Judge upholds death sentence in HD slaying
A San Diego-area man convicted of killing a Home Depot manager during a robbery attempt will face lethal injection after a judge upheld a jury’s death sentence recommendation, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
The Nov. 28 hearing in a Santa Ana, Calif. courtroom was attended by the widow of Thomas Egan, who was shot to death in February 2007 by Jason Russell Richardson, age 41. Egan, the father of twin 3-year-old girls at the time, tried to persuade the armed Richardson not to hurt any of the Tustin store employees during the robbery.
Richardson, who entered the store dressed in white coveralls and a painter’s mask, shot the store manager, took $500 from a cashier, but left behind a sock full of ammunition that police traced to him through DNA evidence. Richardson had previous convictions for kidnapping and rape.
Previous juries had twice failed to reach a verdict regarding the death penalty in earlier hearings. Senior deputy district attorney Cameron Talley, who prosecuted the case, was quoted as saying: “He’s just a bad, evil man. If he could die twice, I’d try him again.”
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Lumber Liquidators announces change at the top
Flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators has announced that Robert Lynch, its current president and chief operating officer, will succeed current CEO Jeffrey Griffiths on Jan. 1, 2012. As part of the company’s succession plan, Griffiths will also retire from the board of directors at the same time.
Lynch has served as Lumber Liquidators’ president and COO since January 2011. Prior to joining the company, he served as president and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware. Previously, Lynch worked at Home Depot in various store operations and business development positions. He has also held positions at Accenture Consulting, and at Ernst & Young in the National Consumer Products & Retail Consulting Practice. Lynch began his career with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Based in Toano, Va., Lumber Liquidators operates more than 260 locations selling hard-surface flooring nationwide.
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Water heater plant earns LEED silver
An A. O. Smith manufacturing facility in Johnson City, Tenn., earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.
The 470,000-sq.-ft. Johnson City facility manufactures residential and light commercial gas and electric water heaters.
Johnson City is the first A. O. Smith facility awarded LEED certification. To achieve LEED certification, given by the U. S. Green Building Council, a facility’s operation and maintenance must meet specific standards in energy efficiency, environmentally responsible business practices and maintaining a healthy work environment.
“This certification is the result of more than five years of work by the Johnson City team to reduce energy and water consumption, improve efficiency and reduce cost,” said Ajita Rajendra, president and chief operating officer of A. O. Smith. “It demonstrates the team’s commitment to operating to world-class standards in every facet of the business.”
Among the short-term and long-term initiatives that enabled Johnson City to earn the LEED certification were:
• Reducing water usage for compressed air cooling by $80,000 per year;
• Reducing the annual water usage in restrooms by 25% per year;
• Efficient lighting and ventilation systems that resulted in annual electricity savings of more than $40,000;
• A “green” cleaning program that reduced chemical costs by $5,000; and
• A long-term recycling program that has achieved cost savings of more than $30,000 per year.
In its submission to the Green Building Council, the plant listed its lighting and ventilation system and water usage programs as “innovative practices.” The Johnson City team customized a purchased software package to automate the building’s ventilation system. A series of 17 temperature sensors throughout the building enable staff to monitor and control the system to deliver improved efficiency.
The system has enabled the plant to reduce its energy consumption, as well as the amount of water required for its air-cooling compressors.
For the plant to get LEED
For the plant to get LEED silver must be something commendable, as not many people or companies take the effort to ensure that they comply with the guidelines, especially those in the industrial works. Good job!