Kentucky-Based Manufacturer Picks Indiana for New Production Facility

first_imgKentucky-Based Manufacturer Picks Indiana for New Production FacilityCharlestown – Ohio Valley Precast, a manufacturer of precast concrete products, announced plans today to establish operations in Clark County. With its growth, the company plans to create up to 80 high-wage jobs to support increased production of precast concrete components in the industrial, commercial and civil construction sectors.“Ohio Valley Precast’s decision to establish operations in Indiana continues a trend of growth as businesses across the country are choosing to locate in a state that works,” said Governor Mike Pence. “We have worked diligently to create a low-tax, pro-growth business climate, which is ranked among the top five in the nation, and we are proud to be home to millions of hardworking Hoosiers. This company could create jobs anywhere, but they chose Indiana because we offer the tools needed for success both now and in the future.”The company, a subsidiary of Lexington, Kentucky-based Bristol Group, will invest $12 million to construct and equip a new facility at 15000 Rocket Plan Road, which will serve as Bristol Group’s first Indiana operation. The company will build an initial 35,000-square-foot facility, which will be complete by the second quarter of 2017, and plans to nearly double that footprint over the next five years. The new facility will allow the company to increase its production capacity to 3 million square feet of precast concrete components annually and more efficiently serve its regional customers.“Ohio Valley Precast is excited to make this investment in southern Indiana. With this new operation, our company will be able to capitalize on a strong existing demand in the region, while also taking advantage of Indiana’s best-in-class business climate,” said Todd Ball, president of Ohio Valley Precast. “With changing building codes and a tight construction labor market, our insulated precast wall panels bring an unmatched value to owners, developers and contractors. We are looking forward to starting construction and hiring Hoosiers as soon as possible.”Bristol Group currently employs more than 100 associates as part of its Lexington, Kentucky-based operations. Ohio Valley Precast plans to begin hiring for supervisors, engineers and production operators in 2017. Positions are expected to offer average salaries more than 30 percent higher than the county’s average wage. Interested applicants may inquire by emailing [email protected] in 1997, Bristol Group specializes in civil, industrial, commercial design and construction services. In 2003, the company began offering precast structural and architectural concrete systems to meet a variety of quality and time sensitive construction projects such as segmented holding tanks, highway sound barrier walls, mid-rise hotels and distribution facilities. Bristol Group offers design and engineering services for customers throughout the Ohio Valley and the Southeast, which include Hitachi Automotive, DHL, North American Stainless, Marriott, Hyatt, United Parcel Service and the U.S. General Services Administration.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Ohio Valley Precast LLC up to $625,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The Clark County Council approved additional tax incentives at the request of One Southern Indiana.“The attraction of high-paying jobs for Southern Indiana residents is extremely important to Clark County, and we stand ready to help Ohio Valley Precast in any way we can,” said Barbara Hollis, president of the Clark County Council.One in five Hoosiers work in the manufacturing industry and roughly 8,500 manufacturing businesses operate in the state. Since 2013, Indiana has added 161,800 new jobs, with more Hoosiers working today than ever before in the state’s 200-year history.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Dillon Hall senator to resign prior to impeachment proceedings

first_imgSenior Michael Dugan, who serves as Dillon Hall’s senator, has resigned from his student government position effective 6 p.m. Thursday, at the start of the senate meeting scheduled to take place at the same time.