Northwest Territories expands bag tax
YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES The Northwest Territories has expanded its non-reusable bag fee program to include all retail stores. The region in Canada's far north last year imposed a C$0.25 fee on plastic and paper grocery bags but it expanded the program effective Feb. 1.
The main concern by residents was plastic bags blowing around, said government spokeswoman Ella Stinson in a telephone interview from the Northwest Territories capital, Yellowknife. Residents say they've seen a huge reduction in litter.
Stinson said the bag fee has had little impact on the amount of waste going to landfill. The territory is huge at 1.3 million square miles, but it only has about 43,500 residents.
The northern government uses fees from the bag program to help pay for waste-reduction programs.
Vi-Chem, SPE veteran Hayward, 65, dies
GREENVILLE, N.H. Terry C. Hayward, a veteran of plastics companies including Vi-Chem Corp., died Feb. 6 at age 65.
Hayward was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers for more than 40 years. He most recently worked for Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Vi-Chem since 1993. Previously he worked at Borden Chemical Inc., Hampshire Manufacturing Corp. and Proto Corp.
Hayward was born in Port Hueneme, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Neary-Hayward of Greenville.
Xten's Conrad Hauser dead at age 67
KENOSHA, WIS. Conrad Hauser, vice president of sales at injection molder Xten Industries LLC, died Feb. 16 at age 67.
Hauser was the son of Alfred Hauser, who founded Chicago-based Hauser Plas Tech Inc. in 1940. The younger Hauser joined the company in 1965 after attending Loyola University in Chicago, where he majored in business administration.
Hauser served as vice president of sales and marketing, then succeeded his brother Norbert Hauser as president of Hauser Plas Tech in 1998.
In 2002 Xten moved the former Hauser Plas Tech and the former Priority Tool and Manufacturing Co. into a new facility in Kenosha, consolidating their operations. Conrad Hauser remained the company's main contact for customer relations.
Conrad was a founding member of Xten and an irreplaceable part of the Xten family. He will be greatly missed and his loss is felt by everyone in the company and a multitude of friends, CEO Matthew Davidson said in a statement.
Autodesk paying $39M for Blue Ridge
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. Software maker Autodesk Inc. has signed an agreement to pay $39 million for Blue Ridge Numerics Inc., a Charlottesville, Va., developer of simulation software.
San Rafael-based Autodesk said Feb. 17 it expects the deal to close by April 30.
Autodesk said Blue Ridge Numerics' CFdesign technology will be an important addition.