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January 2012

An Old-Fashioned Sound

It was a weird feeling. I was sitting in the waiting room of a major West Coast fabricator and something just did not feel right. Though I hadn’t yet figured it out, I knew something was wrong and very different from the fabricators I’d been visiting these last 18 months. I just couldn’t get a handle on what it was. Then it came to me. What was different? These guys were busy – crazy busy. In the course of about 20 minutes in the waiting room, I saw two receptionists trying to keep up with the incoming calls. Sometimes, both of them had two people each on hold. Add to… Read More »

Games and Game-Changers

I am writing this on a Sunday night on the road as I flip channels between the Giants-49ers game and “Undercover Boss,” which is featuring Dina Dwyer Owens, the president of Glass Doctor’s parent company, Dwyer Group. Dina was kind enough to give USGNN.com an interview about the show on Friday and I was anxious to see it. So far, the Giants are leading 10-7 and Dina is visiting a Mr. Rooter franchisee in Roswell, Ga. An employee is voicing an opinion that “something shady is going on” because he has had pretty tiny paychecks the last eight weeks – one week he ended up owing $21. Do not worry,… Read More »

Things We Can’t Even Imagine – But Did

Happy New Year. Welcome to another year of things we can’t even imagine that haven’t happened yet. I guess that’s true every year, but last year was especially so. Some of those things will be good, and some will not, but most of them will be full of surprises and change and that’s what makes news, so let’s get to it. A New Home for Binswanger It took about only six months from when I predicted that Binswanger would be sold til it was. Grey Mountain Partners of Boulder, Colo., acquired Binswanger Enterprises LLC of Memphis, Tenn., from Sun Capital last week. It’s nice to see this story have a… Read More »

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