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February 12, 2013
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  • Excel Industries to increase production of zero-turn riding mowers
    Excel Industries has added 39 full-time employees and expanded a site by 40,000 square feet as the company increases production and distribution of zero-turn riding mowers this year. "The zero-turn market is a growing market with limitless opportunities for residential, commercial and industrial owners," said product manager Corey Seidl. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Vanguard Power Code Helps In-field Operators
Vanguard Power Code, a square barcode located on Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines, directs equipment operators to an array of important information for that specific engine model after being scanned with a smart phone’s barcode reader.
  Industry Buzz 
  • How to define ideal relationships with dealers
    Landscape contractors should regularly assess vendors and equipment dealers against the needs of their business, Gregg Wartgow writes. Dealers that go beyond expectations can be more valuable. "Regardless, it's important to recognize what your vendors are and are not doing to help you run your business," Wartgow writes. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heavy machinery used for snow removal in Conn.
    Snow-throwing trucks and payloaders are being used in Connecticut because the job is too tough for plows. "The accumulated snow is higher than the plow blades on even the big plows and difficult to push. Plows cannot achieve any speed and a one quarter-mile of roadway takes about four hours," said Lawrence Kendzior, city manager of Meriden, Conn. Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plant disease could endanger Pa. impatiens
    Impatiens in Pennsylvania could be imperiled by downy mildew, according to this article. The disease spread to the state in 2012 and attacks impatiens with mildew spores that leave yellow spots on leaves and grayish growths on the plants' undersides. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Despite market buoyancy, U.S. companies lower expectations
    Despite a better-than-expected fourth quarter for U.S. corporate earnings and a soaring stock market, the outlook is less rosy, beginning with the current quarter, companies warn. Surveys of corporate leaders reveal caution over the domestic consumer market and the still-problematic eurozone as well as restrained plans for new investment. The Wall Street Journal (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Update 
  • Debt-reduction effort is almost finished, White House says
    The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that it doesn't plan to launch another initiative to cut the national debt. The White House is telling policymakers that if a deal can be reached to head off across-the-board cuts, President Barack Obama will have achieved his goal of curbing the acceleration of government borrowing. The Washington Post (2/11) 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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