Hardware Store – Bergmann Lumber http://bergmannlumber.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 07:19:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://bergmannlumber.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/bergmann-lumber-icon-150x150.png Hardware Store – Bergmann Lumber http://bergmannlumber.com/ 32 32 Major winter storm: the south is preparing for a big blow of snow and ice https://bergmannlumber.com/major-winter-storm-the-south-is-preparing-for-a-big-blow-of-snow-and-ice/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:04:35 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/major-winter-storm-the-south-is-preparing-for-a-big-blow-of-snow-and-ice/

ATLANTA – Forecasts of snow and ice as far south as Georgia put much of the Southeast on an emergency preparedness footing as shoppers scoured store shelves for storm supplies and crews rushed to deal with highways and roads as a major winter storm approached the Midwest.

In Virginia, where a blizzard left thousands of motorists trapped on congested highways earlier this month, outgoing Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and urged people to take the oncoming storm seriously. was approaching.

In North Carolina, some store shelves have been stripped of essentials, including bread and milk.

Elsewhere, trucks began spraying a brackish mixture over hundreds of miles of highways and other roads to prevent icing in the region.

Travis Wagler said he hasn’t seen such a shortage of supplies at his hardware store in Abbeville, South Carolina, in at least two winters.

“We sell everything you would expect: sleds, but also salt, shovels and firewood,” Abbeville Hardware’s Wagler said Friday. This region has faced predictions of a quarter inch (0.6 centimeters) or more of ice on trees and power lines, which could lead to days without power.

“People are worried,” Wagler said.

Parts of Tennessee could get up to 6 inches of snow, forecasters say, and northern Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley region of Alabama could get light snow accumulations. With lows forecast in the 20s over a wide area, any precipitation could freeze, making driving difficult, if not dangerous.

The fast-moving storm had already dropped heavy snowfall across a wide swath of the Midwest on Friday, where travel conditions deteriorated and dozens of schools closed or moved to online instruction.

The storm, after its expected weekend dip in the southeast, was then expected to track northeast while dropping snow, sleet and rain around the densely populated east coast.

A winter storm watch stretched from metro Atlanta north to Arkansas in the west and Pennsylvania in the north, covering parts of 10 states including Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Travel issues could extend to metro Atlanta, where about 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow brought traffic to a standstill in 2014, an event still known as “Snowmaggedon.”

At Dawsonville Hardware, about 95 miles north of Atlanta, owner Dwight Gilleland said he was already out of heaters as of noon Friday and had only five bags of salt and sand left.

“I think the pandemic has made people more anxious than normal,” he said.

The National Weather Service said 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 centimeters) of snow could fall as far south as northeast Georgia from Saturday night through Sunday, and possible power outages and problems displacement could be exacerbated by any ice cover – and winds gusting to 35 mph (55 kph).

“Hopefully the Storm will be underdelivered, but it could be overdelivering. We just don’t know,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said as he announced preparations for the storm. He was taking no chances in declaring a state of emergency, and crews began treating major roads and highways in North Georgia.

Governor Henry McMaster in neighboring South Carolina also issued an emergency order, saying the state would likely begin to feel the effects of the major winter storm on Sunday morning.

“There is the potential for very hazardous conditions caused by ice and snow accumulations, which will likely lead to power outages across the state,” he said.

The city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina had to borrow workers from other departments to help deal with roads ahead of the storm because COVID-19 caused a shortage of workers, spokesman Randy Britton said. . Even volunteers helped out as the city ramped up its normal winter weather preparation schedule, he said.

“We feel really good where we are,” he said. “We checked the boxes.”

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an emergency order and the administration urged people to stay home once the storm hits. The national highways agency has warned that labor shortages mean crews may not respond to problems as quickly as usual.

“We just don’t have that many people to drive the trucks or operate the equipment,” North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesman Marcus Thompson said.

Many schools and businesses will be closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which could help ease travel issues as well as temperatures expected to hit the 40s.


Collins reported from Columbia, South Carolina. AP writers Jay Reeves in Birmingham, Alabama; Sarah Brumfield in Richmond, Virginia; Tom Foreman Jr. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Jeff Martin in Woodstock, Georgia; Gary Robertson in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Ben Finley in Norfolk, Virginia, contributed to this report.

Contractor Profile: Ben’s Contractor Center of Michigan https://bergmannlumber.com/contractor-profile-bens-contractor-center-of-michigan/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:38:48 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/contractor-profile-bens-contractor-center-of-michigan/

Open a map of Michigan, which looks like a mitten. Look harder and, tucked into the thumb, you’ll spot Marlette, pop. 8,000. It’s a farming community, where Ben’s Contractor Center serves as a one-stop shop for everything – from pole barns to new homes, additions to renovations – as it has done since 1964.

