joined Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Chapin Spencer, Champlain Elementary School Principal Dr. Dorinne Dorfman, and Dealer.com Senior Manager of Operations Grace Ciffo near the new sidewalk outside Champlain Elementary School to recognize DPW’s progress on its Sustainable Infrastructure Plan projects, and the launch of a new “projects portal” that will help keep residents informed on current and future projects. This work represents the beginning of implementation of the multi-year Sustainable Infrastructure Plan’s reinvestment in the city, approved overwhelmingly by voters in November 2016. This season, DPW has been focused on road repaving, sidewalk reconstruction and upgrading the City’s aging water infrastructure along multiple streets. By the end of the season, DPW will have completed 5 miles of road repaving (compared to a recent average of 3 miles/year), reconstructed over 3 miles of sidewalk (recent average, just over 1 mi/year) and proactively upgraded nearly 3 miles of water main (versus decades of only pursuing reactive replacement of broken pipes).“It has been exciting this construction season to see the will of the voters start to become a reality with the most substantial reinvestment in many years now improving the quality of our core municipal infrastructure for generations to come,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger “Thank you to the Public Works Department and Director Chapin Spencer for stepping up and largely meeting the ambitious first year goals of the new plan.”Champlain Elementary School benefited from the first season of infrastructure work with the completion of a new sidewalk outside of the campus along Pine Street, and a new curb with an ADA-accessible ramp across the street.”Many students and parents walk, ride bicycles, and ride scooters to school,” said Champlain Elementary School Principal Dr. Dorinne Dorfman. “The new sidewalks, curbs, and ramps make coming to school in ways that protect the environment safer and more fun. While the construction presented challenges as the school year got started, we are grateful for the improvements in time for the winter season.”Capital Projects PortalIn support of Burlington’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, the Mayor and DPW are proud to announce the launch of a publicly accessible, regularly updated portal (www.burlingtonvt.gov/construction(link is external)) designed for transparent, timely and reliable information about all public and private construction projects in the city right-of-way. With an increase in capital and maintenance projects around the city as a result of voter-approved bonds in November 2016, this portal will be a useful tool to ensure residents, businesses and all stakeholders can be regularly informed, and has already improved the cross-departmental coordination of municipal projects.The portal features current, upcoming and completed projects, including contact information for project managers or City departments, as well as links to projects pages where available, and other important project details. The project is a broad, citywide initiative, coordinated with the Mayor’s Office and led by the Department of Public Works.Pine Street Relining to Begin This Fall; Resume in Spring 2018As an important next step in the Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, DPW will begin relining the aging pipes along Pine Street between Main and Maple in late October to benefit residents and businesses by improving water quality and water pressure. These infrastructure investments will increase system reliability, with fewer unplanned disruptions and water main breaks over time. In spring 2018, DPW will undertake another significant upgrade along Pine Street on an integral corridor between Howard and Lakeside.Due to innovations in new and tested technology, the pipes on Pine Street will be relined rather than replaced. This will allow an overall quicker, less disruptive and less expensive project, compared to open dig replacement, while producing better water quality and increased fire flows.While relining projects avoid significant disruptions to water service, the City and its contractor, AquaRehab, will maintain 24 hour emergency telephone help lines. Prior to the beginning of the summer construction season, DPW worked with residents and businesses to ensure that construction avoided significant and celebrated events, including Labor Day weekend, the first day of school, and Art Hop. DPW sent letters(link is external) to property owners on June 19 and held an informational meeting on June 29 to discuss the project. DPW is also working on plans to minimize parking losses and lane closures and create the safest possible driving conditions for our residents, businesses and visitors. For an updated schedule for all water capital construction projects, including Pine Street, see here: http://bit.ly/CY17WRCapital(link is external).This work also precedes the kickoff of the Champlain Parkway Project, scheduled to start in fall 2018. Other complimentary projects near this important stretch of city streets are also in design, underway or completed, including infrastructure upgrades along King Street and St. Paul Street.