VOL. 117 | NO. 67 | Friday, April 4, 2003
Council says developer
Council says developer
to pay for ADA crossing
The Memphis City Council approved a resolution that included
an amendment making the developer of an expanding auto dealership responsible
for the cost of a new traffic light and sidewalk ramp.
Autorama Inc. representative Ron Harkavy said since the city
is federally mandated to convert crossings at existing lights to be handicapped
accessible under the American Disabilities Act, it should at least share the
cost of changing the one on Poplar Avenue across Valleybrook Drive something
the city would have to do independently sooner or later.
Autorama Inc. plans to expand from 3.82 acres to 3.87 acres
by purchasing and leveling The Crossings apartments, located next to its 5237
In voting 10-3 Tuesday to approve the expansion plan,
Council members said sharing the cost of altering the crossing could set a
precedent and compromise the citys policy requiring developers of new projects
to shoulder the burden for new traffic lights that provide access to their
to cut jobs,
Ill.-based Midas Inc., an operator of muffler-installation and car-service
shops, will eliminate at least 800 jobs after selecting AutoZone Inc. to become
the auto-parts supplier for the chain.
will close eight U.S. distribution centers and its 41 remaining Parts Warehouse
outlets starting this quarter. AutoZone will supply parts to Midas' 1,670
company-owned and franchised service-shops.
also named Canada's Uni-Select as the distributor for replacement parts to its
230 Midas shops in that country. Midas said in January it would sell or close
its Parts Warehouse network.
Parts Warehouse division, started in early 2000, had 77 locations employing 600
workers when the company decided to sell or close them in January. Its distribution
centers in the United States and three in Canada together employ 200 people.
the warehouse closings the company will have about 1,000 employees.
to fire 100,
Technologies Inc., a maker of cotton-linter pulp used in food casings and
stationery, plans to fire 100 workers and consolidate pulp production to its
company will move cotton-linter pulp operations from its Lumberton, N.C., plant
to its bigger facility in Memphis to reduce expenses, spokesman Gordon Mitchell
said. The move is expected to be complete in two to four months, he said.
Lumberton plant will continue to employ about 20 to 25 people to make cotton
used in swabs and other cosmetic products, he said.
eliminated jobs represent less than 5 percent of the company's worldwide work
force of 1,950 people. The company also operates facilities in Germany, Canada,
Ireland and Brazil.
Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative
Professionals will host its annual luncheon at noon April 23 at the Memphis
Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road.
McDermid, Medtronic Sofamor Danek vice president of human resources, is the
cost is $25 per person. Reservation deadline is April 11.
reservation questions, e-mail Linda Patton, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Margaret Haney, email@example.com.