Month: October 2020

Belize pushes for responsible stewardship of world’s oceans

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first_img CARICOM and UNEP extend cooperation on environment Sep 21, 2020 Strong CARICOM participation on Day One of UN Ocean ConferenceCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States sent a strong signal about their commitment to saving the oceans by taking lead roles in a number of the activities on Day One of the UN Oceans conference in New York, Monday 5 June, 2017. Grenada facilitated two strongly supported events on the Blue…June 6, 2017In "Barbados"CARICOM – Strengthening regional and global networks to achieve sustainable development goalsThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) staged its Side-Event at the UN Oceans Conference in New York, Wednesday, with a strong focus on networking and collaboration to help the region achieve its sustainable development goals. The event, titled “Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development”, was convened as a partnership involving CARICOM Member…June 8, 2017In "Barbados"CSEF VI highlights transformative role clean energy can play in CARICOMClean energy in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has to be further developed to play a transformative role in economic development, poverty alleviation, and building resilience to deal with climate change. Electricity and fuel sector regulations also must be right-sized to suit the needs of Member States, and stakeholders must find…December 12, 2018In "Belize"Share this on WhatsApp Oct 7, 2020 You may be interested in... Sep 25, 2020 CARICOM congratulates Belize on its 39th Independence… center_img CARPHA: Leading the Caribbean’s COVID-19 Response – VIDEO Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Oct 7, 2020 Standards, Quality Still Important “Belize is also the only country in the world to have developed a national multi-species system of marine tenure and zoning, locally known as managed access. This system has proven reliable as a tool to empower traditional fishers to protect their fishing area.” Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change, Belize, speaking at the United Nations Ocean Conference, Tuesday. See Minister’s presentation  –  VIDEOlast_img

Timken Chief Engineer Honored by SAE

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first_imgCANTON, OHIO — The Timken Co.’s Chief Engineer for Axle Centers, Mircea Gradu, was recently honored by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) for his leadership and contributions to developing and enhancing the interchange of technical information in SAE’s transmission and driveline technology sessions. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Gradu was presented with the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award at a ceremony held April 12, during the Honors Convocation at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The annual Forest R. McFarland Award recognizes outstanding contributions toward the work of the SAE Engineering Meetings Board in the planning, development and dissemination of technical information through technical meetings, conferences and professional development programs or outstanding contributions to the Engineering Meetings Board operations in facilitating or enhancing the interchanges of technical information. Developing innovations that bring value to customers is a core characteristic of Timken, said Jacqui Dedo, president — automotive. “Mircea Gradu embodies that with his contribution to the automotive industry,” said Dedo. “We are pleased that SAE is honoring him and hope that his dedication to advancing the automotive industry is a model for others to continue to help the Society of Automotive Engineers achieve its goals.” For more information abotu Timken, go to: www.timken.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img

Lund International Names New VP of Sales and Marketing

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first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement SUWANEE, Ga. — Lund International has named Ken Robinson as vice president of sales and marketing. As such, Robinson will be responsible for all sales channels, marketing and customer service.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Robinson comes to Lund from General Motors, where he last held the position of general manager southeast region, service, accessories and parts. Throughout his career Robinson has held management positions in international and domestic sales, product management and development, advertising and marketing.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img

