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October 12, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Skills gap continues to plague companies, research shows
    The majority of manufacturers say they're experiencing a skills shortage, and that they expect the shortage to worsen over the next three to five years, according to research by Deloitte. The report also noted that skills attained by college students become outdated within five years of graduation. CNBC (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • Caterpillar names 2 group presidents, CFO
    Two of Caterpillar's group presidents plan to retire. Chief Financial Officer Ed Rapp will replace outgoing executive Rich Lavin as head of construction industries and growth markets. Jim Umpleby will replace Gerard Vittecoq as group president for energy and power systems, while Brad Halverson will become CFO. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/11), The Wall Street Journal (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Water conservation is Kan. landscaper's passion
    A landscaping business in Kansas City, Kan., has gained stability by concentrating on water management and educating their clients about it. "One of my passions is to help the industry -- even if it includes my competition. ... If the industry is operating at a higher standard, and charging the appropriate amount of money for the services offered, that only helps everyone," says Matt Cline of Teacher's Landscaping and Irrigation. Lawn & Landscape (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • U.S. trade gap widened in August
    A 4.1% jump in the U.S. trade deficit in August from July suggests that already-thin U.S. economic growth didn't get any help from the trade sector in the third quarter. The latest trade balance was hurt by rising oil prices and an absence of global demand that reduced exports to their lowest level in six months. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • Want to change your company's culture? Throw a big party
    Throwing whole-company parties and other social events is a vital first step toward shifting corporate culture, Lyndsea Montgomery writes. Workers need to see themselves as part of a greater whole before workplace culture can improve, Montgomery argues. "Rather than seeing themselves as individual cogs employees start to see the whole machine," she writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Create compost piles to make garden soil healthy
    Adding compost can make the garden soil healthy since the material adds pores to control soil moisture, writes Jolene Adams, a master gardener from Alameda County, Calif. Make a compost pile by alternating dry, "brown" materials with moist "green" ones and turning them occasionally to boost microbial activity, Adams advises. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Biden hints at policy shift on raising taxes for the rich
    During a debate Thursday night with GOP rival Paul Ryan, Vice President Joe Biden signaled what could be a shift in the Obama administration's position on raising taxes on rich Americans. President Barack Obama has called for tax hikes on families making more than $250,000 a year. Biden said tax increases should begin with earners who make $1 million a year. (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • EPA to speak at GIE+EXPO
    On behalf of OPEI, we are delighted to announce Glenn Passavant and Philip Carlson, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, as featured speakers on Oct. 26. Glenn and Philip will be featured speakers at our 10 a.m. Workshop, to be held in Room C-202, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. They will be speaking on topics of immediate interest and importance to the OPE industry. There will be time allowed for open Q-and-A at the end of the presentation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CPSC to speak at GIE+EXPO
    On behalf of OPEI, we are delighted to announce Janet Buyer, CPSC Division of Combustion and Fire Sciences, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, as a featured speaker on Oct. 26. Buyer will be a featured speaker at our 1 p.m. Workshop, to be held in Room C-202, at the Kentucky Exposition. Buyer will make a presentation on the CPSC’s recently released staff report "Technology Demonstration of a Prototype Low Carbon Monoxide Emission Portable Generator." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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