“The City recognizes that much of this work is occurring in busy corridors and efforts have been made to mitigate the impacts to area residents and businesses,” said DPW Director Chapin Spencer. “While there will be inevitable impacts during construction, one of the pipes to be relined was originally installed in 1894 and upgrades are clearly necessary. The increased funding allows us to be proactive and coordinate our investments like never before. This is the right time to undertake these projects to create resilient streets that serve Burlington for generations.”“We are very focused on creating great experiences for our employees, and every ‘touch-point’ counts. A healthy, sustainable civic environment in Burlington is crucial to Dealer.com’s energy and mission. Mayor Weinberger’s transparency around the Department of Public Work’s Sustainable Infrastructure projects is exciting and appreciated. Dealer.com(link is external) represents the second largest location of our Parent Company, Cox Automotive, and improvements like these help to further emphasize the value of working in Burlington, VT.” Sustainable Infrastructure Plan BackgroundIn November 2016, the residents of Burlington voted in support of a $27.5 million general obligation bond to fund capital improvement projects across the city over five years (an additional approximately $14 million will be spent from other sources on this infrastructure plan). In return for this investment, residents will see vastly improved streets and sidewalks (sixteen percent of our sidewalk system is in serious to failed condition and 23 percent of our streets are currently in a poor or failed condition), the replacement of two thirds of our fleet of aging fire trucks, a completed Bike Path renovation and enhancement, and much more over the next five years. The Sustainable Infrastructure Plan and the work DPW and other city departments are doing addresses many of the challenges that aging infrastructure presents.In addition, voters supported the $8.3 million Water Systems Improvements revenue bond. Currently, 42 percent of the 110 miles of city water pipes are older than 75 years and 25 percent are older than 100 years. This phase of DPW’s water infrastructure reinvestment project will reline 2.74 miles and replace 1.42 miles of aging water main through June 2018 in stages, and is aligned with the street repaving program in order to save money and time through proactive planning and infrastructure management. An example of this proactive coordination includes the work being done along King Street. While the subsurface drinking water infrastructure was upgraded last year, there are stormwater upgrades, traffic calming and repaving work underway which will create a resilient street and preserve our critical investments.Additionally, DPW considered risk factors including age of pipes, number of breaks and recent break history in determining which streets and sections of main were selected. The decision to reline the majority of aging pipes was made due to innovations in new, and tested, pipe relining technology, allowing this component of the project to be quicker, less disruptive to city life, and less expensive than traditional open dig water main replacement. New technology will also help DPW avoid interruptions to water service as its contractor carries out the relining work. Where necessary, water main sections which need increased flow capacity are being upsized to larger diameter pipe – thus necessitating the open dig replacement approach.King Street construction. City of Burlington photo.Capital Projects Contact InformationTo view the Capital Projects Portal, visit www.burlingtonvt.gov/construction(link is external)For more information on DPW’s Water Resources Capital Projects, including Relining and Replacement Projects, see here: http://bit.ly/CY17WRCapital(link is external)For more information on the Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, see here: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/Mayor/10-Year-Capital-Plan(link is external)Slide, “Sustainable Infrastructure Plan Goals for 2017 Construction Season,” for a comparison of past annual infrastructure investments to this year’s infrastructure goals.Source: Mayor. 10.18.2017.last_img read more

