Phil Acord of Chambliss Center for Children

Fillauer Europe lands agreement

Coapt LLC, the only provider of commercially available, intuitive control systems for prosthetic arms, on Friday announced two new distribution agreements with Fillauer Europe AB and Orthopaedic Appliances Pty Ltd that will bring its system to upper-limb amputees in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Both Chattanooga-based Fillauer and OAPL specialize in the manufacturing and distribution of orthotic and prosthetic products domestically and internationally. Under the terms of the agreements, Fillauer will offer Coapt's complete control system as part of a product portfolio rolling out this fall in more than 30 key European markets including France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The partnership with OAPL will also begin this fall and will cover Australia and New Zealand – regions that are progressive in adoption of innovative technologies for arm amputees.

Coapt will retain responsibility for product development, domestic regulatory approval, quality management, and manufacturing while Fillauer and OAPL will be responsible for sales, marketing, customer support and distribution activities.

Flywheel Brands Buys Chattanooga Apparel

Brand marketing agency Flywheel Brands Inc. of Hixson announced Friday it has acquired 127 Press, a silk screen print company based in Chattanooga.

Known for its custom apparel services, 127 Press has served its clients by designing high-quality, made-to-order products from t-shirts to koozies since 2011, officials said.

"It has been a privilege to serve our customers since day one," 127 Press Founder Casey Whitaker said. "We are confident that the Flywheel Brands team has the capability and capacity to fulfill these needs for the savvy business professionals and leaders of Chattanooga."

With an aligned mission, Flywheel Brands offers full-service creative marketing and print solutions, including promotional products, custom apparel, digital marketing solutions and print services.

Flywheel Vice President of Client Development Bart Simpson said that in addition to providing the same high-quality products that clients have enjoyed with 127 Press, his team members partner with each client, serving as a guide to identifying the solutions that best fits their needs.

Magazine recognizes Chambliss Center's Acord

Exchange magazine, an industry publication focused on early childhood education, recently recognized Chambliss Center for Children President and CEO Phil Acord as a leader in his field.

In the March/April edition, Exchange highlighted early care and education founders, leaders and mentors who have shaped the profession. Those honored have dedicated their lives to making a difference for young children and their families and have led with vision, passion and determination, according to the magazine.

Acord, who has been with Chambliss Center for more than 46 years, served as president of four state and two regional associations. In 2010, Acord received the Outstanding Southern Early Childhood Association Member Award and in 2012 the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

On the national level, he has served on the membership and nominating committee for the National Association for the Education of Young Children and presently is a commissioner with the Child Welfare League of America. He was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Tennessee Commission for Children and Youth

Habitat celebrates 3 dedication ceremonies

June is Homeownership Month and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is celebrating by hosting three dedication ceremonies today.

During these special ceremonies, three families comprising of three mothers and their eight children will be presented with the mock keys to their new Habitat for Humanity homes.

The homes were sponsored by the Chattanooga's Department of Economic & Community Development, Lowe's, Publix Super Markets Charities, and proceeds from the 2018 Moth Ball.

Homeowners and sponsors of Habitat's 273rd, 274th, and 275th homes along with their families, friends, and Habitat volunteers.

Chattanooga Airport sees canceled flights

American Airlines says a technical problem that forced one of its regional carriers to cancel hundreds of flights has been resolved, though several flights in and out of Chattanooga were canceled Friday.

A company statement says American's PSA Airlines carrier canceled 275 flights Thursday and around 400 flights Friday because of the technical issue. Travel through Charlotte-Douglas International Airport has been particularly affected, where nearly half of PSA's Friday flights were canceled.

The airline said the problem with a system that affects crew scheduling and dispatch operations was resolved and service was expected to have resumed at noon Friday.