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How Manufacturers Can Retain Precious Talent through Employee Engagement

In manufacturers' struggle with the skills gap, their workforce shortage pressures are being made more acute by stubborn low job engagement among their existing employees. How can manufacturing employers raise their employee engagement levels and prevent workforce attrition from wreaking additional damage to their talent ranks? Two latest available research reports are underscoring a great need...

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Subaru Indiana Automotive Breaks Down Barriers to Achieve Energy Management

Environmental stewardship is deeply integrated into the Subaru brand. The automaker is best known for being one of the first assembly plants in the U.S. to become a zero-landfill facility. More recently, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) achieved another major milestone -- becoming the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to achieve the new ISO 50001 certification for energy management. SIA was...

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Housing Rebound Puts Pressure on Construction Worker Shortage

Although residential construction is expected to grow, builders cannot find enough qualified workers to keep up with the housing demand. The worker shortage spans across the construction sector, including HVAC, roofers, building maintenance managers, carpenters, and subcontractors, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Builders are struggling to find workers in areas of...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Economy up Despite Drop in Government Spending

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Up 3.3 Percent in April Consumer Confidence Grew Last Month Construction Spending Falls in First Quarter Jobless Claims Inch Up The first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was revised up last week to a 2.4 percent annual growth rate. The increase is slightly less than economists' predictions of 2.5 percent. The modest growth is due to a rise in many indicators,...

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Water-Stressed Municipalities and Industries Drive a Growing Market for Desalination Tech

"Desalination and water reuse in industry has emerged as one of the most important themes in the water sector over the past five years," declared research firm Global Water Intelligence (GWI) in a report last year. "Over the next five years the technologies associated with salt removal and the reuse of wastewater will become an essential part of sustainable economic growth." Driving the...

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3 Ways to Align Job Expectations with Reality -- Before It Hits You

Have you ever accepted a new job only to find it isn't really what you expected? To avoid "buyer's remorse" from happening again, here are three tips to consider prior to accepting a job offer. Professionals starting a new job usually are excited about joining a new employer, jumping in on the first day full of enthusiasm about a fresh start. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm can be short-lived when...

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Will the Next Bubble Be Made Out of Carbon?

Concerns about the impact of carbon emissions are beginning to bleed onto the balance sheets of energy companies, even in this country where strategic engagement on the issue has consistently lagged the rest of the world. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its 2012 World Energy Outlook, "No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if...

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Manufacturing Institute Announces M-List of Schools Teaching NAM-Endorsed Skills

The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), has unveiled a charter set of schools that are teaching their students industry-validated manufacturing skills under the organization's Manufacturing Skills Certification System. The schools on the M-List have arranged their coursework around industry standards as part of their manufacturing education...

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Friday Focus: Tackling the Student Debt Crisis with Scholarships

During a brief speech at the White House on May 31, President Barack Obama, surrounded by college students, remarked on the state of student debt and noted how education loans have a significant impact on lifestyle choices, and ultimately, the economy. The speech was part of an effort to urge Congress to prevent subsidized student loan interest rates from doubling this summer. "Americans now owe...

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Light Friday: IBM's Watson is Getting Smarter

Plus: Helmet Monitors Your Vitals While You Ride Can You Really Get a Cold from Being Cold? The Science of Parallel Universes Two years ago, IBM software Watson beat two of the world's best Jeopardy players. Now researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. are working with the program to enhance its cognitive reasoning skills and experiment with applications in a variety...

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