SM East spring play, opening today, retells myth of Orpheus and Eurydice

first_img“Eurydice” tells the myth of Orpheus through the perspective of his wife. Photo courtesy SM East Theatre Department.SM East’s theatre department will unveil its spring play this afternoon — and it’s a tale you won’t forget. Unless you want to.Maddie Roberts in the title role. Photo courtesy SM East Theatre Department.“Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl is a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a exploration of “the choice between remembering and forgetting,” according to director Brian Cappello. Debuted in 2003, the play is told from Eurydice’s perspective as she must decide whether to return to Earth with her husband Orpheus, or stay in the underworld with her father.Maddie Roberts will play the role of Eurydice. Austin Dalgleish will play the role of Orpheus, and Malcolm Gibbs will play the role of the father.The first performance will be 3 p.m. today. Subsequent performances will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All performances are in the Little Theatre. Tickets are $7 or free with and SM East student ID.last_img read more

Familiar faces: Jason Pridie feeling right at home back with the Minnesota Twins

first_imgFamiliar faces: Jason Pridie feeling right at home back with the Minnesota TwinsThis is Pridie’s second stint with Minnesota in just more than two years. February 26, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint>FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Forgive Jason Pridie if he has a little deja vu these days.The center fielder was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason, his second time coming to Minnesota in just over two years.The Twins selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December of 2005, but he was let go and rejoined the Rays for 2006.In his brief first stint here, Pridie got to know many of the Twins coaches, and some of the players, most of whom are still here this season.“It’s been an easy transition for me since I was here two years ago,” Pridie said. “It was coming to a new team, but not really. I knew people. I knew the manager, the coaching staff and stuff. So it’s been a smooth transition back, just like I’ve been playing here all along. It’s been nice.”Circumstances, however, have changed a great deal since Pridie was last in Fort Myers. He is competing with Denard Span and Carlos Gomez to replace Torii Hunter in center field.On his first time through, Pridie knew he had no chance to make the team with Hunter a mainstay in the middle.“When you come in with a guy like Hunter here, you know you’re not taking that spot,” Pridie said. “He’s off to do what he’s doing. Somebody’s going to step in and hopefully it can be me if I play well.“It’s nice to try to fill some shoes like that. It’s tough to do because not a lot of people can play at the caliber of him. But just to have a shot of taking over where he was is a good thing.”Manager Ron Gardenhire has said all along that it’s a wide open competition and thinks Pridie’s previous experience here can only help him. “He had the opportunity to at least get a chance to know the staff, the clubhouse staff and the major league coaching staff and a lot of the minor league coaches,” Gardenhire said. “He’s not coming in not knowing anybody and I’m sure he’s a lot more comfortable this time.“I think he understands what he has to do and what his chances are of making this team and I think he’s probably pretty excited about it.”But not too excited to let the situation sour his relationship with Span and Gomez.“I like them both,” Pridie said. “There’s no bad blood just because we’re competing for the same spot.”Liriano updatePitcher Francisco Liriano said Monday he received his U.S. visa and was preparing to travel from the Dominican Republic to spring training in Florida.The Dominican left-hander had a delay in obtaining the visa because of a Florida drunken-driving plea and missed the team’s Feb. 18 voluntary reporting date for pitchers and catchers in Fort Myers, Fla.“I obtained the visa, and I will go away tomorrow for training,” Liriano said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.He said he successfully completed a required alcohol assessment before getting the U.S. visa to enter the country.Liriano was among baseball’s top rookies in 2006, going 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA before an elbow injury ended his season and required surgery. The former All-Star said his throwing arm feels strong and he has been regularly working out in the Twins academy in the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

FMI Automotive Announces Two Promotions

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  After holding a variety of sales and marketing management positions during his six-year tenure at FMI Automotive, Lou Ischo has been promoted to the position of vice president of marketing. Chris Strappel joined the FMI Automotive sales team one year ago, and now serves as vice president of sales. “As FMI Automotive continues to expand, it is imperative that we have experienced sales and marketing professionals who understand the industry and have strong working relationships with our customers,” said Wall. “We know that in their new roles, Lou and Chris will continue to provide the exemplary service that our customers have come to expect from FMI Automotive.”center_img DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – FMI Automotive has promoted two senior managers to vice president, roles effective immediately. The announcement was made by John Wall, CEO of FMI Automotive.last_img read more

