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  • 04 Dec 2010 3:49 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Cutler's Supply, Inc., a 2nd generation family business, celebrates its Golden Anniversary. They ship pheasant, poultry and beekeeping supplies all over the US and Canada. In addition to "the birds and the bees" part of their business, they deliver industrial products to businesses, both large and small, throughout St. Clair and Sanilac Counties.

    Cutler's Supply was founded in 1985 by Ray and Kay Cutler of Port Sanilac. They raised exotic pheasants and had trouble getting supplies to care for their "pets," so they decided to become a distributor for the 2 or 3 manufacturers of poultry supplies. To supplement this seasonal business/hobby Ray and Kay decided to also become a distributor of industrial products, from janitorial needs to safety products. In the last year Cutler's Supply, Inc. has branched out to carrying beekeeping supplies.

    More at the source:Times Herald
  • 03 Dec 2010 8:18 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The message is out -save the planet, save the water, save our ecosystems and save energy. Most of us are responsible, environmentally conscious citizens. We recycle, we tote around with our reusable shopping bags, we've switched to using energy saving incandescent light bulbs and when possible, we buy local. So what else can we do?

    Each week, we flush and rinse chemicals down our pipes just to clean our home. The reality is, we don't have to. There are effective alternatives to traditional cleaners. White vinegar works wonders cleaning a variety of household surfaces, as does a box of baking soda. Both are safe for the environment, family and pets. Here are a few tips on how to green clean your home

    More at the source:St Catherine Standard

  • 03 Dec 2010 8:15 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Coleytown Middle School student Noah Pines, who attends Temple Israel and will soon be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, which calls on young Jewish men to help repair the world through good deeds.

    He's on a roll, as he's looking to sell 250 rolls of toilet paper -- and collect $2,500 -- to help Habitat for Humanity install a full bathroom in one of its homes.

    Noah, 13, has already volunteered after school at Long Lots -- assisting the Sports and Homework Club -- but he wanted to make a difference beyond familiar stomping grounds.

    More at the source: Westport News

  • 03 Dec 2010 8:13 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    BELROSE, NSW, AUSTRALIA, December 2, 2010 /Stanford Who's Who/ -- Diana C. Wilson has been accepted among the prestigious ranks of Stanford Who's Who as a result of her outstanding work in the Cleaning Services Industry. As a Franchise Manager for Bebrite, as well as throughout her incredible 15 years in the business, Diana has routinely exhibited the passion, vision and dedication necessary to be considered among the best.

    Bebrite is a residential and commercial cleaning services franchise. They use all natural, environmentally friendly products in providing homes, offices and apartments with cleaning services. Bebrite is the preferred cleaners for The Biggest Loser television program. They clean windows, carpets and hard surfaces for their clients.

    Diana is responsible for managing 200 network franchises. She possesses particular expertise in marketing, advertising, retail, and franchise expansion. Her success stems from her ethical approach to business, empathy for franchisees, determination, team work, strategic plan implementation and the support of her husband who is a partner in the business.

    During her educational career, she attended Presbyterian Ladies College and she...

    More at the source EIN News


  • 03 Dec 2010 8:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Put Autonomy in Charge

    Autonomy is the ability to make decisions on your own with­out having to go through endless red tape. Remember Chris at Best Buy? One of the reasons she loves working at Best Buy is her freedom to make appropriate decisions in her job. Research by Hackman and Oldham (1976) shows that when people have autonomy in their work, the job's motivating potential improves, which in turn impacts productivity and customer service. One of the great benefits of self-directed work teams is that individ­uals and teams take on decisions that supervisors would have made. This in turn frees up supervisors to actually lead.

    Read More At The Souce:1to1 Media

  • 03 Dec 2010 8:06 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan undefined A plan to sell off Flint's Michigan School for the Deaf campus from the state to a private developer includes axing 13 unionized maintenance and janitorial workers, a state employees union said.


    The Michigan State Employees Association is calling legislation that would approve the sale a "murky deal," comparing it to the arrangement for a new State Police headquarters that was dogged by controversy.

    The state House is expected to vote on the bill tonight. A spokeswoman for Gov. Jennifer Granholm's said the administration supports the legislation.

