Vista-Pro Automotive Appoints Director of Distribution and Logistics

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vista-Pro Automotive announced the appointment of Joe Rich as director of distribution and logistics. Rich had previously served as general manager for Magna International, where he was responsible for the start-up of a new facility that supplied automotive parts to Chrysler. Rich managed all aspects of the business, including manufacturing, human resources, engineering, production control, transportation, customer service and sales, safety and profit and loss performance.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Prior to his tenure at Magna International, Rich had a nearly 20-year career at Johnson Controls serving in several capacities. Most recently, he was Plant Manager for their St. Joseph, Mo., location, which is the largest battery facility in the world. He managed all aspects of the facility, including manufacturing and distribution, human resources, engineering, production control, customer service, transportation, safety and profit and loss. His other positions at Johnson Controls included: director, components, where he managed two manufacturing facilities and the start-up of a third facility; director, distribution and materials, where he was responsible for the management of North America distribution centers; plant manager of the Winston Salem, N.C., facility; and plant manager of the Toledo, Ohio, OEM manufacturing facility. At Vista-Pro, Rich will be responsible for the company’s distribution warehouses in Southaven, Miss., and Reno, Nev., as well as overseeing all inbound and outbound logistics activities across the supply chain, from supply to customer delivery. His focus will be to build on Vista-Pro’s market-leading position in the automotive aftermarket climate control industry by developing distribution solutions that will positively impact both Vista-Pro and its customers’ business. “Joe brings a considerable depth of experience and knowledge to our organization and will lead our distribution and logistics teams as we continue our focus on initiatives that provide best-in-class programs and customer service to our customers,” said Mike Maupin, vice president of operations at Vista-Pro. “We’re glad to have Joe as the newest member of our team.”Advertisement “This is a great company with an extremely bright future ahead,” said Rich. “I’m very excited about joining the Vista-Pro team.”last_img read more

Conserving cryogen “key to savings”

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First commercial hydrogen plant

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Air Liquide signs long-term contracts

first_imgThe French industrial gas giant said these on-site agreements are for the supply of nitrogen, oxygen or hydrogen for a minimum of 10 years.On-site gas production units are installed, operated and maintained directly at customer sites and provide local and reliable supply.Air Liquide said on-site supply solutions reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions by eliminating most of the energy consumed to liquefy and transport industrial gas.These last five years, the number of new long-term contracts related to Air Liquide On-Site installations has steadily increased.Recent growth has been particularly driven by China and the US, through Air Liquide’s US-based subsidiary Airgas.In the first quarter of 2020, the 40th on-site contract in the US since the acquisition of Airgas in 2016 was signed.Matthieu Giard, Vice-President and Executive Committee Member of Air Liquide Group, supervising the Industrial Merchant business activity said, “The number of on-site installations has been increasingly growing driven by the competitiveness and environmental benefits they offer.”“After a record year of new long-term contracts in 2019, the continued success in this quarter illustrates the recognition by our customers of our technological expertise in this area.”“On-site contracts contribute to the stability of the Industrial Merchant sales over the long-term.”“Providing local and reliable supply to our customers, on-site installations also contribute to a lower carbon footprint, in line with our Climate Objectives.”last_img read more