Growth market targeted as Luxfer Group enters agreement for Dynetek

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FIDIC forms: Engineering anxiety

first_imgA client called me. She was frustrated that the words “fair”, “impartial”, “independent” are easy to spell and sprinkle into a variety of contract terms but are much harder to understand and implement when the contract terms are being used. It transpired that her frustrations were focused primarily with how an engineer makes a determination under the FIDIC forms of contract. Typically, it is Clause 3.5 of the FIDIC based contracts that deal with the engineer’s obligation to make determinations. This states: “Whenever these Conditions provide that the Engineer shall proceed in accordance with this Sub-Clause 3.5 to agree or determine any matter, the Engineer shall consult with each Party in an endeavour to reach agreement. If agreement is not achieved, the Engineer shall make a fair determination in accordance with the Contract, taking due regard of all relevant circumstances.”Improper, inadequate, slow or defective engineer’s determination can cause real problems during the currency of a project – this is not just because the FIDIC contract requires the parties to comply with the determination pending ultimate resolution, but, because a determination can often be a prerequisite to entitlement under related documents such as bonds, guarantees or letters of credit. This was highlighted in J Murphy & Sons Ltd vs Beckton Energy Ltd [2016], albeit in that case, due to the bespoke amendments, it was held that the engineer’s determination was not required before a call on a bond could be made. So what is all the fuss about? The words in clause 3.5 appear to be clear and the FIDIC forms typically set out that twenty five clauses require the engineer to make a determination. The engineer was seeking to act like an arbitrator, adjudicator or judge. This cannot be right the client said – I agreedAs the client put it there is a lot to cause anxiety. Why? Firstly, there is a risk that the engineer may not be impartial or fair – this is because Clause 3.1 of FIDIC says that the “Engineer shall be deemed to act for the Employer”, thet they are included in the definition of “Employer’s Personnel” and because the current FIDIC forms have removed the previous clause that expressly required an engineer to exercise discretion impartially. Secondly, there is an irresistible anxiety that the engineer will always decide things in favour of the employer where the engineer itself has caused the delays, design errors, late approvals and so on. While, in Semco Salvage Marine Pte Ltd v Lancer Navigation Co Ltd [1996] the Court of Appeal held that “fair” meant “fair to both parties”, there is a residual anxiety that the engineer will seek to avoid culpability. Thirdly, my client’s concern was that the employer was “controlling” the engineer such that determinations were being delayed or simply improper. The latter word was interesting – what did she mean?She explained that the engineer in her claim had simply decided not to use “Step 1” of Clause 3.5 – in other words there was no consultation with each party in an endeavour to reach agreement. She considered this to be an opportunity missed since such consultations allow the contractor and the employer to negotiate, agree an amicable way forward and avoid the claim becoming a dispute. She asked whether a “determination” given in the absence of consultation was invalid and of no effect – to which the answer must be “yes”. In practice this means that the “determination” does not bind the parties. The inclusion of a dispute resolution procedure does not allow the engineer to “duck” his obligations. The Court in the case of Costain Ltd & Ors vs Bechtel Ltd & Anor [2005] refused to accept a similar argument that inclusion of a dispute resolution procedure means that the project manager (under an NEC3 form of contract) did not actually have to act impartially during certification because the courts could simply step in and fix the problem. The duty is on the engineer to follow the express words in Clause 3.5.The client’s second difficulty was equally troubling – the engineer appeared to assume that he had no knowledge of any facts, progress, instructions, decisions, and circumstances related to the project, and was only prepared to consider facts that were presented or “pleaded” in the claim – in other words the engineer was seeking to act like an arbitrator, adjudicator or judge. This cannot be right the client said – I agreed.    All things pointed to the conclusion that the client was not holding a valid engineer’s determination and that she needed now to trigger the next stage in the dispute resolution process.  She agreed, but, then asked “What is the point of asking the engineer to make determinations on at least twenty five clauses – why not simply go directly to a decision maker?” Clients often make excellent points.Hamish Lal is a partner in the international arbitration practice at Akin Gumplast_img read more

