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February 26, 2013
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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 
  • John Deere hires more union workers at plant in Iowa city
    John Deere has hired more than 1,820 union-wage workers at its plant in Waterloo, Iowa, since its 2009 labor agreement with United Auto Workers Local 838, according to the data collected by the labor group. The number of workers hired surpasses the 330 workers that retired in the same period, as the facility keeps producing tractors that bring record earnings for the company. "We've got plenty of work ahead of us. I think it's going well," said Paul Jungen II, president of UAW Local 838. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BASF sees 18% increase in fiscal Q4 earnings
    BASF announced that its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings before interest and taxes climbed 18% to $2.38 billion. This was slightly below analysts' estimates and was due to weakness in its performance products division. However, sales increased by 8.7%. For 2013, BASF aims to improve sales in all its operating segments. Reuters (2/26), Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • Good listening is key to customer service
    Top-notch customer service includes demonstrating good listening skills, using direct eye contact and paying attention to nonverbal cues such as body language, writes John Boe. Using open-ended questions when speaking with clients can also help to determine the nature of feedback more effectively than asking questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no." National Underwriter Life & Health (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to bounce back when a product flops
    After pouring resources into developing a product, it can be devastating to see it fail, writes Karen Firestone. Still, it's essential to quickly recognize that your idea isn't playing out correctly and to take correctional measures. "A charismatic CEO with the willingness to accept a setback, move in a different direction, and persevere to achieve this new and difficult vision can succeed where most fail," Firestone writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Second cap-and-trade auction yields $176M in Calif.
    The second carbon auction in California generated $176 million under the state's cap-and-trade program. Nearly 13 million greenhouse gas emissions permits were purchased at the settlement price of $13.62 per metric ton of carbon. The state also sold about 9.56 million emission permits for 2016. Environmental Leader (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • OPEI Foundation and Discovery Education launch TurfMutt's "Paw it Forward" sweepstakes
    From Feb. 18 to March 11, you can enter the TurfMutt sweepstakes to win a $250 donation to your local animal shelter and help dogs (and cats and other critters) find a forever family. Two winners receive a $250 donation and an eco-friendly TurfMutt backpack with school supplies.

    To enter, visit TurfMutt's Facebook page.

    To enter, all you have to do is check out TurfMutt's new public service announcement, where TurfMutt is sharing the beauty, fun and discovery families can experience right in their own back yard.

    Those 16 years of age and older can enter.

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