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1. Tenn. county buys chain saws after ice storm

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

More than 1,000 trees fell on roadways in Tennessee's Roane County after an ice storm last week. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency purchased additional chainsaws so the state and volunteers could clear the damaged trees. Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration), The (02/20)


2. Stihl gets village approval for new warehouse, distribution center

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

The Cottage Grove, Wis., village board has approved Stihl's plans to open a new warehouse, distribution center and offices there. The site would combine its Hayward and Peoria, Ill., locations and employ 25 people while managing eight trucks a day. Herald Independent (Winnsboro, S.C.), The (02/27)


3. Man starts mobile repair service after bad experiences

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Following bad experiences with lawn mower tune-ups, Russ Benser saw a business opportunity and started The Mobile Repair Guys, which travels to provide tune-ups and repairs for outdoor power equipment. Benser encourages clients to buy a franchise of the business for $50,000 and hopes to sell 50 franchises in the next five years. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (02/25)


4. Despite ag slowdown, John Deere to be "solidly profitable" this year, CEO says

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Slowdown in global agricultural sales has cut John Deere's profitability, but CEO Samuel Allen said the company has pulled through more difficult ag slowdowns in the past. "Even with a continued pullback in the agricultural sector, John Deere expects to remain solidly profitable in 2015," he said. The company is predicting a full-year profit decrease of 43%, to $1.8 billion, reflecting "a level of results much better than we've experienced in previous downturns," Allen said. EquipmentWorld.com (02/23)


5. Lawn mower tire pressure key to attractive turfgrass

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Tire pressure is an important component in mower function and the appearance of a freshly mowed lawn. Low tire pressure can affect wobble, steering and deck positioning, resulting in clumping and uneven cuts. When checking tire pressure, also look for dry rot, worn tread and leaks. GreenIndustryPros.com (02/26)


6. Tips for buying a new lawn mower

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Lawn mower purchasers should consider attachments for tasks such as hauling, spraying, aeration and dethatching when choosing their equipment. Zero-turn mowers can be a good choice because they are fast and maneuverable, while electric mowers are quiet and start easily. ConsumerAffairs.com (02/26)


7. Soda and ice cream? The breakfast of champions, says Warren Buffett

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Warren Buffett claims to be "one quarter Coca-Cola," getting through at least five cans of regular and cherry Coke every day, and sometimes starting his day with soda and ice cream. "I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among 6-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a 6-year-old," Buffett says. Fortune (02/25)


8. Stihl awarded for its support of Va. fire services

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Stihl has received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Virginia Fire Service Support-Private Sector. The award recognized the company for its dedication to helping fire services. Fire Engineering (02/24)


9. 4 ways to spot a hidden leader

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Your company's leaders aren't necessarily the people with the titles and offices, writes Scott Edinger. People are likely quietly carrying out leadership functions, so identifying and reinforcing that behavior can give the whole organization a boost. Such "hidden leaders" possess integrity and understand their customers, among other traits. About.com (02/21)


10. Obama administration wants injunction on immigration plan lifted

OPEI SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department has requested a stay of a Texas judge's order halting the Obama administration's immigration plan. The judge's injunction blocked the president's efforts to defer the deportation of some illegal immigrants. The Justice Department argued that the judge's actions only had jurisdiction in Texas. The department also said a stay of the injunction is needed nationwide, but that another solution is to make the injunction effective only in Texas. USA Today (02/23) Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (02/23)




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