LTA Manufacturing Names Gary Waller As Southeastern Region Sales Manager

first_imgGary Waller 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 DeMoulpied 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.  Throughout his career, Waller has worked in the southeastern region, giving him ample knowledge of the area for this new position. Prior to joining LTA Manufacturing, he worked for family business start-ups, including hands-on running of the business and complete financial execution as well as revenue growth and execution of return on investment for private equity firms and individuals. In addition, Waller holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arkansas State University.  “Gary Waller brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to LTA Manufacturing. We’re extremely proud to welcome him to the team, and we are confident in his ability to succeed in this new role,” said Matt Blais, vice president of sales and marketing for LTA Manufacturing LLC.,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 MoreAdvertisementcenter_img LTA Manufacturing has selected Gary Waller as the company’s new Southeastern region sales manager. In this new role, Waller will be cultivating relationships with current and prospective dealers as well as representing the company’s subsidiaries in the southeastern region.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement 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.  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. last_img read more

PCN members remain active

first_imgThe Bengal Electric, a PCN representative in Bangladesh, has recently completed three power plant projects, which involved the transport of nine MAN engines, each weighing 320 tonnes.As well as the high and heavy engines, the three projects – located in Siddhirganj, Nawabgani and Manikgani – comprised the delivery of nine 68-tonne ABB alternators, nine 37-tonne turbochargers and 600 containers.Bengal took delivery of the out-of-gauge cargo directly onto its own barges, while the general cargo was loaded on trucks for delivery by road to the sites.After the barge transport, the cargo was unloaded onto self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) using Bengal’s 600-tonne capacity and 200-tonne capacity floating cranes.Bengal explained that it also had to obtain special permission to shut down a number of transmission lines and remove various electricity cables and telephone lines. The Bangladeshi company was also required to design three jetties and approach roads for the respective projects.For the 55 MW Siddhirganj project, Bengal transported the 320-tonne engines about 3 km from the jetty to the project site using an SPMT with two power pack units (PPU). On arrival at the site, the engines were unloaded using Bengal’s 800-tonne capacity jacks and positioned on their foundations using a skidding system.   Meanwhile PCN member in Portugal, OliCargo, handled the transport of two large static shears, which are used in the dismantling of metal structures weighing up to 244 tonnes.OliCargo coordinated the door-to-door transport of the oversize shears from Portugal to Abinsk in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai.”This project involves the use of various special equipment, including 14 trucks, two Mafi trailers, ten 40 ft open top containers, two 40 ft flat rack containers, two vessels, two surveyors and two bespoke project teams,” said OliCargo project cargo manager João Ribeiro.   On the other side of the globe Westlink Logistics – member of the PCN in Australia – was contracted to organise two shipments of cargo for a geothermal energy project in North Sumatra, Indonesia.The 8,500-freight-tonne consignment, which included a number of pipes, was loaded on board a vessel in Tianjin, China before being shipped to Palembang port.As well as the vessel chartering and shipment, Westlink was responsible for the stowing and lashing plans; inspections at the loading port; supervision of the entire transport; and coordination of the discharge operations in Indonesia.  www.bel-bd.netwww.olicargo.ptwww.westlinklogistics.comwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

BBC Chartering boosts westbound capacity

first_imgThe regular, up to bi-weekly, westbound service offers project cargo customers BBC Chartering’s liner and semi-liner network and utilises the carrier’s fleet of 180 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels, including ro-ro tonnage.According to BBC, the vessels are deployed on a flexible basis so that the carrier is able to match the available cargo and trading requirements with the vessels.”We are pleased to help numerous large scale projects in North America and take this as an opportunity to strengthen our westbound services from the Mediterranean and vice-versa,” said Svend Andersen, ceo of BBC Chartering.He added that underlying volumes from several contracts BBC is supporting, including wind power projects, LNG developments, and New York’s Hudson Yards project to develop parts of Manhattan, have enabled BBC to offer opportunities to other shippers who can utilise its steady westbound capacity.Typical loading ports in the Mediterranean are Derince (Turkey), Genoa, Monfalcone (Italy), Tarragona (Spain), but any other port can be added to consolidate any cargo.For return voyages to the Mediterranean typical loading ports are Houston, Vera Cruz, Philadelphia and Charleston, discharging at any required port in the Mediterranean or beyond.The additional capacity to the existing service will also extend the service to the Great Lakes and the US Gulf. The service is already featuring two rotations, which can be found here. www.bbc-chartering.comlast_img read more

Construction progresses for Wagenborg newbuild

first_imgThe vessel will be the second EasyMax-type ship in Wagenborg’s fleet. The first, Egbert Wagenborg, was delivered in 2017.The ship will measure 149.95 m in length and have a load capacity of 14,000 tons (12,700.6 tonnes). The ship design was developed by Wagenborg and Niestern Sander,Construction of the second vessel began in April 2019. Delivery is planned for October 2021.www.wagenborg.comlast_img

