RACINE, Wis. – Case Construction Equipment will sell its interest in LBX Company LLC to S.C.M. (America), Inc., an affiliate of Sumitomo (S.H.I.) Construction Machinery Co., LTD. As a result of this transaction, LBX is now wholly owned by Sumitomo.
“The decision to sell our interest in LBX is a continuation of the strategy we began in 2009 to consolidate back office brand management and streamline our industrial footprint,” says Jim McCullough, CEO and president of CNH Construction. “This allows CNH to concentrate efforts on our key construction brands and strengthen the foundation for our brands continued growth as we continue to take advantage of market opportunities.”
The existing global supply alliance between SCM and CNH Global will remain intact.
WASHINGTON – As part of the national health care reform, small businesses can apply for tax credits on money spent this year on health insurance for their employees.
Included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act approved by Congress last month and signed into law by President Obama, the credit is one of the first health care reform provisions to go into effect. The credit, which takes effect this year, is designed to encourage small employers to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have.
“We want to make sure small employers across the nation realize that – effective this tax year – they may be eligible for a valuable new tax credit,” says IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We urge every small employer to take advantage of this credit if they qualify.”
In general, the credit is available to small employers that pay at least half the cost of single coverage for their employees in 2010. The credit is specifically targeted to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations that primarily employ low- and moderate-income workers.
For tax years 2010 to 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible small business employers and 25 percent of premiums paid by eligible employers that are tax-exempt organizations. The maximum credit goes to smaller employers – those with 10 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees – paying annual average wages of $25,000 or less. Because the eligibility rules are based in part on the number of FTEs, not the number of employees, businesses that use part-time help may qualify even if they employ more than 25 individuals. The credit is completely phased out for employers that have 25 FTEs or more or that pay average wages of $50,000 per year or more.
Eligible small businesses can claim the credit as part of the general business credit starting with the 2010 income tax return they file in 2011.
For more information on frequently asked questions, visit the IRS website.
WASHINGTON – The American Nursery & Landscape Association has launched an interactive job board. With its focus on green industry companies, the ANLA Job Board offers its members, and the green industry at large, an easy-to-use and resource for online employment connections.
“We’re very excited about the ANLA Job Board because we know how critical it is for employers in the green industry to attract first-rate talent with a minimum expenditure of time and resources,” says ANLA President Tom Courtright. “This job board also allows future industry leaders to find career opportunities with premier green industry firms.”
While ANLA members receive preferred pricing, both members and non-members can use the ANLA Job Board to reach qualified candidates. Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria and create an online resume agent to e-mail qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.
For job seekers, the ANLA Job Board is a free service that provides access to employers and jobs in the green industry. In addition to posting their resumes, job seekers can browse and view available jobs based on their criteria and save those jobs for later review if they choose. Job seekers can also create a search agent to provide e-mail notifications of jobs that match their criteria.
For additional information, contact ANLA Director of Member Services Amanda Flynn at email@example.com.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – In an effort to help combat emerald ash borer (EAB) and other invasive tree pests, Valent Professional Products has launched the Legacy Tree Project.
A multi-city, multi-year project due to begin this spring in the Chicagoland area, the project aims to preserve the natural history and beauty of America’s native trees by providing solutions to control invasive pest populations to communities in need.
In the coming weeks, Valent Professional Products will solicit applications for inclusion in the Legacy Tree Project and choose four Chicagoland-area cities suffering from EAB infestation as partners in the program. Valent Professional Products will then team with a local tree service company to treat a number of municipal ash trees in each of the partner cities with Safari insecticide and cover all treatment costs of the program over a five-year period.
Valent Professional Products will also work with local researchers, extension agents and other stakeholders in an effort to educate and inform the public about EAB and the available treatment options for this devastating invasive pest. Since it was first discovered in the Detroit area in 2002, the invasive Asian pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in at least 13 states across the Midwestern and Eastern United States.
“EAB is going to cause unprecedented economic, aesthetic and environmental damage to landscapes across the country,” says Joe Chamberlin, regional field development manager for Valent Professional Products. “We love these trees, know they are important for the environment and for the people in the area, so it is of critical importance that industry, municipalities and tree care companies coordinate efforts to make the public aware of the danger and help stop this threat.”
With nearly 75,000 ash trees inhabiting each square mile of tree canopy throughout the Chicagoland area, ash trees comprise a significant part of the local landscape.
Valent Professional Products is encouraging local residents and community officials in the Chicagoland area to nominate their communities for this program. Selection consideration criteria will include current state of EAB infestation, geographical location and number of nominations.
Cities interested in taking part in The Legacy Tree Program must register their interest by May 21.
Exmark Manufacturing sued Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group and Schiller Grounds Care Inc. Wednesday alleging their mowers infringe on its patents.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Omaha sought an injunction against Briggs, a Wisconsin company, and Schiller, a Pennsylvania company, both alleged to be making and selling mowers covered by an Exmark patent.
Exmark's attorney, Jill Robb Ackerman of Omaha, said in the suit that the infringing mowers include those sold under the names: Snapper Pro S200X, Ferris Comfort Control DD, mowers with the Briggs' iCD Cutting Systems, all made by Briggs; and Bob-Cat FastCat Pro and Hydro Walk-Behind, made by Schiller.
Exmark has been damaged by the infringement and will continue to be until it is stopped, she said.
John Wright, a spokesman for Exmark’s parent company, Toro, said the company does not coment on pending litigation. However, he said that the company will “vigorously defend” its intellectual property.