Toro acquires outdoor lighting company
The Toro Co. has acquired Escondido, Calif.-based outdoor lighting manufacturer Unique Lighting Systems, according to the Press Enterprise.
Toro will move the newly acquired company to its Toro Irrigation Systems headquarters in Riverside, Calif.
According to the article, many of the contractors that install sprinkler systems also install outdoor lighting, and the company sees this as a chance to streamline the supply chain.
A separate article by North County Times said that Toro will retain 30 of Unique’s employees, who will be moved to the Riverside location over the course of the next 18 months. The company will also retain owners Nate Mullen and Randy Weisser, as well as a team of designers from Unique Lighting.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Readers Respond: Healthcare reform
HCN asked readers: What do you think about the plans to attempt to repeal the recent overhaul of the healthcare system? Here is what we heard:
"In my view the cost of health care must be addressed, but to pass a monster healthcare bill with over 2,000 pages that almost no one read before they voted to pass it was ludicrous at best and stupid at worst. All the regulations that were woven into the bill will impact every section of our economy. The last time I checked we don’t have citizens dying in the streets because they couldn’t get emergency health care so the sense of urgency was hard to understand. The politicians need to identify the problems and then come up with the solutions and fine-tune the best healthcare system in the world — not destroy it. If they want to address the spiraling costs they need to pass tort reform to do away with defensive medicine and the frivolous lawsuits which costs hundreds of millions a year. They need to go after fraud and abuse to recover taxpayer money that shouldn’t have been paid out to begin with and make it understood fraud and corruption will no longer be tolerated, and if caught you will do jail time and forfeit any and all assets accumulated with these funds. Our country is on the verge of bankruptcy, and to pass these huge spending bills is irresponsible when someone with common sense could fix what’s wrong with the healthcare system for a minimal amount of money instead of the trillions of dollars this bill will cost the taxpayers that we can’t afford."
— Bill Bates
R.P. Johnson & Son, Inc.
"Any attempt to repeal health care is short-sighted, anti-people and anti-business. What we need to do is move beyond this first step and quickly move to a single payer system. This will reduce overall costs to both individuals and businesses while extending quality health care to all. Let’s stop listening only to the spin doctors and start analyzing the situation and data available."
— Bruce Millar
“I look forward to the conservatives in Congress writing a new healthcare program this year — one that will work the way it was intended.”
— Ted Pecot
“I am in complete support of repealing the 2010 healthcare law.”
— Name withheld
“Healthcare reform should not be touched except to broaden its scope. I think it is a complete falsehood that people do not want healthcare reform. People did not like the reform in its watered-down form. They wanted single payer and a more overreaching program. True, they did not like the reform, but not because they did not want reform.”
— Jim Coretti
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Another good Chesterton quote
Another good Chesterton quote that may apply nicely to the health care system and the accompanying debate: "We have had no good comic operas of late, because the real world has been more comic than any possible opera."
I recently rediscovered a
I recently rediscovered a great insight from the British writer G. K. Chesterton (a far more conservative than non-conservative thinker). He said (circa 1915) "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of the Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." So-called US Conservatives have shown themselves to be very good at not doing and at blocking doing. Republicans held center stage in Congress for 12 years and the White House for eight. Health care costs were a bulging pustule all that time, but there were no solutions advanced with any kind of energy and conviction. And even if the Democrats stonewalled GOP participation in the process, the bullhorns of Fox News and other media should have given Republicans plenty of opportunity to put across and force attention on their ideas. What are those ideas? Can it possibly be that after all these years "market forces" is all the answer we'll hear? We've felt those forces, I think we know they will kill our future. Where is the wisdom of Ike and the foresight of JFK now that we really need it?
Lowe’s shakes up in-store staffing
Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s is making a big shift in its in-store work force, favoring part-timers over middle managers.
The move will cut about 1,700 middle management jobs in the stores, but will lead to an additional 8,000 to 10,000 part-time workers, according to Chris Ahearn, Lowe’s VP public relations. The shakeup is expected to take effect Jan. 29.
In an e-mail to Home Channel News, Ahearn explained: "We converted the existing structure, which had an operations manager, zone manager, administrative manager [and] sales manager, to a structure with a store manager and assistant managers, all of whom have responsibility for sales and service in the store."
The move is described by the company as a broad change in staffing to better serve customers over the busy shopping periods, such as the weekends.
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