    MSEA president Ken Moore said his members working at the Miller Road campus were told this fall of the sale and that, along with that arrangement, the maintenance union at the campus would no longer exist.


    Source: Michigan Live


  • 02 Dec 2010 8:03 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    A motion to dismiss a suit brought by a Belleville West High School janitor seeking $800,000 for injuries he claimed to have suffered due to student horseplay will be heard Dec. 20 before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto.

    Plaintiffs Keith Muskopf and his wife Paula Muskopf originally filed suit on 24 counts of personal injury and loss of society claims.

    Muskopf claims that his right shoulder was injured on May 7, 2008 when a door was slammed on it by defendants Ehhsan Hamden and Philsamrae Escaesenas. He also claims neck injuries, mental anguish and the loss of a normal life.

    Paula Muskopf claims to have lost her husband's consortium and affection.

    The suit also names Rodolpho and Marites Escaesenas, the parents of Philsamrae Escaesenas as defendants.

    The Muskopfs are seeking damages in excess of $800,000 and other relief.

    Defendants are moving to dismiss the suit.

    The motion to dismiss filed by the Hamdens contends that Ehhsan Hamden was improperly sued because as a minor, he could not act as an adult in the 2008 incident.

    The parties agreed earlier this year that the parents of the two boys would be sued as their guardians.

    All of the defendants deny the claims and argue that Keith Muskopf was responsible for his own injuries.

    Read more at the source: Madison Record

  • 02 Dec 2010 8:01 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    Prison-issue toilet paper may not be Charmin-soft, but Iowa corrections officials believe that processing it behind bars can provide jobs for convicts and save taxpayers money.

    Inmates at state prisons in Anamosa and Mitchellville are testing tissue processed at the Cross Roads Correctional Center at Cameron, Mo., part of Missouri's prison system.

    Iowa's wardens haven't conducted any squeeze tests, but so far there have been no complaints about the single-ply Missouri product, said Iowa Prison Industries Director Roger Baysden.

    He said Iowa inmates could begin processing their own toilet paper next year at the Fort Dodge prison, assuming the Legislature supports the idea when it is presented in January

    Read more at the source Desmoines Register

  • 02 Dec 2010 7:57 AM | IJCSA (Administrator)

    NEW YORK, Dec 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ABM Industries Incorporated /quotes/comstock/13*!abm/quotes/nls/abm (ABM 23.32, +0.29, +1.26%) announced today that it has acquired The Linc Group, LLC ("TLG") for $300 million in cash. The transaction closed earlier today.

    ABM, which operates through its subsidiaries, is a leading United States provider of facility services. Irvine, California-based TLG is a premier provider of end-to-end integrated facilities services that improve operating efficiencies, reduce energy consumption and lower overall operational costs of critical facilities, installations and buildings in the government, commercial and residential markets. TLG's 2009 revenues totaled $579.2 million.

    "This is a game changer for ABM's business," said Henrik Slipsager, president and chief executive officer, ABM Industries Incorporated. "Acquiring a firm of TLG's quality transforms our engineering and energy business overnight and completely differentiates us from our competitors. This strengthens ABM's position in a higher growth segment and cements our leadership role in the facilities services industry. By combining ABM's existing Engineering Division with TLG, we are bringing two entities together with proven track records of double-digit growth both in sales and earnings. The combined engineering operations will be close to $1 billion in revenues."

    Source and Read More At Market Watch

  • 01 Dec 2010 7:49 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    by Quinn Slack

    If you checked your inbox today, you probably saw an email asking you to sign a petition demanding that the new Stanford janitorial services subcontractor, UNICCO, “continue the employment of all the janitors currently employed by ABM with the same seniority, wages, and benefits that they held under ABM.” (Full petition after the jump.) As I write this, the petition signature list has 1060 names.

    According to the petition, the new subcontractor (UNICCO) has notified about 70 workers that they may be fired. Some of those are eligible to re-apply, but they would lose seniority and begin at the bottom of the wage scale. The petition implies that this is contrary to social justice and violates the collective bargaining agreement of SEIU Local 1877, the union that represents these workers. These are two very different assertions that I address below the jump.

    Source: Read More At  Stanford Review

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