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Jan. 22, 2013

MDNA 72nd Annual Convention

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Boston, MA 02116
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It is with deep sadness to inform you that Robert "Bob" Foster passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19. Bob was the president of former MDNA member firm Foster Machinery Co., Inc. Foster was the founder of Foster Machinery Sales Company, Inc. in 1946. Foster Machinery's last location was Madison Heights, Mich. They bought and sold new and used metalworking machinery. He joined the Machinery Dealers National Association in 1949 until 1984 when he retired. He is survived by his wife Mary E. "Betty" Foster, two daughters, Cindy and Julie, and his son Craig worked with him since 1968 and owns Foster Machinery Company, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C. Please extend your thoughts and prayers to the family. Click here for more details.More

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The Washington Post
U.S. manufacturers have added a half-million new workers since the end of 2009, making the sector one of the few bright spots in an otherwise weak recovery. And yet there were 4 percent fewer union factory workers in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to federal survey data. On balance, all of the job gains in manufacturing have been nonunion.More

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The New York Times
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Harvard Business Review
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The Washington Post
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Bloomberg Businessweek
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