It was the year namesake Ben, a grocery store butcher, bought the nearby hardware store, which sold convenience firearms and lumber, says his grandson, Jimmy Zyrowski, the current owner. “We added building materials in the early 2000s – a big decision,” says Jimmy.

“It’s a small rural community and there was no local source. People needed it. When my grandfather bought the store, he was selling guns. The community and the culture supported that, so he [sporting goods] continues to be a big part of who we are today. We sell guns and ammunition and supplies for archery, hunting, fishing and camping. Clothes. Lots of outdoor stuff. And sporting goods. “It helps attract people, and also our contactor base.

Pleasing the pros is in the outfit’s DNA. “Our biggest challenge,” continues Jimmy, “is asking for what they want, then saying ‘yes’ and getting there: going from ‘yes’ to making things work out for them. It’s not easy,” he knows all too well, “but it’s good for them: to understand the problem of the day, to find different leads. Get off the beaten track.

Nevertheless, “the last two years were like nothing we had ever dreamed of – upheaval in every area, from picking up to buying. But, by being more creative than the others, you get there.

Due to our location, we take care of everyone. Business is fairly evenly split between walk-in customers and contractors, so we offer a diverse mix to make this sustainable.

Of course, Ben’s is the only supplier of building materials in town, but other nearby towns provide stiff competition. “We are surrounded by big boxes; we all have them. It only forces us to work harder to make things happen, to support every customer’s needs. In order to retain customers, “we can’t leave issues unresolved. In a small community, everyone knows everyone”—and everyone talks.

And it’s actually Ben’s best marketing tool; referrals are made by word of mouth. Of course, there is also a website, “which we will improve in the future: see which way to go”, explains Jimmy, who loves his job and links his own future (and perhaps that of his three children) to that of the company. continued success.

Jimmy started early. “Like anyone in a family business, you get involved before you are born,” he jokes. “My first job here was to mow the grass.”

His job, ever since, has been to organize Ben’s extensions. “We bought the new location in 2012 when the owner of an existing yard was ready to retire. It was bigger, and strictly a lumber yard. It took us to the next level: more space, more trucks, more warehouses.

“But very soon we were pushing the walls again,” he recalls. “As we grew, we again needed more product, more trucks, more forklifts, more inventory.”

So it was time to grow again. Ben’s has expanded its robust sports department with a 13,000 square foot expansion in 2020, adding much-needed retail space. “We finished it in the fall, just in time,” he laughs (or was that a whimper?), “to start all over again. This year, we added another 18,000 square feet to expand all our categories: hardware, wood, clothing.

Adding more square footage and more products to fill them also required more employees. Currently, Jimmy oversees a team of 77 people. Turnover is low, but a number of retirements are looming. “Finding new staff members is certainly a challenge. Many of our employees already travel very long distances to work here,” Ben’s owner realizes.

Yet these employees continue to provide first-class service, including “the fast and efficient same-day delivery that we pride ourselves on,” says Jimmy. “We also hold an annual sporting goods event, with vendors showcasing products, demonstrations and special sales. Plus, a family-oriented spring event: rock face, sporting goods, etc.

Altogether, these growth tactics contributed to the success of Ben’s LBM category, which posted an enviable 543% increase last year. What drove him?

“A bit of everything,” he says. “Our people and our inventory. Also, we have remained open during COVID. In the eyes of our customers, little has changed except that we have become bigger and better. It was definitely the toughest time we’ve ever seen, when it comes to finding products and people: lots of unknowns with COVID. How will it hold? We’re waiting for the rug to be pulled out,” he laughs (at least I think it was a laugh).

Finding supplies is the biggest headache this season. “It’s all about relationships, what product you get and how much. Now is NOT the time to switch providers! The margins, he admits, are top to bottom. “Some days really good, then the next day you’re looking at a price drop and you lose money.”

So what does the future hold for us? “In January, we are doing a hard reset. In our new building, we are incorporating a second entrance through the new parking lot. But overall, we all need to straighten out the manufacturing side. Customers burn out with long lead times, etc. That’s expensive. What used to take three days, now you call to see if they can make it. We’ve never had to work so hard: increase our purchasing department, keep orders, double-check everything, do everything we can.

To the right. So why are you hanging on, Jimmy? Why do you always love what you do? “It’s exciting when a team of people share an idea to make our customers successful. When they have ideas, it’s like, ‘Why didn’t we do this a long time ago?’ There are comments: everyone brings a different perspective. It’s also important to hear from customers: get everyone involved. »

Conclusion: “Responsibility stops me. If there’s a problem, it ends up on my desk” – which ensures that boredom is a foreign concept here, and that’s how Jimmy likes it.

