Pressure to perform

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Pressure to performOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Stress can be a difficult topic to deal with effectively despite the recentguidance from the Court of Appeal. Jonathan Maude outlines the right proceduresfor achieving a fair resolution for all concernedNon-disclosurePeter applies for a position as manager at Logg & Co, a freightlogistics company. Logg & Co anticipates winning a contract that is likelyto increase the work coming into its depot by 50 per cent and has decided torecruit someone to perform the managerial function at a local level. Peter’sapplication form and CV show he has a fair amount of experience. The answers hegives on the medical questionnaire do not disclose any significant medicalcondition. In fact, he has suffered from stress-related illness in the past.Following interview it is decided to offer him the position as it appears hewill need minimal guidance in undertaking the role. Is it wise to offer him thejob without further medical investigation or discussion? Jonathan Maude comments : Logg & Co has considered Peter’sapplication on the basis of his experience and his interview. In addition,Peter has completed a medical questionnaire that does not highlight anypre-existing issues that should concern HR. On 5 February 2002 the Court of Appeal, in the decision of Hatton vSutherland and others, considered four cases on appeal from four separatecounty courts. Each concerned awards of damages against employers after thelitigants concerned had stopped working due to stress-induced psychiatricillness. In essence, for the employer to be liable for negligence, the employeeneeds to show that the employer has breached a duty of care that it owes toemployees by allowing a practice to continue when it was reasonably foreseeableit would cause injury. The employer is obliged to provide a safe system ofwork; this amounts to an obligation to provide reasonable support to theemployee to perform his or her duties in a way that will avoid causingpsychological injury. This recent decision follows a number of cases in which employers have beenheld liable for psychiatric injury since the landmark case of Walker vNorthumberland County Council [1995] 1 All ER 737. The Court of Appeal used theHatton decision to give useful “practical propositions” that areintended to enable courts to consider claims in the future. One such “practicalproposition” is that an employer is entitled to take the informationbefore it at face value and is not required to investigate any medical issuesfurther unless it is put on notice that there is an issue that warrants furtherinvestigation. Logg & Co is therefore entitled to rely on the informationgiven by Peter. If Peter had disclosed he had suffered from stress-related illness, it wouldhave been necessary for HR to consider obtaining further details about thecircumstances that caused it. It would also have needed to ascertain whetherthere were steps it should take to reduce the possibility that Peter wouldsuffer a recurrence. This would also go some way to discharging any duty tomake reasonable adjustments that Logg & Co may owe to Peter under theDisability Discrimination Act 1995. AbsenteeismPeter has been in his job for six months. He has not complained to Logg& Co about any work-related stress, but there has been a noticeableincrease in his intermittent sickness absences during the past two months.Peter has now informed Logg & Co that he will be absent for two weekshaving been certified as suffering from stress-related depression by hisdoctor. What action should HR take? JM comments: HR will need to meet with Peter to discuss the absenceand the reasons for it. It would also be advantageous to obtain independentmedical evidence as to his condition and to consider steps the company mighttake when he returns to his position to alleviate factors that may beattributing to the condition. The important point to bear in mind is that Logg & Co will only beliable for breaching the duty to provide a safe system of work if the companycan be shown to have caused or materially contributed to any harm suffered byPeter. The Court of Appeal in Hatton suggested that if Logg & Co can show ithas taken steps to avoid breaching its duty it is unlikely to be found to havebreached it. If HR obtains independent medical advice about Peter’s problems and offerscounselling or other assistance, the company is unlikely to be found to beacting in breach of its duty. It must ensure that its contractual documentationprovides Logg & Co with the right to request independent medical advice ona specific employee. Clearly, if Peter refused to co-operate with any suchexamination it would not assist him in any subsequent claim brought againstLogg & Co. Other issues HR may need to discuss with Peter include the redistribution ofduties or demotion. Logg & Co will not be in breach of its duty if Peterwants to stay in the job rather than face demotion even if he subsequentlysuffers from illness through the pressures of the job. This is one of the majorissues to have come out of the Hatton decision: both employer and employee bearthe risk, so the employee needs to decide whether to risk any psychologicalbreakdown by staying in the job or consider dismissal or demotion. If Logg & Co took the view that a redistribution of duties or demotionwas not appropriate, it might be in a position to consider dismissal as thecourt would consider the size and scope of Logg & Co’s operation, togetherwith the demands faced by the company, to decide what is reasonable. Again, this is an interesting point to come out of the Hatton decision, asthe court considered practical issues that may benefit smaller employers.Previously, the courts have not been particularly sympathetic to arguments thatcost or lack of resources prohibited making certain adjustments. Reduced roleThe medical examination and discussions with Peter reveal that in hisprevious job he suffered from occupational stress and that he eventually lefthis former employer as a result of it. Logg & Co decides that as the volumeof work from the new contract is not as great as it originally anticipated,some of the managerial responsibilities will be run centrally and Peter willreturn to a non-managerial position. What are the issues HR now needs to consider? JM comments: It is for Logg & Co and Peter to agree his return toa non-managerial position. HR needs to be aware that it cannot simply imposechanges unless it has the contractual right to do so. As a result, it would besensible to ensure all discussions about Peter’s return are noted and anychange in status is agreed, in writing, with Peter. This will amount to a variation to Peter’s contract of employment and Logg& Co will not simply be able to allege, in defending a constructivedismissal claim for example, that it was acting in Peter’s best interests andin a way so as not to breach the duty of care it owed him. Logg & Co is now aware of the previous condition and that Peter did notdisclose it. Despite the fact it may be in a position to take action as aresult of this non-disclosure, it is aware of the condition and, accordingly,will need to ensure regular discussions take place with Peter to monitor hisprogress. If it becomes apparent that Peter is unable to undertake even the reducedrole then Logg & Co will need to consider alternatives with him and thismay include terminating his employment. If it does take the step of terminating the contract of employment, subjectto obligations that it may owe in connection with unfair dismissal rights andpossibly claims under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, it is unlikely tobe found to be in breach of the duty of care. If Peter was successful in any claim against Logg & Co, the Court ofAppeal has indicated that any damages would take account of the pre-existingdisorder or vulnerability and of the possibility that Peter would havesuccumbed to a stress-related order in any event. In addition, Logg & Co would only pay for the proportion of harmsuffered as a direct result of its wrongdoing. In this event, the level ofcompensation should be reduced fairly dramatically. Jonathan Maude is a partner in Manches Employment PracticeKey points– The employer is obliged to providea safe system of work; this amounts to an obligation to provide reasonablesupport to the employee to perform his or her duties in a way that will avoidpsychological injury.– If an employee wishes to stay in a stressful job, bothemployer and employee bear the risk, so the employee needs to decide whether torisk any psychological breakdown by staying in the job or consider dismissal ordemotion.– If a person is unable to undertake even a reduced role andthe company takes the step of terminating the contract of employment, subjectto obligations that it may owe in connection with unfair dismissal rights andpossibly claims under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, it is unlikely tobe found to be in breach of its duty of care.– In the event of a claim for constructive dismissal, damageswould take account of the pre-existing disorder or vulnerability and of thepossibility a person would have succumbed to a stress-related order in anyevent.last_img read more

