Northfield, Vermont, could be the world’s next ‘Sock Capital’

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont,Darn Tough Vermont, domestic manufacturer of premium all-weather performance socks, is smashing growth projections set earlier this year. Last February, Darn Tough Vermont announced it was hiring more employees and increasing its knitting machine inventory by nearly 50 percent. After second-quarter assessments, the sock maker says it is investing an additional $400,000 into its hosiery mill this year, most of which will be allocated for more Italian-made seamless knitting machines, the most sophisticated seamless knitting machines available. The company also expects to continue adding jobs.  ‘People are willing to pay for quality,’ said Ric Cabot, founder and president of Darn Tough Vermont. ‘Maybe even more than ever, consumers are making well-informed, deliberate purchases and looking for products that are made in the USA or guaranteed. They’re spending their dollars very wisely. We are seeing growth through all of our branded channels of distribution.’ Given Darn Tough Vermont’s rapid growth since the company’s inception in 2004, Cabot feels they’ve earned a place in the hosiery history books. ‘Northfield, Vermont may just be the new sock capital of the world,’ he said jokingly. The town of Fort Payne, Alabama once held the title of ‘Sock Capital of the World,’ but the last major hosiery mill there closed its doors and headed overseas earlier this year. A roadside sign proudly proclaiming Fort Payne as the ‘Sock Capital of the Word’ has since been removed, and the title is up for grabs as far as Cabot is concerned. ‘Volume needn’t be the driving factor for the ‘Sock Capital’ title,’ added Cabot. ‘It should be based on quality.‘Unlike so many hosiery and textile mills who have succumbed to the cost-savings of offshore manufacturing, our mill and our jobs are here to stay,’ asserted Cabot. ‘More importantly, we’re not just holding our ground but growing at a rapid rate in a challenging business environment. We’d like to take the ‘Sock Capital of the World’ title back to the United States. Heck, let’s bring it to Northfield, Vermont. This is where the title belongs.” About Darn Tough VermontDarn Tough Vermont is a domestic manufacturer of premium, all weather outdoor socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont. Darn Tough Vermont offers products in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid’s styles. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by: 100% USA manufacturing; small needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management; and a unique unlimited lifetime guarantee policy. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com(link is external). –>last_img read more

ICC World Cup James Neesham’s one-handed stunner off Dinesh Karthik boosts New Zealand in semi-final vs India

first_imghighlights Matt Henry took three early wickets.Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slammed 74 and 67 respectively.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The semi-final clash between India and New Zealand is all set for a roller-coaster journey. India’s bowling, led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 3/43 restricted New Zealand to 239/8. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slammed 74 and 67 respectively as they managed to reach a decent total on a pitch which was assisting the pacers in overcast condition. In response, India started disastrously with the top three being blown away by the swing and accuracy of Trent Boult and Matt Henry. Rohit Sharma, who had blasted five centuries in one edition and was gunning for a record fourth ton, squared up against the accuracy of the New Zealand bowlers.In the first over bowled by Henry, Rohit poked at a good length ball in the corridor outside off and Tom Latham took a catch. In the next over bowled by Boult, he trapped Virat Kohli LBW for 1 and Henry continued to run through the batting order, getting rid of KL Rahul and dismissing Dinesh Karthik.It was the wicket of Karthik that had social media talking for it was a brilliant catch by James Neesham. Henry, bowling his fifth over on the trot, bowled a full ball outside off and it stopped on Karthik who opened the face of the bat and steered it to point, Neesham dived to his left and took a stunning one-handed catch to send back Karthik.However, cricket once again showed it was a great leveller and Neesham came crashing down to earth. With India looking to rebuild, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya were striking the boundaries and in the first over bowled by Lockie Ferguson, Pant clipped a full ball on the pads to shortish midwicket where Neesham dropped the catch.With New Zealand dismissing the top order cheaply, they would be aiming to win the match and enter the final for the second time ever since the 2015 World Cup. India, on the other hand, would be banking on their middle order to revive Kohli’s side and ensure they reach the final. New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups, having never lost a game against India in England.last_img read more

ON GUARD: Jardine, Triche lead SU to second-half romp over Canisius

first_img Published on November 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments It was a bounce back game for Syracuse’s guards. Bounce back halves for Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche. Jardine’s half was the first, scoring 10 points after not scoring at all in the season opener. Triche’s was the second, drilling four 3-pointers on seven attempts. The two guards combined for five points Friday in SU’s win over Northern Iowa. And their paired performances from the first and second halves saved Syracuse from a dreadful offensive first half. Syracuse (2-0) defeated Canisius (1-1) 86-67 in front of 20,454 in the Carrier Dome Sunday. Triche finished the game with 16 points, while Jardine added 13 points and eight assists. The guards were the reason the Orange came back from the horrid offensive first half, exemplified by one play in the second. After a stretch in the half where Triche was knocking down 3s left and right, Jardine recorded his eighth assist of the game. He found Triche streaking down the sideline for his team-leading 16th point of the game, via a pretty full-speed drive-and-kick at the basket. The field goal gave SU a 56-45 lead with 10:55 remaining, and was as easy of a point as the second half was easy for SU. But the first half was anything but easy. Jardine was the one offensive bright spot for Syracuse. However, he, like everyone else, hit an offensive dry spell during the middle of the first half. But with SU down 26-25, and SU starting center Fab Melo just out of the game because of two quick fouls, Baye Moussa Keita cleaned up a Rick Jackson miss with a layup. Seconds later, he deflected an errant Canisius pass from Gaby Belardo. He hit Jardine, who passed to Kris Joseph for a 3-point play to give SU a 30-26 lead – his fourth assist of the half. Next time down, Jardine connected for his 10th point of the game, giving SU its biggest lead of the night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text From there, the Orange had enough wiggle room on a day where the dreadful shooting kept Canisius in the game. SU wouldn’t relinquish the lead or tie the game from there on out.  Syracuse shot just 31 percent in the first half, at its lowest point connecting on 4-of-18 two-point field goals. And the Golden Griffins were still in the game, down 32-29 at the half. Right before Triche was about to break out, with the aid of the shining Jardine. The Golden Griffins sat back in a 2-3 zone, mirroring the Orange’s trademark defense, for most of the first half, keeping them in the game. And thanks to SU’s failure to convert offensively, Canisius point guard Gaby Belardo and the other Golden Griffins guards broke into transition opportunities throughout. The pace sent the more athletic Orange into an identical pace, sitting back in the zone, then attacking full-court. Syracuse had 12 fast break points at the half as a result, but those 12 were mere highlights as the Orange hurried many easy shots. For the second game in a row, the Orange played that cliché tale of two halves. But the stories of the poor first halves from Friday’s 68-46 win over Northern Iowa to Sunday were in stark contrast. Friday, the two freshmen centers in Moussa Keita and Melo put themselves in foul trouble right at the start of the game. And, of course, Jardine also went 0-7 in the game and didn’t score a single point in the first and second half. In the second half, SU did SU against the inferior opponent. Brandon Triche hit three 3s in the first 10 minutes. Rick Jackson used his size to dominate on the glass with dunk after dunk, and rebound after rebound. But for the first time all season, shot after shot and assist after assist from SU’s starting guards was the reason SU ran away with the game. Canisius tried to instill its pace, Triche and Jardine proved to be the ultimate pacers. On that breakaway drive-and-kick, and on seemingly every other second half play as well. aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more