Tul announces $ 181 million Series B for further expansion in Latin America, supporting the 600,000 local hardware stores that are the backbone of their communities and a source of development https://bergmannlumber.com/tul-announces-181-million-series-b-for-further-expansion-in-latin-america-supporting-the-600000-local-hardware-stores-that-are-the-backbone-of-their-communities-and-a-source-of-development/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/tul-announces-181-million-series-b-for-further-expansion-in-latin-america-supporting-the-600000-local-hardware-stores-that-are-the-backbone-of-their-communities-and-a-source-of-development/

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, January 11, 2022– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Today, Tul, an e-commerce platform that strengthens developing communities by providing locally managed hardware stores with consistent access to building materials, inventory management capabilities, services billing and opportunities to diversify revenue sources, the announced earned a Series B of $ 181 million. The round was led by 8VC and extended by Avenir, bringing Tul’s total funding to date to nearly $ 210 million.

The company plans to use the funding to fuel its expansion into Brazil and other Latin American markets, where more than 600,000 local community hardware stores account for 50% of the region’s hardware sales, making it an addressable market. total of $ 120 billion. These hardware stores are often the backbone of their respective communities where most of the homes are “do-it-yourself” or build-it-yourself. Due to the small size of the stores, they often face supply chain and inventory management issues.

“We are very pleased with the opportunity for Tul to support the development of local communities in Latin America by partnering with their hardware stores,” said Enrique Villamarin, CEO and co-founder of Tul. “We built this platform to enable the smallest business in the most remote areas – who serve as pillars in their community – to be able to order products, manage their inventory and open up other sources of income as if they were It was a Depot or Lowe’s home in a major American city. The potential for improving lives through technology is incredible and the market opportunity is enormous. “

“We are thrilled to join Tul as they continue to strengthen the underserved hardware ecosystem. Tul serves self-built residential neighborhoods in developing countries, which is essential for the growth and advancement of these regions, ”added Jake Medwell, a founding partner. at 8VC. “I have known the founders since ideation and have seen them evolve rapidly. They are by far the most powerful operators in our portfolio.”

“The Latin American building material supply chain has historically served the neighborhood hardware store poorly; Tul’s technology platform benefits all participants, especially business owners, using data unheard of in this analog industry. The e-commerce marketplace is further digitizing the construction industry through financial technology and other value-added services, ”said Jamie Reynolds, partner and co-founder of Avenir.

The company was launched in Colombia in March 2020. It currently operates in five cities in Colombia, two cities in Ecuador, as well as Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico. Tul has strong and established relationships with some of the region’s largest construction suppliers, including Gerdau, ArcelorMittal, Ternium, Sika, Wavin, Henkel, Phillips Assa Abloy, Bosch, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Cemex and others.

Other investors in this cycle include Monashees, Lightrock, Coatue, Tiger Global, Foundamental, Vine, Marathon Labs, and H20.

About Tul

Tul is a mobile app and B2B e-commerce marketplace that optimizes the building materials supply chain for hardware stores in Latin America. Launched in March 2020, its vision is to fully digitize the operations of remote local hardware stores, which represent 50% of the regions’ sales of building materials. Tul operates in Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico with expansion plans in Brazil and other Latin American markets. For more information, visit https://tul.com.co/.

About 8VC

8VC is a leading technology investment firm, investing in visionary teams and supporting companies transforming the industry. The partners have a proven track record as founders, engineers, and operators of successful companies such as Palantir, Addepar, Affinity, and OpenGov, among others. 8VC was founded in 2012 and manages $ 3.6 billion in committed capital. The company primarily invests in smart business platforms across all industries including financial services, healthcare, logistics, bioinformatics and others. For more information, please visit http://8VC.com

About Avenir

Avenir is a growing investment company with over $ 2.5 billion in assets under management. Avenir takes a first-principles approach to identify large markets that are disrupted by new technologies and changing end-user preferences. The company invests globally in high growth companies that define their category and capitalize on these paradigm shifts. The company has made growth investments in markets such as Drizly, Zetwerk, Tul and Dandy; internet companies, including DuckDuckGo, Savage x Fenty, Spinny, Bevi, Fabletics and Cometeer; software companies such as Latch, Mark43, Alloy, Shift Technology, Pax8 and Drift; and fintech companies including Flutterwave, Current, Till Payments and Ramp, among others. Avenir was founded in 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.avenirgrowth.com/

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YESTERDAY AND TODAY: Pop culture was very present in Barrie before it died out https://bergmannlumber.com/yesterday-and-today-pop-culture-was-very-present-in-barrie-before-it-died-out/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/yesterday-and-today-pop-culture-was-very-present-in-barrie-before-it-died-out/ After becoming a licensed Canada Dry bottler in 1949, Albert Empke opened his new business at Innisfil and Brock streets.