Dynamic Mongoose 2018 concludes

first_img Photo: Photo: NATO MARCOM View post tag: ASW View post tag: NATO Share this articlecenter_img The NATO-led anti submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2018 concluded off the coast of Norway on July 6.Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 8 allied nations converged on the North Atlantic Ocean while host nation Norway provided support from the Harstad and Narvik harbors as well as Andoya air base.Participating ships included Turkish frigate TCG Gediz, Dutch frigates HNLMS Van Speijk and HNLMS Van Amstel, Danish frigate HDMS Niels Juel, Spanish frigate ESPS ALvaro de Bazan, Polish frigate ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko and tanker ORP Bałtyk.Submarines under operational control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO) joined surface ships under Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and maritime patrol aircraft under NATO Maritime Air Command in a simulated multi-threat environment.The aim of this exercise was to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills. Furthermore the exercise provided opportunity to identify best practices and lessons learned.Dynamic Mongoose is one of a series of exercises in which NATO trains and practices ASW skills under various circumstances and geographic conditions. Dynamic Mongoose is set in the deep, cold waters of the North Atlantic and is designed to specifically train for ASW work in this type of environment. It is part of the NATO effort on continued adaptation to new security challenges and helps to develop understanding of the North Atlantic. View post tag: Dynamic Mongooselast_img read more

