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Continuous Improvement Drives Index Performance

May 7, 2009 5:54 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

As anyone who has ever been associated with Lean or Six Sigma methodologies will tell you, the key to greater efficiencies is not just changing or correcting poor approaches, but striving for continuous improvement in all facets of an operation or function. It’s an on-going fundamental that is never ending.

Feeling The Recession Depression?

April 24, 2009 5:35 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

In Wisconsin, the months of March and April aren’t necessarily spring. Some years we have dream-like spring days; ones where you get to use that word “unseasonably” as a precursor to describe the temperatures. This year, we’ve been using words like “gloom,” “wet,” and—my favorite—“severe.

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The Motivation For Innovation

April 22, 2009 12:51 pm | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, IMPO

In an economic climate that demands efficiency and responsible spending, long term research and development (R&D) projects with no return-on-investment in sight can be a hard pitch. There is, however, evidence indicating that investing during a down economy pays off. SHOW ME THE MONEY According to a survey conducted by the Industrial Research Institute (ISI), R&D spending in the U.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

April 22, 2009 12:20 pm | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

My parents and their friends came of age in the 1960s, so growing up we were privy to stories about that turbulent decade. I learned what a protest was at a young age as my parents described to me the active response people took to events like The Vietnam War and The French Student Revolution of 1968.

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Can You Spot the Gimmick in the Room?

April 9, 2009 8:50 am | by by David Mantley, Editor, PD&D

The scary part about AIG, the Big 3, and similar types of broad media coverage into executive scandals, is the potential affect on manufacturing leaders—particularly, those who are afraid of being viewed as “bad” managers, but don’t necessarily know how to be good ones.

Want to be "The Fall Guy?" Here's How

April 9, 2009 8:13 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Once upon a time, I associated AIG with the comforting voice of the narrator and the clean white lines and blue shading in its advertisements. The name elicited nothing more in me than does any other large American financial and insurance institution—a delicate balance of protection and profit.

Smaller Steps To The Green Goal

April 2, 2009 9:13 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

I recently had the opportunity to visit a distillery just outside of Kansas City that would tout its efforts as something of a success story. McCormick Vodka of Weston, MO thrust onto the market 18 months ago, a product you might term the world’s most eco-friendly vodka—made with energy efficient distillation equipment, the bottle is 85 percent recycled glass, with a reusable stopper.

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Efficiency Efforts, In the Billions

April 2, 2009 8:18 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

"The billions of federal dollars about to be spent are going to be the biggest government infrastructure investment since the interstate highway system was launched in the 1950s." This statement from a now slightly outdated blog post refers to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (that went into effect on February 17), which promises to bolster just the renewable energy sector with more than $43 billion— And this sliver of stimulus dessert doesn’t even compare to its overall spending.

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Be The Biggest Winner

March 26, 2009 6:25 am

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America’s Economic Tether

March 26, 2009 5:16 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

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Common Sense Patriotism

March 26, 2009 5:03 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

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Shortened Work Week Is Risky—And Not Realistic

March 4, 2009 10:03 am | by by Amanda McGowan, Associate Editor, IMPO

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A “Decent” Wage Cut?

March 4, 2009 10:02 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

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Owning Your Own Innovation

February 26, 2009 7:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

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But I'm No Billionaire

February 26, 2009 7:06 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

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Peanut Butter: The Glue That Holds Us Together?

February 20, 2009 11:38 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

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Big 3 Bailout… Now What About The Rest?

January 22, 2009 10:05 am

by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO "It turns out that if you want to strike a nerve with many an IMPO reader, mention the word "bailout."" It turns out that if you want to strike a nerve with many an IMPO reader, mention the word "bailout.

Doom & Gloom and the "Responsible" Media

January 13, 2009 7:40 am

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Do You Believe Everything You Read?

January 13, 2009 7:38 am

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Big 3 Bail-out: Reader Comments

December 18, 2008 9:25 am

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