(Editor’s Note: Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator at The Observer.)The decision to step down comes amid controversy sparked by a Letter to the Editor sent by Dillon officials — including Dugan — in which they criticized the delay to hear a piece of legislation that would prevent Student Union organizations from utilizing funds in companies that profit from prison labor.According to the Student Union Ethics Commission’s recommendation letter sent to Dugan, the Commission unanimously found him to be in violation of three expectations of ethical conduct, including showing “disregard for the authority of the Student Union,” injuring “the good name of the Student Union” and undertaking actions that are “deemed unbecoming by the Senate.”The closed door ethics allegation hearing took place Tuesday at 9:45 p.m. over Zoom.After reviewing such violations, the Ethics Commission moved to “unanimously recommend that a Bill of Impeachment be brought before the student senate,” according to a letter acquired by The Observer.The Ethics Commission is chaired by Judicial Council President, junior Matthew Bisner, and comprised of “randomly selected members” of Student Union organizations, according to the Judicial Council’s website. This academic year’s members include Thomas Davis, Student Union parliamentarian; Curt Gouldin, Hall President’s Council co-chair; Mariah Horvath, Junior Class Council; Koryn Isa, First-Year Class Council; Sara Kirsch, Breen-Phillips Hall senator; Kyle McAvoy, Sophomore Class Council; Kate McLauglin, Student Union Board; Ryan Mullin, Senior Class Council; and Nick Poole, Club Coordination Council.As stated in the Student Constitution, whenever the Ethics Commission finds a senator’s misconduct merits removal, a Bill of Impeachment is brought before the senate’s next meeting. A majority vote in this student government branch accounts for impeachment. If this is achieved, a hearing is subsequently conducted.Facing this situation, Dugan sent an email to the Judicial Council expressing his intention to resign at the start of Thursday’s meeting.“I believe that my fighting the [Bill of Impeachment] would be disrespectful to the time of the other members of the senate,” Dugan wrote in the email acquired by The Observer. “I believe, since these allegations have been brought against me in that capacity, that this would make the issue moot, and it would allow the senate to continue pursuing its agenda unimpeded by impeachment proceedings.” According to the email, Dugan “firmly disagrees” with the Ethics Commission’s recommendations and said that removal from office was unwarranted given the situation.Moreover, the senator expressed concerns about the consequences the decision could invoke within student government, particularly surrounding the lack of free speech protections in the Student Constitution.“The decision is sure to have a chilling effect on free speech, and other senators who wish to speak out and contest the actions of the Chair of Senate may find themselves backed into a corner,” Dugan wrote. “I strongly recommend that [a free speech] clause be added to the Constitution in the future, so as to limit sorts of liability for speaking truthfully in a manner that does not breach confidentiality requirements.”So, what happened in the Senate?During the Sept. 17 meeting, members of the senate discussed three different pieces of legislation: an order to make $10,000 available from the Student Union COVID-19 Response Financial Account, another order to suspend late-comer elections and an order proposing an amendment to the Constitution replacing the Executive Programming Board with the Executive Committee.According to emails obtained by The Observer, Dugan submitted a resolution entitled Order Amending the Constitution to Prohibit Student Union Investments in and Consumption of Forced and Prison Labor on Monday at 2:40 p.m. to be included in the senate agenda. Senior Sarah Galbenski, student body vice president and chairwoman of the senate, informed Dugan that his resolution would not be included in this week’s senate agenda because it was submitted after the Sunday evening deadline, and the meeting was already at capacity with three other orders to discuss and an additional presentation.Dugan pushed back in an email response urging Galbenski to reconsider.“I have a large concern about delaying this, as delaying this would continue to leave the Student Union without a concrete policy on profiting from forced labor and prison labor,” Dugan wrote in an email provided to the Observer. “I believe that this is a significant and weighty moral issue and that we have a moral obligation to swiftly take action to correct this.”He cited Article III, Section 4(g) of the Student Union Constitution which reads, “Any member of the Senate, non-voting or voting, shall possess the right of agenda.” Galbenski agreed with the significance of the issue in an email, but cited her right as chairwoman to “set the agenda in alignment with what constitutes efficient and effective operation of the Senate.”When asked for comment, Galbenski said she could only confirm Dugan’s resignation.Dugan, along with Dillon Hall representatives, then wrote a Letter to the Editor describing Dugan’s intent to include the Order Amending the Constitution to Prohibit Student Union Investments in and Consumption of Forced and Prison Labor in the agenda to no avail. The order was spearheaded by Dugan and Club Coordination Council President, senior Ricardo Pozas Garza.