Metaldyne Announces More Restructuring Actions

first_imgDesigned for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  PLYMOUTH, Mich. — In additional to several restructuring actions that took place in 2008, including reduction in headquarters staff, Metaldyne announced this week plans for additional cutbacks. Metaldyne has required all U.S. salaried employees to purchase a two-week vacation in the first quarter of 2009, in addition to significantly reducing travel, eliminating merit increases for 2009 and suspending its 401k match and retirement contribution.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In addition, Metaldyne eliminated a separate leased facility, which housed its North American Chassis Products business unit, and consolidated that operation into another Metaldyne building in Plymouth. It will now further consolidate its operations in Plymouth by merging its headquarters facility into that same building. The move is expected to be completed by mid-2009. “With this move we will have rationalized from three headquarters facilities in Plymouth to one facility, which not only saves expenses but better streamlines how we will operate as a company,” said Thomas Amato, chairman and CEO of Metaldyne and co-CEO of Asahi Tec. “This is another step in our plan to focus our resources on our manufacturing operations, processes and product technologies.” Additionally, on Nov. 28, 2008 Metaldyne successfully completed the sale of its GLO S.r.L. operation in Poggio Rusco, Italy, to AB SKF of Goteborg, Sweden. GLO designs, develops and produces constant velocity joints for the aftermarket and OEM automotive industry.,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260. The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisementcenter_img “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.”  Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021. The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions. last_img read more

Lehmans call time on ‘gold rush’

first_imgIn a punchy note issued yesterday afternoon, Prew and Riley said they had downgraded the sector to neutral after three-and-a-half years of yield shift and REIT repricing, which the pair believe has now come to an end. Shares in British Land, Land Securities and Brixton fell by around 2.5% in pre-lunch trading today, while Segro and Liberty International slipped by 1.7% and 1.4% respectively. Hammerson’s shareprice, which has been boosted by takeover rumours during the first quarter of the year, experienced the biggest fall of 2.9%.‘The cycle is now adjusting to lower and slower levels of returns befitting real estates’ low risk characteristics,’ the report read. ‘Highly indebted investors holding sub-prime stock with weak rental prospects can expect a bumpier landing than those holding prime buildings let on long leases which we think are on a gentle glide path down to yield equilibrium. The ascent of asset prices has been coupled with the descent of risk, but bonds are moving against real estate.’Lehman Brothers’ have slashed their estimates for NAV growth in the UK from 13% to 9% this year. Casting doubt on the long-term positive impact of the introduction of REITs on the wider property market, the note suggests REIT share prices will continue to track NAV rather than trade at a healthy premium as others predicted. Prew and Riley also said they felt direct property offered greater value to investors than REIT shares.last_img read more

A Walk Down Memory Lane With Grace Schulman

first_imgI wanted to be a newspaper reporter,” Grace Schulman said. “My first job was with The Alexandria Gazette in Virginia in the 1950s. I covered the Supreme Court Integration decision. I was in the South, and I was the one covering stories from the police and federal court. I was one of the few women reporters at the time. I was alone in a newsroom with guys. It was kind of a rickety newsroom where you had to stand on line for a typewriter,” she recalled.“When I came back to New York, I absolutely could not find a job with the newspapers. So, I started writing for magazines like Glamour,” she added.An only child, Schulman was born in New York City to Marcella and Bernard Waldman in 1935. Her father was an immigrant from Poland and studied at University College in London. Her mother, an American, was schooled in Portugal. Schulman grew up in New York City on West 86th Street. Even as a child, Schulman enjoyed writing. She wrote her first poems when she was between six and seven years old. “My mother and father, especially my mother, always encouraged me,” she said. “My mother kept all my poems.”She attended Bard College and earned her BA from American University in 1955 and a Ph.D. from New York University in 1971. It was in 1957 when Schulman met her future husband, Jerome. A physician and research scientist, he was from Brooklyn, born to Polish immigrant parents in 1927. Shulman remembers fondly when they first met.“I was playing the guitar in Washington Square Park, and he came down to hear the music. We started talking. Two years later, we were married. But when he first asked me to marry him, I put him off for two years. Although I loved him very much, I wanted a career. I didn’t want to be cut off from my work. I was unsure. I needed time to think,” Schulman said.“My father had just won a trip. He gave it to me and I went to Spain. I saw the sculptures, visited Barcelona and where Chopin lived. I was there for two weeks. When I came back, I told Jerry I was ready. We talked about our careers and he assured me and encouraged me. He thought I was silly to think he would prevent me from pursuing my dreams,” she said.A poet, editor, and writer, Schulman said, “Although I continued to write, I just couldn’t work on newspapers and magazines anymore. I wanted to teach and write. I wrote letters to 20 to 30 places. I remember I was in London giving a poetry reading when I received a call from Baruch College. Jerry was so supportive. He met me at the airport and took me to the interview. We were dedicated to each other’s careers. I took the position with Baruch and have been a distinguished professor of English since 1973.”In 1978, the Schulmans purchased a home in the Clearwater Beach area of Springs. Already an area abundant with artists and writers, East Hampton became their retreat and favorite place to enjoy the beauty of the natural areas surrounding the Gardiners Bay area. The couple were known by friends and neighbors to regularly go down to the beach to catch the sunset over the water.During this time, Jerome continued his work as research scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. His 45 years of research identified, characterized, and isolated various viral strains of influenza with the goal of the development of a universal vaccine. Grace continued her work as the poetry editor of the weekly magazine, The Nation. She held the position from 1972 to 2006, and also directed the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center from 1973 to 1985.Having become a well renowned poet and writer, Schulman has published seven collections of her poetry and has many awards and recognitions. In 2016, she received the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, which was awarded by the Poetry Society of America. Other awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, New York University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also won five Pushcart Prizes and has been featured seven times on Poetry Daily.Her most recent book, which just hit the shelves this month, is a memoir, Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage. According to Schulman, this book reflects on her life. Losing her husband to a long illness in the summer of 2016, she admits that she still struggles with the loss. “We loved each other with a great passion. I look back at the memories we made together,” she said.One of her favorite memories, she says, was their honeymoon. “We were both working, but we took two weeks and walked all over Greece, Italy, France, England, and Ireland. We had a recorder and everywhere we went, we asked people to sing songs for us. They loved doing it. We have hours of recordings of the local songs from everywhere we went. It was a 75,000-mile dash. We’d get on a plane, go to the next place, take our backpacks, and walk some more. We were young and strong and had long legs,” she concluded with a smile.If you would like to hear some of Schulman’s work, she will be doing a reading at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Sunday September 16, at 3 PM. In addition, she will be doing a book signing on September 29 at 5 PM at Canio’s Books in Sag Sharelast_img read more

