Roofing exec praises safety records
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has recognized 12 asphalt roofing manufacturers for their exceptional workplace safety records and commitment to worker health.
“Since 1983, ARMA has run the annual Accident Prevention Contest, and with it the asphalt roofing industry has continuously demonstrated its commitment to workplace safety,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice-president of ARMA. “The safety of our member’s facilities and their workers is a top priority for this industry, and the companies’ pledges to improvements in that area continue to benefit everyone involved.”
The 2013 Accident Prevention Contest awarded 95 individual roofing facilities for the results of their quarterly safety data reports, which were submitted to ARMA’s Health, Education and Safety (HSE) Committee throughout the year. Grouped by number of hours completed, each of the winning companies and their facilities were found to have safety records above and beyond their peers.
Amond the President’s Award winners were GAF in Michigan City, Indiana; Owens Corning in Savannah, Georgia; and CertainTeed in Wilmington, California.
EasyTurf runs with LaDainian Tomlinson
EasyTurf joined NFL hero LaDainian Tomlinson at the 2nd Annual LaDainlian Tomlinson 5K 1-mile Kids Fun Run June 14 at San Diego’s Liberty Station.
“It’s great to work with LT and his organization again,” said David Hartman. “His Touching Lives Foundation is a charitable organization we love to support.”
EasyTurf staff set up an interactive display, giving the public an opportunity to see and feel synthetic turf. A drainage tank will also demonstrate the engineering of EasyTurf’s proprietary MaxxFlo backing, an especially important point for pet owners.
“EasyTurf has been an innovator of synthetic grass landscaping and has taken a leading role in educating consumers of our many benefits,” said Jackie Luper, EasyTurf VP marketing. “We’re excited to partner with LT in part because we’ll have a great opportunity to talk with homeowners about our resource-saving turf, but also because there’s going to be a lot of fun.”
EasyTurf uses a proprietary 100% permeable artificial grass playground surface backing, MaxxFlow, for unmatched drainage capabilities. Unlike a grass lawn, rain will not turn your EasyTurf surface into a mud pit. Natural grass lawns require regular maintenance, tremendous amounts of water, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer and time. EasyTurf’s durability is also unmatched.
“EasyTurf’s superior synthetic grass products are matched by a dedication to exceptional craftsmanship and customer service,” Hartman said. “Our commitment to excellence continues to attract homeowners and commercial businesses searching for functional, aesthetic improvements.”
Retail industry rails against swipe-fee settlement
The National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association asked an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by only a handful of merchants and would do nothing to bring the fees under control.
“The truth is that there is no settlement with the retail industry, only an agreement with a handful of merchants who do not represent the industry as a whole,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “Given that the judge knew this backroom deal was opposed by a broad range of small and large retailers alike and allows these fees to continue to skyrocket, it clearly should never have been approved. This is a serious mistake the appellate court needs to correct.”
“The retail community remains fully committed to fighting this flawed settlement and addressing the fundamental lack of competition in the electronic payments market,” RILA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Deborah White said. “Quite simply, the proposed settlement not only undermines merchants’ legal rights and fails to restrain Visa and MasterCard’s ability to increase swipe fees with impunity, but it also has broad implications on the rights of others in future meritorious class action cases.”
Both organizations filed notices of appeal with the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York earlier this year, and followed up today with a joint brief asking the court to overturn a Dec. 13, 2013, ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson.
“A broad cross section of the American retail industry numbering thousands of businesses from iconic national department store chains and general merchandise chains to apparel outlets, specialty shops, restaurants and one-location Main Street stores thoughtfully analyzed the settlement and concluded that it offers them no benefit,” the brief said. “While a settlement this skewed was bound to be unpopular, the extent of dissatisfaction within the retail industry has been extraordinary.”
“Approval of a mandatory settlement of such breathtaking scope in the face of widespread and substantive objection is unprecedented and warrants reversal,” the brief said.