Britton Lumber Company LLC,Photo: John Moses (Gray Hat), Bob Moses (Green, Bright Hat). Brian Moses (Top Center), Shelly Moses (front center blue shirt), and Elizabeth Moses (pink shirt). Courtesy photo.by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine The Britton Lumber Company in Fairlee is the winner of the SBA Vermont Family-Owned Business Award. But it is really the story of two families, sequentially owning and running the same business. That’s because the Moses family purchased the lumber mill from the Britton family in 2013, after the Britton family had been running it since 1946.“Robert Moses, my dad, was the Britton’s tax accountant for about 25 years in New Hampshire,” said Brian Moses, 29, who runs sales and operations in Fairlee. “He sold his tax business, and in 2013 he purchased Britton Lumber from Doug Britton.”The business remains a true family affair. Robert Moses is president and CEO. Brian runs Fairlee. His older brother Jonathon, 31, is the product manager in New Hampshire, where they manufacture eastern white pine.“I started in 2018,” Moses said. “That’s also when my brother started. His story is similar to mine. He lived in San Francisco. I lived in Montana. Then my mother and father purchased Britton. It was kind of in our heads that we would come home and work for my dad. It’s a coming home story, and my mom is very happy.”The company employs about 65 people and reported $40 million in revenue last year. Britton is spread over three New England states.“In 2012, Doug Britton purchased a distribution yard in Maine,” Moses said. “So when the Moses family purchased Britton Lumber, we acquired a manufacturing facility and wholesale operations in Fairlee at the time there was saw-milling in Fairlee. We lost that mill to a fire more than five years ago. We currently operate trucking and distribution in Gray, Maine. And we own a sawmill, plus a wholesale division and a manufacturing division in Bath, NH. We are widespread, but we are a Vermont business proudly in Fairlee, where we employ, on average, about 35 individuals. ”The company sells building materials in northern New England and in the upstate New York region.“We buy products,” Moses said. “Our lumber mostly comes from Canada, our drywall from Portsmouth, NH. We buy screws. We buy insulation. We’re a middleman. We buy materials from a manufacturer, they ship to Fairlee, and we distribute to independent lumber yards. Independent is the key word because they’re not Home Depot or Lowes.”Finding qualified workers has become difficult.“For the first time in a number of years, we’re actively recruiting college graduates and offering intern programs,” Moses said. “It’s been tough in the past three or four years to find motivated help. We operate in a technological field, just like a welder or contractor. We’re in the trades, and a lot of my peers still don’t feel being a welder or plumber as a career path. But you can be a truck driver, a yard foreman or work in the sales office, and by year three, four or five you’re going to have a stable life and a good career ahead of you.”When the pandemic hit, Britton was considered an “essential business.”“We were extremely unsure of the direction our company and the industry were going at the start of the pandemic,” Moses said. “We feel fortunate that Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine all deemed us to be essential businesses. It is a true blessing. We are shipping more materials now than in previous springs. A lot of people are struggling, but the home centers and the lumber yards are using middlemen and distributors like us because the large manufacturers shut down or laid off employees or had closures. We did some of that, but we didn’t do that as much as we thought. Because we were cautious with our approach to COVID-19, there was enough delay that we saw business remain steady for the last two months. We’ve laid off under 10 people. If we were not an essential business, I don’t know if we’d even be having this conversation.”The Moses family was overjoyed to be selected Family Business of the Year, Moses said.“We think the family business part is most important,” he said. “Our customers are family-run businesses. We’re a very small player in the building materials industry as a whole, so we feel we operate as a small business and very much have an entrepreneurial spirit here at Britton Lumber.”
