Volume 36, Issue 8, August 2001
Corning Gives Hometown $60 Million to Revamp School System
In many small towns new construction means jobs for subcontractors, including glaziers. And a plan to revamp the town of Corning, N.Y.’s school system could mean just that.
The small town, home to glass and fiber optics maker Corning Inc., recently received $60 million from the company to restructure its school system. According to Monica Ott, spokesperson for Corning Inc., the plan to revamp the city’s schools was initiated by the school district, and Corning saw it as a good investment since its headquarters are located there. “The school district was facing significant overcrowding and the quality of the facilities needed to be addressed,” Ott said. “We agreed with the district that the schools needed to be upgraded, renovated and expanded. We wanted to make sure there was quality education and a good school district for recruitment and retention,” she added.
But it is the gift that has left many residents in angst. Corning donated the money towards converting the region’s two high schools into middle schools and replacing them with one 2,000-student high school on the town’s outskirts. According to the Associated Press (AP), “the proposal is aimed at attracting a skilled labor force to this otherwise remote and careworn stretch of Western New York.”
Residents, however, believe the reconstruction will cause too much disruption for the students. According to the AP, "thousands of voters were so unhappy...they tried to vote [the referendum] down."
"I think it's a very bad thing for my hometown, but the public has spoken and that's the system," said Thomas O'Brien, an opponent of the plan.
Cooking Up a Disaster
Impact- and burglar-resistant glass are available, but what about idiot-resistant glass? Such glass probably would have been handy in a Missouri man’s home early on the morning of July 4, when injuries were caused by flying glass due to an oven explosion.
According to Jim Duddy, Kansas City assistant fire marshall, the 28-year old man had spent the evening with friends “drinking heavily” and shooting off fireworks, which prompted neighbors to call the police.
Attempting to hide the fireworks from police, one person in the group stashed them in the oven and forgot about them, Duddy said. The situation really exploded, however, when at 3 a.m. the homeowner decided to bake some lasagna and turned the oven on. “It blew the kitchen all apart,” Duddy said. “The walls were all blown out, the oven flew right through one of the walls.”
Aside from minor injuries, no one was hurt.
Vistawall Group Opens New Facility
The Vistawall Group of Terrell, Texas, recently opened a new 250,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility near Greeneville, Tenn. The company says this new facility is the
largest of its 20 facilities around the nation (with the exception of its headquarters). Vistawall believes the new plant will increase manufacturing capacity
Presently, the plant includes extrusion, anodizing and painting departments, as well as large warehousing and shipping areas.
PPG Announces Excellent Supplier Awards Winners
Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries has recognized ten suppliers for their performance in 2000. Margaret H. McGrath, vice president of purchasing and distribution, said the company’s Excellent Supplier Awards are based on ratings for quality, delivery, documentation, innovation,
responsiveness and commercial value. "These ten companies were truly
outstanding in 2000," McGrath said. "They provided a level of
excellence and innovation that formed a significant competitive advantage for
The Firms Receiving 2000 Excellent Supplier Awards from PPG
Bayer Corp., Coatings and Colorants Division, Pittsburgh - isocyanates and other raw materials;
Citibank, Ireland, Dublin - outsourced treasury services for Europe;
Dedoes, Walled Lake, Mich. - mixing machines;
Dmc2, Washington, Pa. - glass enamels and screens;
EMCO Chemical Distributors, North Chicago, Ill. - repackaged isocyantes and solvent blends;
Jaakko Poyry Engenharia, Sao Paulo, Brazil - construction and engineering services;
Menasha, Yukon, Pa. - corrugated cartons and rack management;
Oxeno Olefinchemie, Marl, Germany - solvents;
Phillip Services of Louisiana, Westlake, La. - cleaning of plant processing equipment;
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