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January 29, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • OPEI's Kiser lauds Maine's E15 bill
    The proposal to ban E15 fuel in Maine sets the stage to protect consumers from misfueling, writes Kris Kiser, CEO and president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. Gasoline with higher ethanol content can damage small engines that power landscape and forestry equipment, boats and older cars, he notes. Kiser says consumers should always have choices, and we need to look at alternative fuel sources. "But to introduce a fuel that is potentially dangerous and harmful to so many engine products is reckless," he writes. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Snowblower won't work? Here's what you need to do
    If your snowblower won't start, check the engine, filters, blades and throttle and adjust as needed, writes Fred Fauth. In this piece, Fauth outlines seven things to consider if starting trouble persists and another four to help you inspect the engine. One Project Closer (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFO of Scotts will leave company
    Dave Evans, chief financial officer of Scotts Miracle-Gro, announced he plans to leave the company to join the nonprofit R&D firm Battelle. However, Evans is also executive vice president of the company, and will supervise it when it files its first-quarter results. Evans "is one of the finest finance professionals I have ever worked with and was a trusted partner who earned the respect of our board, our shareholders and all of our associates," said Jim Hagedorn, Scotts' chairman and CEO. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Durable-goods orders climbed in December
    Orders for U.S. durable goods increased 4.6% last month, the Commerce Department says. Bookings for commercial and military aircraft drove the gain. The increase suggests "that U.S. manufacturers could be poised for a modest rebound in 2013," writes Jeffry Bartash. MarketWatch (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • Executives see collaboration as an important strategy
    Two-thirds of more than 2,000 decision-makers from around the world said they had worked closely in collaboration with at least one other organization in the previous 12 months, a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found. Forty-four percent said they expect they will collaborate even more over the next five years. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cementing client relationships with great service
    It's a lot easier to win the loyalty of customers with great service than to try to woo new clients, writes e-mail marketing expert Meredith Thornton. Taking simple steps such as encouraging feedback, going the extra mile any time you can and apologizing when necessary can help a business achieve that level of service, she writes. B2C Marketing Insider (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • U.S. employers praise push for immigration reform
    An initiative in Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration laws is drawing praise from employers, many of whom say the current system is broken and an obstacle to hiring. Microsoft's general counsel said he is "encouraged by the momentum" for immigration reform. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Charles Conner said the push is the best opportunity "in a generation" to solve farmers' immigration law problems. Reuters (1/28), The Washington Post (1/28), RealClearPolitics (1/29) 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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