USA ends steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico

first_imgThe US Trade Representative (USTR) said: “This agreement is great news for American farmers that have been subject to retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico. At the same time, the agreement will continue to protect America’s steel and aluminium industries.”Indeed, steel cargoes underpin the activities of various multipurpose and bulk carriers, and this will therefore also be welcome news for those operators.Joint statements from the USA, Canada and Mexico said that each country would also take steps to prevent imports of the metals that are “unfairly subsidised and/or sold at dumped prices”. In addition, they will work together to prevent the transhipment of aluminium or steel produced elsewhere into the USA, Canada or Mexico.However, should a surge in imports of specified steel or aluminium products occur, the importing party may apply duties of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminium to those goods. In that case, the exporting country would retaliate only in the affected sector.The products covered include sheet steel, pipes and tubes, stainless steel, rails and other long products, semi-finished steel products, and both wrought and unwrought aluminium.last_img read more

Plane returns to Seattle after assault on flight attendant

first_img Published: July 7, 2017 5:42 AM EDT Plane returns to Seattle after assault on flight attendant Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS) A Delta Airlines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Thursday evening after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant, officials said.A Florida man in first class on Delta Flight 129 assaulted the flight attendant about 45 minutes into the flight, Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper told CBS News.Passengers then helped restrain him until the plane landed back in Seattle and he was taken into custody, Cooper said.Delta said in a statement “The passenger was restrained on board and was removed from the flight by law enforcement without further incident.”The suspect, a 23-year-old Florida man, was transferred to federal custody, the FBI’s Seattle  Field Office said.CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reports the man was sitting in the first row. He tried to open an emergency exit door when the flight attendant tried to stop him. Apparently, she had to break a bottle over his head.One first class passenger told KIRO five people had to sit on the man and use zip ties to hold him down until the plane got back to the airport.Officials say two people, including the flight attendant, were injured and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Passenger Dustin Jones was seated just behind the curtains that lead to first class, and said he could tell there was a scuffle happening.“One of the flight attendants ran back and said there was a Code 3,” Jones told KIRO. “There was a serious fight up front.”Jones said he saw the man handcuffed and zip-tied being rolled into the terminal in a wheelchair after they had landed.“He started yelling for help,” Jones said. “And so he turned the wheelchair over in the middle of the airport, screaming for people to help him, just being belligerent.”The flight left for Beijing later Thursday night.The FBI told CBS News it was interviewing passengers but there was “no information at this time to suggest a national security threat.” SHARElast_img read more

Cancer patients advised not to be overwhelmed by fear

first_imgLocalNews Cancer patients advised not to be overwhelmed by fear by: Dominica Vibes News – June 23, 2015 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 65 Views   no discussions Share Fr Herman Sharplis speaking at the Dominica Cancer Society’s Candlelight Vigil on 21 June 2015Parish Priest at the Roman Catholic Church in Portsmouth, Fr Herman Sharplis has encouraged members of the Dominica Cancer Society and cancer patients not to allow fear to overwhelm them but instead look to God.Fr Sharplis gave that encouragement at the Dominica Cancer Society annual Candlelight Vigil at the Portsmouth Catholic Church on Sunday 21 June 2015.President Charles Savarin and First Lady Clara Savarin were among the guests of honor at that service.The Society has organized a number of activities to serve as encouragement and inspiration to cancer patients under the theme ‘Not Beyond Us’.Fr Sharplis said most people who get a cancer diagnosis become overwhelmed, because their first thought is “I’m going to die”.“What fear does to us is that it cripples, it overwhelms and it psychologically damages us and we become so overwhelmed that in the process of the fear, we give in and many people who have been diagnosed with cancer could still be alive today but the fear of dying took them right down to the grave,” Fr Sharplis noted.He told cancer patients that allowing fear to consume them could impede their progress since when one is fearful, he or she becomes emotional and panics.“When we panic, we cannot think, we react with our emotions and because we react with our emotions, we are unable to see hope the end of the tunnel”. “All we’ll see is defeat and fear takes control and in the case of cancer, this is the illness that has brought the greatest fear on humanity,” Fr Sharplis said.He therefore urged the members of the Society and patients to turn to Jesus instead of being fearful.“No matter what cancer can do, or cancer should do, or cancer is able to do, Jesus is not asleep. My friends, that shows that beyond us, there is a power greater than you and me and that power who is Jesus, is not asleep because no matter how we call to Jesus, he will hear us and when he hears us, he responds immediately,” he encouraged.– / 28last_img read more

