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Venice Aluminum Company Obtains Patent For Reinforcement Beam

Not far from the home where Thomas Edison made his innovative and groundbreaking inventions, a Venice company has created and acquired a patent for its own creation: an interlocking aluminum beam that can withstand hurricane-force winds.

Tom Teffenhart, chief executive officer of Commercial Residential Aluminum (CRA ) in Venice, recently received a patent for his newest invention, the Channel Lock Self-Mating Beam, also known as Channel Lock SMB. The beam is designed for use to fortify pool cages, lanais and other aluminum structures.

"The Channel Lock SMB will not only help the home building industry, but the insurance industry as well," says Natalie Rockefeller Lane, CRA's director of marketing and sales. "This product will stand up to more natural disasters and will benefit homeowners by providing a safer and stronger enclosure."

According to a CRA, the new beam may very well be the strongest of its kind, and will require less material as well as lower the cost of pool-cage construction as well as screen enclosures. The new beams make the structures stronger and more durable when compared to those of competitor manufacturers.

CRA was founded and run by Tom Teffenhart and has been in business in Venice for over 17 years. In addition to pool enclosures, CRA also builds car ports, fascias, windows and walkway covers. Some of CRA's partners are Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Gilbratar Homes and Guardian Building Products.

CRA has plans to take a portion of their savings and apply the funds to a company campaign which they plan to give to those in need in the area.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh    
Source: Natalie Rockefeller Lane, Commercial Residential Aluminum

Tervis Tumbler Expands In Venice In Sarasota County, Plans To Add 80 Jobs

Tervis Tumbler Company of Sarasota County plans to expand its Venice plant, adding 80 jobs by the end of 2010 to meet growing demand for its popular drinkware products.

In south Sarasota County since the 1960s, Tervis Tumbler will thus bring its total employees up to 400.

A new 40,700-square-feet building should be ready to occupy during the first quarter of 2011.

The Tervis Tumbler Company manufactures insulated double-walled cups and glasses that keep hot drinks hotter and cold drinks cooler longer.

Tervis products can be purchased on the company website and at 6,000 retail outlets across the country.

Tervis is also adding new products and designs to its inventory, including new drinkware decorated in Disney characters.

To keep up with the new product line, Tervis will be expanding its sales and marketing departments.

Sarasota County is awarding Tervis $100,000 over the next three years as a performance-based incentive grant for the 214 jobs added.

The grant requires Tervis to pay employee annual wages greater than the county average.

To search for current openings at Tervis Tumbler, visit the company website.

Writer: Mandy Erfourth
Source: Kim Livengood, Tervis Tumbler


Sarasota Foundation Seeks Emerging Leaders For Institute, Apply Now

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2010 class of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. Participants are being sought from across the region for this three-month leadership development program.

"Our program will help leaders with individual leadership skills and then use them in the group as they grow through the class," says Teri A. Hansen, president and chief executive officer of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The Gulf Coast Leadership Institute is made up of seven training sessions that run from May through July, and they are held in Venice. The Fanning Institute, a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia, will lead the training.

The seven training sessions will cover: understanding leadership, communicating effectively, valuing community diversity, managing conflict, building communities through collaboration, making group decisions and leading community change.

Up to 25 participants will be chosen from various industry sectors. To ensure a diverse group of participants, the Foundation will try to get representation from private businesses, government employees, community volunteers and nonprofit organizations, says Greg Luberecki, director of marketing and communications.

Applicants are likely to be selected from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The deadline to apply is April 23. Interested participants may click here.

Fifty-four professionals and volunteers already have graduated from the leadership development initiative.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Teri A. Hansen and Greg Luberecki, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Koala Tee In Sarasota Adds New Account Manager For Florida Suncoast

Koala Tee, an apparel manufacturer specializing in embroidered items, promotional products and company gift items has added new Account Manager Rob Harman, for the Florida Suncoast region. Harmon brings 17 years of experience in the imprinted sportswear industry and is a 30-year resident of Sarasota.
 
Harman will be responsible for new business development for Koala Tee's products in a territory that ranges from Tampa to Fort Myers.
 
"We have a great base of long-time customers; however, we know our core concentration should be bringing small businesses who need help increasing their marketing/branding efforts," says Carmen Manley, VP of business development. Adding an additional experienced account manager will help this business focus, and, if increased outside sales efforts prove successful, Koala Tee plans to expand more outside sales force to further penetrate existing territory, she says.  
 
Koala Tee, Inc, was started in 1983 in Sarasota as a trophy shop doing mainly team uniforms. The organization has since expanded and now occupies a nearly 11,000-square-foot facility in downtown Sarasota where a team of embroiderers does all made-to-order work in-house. Manley says quality control is one advantage of doing much of their production work in-house.
 
Koala Tee also owns and operates Life Safety International, a company that sells men's clothing to retail stores on military bases throughout the world. Koala creates catalogs that include military fashion designs that mirror current fashions. The company also started selling the Red Shirt Fridays " I support our troops" line of apparel and products.
 
Writer: Lisa Clementi
Source: Carmen Manley, Koala Tee
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