Spiroh uses music to inspire people

first_imgKeenan Henkeman, from Bridgetown, released his first album, What A Life, earlier this year. An Athlone rapper says he’s using his music to inspire others to follow their dreams no matter what life throws at them.Keenan Henkeman, from Bridgetown, rapped his first song when he was 13 after his friend, Augustine Mutule, encouraged him to sing one day when they walked into the Impact Centre in Athlone and saw a mic. Henkeman rapped a song he named Going In which was about going into any challenge head on without any hesitation. But his love for the arts started before that as he often danced as a child and was part of the dance group at Bridgeville Primary School. He went on to write his own music and would sing it with his friend, Augustine. Better known as SPIROH (Successfully Persevere In Rough Obstacles Henkeman), he performs at clubs, events, and community gatherings. He performed at Stellenbosch University’s youth programme this year. In February, Spiroh released his first album, What A Life. The seven-track album tells of life’s challenges and how people should go after their goals no matter the odds.“The album speaks about success and failures and starts off with me having a conversation with my mom and dad, and my dad tells me to sideline my talent for now, and my mom tells me that I need to earn money first to build myself up and then focus on music.”In 2017 he won the MTN Megastar competition and last year he spent five days in Los Angeles singing alongside music producer, Denarius “Motesart” Motes. “Music is a language that speaks to a lot of people. It is a way of uniting people and inspiring people. Music gives people a different perspective, and it is impactful. When it is used properly it can do a lot of good. I want to inspire people with my music,” he says.The 21-year-old says much of the inspiration behind his writing comes from wanting to help those caught in the grip of the many social ills plaguing the Cape Flats.“I want to produce music to make money to help people. Anyone who has a talent should pursue it no matter what. Go after your goals and finish what you start. Many youth give up so quickly and go onto the next thing without finishing the thing they started. Make sacrifices and work hard and achieve your goals.”last_img read more

Merger activity cools among smaller firms

first_imgMerger activity has dropped in the past six months and is not likely to pick up over the coming year, a regular six-monthly survey has indicated.The poll, the ninth in a series by the Law Consultancy Network, shows a decline in the number of firms believing there was a good or definite chance of a merger in the next six months – down from 26% to 16% of respondents. Fewer firms had completed a merger in the past six months – 18% compared with 24% six months ago.With the exception of the six months to December 2013, the figures show a steady decline in merger interest since the summer and autumn of 2011.Commenting on the results, the survey’s author, consultant Andrew Otterburn, said: ‘There has been much talk of mergers in recent years, and a number of significant mergers have taken place, but the reality for many firms is that a merger is unlikely and could even be a counter-productive distraction.’He rejected the notion that the decline was down the fact that most firms wanting to merge had all already done so, attributing it instead to ‘a degree of realism’ among partners.‘The reality is that it is quite hard to find the right firm to merge with. It is often much easier to acquire individuals or teams rather than a whole firm,’ he said.However he said that there are still opportunities: ‘The starting point as always is having a clear business strategy and the means to deliver it.’ But he added: ‘Many firms still lack this basic starting point – a plan and effective leadership.’The survey was based on questionnaires from 43 firms with a median size of eight partners.last_img read more