MEDCO Names David Hittinger Director of Business Development

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pa. — MEDCO has announced that David Hittinger has joined the company as director of business development – tools and equipment. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MEDCO is a leading PBE supply, mechanical tools and equipment distributor, headquartered in Philadelphia. The company operates eight warehouses in the U.S. and two warehouses in Canada. In this role, Hittinger will be responsible for all tool and equipment activities associated with national accounts for the automotive and industrial businesses, a major area of focus for MEDCO. Hittinger will be located at MEDCO headquarters in Philadelphia and will report to John Casanova, vice president of sales and customer service. Before joining the MEDCO team, Hittinger was automotive vice president sales and marketing at Danaher Tool Group. Prior to that, he was market manager for Thomas & Betts Inc. His extensive experience in automotive also includes management positions with Cooper Automotive. According to Andrew Keim, president of MEDCO, Hittinger’s knowledge and experience in the national tools and equipment marketplace will allow him to play a major role in the company’s growth. “We have been searching for the right person to direct business development and grow national accounts for MEDCO. I am convinced that Dave brings the right set of skills to accomplish this goal.” In commenting on the decision to join MEDCO, Hittinger said, “MEDCO has a unique advantage in the tool and equipment business because of its warehouses across the U.S. and Canada.” He added, “Having more than 40,000 readily available SKUs from industry-leading manufacturers allows us to respond and deliver quickly for our customers. That, combined with the excellent systems already in place and the strong reputation earned over decades in this business will make my job that much easier.”last_img

Richard Sadewitz Named Vice President — Marketing for Silent North America

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first_imgJAMAICA, N.Y. — Richard “Rick” Sadewitz has been named vice president – marketing for Silent North America, a supplier of exhaust systems and related products throughout the NAFTA region. Sadewitz will be based out of the company’s U.S. headquarters in the Jamaica section of New York City. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Sadewitz is a seasoned veteran of the North American automotive aftermarket, and is, perhaps, best known for the two decades he spent as president of Bosal USA Inc., from 1984 to 2004. For the 10 years preceding that service, Sadewitz was the founder and a principal of Impart Inc., a full-line distributor of imported automobile parts, and one of the nation’s largest importer of exhaust system products from several major manufacturers. And, following his 20 years as president of Bosal, he served as a principal of Batteries Plus, a major chain of battery stores. His experience in exhaust importation, distribution and retailing have afforded him special knowledge of the U.S. aftermarket exhaust products, which he plans to use in building sales of Silent-branded exhaust products. Until recently, Silent was primarily a supplier of private-brand exhaust products, and now selling Silent-branded product through warehouses supplying undercar specialty shops and other service and repair facilities. Working in concert with the management team at Silent N.A., Sadewitz has already launched a new logo and marketing campaign into the replacement market. Featuring the theme, "We’d like to give you the Silent treatment," the company will emphasize its focus on customer service, with extensive coverage, particularly for popular import and smaller domestic vehicles, along with its extraordinary more than 96 percent order fill rate and same-day shipping.Advertisement Sadewitz’s appointment was announced by Barry Spiegel, president of Silent N.A. "We’re very lucky to have found someone with Rick’s extraordinary knowledge of the exhaust aftermarket," said Spiegel. "I don’t know of anyone else whose experience and knowledge base even approaches what Rick brings to our company. As we continue the launch of our branded product into the North American aftermarket, I’m confident that Rick’s marketing savvy will bring us immediate brand recognition and success in the marketplace." With U.S. headquarters in Jamaica, N.Y., Silent North America supplies direct-fit exhaust system products for import and domestic cars and light trucks. Silent’s product line of nearly 600 SKUs includes mufflers, pipes, singles and duals, plus flex pipes and all necessary hangers and clamps, all with 95 percent-plus order fill and same-day shipping. For more information, visit www.SilentNA.com.last_img

Rotary: Galen Gisler On Threat Of Near-Earth Asteroids

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first_imgDr. Galen Gisler, retired LANL astrophysicist and community volunteer, recently spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the threat of near-Earth asteroids. He described the impacts of the Chicxulub impact in present-day Yucatan that is responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, as well as those impacts in our modern age: Tunguska, Siberia in 1908 and Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. To study the threat, scientists find potentially hazardous asteroids, calculate their orbits, monitor and characterize them, and if necessary, develop and execute a deflection mission. The intent of the deflection is to alter the asteroid’s orbit away from Earth. Methods considered include a gravity tractor, kinetic impact, a nuclear explosive device, and a spacecraft swarm with lasers, ion beams, or solar mirrors. For more information, visit the Minor Planet Center, www.minorplanetcenter.net, which operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Photo by Linda Hulllast_img

