Dorel Industries and John Morrison (Montana politician)Dorel Industries Inc. is a Canadian company, based in Montreal, Quebec, which designs and manufactures for three areas: juvenile, home furnishings and recreational/leisure. It was formed in 1987 as a result of a merger between Dorel Co. Ltd., founded in 1962 by Leo Schwartz and Ridgewood Industries, founded in 1969. Dorel employs approximately 4,700 people and its products are sold in over 70 countries.Contents 1 Product segments 1.1 Dorel Juvenile Group 1.2 Recreational and Leisure 1.3 Home Furnishings 2 Brands 3 References 4 External linksProduct segmentsDorel divides its brands into the following product segments. Dorel Juvenile GroupDorel Juvenile Group (DJG USA) is the largest juvenile products manufacturer in its categories in the world covering strollers, play yards, high chairs, bath accessories, infant health, home safety and more. DJG USA is also the global leader in the design and manufacture of car seats, selling more than 8 million each year.DJG designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of juvenile products under a variety of well known brand names, including Cosco Juvenile, Infanti, Safety 1st, Maxi-Cosi, and Quinny brands as well as Baby Art and Bébé Confort.DJG USA is headquartered in Columbus, IN and has a Design and Development center in Foxboro, MA. In these locations, the teams build in quality, safety and reliability from the concept stage through development. The Columbus location is home to the main US manufacturing facility, allowing the company to produce many products directly in the United States.The Dorel Technical Center for Child Safety, also located at DJG USA headquarters features specialized research and design facilities.DJG employs more than 1,100 people across the U.S. Recreational and LeisureIn 2004, Dorel became one of the largest marketers of recreational products in North America with its acquisition of Pacific Cycle, a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of branded bicycles and other recreational products. In February 2008, Dorel purchased the Cannondale Bicycle Corporation and SUGOI Performance Apparel.The Recreational/Leisure segment comprises three distinct operating divisions The Cycling Sports Group division which deals specifically with the Independent Bicycle Dealers channel The Pacific Cycle division which deals with the mass merchant and sporting goods channel The Apparel Footwear Group which incorporates the SUGOI, Cannondale, GT, Schwinn, IronHorse and Mongoose apparel linesDorel markets its Recreational/Leisure products under the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse, SUGOI, Pacific, Dyno, RoadMaster, PowerLite and InSTEP brand names. Home FurnishingsProducts include office furniture, metal and wood home office furniture, computer tables, microwave stands, entertainment and home theatre units. Home Furnishings also produces metal folding furniture, futons, step stools, ladders and other furniture.Dorel markets its Home Furnishings products under the Cosco Home & Office, Ameriwood, Dorel Home Products, Altra Furniture and Dorel Asia brand names. BrandsDorel sells products in Europe and North America under different brand names, including: Altra Ameriwood Babideal Baby Relax Bebeconfort Bertini Bootiq Cannondale Carina Cosco DHP Go Safe GT Bicycles Infanti InSTEP Iron Horse Maxi-Cosi Monbebe Mongoose Mother's Choice Safety 1st Ridgewood Roadmaster Quinny Schwinn System Build SUGOI ZuzuIn February 2008, Dorel announced their acquisition of Cannondale Bicycle Corporation. In July 2009, Dorel announced their acquisition of Iron Horse. In Aug 2013, Dorel announced their acquisition of Bicicletas Caloi S/A.