Oxford’s honorary degrees declared

first_imgOxford University has announced the names of the six people to receive honorary degrees in celebration of their achievements in their respective fields of study, subject to approval from Congregation.The honorary degrees will be presented at Encaenia, the University’s annual honorary degree presentation, on June 24th.This year’s awardees include eminent figures from the fields of engineering, medicine, history, literature, and music. The awarding of the degree is an honour bestowed in recognition of exceptional contributions to a specific field of study.The six recipients of the honorary degrees are: Professor Sir Richard Evans, Dame Hilary Mantel, Professor Ruth Simmons, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and Ms Jessye Norman.Evans is a prominent historian of modern Germany, and recently gave a talk at the Oxford Union. He is also the President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.Dame Hilary Mantel is an author, whose most recent books on the career of Sixteenth Century Thomas Cromwell, Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall, have been awarded the Man Booker Prize and have been adapted by the BBC. Mantel has also been awarded the Bodley Medal, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.Professor Ruth Simmons was the President of Brown University from 2001 to 2012, and is currently a Professor of Comparative Literature and Africana Studies at the university. Professor Simmons was previously the President of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the US, where she introduced the first engineering programme at an all-women’s college. Previous accolades include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal.Another honorary degree holder, Professor Dowling, is an engineer who is both Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cambridge, and President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Her work focuses on minimising carbon emissions and noise of cars through the study of combustion, acoustics, and vibrations.Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society and pioneer of numerous complex heart operations, and is hugely involved in providing support for children with cardiac conditions in war-torn countries.Operatic soprano Jessye Norman has performed at several high-profile events, including the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution and the opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She has been awarded the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Professor Wallace Broecker, a climate change specialist, will also be presented with a degree in July, as he was unable to attend Encaenia last year.Speaking on the honorary degrees awards, Annie Hazlitt, an Oriel undergraduate, said, “I feel that the degrees are a sign of respect to the incredible work of these individuals. As a History student, I am really happy for Richard Evans as his books on Germany are some of the best I have ever read.”Queen’s student Ed Bithell concurred, commenting, “All the recipients have demonstrated that they are among the best in their specialities and should be recognised as such.”last_img read more

Sign up for the Summit

first_imgThere is less than a month left to register for the Baking Industry Summit 2008, on 27 November, so make sure you reserve your delegate place now. The Summit, which will focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is taking place at One Great George Street, London, and will host a variety of top speakers, including Lucy Neville-Rolfe, executive director (corporate & legal affairs), Tesco.There will also be speakers from Asda, Greggs and Bells of Lazonby, as well as packaging and waste experts who have tackled bakery-based issues head-on and will share their experiences. To book a place, contact Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] You can also book online at Ticket price: £225 + VAT.last_img

XtremIO X2: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!