Yara reports strong results FY2005

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Chilean concerns for medical gas supply

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Pfeiffer Vacuum opens production site in Romania

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Riot acts

first_imgThere were rumours of a burning bus at the bottom of Obiter’s home street last week, so it seemed prudent to stock up on a little Dutch courage on leaving Obiter Towers; and in doing so, Obiter caught a glimpse of the somewhat sanguine manner in which legal London had reacted to the threat of looting. While there was no boarding in sight at the Royal Courts, the door to the off-licence at Fleet Street institution and lawyer watering hole El Vino had been locked. So, to buy a bottle of red, Obiter had to step inside, where the finest legal minds were debating the disorder on our streets. Why, Obiter wondered aloud, was the off-licence deemed to be in danger, but not the bar? ‘Well,’ offered a chambers’ clerk from his stall, ‘it’s one thing to loot a shop around here, but it’s a brave person who approaches the [El Vino] Bar with an unattractive proposition and insufficient funds.’ Quite so.last_img read more

Airlander takes to the skies

first_imgAirlander flew for a total of 180 minutes. During the three phases of the flight test programme, the Airlander will perform more tasks and be permitted to fly further away from its base in Cardington,UK.HAV has made a number of additional modifications since last August, including a more powerful and more manoeuvrable mobile mooring mast (MMM), and the installation of an auxiliary landing system, as HLPFI reported in March.The first flight served to establish basic handling characteristics of Airlander, as well as to collect flight performance data such as handling, airspeed, and vehicle systems data, for post-flight analysis.According to HAV, the next few flights are likely to be at least a week or two apart, in order to give time for a full analysis of the data collected on the flight. www.hybridairvehicles.comlast_img read more

Christmas storm approaches West, while East gets warmer

first_img (CNN)A winter storm could hit the Rockies and upper Midwest late Saturday, making it a very white Christmas for folks in those parts.But for most, the weather outside isn’t so frightful — especially if you’re in the central and eastern United States. You might even experience warmer than usual temperatures for December in the Southeast: Atlanta is forecast to reach a high near 70 degrees on Christmas Eve, and Orlando may reach above 80.High temperatures could be five to 15 degrees above average on Saturday from the plains to the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.By Sunday, “high temperatures may reach 15 or more degrees above average for many areas of the Plains, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and the Southeast,” according to the NWS.With mellow weather, airports weren’t the nightmare that many have come to dread during the holiday season. On Saturday, the United States had about 1,000 flight delays, according to the FlightAware flight tracking website.A major winter storm is bringing heavy rain along the coast and widespread, heavy snow in the Rockies. That system is expected to move east into the northern High Plains by late Christmas Eve. It could produce blizzard conditions across parts of the northern plains — bringing a whiteout Christmas this year.The National Weather Service warned that freezing rain, heavy snow and strong winds of up to 60 mph are possible, which “could create very dangerous travel conditions.”A blizzard is forecast for North and South Dakota. The National Weather Service in Bismarck warned that traveling would be “dangerous if not impossible” on Christmas and into Monday. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: December 25, 2016 9:28 AM EST Christmas storm approaches West, while East gets warmer SHARElast_img read more

More divorcing couples turning to mediation, provider says

first_imgMore couples seeking a divorce are turning to mediation, according to the largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales.National Family Mediation has reported that the number of calls to its helpline have more than doubled in the past year. In the first half of this year it took 3,400 calls each month, up from 1,600 calls during the same period in 2014.The mediation provider notes that the spike in calls corresponds with figures from the court advisory service Cafcass which show the number of new private law cases between April 2014 and March this year fell by almost a third, to 34,218.‘Cuts to legal aid mean the routes separating couples are taking as they try to reach settlements are becoming more convoluted,’ Jane Robey, chief executive of National Family Mediation, said.She suggested that the call figures could suggest that the government’s policy to divert people away from the courts and towards mediation is ‘actually beginning to work’.‘Couples are increasingly self-researching their options, and this is reflected in the huge increase in calls to dispute resolution specialists,’ she said. ‘Our experience tells us people are cogitating, calculating and considering their next move. Our experts are helping more families in crisis than ever before and it’s a challenge to meet the soaring demand.’But government statistics released last week show fewer divorcing couples are turning to mediation than before legal aid changes came in effect in 2013.Between April 2014 and March 2015, 8,035 mediation cases were started, down from 13,609 in 2012-13. However the data did show that the number of mediation starts rose in the first half of this year, totalling 2,336, up 33% from the same period last year.last_img read more

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