January 20, 2021

Husky Announces Expansion Plans in Milton

first_imgHusky Injection Molding Systems has announced a $13 million expansion plan for its Milton, Vermont plant. The expansion could bring as many as 100 jobs to the area within the next year. Husky has begun the hiring with 50 new jobs now with the prospect of hiring an additional 50 over the coming year. These jobs would be in engineering, manufacturing and support.Plans include a 17,000 square foot addition to the Husky plant located on North Road in Milton. There are plans to move part of the operation to a 20,000 square foot plant in the Catamount Industrial Park in Milton.The construction will start as soon as permits are in hand and completion of the project is slated for September.Husky manufactures molds and machines for the plastics industry and employs 400 at its Milton Plant.last_img read more

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No. 1 USC seeks to continue strong play

first_imgAfter a freshman campaign in which driver Nikola Vavic led USC with 49 goals, it was natural to heap lofty expectations on the sophomore. Thus far, the sophomore has tallied 25 goals with only three regular season games remaining and eight games in total if USC should advance to the NCAA finals as it did a year ago.Though Vavic has not found the back of the net as frequently as he did last season, he is beginning to heat up on the score sheet, too, burying eight goals in his last two games.Lethal · Sophomore driver Nikola Vavic has notched 25 goals this year and is one of many offensive weapons for USC’s balanced scoring atttack. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanWith Vavic’s recent scoring surge bolstering the offense, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team (17-2, 6-0) will look to extend its eight-game winning streak in two matches this weekend. On Friday at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium, the Trojans will host No. 13 Concordia (29-4) at 5 p.m. for its final regular season home game, hoping to close out an undefeated season at home. Saturday, USC will travel up north to face No. 7 Pacific (11-10, 1-4) in an MPSF matchup.“With Nikola, his goal is usually to pass first and that’s a good thing, but if you always look to pass first, you’re going to miss some good opportunities,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “It was good to see in these two games that he was taking shots, and we need him, as the season goes on, to score goals and be a top threat for us.”Collegiate water polo is notoriously top-heavy, with only a few upsets of top-five programs each season. Despite this reality, Jovan Vavic insists Concordia — a team USC beat 15-7 last season in its first ever match — is underrated and could challenge USC provided the Trojans are not focused.“Concordia has three good outside shooters and one strong two-meter man,” Jovan Vavic said. “Concordia beat Santa Barbara at Santa Barbara, and they only lost to Pacific by one goal. So Concordia is one of those teams that can surprise you.”The marquee match-up of the weekend, however, remains the game against Pacific. The Tigers are 1-4 in MPSF play following a gut-wrenching 13-12 overtime loss to powerhouse No. 1 UCLA and a 9-8 upset win over No. 5 Santa Barbara.“[Pacific and Concordia] are both very similar,” Nikola Vavic said. “Both teams have quite a few European players who are good shooters. Pacific has big strong two-meter men.”Sophomore attacker Balazs Erdelyi and senior attacker Tom Koning pace Pacific with 45 and 42 goals, respectively. In the cage, Pacific goalie Alex Malkis posts an average of 9.9 saves per game.Ultimately, USC hopes it continues to peak at the right time, especially in advance of the upcoming titanic match with UCLA.“It seems to me that every game we’re doing something better than in the game before,” Jovan Vavic said. “Overall, we are clicking at the right time.”last_img read more

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Failed conversions, missed field goals cost UW

first_imgFreshman kicker Jack Russell missed a 41-yard field goal just before halftime and missed another extra point in the second quarter.[/media-credit]LINCOLN, Neb. – When it comes to third-and-short, or fourth-and-short, Wisconsin has not had much luck converting the once-easy situational downs. And it’s a problem that made the trip with them to Memorial Stadium this weekend.With just more than a minute left in the game, Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) faced fourth-and-1, trailing Nebraska (4-1, 1-0) 30-27. With junior quarterback Danny O’Brien running the two-minute drill, senior running back Montee Ball took the handoff and fumbled. Nebraska recovered – and secured the win.For Nebraska, it was sweet justice. For Wisconsin, it was pure disappointment after capturing a 17-point lead at the beginning of the third quarter.While Ball is credited with the fumble, he wasn’t even supposed to get the handoff in the first place. According to Ball, the call was supposed to be a naked bootleg.“I wasn’t expecting the ball at all,” Ball said.“It’s very frustrating because it looked like I fumbled the football, but I’m not just going to sit here and point the finger at all. We just can’t put ourselves in that situation.”According to O’Brien, with the look he was getting from the defense, he thought he would have been sacked on the bootleg run and therefore carried out an automatic handoff to Ball. The ultimate miscommunication ended the Badgers’ final drive and their chances of walking out of Lincoln with a season-boosting win.The fourth down only exemplified UW’s prior struggles on third and fourth down against the Cornhuskers. The Badgers converted only four of 15 third downs and one of their two fourth downs. Prior to Nebraska, Wisconsin converted only 30 percent (16 of 53) of its third downs and three of five fourth downs through the nonconference season.You’re hot, then you’re coldThrough Wisconsin’s first half, it looked like there was something different about the way Ball was running. Flashbacks to the Nebraska game last year weren’t far off – at first.“That’s what I was really focusing on coming into this game, just making one cut and go,” Ball said. “And really getting back to what I was doing last year.”At the half, Ball led all rushers with 59 yards on 17 carries for two touchdowns. Only five minutes into the third quarter, he would gain his third touchdown of the game, equaling his season total through the first four games.But through the second half, Ball only gained 31 more yards – for a total of 90 – on 15 additional carries. At the half, he averaged 3.5 yards per carry. At the end of the game, that average fell to a meager 2.8 yards per carry.But the senior running back wasn’t the only one who cooled off.While the Badgers as a whole didn’t perform as well in the second half as they had in the first, that difference was most noticeable on the defense.In the first half, the defense held Nebraska to 68 rushing yards and 75 passing yards – just 143 total yards. Meanwhile, the Badgers had compiled 205 yards of offense on 161 passing yards and 44 rushing yards. At the time, the Badgers also held a 20-10 lead.After Ball scored his third touchdown, Nebraska scored 17 unanswered points and added 297 offensive yards – ending with a total of 440 yards off 259 rushing yards and 181 more through the air.“It’s hard to pinpoint one exact thing,” junior defensive tackle Beau Allen said. “One thing that was kind of tough is they had some long drives going and gave some momentum to them. If we could have forced some more three-and-outs, that could have been a big thing for us defensively.”Kicking controversy continuesSometimes, missed field goals or extra points aren’t a huge deal. Other times, they haunt teams for the rest of the game.Freshman kicker Jack Russell, despite winning the kicking job from sophomore Kyle French earlier in the season, missed a PAT and later sent a 41-yard field goal wide left.Those four missed points hung over the loser in a 30-27 decision like a big “What if?”“Obviously in retrospect it’s very, very big,” Bielema said of the four missed points. “… We know that every play matters. The kicking game is a little bit up and down. Both of them at times show really good things. It’s made it difficult to go with one guy. You would like one of the guys to stand up and take control, but it hasn’t been able to happen for us yet.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more

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