The Gods of Fuel Economy~Monster Trucks collaborated?

100mpg H3 said to be Scaling Up from Idea to Production

100mpg H3 said to be 'Scaling Up from Idea to Production'

Too good to be true?  Maybe…but hey, maybe not!

“This is where the future is and we just want to wish the company good luck in producing as many of these as possible.” ~CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I got a sense that I was sitting in a car that represents the future of transportation in America.”  ~Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

“It doesn’t make any noise, it’s quiet. 40 miles on one charge and as you can see this is no small rig.  It’s great.” ~Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer

Read the entire story here:  http://bit.ly/100mpgHummer

Not impressed?  Dont need all that room?

How about a 230mpg  Chevy Volt??

Who would of thought...about a Chevy....getting 200+ MPG?

Who would of thunk…about a Chevy…getting 200+MPG?

http://bit.ly/230mpgChevyVolt

STRATEGY: ‘Waiting for the market to improve’ ~Really~ Will your BEST & BRIGHTEST be leaving about the time you’re able to become ‘profitable’ again? YIKES@!

The economy is on everyone’s mind.  It’s been a real challenge, at best, even for companies that feel they remain at neutral growth/loss.

However, while adapting to these rapidly changing market conditions, many organizations have inadvertently caused great concern among their employees.

Combined aforementioned with the typical results of RIF’s, M & A, outsourcing, consolidation, etc, has caused some of your best and brightest performers to consider making a change.  Previously they had no interest in making a change – but that was yesterday...  Even organizations with the best intentions can face the impact.

Are YOUR Employees thinking IF not WHEN??

Wonder how many of YOUR Employees are thinking 'IF' not 'WHEN'??

That’s right; many have decided in their heart that just as soon as an opportunity comes up to leave their current employer, they will jump on it. What a cruel, bitter pill to swallow…

How do I know?  They’re calling me, everyday…  What does this mean to you, Mr & Mrs Employer? NOW is a perfect time to attract top talent!!

So, unless you’re planning on going out of business, this is a great time to attract and engage some top talent.  These folks won’t be interested and/or available if you wait until the market is going the right direction…

A dilemma for some…  An opportunity for others…

Which category are you currently in? Is this your preference?  Wouldn’t you prefer to have an edge on your competition when the next cycle begins?  The choice is yours.

SocialMedia ~You get it, but know how to effectively utilize?

You may understand the importance of SM (SocialMedia), but very likely you’re unable to recognize an effective implementation within the day to day functions of your business. You get the WHY but not the HOW…

You are in luck, because this is an EXCELLENT example... I had done business with this company and they were following up with me via email.  Please note that this was not only a necessary communiqué, but certainly wanted and/or welcomed.

The point: it wasn’t an email BLAST/SPAM with Zero Value.  Quite the contrary; this was an important step in the process. They seized this opportunity to make us aware of additional SM presence whereby we could maintain contact with the organization all the time and benefit by being ‘in the know’ of events, specials, etc…

But wait…that’s not all… Because we were also invited to have a chance to tell them: ‘Why we love their COMPANY‘ via video. The grand prize is a year’s worth of free visits. Outstanding!

What just happened? We’ve just been asked to enter a contest to communicate our video testimonial. I was really impressed. These folks really get it.  So I called and told them so…

Understanding importance of SM is just a good start...

Understanding the importance of SM is just a start

Turns out they’d hired a 3rd party to handle this component of their marketing efforts. Which indicates they also understand their limitations, ie, they outsourced the process to a firm that specializes in this type of work.

After being referred to this company, based in Chicagoland, I visited their website. Tap tap tap & click… BOOM!

Im on their site…first words I’m greeted with: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs

They go on further to state their intentions/business focus: “Our management team is focused on doing the things we love…creating great work, developing great products and working with great people.” Assume this was a quote via Jon Schepke, President and Founder. Need any help with YOUR SocialMedia presence??  http://www.simpartners.biz/

Bottom Line: BOTH OF THESE  COMPANY’s “GET IT” ~ DOES YOURS?

Government Motors: you may want to review this one…

If there is any doubt about the disparity between many US Automakers and the Global Competition…review this video.

Just imagine, if you will, proposing a 46 million plan similar to the one GM in Fort Wayne, to these folks?  What kind of response would you receive?

