Trinity Biotech Sees Increase In Product Demand During Crisis

first_imgSubmitted image.JAMESTOWN – Trinity Biotech, a company located just outside of Jamestown, says it has seen an increase in production during the COVID-19 crisis. “We have seen a huge increase in demand to help support the COVID-19 testing,” said Dennis Lefler, operations manager for the Jamestown facility.Trinity Biotech produces plastic media transport tubes, which is a container used to store infectious disease test swabs for processing.In order to address the rapidly increasing need for test kits, Lefler explained the facility needed to upgrade some machinery. “We normally only have one filling line for this product as it requires an old dispensing unit that was custom built for us many years ago and the backup unit was not functioning.”With amplified pressure to increase production of tubes, Lefler turned to his neighbor, Tim Piazza, a self-proclaimed geek and problem solver when it comes to machinery and all things manufacturing.Lefler added, “I knew Tim had a lot of experience with this stuff, was really smart and knew a lot of people, and was perhaps someone who could help us.”Coincidentally and unbeknownst to Lefler, Piazza works for the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST), a local resource for manufacturers that includes workforce development and advocacy. MAST is also helping local manufacturers weather the COVID-19 storm. Piazza took a look, made some alterations, and got the unit functioning. He also put Lefler in touch with a local fabricator who was able to make some necessary parts for the machinery.“MAST exists to assist local manufacturing. I’m thrilled we were able to help Trinity expand their capacity quickly,” said Piazza. “It may be cliché, but we can do so much more together, and you never know when help is literally just around the corner.”Along with a national hood supplier who sent a new laminar flow hood, with Trinity Biotech was able to get a second filling line running in order to double their manufacturing capacity.Trinity’s Jamestown facility is also close to completing the development of an ELISA test in response to COVID-19. Also known as an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test, ELISA detects antibodies specific to a particular antigen, in this case the novel coronavirus. The company will follow-up with a Rapid antibody test soon thereafter. While a timeframe for final approval is unknown, the tests are being expedited due to the national emergency and will be launched in all of Trinity’s major markets as soon as possible. Such a test, which is fast, has high sensitivity, and specificity is crucial to understanding and controlling the spread of COVID-19.In reference to living and working in Chautauqua County, Lefler said, “We’re a company that has been here for more than 25 years and we are like a family. We have a stable workforce and long-term employees who easily pull together in a crisis. We take care of each other.”Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and Chief Executive Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency said, “This is just another example of a company that is pivoting to address the needs created by the COVID-19 crisis. I want to commend the Trinity Biotech Team along with Tim Piazza from MAST for making this happen.”Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel said, “While my main priority is dealing with this health crisis, I am also very concerned for the short and long-term sustainability of our businesses. Trinity, along with a multitude of other companies, is alive and well and I commend them for doing their part to deal with this crisis while remaining economically viable.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Duncan Sheik’s New Musical Whisper House Sets Cast

first_img View Comments The latest musical from Spring Awakening Tony winner Duncan Sheik has announced casting. Whisper House, with a book and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow, will debut at The Other Palace in London. Previews begin April 6 with opening night set for April 18 for a limited run through May 27. Adam Lenson directs.The cast for Whisper House includes Simon Bailey (Parade, Jersey Boys), Nicholas Goh (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Simon Lipkin (Guys and Dolls), Niamh Perry (Love Never Dies) and Dianne Pilkington (Mamma Mia!, Wicked). The musical will feature a seven-piece onstage band.​Taking place during World War II, Whisper House follows a young boy named Christopher who is sent to live with a reclusive aunt he’s never met. Soon enough Christopher begins hearing strange music seeping through the walls.Sheik’s other musicals include American Psycho and Because of Winn-Dixie. Jarrow is an Obie winner for A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. The idea for Whisper House was conceived with 30 Rock actor Keith Powell. Duncan Sheik(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

Ten reasons to love Vermont small bsinesses

first_img1. The latest figures show that small business creates 65 percent ormore of America’s net new jobs. 3. Vermont saw an estimated 2,322 new small firmswith employees start-up in the last year measured. TheOffice of Advocacy of the U.S. Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within thefederal government.  The presidentially appointed Chief Counsel for Advocacyadvances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress,the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy makers. For more information, visit is external),or call (202) 205-6533. 8. Small patenting firms produce 13 to 14 times more patents per employeethan large patenting firms.             For more information, visit the Officeof Advocacy website at is external). 10. Small businesses make up 96.8 percent of all Vermont employers. 5. Home-based businesses account for 53 percent of all smallbusinesses. ### 4. Small businesses are 97 percent of America’s exporters and produce 26 percent of allexport value. 2. There are approximately 1,400 minority-owned businesses and 19,002women-owned businesses in Vermont,and almost all of them are small businesses. TenReasons To Love Vermont Small Business             The Office ofAdvocacy, the “small business watchdog” of the government, examinesthe role and status of small business in the economy and independentlyrepresents the views of small business to federal agencies, Congress, and thePresident.  It is the source for small business statistics presented inuser-friendly formats and it funds research into small business issues.  6. Small businesses employ 62.8 percent of Vermont’s non-farm private sector workers. 9. Small businesses create more than 50 percent of the American nonfarmprivate gross domestic product (GDP). 7. The 74,957 small businesses in Vermont are located in every community and neighborhood.last_img read more