This ongoing series from Barrie Historical Archives Curator Deb Exel shows old photos from the collection and one from today, along with the story behind them.

Canada Dry Barrie – Innisfil Street

Barrie has had several soda businesses over the years.

Joshua Clarkson, owner of the Clarkson House hotel, ran a soda factory on John Street (now Maple Avenue) from 1881 to 1893. Charles Kilkenny and Donald Sutherland opened the Kilkenny Soda Water Manufactory in 1889, which closed in 1894 .

James Walsh, who opened his factory in 1893 on triangular land in Sophia and Clapperton streets, was also in the sparkling water business. He was then joined in the business by his brother, George, who took the business to new levels, forming a new business with Chris Horsfield.

Horsfield had come to Barrie from Lancastershire, England, in 1883. In addition to his collaboration with Walsh for sparkling water, Horsfield spent 19 years in the ice trade and served on city council in 1906.

Their new company, Imperial Soda Water Works, produced high quality sparkling water, mineral water, ginger beer, lemon soda, and ginger ale. Their modern equipment, superior products and reputation for cleanliness put Imperial Soda Water Works ahead of the competition, possibly helping to shut down other local sparkling water manufacturers.

Fast forward to 1949. Recognizing soft drinks as a growing market, Albert Empke, a local businessman, was appointed licensed bottler of Canada Dry and founded the Canada Dry (Barrie) company. The new bottling business was located at the northwest corner of Innisfil and Brock streets.

Empke was born in 1900 in Elmwood, Ontario. In the early 1930s, he moved to Detroit and opened a hardware store. While living and working in Detroit, he met his wife Winnie, from Glencoe, Ontario. Together they moved to Barrie in 1932 and Empke opened a hardware store at 78 Dunlop Street East called Empke’s Hardware.

Mr. and Mrs. Empke were busy and active members of the community. Ms. Empke was very involved in the Auxiliary events of the Red Cross Hospital, Barrie Golf and Country Club, and was a judge of the Grad Queen competition at Barrie District Collegiate Institute in 1954. Mr. Empke was founding member of the Rotary Club of Barrie, alumnus of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, member of Barrie City Council in 1951 and served on the Barrie School Board in the 1950s.

But Albert Empke wasn’t in the ginger ale business for long. a limited liability company, managed by AL Robinson, purchased the company in 1950.

Another winter storm could dump up to 2 feet of snow over Southeast Alaska https://bergmannlumber.com/another-winter-storm-could-dump-up-to-2-feet-of-snow-over-southeast-alaska/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 00:58:49 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/another-winter-storm-could-dump-up-to-2-feet-of-snow-over-southeast-alaska/
The Juneau office of the National Weather Service produced this image of the upcoming weather January 6-10, 2022.

Another winter storm could dump up to two more feet of snow over Southeast Alaska this weekend. Then the snowpack could be dangerously drenched in rain if the weather changes abruptly as expected next week.

Grant Smith is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau. He said there are two weather systems converging in the southeast. Near the surface we have lived a cold and dry system. In the upper part of the atmosphere, a system coming from the south will bring warmer and more humid weather.

“So we’re going to have this fight between the hotter air trying to come in and go out, you know, the cold air that has settled in so much,” Smith said.

There is a lot of uncertainty about predicting how the two systems will interact. 10 to 24 inches of snow is expected on Saturday and Sunday. For the Juneau area, rain is expected late Sunday or early Monday.

“And that’s going to make a lot of the snow in the area soak up all that moisture, all that rain and that water. And that’s going to add to structural integrity issues and potential flooding, ”Smith said.

Flooding because drains everywhere are clogged with older snow and ice. Juneau’s director of emergency programs, Tom Mattice, said the city is asking residents to help them eliminate them.

“Kind of like adopting a fire hydrant, you know? Said Mattice. “You know where there is a drain in your neighborhood and you can access it, make sure it’s free to treat the water, that would be a good thing over the next few days.”

Juneau Street Superintendent Greg Smith said it was a tedious and labor-intensive process. He recommended using hand bars, shovels and scissors.

He said his office might be able to help as well, although his crews already have their hands full.

The storm could also be a major problem for boat owners. Jeremy Norbryhn is the Assistant Harbor Master of Juneau Docks and Harbors. He said the snow this winter has already claimed at least one boat.

“So the only boat just had a bunch of snow on it. And uh, the owner was notified, and before he could get here he sank, ”Norbryhn said. “It started to lean to the side, take in water, and it sank in about 90 to 120 feet of water.”

