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October 19, 2012
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  • N.J. landscaper expands even during tough times
    Kindergan Landscaping in Bergenfield, N.J., has managed to add employees, equipment and a new headquarters even as the economy has been week. The company has a design center to promote its services, and it often hires former entrepreneurs to bring new ideas to the business. Lawn & Landscape (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. midsize businesses worry as regulation increases
    Midsize companies' record of providing jobs has been impressive in recent years, but such businesses are concerned about rules that fall disproportionately on them, according to The Economist. "Mid-sized firms tend to bear the heaviest burden of new regulations, since smaller firms are often given some exemptions initially, whereas bigger firms have legions of lawyers to cope with the additional rules," the magazine notes. The Economist (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • You can't ignore manufacturing if you want to innovate
    Innovation doesn't begin and end with research and development, write Gary P. Pisano and Willy C. Shih. Manufacturing is also a critical part of the innovation pipeline, and companies -- or countries -- that neglect manufacturing are likely to be left behind. "Innovation is about moving the idea from concept to the customer's hands. ... If you do not understand the production environment, you have a harder time designing the product." HBS Working Knowledge (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Students vie to build a pedal-powered helicopter
    Student engineers are competing to build a pedal-powered helicopter capable of sustained flight. It's a huge technical challenge, and the best prototypes have only managed to get a few feet off the ground for a few seconds, even with elite athletes to do the pedaling. "Honestly, what we're trying to accomplish here is nothing short of historic," says engineer Todd Reichert, who leads one of the teams. National Public Radio (text and audio) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EPA and CPSC 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; and Janet Buyer, CPSC Division of Combustion and Fire Sciences, Directorate for Engineering Sciences, as featured speakers on Oct. 26. Glenn and Philip will be featured speakers at the 10 a.m. workshop and Janet Buyer will be the featured speaker at our 1 p.m. workshop, both 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 presentations. These sessions do not require registration, and there is no charge. They are also open to the public. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry party @GIE+EXPO -- don't miss out
    Servicing dealers, rental dealers, retailers, distributors and suppliers will come together for an industry party on Oct. 24 at GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. The welcome reception wraps up the first-ever Dealer Day, a preview of the show. Among the festivities will be live music in two locations on the show floor; a 25-cent beer and hot dog reception sponsored by ARI, Husqvarna and Ideal Computer Systems and an Oktoberfest theme in STIHL's booth where they will hold a drawing for a $5,000 giveaway. For info, visit the GIE+EXPO website or call (800) 558-8767. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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