Cluff opts out of North Sea license deal with Verus

first_imgCluff Natural Resources has given up on a deal with Verus Petroleum for a North Sea license after the UK petroleum regulator decided not to grant an extension of the initial term beyond the end of the year. In March 2016, Cluff signed heads of terms agreement with Verus Petroleum in relation to the proposed acquisition of up to a 25% participating interest held by Verus in three licenses located in the Central North Sea and the Moray Firth.Following the heads of terms agreement, Cluff announced in May that it had entered into an exclusive option agreement with Verus Petroleum in relation to the possible acquisition of Verus’s equity stake in those three oil and gas licenses.The option agreement included an option, at nil cost to Cluff, to acquire a 25% participating interest in License P2082 (Blocks 30/12c, 13c, 17e & 18c) which is located in the Central North Sea and contains the Skerryvore exploration prospect; and an option, at nil cost to Cluff, to acquire a 20% participating interest in Licenses P1944 (Block 14/20e) and P2156 (Block 15/11 & 16f) located in the Outer Moray Firth which contain the Fynn and Penny prospects.The operator of the licenses has however been informed that the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) does not intend to grant an extension of the initial term of License P2082 beyond December 31, 2016, and accordingly has been asked to relinquish the license. The OGA has however indicated that it expects to make this license available for reapplication in the 30th Licensing Round in 2017.As a result of the OGA’s decision not to extend the initial term of License P2082 the company has determined that the option over that license will not be exercised. The company will, however, give consideration to applying for this license in the 30th Licensing Round.The option over Licenses P2156 and P1944 in the Moray Firth containing the Fynn & Penny prospects, the initial terms of which run until November 2018 and December 2018 respectively, will continue to remain in place. The operator estimates the Fynn & Penny prospects could contain approximately 220 million barrels (55 million net) of potentially recoverable oil. In the meantime, the Company’s priority will continue to be the advancement of its existing gas assets in the Southern North Sea.The operator estimates the Fynn & Penny prospects could contain approximately 220 million barrels (55 million net) of potentially recoverable oil.last_img read more

Solicitors under fire from bar over referral fees

first_imgThe new Criminal Bar Association chair has criticised solicitors for ‘abusing’ the referral fee arrangements for Crown court advocacy, claiming that solicitors are pocketing money for work done by barristers. In his first interview as CBA chair, Christopher Kinch QC told the Gazette: ‘The criminal bar is feeling bruised by the way the referral system has been abused by solicitors eating into what is supposed to be a fixed advocacy fee.’ Under the advocates graduated fee scheme, the Legal Services Commission pays a single fee to the first barrister or solicitor-advocate instructed on a case, designated the ‘instructed advocate’. The scheme is designed to encourage continuity of representation, with the same person attending all hearings, although ‘substitute advocates’ can be instructed where this is not possible. Substitute advocates are instructed on a subcontractor basis, with their fee paid to the original instructed advocate, who then hands over their ­payment. Kinch said some firms are abusing this system, by sending their own solicitor-advocate to the initial hearing, then subcontracting the trial to a barrister, and paying them only a percentage of the advocacy fee due. ‘In some cases, barristers are only receiving 70% of the fee. From our side of the fence, this is not only a breach of our rules, but completely contrary to the spirit and letter of the criminal procedure rules – if you’re the instructed advocate, you’re supposed to stick with the case,’ he said. Kinch nevertheless added that barristers and solicitors are ‘natural partners’, and said he expected to see them bid together when the LSC next tenders for contracts. Ian Kelcey, chairman of the Law Society’s criminal law committee, said that while the practice of solicitors taking a percentage of the graduated fee was ‘not a process we approve of’, it did fall within the rules, and was a matter for commercial negotiation. Meanwhile, Bar Council chairman Nick Green QC this week criticised a ‘minority’ of solicitors whom he alleged have threatened to ‘blacklist’ any chambers that bid against them for legal aid contracts. Green said: ‘There are some solicitors’ firms, especially in big cities, which are making threats that if barristers’ chambers bid against them, they will blacklist them and won’t instruct them. This is an irrational stance, held by the minority. The vast majority of solicitors have worked out that they need to enter into sensible discussions with chambers and think how they can work together.’ Green added that chambers that win criminal contracts could act as a ‘lifeline’ for criminal firms too small to win contracts themselves, as chambers will need to subcontract work to solicitors to fulfil the contract.last_img read more

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PCT will mean the death of Welsh justice, lawyers warn