Gophers seek to meet even when not at the same one David McCoyApril 4, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s interesting that a track and field competition is called a meet.In the case of Minnesota’s men’s track and field team, the team is doing anything but that this season.Every week of the outdoor season, members of the Gophers will be going their separate ways as the team splits up for individualized competitions.And while the team always has divided the roster in the past, it is doing so much more this season.“Usually you spend a lot of time together with the guys traveling, but this year’s a little different,” senior sprinter and long jumper Andrew Newman said. “I think it has its benefits because you can get more event-specific competition at certain meets. But at the same time, you miss out on the camaraderie.”Last outdoor season coach Phil Lundin twice sent members of the team to different events.The rest of this season, Minnesota will send people different places every weekend (five times) until the Big Ten Championships.To make up for the lesser degree of team unity, the Gophers have had more teambuilding get-togethers than they did last year, Newman said.“We’ve been doing a lot more things as far as team meals and stuff like that than we have in the past,” Newman said, “to help the team gel.”The team held a team meal and softball game in the fall, he said, as a fun way to build chemistry.“It’s always funny to see the 160-pound distance guys versus the 240-pound thrower doing something together,” Newman said. He remembers one event vividly.“There was actually a popped ball hit up, and Pete (Miller) – he’s a thrower and probably outweighs me like 60 pounds – I was like, ‘I got it,’ and came running for it,” Newman said. “He obviously didn’t listen and we just collided. I took the brunt of the hit, obviously. It hurt but it was fun and everyone has laughs about it.”But while the team is gelling together by having fun off the field, Lundin said Saturday’s meet, the Pepsi Team Invitational in Eugene, Ore., will help the team come together as well.Four teams will compete against the Gophers – Boise State, Oregon, Penn State and Washington.Because the meet is a team-scored event, and because most of the team will be there, there’s a team element there that Lundin said he hopes will carry through all the separate competitions this season.“There’s a congealing, a bringing together of the team,” Lundin said. “We’re always focusing so much on the individual, because if the individual shines, the team shines.“But in many cases you’ve got a competition like this weekend where a kid that may never score a point in the Big Ten or may never score in the regionals could score some points for the team. So it’s kind of refreshing and gives everybody a different look, a different feel.”Some members won’t be going because they haven’t trained enough yet or are dealing with injury, Lundin said. He also said Aaron Buzard’s status is still up in the air as the team waits for MRI results on his injured foot.Other members of the team will stay home for the Hamline Open on Saturday. But while they’ll be separate for a while, the Gophers will come together at the end of the season, when it matters most.“I think the reason the coaches split us up like this is because we all want to come together and peak for the Big Ten,” senior John Albert said. “And for the Big Ten it’s so much easier to get pumped up for whatever event you have … You have a bunch of guys hanging around to watch your event, and you do the same for others. And I think it helps performances quite a bit when we’re all together.”
Gophers fall to Stanford in Sweet 16Minnesota’s loss ended its season and the career of three seniors on the team.Chelsea GortmakerMinnesota outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball against Radford at the Sports Pavilion on Friday. The Gophers advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins on Friday and Saturday. David NelsonDecember 15, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers watched their season disintegrate into thin air as Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku slammed down the final point for the Cardinal.While the match ended 3-0, Minnesota put up a valiant effort in the defeat.Gophers head coach Hugh McCutcheon said his team simply didn’t make plays when it needed to.Stanford’s block frustrated the Gophers all night as the combination of the sophomore Ajanaku and senior Carly Wopat was instrumental in stymying the Minnesota vattack.McCutcheon said the Gophers struggles in the passing game, which didn’t do the team any favors offensively“That made our offense more predictable and therefore their blockers were ready,” he saidThough they pushed each set to its final point, the Gophers went down by two sets quickly.Still, as fans have seen throughout the year, Minnesota continued to battle.“That’s been a trait of this team the whole year,” McCutcheon said. “It wasn’t a surprise that we were able to grind it out and even find a way to get back into it in that third [set].”Minnesota ultimately fell to the Cardinal 25-22 in the third set to complete the sweep. “We had a great season it just didn’t end up the way we wanted it to,” senior outside hitter Ashley Wittman said. “It’s sad that it’s over, but at the same time, we’ve got to move on.”This marks the end of an era for Gophers volleyball team as bid farewell to Wittman as well as seniors Tori Dixon and Alexandra Palmer.Those three players helped propel the Gophers into the Sweet 16 this season.McCutcheon said the third round exit doesn’t reflect the talent of the team. “I think our team is a top-10 team [in the NCAA], maybe a top-eight team, maybe even more than that,” McCutcheon said. “It’s a shame that we didn’t get a result that represented that.”The Gopher graduating class holds a resume that includes four Sweet 16 appearances and a trip to the Elite Eight last season.Though Dixon herself doesn’t know what to expect out of next year’s volleyball team she said she isn’t too worried.“It’s a strong program,” Dixon said. “The coaches are great, and I don’t think that will fade.“I don’t think tradition graduates.”
