Archive for November 26th, 2013

Social media has altered the way hiring managers and job candidates communicate with each other. Today the question is no longer if employers are using social media in their hiring practice, but how.
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The number and complexity of federal regulations affecting manufacturers continue to grow, placing a heavy financial burden on the sector, according to a recent study by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). Manufacturing advocates say a more transparent and better-coordinated regulatory regime, along with increased cost-effectiveness, could significantly reduce the drag on productivity.  Read more


When American companies are approached by foreign business looking to merge, acquire, or strategically invest, understanding the process can do much to ensure the best possible deal.  Read more

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In his latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating outlines ways that manufacturers can preserve important documents after a disaster. This is Keating’s fifth in a series on disaster planning and recovery. Future installments in his disaster series will cover disaster preparation training for manufacturers and web resources and disaster guides for manufacturers.  Read more


In Compete Smarter, Not Harder: A Process for Developing the Right Priorities Through Strategic Thinking, the author describes how to compete in the right space for greater profitability and growth.  Read more

And it doubles as public art, too. [Photo credit: National Geographic]

Credit: National Geographic.

Americans flush “350 billion kilowatt-hours of energy into the sewers each year — roughly enough to power 30 million U.S. homes,” according to an estimate published last year by National Geographic.

Lynn Mueller is making it his life’s work to do something about that.

Head of International Wastewater Systems, Mueller is described by the Vancouver Sun as “obsessed” with converting sewage into energy. He calls municipal sewage a “ubiquitous, readily accessible” energy source, though he concedes that there are some negative connotations.

“Not a lot of people shake your hand when you’re in the sewage business,” he joked.

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