Friday, September 22, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Anxious residents worried about finding permanent housing have an extra 35 days to stay in their government trailers, according to a report in the Pensacola (Fla.) News Tribune.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week gave Florida residents still in a FEMA trailer or mobile home as a result of a 2004 hurricane until Oct. 31 to find permanent housing.
In Florida’s Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, that comes to 460 families who get a reprieve.
"I think it's going to be very helpful," said Jennifer Tweedy, program coordinator for Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida's Homeward Bound program. "Just a little extra time is going to help us help people."
Catholic Charities began Homeward Bound this year to help renters displaced by Hurricane Ivan get out of their FEMA trailers and into permanent housing. The extra time will help people finish paperwork to get out of temporary housing.
FEMA had given until Tuesday for families to vacate their trailers or face possible eviction. After first saying it was unlikely another extension would be granted, FEMA had a change of heart.
"The numbers statewide just aren't as low as we wanted them to be," FEMA spokeswoman Karen Szulczewski said. "We have a lot of families who are really close to finishing their home repairs."
For those who didn't have a home of their own before the storms, FEMA offers a purchase program. It allows trailer or mobile home occupants to buy their units, sometimes at a discounted price, depending on the age of the unit and family income.
The Panhandle accounts for about half of the nearly 300 units that have sold statewide, Szulczewski said.
FEMA also offers governments and charities the chance to own trailers at no cost, as long as they pay the insurance. The trailer then can be used for temporary housing.
No one's taken advantage of that program yet, Szulczewski said.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
SURE POWER / 52210 9999
Manufacturer : SURE POWER INDUSTRIES, INC.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E077000 Mfg's Report Date : SEP 01, 2006
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 401
SURE POWER P/N 52210 24V/12V 100 AMP SERIES 1 BATTERY EQUALIZERS MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 24, 2000, THROUGH APRIL 30, 2001, FOR USE ON CERTAIN NORTH AMERICA BUS INDUSTRIES (NABI) TRANSIT COACHES. THESE EQUALIZERS USED AN INDUCTOR WITH THE COILS PROTECTED BY INSULATION. OVER TIME, THE INDUCTOR INSULATION MAY DEGRADE CREATING A SHORT.
THE SHORTED INDUCTOR MAY CAUSE THE BATTERY EQUALIZER TO SMOKE OR BURN, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A FIRE.
NABI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE EQUALIZERS FREE OF CHARGE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, OWNERS MAY CONTACT SURE POWER AT 1-800-845-6269 EXT. 113.
SURE POWER RECALL NO. SPSR002. CUSTOMERS CAN CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATIONS VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236; (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
DOMETIC / NDR1062 9999
DOMETIC / RM2652 9999
DOMETIC / RM2662 9999
DOMETIC / RM2663 9999
DOMETIC / RM2852 9999
DOMETIC / RM2862 9999
DOMETIC / RM3662 9999
DOMETIC / RM3663 9999
DOMETIC / RM3862 9999
DOMETIC / RM3863 9999
Manufacturer : DOMETIC CORPORATION
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E076000 Mfg's Report Date : AUG 28, 2006
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 926877
CERTAIN DOMETIC TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATORS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN APRIL 1997 AND MAY 2003: SERIAL NOS. 713XXXXX THROUGH 752XXXXX; 801XXXXX THROUGH 852XXXXX; 901XXXXX THROUGH 952XXXXX; 001XXXXX THROUGH 052XXXXX; 101XXXXX THROUGH 152XXXXX; 201XXXXX THROUGH 252XXXXX; 301XXXXX THROUGH 319XXXXX, INSTALLED IN CERTAIN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT. A FATIGUE CRACK MAY DEVELOP IN THE BOILER TUBE WHICH MAY RELEASE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
THE RELEASE OF COOLANT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS COULD IGNITE AND RESULT IN A FIRE.
THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES THAT HAD THE REFRIGERATORS INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND DOMETIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF THE AFTERMARKET REFRIGERATORS. DOMETIC HAS NOT YET PROVIDED THE AGENCY WITH A NOTIFICATION AND REMEDY SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC AT 888-446-5157.
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
GENERAC POWER BEING ACQUIRED BY CCMP
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Family-owned Generac Power Systems Inc., Waukesha, Wis., is being acquired by investment firm CCMP Capital Advisors LLC, which also has major ownership positions in Quiznos, Cabela’s and AMC Theaters.
“This transition has been long anticipated and I am confident that we have selected the best partner for Generac,” said Robert D. Kern, chairman and founder of the 47-year-old manufacturer of generators from six to 6,000 kw under several different names and of automatic transfer switches for the recreational vehicle and other industries.
The purchase price was not disclosed. The company said that ownership would be transferred “in the next few months.’’
In a press release, Generac said that the current management team of CEO William Treffert, COO Dawn Tabat and CFO Aaron Jagdfeld, will remain with the company, the name of which will not change.
“The excellent relationships that Generac has established with its dealers, distribution channels and vendors will be unaffected by this change in ownership,” Treffert said. “All of us will be focused on growing this dynamic business.’’
Generac introduced the automatic home standby generator in 1989 and today sells more natural as or liquid propane generators than all other companies combined. Generac’s new QT Series, designed specifically for commercial applications, features output from 20 to 150 kilowatts and operates on natural gas.
Besides single engine units, Generac offers modular power systems and Geminir twin gensets with onboard paralleling technology that provide scalability, flexibility and redundancy.
Generc’s “bi-fuel” generator that operates on a combination of diesel and natural gas, was cited as the 2005 product of the year by Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.
CCMP, with affiliates in London and Asia, manages $10 billion in direct equity investments.
“Generac has a tremendous business model supported by an outstanding array of products, great distribution partners and an experienced and entrepreneurial management team,” said Steve Murray, president of New York City-based CCMP Capital.