first_imgSource 1: Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, February 2017, compared to the previous generation XtremIO X1.Source 2: Based on Dell EMC internal testing in February 2017 using the LOGINVSI benchmark test to compare to the previous generation XtremIO X1. Actual performance will vary.Source 3: Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, February 2017, compared to the previous generation XtremIO X1.Source 4: Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, Feb. 2018. Assumes 4:1 data reductionSource 5: Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, February 2018, with XtremIO Replication for fan-in 4:1 central DR site topology.Source 6: Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, February 2018 ($/GB Effective) Last year we announced XtremIO X2 which builds upon the incredibly successful X1 platform with its unique content-aware, metadata-centric architecture and integrated copy data management (iCDM) capabilities. X2 brings new levels of efficiency, agility and performance including: 25 percent on average better data reduction1; 80 percent better response times and support for up to 40 percent more concurrent users for VDI2; 2x faster3 VMware storage operations; and this does not even cover it all.This year, we have expanded upon the enterprise capabilities of this market-leading purpose-built All-Flash array, announcing new features to make it possible for customers to experience the power of XtremIO at a price point never seen before.Data Replication – Made EfficientData is at the core of all businesses. Fast access is essential for delivering services and remaining competitive. However, you don’t need to waste resources, time and bandwidth replicating data that you already have! XIOS 6.1 introduces XtremIO metadata-aware replication, which is unlike anything else in the industry. It has been architected to only send compressed, unique data (after deduplication) to the remote site, minimizing WAN bandwidth. Duplicate blocks that already exist on the target site will never be transferred across the network.This highly efficient approach towards replication, along with zero trimming and write-folding, significantly reduces WAN bandwidth usage by up to 75 percent4. Additionally, this unique capability of X2 replication allows replication of heavy workloads without compromising RPOs.Let’s not forget the impact on the DR site. XtremIO replication also supports fan-in and fan-out configurations for different consistency groups to easily implement a central-site DR architecture. Primary sites are globally deduped against each other at the target site. With less data being replicated and a 4-to-1 fan-in architecture, overall storage capacity requirements (primary sites and target site) are reduced by up to 38 percent5. Those savings are in addition to compression and dedupe.Data Replication – Made EasyXtremIO replication offers operational simplicity by leveraging XtremIO’s unique in-memory snapshots (XVCs) delivering full operational recovery for disaster situations.  Also, replication is configured with a new step-by-step protection wizard, simplifying management.The wizard walks administrators through the entire process, from setting up the source, target and setting up replication and retention policies (for minutes, hours and days). Then simply review and start protecting. It’s just that easy!Performance ‑ Always ConsistentX2 replication, like all other XtremIO data services, has minimal impact on overall system performance and response time.  At no point is there a need to disable replication or any other data service in order to allow another data service to run.Enterprise Capabilities at Mid-range PricesA new, lower-priced XtremIO X2 model has been added to the XtremIO family. Designed with XtremIO’s unique metadata-centric architecture with full data services including inline data reduction (in-memory space efficient copies, deduplication, and compression), and enterprise-grade availability, the new entry model X2 offers the enterprise capabilities companies demand starting at midrange prices. This model is perfect for customers requiring a single X-Brick with small capacity and limited growth plans but who still require high-performance with low latency. It scales from 34.5TB raw up to 69.1TB raw or 369TB effective capacity (6:1 storage efficiency). This model provides a 55 percent lower entry point for X2 versus X16.Nothing Says it BetterXtremIO X2 provides consistent high performance, incredible efficiency and more protection – now at a lower price point. But don’t take our word for it, hear what our customers have to say! You also won’t want to miss the new report in Storage Review report about XtremIO’s new native replication capabilities.Our channel partners are also especially bullish on the new entry model X2. According to C.R. Howdyshell, president of Dell EMC partner Rolta AdvizeX based in Ohio:“I’m excited about the potential to service even more customer workloads with the lowered entry point model of the X2. I believe this is a significant opportunity for AdvizeX and Dell EMC.  Now more of our customers will be able to enjoy the game-changing performance and efficiency of the XtremIO platform.”Want to Learn More?Be sure to check out the below links and then follow us @DellEMCStorage on Twitter for the latest and greatest on XtremIO.XtremIO replication white paperTop reasons for XtremIOStorage Review evaluation of XtremIO X2 Replicationlast_img read more

Cushwa Center to award Hesburgh Research Travel Grants

first_imgThe Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism announced its new Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grants program, a three-year initiative to help support research projects that consider archival information pertaining to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, according to a University press release.According to the Center’s website, the grants will help cover travel and lodging costs for researchers traveling to the Notre Dame Archives to access information about the life and legacy of Hesburgh. This opportunity is open to researchers of any academic discipline. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how their projects will relate to Hesburgh.The Cushwa Center offers a number of annual research grants, designed assist scholars who wish to use Notre Dame’s archival collection in Catholic Americana.Hesburgh served as president of the University for 35 years from 1952 through 1987 and died last February at the age of 97. Over the course of his life, Hesburgh was an influential figure in higher education, Catholicism, the civil rights movement and international affairs. During his time as president of the University, he doubled enrollment and allowed women to attend Notre Dame.“Hesburgh’s unique perspective and prodigious contributions stand to inform and enrich a broad range of narratives in American social, religious and political history, as well as ongoing discussions in public policy, philosophy of education, peace studies and theology,” according to the Center’s application page.The Notre Dame Archives, housed in Hesburgh Library, contains primary source documents about the work and life of Hesburgh. According to the website, Hesburgh often sent his papers to the Archives once they were no longer needed for his ongoing work. After his time as University president, he sent the files representing his years in office in addition to many documents from his outside activities.“The Cushwa Center has a longstanding tradition of providing financial support to scholars who are conducting research into the Catholic history of the United States,” Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Center, said in the press release. “Through the creation of the Hesburgh Research Travel Grants, we are looking forward to making new connections with scholars of education, peace studies, political science, policy studies, theology and other fields.“Thanks to this new funding opportunity, Father Ted continues to act as a catalyst and a connector, drawing people from different disciplines and perspectives together to advance our understanding of the world.”The deadline to apply for the first rounds of grants is April 1. Applicants must submit a description of their project and how it pertains to Hesburgh, as well as a proposed budget of estimated travel, lodging and research costs. Grants will be awarded twice yearly, each April 1 and Oct. 1, through 2018.Tags: Father Hesburgh, ND archives, research grants, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grantslast_img read more

