Ford’s decision to swap the ozone-quaffing 411-hp 6.2-litre V8 at the heart of its F-150 Raptor ‘Super Truck’ for a 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 were met with just two words by potential buyers, the second one being “off.”Sure, the 444-hp 510 lb-ft 2019 newboy boasts more power and torque than the model it replaces.But when dealing with a performance-focused pick-up truck marketed as ‘bad-ass’ and ‘the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup,’ it wasn’t that surprising the Raptor’s new ‘efficient’ heart featured infrequently in the promotion material. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever There are other updates like a new fuel injector and Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust, but the results largely speak for themselves: zero to 100 km/h is done in just 4.1 seconds, and the quarter-mile mullered in just 12.2 seconds.As demonstrated in the above video, the rear tires can be transformed to a thin line of grease if you happen to own a leaden right foot.The 2018 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 For this rolling hulk of testosterone though, Hennessey will expect US$147,950, and there will only be 100 of them. F-150 fans will either want to threaten their bank managers or start making peace with a sacrilegious V6. Happily, in its latest example of high-powered lunacy, Hennessey Performance has rectified this by whacking a specially-built 5.0-litre supercharged V8 into its new VelociRaptor V8, one that produces 758 hp. That’s 314 hp more than the stock model, a difference equal to the output of a four-cylinder Mustang.This egregious power is sent to all four 37-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires courtesy of Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox, and a new 2.9-litre Supercharger has been fitted that produces 7 psi of additional boost.The 2018 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 Trending Videos Handout / Hennessey We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Handout / Hennessey RELATED TAGSF-150FordNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Handout / Hennessey Yes, the hairiest of Hennessey’s hairy-chested Frankensteins does come with a commemorative plaque and specially embroidered headrests, but the VelociRaptor V8 has also been kitted with bespoke bumpers front and rear, a Stage 2 off-road suspension with six inches of additional lift, and Hennessey’s own 20-inch alloy wheels. The 2018 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
by Hilary Niles vtdigger.org Labor issues stood out among a long roster of pressing business considerations the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development discussed at a pre-session meeting Thursday.‘Nobody’s going to make any money without a good labor market,’ committee chair Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, said.The committee met to hear legislative requests from several agencies and to discuss their priorities for the second half of the legislative biennium, which starts in January.Unemployment insurance and workforce development loom large on the horizon.Rep Bill Botzow, D-Bennington, and Rep Michael Marcotte, R/D-Newport, enjoy a light moment with the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDiggerUnemployment insuranceVermont restructured the way it finances unemployment insurance in 2010, when it joined many other states in taking a federal loan to bail out its Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The $77.7 million loan was paid off in July ‘ two years ahead of schedule.But that doesn’t mean the UI trust fund, from which unemployment benefits are paid, is considered universally ‘solvent.’Botzow distinguished between two versions of the term: broadly or narrowly defined. He said he thinks the state has a good sense of the broader solvency issues for the trust fund.‘The narrower part, where you can start making choices and changes ‘¦ it needs to emerge,’ he said. ‘I know there are pressures from various interests, (whether) it be suitable or unsuitable for change.’Business and labor constituencies are expected to hash out their differences in 2014 over which direction the trust fund should go ‘ restoring some benefits for workers, or giving back some slack to businesses that pay into the fund.Before workers can collect unemployment compensation, most are laid off. And only sometimes are they ‘ or the state ‘ given much notice.Erika Wolffing, assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Labor, said there’s been some discussion of establishing a state law that requires more warning from large employers before they lay off employees. The federal WARN Act requires 60 days notice before mass layoffs, and some states have instituted stricter mandates and penalties.‘We’re finding that federal requirements are a little bit weak,’ Wolffing said.The state’s Department of Labor will likely come before the committee this session to discuss what can be done to strengthen state layoff laws.Workforce developmentGov. Peter Shumlin stated at an unrelated news conference Tuesday that employers tell him good jobs are going vacant. That’s better than the problem of layoffs during the depths of the recession, Shumlin said.But it’s an issue that Rep. Michelle Kupersmith, D-South Burlington, said the state may have just as hard a time fixing. Kupersmith has been at the forefront of a work group the Legislature created in 2013 to address workforce development needs.She said weaknesses in Vermont’s network of workforce development programs starts with a lack of information.‘We simply don’t have the expertise to know what we should be doing for our citizens as well as our businesses,’ Kupersmith said. She said both the Legislature and the executive agencies need more capacity to address workforce development and training issues.Some programs are working, she said, such as technical training for adults. But similar programs for kids run into regulatory barriers, especially surrounding liability for young people working with heavy equipment.Overall, Kupersmith reported, technical centers are an ‘underutilized resource’ for workforce training, as are internship programs.Yet with disconnected data gathering among all the programs, Kupersmith said in an interview following the meeting, it’s hard to really track their reach and effectiveness.Disconnection was not an uncommon topic: Botzow complained that statutorily, there is no clear or consistently applied definition of what constitutes a ‘hire’ when job placement programs boast about their success rates. He said similar ambiguity plagues discussions of ‘temporary’ workers.‘How people actually work and how people hire is becoming much more fluid,’ Botzow noted. Along with a host of other human resources considerations, he said those are definitions that need to be better understood.Botzow closed by exhorting the committee members not to lock themselves into an agenda, but to weigh competing priorities against realistic limits of time and money.That said, the committee’s priorities ‘ which are still being finalized ‘ need action, he underscored.‘We can’t just have good conversations,’ Botzow said.He added that, given the seniority of most committee members, his expectations are high.