Not only has Stecklein been key to the penalty kill, but she also contributes heavily on the power play, giving her team the added bonus when it has a player advantage as well.“You don’t see Lee Stecklein in front of the net even though she’s huge,” forward Kelly Pannek laughed. “Cause she’s great at running the top.”The junior explained that the coaches knowing their personnel was an integral part of the Gophers’ success in their special teams, and that they have utilized each player to her top potential.The Gophers have converted on the power play at an NCAA-leading 27.71 percent success rate.The statistic is especially impressive for Minnesota in that the team has only had 83 chances on the power play total, the second-smallest number of any team in the top 10.Pannek herself is a player that has competed at her highest level on the power play this season.She is in a five-way tie for second in the nation in power play goals scored, with six on the season so far.Pannek, a former Benilde-St. Margaret forward, has been the key piece for Minnesota’s successful attack on the power play, while also leading the nation in total assists and points, both by large margins.“On our first unit, we’ve got Kelly Pannek handling the puck quite a bit on the half wall, and she’s one of the best decision- makers in the country,” Frost said. Minnesota women’s hockey continues dominance in special teamsThe Gophers currently own both the nation’s top penalty kill and power play.Chelsea Gortmaker, Daily File PhJunior forward Kelly Pannek skates against the Lindenwood Lions on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at Ridder Arena. Tommy SlettenFebruary 9, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe story of this winter for the Gophers is special teams — the penalty kill and power play.No. 5 Minnesota (21-5-3, 17-4-3 WCHA) leads the nation in both, taking advantage of being a player up and also mitigating the loss of being a player down.“I think skilled players [help us the most],” said head coach Brad Frost. “On the penalty kill we need big saves. I think our team is doing a good job on the forecheck, not allowing them to set up in the zone. Power play wise, [we need] a lot of skilled players who understand what we’re trying to do and creating two-on-ones and getting the puck to the net.”Minnesota’s penalty kill has been elite this season and has stopped the opposing team from scoring 92.5 percent of the time. They have also lessened the opportunities of opposing teams to go on the power play at all as the Gophers have committed the least penalties of any of the top 15 penalty killing teams.“We know whenever we take a penalty, it’s like, ‘Alright, well we just kill it off now,’” defenseman Lee Stecklein said. “There’s just no doubt that we can do what it takes to get there.”The senior captain said she was unaware of her team’s top standing on the penalty kill, but it does not surprise her, due to the way the unit is coached. “[Associate head coach] Joel Johnson is a really good coach, and he teaches us the system really well,” Stecklein said.Steckein herself has been the anchor for the Gophers’ defense this season, especially on the penalty kill, giving her team the opportunity to stay in games.
