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News Article | May 4, 2017

Dewberry took on an expanded role this winter as the company evolved the structure of the supply chain team. This evolution was designed to drive enhanced integration and to expand the portfolio. Dewberry currently serves as senior vice president – supply chain and procurement. He joined Land O'Lakes in 2008 as Director of Dairy Planning. He is a very highly regarded strategist with a broad background including more than 12 years working as a supply chain consultant with companies including BDP International and KPMG and 15 years with consumer products and chemical companies like Kraft Foods, Corning Glass and ARCO. In addition to proving his value to clients in his consulting role, earlier in his career, Dewberry was hands-on in direct leadership plant positions in Kraft plants, including Entenman's Bakery, on the East Coast. With a chemical engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Lehigh University, he has brought tremendous value in changing distribution models, accelerating service collaboration, redefining transportation strategy and positioning in the art of innovation. About Land O'Lakes, Inc. Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2016 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 215 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 95 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField® United and Land O'Lakes SUSTAINTM. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Welding & Shielding Gas Market Insights, Opportunity, Analysis, Market Shares And Forecast 2017 - 2023" report to their offering. The global automobile industry is believed to witness sustainable long-term growth driven by rising disposable income of people, expanding desires of leading a luxurious lifestyle, wide variety of vehicle choices currently available for the customers of all pocket range from shallow ones to significantly deep one. The toughest expansion occurs for the Asia Pacific region followed by Latin America and North America which is primarily driven by the key automobile players including, Toyota (TM) Volkswagen AG (VOW), General Motors (GM), and Ford (F). The weaker acceptance of sophisticated welding technologies all through the developing nations such as China and India is expected to be a key restraint for the welding tools market expansion. In addition, the lack of proper and sufficient knowledge regarding the precise usage of key welding technologies coupled with the absence of capable workers in the segment can again be considered as a restraining factor for the growth of global welding and shielding market. Governmental strict regulations may also be considered as a key restraint for the growth of global welding and shielding gas market including, environmental constraints that hugely and negatively impact the company's profit margins while expanding the overall operational costs. Some of the major players in the global welding and shielding gas market include, General Distributing Co., Adams Gas, Keen Compressed Gas Co., Welders Supply, TWSCO, ARC3 Gases, Thomas Publishing Company, Oxygen Service Company, Inc., WISCO, American Welding & Gas, AGL, Dixons of Westerhope Ltd., ARCO Welding Supply Co., Central Welding Supply Co. Inc., Indiana Oxygen Company, etc. For more information about this report visit

Johnson E.S.,Weidlinger Asso. Inc. | Meissner J.E.,ARCO Co. | Fahnestock L.A.,University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Journal of Structural Engineering (United States) | Year: 2016

A half-scale three-bay by three-bay steel-concrete composite floor system, which represented gravity framing for a typical commercial building, was studied experimentally to evaluate its structural integrity under four separate column removal scenarios: a corner column, two edge columns, and an interior column. In each test, the load was incrementally applied in the bays that were tributary to the removed column using water in containers that were placed on top of the slab. The tests demonstrated that gravity systems for commercial buildings have a significant level of structural integrity - compared to the load redistribution capability expected for steel framing with simple shear connections - even without specific design against progressive collapse. In the corner and edge column removal scenarios, 2.9 kPa (60 psf) and 4.0 kPa (83 psf) were sustained, respectively, and these loads represent a range of 50-75% of the expected floor load. The interior column removal scenario had an unexpectedly low capacity of 3.2 kPa (67 psf), but the behavior was heavily affected by damage to the test specimen due to the previous edge column removal scenarios. For this interior column removal scenario, the lack of slab continuity at the interior edges of the loaded bays prevented composite action and load redistribution occurred primarily through tension ties. Although tension tie development was observed in this experimental program, composite flexural response also had an important contribution to load redistribution for the corner and edge column removal scenarios. Despite the load redistribution seen in these tests, the observed capacities are below the extreme event load combination that is commonly used when designing to prevent progressive collapse, so the current design practice for steel gravity framing is likely not sufficient to meet this criterion. © 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers.

McLaughlin J.,ARCO Co.
Textile Rental | Year: 2010

Jason McLaughlin focuses on the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification and how sustainable construction methods enhance competitiveness by saving energy and improving public image. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) created a road map for achieving substantial reductions in energy use. The LEED rating system awards points for incorporating various environmentally friendly designs such as reducing potable water use by 30%, diverting construction debris to a recycling facility instead of a landfill, or increasing the amount of natural lighting throughout the building. The LEED rating system focuses on six major areas, namely site selection, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, and Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality Innovation and Design Process. The energy and atmospheric aspects of LEED concentrate on reducing the amount of electricity used in the building. A varying number of points are awarded, depending on the percentage of reduction attained.