Conejos Fire Grows To 185 Acres

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first_imgSFNF News:SANTA FE – Scattered thunderstorms in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend put a fair amount of moisture on the Conejos Fire, but not enough to extinguish it. Fire managers released some of the resources assigned to the fire over the weekend. The plan is to wait out the monsoonal weather patterns over the area now and, if the moisture is followed by a drying trend, resume firing operations later in the week to complete an 800-acre block. Start date: July 29, 2019Cause: LightningLocation: Conejos Peak on the Jemez Ranger District adjacent to Forest Road 266 about 4 miles northeast of the Paliza Campground and 5 miles from the community of Ponderosa Size: 185 acresFuels: Primarily ponderosa pineResources on scene: Type 4 Incident Commander, district fire personnel and Santa Fe County Fire Department’s Black Canyon hand crewCurrent status: Crews will be monitoring the Conejos Fire through the showers and thunderstorms predicted for the next few days.Weather: The forecast for the next few days is for isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, followed by more widespread showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winds today are out of the northwest at 5-10 mph with temperatures in the 80s.Predicted smoke impact: Smoke is visible from US Highway 550, San Ysidro and Jemez Pueblo.The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) can take advantage of natural ignitions like the Conejos Fire to improve conditions on the ground by getting rid of woody material and debris on the forest floor. Weather over the next few days will determine whether the Conejos Fire can continue to achieve resource benefits by reintroducing fire to a fire-adapted forest ecosystem. Firefighter and public safety is always the first priority on all wildland fire incidents. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, go to https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.Fire updates are posted on the New Mexico Fire Information website at www.nmfireinfo.com, www.facebook.com/SantaFeNF and Twitter @SantafeNF. For additional information about the Conejos Fire, please contact the Jemez Ranger District at 575.829.3535.last_img

Letter To The Editor: Paving Paradise To Put Up A Parking Lot…

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first_imgThe development plan from TNJ included paving most of the land for parking. Ironically, there may not be enough parking to accommodate the hotel’s guests as well as the 250 to 300 potential attendees of the conference center. Public comments during the meeting raised other concerns about this planned “give-away”: Why pave paradise just to put up a parking lot? Why is the County proposing to give nearly $2 million to a private developer for a major hotel chain? Several local small business owners described how they built their businesses on their own, without a County subsidy. A representative of the new owners of the Holiday Inn Express remarked that they plan to invest about $2 Million to renovate it, also without a County subsidy. Why is developer TNJ being so favored by the County? That phrase, from a 1960s protest song, describes what our County proposes to do very soon. Why is the return on the County’s investment in this project so low? Materials prepared for the meeting show this land give-away would result in a net benefit to the County of about $50,000 per year. That does not include the employee payroll, which, while it benefits employees, does not benefit the community. Why can’t the Canyon Rim Trail go through this property along the rim, rather than being relegated to sidewalks around the hotel? center_img The County Council’s Aug. 27 meeting included a plan to give 2.5 acres of County land to a private developer, TNJ, to build a Marriott hotel and conference center. The land, valued at nearly $2 Million, is located on the recently paved south end of 20th Street, where the “Smart House” is located. Why is this plan being pushed through so quickly? Apparently the County has owned this land since the 1950s or 1960s, so why the rush now to just give it away? The County seems to be treating this land as an unwanted liability, rather than the remarkable resource it is. By Leigh House and Gloria Gilmore-HouseLos Alamos Although the Council anticipated passing a resolution to give the land to developer TNJ at the Aug. 27 meeting, it did not pass. The Council decided to consider this topic again at its Oct. 1 meeting. If you are interested in or concerned by this proposed County give-away, consider attending that meeting to voice your concerns. The many questions raised about this development seemed to be summed up in a remark by a Councilor: “this project does not seem to be the best use for this land”.last_img

