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United Cerebral Palsy names Meijer ‘Employer of the Year’

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Recognizing its dedication to the employment of persons with disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy on Thursday named Meijer “Employer of the Year.” The 2014 Award for Excellence, announced at UCP’s Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., demonstrates the retailer’s steadfast commitment to diversity while helping people with disabilities reach their full potential through meaningful employment at Meijer. 

From its company-wide initiative to recruit qualified individuals with disabilities for its manufacturing and distribution network to its ongoing partnerships with vocational rehabilitation organizations to effectively source candidates with disabilities, Meijer was recognized for its efforts in fostering an environment where all employees are treated equally and given the tools they need to succeed. 

“We are proud to be recognized by United Cerebral Palsy and even prouder that we work every day to focus on what people can do, rather than what they cannot do,” said Rick Keyes, EVP supply chain operations and manufacturing Meijer. “In creating a culture of inclusion and diversity, we strive to see everyone as part of one team and build on team member strengths. In our experience, the results within our distribution network have been fantastic.” 

“The Awards for Excellence are a way for UCP to recognize the incredible work that our affiliates, friends and partners do to support our mission, and we are thrilled to honor such an extraordinary group this year,” said Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy. “Meijer in particular demonstrates a commitment to making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities through their comprehensive employment programs. For fostering an environment where all employees are treated equally and given the tools they need to succeed, we are proud to honor Meijer with the 2014 Employer of the Year Award.” 

In setting a precedent for all workers to respect diversity and to be mindful of disabilities, Keyes said one key to the company’s success is that Meijer provides training to team leaders and supervisors on working with employees with a disability. The company actively seeks partnership with local and state vocational rehabilitation organizations and is an active voice in discussions around Disability Policy Reform for the state of Michigan to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities.

 

 

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Garnier names Tina Fey as new skin care spokeswoman

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Garnier USA, a subsidiary of L’Oréal USA, has named Tina Fey as the new spokeswoman for Garnier skin care. Fey, who has been the face of Garnier Nutrisse hair color since 2011, now expands her relationship with Garnier in a new advertising campaign launching in April.
 
Fey’s endorsement will span the entire Garnier Ultra-Lift skin care line, including moisturizers, serums and eye products. The campaign will focus on a line of new anti-aging products, including Ultra-Lift Transformer, an anti-age skin corrector that fights wrinkles while restoring firmness, and Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, a natural, pro-retinol formula that continues the battle against aging as you sleep.

"Tina Fey has been an enormous success for us," stated David Greenberg, president of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie. "Tina’s personality, beauty and approachability resonate with our consumer and we are thrilled to keep her in the Garnier family."

The campaign debuts to consumers in April, with the launch of national TV and print advertising across major media outlets.

 

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Akorn completes acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Akorn on Thursday announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Hi-Tech Pharmacal for $640 million in cash. The combination of Akorn and Hi-Tech will transform the company into a larger, more diversified generic player, the company stated. This combination also brings critical mass and scale to Akorn’s business and strengthens the company’s position with retail and institutional customers.

In addition, the acquisition expands manufacturing capabilities into additional niche dosage forms including nasal sprays, topical gels, creams, ointments and oral liquids, Akorn noted, and it provides additional breadth in the retail OTC market. 

“We welcome our new colleagues from the Hi-Tech team and look forward to collaborating with them on the future direction of our company," stated Raj Rai, Akorn CEO. "Our priority now turns to executing on our integration plan."

 

 

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