Andy Frasco & the U.N. Headlines Music Lineup at GO Fest

first_img“Our goal is to offer the publicthe opportunity to try something new and exciting, experience the outdoors, andmake memories with friends,” said Patrick Boas, event director and recreationmanager at Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “Live music is justone more way to showcase the outdoor amenities and overall appeal of theRoanoke Region.” “GO Fest is a music festival andcelebration of the outdoors all at once,” said Pete Eshelman, Director of theRoanoke Outside Foundation. “Whether you come to GO Fest to try a kayak orbike, sample a craft beer or menu item from a food truck, showcase yourbusiness or organization as a vendor, or just listen to the music, there’ssomething for everyone. Southern Avenue released its second album, Keep On, this spring and has a style that embodies an effortlessly organic soul/blues/R&B fusion that reflects the band members’ diverse roots as well as their deep commitment to their chosen style. Events like this show theconnected nature of the Roanoke Region and how business, talent, and the outdoorsintersect.” “There’s a grungy Bourbon streetfeel, hard-working and moody New York energy, and that indie California vibe,”Frasco says about his latest recording. “I’m a traveler at the end of the day.I became a musician to travel and give people therapy through music.” Taking the stage ahead of the main event will be DownTown Abby & the Echoes, featuring a mix of blues and southern rock. Kicking off the live music on Saturday is Chupacabras, seven time-traveling messengers, weaving a mix of old- school surf rock and soul-altering funk. Saturday isn’t the only day GOFest will be rockin’. The live music starts Friday shortly after gates open andfinishes with Southern Avenue, who describe themselves as a “one-band musicalrevolution.” The weekend music schedule ispacked with local and national favorites and GO Fest attendees get toexperience it all for free. The weekend’s live music schedule wraps up Sundaywith acoustic sets from noon to 5 p.m. with regional songwriters hitting thestage, thanks to coordination of local musician Corey Hunley. The three-day outdoors festival isOct. 18-20, at Rivers Edge in Roanoke, VA. This year’s headliner, Andy Frasco& the U.N., hits the Haley Toyota stage for a free concert Saturday, Oct.19. Other bands on the schedule Friday include local favorite GOTE, guitar-driven psychedelic blues with jamming, textured undertones and harmonically rich melodies, and Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix, a foot-stomping, rising bluegrass band. Music on Friday and Saturday is produced by Across-the-Way Productions, creators of FloydFest, and features winners of FloydFest 2019’s On-the-Rise Competition: DownTown Abby & the Echoes (Winner) and Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix (Runner-Up). Andy Frasco & the U.N. is an American blues rock band that’s been wowing live audiences since 2007. Their third full- length album, Change of Pace, is available now. The group – comprised of Andy Frasco (vocals, keys), Ernie Chang (saxophone), Shawn Eckels (guitar, vocals), and a rotating cast in the U.N. – have performed at festivals alongside icons such as Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, Snoop Dog, Dr. Dog, Joe Walsh, and Kendrick Lamar. Frasco is also known for his podcast, Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast. Blues. Funk. Southern rock. R&B. Bluegrass. The annual Anthem GO Outside Festival not only has races, gear demos, pro-athletes, stunt shows, group rides and runs, and camping, it also features free live music with national touring acts on Friday and Saturday nights. GO Fest has been voted “Best Festival” by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers for five consecutive years, and the nightly shows are a big part of why people love it. The Anthem GO Outside Festival is a free annual event that encourages healthy outdoor recreation. Organized through a partnership between the Roanoke Outside Foundation and the City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the three-day event has evolved into one of the nation’s premier outdoor festivals since 2011. Taking place in mid- October annually, the festival features over 100 family-friendly activities, pro athlete demos, races, craft beer, camping, and live music.last_img read more