He said port workers periodically walk the docks and report potential issues to owners, but owners should check and maintain their vessels themselves.

Meanwhile, employees at the Juneau hardware store have reported a run on snow removal equipment, especially the snow rakes used to remove snow from roofs.

“I’m sold out right now,” said John Joeright, assistant manager at Ace Hardware in Juneau, as another ringing phone interrupted him. “We just got a lot of calls all day today.”

Weather-related shipping issues in the Seattle area have delayed restocking.

The city posted some advice on assessing roof snow loads earlier this week. City officials argue that it is up to individuals to weigh the risk of shoveling their roofs against the potential structural damage.

Nate Abbott is the City’s Building Maintenance Supervisor. He said heading into the weekend his biggest concern was water intrusion, rather than the weight of snow on the rooftops. He said ice dams can form around roof drains and gutters, causing rain and snowmelt to reveal unexpected leaks.

Mississippi prepares for snow | WREG.com https://bergmannlumber.com/mississippi-prepares-for-snow-wreg-com/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 02:47:14 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/mississippi-prepares-for-snow-wreg-com/

BYHALIA, Mississippi – The possibility of snow closing schools and sending people to the grocery store and their local hardware store for supplies.

Byhalia Hardware had prepared a palette of melted ice for customers before winter.

Bill Mason, however, stopped by the store to purchase a propane wall heater for his mother’s house.

“If the power goes out, it won’t have heat. So it will work even without electricity, ”Mason said.

The Reed Market next door was also busy. Twice as busy as a normal Wednesday.

Buyers told us they collect bread and other essentials in case they can’t get out due to the snow.

Reed Market

“We just have snacks and stuff. We already had meat so we had snacks, ”said Lakenya Ashley.

Lakenya Ashley will need these snacks as she will be virtual learning for the rest of the week.

Marshall County was one of the first school districts to cancel in-person learning due to the weather. School leaders said they had also seen an increase in the number of sick students.

“I kind of knew it was going to happen,” Jilisa Powell said.

Jilisa Powell has three children who will stay at home and says prevention is always better than cure.

“Because I really don’t know what it’s going to look like,” she said.

The students are a little disappointed not to have a traditional snow day.

Phoenix # 6 Best Cities for Gamers https://bergmannlumber.com/phoenix-6-best-cities-for-gamers/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:25:17 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/phoenix-6-best-cities-for-gamers/

Famous, John Lennon’s aunt told him that “A guitar is good, but you will never make a living from it.” And, as soon as he did, Lennon responded by affixing a brass plaque with those words on the instrument that brought him worldwide fame.

Generations later, Millennials and Gen Zers who grew up being told they play too many video games – and their hobby will never bring anything of value – may now feel justified: gambling is a Huge Market, and Making a Living Playing Video Video games are no longer a boom, but rather a serious career prospect – from streaming and online reviews to unboxing videos. But which are the best cities for gamers?

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Since 2014 when the first college esports programs were established, competitive games have become an important part of college sports. In fact, ESPN reports that there are now over 125 such programs in the United States.

Even before the pandemic, gambling could be enjoyed as a job or as a hobby just about anywhere. All you needed to get started was a stable internet connection and a computing device. But what if you also want to share your passion with other like-minded people at conventions or still enjoy browsing your local video game or equipment store? Or, what if you even want to get into competitive gaming in college?

If any of these scenarios sound like you, CommercialCafe has put together a list of the top 10 US cities for gamers who want access to a wider range of gaming experiences. Keep reading to find out what the best cities for gamers are. have to offer.

Average Internet speeds in Los Angeles are around 96.8 Mbps, with 87.7% of households having a broadband subscription. There are also 12 games and equipment establishments per 100,000 inhabitants.

Gamers living in Los Angeles have a full calendar of events, with three conventions hosted by Strategicon – Orccon, Gamex & Gateway – as well as GameSoundCon (a conference focused on music in games, sound design and reality audio virtual) and the industry highlight of the year which is E3.

Miami has one of the largest concentrations of gaming and gaming equipment businesses among the cities surveyed, with as many as 20.4 such establishments per 100,000 residents. In addition, 91.8% of households have at least one computer device and 70.8% have a broadband subscription. Miami is also very efficient in terms of Internet speed. At 115.3 Mbps, it’s only behind Austin on this list.

Notably, the Barry University esports scholarship is an integral part of the institution’s existing computer program. Here, students not only have the opportunity to hone their competitive gaming skills, but also to develop skills for a future career in technology; game design or development; virtual reality; or computer animation.

Meanwhile, those enrolled at St. Thomas University – Florida in the varsity esports program can compete at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and Florida Sun Conference levels.