Four Short Films About Manhattan Project National Historical Park Debut Tuesday At Nature Center

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first_imgJoin the National Park Service at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 to see the debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy/PEECPEEC News:The National Park Service is hosting a debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park.The event will be held in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and followed by a brief update from the park, along with a presentation on dark skies.This event is free to attend and open to the public. The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road.The films feature poignant interviews highlighting personal experiences with the Manhattan Project. Learn more about Manhattan Project National Historical Park at nps.gov/mapr.Formally established in November 2015 via a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons, the park marks the history of the people, science, events, and controversy associated with the creation of the atomic bomb in the top-secret effort known as the Manhattan Project. Under the agreement, the NPS and DOE jointly manage and administer the park.For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.last_img

End Of An Era: CB FOX Closing Doors After 40 Years

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first_imgCB FOX Department Store in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost. comFrom left, Dave, Anne and Andy Fox at their store Friday in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost. comBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily Postcaclark@ladailypost.comBeloved family-owned CB FOX Department Store is closing its doors for good at the end of April.Owners Dave and Anne Fox and their son Andy made the difficult decision after receiving an offer on the building that was too good to refuse. The terms of that offer are confidential, but Dave explained how their decision came to be.“Receiving an excellent bid that was made on our building at the right time of our lives is the over-riding reason CB Fox is now in the act of going out of business,” he said. “Time-in-grade had a hand in it for sure, but ‘The Bid-from-the-Blue’ did it. Yarn mills closed down in the South back in the 50’s. Yarn mills in small towns, though, understandably don’t stop. So, it’s important to put to rest yarns spun up of CB FOX being driven out by online shopping and/or mistreatment by the County. ‘Sech jest ain’t so’ … so to speak.”He also spoke of the overwhelming outpouring of friendship, appreciation and mixed feelings between CB FOX and so many community members since the store closure was announced last week.“Good Lord, it is appreciated,” Dave said. “An utter privilege is actually what it has been to grind it out in a town so willing to treat so many others as co-equals. Thanks co-equals! You ARE appreciated. And to the many, many just terrific women, young women, men and young men who have worked here, you have been just that—terrific!”Andy expressed Wednesday how much he is going to miss interacting with his customers.“I am going to miss seeing so many customers who are really friends, on a daily basis,” he said. “They have been so supportive over the years. It’s just difficult that our family decisions effect so many in Los Alamos.”As part of the closing down process, store-wide sales are underway and will continue while supplies last or the store closes for good April 30. Dave confirmed that he, Anne, Andy and his family will all continue to live in Los Alamos. Last August the Fox family invited the entire community to celebrate the store’s 40 years of doing business in the heart of downtown Los Alamos.In reminiscing about the last four decades, the Fox family recalled many generous gestures they received from community members.“One time we ran a ‘We’re not going out of business … we just need cash!’ advertisement. Betty Souder saw it and wanted to be sure we were okay, so she came in and purchased $1,500 worth of gift certificates to give us some cash,” Dave recalled fondly, during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post. “While we are remembering the great people we’ve met over the years, we want to salute Bill Enloe and LANB for all their years of support.”Anne told the story of how she and Dave finally took the plunge 40 years ago to own their own business.