Archive for January 21st, 2013
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New healthcare rules that are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are not set to go into effect until January 2014, but small businesses that will be affected by them are already making anticipatory changes to their staffs. Small businesses are re-evaluating the number of full-time employees on their payrolls ahead of 2014 healthcare reforms that mandate them to offer health insurance. Read more


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Plus: Housing Starts Hit Four-Year High, Welding Machinery Industry to Grow through 2015, Material Handling Market Expands, and Jobless Claims Plunge to Five-Year Low. Read more


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Credit: Airbus

Credit: Airbus

The “greenness” of a manufactured product is determined by multiple factors, including its material composition and the environmental impacts of the manufacturing process, as well as the lifecycle impacts of the product itself. Aircraft, however, are distinct. A plane is a very large, very expensive object that lasts for decades and, most importantly, consumes a tremendous amount of fuel during that lifetime. This means that, in aircraft manufacture, sustainability efforts inevitably focus on the fuel efficiency of the plane. The drive to reduce emissions, coupled with increasing prices for crude oil, means manufacturers have strong incentives to develop fuel-efficient aircraft. Read more


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