In Texas, Austin and Dallas are both serious about creating an environment in which gamers and gaming communities can thrive: between them, the two cities host eight gaming conventions, including SXSW, Fan Expo Dallas (formerly Dallas Comic Con). and QuakeCon.

In terms of esports scholarships, Concordia University of Austin – Texas participates in the American Southwest Conference (Division III). And, while Dallas colleges don’t currently have such programs, there are a plethora of places nearby that offer them, such as Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth or the University of Texas at Richardson.

Back in Dallas, some 81.6% of households have a broadband subscription, with average internet speeds of 96.8 Mbps. But Austin has the advantage with 89.2% coverage and an average speed of 117.9 Mbps.

There is also a good supply of games, gaming equipment and electronics stores in the two cities: 14.6 establishments per 100,000 inhabitants in Austin and 12.5 per 100,000 in Dallas.

Boston is home to PAX East and Arisia, a sci-fi-focused convention that also includes games and anime events. Some 92.7% of households here have at least one computing device, and there are nine gambling establishments per 100,000 inhabitants.

About 87.4% of households have an Internet subscription, and with average speeds of 114.5 Mbps, Boston’s broadband is considerably faster than the national average (currently at 99.3 Mbps). Additionally, over 98% of the city has access to gigabit internet speeds – a boon for heavy internet users.

In terms of esports scholarships, Bay State College players compete locally, regionally and nationally in tournaments for titles, such as “League of Legends”, “Fortnite”, “Overwatch” or “Madden” . Students also benefit from a dedicated training space in Back Bay, an area that is also home to some of Boston’s most coveted offices, as well as hotels and restaurants.

To the west, Phoenix Fan Fusion – formerly known as Phoenix Comicon or Phoenix Comic Fest – is one of the Southwest’s premier pop cultural events, bringing together gamers, but also anime and manga enthusiasts. , cartoon, card and board games. Since 2015, the city has also hosted Game On Expo, Arizona’s largest gaming convention. This is why Phoenix is ​​one of the best cities for gamers.

Students enrolled in Grand Canyon University’s esports program participate in the Western Athletic Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athlete Conference. Meanwhile, those at Arizona Christian University are currently participating in the Golden State Athletic Conference and the NAIA.

There are also 8.5 gambling establishments per 100,000 residents in Phoenix, and 84.9% of households are connected to the Internet with an average speed of 86.2 Mbps.

Home to several game development companies, Minneapolis has a gambling establishment density of 16.2 per 100,000 population, one of the highest in the Midwest.

And, while the city doesn’t have esports scholarships at the moment, it hosts two important conventions: the first is 2D Con, which caters to both casual and competitive gamers. Then there’s MetaCon – a large entertainment expo filled with interactive events, guest stars, artists, and animators – another highlight of the local geek community.

In the east, about 87.9% of Atlanta’s households have an Internet subscription, and the average speed here hovers around 92.7 Mbps. The city also has a generous share of gambling establishments – 15.6 of these businesses per 100,000 inhabitants – as well as a lively convention scene, with four events throughout the year.

Georgia State University is part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports and the Georgia Esports League (GEL). Students enrolled in this program can compete nationally and regionally in “League of Legends”, “Smite” and “Brawlhalla” matches. The scholarship also provides access to courses in game design, media entrepreneurship, and computer science.

In 2019, about 89% of Milwaukee households had at least one computing device, and internet speeds in the area averaged 101.5 Mbps. There were also 9.7 gambling establishments per 100,000 residents of Milwaukeeans.

For students interested in competitive games, Bryant & Stratton College is the local option for an esports scholarship. Specifically, the school’s esports program aims to develop skills in problem solving, team building and virtual cooperation, in addition to the prowess of their players. Ideally, these abilities would then translate into adjacent areas of work that these students could transition to at some point in the future.

The Midwest Gaming Classic takes place at the Wisconsin Center and is a hangout for everyone from coin-operated arcade nostalgics to pinball or video game fans. And, for those with a distinctly competitive streak, the convention offers plenty of tournaments for all brands of games. There are also a host of board game, card game, and even two Tesla car vendors that serve as their own arcades with games playing on their dashboards.

Chicago doesn’t just love games. He also develops them. The city ranks in the top five places for game developers in the United States, ahead of New York. Additionally, Chicago’s 19 active studios also rank it among the world’s largest cities for game development.

Robert Morris University in Illinois has been offering a varsity esports program since 2014, with games such as “Call of Duty” and “Overwatch.” Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) – the world’s largest and most successful college sports recruiting network – has also been offering an esports program since 2018.

Some 83.6% of homes in Chicago have Internet subscriptions, with average speeds of 100.6 Mbps. The city also has a good share of gambling establishments with 10.4 businesses per 100,000 inhabitants.