“Dave was always saying he wanted to own his own business and one time my sister got tired of hearing him say it and told him to just do it … and he finally did,” she said laughing.Following is a chronological history Dave has compiled of the family’s journey over the last four decades:CB FOX HISTORY Written by Dave Fox, Jan. 1, 2011.Modified with addition of mission statement, July 16, 2015Updated July 2019.We came to Los Alamos from St. Louis, MO, 40 years ago as of this writing – my wife, Anne, our three children and me. That we got here was a “collision” of more coincidences than we could ignore, all of which lead to our purchasing our predecessor, the Clement & Benner Department Store … despite the fact that we’d really been trying to buy a hardware store in the then-obscure town of Eagle, Colo.But the coincidences we encountered commanded our attention, such as: our young daughter being best friend to the daughter of Mr. Clement’s son, Buck Clement, who lived within a block of us in St. Louis while his father lived within a mile of us – and had for 40 years, although we hadn’t the remotest idea he owned a Los Alamos store. And coincidences such as the Clement girl’s other grandparents being our next door neighbors!At any rate, before we even knew of Clement & Benner, we’d gotten our sights set on a hardware store in Eagle, Colo. – a rough-at-the edges place with what looked like a good future, thanks to the expensive Beaver Creek development being built just to the east. But making a decision to move to Eagle, a grease spot in the road at that time, was not easy, and by the time we convinced ourselves that Eagle would work out for a young family, a call to the Eagle bank that was to finance the deal, resulted in the devastating news they – the bank – had just snatched the rug out from under us and bought the place for their own purposes. A bank robbery in reverse! Definitely not nice.That dastardly deed got me pretty warm. So, to cool down, I simply began some yard work, when down my driveway came this Buck Clement (He’d come to pick up my daughter for a slumber party with his daughter). Buck knew about “Eagle”, asked how the deal was going, quickly sympathized that it had collapsed, picked up my daughter, and drove away … but no sooner got home than he phoned me, asking, “Would you be interested in my dad’s department store in Los Alamos, NM?”Well, coincidentally (again!), I’d been to Los Alamos exactly 30 days before, because a hardware chain executive for New Mexico had been showing me potential sites for stores in Santa Fe, and in the process, on my visit to New Mexico, he and I made a swing up to Los Alamos so the folks at a hardware store there could give me general encouragement about business in northern New Mexico. That store was/is Metzger’s – so we could have hit our future with a snowball then and there, had we known where the future would lead.There was just so much coincidence involved, that despite not being superstitious (at the time, anyway!), we visited the store within a week of Buck Clement’s question. But still being employed in St. Louis meant we had only a Saturday to scope out Clement & Benner and only half a Sunday to find a house we thought maybe we could afford after we made a down payment on the store! By Saturday evening, we agreed with Dick Clement to purchase the store, and by noon Sunday, we identified the one and only house that seemed maybe affordable with whatever money might be left over after the store was bought for an as yet unknown price! The house was only partly built – just sticks with a roof frame and standing in two feet of snow. Seemed breathless then. And it was. Seems breathless now. And it still is.What we didn’t have, oddly, was any retail experience whatsoever. None.What we did have was crucial: a robust customer-orientation, thanks to 17 prior years in marketing positions that inculcated the One Really Big Idea That Counts: customers’ needs and wants actually do come first. That’s if you actually want to succeed.Some Los Alamosans still call us Clement & Benner, which is okay by us, since the “CB” in CB FOX pays tribute to our Clement & Benner-past and especially to George Benner, individually. Speaking of George Benner, we wish he still lived in Los Alamos. He was the soul of good business sense and had a streak of generosity as wide as the Ohio River at full flood … next to which he moved (and now lies) in Evansville, Indiana.Milestones:July 1979: CB FOX buys Clement & Benner Department Store’s merchandise, fixtures and equipment (but not the building).November 1982: Dave Fox dons Santa suit, pretends to be him for next 38 years (so far), creating a permanent Holiday Season draw of traffic to the store and appreciation from several hundred parents annually, judging from the “patient” wait