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For the past two years, hundreds of attendees have gathered for the Scottsdale Commercial Real Estate Summit. Attendees walked away with a knowledge of current and planned commercial developments in and around Scottsdale, as well as a better understanding of how commercial development both effects and is impacted by job growth, transportation issues, economic development, residential housing, tourism, and other factors we face in Arizona.This year, the 3rd annual Scottsdale Commercial Real Estate Summit features keynote speaker Chris Camacho, CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), an address by Mayor Jim Lane, and economic updates from Lee McPheters of ASU and Dennis Smith of Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). You’ll also hear from national speakers on the latest regulatory changes affecting commercial real estate, including 1031 exchanges. Plus, learn about the billions of dollars invested in Arizona businesses by Canada and other global partners.What: 3rd annual Scottsdale Commercial Real Estate SummitWhen: Thursday, April 16, 2015Where: Venue8600, 8600 E. Anderson Dr., Scottsdale 85255Who: Open to all those interested in attendingSponsored by leaders in the industry, such as CoStar Group, AZRE/AZ Big Media, and Xceligent. All those interested – in learning about commercial developments, what attracts new businesses, and how Scottsdale is uniquely positioned to serve global markets – are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is $55 before April 1, $65 April 1-15, or $85 at the door, and includes the full program, breakfast, lunch, an expo and a hosted mixer.
Visteon Corp. has announced the election of Nomi Bergman to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Bergman is an accomplished business leader and technology advocate who served as president of Bright House Networks until its recently completed merger with Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“We are honored to welcome Nomi to our board of directors,” said Francis Scricco, chairman of Visteon’s board of directors. “She adds a tremendous amount of industry leadership as proven by her role in leading the cable television industry into the software phase of its development. I look forward to benefiting from her proven ability to navigate quickly evolving technologies. Nomi will be a strong addition to our board who will bring a valuable strategic perspective as Visteon solidifies its position as a global leader in the rapidly growing cockpit electronics segment.”Bergman added, “I am honored to join the talented, dedicated members of the Visteon board and company, who have courageously led the firm through a significant transformation. Both inspired confidence in me, as they have done with their customers. Visteon has clearly emerged with a strong balance sheet, a robust foundation of successful design and manufacturing experience, and a crisp, innovative focus on cockpit electronics and connected car solutions.”AdvertisementDr. Rouzbeh Yassini, a current Visteon board member and seen as the “father of the cable modem,” said, “Visteon’s transformation to provide software platforms for the auto industry began in 2014, gained momentum with the 2015 hiring of Sachin as its CEO, and now adds more strength with the addition of Nomi to Visteon’s board with her solid technical and service- oriented leadership.”Bergman was a member of the founding management team that in 2003 launched Bright House Networks, one of the largest owners and operators of cable systems in the U.S. Her hands-on experience in customer care, engineering, business and technical operations, and information technology led to a hyper-focus on the customer experience at Bright House Networks. The company received accolades from its customers and was recognized by highly regarded consumer brands such as Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates – earning 12 J.D. Power awards for customer satisfaction.A longtime advocate for women in business, Bergman launched initiatives such as the Bright House Networks Women’s Leadership Circle to develop a pipeline of women leaders within the company, and helped initiate and support other similar programs within the industry.AdvertisementBergman has earned many industry leadership awards and serves on several corporate boards, as well as the board of One Revolution, a foundation established by Paralympian Chris Waddell. She is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Rochester (New York), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics.
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. Vehicle Service Group (VSG) has named Kirk Dawson as vice president and general manager – The Americas, effective Dec. 1. VSG is the parent company of 13 leading brands in the vehicle lift, wheel service and collision repair markets, including Rotary, Chief, Forward, Ravaglioli and Direct-Lift. Dawson takes over from Matt Webster, who is retiring after 35 years with the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementIn his new role, Dawson will be responsible for VSG’s commercial business in North and South America. He will be based at the manufacturer’s American headquarters in Madison, Indiana. Dawson reports to Niclas Ytterdahl, VSG president.“Matt has been a tremendous asset to VSG as his leadership helped us grow from a North American niche manufacturer to a global enterprise. He will be truly missed. However, with Kirk’s resume of commercial successes, his knowledge of our marketplace and his passion for our customers, we are well-positioned to continue to successfully grow in the Americas,” said Ytterdahl.Dawson joined VSG as vice president of heavy-duty in 2012 and was promoted to vice president of lifting equipment in November 2016. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Cummins Inc. in customer-facing roles within the company’s engineering, marketing, sales, customer service and distribution organizations. Dawson graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.