Roche J.,ARCO Co.
Textile Rental | Year: 2010

Most laundry operators are advised to take the easiest step toward savings via lighting retrofits which pay back within two years. A 70,000 square-foot laundry could save over $30,000 over the next 10 years by implementing a T-5 lighting retrofit, coupled with EPAct (Energy and Policy Act of 2005). EPAct is a federally approved amendment to the 1986 Internal Revenue Code (section 179D) that provides a one-time federal tax deduction for improvements in energy efficiency to commercial buildings. The full EPAct benefits apply to three parts of the building's non- process-related energy consumption: Building envelope namely, walls, roof, floor and interior lighting and building HVAC systems. The EPAct allows any lighting retrofit performed from 2005 until December 31, 2013, to qualify for a one-time tax deduction for up to $0.60/square foot. Motion sensors in warehousing facilities, can cut lighting costs by over 50%.

Zhou M.,Bristol Myers Squibb | Yang Z.,ARCO Co.
Statistics in Medicine | Year: 2014

The kappa statistic is widely used to assess the agreement between two raters. Motivated by a simulation-based cluster bootstrap method to calculate the variance of the kappa statistic for clustered physician-patients dichotomous data, we investigate its special correlation structure and develop a new simple and efficient data generation algorithm. For the clustered physician-patients dichotomous data, based on the delta method and its special covariance structure, we propose a semi-parametric variance estimator for the kappa statistic. An extensive Monte Carlo simulation study is performed to evaluate the performance of the new proposal and five existing methods with respect to the empirical coverage probability, root-mean-square error, and average width of the 95% confidence interval for the kappa statistic. The variance estimator ignoring the dependence within a cluster is generally inappropriate, and the variance estimators from the new proposal, bootstrap-based methods, and the sampling-based delta method perform reasonably well for at least a moderately large number of clusters (e.g., the number of clusters K ≥50). The new proposal and sampling-based delta method provide convenient tools for efficient computations and non-simulation-based alternatives to the existing bootstrap-based methods. Moreover, the new proposal has acceptable performance even when the number of clusters is as small as K=25. To illustrate the practical application of all the methods, one psychiatric research data and two simulated clustered physician-patients dichotomous data are analyzed. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Yang Z.,ARCO Co. | Zhou M.,Bristol Myers Squibb
Statistics in Medicine | Year: 2014

Kappa statistic is widely used to assess the agreement between two procedures in the independent matched-pair data. For matched-pair data collected in clusters, on the basis of the delta method and sampling techniques, we propose a nonparametric variance estimator for the kappa statistic without within-cluster correlation structure or distributional assumptions. The results of an extensive Monte Carlo simulation study demonstrate that the proposed kappa statistic provides consistent estimation and the proposed variance estimator behaves reasonably well for at least a moderately large number of clusters (e.g., K ≥50). Compared with the variance estimator ignoring dependence within a cluster, the proposed variance estimator performs better in maintaining the nominal coverage probability when the intra-cluster correlation is fair (ρ ≥0.3), with more pronounced improvement when ρ is further increased. To illustrate the practical application of the proposed estimator, we analyze two real data examples of clustered matched-pair data. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Ghys L.,UCB Pharma | Surmann E.,UCB Biosciences GmbH | Whitesides J.,ARCO Co. | Boroojerdi B.,UCB Biosciences GmbH
Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2011

Objective: The aim of this research is to characterize further the potential motor and non-motor benefits of rotigotine reported in the double-blind, placebo-controlled RECOVER trial primary publication, by performing a post hoc exploratory analysis of patient status (symptom improvement/worsening). Methods: Full RECOVER trial methodological details have already been reported. The post hoc analyses presented here are done on individual items of the PDSS-2 and PDQ-8 for all patients and two subgroups (baseline symptomatic and highly symptomatic patients). Results: Ten PDSS-2 and five PDQ-8 items show significant mean treatment difference versus placebo. In the overall population, items that most favor rotigotine in percentage of patients with improvement are 'limb pain causes waking' and 'uncomfortable in bed due to immobility' for PDSS-2; for PDQ-8, rotigotine is most favored in 'difficulty dressing', 'felt depressed' and 'difficulty getting around in public'. Among symptomatic and highly symptomatic patients, the PDSS-2 items that most favor rotigotine are both indicators of pain. On the PDQ-8, the two items most favored in symptomatic patients are 'difficulty dressing' and 'embarrassed in public due to PD', and in the highly symptomatic subgroup 'difficulty dressing' and 'difficulty getting around in public'. Conclusion: Though this trial was not powered for statistical subgroup analysis, these post hoc results indicate that treatment with rotigotine may benefit patients with sleep, pain, mood and quality-of-life issues. © 2011 Informa UK, Ltd.

ARCO Co. | Date: 2010-10-16

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ARCO Co. | Date: 2012-07-09

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