“Alas, this Thursday, the senate will not see this order for debate. Why? Because student body vice president Sarah Galbenski, who serves as the ex officio chair of the student senate, is refusing to allow the senate to hear this piece of legislation then,” Dugan wrote in the Letter to The Observer, titled, “Student government must not punt on addressing prison labor.”However, other student government officials — including senators, sophomores Grace Franco, Margaret Allen, Michael J. Murakami, Patrick O. Lee, Henry Jackson and Sara Kirsch, and class presidents, sophomore Renee Pierson and senior Sam Cannova — saw this as a direct affront to Galbenski, and sent a Letter to the Editor as well.“This letter, written by members of the Dillon Hall Council, was both misleading and inflammatory,” the officials wrote. “The senate attacks issues, not people.”“Today we, members of the student senate, want to set the record straight,” the letter said.The letter asserted Galbenski was not attempting to pick and choose bills to debate, rather, “the meeting was simply full,” something the student body vice president conveyed to Dugan in an email.Nevertheless, Dugan expressed that Galbenski’s justification of having the right “to set the agenda in alignment with what constitutes efficient and effective operation of the senate in [her] judgement,” as the senator wrote in the letter, was problematic.“This holding would allow for the student body vice president to simply deny debate time to any bill that she does not support, which fundamentally undermines the ability of the senate to be a free and open forum through which students can advance the position of the undergraduate student body on issues relevant to campus life,” the Dillon Hall Council members wrote.In response, the student government officials commended Dugan’s “passion for fostering a better community,” but wrote that the “personal attacks” on Galbenski were unwarranted. Moreover, they criticized the senator for singling out the vice president in a social media post uploaded to Instagram — an action which the Ethics Committee perceived as a violation.In the midst of such controversy, the officials called on the student body to listen to both sides of the debate before formulating personal opinions.“With this in mind, we as the student senate would like to encourage the student body to view the recording or peruse the minutes from last week’s senate meeting and form their own opinions about the situation with full context,” they wrote.After Dugan’s resignation is effective at 5:59:59 p.m. today, the office of Dillon Hall senator will be considered vacant.The Judicial Council will move to begin vacancy election procedures under Article XIV protocols, Bisner said in an email.Article XIV, Section 3(a) of the Student Union Constitution reads,  “In the event of a vacancy in an elected office due to resignation or recall, a new election shall be held within two academic weeks.”Editor’s Note: Notre Dame news editor Serena Zacharias and News Writer Maria Luisa Paul contributed to this report.Tags: impeachment, Judicial Council, Senate, Student governmentlast_img read more

Norway calls for a review of Rikstoto racing monopoly

first_img The Norwegian government is reportedly assessing whether gambling state monopoly Norsk Tipping should absorb the horseracing services of Rikstoto, simplifying Norway’s gambling frameworks.Norway’s Ministry of Culture will undertake its review of Rikstoto in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture – the department which to date has managed regulatory oversight of the racing monopoly.The review will evaluate whether to extend Rikstoto’s contract beyond 2021 as the monopoly operator of Norwegian horseracing services including pari-mutuel systems and management of wagering provisions for Øvrevoll Racecourse, Norway’s sole racetrack.The upcoming review of Rikstoto by the Ministry of Culture sees the Norwegian government cancel its plans to introduce a controversial player loss limit of NK 27,000 (€2,700) per month, a provision supported by Norway’s Lottery Association.The provision had been criticised by Norway’s wider racing community, with Knut Weum Chief Executive of ‘Det Norske Travelskap (DNT)’ Norway’s racing authority stating that the sports would be ‘bankrupt without wagers of big players’.Leading the review of Rikstoto, Culture Minister Trine Skei Grande stated that the department would be balanced in its review of the monopoly, weighing up its exclusive rights model and finding the right balance between social responsibility and maintaining Norwegian equestrian sport. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Stats Perform becomes sole live streaming supplier for Norsk Tipping July 9, 2020 Norway’s monopoly brought into question as problem gambling rates increase May 26, 2020 Share Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship  June 30, 2020last_img read more

