LeCOUNT Inc., a White River Junction tool manufacturer, has been named Exporter of the Year by the Vermont International Business Council (VIBC), a standing committee of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. LeCOUNT expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China. The company is named after Charles W. LeCount, who patented his expanding mandrels in 1847.Presented to a company that has contributed significantly to Vermont’s international trade stature, the Exporter of the Year award recognizes the hard work, innovation, and vision displayed by companies competing in the global marketplace.LeCOUNT’s realization that it must compete in the global manufacturing market led management to develop a variety of foreign relationships, including exclusive distributor relationships, private label distribution agreements, and partnerships with much larger manufacturers to establish worldwide sales relationships. Chip Brettell, LeCOUNT Chief Executive Officer, noted: “The key to success is finding the right liaisons and supporting those affiliations in a proactive and efficient manner.”The Exporter of the Year award is given in recognition that flexibility and proactive marketing are keys to success in a global export market that is highly competitive and vulnerable to worldwide economic trends. Curtis Picard, Vermont Chamber Vice President of International Trade, remarked: “LeCOUNT sets the gold standard for the true test of a company’s success, measured by the ability to bring marketing, technical, and business ingenuity to the marketplace.”The VIBC’s mission is to advocate the use of international trade as an economic tool for Vermont businesses, and to encourage Vermont businesses to stimulate their economic well-being by participating in the global marketplace.Exporters honored in years past include Tubbs Snowshoes, Rock of Ages Corporation; Saint Michael’s School of International Studies; and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. LeCOUNT Inc. will receive the Exporter of the Year award at the May 27 International Trade Event featuring U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci. The international trade celebration is part of the Chamber’s Vermont Business and Industry EXPO. For more information about the International Trade Event or other EXPO special events, please log on to www.vtexpo.com(link is external).FACTSHHET: VERMONT INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COUNCIL EXPORTER OF THE YEARLeCOUNT, Inc.White River Junction, Vermont“Tooling Solutions Worldwide”LeCOUNT, Inc. is a tool manufacturer based in White River Junction, Vermont. The company’s expanding mandrels and hydraulic workholding tooling are purchased by gear manufacturers in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, India, Japan, Canada, and China.The Vermont International Business Council honors LeCOUNT, Inc. with the Exporter of the Year Award because:• It recognized early on that is needed to see the world as its marketplace;• It has developed and maintained quality sales channels around the world despite language, paperwork, legal, and cultural challenges;• It has proven that a small company in a rural state can compete with much larger companies on a global basis;• It has utilized state and federal resources in an efficient and timely manner;• It encourages others in its industry to understand the need to export in a shrinking United States manufacturing environment; and• LeCOUNT, Inc. and the jobs it provides would not exist if it were not for export sales.LeCOUNT, Inc. Highlights• The company is named after Charles W. LeCOUNT, who patented the expanding mandrel in 1847.• Founder and Chief Executive officer Chip Brettell worked for AT&T after receiving a BSME degree from the University of Vermont, and accomplished graduate work in the field of computer integrated manufacturing at Brigham Young University.• In 1990, Chip Brettell bought the assets (including early 1960’s-vintage machines) of a company called Tool Tech Corporation, where he had spent summers working as a teenager.• LeCOUNT, Inc. employs six people in the fields of sales and marketing, process engineering, assembly and inspection, engineering, accounting, and machining.• Gear manufacturers and end-users purchase LeCOUNT’s tooling, including makers of cars, jet engines, tractors, trucks, motorcycles, hand-held power tools, printers, exercise machines, airplanes, and machine tools.• The company manufactures a more precise version of the original LeCOUNT expanding mandrel, patented in 1847, as well as “special order” parts like hydraulic arbors, chucks, and chuck systems.• LeCOUNT, Inc. attends or is represented at tradeshows worldwide, including JIMTOF, a major machine tool exposition held in Japan; as well as shows in China, Brazil, and Germany.• Vermont Chamber of Commerce international trade specialists Curtis Picard and Chris Barbieri, as well as Susan Murray of the U.S. Department of Commerce Montpelier office, have assisted and advised LeCOUNT, Inc. in their efforts in Asia and the Pacific Rim.• Currently LeCOUNT, Inc. derives well over 50% of its annual revenue from export sales, enjoying a growth rate of about 5-7% per year over the past 4 years.
NZ Herald 8 July 2015Auckland communities are being asked to come up with hard evidence to support a battle to keep 1200 liquor bans on beaches, neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.Recent law changes mean that from October 31 alcohol bans can only be used where there is evidence of high levels of alcohol-related harm – before and since the bans were brought in.Previously, councils could impose blanket bans on all parks if there had been problems in a few of them.The change has caused 15 local boards to take stock of all bans in their areas.Its plight has drawn support from Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.“It should not be up to local residents to have to police and monitor unruly or drunken behaviour in order to prove that public parks should be alcohol-free.”He said alcohol bans in playgrounds and residential reserves prevented offensive behaviour associated with intoxication from being seen as normal.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11477180
Mayo manager James Horan has made sweeping changes to his side for Saturday’s NFL clash with Dublin. He has introduced five new players to his starting XV as he seeks atonement for defeat to Tyrone last time out. Kenneth O’Malley takes over in goal, Donal Vaughan comes into the defence, and there’s a new midfield partnership of Jason Gibbons and Barry Moran. Up front, Enda Varley comes into the side at corner forward. Press Association
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick Xenophon called on the South Australian and Federal governments to introduce anti-cult legislation last Monday. Talking to Neos Kosmos independent Senator Nick Xenophon said anti-cult legislation similar to that operating in France is needed. “We need to have anti-cult laws as they have in France, where there is a crime of ‘mental manipulation’ where you can prosecute these organisations for fraud and deception,” he said to Neos Kosmos. His calls for law reform come one week after SA police raided 12 properties involved with the doomsday cult Agape Ministries, seizing explosives, guns and ammunition. “Cults had become more sophisticated and more dangerous,” the Senator said. The French laws, which have been in operation for nearly 10 years, allow judges to dissolve cults if their leaders are involved in criminal activity. Senator Xenophon’s call for anti-cult laws came after he introduced a bill in the senate two weeks ago, calling for a Senate enquiry into the activities of the Church of Scientology as well as a public benefits test to be applied to charities and religions, they are eligible for tax-free status. “The UK has had that law in for years, which means that in order to get tax free status it must show that on balance it creates a greater public benefit than public detriment, in other words that it dies more good harm.” Senator Xenophon says that organisations like Church of Scientology, who have tax-free status, avoid accountability. The SA senator said he’d received “many complaints on the Church of Scientology which are a real concern” and believes it is an issue about having a test before “taxpayers subsidise these organisations.” Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry threw his weight behind calls for a Senate inquiry into the Church of Scientology, saying the church’s teachings are putting Australians’ lives at risk. Professor McGorry, a world-renowned youth mental health expert, is supporting Senator Nick Xenophon’s efforts to set up an investigation into the church’s activities and its teachings on psychiatric care. “It’s a bit like they’re [Church of Scientology] the deniers of the reality of mental illness, which is … irresponsible and dangerous,” he said last week. Senator Xenophon says that while initially neither the ALP nor the Coalition supported his calls, that the “more stories of abuse they hear” they are changing positions. “Initially both sides were not supportive at all, but now there is greater awareness,” said Senator Xenophon to Neos Kosmos.