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January 9, 2013
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  • Greenbrier sees strong rail-car orders
    Since September, Greenbrier has received rail-car orders worth an estimated $430 million, indicating recovery in the automotive industry, the company says. "Our enhanced manufacturing flexibility allows Greenbrier to meet the needs of the booming automotive market while maintaining our competitive position in other rail-car types like intermodal double stack, gondolas, forest products and covered hoppers, where we have historic strength," CEO William Furman said. North American automotive rail loadings increased 13.9% in 2012, according to the Association of American Railroads. American City Business Journals/Portland, Ore./Morning Call blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Market Trends 
  • U.S. hiring index is highest since 2008
    The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index increased in December, the third straight monthly gain, and is at its highest level since July 2008. The index, which points to short-term hiring trends, is encouraging, but "if economic activity continues to expand slowly in the first half of 2013, it would be difficult for employers to maintain the current rate of job growth," said Gad Levanon of The Conference Board. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • FINRA prepares to examine dark trading
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority plans to take a hard look at dark trading to determine whether orders placed in public exchanges aim "to move prices or encourage sellers that may advance their trading in the dark market," CEO Richard Ketchum said. The regulator will also more actively look into high-frequency trading, Ketchum says. The Wall Street Journal (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ELFA Member News 
  ELFA News 
  • Are you an "outthinker"? Find out at the ELFA Executive Roundtable
    "Outthinkers" are entrepreneurs and corporate managers who see opportunities others ignore, challenge dogma others accept as truth, rally resources others cannot influence and unleash strategies that disrupt their markets. Want to behave more like an outthinker?

    Kaihan Krippendorff, a featured speaker at the ELFA Executive Roundtable, scheduled March 10 to 12 at The Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, helps CEOs and presidents learn to integrate behaviors and strategies of outthinkers into their companies and create an entirely different way of solving business problems. Krippendorff is a former consultant with McKinsey & Co. who works regularly with ambitious large and midsize corporations, teaching executives how to unleash their strategic creativity to better their organizations.

    The Executive Roundtable is open only to CEOs, presidents and senior leaders of ELFA regular-member companies. View the agenda and register. Make a hotel reservation by Feb. 16.

    ELFA wishes to thank International Decision Systems, the exclusive sponsor of the Executive Roundtable. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Looking to recruit?
    Are you looking for top-quality candidates to join your organization? The secret to running a successful company is hiring great people. Set up your organization for success with the ELFA Career Center, the equipment-leasing and -finance industry's premier online employment resource. To post a job opening, visit the ELFA Career Center, create an account and post your job. You'll see results: In 2012, our job postings received an average of 603 views per job and 15 "Apply" button clicks. Questions? Visit the ELFA Career Center or contact or (866) 964-2765. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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