Defensively improved LA Clippers stumble against Hawks

first_imgNo defense, no championship. Apparently, the Los Angeles Clippers now get that, even though they stumbled in that regard Saturday when they were beaten 107-97 by the Atlanta Hawks before a sellout of 19,236 at Staples Center.The numbers prove it. Since Dec. 26, the day after the last game Blake Griffin played, the Clippers were third in the NBA in defensive rating (99.6 points/100 possessions) ahead of Saturday. Prior to that, they ranked 14th, allowing 101.2 points per 100 possessions.Once Griffin went down with a partially torn quad tendon – he later fractured his hand – the Clippers had no choice but to play better defense. But coach Doc Rivers said the team still needs better defensive trust.“I think our defense, obviously, the numbers tell you it’s light years (better) from what it was earlier in the year,” Rivers said before tipoff. “But I still think we have a trust barrier to get over the next phase. I think they now know we can be a good defensive team. “But I think what we’ve got to get to when things aren’t going well, they still know we’re a good defensive team. And I think playing on a couple of teams – in New York, at least – as a player, you know you’re great when a team scores 120 and you think it’s a fluke. You question it.”The Clippers led by as many as 17 points early in the second quarter, but did not play well the rest of the way and took just a 55-50 lead into halftime. The Clippers trailed by a point at 80-79 entering the fourth quarter. The game was tied 90-90 with six minutes to play.Afterward, Rivers was asked what happened after his team earned that 17-point lead.“I thought it was the last four minutes in the first half,” he said. “I thought we lost that lead, they cut it to five and I thought they came out in the second half with more energy, quite honestly.”Chris Paul scored 17 points and doled out 11 assists. But he scored just two points in the second half and finished 6 of 16 from the field. The same question was posed to him. “We just let them back in it,” he said. “… I had some bad turnovers tonight, low energy and I think a lot of the credit has to go to Atlanta, fighting to get back into the game, and we just let this one go.”The Clippers had a total of 19 turnovers. Paul had four of them.The Hawks ((35-28) utilized the Hack-a-DJ strategy and it resulted in DeAndre Jordan shooting 17 free throws and making seven. The Clippers were 17 of 28 overall from the free-throw line, for 60.7 percent. The Hawks made 17 of 20 (85 percent).“The biggest thing whenever teams do that is we have to defend,” Paul said. “So what happened was our defense let us down tonight.”Rivers said the ploy helped the Hawks.“It was effective tonight,” he said. “Overall, it has not been effective. I thought they did a good job. Every time they had a lead, they used it, and that is the way it is supposed to do it.”The Clippers (40-21) had won three in a row. They fell 1 1/2 games behind third-place Oklahoma City in the Western Conference standings.Jordan also scored 17 for the Clippers and had 11 rebounds, five blocks and four steals; the Clippers were outrebounded 53-41. Jeff Green scored 14 – just two in the second half – Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers each scored 11 and J.J. Redick had 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.Jordan was pulled with 3:48 to play – he went back in with 1:18 left – after he had missed 3 of 4 free throws during a span of just more than a minute. He did not complain about that. He did spell out why he believes his team lost.“We had (energy) in the beginning of the game,” he said. “We have to have it for 48 minutes, and we didn’t.”The Clippers shot 43 percent, the Hawks 44.9.Jeff Teague led Atlanta, which has won four of five, with 22 points and seven assists. Paul Millsap scored 20 and grabbed 18 rebounds, Kent Bazemore scored 17, Dennis Schroder 16.Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was stoked.“It is very satisfying to play so well at the end of the game, especially against a team that is playing as well as the Clippers have been,” he said.It was just one game, and the negative result shouldn’t take away from all the positive strides the Clippers have made on defense. Clippers point guard Paul is known as one of the better defenders in the league at his position. He likes what he’s seen. But like his coach, he believes the team can improve upon what it’s done over the past 30 games, during which the Clippers had gone 23-7 without Griffin before Saturday.“I think we can be better,” Paul said. “That’s something we concentrate on day in and day out in practice, is defending. We always say we can control that. We can’t control whether or not we’re going to make shots or not, so I think we’ve just gotta keep focusing on our principles and get better every day.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more