Energy Saving Pioneer Resumes Operations in Brattleboro

first_imgEnergy Saving Pioneer Resumes OperationsBrattleboro, Vermont – November 10, 2008 – Window Quilt, the company that developed movable window insulation 30 years ago, is now shipping high performance insulated shades from their new Brattleboro factory. The company, whose products dramatically reduce energy losses through windows, was founded in Brattleboro. A local entrepreneur recently acquired the business, which had been moved to Seattle, Washington several years ago by its last corporate ownership, and returned it to Brattleboro under the direction of experienced management.The company reports tremendous response from users, energy auditors and dealers, all of whom had been very disappointed by the previous owner’s decision to close the operation. “I have never seen interest this high in my 15 years’ on and off experience with Window Quilt,” says Bryan Wittler, the company’s General Manager. “Thanks to excellent support from Brattleboro Development Credit Corp and enthusiastic pro bono assistance from several former managers, we have made great progress in preparing to meet the strong demand we anticipate in coming years. And our location in Brattleboro Development’s Book Press building is ideal, because there is almost unlimited room for future expansion.”Over a half million Window Quilts have been installed in residences, schools, national parks, and public buildings of all kinds. Window Quilt’s seasonal peak employment reached over 120 individuals during the energy conscious early 1980’s. “The need for energy saving products is greater than ever today and Window Quilts are still the most cost effective and easily deployed solution bar none,” says Larry Digney, the new owner. “The marketing possibilities for this product are immense. Our job is to make the newcomers to the field aware that 30% or more of the energy required to heat a building can be saved with our well-designed movable window insulation. Window Quilt ought to be a growing business for years to come.”Window Quilts, though simple in appearance, are highly engineered to address all the mechanisms that contribute to heat loss from the building envelope and discomfort in the interior space. The product incorporates a full perimeter seal and five-layer fabric with vapor barrier to provide insulation, block convection currents, and eliminate outside air infiltration. The company reports that in addition to the potential 30% reduction in energy consumption, rooms are more comfortable at lower thermostat settings because the shades block the radiation of body heat to the window and eliminate drafts caused by convection currents and infiltration of outside air.Window Quilts are available through specialty dealers who perform measurement and installation services, and are also available for direct purchase on the web to accommodate areas that don’t yet have a local dealer. Complete information is found at the company’s web site,.last_img read more

Miami awarded Beckham-backed MLS team: official

first_imgKey details — when the team would debut in the league, the team’s name, the team’s logo — were not revealed.But the omissions did little to dampen the euphoria surrounding the announcement, which came after a tortuous near decade-long journey studded with false dawns and setbacks.“It’s been a hell of a journey,” Beckham told his audience.“I’ve got to be honest, it was very difficult. There were times when I sat back and thought, ‘This isn’t going to happen. It’s too difficult, too hard, too many bumps in the road.’ But I don’t give up. Nothing in my career came easy.”Monday’s award is the most definitive development yet on the saga of when and where Beckham would launch his team.The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star was granted a cut-price $25 million option to buy his own MLS franchise under the terms of the deal which brought him to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. Normal franchise licenses cost more than $100 million.– Logistical roadblocks –In 2014, Beckham announced his plans to launch a team in Miami, but the project rapidly became mired in logistical problems.David Beckham’s group secured land on which to build a privately developed, 25,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of Miami © AFP / RHONA WISESeveral failed stadium sites delayed his consortium’s efforts, with Beckham’s team unable to find an agreeable place for a specially built venue.The pieces began to fall into place last year, however, after Beckham’s consortium secured a land deal for a proposed stadium project. Earlier plans for a waterfront site and others near the Miami Marlins baseball stadium and NBA Miami Heat arena fell through.The Beckham group, bolstered by the presence of local tycoons Jorge and Jose Mas, has now secured land on which to build a privately developed, 25,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of the city.“They say that great things come to those who wait… we thank you for waiting for this day,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber told the audience, which frequently broke into loud cheers.Garber said Beckham had helped transform MLS in the decade since he arrived as a player, accelerating the league’s expansion and popularity of the sport.“The League has grown, and a lot of that can be traced back to David’s arrival in MLS,” Garber said. “Thirteen teams and 14 stadiums have appeared since his arrival in 2007.”Launch of the new Beckham-backed team will mark the second attempt to start a Miami-based MLS franchise.– Home-grown talent –The Miami Fusion, which made their debut in the 1998 MLS season, played for four seasons before being cut from the league after the 2001 campaign amid low ticket sales and the lowest revenues of any team in the competition.Soccer fans chant during an event to announce David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, Florida © AFP / RHONA WISEBeckham, 42, retired in 2013 after a 20-year career that saw him win league crowns with Manchester United, Real Madrid, the Galaxy in North America and Paris Saint-Germain in his farewell matches. He also played for England from 1996 to 2009, winning 115 caps.In 2014, Beckham had hinted at targeting high-profile European stars to help launch the Miami franchise.However, on Monday, he said he would place equal weight on developing home-grown talent in Florida.“I have had calls from so many players, top players saying, ‘I am in,’” Beckham said. “Yes we want to bring in top players from all over the world but we are most interested in home-grown players. “We want to build an academy, to bring players through, young kids from the area. To watch them develop as players. That’s when we will sit back and say ‘Job done.’ That we are proud of this time. We have to invest into the hotbed of talent in this city.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham addresses an event to announce his Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, Florida on January 29, 2018 © AFP / RHONA WISEMiami, United States, Jan 29 – English football superstar David Beckham was officially awarded a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami on Monday, but fans were left in the dark over a range of key details surrounding the venture.Beckham took center stage in a glitzy spectacle to announce the deal, which included chanting fans and a videotaped welcome from a galaxy of stars including Serena Williams, Neymar, Usain Bolt, actor Will Smith and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. last_img read more