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October 4, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • OPEI exec sees "promise" of isobutanol as alternative to E15 fuel
    Putting gasoline with 15% ethanol into the market has raised concerns from small-engine manufacturers because it can damage engines in boats and lawn equipment. "We’re really in a tough spot," said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. However, tests done with isobutanol -- which, when made from cellulosic feedstock -- show it could be compatible with small engines, which could bring "great promise" for the industry, Kiser said. Governors' Biofuels Coalition/Greenwire (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • What equipment dealers can do keep their profit margins
    To maintain profit margins, retailers of outdoor power equipment should try to work with manufacturers who only offer their products through independent dealerships, according to this article. Another way is to add fees to services, says Brent Hollopeter, president of Medina Tractor Sales in Ohio. He also said retailers should invest in exemplary personnel. (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • Positive reading for U.S. manufacturing may not last
    Coming after a long string of purchasing manager indexes painting a picture of manufacturing contraction around the world, the positive PMI reading of 51.5 for September sets the U.S. apart. But analysts are wary, noting a series of upcoming challenges that could rapidly turn numbers negative, including the impending threat of tax increases posed by the so-called fiscal cliff. The Wall Street Journal/Real Time Economics blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • 5 qualities of a character-based leader
    Character-based leaders possess a number of positive qualities that help them in their duties, Meghan M. Biro writes. Among other traits, these leaders tend to exhibit integrity, openness and trustworthiness. "A character-based leader is open to ideas, people, risk, challenge, opportunity and experience," she writes. Forbes (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why planning is vital for sales success
    You're setting your sales organization up for failure if you neglect to plan or if you refuse alter your approach as business conditions change, writes Ron Snyder. "[T]here should be reports and dashboards that highlight progress on critical success factors and regular plan reviews that provide input from sales management and others on the team." It's also important for your sales team to use all available resources, he writes. Selling Power (free registration) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Poll: Economists favor Obama's policies by wide margin
    According to a poll by The Economist, business and academic economists favor policies of U.S. President Barack Obama over those of Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a substantial margin. They also think Obama would appoint a better economic team after the election. "They do not hold the perpetually disappointing recovery against him; half of respondents graded his record as good or very good, compared with just 5% who said that about George Bush in our poll four years ago," according to the magazine. The Economist (10/6) 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 Emission Portable Generator." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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