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Tech conference puts oldest rookie in the lineup

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Tech provider eCommerce Industries Inc. (ECI), a leader in industryspecific information technology solutions, arranged for Jim Morris to deliver the keynote address at Connect Conference 2011, a national users’ meeting for their software solutions. 

The conference will be held Nov. 1 to 3, 2011, at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

As the featured speaker, Morris will open the conference Nov. 2, delivering his inspirational message about following dreams and the importance of having a game plan for success. His story begins when, as a 35yearold high school physics teacher and coach, he made a bet with his baseball team that if the team won a district championship he would try out for the big leagues. When the team won, he followed through with his promise. Just three months later, Morris achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced. Morris’ story was highlighted in the Disney movie “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid.

“Everyone can relate to Jim Morris’ remarkable story,” said Ron Books, president and CEO of ECI Software Solutions. “He is just an ordinary guy who, through hard work and determination, experienced something extraordinary. But really, it’s a story about how having a game plan and sticking to it produces awesome results." 

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Saint-Gobain moves a production unit from China to New York

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Buffalo Business First has reported that Saint-Gobain Adfors earlier this month began making in New York drywall tape that it used to make in China.

The Albion, N.Y., facility is Saint-Gobain’s North American headquarters. The newspaper reported that the cause of the shift in location was a need to better control aesthetics and packaging, which are important purchase factors in the Japanese market, the destination of the products.

The need for quality control in these areas led to the unusual scenario of a company moving manufacturing from Changzhou, China, to Albion, N.Y, to better serve the Japanese market.

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New-home sales down slightly in June

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Sales of new single-family houses in June 2011 slipped 1.0% compared with the previous month, according to an estimate released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

New residential sales in June 2011 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 312,000, down from the revised May rate of 315,000. Compared with June 2010, housing sales were up 1.6%.

The median sales price of new houses sold in June 2011 was $235,200; the average sales price was $269,000. 

The estimated number of new houses for sale at the end of June was 164,000. This represents a supply of 6.3 months at the current sales rate.

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