Accelerated Genetics to maintain brand with Select Sires acquisition

first_imgTen days after the announcement of a merger between two of the top dairy cattle genetics companies, representatives say that some things will be changing, while others will stay the same, at least for now. “Until a long-term strategy is in place, our brand is going to continue,” Angie Lindloff, Accelerated Genetics’ vice president of marketing communications, told Progressive Dairyman. Select Sires Inc. announced plans to acquire the assets of the Baraboo, Wisconsin-based bull stud on June 13.advertisementadvertisementThis means that the Accelerated Genetics name and brand will carry forward, as will the 014 NAAB stud code number, both of which are highly recognized throughout the U.S., but also in international markets such as Latin America. The animal health products line will continue to be available under its original brand name and distributed through Select Sires.According to Select Sires’ director of communications, Shirley Kaltenbach, dairy farmers can expect sales representatives to offer semen from both cooperatives. “We will continue operating as we are with one sire directory for each organization, at least until a long-term plan is established,” she said.Though details are yet to be determined, Lindloff foresees Select Sires maintaining producer programs, scholarships, internships and support for dairy judging and dairy challenge events. She added that the 24th annual Accelerated Genetics intercollegiate dairy cattle judging contest is still set to take place on Sept. 17 in Viroqua, Wisconsin.Both Lindloff and Kaltenbach assured that merging resources means more offerings for dairy farmers. “Our genetic strength together is valuable to our customers and members,” Lindloff said. “The exciting part of all of this is the sky is the limit on what we can offer.”While the transition may be less noticeable to dairy customers, some cooperative employees will be affected. “This decision was to help the majority of employees and individual sales reps,” Lindloff said. “There may be people who decide they don’t want to be part of it, but we are trying to do the best for most people.”advertisementBoth companies assure that the goal is to work with each employee, individually, to help offer a sense of security while making sound business decisions through the merger. Details about which employees would remain with the company are still forthcoming.While the news of this merger may have taken some by surprise, Lindloff said the conversation has been on the table for a while as the cooperative faced the challenges brought on by rising costs, sexed semen and genomics. “Our board of directors has been looking for quite some time for a partner to make sure our employees and customers and members have a good solid future,” Lindloff said.“While some look at mergers as a bad thing, we are coming together with common entities, and we are becoming stronger,” she added. In fact, the two cooperatives had entered a joint venture in 2001 with World Wide Sires Ltd., the international marketing arm for both brands in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.Lindloff explained that the boards of directors for both cooperatives have already voted in favor of the acquisition, but “per bylaws, delegates have the final say.” Accelerated Genetics will hold a delegate meeting on June 22, and based off of their vote, the acquisition will happen on June 30.“That will be the ‘close of sale,’” Lindloff added. “At that time, Select Sires Inc. will purchase the assets of Accelerated Genetics and all of the sales reps will be migrated into the geographic location of the nine different Select Sires cooperatives across the U.S.”   Peggy CoffeenEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Peggy Coffeenpeggy@progressivepublish.comcenter_img PHOTO: Photo courtesy of Select Sires/Accelerated Genetics.advertisementlast_img read more