Stop bandying about ‘access to justice’, McNally tells lawyers

first_imgFormer justice minister Lord McNally, who helped steer controversial legal aid reforms through the House of Lords, has pleaded with lawyers to stop ‘bandying about “access to justice”’, describing the argument as ‘quite fraudulent’.The Liberal Democrat peer was speaking from the floor at a legal aid event after hearing his former coalition colleague Shailesh Vara defend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). McNally (pictured) told the event organised by thinktank Politeia: ‘A plea to all the lawyers – those coming up and those already there. You have got to accept that bandying about access to justice, it’s really quite fraudulent. To govern is to choose. Is £1.6bn access to justice? Or is it £2.4bn?’McNally said he wanted to see a review of LASPO ‘because I want to see where the problems are’.But, he added: ‘The legal profession itself has got to look at itself and see how it can contribute in an unprotected department… Seeing lawyers outside the Ministry of Justice looking like 1970s trade [unionists] does not help the status of the profession or find a solution.’Explaining his comments to the Gazette after the event, McNally said the idea that, since Magna Carta, everyone has had access to justice in terms of having resources to go to court is ‘simply not true’.He said: ‘What’s fraudulent is these things like we must preserve access to justice as though that was something that was available once and is no longer there.‘There was access to justice before 1948 [when the legal aid scheme was founded] but there wasn’t taxpayer money to go to court. There is still access to justice. We need to get some consensus about how much we spend on legal aid.’Seeing lawyers outside the Ministry of Justice looking like 1970s trade [unionists] does not help the status of the profession or find a solutionCalling for post-legislative scrutiny, McNally recommended that a joint committee of both houses of parliament be set up, which would hold public hearings into the act.‘A joint committee would have the public confidence – a range of experts to do a really good job of this,’ McNally told the Gazette. ‘That would be the best way ahead. Whether they choose to do it that way… .’The government pledged to review LASPO within three to five years after the act was implemented.Vara, who left his post at the ministry in July, told the event he did not think it was unreasonable to ask for a review, ‘but I do think, however, it is important that people give the act some time to bed in, so that the review at the end of the day is a meaningful one to see if things really are working’.Repeating the government’s statement that the legal aid system in England and Wales is one of the most generous in the world, Vara said taking tough decisions about legal aid is not easy. ‘People have got to remember there is not a bottomless pit from which we can draw funds,’ he added.‘We need a balance. A system that’s for the people who need legal advice. A system that’s for the lawyers that provide legal advice. A system that’s for the taxpayers who ultimately pay for it all.’Vara said he personally did not have a problem with the government’s controversial residence test for civil legal aid eligibility. ‘It’s important to remember who actually pays for legal aid. It’s the British taxpayer,’ he said.‘I take the view that it’s perfectly reasonable for the public who pay for the legal aid budget to expect people who are going to be recipients to have a connection to this country.’last_img read more

Improvement In Station And Train Cleanliness Across Scotland’s Railway

first_imgDumfries Train station, Image Credit-DGWGO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe cleanliness of trains and stations across Scotland’s Railway has improved over the past twelve months, according to new figures released today, Friday, 1 May 2020.The Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE) report released by Transport Scotland has shown that the cleanliness of ScotRail trains, and availability of on-board toilets, improved by an accumulative 11 per cent between April 2019 and February 2020, compared to the same period the previous year.ScotRail’s introduction of dedicated travelling cleaning crews along with extensive train cleaning in depots overnight have helped lead to the improvement in cleanliness, and investment in new controlled emission tank facilities at Yoker depot has increased the availability of on-board toilets.Litter and contamination at stations improved by 16 per cent in 2019/20 compared to the previous year, thanks to a closer working relationship with Network Rail to repair platform surface faults.SQUIRE is used by Transport Scotland to assess facilities on ScotRail trains and at stations, with results published in quarterly reporting periods.If something is found during routine SQUIRE inspections that does not meet the expected high standard, ScotRail contributes to the SQUIRE investment fund.The regime is the toughest of its kind in the UK and is a fundamental part of both Transport Scotland and ScotRail’s efforts to improve customer experience.ScotRail made total contributions of £854,028 (excluding RPI) to the SQUIRE investment fund in the most recent reporting period; 9 December 2019 to 31 March 2020.All money raised through the SQUIRE fund is reinvested into projects across Scotland’s Railway.David Lister, ScotRail Sustainability & Safety Assurance Director, said:“Everyone at ScotRail has been working really hard to deliver for our customers in the areas that matter most, and these new figures are testament to that.“There’s never been a more pertinent time to deliver high levels of cleanliness across Scotland’s Railway, and we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure that continues for the months and years to come.”last_img read more

Marpin 2K4 staff accepts temporary pay cut

first_img Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Employees of Marpin 2k4 have reached a decision to accept a pay cut. Effective May 31, 2014 employees and management officials of Marpin 2K4 Limited will receive ten percent less in their monthly salaries as efforts to sustain the troubled telecommunications company continues. Secretary treasurer of the Water Front and Allied Workers Union (WAWU), Kurtis Augustus who earlier called for an even playing field between management and staff in accepting the pay cut, told Dominica Vibes news on Friday, May 9 that both the management and staff have agreed to the cut. The ten percent pay cut will continue until December, 2014. “The meeting that we had recently, confirmed the position that following discussion between the management and the board that the personnel within management who refused to accept the cut did in fact agree to accept it, so the cut is now across the board to include the management staff as well as the management rank and file”.Mr Augustus noted that the pay cut must be authorized by all employees who will be affected, thus the employees must give their consent to the pay cut. “We indicated to the management that they would have to secure the ten percent through the authorization of the workers, that is, no monies can be deducted from people’s salary without them authorizing,” he said. Mr Augustus further noted that the pay cut was agreed to with several tough terms and conditions which includes no termination during the May to December, 2014 period. “You have a situation where some of the workers have indicated that they are unable to sustain a ten percent cut and management agreed that they would hold discussions with those employees with these difficulties in accepting the cut,” he said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Marpin 2K4 staff accepts temporary pay cut by: – May 9, 2014 Tweetlast_img read more