Electric co-op observes Lineman Appreciation Day

Washington Electric Cooperative Inc. is recognizing April 18, 2014 as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hardworking men and women who work often in challenging conditions to keep the power on.

The co-op is recognizing all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep the power on and protect the public’s safety.

“Electric linemen do not often receive the recognition they deserve,” said Ken Schilling, general manager/CEO. “They work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions far from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to their communities. Our linemen, as well as linemen from all across the nation, truly deserve this special day of recognition.”

Washington Electric invites members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the work they do. Use #ThankaLineman to show support.

Washington Electric is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving portions of six counties in southeastern Ohio. It is headquartered in Marietta.

Tourism discussion Tuesday at Prime

The Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau after hours event, Tourism PM, returns Tuesday, April 22, at Prime Steak and Seafood located inside the Comfort Inn. Those who attend have the chance to interact with leaders, strategize to create new business opportunities and discuss tourism news and information.

Tourism PM locations for the remainder of the year include Spagna’s Italian Restaurant on, Comfort Suites, The Galley and Campus Martius Museum.

Anyone interested in registering for the free event, contact the Marietta-Washington County CVB at (740) 373-5178.

Stonewall earns

5 marketing awards

Stonewall, an integrated marketing firm based in Marietta, recently earned five American Advertising Awards.

Presented by the West Virginia chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the awards ceremony took place in Charleston (W.Va.) at the Embassy Suites and honored the year’s best advertising work within the market.

Stonewall’s award collection consisted of work for digital and print campaigns for the following clients – Adventures on the Gorge, Ohio Valley University, Tucker County CVB, and WV Dept. of Commerce.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the AAF for our work. The projects were each compelling, entertaining, and effective in telling the story for each client’s needs. This is a wonderful highlight to our year,” said Kari Thompson, Stonewall vice president-director of public relations.

Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. The local awards are the first of a three-tier, national competition. At the second tier, local winners compete against other winners in one of 15 district competitions. District winners are then forwarded to the third tier, the national American Advertising Awards competition.

Winter was tough on DuPont’s bottom line

DOVER, Del. – DuPont’s agricultural sales suffered and its operating costs rose during extensive winter storms that dragged on first-quarter earnings, although volumes increased in the company’s industrial segments and profit margins improved in almost every one of them.

The Wilmington, Del., chemical maker reported net income Thursday of $1.4 billion, or $1.54 per share, for the quarter ended March 31. That’s down from $3.35 billion, or $3.58 per share, for the same quarter a year ago, which included a one-time gain from completion of the sale of DuPont’s performance coatings unit.

Excluding one-time items, DuPont reported operating earnings of $1.58 per share, up from $1.56 per share on an adjusted basis in last year’s first quarter, but slightly below the consensus Wall Street estimate of $1.59 per share.

Sales declined 3 percent to $10.1 billion for the quarter, mainly due to differences in timing and planted area for agriculture sales, negative currency impact, and adverse weather conditions in North America. Analysts were expecting revenue of $10.4 billion.

“We delivered near record earnings per share despite the challenges of harsh weather and differences in year-on-year comparisons in our agriculture segment, and our key initiatives remain on track,” said CEO Ellen Kullman.

The company reaffirmed its outlook for full-year operating earnings of $4.20 to $4.45 per share, compared to $3.88 per share last year, based on anticipated growth in global industrial market demand.

From local, wire reports