Mote Marine Laboratory has received a $300,000 three-year grant for research on coral reefs, climate change and ocean acidification, courtesy of the Dart Foundation. This marked the third major grant to Mote from the Dart Foundation, a private organization started by the Dart family. The family is the heart of Dart Container Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of foam cups and containers. The Dart Foundation is very much a family affair, started in 1984 by William and Claire Dart and currently presided over by a board of Claire Dart, Ken Dart, Robert Dart and Ariane Dart.
Two international studies will benefit from the grant, allowing collaborators from Israel and Saudi Arabia to get involved, as well as enabling field research in Italy and the US. This collaboration will be led by Dr. Kim Ritchie, manager of Mote’s Marine Microbiology Program. Mote scientists are world-renowned for their research on coral reef health, so this grant could lead to breakthroughs in the field. They will be focusing on the relationship between corals and microbes: beneficial bacteria and algae that symbiotically live on the coral tissue.
Our family has a keen interest in reef science and conservation,” said Ariane Dart, trustee for the Dart Foundation. “We have been particularly impressed with Dr. Ritchie’s research and we’ll watch and hope for significant breakthroughs from this work.”
Dart Container Corporation volunteers help to make the 5th Annual Denton 5k Halloween Run and Historic Walk a huge success. The company brought out almost 30 volunteers to assist in the running of the event, as well as to complete a Habitat for Humanity recycled home. A family was able to move into the house at 527 Lincoln Street on November 1st.
Caroline County Habitat for Humanity organized the whole event, which was held in Denton for the second year in a row. The Historic Walk was also in its second year and included a guided walk through downtown Denton. Stops included The Museum of Rural Life, the Courthouse Green, the Roosevelt Monument, Joviality, The Foundry Arts House, The Fiber Arts House, and an advanced viewing of the newly renovated Chesapeake Culinary School with Town Manager Don Mulrine.
After the walk, the run to the elementary school and back was commenced. First place was taken by Nicole Riddleburger, followed closely by Patsy McLellen, and with Rachel Budd third place overall. At the conclusion of the run, walkers and runners alike migrated to the Rural Museum to continue the day’s activities. These included the unveiling of the Lincoln’s Platform byway quilt square and a lunch proved by Brian Tyler from the Market Street Public House.
The day finished off with the presentation of the runners awards and some raffle drawings. A combination of sponsorship from Sisk Fulfillment and the Dart Container made the event possible. Caroline County Habitat for Humanity also announced their plan to strategically demolish 13 previously condemned homes in the High Street and Lincoln areas. This will allow them to offer even more homeownership to hardworking families within the community.
Dart Container Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of foam cups and containers, is planning a $14 million investment to add to its already extensive presence in Plant City, Florida. The new warehouse will be 400,000 square feet and could result in up to two dozen new jobs. The plans come on the heels of Dart’s acquisition of the Solo Cup Company, which has allowed them to expand their operations.
Dart Container is headquartered in Mason, Michigan and employs more that 14,000 people worldwide. With 45 locations in 8 countries, the company produces about as many foam cups and containers as all of its competitors combined. Dart already employs about 230 employees in Plant City, some of who will be transferred to the new warehouse. Construction of the new building is expected to be completed by mid 2014.
A local fee waiver of $139,200 has been granted to Dart Container, along with other project assistance from the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. and the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance.
Dart Container Corp has filed plans for an almost 400,000 square-foot distribution center in Plant City, FL, which is expected to be open by mid-2014. According to the company and city records, the plans are for an 84-acre site at 1605 Turkey Creek Road.
The site will be of extreme convenience to Dart Container, as it is located just a short distance from a Dart factory. The foam cups and lids factory of almost 500,000 square feet has been standing on Airport Road for over 30 years and employs about 260 people. The new distribution center will serve a variety of products produced by the global company, including many of those manufactured down the road.
Part of the need for a new distribution center could be attributed to Dart’s recent acquisition of Solo Cups, which expanded their worldwide distribution needs. Some of the Solo brand products will be distributed from the new Plant City center.
The manager of Dart’s Plant City factory, Jimmy Rigdon, stated that the company hopes to start construction in a few weeks. He is unsure at this time if the new center will be expanding the number of available Dart jobs in the area, or rather the distribution center will be staffed by current Airport Road factory workers. Those decisions can wait though, as the plans are currently under routine review by the planning and zoning department.
Dart Container, owned by brothers Robert and Ken Dart, is the world’s largest producer of foam cups and containers, manufacturing about as many as all their competitors combined. With its 2012 purchase of Solo Cup, the Michigan-based Dart employs 17,000 people around the world and has 39 factories here and abroad, including in Brazil and Australia.
A new original television series premiered Wednesday, September 18th in the Cayman Islands and it already has the makings of a hit. “Made in Cayman” is a series of mini-documentaries highlighting the islands’ many talented artists and craftspeople and the products they produce. The first episode featured homemade condiments unique to the area and gave a glimpse of the process used to make them. From Mark Thompson’s family hot sauce recipe to Monique Polack’s sea salt produced from Cayman waters, the documentary provided the perfect mix of product, process, and people.
The series is set to continue for a six-week run, including features on locally-made beauty products, alcohol and cigars, arts and crafts, as well as sweet treats. When all said and done, the series will have showcased a total of 22 Cayman artisans and craftspeople.
This delightfully unique project came about through a partnership between Tangram Media & Entertainment, a division of WestStar Ltd., and Dart Cayman Islands, which Ken Dart owns. Tangram’s Creative Director, Sean Bodden, cites Dart’s involvement as the springboard which allowed this project to get off the ground. “Having Dart on board allows us to share the success stories of the Cayman entrepreneurs and artists who are making it happen through their passion for their work and for our country,” he said. Ainslee Bodden, Tangram’s Executive Producer, added, “…people around the world, not just here in Cayman, can see the fantastic people and culture behind the products.”
Mark Vandevelde, CEO of Dart Enterprises, also expressed his pleasure with the partnership. “We’re honored to work with Sean and Ainslee as they follow their dream of making high-quality local television.” Dart Enterprises, also owned by Kenneth Dart, is the holding company for a number of portfolio companies, including Dart Cayman Islands. The Dart family has been actively involved in the running of the company since its inception, an attitude which Vandevalde seems to admire. “The entrepreneurial spirit of the artists featured in this series is similar to that which inspired Dart’s own beginnings. These small businesses are demonstrating the same values of dedication, industriousness, and innovation that guide us here at Dart.”