first_imgHelp for Import-Impacted ManufacturersLowell, Mass., June 6, 2005 The New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Inc. (NETAAC), is a government funded non-profit organization that offers cost share assistance for imported-injured manufacturers through grants from the U.S. Department of commerce. NETAACs goal is to help New England manufacturers increase profitability and retain employees while competing with imported products.The New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers Executive Director, Richard McLaughlin, is pleased to announce the approval of the new grant from the US Department of Commerce, under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for firms. These funds will allow us to continue our efforts within the six New England states, stated Mr. McLaughlin.Annually NETAAC provides grants for business services on a cost shared basis to assist New England manufacturers to compete profitably within foreign import markets. Mr. McLaughlin continued to state the NETAAC has assisted over 1200 New England Manufacturers through this program. To be eligible, manufacturers must show a decline in sales and employment, within the most recent twelve months, due to increasing imports into the U.S. domestic market.The Trade Adjustment Assistance for firms is a federal program, which is regionally managed. NETAAC is one of a network of eleven non-profit Trade Centers nationally. A recent study by The Urban Institute concluded, Participating firms do well as a result of their participation. They found that both sales and employment increased after assistance and at rates significantly better than those of a control group of similar firms did. They attributed this positive result to the depth of breath of technical assistance available through the program as well as the ability to customize the assistance to the individual needs of a firm and to deliver it through the best available outside experts.For more information about the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, you can visit their website at www.netaac.org(link is external). Formal inquiries can be made directly to the center located at 600 Suffolk Street, Fifth Floor North, Lowell, MA 01844 or by calling (978) 446-9870.last_img read more


first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Fort St. John native Sterling Middleton has been named Curl BC’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight year.Curl BC announced the winners of their Annual Award winners today, ahead of the awards ceremony that is planned to take place next month.Team Tardi, featuring Middleton, brothers Tyler and Jordan Tardi, Nicholas Meister and coach Paul Tardi, was the first junior men’s curling team from B.C. to win gold at the national level since 2000. The team also represented Canada at the 2017 World Junior Curling Championships in South Korea, where they missed out on a medal because of a tiebreaker that didn’t go their way. The team has won the Curl BC 2017 Team of the Year Award.- Advertisement -Skip Tyler and third Sterling have also been named the joint 2017 Junior Male Athlete of the Year. In addition to their success at the Junior (U21) level the two curlers won a bronze medal alongside Victoria curlers Derek Chandler and Scott Gray at the inaugural Canadian U18 Curling Championships.This is the fourth time that Team Tardi has been named Team of the Year, with Tyler Tardi having had three previous nods for Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Middleton also won the same award last year.A total of 14 awards will be handed out at the event which recognizes the vital contribution that volunteers, coaches, insiders and athletes have made to the sport of curling in BC over the past year.Advertisementlast_img read more