Loan Zone: The match game

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » What to do when the competition offers unreasonably low loan rates? A member of CUES Net™, CUES’ members-only email listserv for peer discussion, recently posed this question anonymously, wondering how other CUES Netters respond to such poaching practices.“We are in a very competitive market, and we have one or two financial institutions offering rates so low that they cannot possibly be profitable,” writes the CUES member, noting that his or her CU uses a risk-based pricing matrix for consumer lending. “We have been losing a lot of our auto loan portfolio to refinances, with a significant number at these competitors.”James Holt, CSE, CCE, CUES member and president/CEO of $274 million Mid American CU, Wichita, Kan., stands up to the competition. “We rate match for members that use us for their primary financial institution, so we make money on other parts of the relationship and maybe lose some on the auto rate,” says Holt. The CU has over 300 dealers in its network.CUES member Paul Meissner, CCUE, SVP/CFO of $720 million Credit Union of America, Wichita, Kan., recommends doing your research—both on the competition and your own system—before making a move.last_img read more

Delaware County K9 ‘Ozzie’ passes away

first_imgHe made his first felony-level narcotics arrest in less than 24 hours after graduating the academy. The sheriff’s office says K9 Ozzie was peacefully relieved of his duties due to underlying health conditions. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says services will be forthcoming and announced at a later date. (WBNG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of K9 Osman Steele, known as “K9 Ozzie.” Ozzie’s partner, Major John DeMeo, completed training at the Syracuse Police Department K9 Academy where Ozzie graduated at the top of his class in narcotics detection, handler protection and tracking. Ozzie was born in Czechoslovakia in May 2012 and began his career with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in July 2013. PHOTO SOURCE: Delaware County Sheriff’s Officelast_img read more

FDA lists 2 respirators as offering disease protection

first_imgMay 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday cleared the way for two N-95 respirator models to be marketed as devices that can reduce a user’s risk of becoming ill during an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency.The respirators approved to carry the new labeling are made by 3M Co., based in St Paul, the FDA said in a press release. The models, numbered 8612F and 8670F, will be available to the public without a prescription, the FDA said.Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that in the event of a flu pandemic, people who care for flu patients at home should consider wearing an N-95 respirator. The specialized masks are designed to fit tightly to the face and stop at least 95% of tiny airborne particles.N-95 respirators are among the personal protective equipment that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is stockpiling for use by healthcare workers during a pandemic. CDC Director Julie Gerberding said last week that almost 100 million N-95 respirators had been stockpiled.Though the nature and concentration of the pathogen in the next public health emergency may not be known, minimizing exposure to it will help reduce health risks, said Daniel Schultz, MD, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in the press release.”These respirators are only one part of a combination of approaches that can be used to help reduce the spread of infection between individuals during such events,” he said.Many companies make N-95 respirators for workplaces, including healthcare settings, but the 3M models are the first to be approved for use by the general population to reduce exposure to airborne pathogens in a public health emergency, the FDA said.Jacqueline Berry, spokesperson for 3M, told CIDRAP News the company is moving as quickly as possible to get the respirators with the new labeling on the market and anticipates that they will be available by mid to late summer. She said they will be available to government organizations and safety equipment distributors and sold to the public through retail pharmacies and mass retailers.The products will be sold under 3M’s Nexcare brand, Berry said, adding that the cost of the company’s current N-95 respirator models ranges from $2 to $4.The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that respirators used in workplaces be individually selected for each employee and tested to ensure a proper fit. However, the FDA said the special fit-testing procedures used in occupational settings probably wouldn’t be feasible during a public health emergency.To address fit testing concerns, the FDA said companies that want to market respirators for public health use must provide instructions for achieving a protective fit and using the devices properly. In addition, companies must show that respirators have been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide adequate filtration without hampering breathing ability. Companies also must test the devices for the risk of causing allergic skin reactions.The FDA said 3M determined that healthy adults could achieve a protective fit by following instructions on the respirator’s label. The company also measured how many airborne test particles could get through small leaks between the edges of the respirator and the wearer’s face. Though individual results varied, all had reductions in particle exposure, the FDA noted.In approving the new indication for the two 3M respirator models, the FDA listed several caveats:The respirators are sized for adults and may not fit children properly.Anything that comes between the mask and the face, such as facial hair, may impair the respirator’s fit.People who have chronic health conditions, such as heart or lung disease, may have difficulty breathing through a respirator.The devices are for one-time use by one person and should be discarded afterward.The FDA said it would soon release a guidance document describing its regulatory approach to respirators intended for use during a public health emergency.See also:May 9 FDA press release 3 CIDRAP News story “CDC offers advice on citizen use of masks, respirators”last_img read more

