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A Post-Brunch Wave Of Regret

September 21, 2010 6:04 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

This past weekend, I returned to eggs for the first time since the recall. After five weeks of brunch abstinence, I went back to my favorite local Southwestern restaurant for their breakfast quesadilla. Sunday brunch is a staple, and I’d been avoiding it due to the recent bad press. This past weekend I was starting to waver.

Harley-Davidson And The Union Debate

September 16, 2010 10:32 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

Editor's note: In the interest of gathering better feedback from our readers on what topics interest them, we're going to try and solicit feedback and constructive debate on the topics we cover. A new commenting system will be enabled on this page, with the hope you, IMPO 's readers, will feel compelled to respond.

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FDA: Put Up Or Shut Up

August 17, 2010 4:56 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A battle for jurisdiction over chemicals in food production is ongoing between government agencies like the FDA and food manufacturers. Both groups appear to believe they are in the best position to protect public health.    Despite organizational failings, the FDA is in the position to best oversee food safety.

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Industry: Put Your Studies Where Your Mouth Is

August 17, 2010 4:56 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

In order to mitigate the potentially heavy regulatory changes coming down the pike, food manufacturers and chemical producers need to be the ones to uncover and disclose the effects of their products on public health. A  Washington Post article  published Monday reported on the lack of information possessed by federal agencies — the FDA and EPA, specifically — about the potential health and environmental risks posed by the chemicals often found in foods and food packaging.

Active Listening Really Pays Off

August 4, 2010 9:39 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Chances are, you probably learned about active listening at some point during your schooling. Lean forward, make eye contact and nod to let the speaker know you’re listening, right? I always thought these tips were silly because you could do all these things and still not be listening. However, these actions do accomplish one goal: They make the speaker think you’re listening—even if you really aren’t.

Greed Can Mend a Broken Heart

August 4, 2010 7:31 am | by by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Greed drives innovation in industry. While I might not always like it, when it comes time for me to deal with a serious medical condition, I want as many treatment and non-treatment options on the table as possible. In  “What Broke My Father’s Heart,”  a piece in New York Times magazine a couple weeks ago, journalist Katy Butler writes about how an implanted pacemaker kept her father’s heart ticking long after the rest of his body was ready to go.

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The Criminal Mind

August 2, 2010 10:00 am | by by Mike Auerbach, Editor-In-Chief

I don’t think I have a criminal mind. Which is probably why I can’t seem to wrap my head around the idea of counterfeiting — at least how it’s being done in relation to pharmaceuticals. Sure, I am quite familiar with other forms of counterfeiting; whether it’s a rip-off of a designer handbag made from the “hide” of the elusive “nauga” animal instead of real leather, or the genuine “faux” pearls I once saw advertised on late night television.

China's Manufacturing Successor: Is It Us?

August 2, 2010 7:26 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

“Looking for skilled, low-cost labor?” asks CNN. “Forget about India and China. How about Jonesboro, Ark.?” Interestingly enough, this is no rhetoric. This statement highlights one of the more recently publicized (but not exactly new) phenomena in manufacturing known as “on-shoring” or, in the case of Jonesboro, “rural-sourcing.

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The Big-Idea Man

July 30, 2010 7:46 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

While the Big-Idea Man has become easy to strike through on budgets during a down economy, even the big idea itself has come under scrutiny because the industry’s competitive landscape no longer lends itself to the plodding and planning associated with big idea execution. He was an elusive character.

Arguing As An Art Form

July 26, 2010 11:03 am | by by Amy Radishofski, Features Editor, Manufacturing.net

My father was the type of person who could make a customer service agent cry. He would argue his case with manager after manager until he found someone who could do what he wanted. It didn’t matter if a sale ended months ago; we always got the sale price. When I got my first car, the dealership actually  lost  money on the sale.

Message To The Next Gen

July 23, 2010 8:03 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

Dear Niece, Thank you for making me a very proud aunt. It’s my first time, and I’m extremely excited about the new addition to our clan. I plan on spoiling the bejesus out of you, being there for you, and doing everything that a good aunt is supposed to do, at the best of my ability anyways, and always.

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World Cup Oil Spill Awards

July 20, 2010 8:59 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

FIFA’s quadrennial World Cup soccer tournament came to a close a few weeks ago with Spain beating the Netherlands 1–0 in a yawn-fest of a final. The only goal came near the end of extra time and I celebrated not because I think Spain deserved it (I did), but because it meant that the world champion would not be decided by a penalty shootout — the soccer equivalent of flipping a coin.

Old School Vs New School

July 16, 2010 11:54 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net

Recently, the United Auto Workers union approved veteran union negotiator and current Vice President Bob King as their new President. With over 30 years in the UAW, some critics consider King to represent the old school way of thinking — especially as he pushes for fewer worker concessions in a highly competitive, struggling and changing auto industry.

Lessons From The Fonz: Nix The Water-Skis

July 13, 2010 10:16 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

I wasn’t familiar with the term “jump the shark” until just a few years ago. For those of you not “in the know,” jumping the shark is when something hits a point past its prime culturally, and anyone with a hipster bone in their body becomes collectively “over it.

Get Ready To Get Training

July 9, 2010 5:02 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

It’s true—some U.S. manufacturers are having trouble finding highly-skilled workers to fill available positions, according to a recent article from the New York Times . It sounds unbelievable. According to the most recent statistics , there are 14.6 million Americans looking for work.

The Tax Downfall

July 6, 2010 5:40 am | by by Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Photo via flickr user alancleaver_2000 . The economic recovery may be in full swing, but many manufacturers are still struggling and some federal tax policies have the potential to send these manufacturers to the soup line. Of the manufacturers in the U.S., approximately 70 percent are mid-size to small manufacturers.

So Boring It Must Be Important

July 6, 2010 5:39 am | by by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

As we do our planning for the content of each print issue of  IMPO , as well as the overall strategy for www.impomag.com  and our daily e-newsletter, we’re faced with three primary marching orders. Keep it interesting. Keep in pertinent. Address the readers' critical issues.

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A Taxing Proposition for Medical Manufacturers

June 25, 2010 6:56 am | by by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Although the health care reform bill was signed months ago, everyone seems to still be riffling through the pages trying to figure out what it means and where it’s probably gone wrong. Earlier this month the AP reported that  medical device manufacturers are “bristling”  over a stipulation in the health care law that would add a tax of 2.

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Wash, Wax, Waste Of Money

June 21, 2010 10:17 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

When it’s summer and the sun is shining, there are a few things that bump up on my priority list. One is managing my free time to include lots of outdoor walks and runs, and then DVR-ing anything that interferes with Brewers games. Another is keeping my freezer stocked with various frozen treats… or at least re-routing home so I can swing by Sonic for a fresh fruit slush.

What To Do With A Clueless Client

June 18, 2010 7:39 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

What do you do with a clueless client? It’s doesn’t exactly have the sing-song charm of asking what to do with a drunken sailor, but I think we’re two beats away from a viral video here. Okay, maybe the client doesn’t lack basic information processing skills, but maybe they’re looking to build something that represents everything you stand against as a reputable product designer.

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