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

‘FRUSTRATION LEVEL’: 42K Iloilo learners have reading problem

first_imgAnother factor could be the parents’ lack of interest in how theirchildren were faring in school, said Bermejo. Frustration reading level is a stage where “readers find readingmaterials so difficult that they cannot successfully respond to them.” According to Bermejo, majority of the frustration level readers inIloilo were between Grade 1 and Grade 6. In the Philippine Informal Reading Inventory Manual – a readingassessment tool of the Department of Education (DepEd) – there are threereading levels. These are the frustration level, instructional level andindependent level. How? The family’s socioeconomic status may also be a factor, saidBermejo. Learners from poor families were likely to miss classes more often tohelp their parents make a living. ILOILO – In this province which has almost half a millionlearners, an estimated 42,000 from kindergarten to high school are considered“frustration level” readers. “They can recognize some words but they lackcomprehension,” according to Dr. Roel Bermejo, superintendent of the IloiloSchools Division. “Posible indimatutokan sang teacher ang mga kabataanilabi pa kon madamo sila sa classroom,” said Defensor./PN Some of these learners may be special children with special needsbut enrolled in regular classes. Under the instructional reading level, readers profit the mostfrom teacher-directed instruction in reading while under the independentreading level, readers function on their own with almost perfect oral readingand excellent comprehension.center_img DepEd’s goal is to improve the reading comprehension of these learners. There are 987 public elementary schools and 179 public secondaryschools in the province. READING BLUES. Majority of the frustration level readers in Iloilo are between Grade 1 and Grade 6. Some of these learners may be special children with special needs. The family’s socioeconomic status may also be a factor. Learners from poor families are likely to miss classes more often to help their parents make a living. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said the provincial government is readyto help the Iloilo Schools Division improve the reading comprehension oflearners such as getting more remedial reading teachers. There were many factors why this was so, he stressed. He also did not discount the possibility that overcrowding inclassrooms may also be a factor in the poor reading comprehension of learners. The frustration level readers must become instructional levelreaders and eventually independent level readers. According to Bermejo, they are starting with the teachers both inelementary and high school – they are being trained how to conduct remedialreading classes.last_img read more

Gemba launches Turnstile, a sponsorship evaluation platform

first_imgSports intelligence agency Gemba has created Turnstile, a sponsorship evaluation platform for esports. This new platform allows buyers and sellers to see the physical assets, and intellectual property, of sponsorships. Gemba had been working on Turnstile for over two years prior to its launch, with brands such as Formula 1 testing it out extensively before it was made available to others. Rob Mills, CEO & Director, Gemba delved into his new platform in a statement: “As we developed Turnstile we [were] very conscious that esports and gaming is increasingly going to take a larger part of the global sponsorship market. Turnstile provides a holistic solution to both buyers and sellers, incorporating traditional broadcast, social media and esports channels.”“Our guiding principle in developing Turnstile was to provide a methodology that moves beyond just exposure measurement and seeks to understand the intellectual property value of sponsorship assets. The industry does not need more media equivalencies – it needs a robust approach to pricing using actual market benchmarks,” Mills continued.The platform is said to have three core components to its service: benefits, exposure, and intellectual property. As such, Turnstile offers the market rate for tickets, hospitality, media assets, and so on. Not only that, it uses a “proprietary methodology to assess the effectiveness of logo exposure”.After trying out the platform, Murray Barnett, Head of Global Sponsorships and Commercial Partnerships at Formula 1 said that the platform is “helping us shape the conversation with our commercial partners and teams moving forward,” which is important since the company is looking “to broaden and deepen our audience engagement” with esports.Esports Insider says: Without seeing exactly how it works, it’s safe to say that the concept of Turnstile is interesting. The real test will be making it readily available for organisations and figures in the industry so they can weigh in on it themselves.last_img read more

LA Dodgers’ loss to Mets pushes season to the brink

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The final score, and the sight of the Mets turning Citi Field into a hitter’s paradise, were much harder to foresee. The 13 runs set two records: the most the Mets have ever scored in a playoff game and the most the Dodgers have allowed.Anderson picked a bad time to pitch his shortest start of the season unrelated to injury. After retiring the side in order in the first inning, the left-hander allowed four straight singles to begin the second. The Mets scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead, the last of which scored on a bases-clearing double by Curtis Granderson.Granderson, who went 2 for 5 with five RBIs, is 6 for 11 in the series. Anderson allowed two more runs in the third inning before Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided he’d seen enough. A career year in which Anderson a career-high 180 1/3 innings to a 3.69 earned-run average bore little resemblance to his performance Monday.Travis d’Arnaud inflicted the final wound, a no-doubt home run to provide a 6-3 lead.“Just embarrassing on my part,” Anderson said.Alex Wood, who finished the season as the Dodgers’ fourth starter, made his first appearance of the postseason to begin the fourth inning. He fared no better than Anderson, allowing four runs in two innings before giving way to a parade of relief pitchers: Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan.Granderson’s three-run double off Howell gave the Mets their 11th, 12th and 13th runs.The Dodgers touched Harvey for three runs in the second inning on four consecutive singles. Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his first of the playoffs. Howie Kendrick clubbed a disputed three-run home run in the ninth inning — a fan reached over a railing in left-center field, only for the ball to pop out of his glove — to make the final score closer than the game seemed.Harvey scattered seven hits, three runs — two earned — two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.“All their pitchers are pretty good,” said Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford. “You’ve got to battle. They’ve gotten the best of us so far.”Mattingly used his third different lineup in as many games. Rollins made his first start of the series at shortstop, relegating Corey Seager to the bench. Seager singled in his only at-bat in the ninth inning.Chase Utley was available, Mattingly said, but did not appear in a game in which Citi Field repeatedly chanted his name in derision. Utley is appealing his two-game suspension for a slide in Game 2 that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.In a sense, the lineup changes worked. The Dodgers scored seven runs, more than they scored in the first two games of the series combined, and matched the Mets’ 13 hits.All that mattered, though, was the final score.“We know we’re in a situation where we can’t lose,” Crawford said. And for all the confidence Kershaw and Greinke inspire, the Dodgers’ season really depends on their ability to hit Mets pitcher Steven Matz — who threw six shutout innings at Dodger Stadium in July — followed in Game 5 by Jacob deGrom, who was virtually unhittable in Game 1.“We’re only worried about (Game 4) right now,” Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.For a day, the Dodgers’ basic problem was a predictable one: Their starter, Brett Anderson, could not pitch to the caliber of a superior playoff opponent, Matt Harvey. “My stuff was pretty good,” said Anderson, who allowed seven hits and six runs in three innings. “I just wasn’t able to execute.”• Photos: NLDS Game 3 – Dodgers vs. Metscenter_img NEW YORK >> The Dodgers’ season depends on the excellence of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, just as the baseball world presumed when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on a sunny day in February.This, though, is different.Kershaw is starting Tuesday on three days’ rest, needing a win to stave off elimination after the New York Mets won Game 3 of their National League Division Series, 13-7. If the Dodgers win, the series would be tied 2-2 and Greinke would start Game 5 on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more