Burton to close South Burlington manufacturing plant

first_imgBurton announced Tuesday that it will shift premium snowboard production from its small, Vermont-based Burton Manufacturing Center (BMC) to Austria, where the company has been building snowboards for over 25 years. Product design and development will still be home-grown in Vermont, where the company will relocate its snowboard prototyping resources from BMC into a new, purely R&D-driven prototype facility at its global headquarters in Burlington. Burton said 43 jobs will be lost, leaving 377 in Vermont and 900 worldwide.BMC, located in South Burlington, Vermont is slated to close in June of this year. Burton’s premium factory in Austria already has the high-end technology and capacity to increase its production. Forty-three employees will be affected by BMC’s closure, and Burton is working closely with the Vermont Department of Labor’s Rapid Response program to assist these employees with unemployment and re-employment resources. “When I started Burton Snowboards in 1977, all we did was make snowboards in Vermont,” says Jake Burton Carpenter, Founder and Chairman, Burton Snowboards. “Thanks to the BMC staff, we’ve excelled at prototyping and developing product in Vermont, which is why all four Burton Olympic halfpipe medals were won on snowboards coming out of our local factory. But simply put, it costs us significantly more to produce a board in Vermont than we are capable of selling it for, and sadly, this is not sustainable in the current economy.”Carpenter started the company in Londonderry after seeing someone riding a homemade board.Carpenter cited several factors for closing the South Burlington facility in a Burlington Free Press story, including labor, real estate, utility and health care benefits. The cost is significantly less in Austria, he said.The relocated BMC R&D facility will continue to turn riders’ ideas into the most advanced prototypes on snow, with the added benefit of having all prototyping resources under one roof at Burton’s global headquarters, Burton said in a statement.”Our biggest priority at Burton is to make the best product for snowboarders, and we do that by listening to riders and investing more in research and development than anyone in our industry,” says Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin. “It makes the most economic sense to produce all of our high-end snowboards in Austria. Here in Vermont, we will continue to focus on advanced product development, which will allow us to bring the latest snowboard technology to riders faster than ever before.”Burton is the world’s leading snowboard company and owns other top boardsports brands, including Channel Islands Surfboards, DNA Distribution (Alien Workshop and Habitat Skateboards), The Program (Forum, Special Blend and FOURSQUARE) Analog, Gravis, ANON and R.E.D.  After the BMC manufacturing changes, Burton and its family of brands will employ over 900 people worldwide.Source: Burton. 3.16.2010last_img read more

Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study by: – January 10, 2012 Sharecenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet The first seven days following bereavement appear to be the most risky in terms of heart healthThe newly bereaved are at greatly increased risk of heart attack after the death of a close loved one, US researchers say.Heart attack risk is 21 times higher within the first day and six times higher than normal within the first week, a study in the Circulation journal of nearly 2,000 people shows. Symptoms to watch for include chest pain and shortness of breath.Experts say intense grief puts extra strain on the heart.The psychological stress associated with loss can raise heart rate, blood pressure and blood clotting, which, in turn, can increase the chance of a heart attack. A person’s sleep and appetite are also likely to be disrupted. Compound this with self-neglect – such as not bothering to take regular medication – and the result can be grave.The researchers say it is important for family and friends to be aware of these risks and to keep an eye out during such difficult times. EmotionalLead investigator Dr Murray Mittleman, of Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said: “During situations of extreme grief and psychological distress, you still need to take care of yourself and seek medical attention for symptoms associated with a heart attack.“Caretakers, healthcare providers and the bereaved themselves need to recognise they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying.”The researchers reached their estimates by studying 1,985 heart attack survivors and comparing how many of them had recently been bereaved.Among the study participants, 270 (13.6%) experienced the loss of a significant person in the prior six months, including 19 within one day of their heart attack.Heart attack risk went up significantly within the first week after the death of a close loved one. The risk was highest in the first seven days following bereavement and declined steadily thereafter. VulnerableThe elevated risk ranged from about one in 300 to less than one in 1,000 depending on the individual’s general heart health before bereavement. Those with a history of heart disease already fared worse.Prof Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said: “We’re already aware that, under exceptional circumstances, emotional stress can trigger a heart attack.“But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that heart attacks triggered by stress normally only happen in people with underlying heart disease. It’s very important that if you’re taking medication because you have, or are at high risk of, heart disease, don’t neglect taking it following a significant bereavement.”Past research has already shown that recently bereaved people have heart rhythm changes which may make some of them more vulnerable to health problems. And grieving spouses have higher long-term risks of dying, with heart disease and strokes accounting for around half of the deaths, findings suggest. By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Brownback executive order question

first_imgFollow us on Twitter. By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Gov. Sam Brownback signed an executive order Tuesday rescinding a protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers that was put into place by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius eight years ago.  Loading … What is your view on Brownback’s latest action. I’m in full agreement. It was useless bureaucracy. This is a really bad idea for so many reasons. I am ambivalent on this subject. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 287 weeks ago On another, very important subject, will you be doing an article illuminating the aftermath of the education cuts? The public needs to be aware of the dire situation it has caused. Our schools have had to make immediate cuts, firstly being supplies. Our kids need to have essential supplies like copy paper, construction paper, glue and tape. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

HEARTACHE FOR CARN IN ULSTER LADIES JUNIOR FINAL

first_imgTHERE was heartache for Carndonagh Ladies after they lost the Ulster Ladies Junior Final in the dying minutes to St Dympna’s of Dromore at Celtic Park in Derry this afternoon.The Carn ladies have had a fabulous season and can hold their heads high after going all the way to the final.The Donegal champions led early on thanks to two goals, leading 2-05 to 0-05. And it was a lead they would hold well into the second half.With six minutes to go, they still held a three point lead – 3-07 to 1-10.But the Tyrone junior champions came back and the Carndonagh dream of Ulster glory fell apart.St Dympna’s fired over a point, before hitting a goal and added two more to win 2-13 to 3-07, a three point win. The Carndonagh Ladies however can be proud for a club which only began ladies football a few years ago. HEARTACHE FOR CARN IN ULSTER LADIES JUNIOR FINAL was last modified: November 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carndonagh LadiesDromoreSt Dympna’sUlster Finallast_img read more