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November 27, 2012
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  • 8 tips in cultivating an effective training program
    To ensure your employee training program actually works, landscape businesses should combine different teaching methods to enhance learning, writes Mark Lenahan, director of training and development at ValleyCrest Cos. In this article, he provides eight tips for building an effective training program, including the use of social media. Lawn & Landscape (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New survey: Pros prefer Kawasaki
In a recent survey of turf pros, Kawasaki commercial mower engines were preferred nearly 2 to 1 over the next leading brand, earning a strong #1 rating in every area: overall performance, reliability, power, torque, ease of maintenance. The research confirms what many know: Pros choose Kawasaki. Learn more.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Deere to enhance factories in Ill., N.D.
    Deere & Co. announced it plans to spend nearly $58 million to upgrade its facility in Moline, Ill. The investment will help the company make wider use of automation and robotics in production. Deere also broke ground on a $20 million expansion project at its plant in Valley City, N.D., that will add 100,000 square feet and create up to 100 jobs. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/26), Jamestown Sun (N.D.)/The Associated Press (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online store widens business of equipment parts supplier
    Rotary, an outdoor power equipment parts supplier, has established an online store to make purchases more convenient for customers. "We view online consumer sales as a slow, but progressing segment of the outdoor power equipment market that cannot be overlooked," said Chris Roessler, advertising and marketing manager at Rotary. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 features that help lawn mowers mulch easily
    There are many ways to mulch fallen leaves and Roy Berendsohn outlines several of them in this article. But, however you choose to do it, your mower needs some particular features including a powerful engine -- such as found in Husqvarna's 775 HU775H model -- and a high-lift mulching bag. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Take an "inside look" at the new Element V drives
General Transmissions, a world leader in lawn care and snow-removal transmissions, has launched a fresh new website with clean design, intuitive navigation and helpful content, including a video "inside look" at their new Element V drives. With the new site, GT makes it easier and more efficient for OEMs to find, evaluate and select transmissions for walk-behind mowers, lawn tractors and snow blowers. Visit our site now.
  Economic Indicators 
  • Economists see best hope for 2013 in U.S. economy
    Economists see a brighter 2013 for the U.S. than for other major global economies, if only Washington can solve its debt and deficit problems. The consensus forecast also notes that the U.S. growth estimate for the third quarter is likely to be revised sharply upward, perhaps to 2.8%, although that pace is not believed to be sustainable. Reuters (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • How to find the best clients for your business
    Decide what types of clients you are looking for and ask current customers for referrals to find people who have these characteristics, Laura Katen writes. It's also a good idea to talk to friends and colleagues, and to directly contact potential clients, she writes. At the same time, you should avoid working with bad clients, who can hurt your morale with their negativity. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Obama and lawmakers work to head off "fiscal cliff"
    Private discussions between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to find a compromise and head off the "fiscal cliff" are picking up speed, officials say. Over the weekend, Obama phoned House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Also, Boehner is facilitating a meeting between senior Republicans and Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. The Washington Post (11/26), The White House Blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DOE grants $11 million to 20 alt-fuel projects
    The Department of Energy has allotted about $11 million to fund 20 projects under the Clean Cities program. The projects include infrastructure building and safety training to ensure the wider adoption of alternative fuels such as propane. Autoblog/Green (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • Outdoor Power Report: A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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