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If You're Not at NetworkASA 2010, Here's What You're Missing
American Supply Association    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 400 wholesalers, manufacturers and industry members are gathered this week in Chicago at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE, the annual convention of the American Supply Association and the industry's premier networking and educational event. Speakers like Mike Ditka, Bruce Carbonari, Don McNeeley and Karl Rove informed and inspired attendees, and much business is being discussed at the networking events. Mark your calendars now for NetworkASA 2011 in Las Vegas, Sept. 13 to 16, and then take a look at some of the events from this week. More

Industry Just Beginning to Tap its Mobile Potential
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Field operators at Huntsman Chemical have traded clipboards for handhelds — and have eliminated safety incidents at a rewarding rate. Instead of using pens and paper to record critical field data, Huntsman's operators at its facility at Port Neches, Texas, are using wireless mobility technology to complete operating condition procedures, identify defects on equipment and oversee inspections. Huntsman Chemical is one of a wave of companies that are adopting industrial wireless applications, using the technology to tie together mobility and real-time data. Although wireless has been available for years, only now is it beginning to see widespread adoption. More

Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy Issued By EPA
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy with the goal of increasing the sustainability of water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States. Communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure, which include sewer systems and treatment facilities. Making this infrastructure last longer while increasing its cost-effectiveness is essential to protecting human health and the environment, and maintaining safe drinking water and clean water bodies. More

Advocates of US Manufacturing Prepare Pre-Election Tour
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Unemployment and the state of American manufacturing will be hot topics during November's elections. Preparing for the elections, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a nonpartisan, nonprofit trade group, is launching its "Keep it Made in America" tour, a series of town hall meetings in 10 states where local business, labor and civic leaders will help voters question candidates on issues, particularly the state of manufacturing jobs in the United States. The 12-city tour began Oct. 12 in Hartford, Conn., and will conclude Oct. 29 in Wausau, Wis., just days before the nation's midterm elections. More

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7 Ways to Lead Without Uttering a Single Word    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is much written about the words leaders need to use, both in speech and on paper, to be effective. Words are certainly important, but there are other, more subtle messages that leaders send every day through their actions (or inactions) in the workplace. These messages can strongly reinforce your words, or render them ineffective or meaningless. Thus, every great leader needs to develop a strong self-awareness of their nonverbal communication, and use it consistently so they can "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk." More

Manufacturing Recovery Plagued By Tax, Regulatory Questions
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U.S. manufacturing may not be back. But it's certainly back in the spotlight. As the economic recovery continues to sputter, manufacturing has emerged as something of a bright spot. While the country's gross domestic product increased at only a 1.6 percent annual rate in the second quarter of this year, for example, manufacturing industrial production rose at 7.9 percent. The relative strength of manufacturing helped push U.S. exports up 17 percent in the first seven months of 2010. The manufacturing sector even managed a net increase in jobs through the first half of 2010, reversing a long, seemingly intractable trend, if only temporarily. More

OU Lab Explores Pipeline Corrosion
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If there's a release of toxic gas, Srdjan Nesic tells visitors to Ohio University's pipeline-corrosion laboratory, don't leave the building until lab workers determine which way the plume is blowing. Although there never has been such an emergency, the lab director's safety speech comes first at the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology. After all, the lab — the world's largest of its kind — is in the business of preventing disasters, not causing them. Recent pipeline failures elsewhere highlight the importance of protecting the pipes. A gas-line explosion in California killed eight people and destroyed 37 homes last month. More

Can You become a Better Innovator? Olivia Fox Says Yes
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You might not know Olivia Fox. But she works with quite a few of the world's top executives and organizations (like Google and Stanford University) to help them get to their peak performance. She helps them tune up their brains and become even more innovative. She says that one big thing holding back people are those nagging thoughts that you don't deserve to be where you are. That's the impostor syndrome, she says, and most of the students and employees at Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies have it. More


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