Fifteen years ago, psychologists Barbara Rogoff and Maricela Correa-Chavez ran a simple experiment. They wanted to see how well kids pay attention — even if they don’t have to.They would bring two kids, between the ages 5 to 11, into a room and have them sit at two tables.Then they had a research assistant teach one of the kids how to assemble a toy.The other kid was told to wait. Rogoff says they would tell the second child, “You can sit over here, and in a few minutes you’ll have a turn to make this origami jumping mouse,” — a different task altogether.Rogoff and Correa-Chavez wanted to see what the waiting child did. Would she pay attention to the research assistant. Or did she goof off? Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
Aug 13, 2010Florida officials confirm dengue case in Broward CountyHealth officials in Broward County, Fla., have confirmed a dengue virus infection in a resident who had not left the county in the 2 weeks before symptom onset, the county health department said yesterday. The case is thought to be the first among the recent spate of dengue infections that was acquired outside Key West. Broward, located in southern Florida, is the state’s second-largest county and includes the Fort Lauderdale area. Dr Paul Thaqi, the county health department director, said in the statement that the patient has fully recovered. Broward County mosquito-control authorities are spraying the patient’s neighborhood and home and are inspecting the area to help prevent other infections, according to a county news release issued today. Growth projected in vaccine marketsThe global vaccine market will grow at a compounded annual rate of 9.5% over the next 5 years, predicts a new report from Kalorama Information, a New York-based medical market research company. Increased acceptance of and new products in the flu and hepatitis vaccines categories will help drive the growth of the adult vaccine market, the company said in a press release yesterday. Meanwhile, pneumococcal and combination tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines will help fuel the pediatric sector, the company predicted. In 2009 vaccine sales grew to $22.1 billion, up from $19 billion in2008. Bruce Carlson, Kalorama’s publisher, said vaccines were the only bright spot for some biomedical companies in 2009. “It’s not a surprise therefore that development is heavy in this sector, and that will contribute to growth over the next five years,” he added.Aug 12 Kalorama press releaseResistant bacteria cases reported in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, USIn the wake of this week’s report of a gene that can jump bacterial species and confer resistance to many antibiotics, several infections with bacteria having the resistance factor have been reported in Canada, Australia, and Hong Kong. The gene enables bacteria in the Enterobacteriaceae family to produce an enzyme called NDM-1, which makes them resistant to carbapenem and several other antibiotics. The Calgary Herald in Alberta reported today that two Canadians have had and recovered from infections with NDM-1-producing bacteria. One was an Alberta resident who contracted an infection while in India, was hospitalized in Alberta, and was discharged weeks ago. The other patient was treated in Vancouver, the story said. An Australian Broadcasting Corp. report carried by Radio New Zealand today said three NDM-1 infections have been reported in Australia, at least two of them in patients who had been in hospitals in India. In addition, the Hong Kong Department of Health said yesterday that a 66-year-old man who was infected with NDM-1-producing E coli was treated successfully with oral antibiotics at a Hong Kong clinic October2009. Meanwhile, Mike Coston, author of the blog Avian Flu Diary, pointed out that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three cases of NDM-1 bacterial infection in the United States in June, marking the first such report in the United States. All occurred in patients who had received medical care in India. The resistance problem was described in an Aug 11 report in Lancet Infectious Diseases, which said it could become a major global public health problem.Aug 13 Radio New Zealand reportAug 12 Hong Kong statementJun 25 CDC report on US cases
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Aggression around the mediation table can be counter-productive and damage your client’s chances of success, a leading QC has warned. Bill Wood, vice-chair of the Civil Mediation Council, said he had experienced cases where the two lawyers involved were more angry than the clients. Wood told an event organised by mediation firm JAMS International at magic circle firm Linklaters that some litigators still seek to obstruct mediation. ‘It is the clients’ dispute,’ he said. ‘[Lawyers] are entitled to be cross but advocates should not lose it – excessive aggression can harm your clients’ interests. ‘I bridle when I take an offer into a room and the lawyer says “no I won’t accept that” without asking anybody.’ Wood, a Brick Court barrister and JAMS panel member, said he had seen lawyers tear up offers in front of their counterparts, and in one case flourish their entry in Legal 500 noting their ‘belligerent character’. Katie Bradford, partner and head of property litigation at Linklaters, denied that litigators were obstructing mediators but said some clients demanded their lawyer act unreasonably. ‘I’ve heard the criticism that lawyers are acting as gatekeepers, but I truly believe most commercial litigators are explaining the options and sometimes clients are not taking them,’ she said. ‘Quite often they want their lawyer to go in there and bite the head off the other side. That’s the client’s prerogative. It may appear aggressive, and the other side and mediator might not like it.’ Craig Pollack, head of litigation at international firm SJ Berwin, said there was unease among lawyers at handing over a complex case to a mediator who has only ‘two or three days’’ preparation. Wood said parties were unwilling to fund mediators for more than seven or eight hours, no matter how complicated the case.