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January 24, 2013
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  • Used golf cart gets new life as an electric snowblower
    Source: Gizmag
    A used golf cart in Canada has been rebuilt into an electric snowblower by environmentalist Dan Baker, according to this piece. Turning the cart into a 25-horsepower snowblower, complete with enclosed cab, headlights and heaters, cost about $2,399. The Snowpig, as the blower is named, reduces carbon emissions and can work in small spaces. Gizmag (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Vanguard™ BIG BLOCKS on Display at WOC
Vanguard Air-Cooled V-Twin BIG BLOCK™ engines, with a gross horsepower range of 25 to 36, are gaining popularity as an alternative power source to small diesel engines. Visit the Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power booth at World of Concrete (No. O31622) to learn why.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Lowe's to hire 45,000 seasonal workers as demand grows
    Home-improvement retailer Lowe's announced that it plans to hire 45,000 seasonal workers for spring to handle the rush of customers. This is a 13% gain over last year and is attributed to a recovering housing market in which customers are expected to pursue home-improvement projects and work on their landscaping. "Housing is growing nicely, and the home-improvement market should grow as well," said Colin McGranahan, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/23), Bloomberg (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Compost to boost growth of some green roofs at NYC buildings
    Food waste from buildings owned by the Durst Organization in New York City will be turned into compost to help green roofs grow on the company's buildings. More than an acre's worth of green roofs will be installed on eight buildings Durst owns. The company will invest up to $1 million to install the roofs as a way to save energy and benefit the environment. The Wall Street Journal (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stay safe while removing, walking on snow and ice
    To prevent injuries during snow removal work, walk carefully on ice and look ahead as you approach a property, according to the Snow and Ice Management Association. In this piece, the organization offers 10 tips to prevent slipping on the ice and eight safety tips to follow when you shovel snow. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • IMF: Global economic growth is slower but risks are lower
    Global economic growth is slowing, but "acute risks" are fading, such as the disintegration of the eurozone, said Olivier Blanchard, chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. The fund expects 3.5% global economic growth this year, slightly below the projection it made in October. The IMF also forecasts 2% growth in the U.S. The Washington Post (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Outlook for U.S. exports brightens as other economies grow
    Sustained growth in the developing world is expected to provide a lift for U.S. exports in 2013, reversing a pullback in the fourth quarter. "If China is improving, [China's] neighbors are going to have better growth. And if their neighbors have better growth, then they'll buy more stuff from us," said Maury Harris, chief economist at UBS Securities in New York. Bloomberg (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • When cost cutting + innovation = conflict
    At many businesses, cost-cutting efforts can get in the way of innovation. Ideally, CEOs should moderate this conflict, but they are often pressured by company boards to achieve short-term results. This creates a no-win situation: Customers won't be able to enjoy the innovative products and services that could otherwise be created, and the company's value will eventually suffer. (Denmark) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Admit it -- it's weird to be in charge
    Bosses who find themselves leading a team of their former peers should start by discussing the weirdness of the situation, Mike Figliuolo writes. Only by recognizing the elephant in the room will people be able to beat it into submission, Figliuolo writes. "Acknowledging discomfort is the only way to truly focus on it and make it go away," he adds. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
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--Daniel Schorr,
American journalist

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