Subsidiary of Odebrechts Braskem S.A., the top thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas. The parent company has 36 industrial plants in the U.S., Brazil and Germany. Odebrecht Environmental: It has offices in Coral Gables and Houston and is developing models for water re-use projects Shaping the face of Miami-Dade Odebrecht USA has been involved in the construction of some of the countys most visited and iconic public structures and venues, including these four: By MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Odebrecht USA. Its a name that pops up on signs at construction sites all over South Florida and a company that has had a major role in public projects from American Airlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to the North and South Terminals at Miami International Airport. Despite winning dozens of public contracts valued at more than $4 billion in Florida since working on its first local project, the Metromover, in 1991, Odebrecht USA has been able to maintain a fairly low profile until recently. Because the construction company is so prolific in South Florida, many people have assumed it has local roots. But Odebrecht USA is part of a Brazilian conglomerate that has become a global force with interests that now stretch well beyond Latin America where its the largest construction and engineering company in the region. Part of the reason many people have been confused by Odebrechts origins is by design. In every place we go, we become local, said Gilberto Neves, 53, president and chief executive of Odebrecht USA. A Brazilian from Minas Gerais who has worked for Odebrecht since 1983, Neves was one of the founders of the U.S. division. We send a small group from Brazil, and then we hire locally. The companys strategy also includes subcontracting with local companies and it has shared work with more than 300 small businesses in the 23 years it has been in the United States, said company officials. While Odebrecht is known as a construction company in South Florida, the Brazilian parent company has diversified far beyond that with interests in petrochemicals, sugar, ethanol and bioenergy, power generation, water and environmental engineering, oil and gas, plastics, transportation/logistics, and defense and technology. It builds oil platforms, has developed a technique to make plastic from sugar cane, is a founding member of Brazils Green Building Council, and is a real estate developer in Brazil.
BMX, or bicycle motocross, rolled into Fresno this weekend for USA BMXs Redline Cup Finals West Pro Series, held Oct. 4 through 6 in Woodward Park in Fresno. Fans geared up and packed out the parks track for the event, which Nick Adams, USA BMX director of business and new track development, said played host to almost 700 entrants, ages 3 to 55, racing to hopefully put their pedal to the medal. California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and some of the other surrounding states, Arizona, Adams said. People are traveling to get here, and then theyre traveling from all over California, so theyre from everywhere. In BMX, points matter, and so does the glory that comes with winning events. In the Redline Cup Finals for the West Coast, Adams said riders were competing to win the Redline Cup plates; numbered plates that attach to a riders handlebars that are the equivalent of a trophy. To be eligible for a plate, Adams said riders must have competed in two of the 70 Redline qualifier races around the United States. He said the riders best two qualifying scores would then be added to their best scores from Saturday and Sundays regional competition. Adams said the system, however complicated, gives underdogs a hypothetical chance of winning, but said the riders who win at regionals, are the riders who win plates. The people that are gonna win the plates here [at the Redline Cup Finals] have won, or are at the top of their game, Adams said. Connor Fields, 21, is one of those people. A professional BMX racer with a multitude of achievements to his name, including placing seventh in BMX at the 2012 Olympic Games and multiple world championship titles, Fields is someone Adams would describe as top of their game. After winning his first heat on Saturday, Fields said his focus was on making it to the finals. Thats the biggest thing, and then in the final is when you decide what place you get for the day, Fields said.
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Supreme Court Decision * Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release. Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:47am EDT Philip Morris USA Remains Committed to Defending Engle Cases Following U.S. Supreme Court Decision The United States Supreme Court today in the Douglas case denied a request from Philip Morris USA (PM USA) and other tobacco companies to review the constitutionality of the trial structure being used in the Engle progeny cases in Florida. Todays decision does not diminish our ability to put forth a vigorous defense, said Murray Garnick, senior vice president and associate general counsel, Altria Client Services, speaking on behalf of PM USA. We have strong legal and factual defenses and remain committed to defending ourselves in each of these cases. Although we are disappointed by the decision, we will continue to challenge the constitutionality of these trials as appropriate, added Garnick. Even under the current rulings, we have demonstrated our ability to manage these cases over the last five years. Not only has a substantial number of cases been dismissed or otherwise resolved before trial, but juries have returned verdicts in favor of PM USA in approximately half of its cases tried to verdict. The so-called Engle progeny cases stem from a 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision that decertified a class action but allowed former class members to file individual lawsuits and rely on general findings from the first class action. The case is Douglas v. Philip Morris USA et al. Philip Morris USA