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Posts published in “Day: June 23, 2009”

Upstream: Adjudicating the Snake River

and now on

The Snake River Basin Adjudication is one of the largest water adjudications the United States has ever seen, and it may be the most successful. Here is how it happened, drawn from the pages of the SRBA Digest, which for 16 years has been tracking the details of the massive case - the advances, the slips, false starts and unexpected leaps. The Digest is the key independent source for anyone watching the SRBA.

Those U.S. products

In Coeur d'Alene, there's a company called U.S. Products, which manufactures commercial carpet cleaning equipment, portable heated carpet extractors, and related equipment. It declares itself "Quality made in the U.S.A.," and "Keeping America clean for over 30 years." Its web page also notes that "Since our products are manufactured in our Coeur d’Alene, Idaho factory we are able to keep tight control over product quality throughout the manufacturing process."

All of which sounds good. Until you get to the business section of the Coeur d'Alene Press, which reports that the company which owns U.S. Products, Nilfisk-Advance, has decided that within a few months it will move U.S. Products' manufacturing operations to Queretaro, Mexico. (Some administrative staff will remain in Coeur d'Alene, which you might think will hamper the logic expressed on the business' home page.)

A question: Will they still call them U.S. Products? And if so, will they try to do it with a straight face?