Students consult for local nonprofits through SCNO

first_imgGoing on its fourth year connecting Notre Dame students to local charity work, the University’s chapter of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) met Tuesday night to present this semester’s projects.SCNO is a group that seeks to elevate nonprofits by “empowering talented students with knowledge, training and hands-on consulting experience,” according to the club’s website.President senior Alex Muck said nonprofits partner with SCNO through several different outlets. (Editor’s Note: Muck is a news writer at The Observer)In the past, the club sought out projects through connections on campus such as the club’s faculty advisor, professor Mike Manner, or the Center for Social Concerns. Recently, however, local nonprofits themselves have reached out.Alex Muck “One partner that we’re hopefully working with next semester actually found us at the [Student Activities Office] Activities fair,” Muck said.Students involved in the club form small teams and focus their efforts towards one nonprofit’s individualized needs. Junior Kieran O’Neill joined the club last year as a team member. This semester, he stepped into the role of group leader.“We have a team of about five other students, and we’re working with ‘Ready to Grow,’” O’Neill said. “… They’re a small nonprofit that is working towards ensuring that all children in St. Joseph County, from birth until eight years old, can thrive. They focus on early learning, health and wellness and family support.”O’Neill said his team assists ‘Ready to Grow’ in securing funding from donors, which ranges a local social entrepreneurship startup called Invanti as well as large corporate sponsors such as Meijer.“We are working with them to focus on the development of an institutional membership program, by identifying potential partners, partnership plans and establishing them as a desirable partner,” O’Neill said.Bridget Callaghan, a senior and co-vice president of human resources, said in an email larger club meetings like Tuesday’s bring together all of these individual teams.“We have full club meetings about once a month where we either discuss the projects the teams are working on or we have a professor or club alumni talk to the group about different consulting projects or general career advice,” Callaghan said.SCNO groups take on new projects with different nonprofits each semester. Muck said the club will expand from five projects to six this upcoming semester.Club members indicate their interest in certain nonprofit categories and then receive an assignment to one of the club’s partners for that semester. O’Neill said a critical part of the process is matching the right nonprofit with the right team to generate a working relationship.“They assign team leaders to different clients based on preference or experience or some mixture of the two,” he said. “Probably one of the most important things about the club is just getting people who are engaged. There have been times in the past where the partner, the client, hasn’t been fully engaged.”The main goal of SCNO, Callaghan said, is to help facilitate even more good.“These nonprofits often don’t have the time or resources to look at the big picture and find ways to become even more impactful,” Callaghan said. “The goal of each team is to provide an outside perspective to these organizations, identify issues or areas for improvement and provide potential solutions.”Tags: nonprofit organization, SCNO, Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizationslast_img read more

Peter Pan’s Allison Williams on ‘Creepily’ Studying Christopher Walken & More

first_imgAllison Williams is known for her role as uptight Brooklynite Marnie on HBO’s Girls, her famous father (NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams) and her killer Kate Middleton impersonation. Now the poised and self-deprecating star is getting ready to take on the title character in NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, which airs December 4. Williams recently attended a press day for the upcoming broadcast and talked about her lifelong dream of playing Peter Pan and more. Check out the highlights! On what she wants to ask The Sound of Music Live! star Carrie Underwood… I still haven’t been able to get in touch with Carrie Underwood but I’m dying to hear what her experience was with [merging stage and camera work]. The mixing of those two things, pulling the levers of your performance, adjusting it for the mediums. I don’t know what it will be like, so we’ll see. On why Peter is played by a woman… I was with [former Peter Pan stars] Cathy Rigby and Sandy Duncan, which is a crazy thing to be able to say. One of the things that we talked about is why is Peter played by a woman? It made me feel better knowing that Cathy has played over 3,000 performances as Peter Pan, and she still can’t exactly distill why it’s a woman.  On being a ‘superfan’ of five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara… Every single voice teacher I’ve ever gone to, I’ve said, “The voice I want is Kelli O’Hara’s.” She’s everything to me. I’ve seen her in every Broadway show she’s ever been in. I’m a superfan. I’m trying not to freak her out.  On whether or not her Peter Pan crows… Of course! I’ve been crowing my whole life. On watching her dad announce her casting… An inside source tipped me off that it was happening. I knew they had done it last year with Carrie Underwood’s announcement [in The Sound of Music Live!], so I knew it was coming. But I didn’t know I was going to cry really hard when I saw it, which I did. On ‘creepily’ studying Christopher Walken… I can’t even begin to express what it feels like to walk down a hallway and see him and be like, “Hey, Chris!” He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever worked with. He cracks me up and cracks himself up. I respect him so much as an actor that I creepily love watching his process: I love watching him rehearse. I love seeing the questions he asks, the things he tries, the different takes on everything. I think his Hook is perfect. View Comments On taking the role… I was so excited. I have found in my very short life thus far that the most important decisions are ones that are not decisions at all—they are completely gut-based. I didn’t think about it for a second. I probably didn’t think about it long enough, but I would have made the same decision if I thought about it for a year or a week or no time at all.last_img read more

