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Meijer donates semi-tractors to support Midwest communities

BY Allison Cerra

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer last week announced its donation of 35 reconditioned semi-tractors to local food banks, academic organizations and law enforcement throughout the Midwest.

The donation is part of the chain’s ongoing commitment to support the communities it serves, the company said.

In total, 14 food banks and food rescue organizations will receive the donations, with each receiving two trucks. The remaining trucks were donated to the Michigan State Police and several academic institutions, including Oakland Community College, Kent Career Technical Center and Ferris State University.

Meijer’s EVP supply chain operations and manufacturing Rick Keyes said the company is "proud to be able to provide this level of support for organizations that do such important work."

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Duracell’s Smart Power Lab gives light to those in need

BY Allison Cerra

BETHEL, Conn. — Duracell is taking its mobile Smart Power Lab tour to the next level.

After collecting human-generated power to light the 2011 numerals during the New Year’s Eve ball drop ceremony in New York’s Times Square for the third year in a row, the battery brand said it is taking the tour to cities across the country that have been affected by natural disasters. The Smart Power Lab will be deployed to provide power relief and also will provide a place for members of the affected community to recharge, reconnect and recover, Duracell said.

"The next phase of our journey will … provide [users] with power and tools they need to reconnect with loved ones and start the recovery process," said Bob Jacobs, Duracell marketing director, North America.

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IRS announces tax on drug makers

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has released its guidance on the healthcare-reform law’s tax on drug makers, according to documents posted on the agency’s website.

The tax applies to branded drug companies with total sales of at least $5 million to government health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and programs administered by the defense and veterans affairs departments.

The tax is expected to raise more than $2 billion per year, according to published reports. Drug companies have until Jan. 20 to obtain a fee calculation from the IRS, and until June 2 to offer comments.

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