No. 186: Ross in China, Schein in Brazil and Shoureshi gets a better parking space

It’s Tuesday: Hope your week is going swimmingly – and not just because of all the rain. Welcome new readers Edward, Cheryl, Francesco, Kali, Rachel, Jake and Jhlqft, plus Nunar, Vincent, Sean, Alicia and Itozxw. Happy to have you aboard.

Jackie Robinson signed the biggest-ever Dodger contract on this day in 1950. (Well, biggest then. A whopping $35,000.)

This week: President Eisenhower said goodbye, with a warning about that “military-industrial complex” thing.

Don’t pass this up: The Long Island Association has hired Peyton and Eli Manning to keynote the group’s March 12 luncheon.

“We are very excited to bring two of the best NFL quarterbacks to Long Island,” LIA chief Kevin Law said. (Some would consider two an alternative fact.)

Hire and hire: Stony Brook has career fairs readied for grads and businesses in computer science, engineering, healthcare, research and more.

Here’s some good news: You can pretty much stop exercising when you hit 114.

Until then: Streaming workouts are all the rage.

New rule in Old Westbury: Rahmat Shoureshi takes over as interim president of the New York Institute of Technology as Edward Guiliano steps down after 17 years at the helm. Shoureshi, provost and veep of academic affairs since 2011, will serve until a national search is completed.

Nicely done: Autodesk has donated $6,000 worth of 3D printers to a Workforce Development Institute, LaunchPad Huntington and Long Island Visual Professionals effort to ramp up STEAM learning in South Huntington schools.

Innovator of the Year winner: Vivian Jarrett’s sofrito is full of big flavors, but she’s decided to keep the company small. For now.

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Spin experts: Charles Ross & Son, a Hauppauge-headquartered maker of industrial mixing and blending equipment for the pharmaceutical, coatings and adhesives industries, has opened a 250,000-square-foot factory, its eighth, in China, the company announced.

Gone to Rio: Henry Schein has acquired a 51% stake in a Brazilian pet care product distributor called Tecnew. Its founder, Nilva Lopez, retains a minority share and will stay on as a managing director. She founded the company in 1998.

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And the answer is: NYC has inked a $24 million contract to use IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence-based computer system to answer 311 calls, relying on billions of city records, rules and regs. Should be up and beating Jeopardy! champs by 2018.

Heckuva job: Sarah Heck, President Obama’s lead adviser on global entrepreneurship, has joined Stripe, the payment processing platform, which is looking to expand its international reach to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Born in the USA: Foxconn, the giant Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer that makes iPhone screens, is considering a $7 billion U.S. plant that would employ as many as 50K. But not very soon, the company CEO warns.

Related: A poll of fervent iPhone users suggests 66% don’t believe Apple should have to manufacture at home; 76% would not pay more for a U.S.-made phone.

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OMG: The annual Innovator of the Year awards breakfast is March 21 at Crest Hollow, 8 to 10 a.m., top-drawer networking, get in front of the next generation of Long Island machers, some of whom make beer and sofrito and a scope that can see through rock, and pickles and software and apps and, well yes, cures for gum disease and HIV and interesting lingerie and neural inhibitors and bypasses and … OK, let’s come up for air here. Call 516-314-8982 and reserve.

Plus: Bob Catell is our inaugural Master Innovator of the Year. That is so richly deserved we can’t imagine you even thinking about not coming. Same number as above or marlene.mcdonnell@gmail,com.

When last we spoke: Bob’s recent debrief is certainly still worth reading.

Happening right about now: Long Island Real Estate Group women sit down this morning, 8 to 10 a.m. with Forest City Ratner veep Rebecca D’Eloia, who heads the Nassau Hub situation. Hurry over to Old Westbury golf club, $40 or slide in quietly.

See you there: Northwell Health’s Michael Dowling gives the lowdown on the future of U.S. health care at the next LIBDC meeting hosted by the Town of Islip. Southward Ho Country Club in Bay Shore, $85 includes cocktailing and dinner, call 516-314-8982.

The rest: Of the Innovate LI calendar is here.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.