Methodology of the best cities for players

“Computer devices” – Households with one or more computer devices (Census, 2019)

” Internet subscription “ – Households with broadband internet subscription (Census, 2019)

“Internet speeds” – Average speed expressed in Mbps (Broadbandnow, 2019)

“Game conventions” – Number of conventions taking place strictly within the limits of a particular city (VideoGameCons and owner research)

“Gaming purse” – Colleges with University Esports Programs (NCSA)

“Density of gaming establishments” – Includes game rental establishments, hardware stores, peripherals, electronic software stores per 100,000 inhabitants. NAICS codes: 423430, 443142, 532282, 713120.
If a city is in more than one county, only the county that contains the largest part of the city was used in the calculation (County Business Pattern, 2019).

NAICS codes and titles used to define gambling establishments

“423430 //”, “Computer equipment and peripherals and software merchant wholesalers”, “Game software merchant wholesalers”

“443142 //”, “Electronics stores”, “Video game software stores”

“532282 //”, “Rental of video cassettes and discs”, “Rental of computer video games”

“713120 //”, “electronic game rooms”, “electronic game rooms”

Purdue researchers create world’s whitest white paint https://bergmannlumber.com/purdue-researchers-create-worlds-whitest-white-paint/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:02:20 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/purdue-researchers-create-worlds-whitest-white-paint/

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A new paint developed by researchers at Purdue University is the coolest – literally.

When Xiulin Ruan, a mechanical engineering teacher at the school, and his graduate students started working on this project seven years ago, they had no intention of inventing a new paint color. Instead, they wanted to find a way to conserve energy and fight climate change. But what they found was that paint could do just that.

This is how Ruan and her team created the whitest paint in the world – a title she recently won in the Guinness Book of World Records, a status never before achieved.

This painting, however, can do more than break world records. It is seen as a breakthrough in sustainability, which could reduce or even eliminate the need for air conditioning, and therefore the energy required to power it.

“The impact of this painting is good for trying to mitigate global warming, the urban heat island effect and the electricity crisis,” said Xiangyu Li, postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who worked on this project as a doctoral student. . student in Ruan’s lab. “But what I love the most is that it could have a direct impact on people’s electricity bills, and it’s something everyone can relate to.”

Developing the formula for this paint was not easy. The multi-year study builds on efforts to create a refreshing paint as an alternative to traditional air conditioning that dates back to the 1970s.

The researchers looked at over 100 different materials and narrowed their options down to 10. From there, the lab tested about 50 different formulations for each material.

“I started to look at all the white materials in my daily life,” Li said.

It was then that they found barium sulfate. The paint is based on two key characteristics: the concentration and size of the barium sulfate compound.

The paint has a very high concentration of the compound, which is also used to make photo paper and white cosmetics. It also contains barium sulfate particles of different sizes in the paint.

Most white paints have a single particle size that reflects the visible part of the solar spectrum, but they absorb more ultraviolet and infrared light, according to Joseph Peoples, a doctoral student. candidate for Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering who also worked in Ruan’s lab.

“The ‘biggest challenge was to make the paint as reflective as possible across the entire solar spectrum,” Peoples said.

The amount of light that each barium sulfate particle diffuses depends on its size, Peoples said. Thus, having a wider range of particle sizes allows the paint to diffuse more of the light spectrum.

Researchers believe this whitest white paint is probably the closest equivalent of Vantablack, the blackest black paint that absorbs up to 99.9% of visible light. The painting Ruan’s lab landed on reflects up to 98.1 percent of sunlight, the research shows. This compares to other highly reflective paints on the market which reflect between 80-90% of the light.

Because Ruan’s painting reflects almost all of the incoming sunlight, it does not consume any energy. Then it goes even further, emitting thermal energy into space beyond Earth’s atmosphere, which means it sends out more heat than it absorbs.

“Let’s say it’s a dry, sunny day outside and the temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit,” a surface covered in Purdue paint “will be around 75 degrees Fahrenheit,” Peoples said. “The paint cools below room temperature, creating free refrigeration, without any input of electricity. “

By lowering the surface temperatures of buildings painted with this white paint, the interior temperatures of said buildings are also lowered. If buildings do not heat up because of the sun, it either reduces the need to turn on their air conditioning this high or eliminates it altogether.

“If you were to use this paint to cover a roof area of ​​about 1,000 square feet, we estimate that you could get 10 kilowatts of cooling power,” Ruan said in a statement. “It’s more powerful than the central air conditioners used by most homes. “

Ruan is working to bring the paint to market and therefore his schedule did not allow him to speak with IndyStar.

Although the 98% to 90% difference may not seem large, Li said that before, a building absorbed 10% of sunlight and now only absorbs 2%. advantages.’