in the “Santa Claus line”.July 1987: create a special-order mattress section in just 100 square feet of space. Leads to full-scale mattress operations later on.December 1988: CB FOX buys building from Clement & Benner Dept. Store. (Note: Built to be a movie theater by AEC in ’52-’53, AEC later converts it to a department store by ’56 and sells it. It operates about a year as Hubbard’s Dept. Store, then becomes Spears Dept. Store for a couple years. In 1959 it’s bought by Richard Clement of St. Louis, Mo. Clement hires George Benner of Evansville, IN to run Clement & Benner Dept. Store.August 1989: expanded Shoe and Furniture Depts. (Shoe storage structure is built right on top of a sidewalk that had skirted east side of building.) Furniture Dept expanded into area that had been the projection room for the movie theater, a space that overlooks the atrium that rises from the Women’s Dept.)October 1992: expanded and upgraded entire store in response to adoption of the then-new Downtown Plan. In fact, CB FOX was determined to set an example during that very cautious time. And so, space was increased by 20%, selection was increased 40%, the Furniture Dept grew to include half of what had been rented offices on the third floor. It didn’t stop there: new departments were created for infants & children’s wear and toys, chocolates and candies of all kinds, New Mexico food specialties and giftware, soaps, lotions and gels. Total cost of construction, new fixtures, and new merchandise: $700,000.December 1992: Began the CB FOX Holiday Open House which featured our purchasing gift certificates from all the home-owned retail stores in Los Alamos, supplementing them with some $2000 in CB FOX gift certificates, and then holding a drawing for the winners immediately before the holding of the Mainstreet “Electric Light Parade” on Central Avenue, directly in front of the store.Aug. 1994: Andy Fox joins CB FOX after several years as sales rep for footwear companies. His experience immediately felt in much increased Shoe Dept. selections, sales, inventory management. Andy’s presence gives Dave time to address expansion plans, and the County Council’s impact on the town’s business environment.April 1995: Opened Pajarito Greenhouse as a “division” of CB FOX which had been started by the person from whom Dave and Anne Fox had purchased their Pajarito Acres home, i.e. the greenhouse stood just 50 feet from our house, ‘twas small at just 336 sq. ft. and spring of ’95 was its original season of operation.April 1998: Greenhouse is very successful, so “exploded” the greenhouse area from 336 sq. ft to 3,600 sq. ft.Aug. 1999: Expanded to Albuquerque, opening our own mattress stores (branded MattreSmart,) because that market appeared to be ripe two ways: (1) there were too few mattress stores; (2) existing stores predominately sold by misinformation and/or outright lies about competitive products and businesses. Our strategy: Actually, help customers by identifying sleep problem(s), and then providing straight-forward information so customer could genuinely compare mattresses on basis of their advantages and benefits across a range of choices. In other words, use the same approach that had worked so well for customers in Los Alamos. But we’d misjudged acceptance of the idea; but quickly we learned that not enough of that market’s population valued truthful selling of products.January 2000: began routine use of Comcast cable television to extend our advertising reach. The message: MattresSmart’s advantage for the customer plus Beautyrest sleep systems. Los Alamos understood, responded well. Albuquerque continued to not understand. The end of MattreSmart had begun. Fast!March 2000: Stock market’s “tech bubble” pops, recession ensues. Los Alamos sales not harmed. In Albuquerque, though, we hang on for a year then exit with financial tails between our legs, sub-leasing one location on Menaul Blvd at a loss from 2000 through 2007. Still, all the advertising we’d done enhanced our reputation among Los Alamosans, and so sales here continued to grow, whereas they had not done so prior to our failed Albuquerque venture. Serendipity: alive and well.May 2000: Cerro Grande Fire destroys or severely damages 354 Los Alamos homes and burns to the ground 47,650 acres across the eastern face of the Pajarito Plateau, burns 28 percent of LANL’s lands, destroys 112 of LANL’s small buildings, causes evacuation of 18,000 Los Alamos residents, shuts down commerce in town and in White Rock. CB FOX makes deep price cuts for all who lost homes, possessions, especially on the expensive things, notably mattresses and bed