Commodity costs blamed for Martins’ factory closure

first_imgMartins Foods has been forced to close its Southport bakery after it failed to agree a price increase with a major customer.The closure, set for January 2013, will result in 35 job losses, with 10 employees to be transferred over to its other factory in Radcliffe.Neil Martin, managing director, Martins Foods, confirmed that the firm had been trying to get through a price increase, due to the higher costs the bakery is facing from commodities.“As a team we have worked very hard to turn the business around over the last two-and-a-half years. The business we have left is in great shape, but smaller,” said Martin.“Products made at our Southport site are being transferred to our Radcliffe Bakery from 1 January 2013,” said the firm.It added that its famous Mellor branded iced bun range would still be made and available through its website. Martins acquired the Southport site from Mellors bakery in April 2010.In addition to its retail shops, the Greater Manchester business supplies cakes, iced buns and desserts to supermarkets, foodservice and coffee shop customers.last_img read more

Sloss Festival Announces Lineup With Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Sturgill Simpson & More

first_imgSloss Music & Arts Festival will return to Birmingham, AL from July 15th – 16th, bringing along a number of exciting performers for the ride. The 3rd annual Sloss Fest will see performances from a number of Southern-based rock groups, including Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, and Sturgill Simpson. Also headlining the event is Odesza, with Run The Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Spoon all coming in on the second line.The lineup has a lot to offer for fans of all genres, with Needtobreathe, Phantogram, Tycho, Judah & The Lion, Cherub, Conor Oberst, Vince Staples, Cashmere Cat, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Francis & The Lights, K. Flay, Waka Flocka Flame and more at this year’s event.You can see the full announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for details.last_img read more

Protecting Fans

first_imgAs I am sure you have read or seen on TV, that there have been a number of serious injuries that have occurred to fans watching baseball games.  One lady, attending an American League game, was struck so hard that her life hung in the balance.  As expected, there is an outcry on social media wanting more protection at ball parks for the fans.  I am sure that MLB will try to add some form of protection to all of their ball parks.There are few solutions, however, that can keep every fan behind some form of protection.  It is hard to run a screen around a stadium that holds 50,000+ people.  The same can be said for plastic shields that are found behind home plate in some ball parks.  The easiest solution is for fans to pay attention when they attend a baseball game.  Sitting with your face in your phone is not very safe.  Most parks now have some type of disclaimer warning fans of the potential danger.I suppose one solution might be to put the stands farther back from the playing field, but this requires larger plots of ground which in large cities means millions more in costs.  You still could be hit with a batted ball if you are not paying attention.  I don’t believe there is any one solution that can solve this problem.last_img read more

Mr. James Edwin “Jim” Allison

first_imgMr. James Edwin “Jim” Allison, age 74, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on August 11, 1941, in Bowling Green, Ohio, the son of the late, Edwin John and Nellie Crystal (Deardoerf) Allison. He was raised in Cromwell, Indiana and Marengo, Illinois and was a 1959 graduate of Marengo High School. Jim was united in marriage on February 27, 1965, in Marengo, Illinois, to Shelby Jean Gray and to this union arrived two daughters, Tammy and Lori to bless their home. Jim and Shelby shared 51 years of marriage together until his death. In 1965, Jim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa and later earned his Master’s Degree in 1970 from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jim earned his degree in administration in 1972 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jim taught for the Riley Elementary School in Marengo, Illinois for 5 years and for the Central Nobel School in Albion, Indiana for 5 years. He also taught and was a principal for Winamac High School in Winamac, Indiana for 5 years. In 1977, Jim was employed for the Switzerland County School Corporation where he taught and served as principal for the Switzerland County High School and for the Switzerland County Elementary School. Jim retired in 1999 from the Switzerland County School Corporation, after 22 years of service. Jim enjoyed coaching track, basketball and football throughout his teaching career. After Jim retired he enjoyed tutoring for the Switzerland County High School for 10 years. Jim resided in the Florence community since 1977. Jim was a member of the Marengo Baptist Church in Marengo, Illinois. Jim will be remembered for spending time with his loving grandchildren where he enjoyed watching them play sports and coaching them from the bleachers. Jim also enjoyed watching the Cubs play and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Jim passed away at 6:35 pm, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Jim will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 51 years: Shelby Jean (Gray) Allison of Florence, IN; his daughters: Tammy Honeycutt and her husband: Sam of Greenwood, IN and Lori Vaughn of Cape Girardeau, MO; his grandchildren: Cody, Chad, Casey, Allison, Nicholas and Alex; his brother: Stu Allison and his wife: Marian of Colleyville, TX; his sister: Marcia Huff of Ocean Springs, MS and his several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Edwin John and Nellie Crystal (Deardoerf) Allison.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Florence Cemetery, Florence, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to James Edwin “Jim” Allison Endowment Fund % Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home. read more