Business & Industry

The Reality of Post-Recession Retirement

As employees' savings plunged throughout the economic crisis of the last few years, so did their confidence in retiring comfortably. Many workers are ill-prepared to meet their retirement needs. The combined value of U.S. employer-sponsored retirement plans in eight industries, as measured by the amount of pay employers are contributing, declined from 7.88 percent of pay to 6.36 percent for the...

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October is Energy Awareness Month

Since 1981, the Federal Government has been running programs on energy awareness. In 2009, the program went national with October being named National Energy Awareness Month. Looking to shine a new light on energy awareness activities, President Obama stated, "During National Energy Awareness Month, we recognize the contributions of individuals, organizations, and companies that are committed to...

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Don't Choke! How to Perform Well Under Pressure

Many of us deal with tight deadlines or intimidating projects on a regular basis. The pressure can often be overwhelming. Here are some ways to avoid choking and become a clutch performer. High expectations for success can lead to disastrous consequences not only on a soccer field or a golf course, but also in the boardroom. Eventually, each of us encounters a situation where the stakes are high...

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The State of Machine Equipment Manufacturing

The manufacturing-machinery industry has survived almost two years of dramatic changes — in everything from materials and processes to volumes and frequencies. Here we look at the year-to-date total value of United States manufacturers' machine tool and related equipment consumption, as well as current activity for specific technologies based on the latest available data. In a statement...

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Schneider Electric Promotes Energy Efficiency as Best Means for Cost Savings

Schneider Electric North America is anticipating that energy-efficiency solutions and services will provide higher energy cost savings for industrial and commercial facilities than alternative energy solutions will, according to a report in Industry Week. Jeff Drees, Schneider's U.S. president said, while speaking to reporters at a recent product launch event in Chicago, that most companies need...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: OSHA Reveals Top 10 Most Cited Violations

Plus: U.S. Recovery Slows, Employment Rate Stagnates and Service Sector Expands. IMF: Economic Recovery Losing Momentum The global economy is forecast to continue its rebound from the recession through the next few years, but a new report finds that economic growth in the United States and Europe is expected to be sluggish at best, while emerging economies pick up the slack. According to the...

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DOE Launches Technology Commercialization Portal

In an effort to accelerate the process of moving discoveries from the laboratory to the private sector, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that more than 200 marketing summaries are available on its Technology Commercialization Portal to help investors, entrepreneurs and companies seeking cutting-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies available for licensing. The...

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Light Friday: Things Workers Wish They Could Tell Their Boss

Plus: Job Applicants' Missteps, Fantasy Football in the Workplace, Aliens Interested in Our Nuclear Sites and MORE. Fantasy Football in the Workplace We're four weeks into the NFL season, and there's good news for managers overseeing football fans: fantasy football leagues are not sapping the nation's workplace productivity, according to HR professionals across the U.S. In a recent survey by...

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IBM Announces Advances to Smart Building Technologies

At the West Coast Green Conference, IBM unveiled new offerings of software, services, tools, and partnerships in the growing market of smart building resources. Strategic alliances include teaming up with Schneider Electric to provide building owners the tools to better manage energy use. IBM and Schneider are not new to working together and, in fact, their experience in working together on...

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Sustainability Spotlight: Stars of Energy Efficiency

At its 18th annual awards gala on Sept. 14, the Alliance to Save Energy recognized individuals and organizations that contributed to the cause of saving energy in 2010.  Founded in 1977, the Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders. Danfoss was awarded the Innovative Star Award in recognition of three products designed to...

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