John Morrison (Montana politician) and Dorel IndustriesJohn Morrison (born 1961) is an American politician who was the Montana State Auditor and Insurance and Securities Commissioner from 2001-2008, and currently an attorney, writer and businessman. He was the founding president of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs (NASHCO), which includes all “Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans” authorized and funded under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He is also co-founder and vice-chair of the Montana Health CO-OP, one of the first CO-OPs to be approved for funding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Morrison is a senior partner at Morrison Sherwood Wilson Deola, a public interest law firm based in Helena, Montana. In 2006 he ran unsuccessfully in the Montana Democratic primary for the US Senate nomination.Contents 1 Early legal career 2 Montana State Auditor and Insurance and Securities Commissioner 3 2006 Montana U.S. Senate Election 4 National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs 5 ReferencesEarly legal careerIn the 1990s, Morrison was lead Montana counsel in the state’s Tobacco litigation and represented the New York Times, NBC and other national media in the Unabomber case. Morrison and his wife are co-authors of a Montana political history book: Mavericks: The Lives and Battles of Montana’s Political Heroes. Morrison also authored or co-authored other published works on topics ranging from health insurance to climate change. Montana State Auditor and Insurance and Securities CommissionerMorrison served as Montana State Auditor and State Insurance and Securities Commissioner from 2001–2008. He promoted and implemented Insure Montana, a small business health insurance pool with discounted premiums paid for by an increase in the tobacco tax. Morrison had been advocating the use of increased tobacco tax revenue to reduce health insurance premiums since 2002. Insure Montana won national awards, and became a model for the premium assistance provisions of the Affordable Care Act. John Morrison also drafted Montana’s Initiative 155 (I-155) and led the campaign that created Healthy Montana Kids, which instituted a broad reform and massive expansion of children’s health coverage. In the first year of operation, it brought over $200 million in new federal matching dollars into Montana and covered 10,000 additional children. Healthy Montana Kids now covers 91,000 Montana Children.As Insurance Commissioner, Morrison banned “discretionary clauses” in group health and disability insurance plans and successfully defended the ban at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Standard Ins. Co v. Morrison, 584 F. 3d 837 (2009). Through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), Morrison led passage of a similar model law that has been adopted in more than a dozen states, including New York, California, Michigan, Illinois, and Texas. Morrison also led NAIC opposition to Association Health Plans and fraudulent health insurance.Morrison chaired the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee and the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, as well as the NAIC’s September 11 emergency task force. As the NAIC’s International Vice Chair for Asia, Morrison helped establish the relationship between U.S. and Chinese insurance regulators and, with the US Trade Representative, represented the U.S. in the US-China Insurance Dialogues, WTO Doha Round, in Hangzhou, PRC.After leaving office, Morrison was appointed by the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner to replace former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop on the boards of the Senior Health Care Oversight Trust and the Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) and chaired both boards in 2011. Morrison also serves on the board of the Center for Health Policy Development, parent organization of the National Academy of State Health Policy. 2006 Montana U.S. Senate ElectionIn 2006, Morrison was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in a contested Democratic primary with Jon Tester. Morrison initially polled ahead of incumbent Republican Conrad Burns, and was leading in the primary race, but it narrowed to a "deadlock” a week prior to the election. Morrison was beaten in the Democratic primary by Tester, who defeated Burns in November.During the Democratic Primary, it was revealed that Morrison had an extramarital affair in 1998. Morrison and his wife remained together despite the affair. According to the Missoula Independent, the woman involved later married the principal of companies investigated by the state auditors office while Morrison was there. Former staffers reported to the Independent that they repeatedly advised Morrison to stay out of the case entirely to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, but they felt that he had not. Morrison's affair reportedly did not affect the outcome of the probe, and the individual investigated was convicted of fraud. The case in question was handled by outside attorney Beth Baker due to Morrison's various involvements. Baker said she was given significant discretion in handling the case. National Alliance of State Health CO-OPsMorrison announced the first round of federal low interest loans to CO-OPs in February 2012. In 2012 Morrison, as President of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs, argued against Congressional Republicans who were pushing to cut the loan funds from the federal budget in April 2012. After $2 billion in loans had been made to launch 24 CO-OPs serving 24 states, remaining funds were rescinded as part of the December 31, 2012 “fiscal cliff” deal. Morrison criticized the cuts, but said the 24 exisitng CO-OPs would still increase competition and innovation in the health insurance marketplace. Morrison has called for the CO-OP option to be available to all Americans. In October 2013, Morrison released a study showing that premiums were 8.4% lower in states that had a CO-OP than in states that did not. In February 2014, Morrison estimated that 300,000 Americans had signed up for CO-OPs to date despite early technical problems in the federal Marketplace and many state based exchanges.
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