Massachusetts hand-dryer maker gets helping hand from U.S.-China trade war

Reuters | December 11, 2019

The U.S.-China trade war is creating something William Gagnon once thought impossible - a 100% American-made bathroom hand dryer. Gagnon’s family-owned company, Excel Dryer Inc, sells about $40 million worth of dryers a year that mostly go into public bathrooms, including at airports and casinos as well as at Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) and Walmart Inc (WMT.N) stores across the United States. The Western Massachusetts company uses parts made in the United States at its 50-employee factory, except for the motors and electronic controllers at their core. They long sought a domestic supplier for those items, but nobody could beat China’s low prices. Until now.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County's transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years. "We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work," Preckwinkle said. "With more than half of the metropolitan region's population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County's transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth." Called "Connecting Cook County," the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County's last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today's Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040. Preckwinkle named a 17-member Advisory Committee composed of business leaders, along with representatives from civic groups, local governments, and economic development organizations, to give a broad voice to the various interests groups and their concerns. She also named a 15-member Program Committee of transportation professionals and specialists who will bring their specific areas of expertise to the table.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County's transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years. "We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work," Preckwinkle said. "With more than half of the metropolitan region's population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County's transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth." Called "Connecting Cook County," the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County's last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today's Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040. Preckwinkle named a 17-member Advisory Committee composed of business leaders, along with representatives from civic groups, local governments, and economic development organizations, to give a broad voice to the various interests groups and their concerns. She also named a 15-member Program Committee of transportation professionals and specialists who will bring their specific areas of expertise to the table.

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