first_imgThe government’s plans for price-competitive tendering (PCT) will have a ‘devastating’ impact on firms and chambers in Wales, leaving clients represented by English firms and without Welsh language provision, lawyers have warned. Their concerns come as solicitors and barristers unite today staging a demonstration in Westminster before attending a mass meeting this afternoon dubbed ‘Justice For Sale’. Under the proposals, 21 contracts would be awarded to provide criminal legal aid work to cover the whole of Wales – nine in South Wales and four each in North Wales, Gwent and Dyfed Powys. Mark Davies, director of Swansea firm Goldstones, told a press conference in London yesterday that the nine firms in South Wales would have to cover a ‘huge’ area, including Swansea, Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and the valleys. ‘If you get arrested in Newtown and the lawyer sent to represent you is based in Haverfordwest it’s going to take over two and a half hours to get there and back – it’s a 130-mile round trip.’ At the current rate, he said the work would generate £20 profit, and he suggested that no one would do it under new scheme. Davies said Wales survives on high street practices and warned that the change would have a ‘devastating impact’, forcing many firms to close and creating advice deserts for clients. ‘What we are going to have will be the death of the high street firm,’ he said. President of Monmouthshire Law Society Keith Evans stressed that ‘access to justice has got to be local’ as parts of Wales are some of the most deprived areas in the country and people cannot afford to travel distances to see a solicitor. Lynda Roberts, solicitor at Porthmadog firm Breese Gwyndaf, said that the proposed PCT model is ‘economically unviable’ and that no firm in North Wales is big enough to bid for the contracts. She said she feared that contracts would be given to large firms based in England whose representatives would know nothing about the local area and who would be unable to provide advice or representation in Welsh. Roberts stressed that client choice should be ‘paramount’ and said the provision of advice in Welsh, which for many in North Wales is their mother tongue, is ‘essential’. She said the Ministry of Justice’s consultation is silent on the provision of Welsh-language services. In addition she said that the eight-week consultation paper, published in English in April, was not made available in Welsh until a month later. Roberts accused the ministry of failing to comply with its duty under the Welsh Language Act. Chairing the press conference, justice committee member and Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd (pictured), who is also a barrister, warned that the ‘unworkable’ PCT proposals, which he said remove client choice, will create a ‘race to the bottom’ that will result in miscarriages of justice. ‘It is going to create injustice; it is a cut too far,’ he warned. Llywd stressed that proposals were not feasible, not only in Wales, but in other rural areas in Devon, Cornwall, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. Barrister Paul Lewis QC, representing the Wales and Chester circuit, condemned the removal of client choice and warned that the plans will not only lead to the collapse of many chambers and solicitors firms in Wales, but deter students from publicly funded work and negatively affect the future judiciary. Highlighting the effect of the fee reduction for the most serious cases, Lewis said they ‘quite unashamedly’ mean that for very high-cost cases that last over 40 days, barristers will be paid around £14 a day. ‘If we were employed rather than self-employed that would be unlawful because it would breach minimum pay regulations,’ he noted.last_img read more

Cross-border container corridor

first_imgASIA: Freight trains between China and Russia have started operating over the Primorye-1 corridor in the Far East, following the completion of an infrastructure upgrading programme.Using a former China Eastern Railway alignment, the Primorye-1 corridor connects Harbin and Heilongjiang province with Russia’s Far East ports, providing direct access for freight from northeast China to the Pacific. Under the Promorye-1 infrastructure modernisation project, the 29 km 1 520 mm gauge route between the border stations at Grodekovo in Russia and Suifenhe in China was reopened on June 7. New break-of-gauge transhipment facilities have been established at Suifenhe, 6 km from the border. From Grodekovo, the corridor runs to Ussuriysk on the Trans-Siberian Railway, with an eastern chord at Amurskiy Zaliv leading to Nakhodka and the port of Vostochny. An initial train on September 30 transported 62 containers of timber from Heilongjiang to Vostochny for onward transport by ship to the Chinese ports of Shanghai and Huangpu. The two railways anticipate that two container trains per week will be operating over the corridor by the end of this year.According to RZD President Oleg Belozerov, Primorye-1 is the most important international transport corridor in the Russian Far East. However, upgrading work is also underway on the Promorye-2 route linking Hunchun with the ports of Posyet and Zarubino. This runs further south, close to the border with North Korea.last_img read more

EF Country Podcast Episode 48: Chris Stapleton drops new track ‘Starting Over’ and announces a new album

first_imgPodomatic Speculation began when Stapleton wiped his social profiles and on Thursday the album was announced along with the release of the title track. On the latest episode of the EF Country Podcast, Pip and Laura share all the info they know about the album so far and talk about the division between fans when it comes to Stapleton’s live performances. At the end of last week Chris Stapleton surprised fans by announcing new album ‘Starting Over’. Spotify To listen to the new episode, choose your platform below and don’t forget to subscribe. so you don’t miss any episodes… Apple Music Listen to Episode 48 nowlast_img read more