Bill Hazelett: Vermont industrial pioneer, 1919-2010

first_imgThe world’s metals industries lost a pioneer in the field of continuous casting and Vermont lost a remarkable engineer and employer with the passing of R William (Bill) Hazelett at age 91, on June 27, 2010. Son of CW Hazelett, the inventor of the twin-belt casting machine, Bill founded the Hazelett Strip-Casting Corporation and commercialized the design. The Hazelett twin-belt caster is employed extensively in nonferrous strip casting and is the heart of the Contirod continuous copper rod casting process used in the production of over 30 percent of the world’s copper wire. Born in 1919, Bill received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell in 1942 and immediately joined the war effort, ending up at the Bell Aircraft facility in Burlington. Following the war he remained in Vermont making his lifelong home in Colchester while commuting to Connecticut to work with his father. During this period he started the Tick Tock Shop in Burlington which he subsequently sold to his employees.In 1956 Bill established the Hazelett Strip-Casting Corporation on the shores of Lake Champlain in Mallets Bay to further his father’s pioneering work with the twin-belt continuous strip-caster. An ever persuasive and fiercely independent and charismatic soul, Bill thrived by encouraging his customers to work together to further their common interest in his relatively untried technology while he slowly expanded and commercialized the application of the twin-belt caster in both strip and billet production.Bill remained extremely close to his employees and he was rewarded by their dedication and long unique experience. Today, the company remains the only commercial supplier of twin-belt casters worldwide.He always insisted on maintaining fully integrated machine shops for both in-house development and timely customer service, a dedication often lacking in today’s machinery manufacturing industries. The holder of numerous patents, Bill always encouraged his engineers to try out new ideas drawing on the resources these facilities.Although not finding commercial success in numerous steel casting pilot programs, Bill’s perseverance resulted in the adaptation of the Hazelett twin-belt caster for continuous casting and inline rolling of aluminum in, what is often referred to as the thin-slab casting and rolling ‘mini-mill,’ as well as copper, zinc, and lead strip at over 45 installations worldwide. Additionally, 35 casters are employed in the above mentioned Contirod plants.Hazelett casters are currently operating in 25 countries and the vast majority of the companies business has always been overseas starting with Japan and Europe and now China, which currently is the companies dominate customer. For his efforts and leadership in taking American innovation overseas Bill was awarded the prestigious SBA Exporter of the Year Award by President Bush in 2001. This award is given annually to the owner of a small company that has increased sales through exports by using creative marketing strategies and effective solutions to export problems and in addition has shown a willingness to assist other small businesses in exportingThe company, which employs 140 people, remains family owned under the direction of Bill’s son David, who has been active in the business for 30 years. David has every intention of carrying on the legacy of his father in furthering one of a dwindling number of privately owned independent metals processing machinery manufacturers.Source: Hazelett Strip-Casting Corp. is external)last_img read more

Clips of the Week: Light Me Up LED Videos

first_imgChristmas may be over, but New Year’s celebrations are right around the corner. Don’t put away those lights just yet. Here are some videos featuring your favorite outdoor activities, only lit up with LEDs to spectacular effect.L.E.D. SurferThe original, and possibly best.Light TrailsHere is the mountain biking version.Quarter Past MidnightHere is the two-plank version from Salomon Freeski TV.Shredding StickmanBack to snowboarding with the stickman version.Barrels of LightHitting the waves, with lights.MUNDAKA 24H from on Vimeo.last_img