Omya Inc,The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce held their 113th Annual Meeting on November 7th. Pierre Masuy, Plant Manager, OMYA, Inc.’s Florence Verpol Plant was named the 2011 Business Person of the Year. In his remarks RRCC EVP/CEO Tom Donahue noted noted the importance of the OMYA facility.The plant is the third largest in OMYA’s worldwide system, employing a staff of 175 workers. The plant is also the largest customer of Vermont Railway. Masuy oversaw construction of the plant’s multimillion-dollar dewatering facility that came online in 2009, recycling 750,000 gallons of water a day from the calcium carbonate manufacturing process. Donahue informed those in attendance that the contributions made by Masuy and the plant go beyond its economic benefit. Donahue stated ‘At OMYA, they feel it is their civic responsibility to support local efforts that benefit the community and neighbors, in the past six months alone, they have made donations to 56 local organizations and community groups.’ Masuy, a native of France, holds degrees in physics and engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. He relocated from his job at OMYA’s Aragon facility in France to assume the job of Florence plant manager. While accepting the award, Masuy thanked his employees at the plant. Masuy was joined on stage by his key management team and his wife, Patricia. While introducing his team Masuy stated: ‘In talking about business, the first thing I have in mind to do a good business, you need to have good people around you.’ Masuy said in a tough economy, his employees ‘work hard every day to find new ideas to keep our business strong in Vermont to support our customers, to support our people and to support our community,’ he said. ‘It is part of our responsibility and really we like it.’Other highlights of the meeting included an overview of the Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and goals looking forward. The meeting featured Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, as the keynote speaker. Pierre Masuy, Plant Manager, OMYA, Inc. accepts the RRCC 2011 Business Person of the Year Award.
19 May 2017 Birdies take Greenfield and Edmond into final Aileen Greenfield and Fiona Edmond will meet in this afternoon’s final of the English senior women’s championship at South Staffordshire Golf Club.Both sealed their semi-final wins with 18-hole birdies, with Greenfield defeating Caroline Berry 2up and Edmond beating Lulu Housman by one hole.It means a new name will appear on the trophy. Greenfield, a senior international, has never won this trophy while Edmond, an international back in the early 1990s, is making her debut in senior golf.Greenfield’s match this morning featured high quality golf and there was never more than a hole between the players. Berry, who had three birdies on the front nine, just had the edge over the first 12 holes.But Greenfield won 13 to get all square and 14 to go one up. She held on to her lead until the last, rolling in a 10ft putt to put the result beyond doubt.In the other semi-final Housman started with a winning birdie but the match was all square after three holes. Edmond then moved ahead, winning the fourth and fifth before getting to three up on 10. Housman whittled away at the lead and pulled back to one down with four to play. However, Edmond kept her advantage and set up her closing birdie with a fine approach shot to 18.Results:Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) beat Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) 2up.Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk) beat Lulu Housman (Wyke Ridge, Middlesex) 1up.Finals:Wendy Taylor Salver – championship flightGreenfield v EdmondAnn Howard Trophy – flight two for over-60sRosie Waller (Kendal, Cumbria) v Carol Cass (Broadstone, Dorset)Click here for live scoringCaption: Aileen Greenfield (left) and Fiona Edmond (image © Leaderboard Photography)
Newly acquired Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, right, stands with team president Arthur J. Rooney II, left, before a news conference at the NFL football teams headquarters in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Mitchell signed a five-year deal with the Steelers. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Mike Mitchell grew up in the Cincinnati area, so his youth was spent as a fan of the Bengals.Mitchell also was aware of their division rival, the Steelers, and the safety quickly found out more about them and their fan base after he signed a five-year contract with the club when free agency began this week.“I’m big on Twitter, and I read a lot about what people say,” Mitchell said Thursday. “I made the announcement at 6 o’clock, and I’ve already gotten close to 10,000 more followers. So the Steelers Nation definitely is alive and going strong. And you can feel it.“I feel very welcome, and people want to see me do good. So I can’t wait to get to work with my teammates. . My agent was fielding a lot of phone calls, and he was running off a list of teams. (But) as soon as I heard the Steelers, growing up around the Cincinnati area, that was a team you knew about. And being a Bengals fan when I was a kid, you were afraid of them.”Mitchell clearly isn’t afraid anymore, and his physical brand of football appears to mesh well with the club’s defensive philosophy. So, he jumped at the opportunity to play for the Steelers.“I know what the franchise is about, and the way that they play football here I really think fits my personality,” Mitchell said. “It’s very hard-nosed and the division, the AFC North, is very physical.“So there were just too many things to pass up, and I immediately identified them as a team that I definitely wanted to go to. And I think the feeling was mutual. My family and I are extremely excited, and we’re very happy to have this opportunity.”Mitchell played his first four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders and was a spot starter. His career blossomed as a primary starter last season for Carolina. Mitchell had 66 total tackles with 50 solo stops, 3 1-2 sacks, eight pass breakups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles during his only season in Carolina.Mitchell took a chance and signed a one-year contract with the Panthers. It paid off this week with a five-year Steelers contract for $25 million. The deal contains $5.75 million guaranteed, a $4.75 million signing bonus and first-year roster bonus of $500,000. His base contract this season is $750,000. It jumps to $2 million next year, plus a $2 million roster bonus due in March 2015. He will make $5 million from 2016-2018 and be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL