Private equity is snapping up refrigerated warehouses. That could make it harder for small food makers to

Private equity is snapping up refrigerated warehouses. That could make it harder for small food makers to sell their wares. While his friends played in the Florida sunshine, Elliot Greenbaum, then 11, was often bundled up in coat and hat, sweeping the floors in his dad’s refrigerated warehouse. As a teenager, he drove the forklift, loading Danish canned hams into station wagons bound for Cuban sandwich shops. Now 73, he’s closing the business he inherited from his Polish immigrant father, unable to compete in a $6 billion refrigerated storage industry dominated by institutional investors scaling up to serve the needs of food giants such as Unilever NV and Nestle SA. As a result, some of his smaller customers—which recently included a specialty frozen dog-food maker and a kombucha startup—are at risk of getting shut out of the cold. “We’re losing the exotic things that make America great,” says Greenbaum, who just sold his last warehouse. “Now other people far away are deciding how your ice cream should taste.” Cold storage is the kind of niche business that Wall Street long ignored—it amounts to just 3% of public warehouses—but now it has become its latest darling. Roughly two d...

Chicago, Illinois – Multi-line CNC machine tool importer Centric is partnering with German manufacturer Status Pro

Chicago, Illinois – Multi-line CNC machine tool importer Centric is partnering with German manufacturer Status Pro to provide their line of machine tool laser alignment systems to the North American machine tool industry. Each system offers a customized solution for analyzing and reporting deviations in machine geometry. As Status Pro’s exclusive partner in the Americas, Centric laser measurement tools for machine installation, machine correction, and preventative maintenance. Precision alignment and positioning accuracy is critical to consistent, productive manufacturing and quality assurance. Using laser technology, each alignment system offers a faster, easier, and more accurate alternative to standard granite blocks and water levels. 6061 7075 2024 Aluminum Machining Each self-calibrating laser uses precise fiber optics and Bluetooth technology to provide a quick, easy-to-read report on any aspect of machine tool geometry. Available equipment includes digital spirit levels, self-calibrating sweeping lasers, and interferometers. Additionally, alignment packages include a mobile device for data analysis. Each system will analyze and report on machine alignment and can be cust...

Deals We Love This Week: Up to 40% Off Select Alpinestars Boots at Revzilla

We’re always on the lookout for good deals, and I noticed that there are some good deals on Alpinestars boots at Revzilla. If you’re looking for some killer boots and only have a little money to spend, I suggest you check out the options from Alpinestars at Revzilla. The seller has 15 different boots at up to 40 percent off. That means you can score a top-quality boot for around $100 in many cases. Be aware that only some sizes are available. You can’t expect every size to be available with sales like this, so keep that in mind. Below I’ve listed some of the best deals you should take note of. If you can’t find something from the list below in your size or don’t see anything you’re interested in, check out all of the Revzilla Alpinestars boot deals by clicking here.  The Alpinestars Ridge 2 Air Boots offer feature a sturdy perforated construction that’s designed to be able to be comfortably worn in warm and hot weather without getting some seriously swampy feet. The boots feature a CE-certified construction with microfiber materials and some synthetic material on the main upper portion of the boot. It also features a rubber compound sole that will give you plenty of grip on the ...

Lego Wants to Completely Remake Its Toy Bricks (Without Anyone Noticing)

BILLUND, Denmark — At the heart of this town lies a building that is a veritable temple to the area’s most famous creation, the humble Lego brick. It is filled with complex creations, from a 50-foot tree to a collection of multicolored dinosaurs, all of them built with a product that has barely changed in more than 50 years. A short walk away in its research lab, though, Lego is trying to refashion the product it is best known for: It wants to eliminate its dependence on petroleum-based plastics, and build its toys entirely from plant-based or recycled materials by 2030. The challenge is designing blocks that click together yet separate easily, retain bright colors, and survive the rigors of being put through a laundry load, or the weight of an unknowing parent’s foot. In essence, the company wants to switch the ingredients, but keep the product exactly the same. “We need to learn again how to do this,” said Henrik Ostergaard Nielsen, a production supervisor at Lego’s factory here in Billund. Consumers worldwide have voiced growing alarm about the impact of plastic waste on the environment, and increasing numbers of companies are trying to use packaging materials that are recyc...

Former Gov. Fife Symington is still looking for his legacy

Fife Symington has worked two decades to reinvent himself after a fraud conviction forced him from office. He’s still not sure how he’ll be remembered. Fewer people notice him now, but when somebody does, it’s because Fife Symington looks just like they remember. The hair is the same off-white color, still swept perfectly to the side. The smile still draws a straight line. The eyes are the same periwinkle blue. He spends every day in sartorial symmetry, from the button-down shirts stamped with his initials to the non-slip chef’s shoes that he wears everywhere. He never smoked, rarely drinks and is always plotting his next outdoor adventure, heading off to fish and ski with the men who used to work for him, back before everything self-destructed. But Symington is 73 now, and time is undefeated, so on a cold February morning he drove downtown to have his hearing aids fixed. Afterward, he stopped by the culinary school he co-founded, where the students didn’t seem to recognize him but a frizzy-haired woman named Peggy von Moll spotted him from across a busy kitchen. “Is that Governor Symington?” von Moll whispered, interrupting a tour of the Arizona Culinary Institute. ...

Sun, sand and summer fun: A complete listing of New England’s beaches – News – telegram.com

Craigville Road. Beach stickers $20 non-resident daily ($10 for Hathaway’s Pond), $20 non-resident handicap, $80 non-resident weekly, $275 non-resident seasonal pass, lifeguard, bathrooms, nearby restaurants. Sand Neck Road. $15 Mon-Fri, $20 weekends and holidays, $200 for a seasonal pass, reduced price for residents, handicap parking, lifeguard, bathrooms, food. No dogs. Shore Road. Beach stickers $25 resident, $15 senior (65-plus), $50 non-resident, $25 MA resident when purchased with MA Resident shellfish permit, $25 Sandwich resident  when purchased with a resident shellfish permit, $40 one-week temporary, $60 two-week temporary, $2 replacement sticker. Lifeguards, food, restrooms, boardwalk, picnic area, swimming  lessons, handicap chairs.  Breakwater Road. $25 residents per vehicle first two permits, $40 per vehicle additional permits, $20 daily non-residents, $60 weekly non-residents, $150 non-residents seasonal, restrooms. Crosby Lane. $25 residents per vehicle first two permits, $40 per vehicle additional permits, $20 daily non-residents, $60 weekly non-residents, $150 non-residents seasonal, Restrooms, boardwalk.  261 Linnell Landing Road. $25 residents per vehicle fir...

A powerful and flexible way to protect your home, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a

A powerful and flexible way to protect your home, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a step up from the battery-powered models and is a better choice if you have a mains-powered doorbell, as you get full motion detection activity zones to cut down on the number of alerts you get. A slim body and choice of cases makes this doorbell look great, and you get everything you need for installation in the box. As good as the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is, the fact that it needs a battery means that it’s quite a chunky bit of kit to install. If you’re looking for something a bit neater, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro could be the one for you. Permanently wired, the doorbell takes up less room and it has proper motion detection zones, rather than relying on a PIR motion sensor. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro looks much neater than the chunky Ring Video Doorbell 2. As the Pro needs to be permanently wired in place, there’s no need for a battery. While I needed a corner bracket to fit the Video Doorbell 2 in place, due to the small door frame on my Victorian house, the Pro just fitted in. There’s get a choice of face plates in the box, too, so you can pick the colour that you like the most or that best ma...

The best travel tech for a stress-free holiday | Money

It’s July, the sun’s out and the summer break is almost upon us, which can mean only one thing: it’s holiday time. But holidays no longer mean leaving all your worldly possessions behind. Your phone, your tablet, your e-reader, headphones and even your smartwatch come along for the ride, which means you need to keep them charged, organised and connected. Here’s a gadget guide to help take the stress out of keeping your digital life up and running when travelling. You don’t need to lug your bulky original charger with your phone, tablet or laptop. A range of great third-party chargers using new gallium nitride components are smaller and more powerful, able to take care of almost anything with USB. Here are some of the best. The Anker Atom PD1 is arguably the smallest high-power charger available, even if the UK version is a bit bigger thanks to the awkward three-pin plug. With 30W charging via the USB-C PD port, the Atom PD1 can charge anything up to small laptops, including power-hungry iPad Pros and phones. It will charge an iPhone more than twice as fast as the stock power brick, but you will need a USB-C to Lightning cable. If you need even more power for a larger laptop or a...