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Lean Process improves service department profitability.

October 3, 2012

When St. Louis distributor Cee Kay Supply went through the Lean 5S process, a management strategy designed to increase efficiencies, it led to major changes throughout the company. One area that saw increased productivity was the company’s service department. Stephen Gianino, Cee Kay Supply’s director of operations, shares how the company improved its service department in article titled "Making Your Service Department Profitable," which appears in Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 11 New Members in September 2012.

October 3, 2012

In September of 2012, ANSI welcomed CDL Research and Development Group, Flextronics, Florida Hospital, Georgetown University, ICV Certifications, Lifecore Biomedical, Main Street Checks Inc., Spokane Teachers Credit Union, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Shield Manufacturing Inc., and Teradata as new members. ANSI's president and CEO commented that membership fosters relationship building and influence over business-related standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel announces new co-chairs.

October 3, 2012

Shaun Clancy, Ph.D. and Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Ph.D. have agreed to serve as co-chairs of Nanotechnology Standards Panel. Dr. Clancy is director of product regulatory services for Evonik Degussa Corporation, and is chair of American Chemistry Council’s Health, Product, and Science Policy Committee. Dr. Jillavenkatesa is senior standards policy advisor for NIST, and serves as executive secretary of Subcommittee on Standards within National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology. Read More

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IFBEC releases first annual Public Accountability Report.

October 3, 2012

International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) released their first Public Accountability Report, which provides IFBEC members and stakeholders with data on IFBEC member compliance with Global Principles and best practices that align with Global Principles. Report gives analysis of management and leadership structure of ethics and anti-corruption programs of IFBEC member companies, as well as implementation of policies and integrity programs in member companies. Read More

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Manufacturers call for bold agenda in November election.

October 3, 2012

In newly released video, NAM is reminding Americans of manufacturing’s legacy in the United States and the need for manufacturers’ voices to be heard on Election Day. Video begins by highlighting the stark reality that policies coming out of Washington are hurting nation’s economy, but pivots to the potential manufacturers have to enhance nation’s competitiveness and make it the most dynamic economy in the world. Read More

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BIO Praises Introduction of research incentives act.

October 3, 2012

BIO applauds Sens. Robert Menendez and Olympia Snowe and Reps. Jim Gerlach and Richard Neal for introducing High Technology Small Business Research Incentives Act. Under said proposal, biotech companies would be able to enter into joint ventures with investors, who could utilize losses and tax credits of R/D project. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said "This legislation will help spur greater private investment in biotech and other RD intensive industries." Read More

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PACK EXPO International to inspire baking/snack manufacturers.

October 3, 2012

To help brand owners capitalize on world population growth shifting towards emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific region, increase output, and gain competitive advantage, PACK EXPO International 2012 will provide opportunity to connect with innovation and expand market knowledge. Show will take place October 28–31 in Chicago, IL and feature Baking-Snack Break lounge; Conference at PACK EXPO; PACK EXPO Lecture Series; Brand Zone, with Showcase of Packaging Innovations™; and Processing Zone. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 shows growth of new business volume.

October 2, 2012

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for August 2012 at $6.9 billion, up 21% from same period in 2011 and up 5% from previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume increased 16%, and receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.9%. Charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.4% and down 33% percent compared to same period in 2011. Credit approvals decreased to 77.0% in August from 77.5% in July. Read More