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December 19, 2012
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  • Fisher-Barton move to new site sign of ongoing reinvestment
    Wilkey Blades, a unit of Fisher-Barton Group that makes blades for lawn equipment, will relocate to a 94,000-square-foot facility in Watertown, Wis. "[T]here’s a skilled labor force and all the buyers of these buildings were already operating out of these rural markets and wanted to reinvest seeing the value of the skilled labor and the availability of the real estate," said Jon Packee, a real estate adviser with NAI MLG Commercial. "It’s a good sign that the manufacturers are reinvesting their money in the marketplaces that they’re already operating out of." American City Business Journals/Milwaukee (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • 5 things snow contractors can do during snowless periods
    The lack of snow offers opportunity for snow removal contractors to examine and improve their business, writes Peter Schultz, owner of Pleasant View Landscapes in Washington, D.C. In this article, he lists five tasks you can do during downtime to improve services such as checking equipment, examining client properties and providing training for employees. Snow Magazine (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Upcoming Midwest snow offers hope to dealers
    Source: KIMT-TV
    The demand for snowblowers and other snow removal equipment at some stores in Kenosha, Wis., has been weak because of the lack of snow in the area. "Most people don’t buy things until the first storm," said Eric May, assistant manager of Parkside True Value. At an Ace Hardware in Iowa, customers are preparing for a bout of snow, but not all are looking forward to removing it, store manager Kevin Greiner said. Kenosha News (Wis.) (12/18), KIMT-TV (Iowa) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Inside & Out 
  • How much is your sales pipeline really worth?
    To get an understanding of the value of your sales pipeline, it's important to assess the quality of your leads, the conversion rate you're able to attain and the return on investment you can generate, writes Maegan Kopka. "Hard data is where it's at," she writes. B2C Marketing Insider (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Consumer groups pursue case on public-product safety website
    Last year, a manufacturer brought an anonymous lawsuit against the Consumer Product Safety Commission, saying a report on its site lacked any "factual, scientific, or medical link between its product and the injury at issue." The lawsuit was allowed to remain anonymous because publicity "unfairly damaged the manufacturer’s reputation." Public Citizen and two other groups are fighting this, saying it could set an example for other firms and put the health and safety of consumers at risk. Slate (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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