Archive for May, 2014

Even if…

wine_packageI was reading about new package design today and came across this one in the wine pouch arena. With all the new innovations in the marketplace for wine packaging (non-cork bottle plugs, screw tops, and box wines) I found this one to be an eye catcher. I was attracted by the elegant wine bottle with the gloss and matte finishes and the flat, rectangular shape surrounding it. As the package is gripped, one sees the illusion of the rigid looking bottle deflates while it becomes flexible to the touch.

Although the package drew my attention, I wondered if this would actually replace the actual glass bottle we have been accustomed to for so many years. I began to wonder if I would ever buy wine in such a package on a regular basis or only once as a lark? Does this take up considerably more shelf shape and therefore become rejected by the retailers? What happens if I drop it? Will it taste as good as wine in a glass bottle? And finally, how goofy will it look next to others I may display at home?

With all that said, I began to wonder even more and thought, “even if I bought this, would I serve it?” Would you?

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Taking Time Out To Help Others

At Combined Technologies we find time to assist those in need through community service. Recently, our Dallas / Ft. Worth office, headed up by Tod Ramirez, spent the day working with Habitat For Humanity. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 500,000 quality, affordable homes and has served over 2.5 million people worldwide.

Tod and his wife Tracie give back to the community with a sense of pride and spent the day working with others to help out. While the day progressed they discovered a sense of connection to less fortunate people and what it means to assist those who are in real need of a place to call home.

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Crew working on a home with Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity volunteers, working hand-in-hand with the families they serve, build quality, affordable homes using donations of money and materials. Partner families, as our homebuyers are known, invest hundreds of hours of sweat equity in the construction of their homes. Once completed, they buy their homes, making monthly payments on an interest-free mortgage. Their house payments revolve back into Habitat’s work; a dollar invested in Habitat is a buck that never stops — it just keeps building.

With more than 1,500 U.S. affiliates and 550 international affiliates coordinating Habitat house-building projects in over 3,000 communities around the world, Habitat has attracted millions of volunteers, from U.S. presidents to such celebrities as Cher, Reba McIntire and Oprah, to name a few.

Fort Worth Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. was founded in 1989 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, serving Fort Worth and Tarrant County. In 2006, the name was changed to Trinity Habitat for Humanity to include the four counties we now serve. Having grown from a handful of dedicated founders into a volunteer corps of thousands, today Trinity Habitat for Humanity is ranked #20 out of 1,571 Habitat affiliates in the nation in new home production.

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Tod and Tracie Ramirez


Trinity Habitat for Humanity builds and rehabs homes in Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise Counties.

When the day finished, both Tod and Tracie garnered a stronger understanding of a community effort and felt a sense of accomplishment. They are looking forward to helping again in such a worthwhile cause.

Combined Technologies is proud of their effort and commends them for their giving to their community.


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