Downturn was just a blip, now business parks are on the up

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Four-bedroom home at Eatons Hill perfect for buyers wanting privacy

first_imgThis property at 8 Bend Court, Eatons Hills is for sale.Patricia and Stephen Gow’s three children have married and moved out of home, so they’ve decided it’s time to downsize.They have lived at 8 Bend Court, Eatons Hill for eight years after having it built.“We saw lots of different ideas so we incorporated them into the house,” Ms Gow said.“We landscaped the front stairs and gardens and then added to the back deck, creating an amazing outdoor entertainment area where we spend lots of time.” The kitchen area at 8 Bend Court is appealing.Ms Gow said she would love to see either a young family buy the house or a similar-aged couple with teenagers who would enjoy their own retreat and privacy. “We love the outdoor alfresco area and spend lots of time out there,” she said.“They can also enjoy the bush walks and swimming down at Bunya Crossing which is just a five-minute walk away.”The property is on a 605sq m block and is fully fenced. The inside of this home is very spacious.Ms Gow and her husband plan to move to the Brighton, Woody Point area.“We’re after something smaller and in the area where we can help out with our three grandchildren,” she said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The home, built in 2009, has four-bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two bathrooms and three toilets.There is also an attic ladder to the ceiling storage area.Ms Gow said Christmas in July parties were held in the street with the involvement of many neighbours, and her husband who dressed up as Santa. “We will miss our street because of the amazing people who we have become good friends with,” she said.“We have watched some of their kids grow up from birth and our grandchildren also love to enjoy their company.” center_img Inside 8 Bend Court.last_img read more

Mission accomplished for buyers searching for the perfect property

first_img19 Wolsey Parade, Wynnum.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoHe said a crowd of about 50 people attended the auction and there were four registered bidders. With panoramic views of Moreton Bay, the property on a 600sq m block, is just moments from Manly Harbour Village and the Wynnum CBD. 15 Attwood Way, Goodna.This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 15 Attwood Way, Goodna fetched $312,000 at auction.Ray White Auctioneer Phil Parker said there were eight registered bidders on site.Ray White selling agent Jon Townend marketed the property as having security screens, ample storage and a large internal laundry. Tap here for a full list of Queensland auction results 28 Hawthorn Terrace, Red Hill.The property features VJ walls, soaring ceilings, French doors, sash windows, and richly hued polished timber floors throughout. 11 Fassifern St, Durack.Ray White — Sherwood selling agent Kris Matthews said there were eight registered bidders keen on the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home.The property is on a 907sq m block. 14 Caesar Court, Sunnybank Hills.The new owners of this Sunnybank Hills home were on a mission to find a home with enough space for their daughter’s grand piano. And they found it.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 14 Caesar Court sold at auction for $949,000.Allen & Lee selling agent Mark Allen said there were seven registered bidders, including one as far as South Australia bidding on the phone. 28 Hawthorn Terrace, Red Hill.A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 28 Hawthorn Tce, Red Hill sold at auction for $977,000.In front of a crowd of 70 people, 15 registered bidders showed a keen interest in the character home.With four active bidders on site, a single woman from Melbourne who is retiring, bought the property.She has plans to be closer to her family. 19 Wolsey Parade, Wynnum.The new owners of this beautiful Queenslander at Wynnum searched for a new home for a long time, and the wait was well worth it.They bought this four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 19 Wolsey Parade for $1.3 million.Belle Property selling agent David Lazarus said the starting bid was $1.24 million.center_img 23 Chester St, Highgate Hill.A 405sq m block of land at 23 Chester St, Highgate Hill sold for $780,000 under the hammer on Saturday.SPACE Property Agents — South Brisbane selling agent Angus Commins said the land was in a secluded cul-de-sac, adjacent to the Brisbane River and University of Queensland and snapped up by a cash buyer.Mr Commins said there was only one registered bidder at the auction, but plenty of post auction interest. Check out the gardens at 14 Caesar Court, Sunnybank Hills.Mr Allen said the new owners had a daughter who was a great pianist, and needed space for a grand piano.The property, on a 944sq m block, features a swimming pool and insulated pergola.It is close to all amenities. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here 15 registered bidders were keen to call 28 Hawthorn Terrace, Red Hill home.Place — Newmarket selling agent Ashley Horswill said: “We’ve seen huge interest throughout the campaign as opportunities like this rarely come on the market in Red Hill”.“This blue chip suburb continues to thrive with prospective buyers wanting a piece of the inner-city lifestyle,” Mr Horswill said. 14 Caesar Court, Sunnybank Hills.Mr Allen said the property sold to a local family in front of a crowd of about 40 people.“The owners had lived here for 31 years. They bought the land and built the home,” he said.“The home was so well presented, that was the drawcard.“It’s like the Botanic Gardens as far as the landscape goes.” 11 Fassifern St, Durack.A house at Durack, built by the seller 35 years ago, sold under the hammer for $476,000.Situated in a quiet, leafy and child-friendly cul-de-sac, this solid flood free brick and tile home was marketed as being perfect for first home buyers, families and renovators.last_img read more