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February 18, 2013
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  • Saint-Gobain plant in N.Y. to focus on employees, customers
    Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Granville, N.Y., plans to enhance training of current employees and focus on its customers this year, according to this interview with plant manager Chris Klesse and marketing manager Geoff King. "We really need to reinforce the fact that we have to listen to our customers. If we get arrogant, we are not going to be successful or competitive," said King. The company also plans to maximize the use of its equipment and monitor market conditions this year. The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Riding mower is rehabbed by 3 students
    Three power technology students have brought new life to a worn-out riding mower at the Limestone County Career Technical Center in Alabama. The old machine looks brand new with a black steering wheel, a gray-cushioned seat and a navy blue paint job complete with orange stripes. The News Courier (Athens, Ala.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Generators, garden products take the stage at Conn. county event
    Generators and garden seeds are among the "green products" featured at the Fairfield County Home Show in Connecticut. Tower Generator President Chris Atiyeh said the growing demand for generators after Hurricane Irene led him to join the event and reach out to customers. Christine Segalas, owner of Homegrown Harvest, offers soil and vegetable seeds to encourage residents to grow edible plants in their landscape. Greenwich Time (Conn.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • New U.S. indicators are expected to point upward
    A new indicator for the U.S. economy this week is expected to reveal continued strength in the housing market as measured by home construction. Meanwhile, a business-outlook gauge is projected to turn modestly positive this month from negative last month. MarketWatch (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. consumer confidence holds steady
    A January survey of U.S. consumer confidence revealed no improvement from December, despite the absence of imminent "fiscal cliff" worries. "People have tended to be cautious about the economy for a long time. We haven't seen much change in that sentiment for a while," said Matt Towson, a spokesman for the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor survey. New York Post (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Update 
  • Obama targets $1.5 trillion in tax boosts, spending cuts
    President Barack Obama's plan to avoid upcoming automatic cuts amounts to $1.5 trillion in higher taxes and budget cutbacks, the White House says. Separately, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that if the automatic cuts take effect March 1, it will lower U.S. GDP growth this year by 0.6% and cost the economy 750,000 jobs. Bloomberg (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama works on backup plan for immigration reform
    President Barack Obama is drafting a backup proposal for U.S. immigration reform in case bipartisan negotiations in Congress over such a bill collapses, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. Under Obama's draft plan, it would take about eight years for an illegal immigrant to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. Reuters (2/17), USA Today (2/17) 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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