linens. Price cuts result in major red ink. But we’d calculated we could survive that. And anyway at the time, with fire and smoke everywhere from May through June and smoke far into the fall, it very simply felt like the right thing to do. The Beautyrest factory in Denver charitably lessened the blow, making Beautyrest mattresses available to us at its own “Cerro Grande discount”. Years later we realized that very good goodwill was the very long-term result.July 2003: expand Furniture Department to entire third floor, eliminating spaces previously rented as office space.January 2004: begin sponsorship on PBS TV of BBC World News. Customers volunteered their surprisingly appreciative approval of this action.March 2004: Andy Fox establishes CB FOX KidZ store next door in the 1731 Central Ave. portion of CB FOX building, an instantly successful move. Reasons why: mom’s/kids now have “their own place” and because we now make space for a whole new category that had not existed since the voluntary closure after years of operation of The Hobby Bench: toys! Footnote: The Hobby Bench was the creation of Natalie Ownings, daughter of the Ownings of Skidmore Ownings & Merrill, NYC, architects of skyscrapers that changed the face of much of New York City in the “60’s and onward. Also, that cleared space for the next change below:June-September 2004: Andy expands Furniture Department again, displays new furniture lines (Simply Amish hardwood furniture, Omnia contemporary sofas, both made-in-America lines) in main floor space previously occupied by “KidZ” department. Now furniture gets full exposure through 60’ wide display window that’s virtually on Central Avenue sidewalk. Again, sales respond at rapid rate.August 2006: begin furniture advertising in “Pasatiempo” weekly magazine in New Mexican newspaper. Original purpose: use Pasatiempo’s high-quality graphics appeal to persuade simply those Los Alamosans who read the publication to think of us as a valid source for well-designed and made furniture. Success flows fast from sales traceable to Pasatiempo ads; includes unexpected significant sales to Taos, Santa Fe, on top of the Los Alamos surge.Recession of 2007-2010: sales grow every year of the recession at 8% average annual rate. We’re surprised, believe growth in recession means secular shift in customer perception of store’s value to the community.Spring-Fall 2010: New lines added: Carhartt workwear/safety footwear, North Face outerwear/sportswear, UnderArmour athletic wear, and trail-running footwear.September 2010: Repurchase all CB FOX shares from Jim McMillan. Jim was the first “outside” CB FOX stockholder: Jim/Dave together since grade school in Webster Groves, MO, same school Dave’s father/Jim’s mother went to. Jim owns Rolling Ridge Nursery in “Webster”, has been in that business 51 years by this time. Jim/Dave continue weekly phone contact as Jim remains on CB FOX Board of Directors. Conversations benefit both as by tacit agreement they’re designed to destroy “bigshot” notions of selves before they can get started. Mode of destruction: ego-pricking, generous-hearted, raucous good humor. Jim is radio voice of gardening in St. Louis, MO (KSTR-AM). Jim mentored Dave’s creation of Pajarito Greenhouse for hours by phone (at 1995-96 AT&T long distance land line rates!) The greenhouse became known as the place to buy many of the xeric varieties of perennial flowering plants, trees and shrubs that previously could be found only in Santa Fe.2017: is the final year for operation of the greenhouse when 79-year-old Dave decided that was a good run, which genuinely pleased a great number of very good Los Alamos gardeners. But CB FOX visibly offers its support to Petree’s Nursery when in the following year they open at the top of the Main Hill Road.Aug. 3, 2019: CB FOX celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a “full town’s” worth of great customers.February 2020: CB FOX announces it will close its doors for good on April 30, 2020.CB FOX Mission Statement:Fine-tune our selection continually to the ways that Los Alamos actually works, plays, travels and lives.Emphasize comfort and casualness, good taste, durability, high functionality.Provide better quality at scrupulously competitive prices at all times, and do it on a brand-to-brand, item-for-item, strictly first-quality to first-quality basis.Support as many local organizations as possible, with consideration first and foremost for teams and other organizations created for children and youth.Conduct ourselves with the highest levels of good humor, openness, courtesy and helpfulness that we can muster every day.last_img