When most people think of reducing carbon emissions, they think of the transportation sector and industry. However, buildings generate nearly 40% of the world’s annual energy-related CO2 emissions, according to the United Nations climate report. In Indianapolis, 66% of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings, the city said. The majority of these emissions are the result of building operations such as cooling and heating.

Therefore, reducing cooling means using less energy produced by fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, which could lead to reduced carbon emissions that cause climate change.

“I think the discovery of white paint has potentially significant long-term implications,” said Jeff Dukes, executive director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center. “In many parts of the world where we want to cool our buildings for most or all of the year for comfortable spaces, this could mean significant energy savings potential.”

The whitest paint can also help reduce the urban heat island effect, according to Peoples. Urban heat islands are the result of cities replacing natural land cover with pavements, buildings and other materials that absorb and retain heat. This increases energy needs, pollution levels and heat-related illnesses.

Climate change is causing more frequent and severe heat waves. According to research conducted at the Dukes center, Indiana could see up to 30 more days above 95 degrees by mid-century.

The recent UN climate change report issued a “code red for humanity” regarding the climate crisis, and stressed the importance of taking swift action to reduce emissions. This paint might just be a tool in that toolbox, Dukes said.

For the everyday American, the paint could also make a big difference to their pockets, Li said, because it essentially creates free air conditioning.

For a one-story house of about 1,000 square feet, paint could save about a dollar a day that would have been spent on air conditioning. This comes down to about $ 30 per month or nearly $ 360 per year in electricity savings.

“Painting has the advantage of saving on electricity bills and at the same time helping to save the earth,” Li said, “it connects with everyone.”

This paint could be used in multiple ways, according to the researchers. Most evident is on commercial and residential buildings, both on their roofs, which face direct sunlight, and on side walls.

But the researchers add that it could even go so far as to be applied to roads or cars to help cool the earth’s surface on an even larger scale.

The team has applied for a patent for the paint and is currently undergoing the necessary tests to bring it to market on a large scale. Ruan and his lab are working with a trading company to ensure the paint meets the reliability requirements for exterior paints and is able to withstand the elements.

There is no timeline for when the paint will hit store shelves, Li said, but it will likely be a few years before customers can purchase it at their local hardware store. Purdue’s paint should be competitive with other exterior paints, he added, and use a similar manufacturing process so that it isn’t difficult to produce.

“Our goal is that if we can bring it to market, it will be like buying any other white paint,” Li said. “The most important way to get the most out of scientific innovation in this field is to ensure that more and more people can use it. “

That’s why Ruan and his graduate students loved the idea of ​​a painting: it’s accessible and easy.

Nonetheless, they recognize that it will be difficult to get people to adopt and use white paint. Especially from a residential perspective, many homeowners might not be used to seeing white walls or they might want their home to stand out from the crowd on their street.

“People aren’t already using white paint everywhere to try to keep buildings cool,” Dukes said, “so the question is, how many people are going to use it? “

The city of Indianapolis said it had ideas on how to increase adoption of such practices. The sustainability office is always looking to make better use of the incentives it can harness and encourage residents to use these types of materials, office executive director Morgan Mickelson said.

City officials also recently enacted a Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance to help improve the energy and water efficiency of buildings in Indianapolis. Building owners participating in the program are required to measure their buildings’ water and energy use annually and report annually. With that data, they can then work with the city to find ways to make reductions.

Mickelson said she believes this painting, when available, could be a key way to achieve this.

“Our built environment offers one of the greatest opportunities for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” she said, adding that the city will try to find ways to use this paint on its own buildings. when it becomes available.

“Having the whitest white paint from Purdue University is so exciting,” Mickelson added, “especially to be an institution in Indiana leading this type of work.”

Source: The Indianapolis Star

]]> IoSafe’s new disaster-proof NAS can store 100TB and withstand 1550F of heat https://bergmannlumber.com/iosafes-new-disaster-proof-nas-can-store-100tb-and-withstand-1550f-of-heat/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:24:45 +0000 https://bergmannlumber.com/iosafes-new-disaster-proof-nas-can-store-100tb-and-withstand-1550f-of-heat/

The new disaster-resistant ioSafe 1520+ NAS announced this month could protect drives in temperatures up to 1550 ° F / 843 ° C (in accordance with ASTM E-119 test standard) for 30 minutes and keep Discs safe for up to three days when submerged in up to 10 feet / 3 meters of water.

With modern large capacity hard drives, local storage of loads of data is quite simple and inexpensive. But what if you want to not only store data, but also protect it against natural disasters, fires or floods? This is exactly what ioSafe disaster-proof NAS and servers are for, as they can withstand extreme heat, flooding, and physical impact.