• Cosmo Specialty Fibers Awarded PEFC Chain-of-Custody Certification

    COSMOPOLIS, Wash – Chain-of-custody certification has been awarded to Cosmo Specialty Fibers from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). “PEFC certification allows us to ensure to our customers that the wood fiber we use comes from sources using sustainable forestry practices” says Mike Entz, CEO.
    PEFC is the world’s largest, third-party certification system and incorporates both CSA and SFI sustainable forest management systems in its certification process.
    “We chose PEFC because they managed to gather a number of really good sustainable forestry standards under one umbrella. Because we sell our products into a global market, we wanted to be able to assure our customers that our own chain-of-custody fiber processes met a number of regional sustainable forestry standards that would be recognized in their own markets. PEFC certification allows us to do that.”

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  • Westway Group, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2010 Results Increased 34%

    NEW ORLEANS, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Westway Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: WWAY) today reported consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2010 of $13.1 million, up $3.3 million or 34% from the pro forma results for the three months ended March 31, 2009. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA reflects income before income tax provision, equity in loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net interest expense, and depreciation.

    Peter Harding, CEO, stated, “We are pleased with the overall results of Westway in the first quarter of 2010. During this period, we have seen the benefits of our investments in 2009 in greenfield expansions and acquisitions that are reflective of the vision and opportunities we expect for our company. We have grown in both footprint and performance. Evidencing these achievements are a 34% increase in Adjusted EBITDA and an increase of 22.5% in storage capacity, respectively, over the same period in 2009. As a whole, we are excited about the first quarter results, which we believe are demonstrative of management’s commitment to improving long-term performance and shareholder value.”

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  • Astronaut Clay Anderson to Speak at Museum of Flight June 19

     SEATTLE, June 17, 2009–NASA Astronaut Clayton C. Anderson, who lived for 152 days aboard the International Space Station in 2007 as a member of the Expedition 15 and 16  Crews, will speak at the Museum of Flight on Friday, June 19 at 2 p.m. His presentation is entitled "Life on the Space Station." While on orbit at the Space Station, he performed numerous scientific and engineering experiments, conducted three spacewalks and used the Robotic Manipulator System–commonly called Canadarm2–developed by the Canadian Space Agency to prepare the Station for the arrival of the U.S. built "Harmony" node. Anderson is currently assigned to the Space Shuttle crew of STS-131, scheduled to launch in March, 2010. He will present in the William M. Allen Theater and will be available for autographs and questions following the program.

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  • Cantwell Statement on Memorial Day

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement in honor of the nation’s armed forces and veterans on Memorial Day:

    “On this Memorial Day, we, as a nation, pause and remember the sacrifices made by the courageous men and women who have fought and continue fighting to keep our nation safe.

    “War entails untold sacrifice and hardship. Today, as we at home mark the beginning of summer, tens of thousands of our men and women in uniform – in the active-duty Armed Forces and the National Guard and Reserve – are deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq where they risk their lives every day. And so before the picnics, before the fireworks, let us honor those who have fought selflessly to defend our country in past wars, and to those who do so today.

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  • Lady Washington to Arrive Aberdeen Wednesday; Hawaiian Chieftain Delayed

    Aberdeen – The tall ship Lady Washington has set sail from Port Townsend on a three-day voyage to her home port of Aberdeen, Wash. She is scheduled to arrive at Aberdeen Landing, 710 E. Heron St., Aberdeen, on Wednesday afternoon. The exact time of arrival is undetermined.
    Lady Washington will participate in the annual Chehalis Watershed Festival on Saturday, opening up for public tours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by a three-hour public sailing at 2 p.m. (Lady Washington will remain at Aberdeen Landing during the festival. Most festival activities are at Morrison Park in Aberdeen.)
    Lady Washington’s companion ship, Hawaiian Chieftain, will remain in Port Townsend undergoing routine maintenance. Hawaiian Chieftain was scheduled to depart Port Townsend today, but she will delay her departure to later this week. The crew is waiting for a replacement part for the starboard propeller assembly, which must be shipped from the manufacturer in Europe. Starting Sept. 22, both ships will  close to the public for further maintenance in preparation for their next activities.
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