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Iceland hosts energy branding conference Sept. 19-21

Blue Lagoon, geothermal spa

The electricity market has moved from regulation to competition meaning that consumers have an added influence. The most effective way of communicating with them is through a well-designed, strong brand. This is opening up new opportunities, both for the utilities and the customers. All marketing efforts need to rely on strong brand work to be efficient and effective. CHARGE – The World’s First Energy Branding ...

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Tired of the Ups and Downs of the Contracting Business? Spray Foam May Be the Boost your Bottom Line Needs

Photo: Profoam.

Owning a contracting business has its ups and downs.  And when the “downs” outnumber the “ups,” it can be a little frightening. Keeping your cash flow steady and your employees busy is what makes a business successful, but when economic conditions, weather, or simply a slowdown in new business all hit at the same time, it can present a challenge. ...

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Bottoms-up —Realizing You Need Safety When it’s Too Late

broken bottle Jon Callow Flickr

The belief is that every alcoholic has to hit rock bottom before they realize they have a problem and can start on the road to recovery.  With some employers the same can be said about their safety program.  What triggering event will it take to shake them up and get them to understand that they have requirements to follow and ...

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5 most surprising features in today’s manufactured homes

What features are most people looking for in a home? You might be surprised to find today's modern, manufactured homes can come with gourmet kitchens, spa baths and inviting front porches. Photo: UMH.

Anyone shopping for a new house has probably spent a significant amount of time wrestling with a list of all the things they’d like in their new home. A garage to store bikes, a front porch for Sunday morning coffee, a walk-in closet, a kitchen island—the list is hard to fulfill. But homebuyers and renters might be missing the single, ...

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Best Bets for Buying New Homes: Oil Patch Communities

Valley mortgage, buying a home, oil patch

If you are interested in buying a home in the oil patch communities in western North Dakota, you’re not alone. Many people have ended up in this region due to the abundance of high-paying jobs in the Bakken formation, where jobs surrounding the oil and gas industry have dominated the economy over the past few years. When the boom first ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Photo: Vasiliki Millousi via Flickr.

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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“I Can’t Fix Stupid”—Zero Injury is an Impossible Goal

workplace safety, zero injury

It’s inevitable that somewhere, sometime, a worker at your company will do something stupid, resulting in an injury. You’re kidding yourself if you believe that isn’t the way it plays out.  It’s a numbers game of probability—the more time that passes and worker hours are logged without an injury the closer you get to experiencing an injury.  Therefore does a ...

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Build a better MFC and the world will beat a path to your door

paraffin removal, flo-rite

“Drill for oil? You mean into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” This was the reaction of prospective recruits by famed oil driller, Edwin Drake, the man now credited with launching the modern oil industry in 1859. Many people were first skeptical of Drake’s idea to drill for oil to lubricate machinery instead of collecting it from ...

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Sick of apartment living? Consider this…

apartment, UMH manufactured home

Comparing the costs of renting an apartment vs. owning a home is a very real issue for all ages today. It is hard to look at the costs of renting an apartment only to realize that the only immediate benefit is having a place to live, and there doesn’t seem to be any real long-term benefit. How is it possible ...

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