Just to add insult to injury & FYI, this plant is located in Dresden, Germany

~NOTE~
Generation Y (Google it and include WW2 in said search…)

Hey Hoosiers, interested in a microcosm of the market? Need look no further than our own backyard…see for yourself:

GM announced a potential expansion in Fort Wayne, IN – (see also my previous post) ~ Good news, right?

Highlights:

  • General Motors’ plant in Fort Wayne is in the running for a proposed $46 million expansion as they close plants as part of its reorganization under federal bankruptcy laws
  • GM seeks a 10-year tax break on $27 million in equipment needed for the expansion
  • Investment would help retain about 50 positions but not expected to create addl’ jobs
  • Said expansion would allow a second shift at the Fort Wayne plant to continue operating
Earlier this week, NCR Corp announced they’re also expanding…
~ Internationally to Brazil

Highlights:

  • NCR will spend about $37.6 million to build a new manufacturing and research and development center in Brazil to make ATMs for Brazil, Latin America and Caribbean markets.
  • The company said the new facility will be up and running by December and will create 250 jobs.
  • Plans for the expansion come about two weeks after NCR (NYSE:NCR) announced plans to move its headquarters to Duluth, Ga., from Dayton.
  • NCR also will establish a new North American ATM manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ga., creating 870 jobs (Dayton area loses approx. 1300)

Here’s a Quick Comparison:

  • NCR deal is nearly $10 MILLION LESS
  • NCR simultaneously building an Intl facility and moving HQ to Atlanta area
    • GM simultaneously closing plants as part of bankruptcy
  • NCR presumably maintaining production with literally hundreds fewer employee’s
    • Atlanta will appreciate the approx 900 new jobs
  • NCR plans to go from a Green Field to a functioning manufacturing facility, on the other side of the planet, including identifying, recruiting, hiring and training approx 250 people, by the end of calendar year 2009.  (WOW)
    • GM will create ZERO jobs and indicate this will help retain 50 existing employees
  • FINALLY, and this really sums it all up for me…please note the individual referenced as well as their quote representing each of said organizations, as follows:
    • United Auto Workers Local 2209 President Orval Plumlee said possible investment couldguarantee the plant’s future for years to come and eventually create jobs in the area”
    • CEO Bill Nuti said that the company has been doing business in Brazil for more than 70 years & sees the move as “yet another step in our commitment to this important market.”

(FYI: Brazil is the third-largest ATM market in the world. Retail Banking Research predicts the Brazil market will grow 16 percent by 2012)

If you were betting on a horse for this race, which one would YOU choose???   Unsure? I’d suggest you dont bet…

$46 MILLION expansion via GM? SOUNDS GREAT!! Right?

Government Motors in Fort Wayne?

Government Motors in Fort Wayne?

That’s right…..ahhh, but there’s a catch.  They may be expanding the building, but NOT the payroll…read more below.

Associated Press
General Motors’ plant in Fort Wayne is in the running for a proposed $46 million expansion even as the automaker closes plants as part of its reorganization under federal bankruptcy laws.

GM is seeking a 10-year tax break on $27 million in equipment needed for the expansion, which would “furnish and install machinery, equipment and special tooling necessary to support heavy-duty extended cab truck production,” according to papers filed with the Allen County Council. Light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks already are made at the plant.

The council will meet Thursday to consider the tax break.

Plant spokeswoman Alicia Kocher said approval of incentives “would make the case for this plant stronger” because GM is considering competing proposals from other plants.

The investment would help retain about 50 positions with a combined annual salary of about $2.84 million, but is not expected to create additional jobs, The News-Sentinel reported. The expansion would allow a second shift at the Fort Wayne plant to continue operating, Kocher said.

“A number of pieces still need to fall into place, but this is potentially very good news for Allen County,” county Commissioner Nelson Peters said yesterday.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the proposed expansion was related to the announced closure of a pickup truck plant in Pontiac, Mich., one of several GM has announced will close as part of its bankruptcy reorganization.

GM has invested more than $1 billion in the 2.7 million-square-foot plant in Fort Wayne since it opened in 1986.

United Auto Workers Local 2209 President Orval Plumlee said the possible investment could “guarantee the plant’s future for years to come and eventually create jobs in the area.”

Let’s see ~ what acronym would we potentially designate to our friends up north in Fort Wayne…hmmm

*NOTE*

Mine is a long0time TWO GM owning household and I

was a Supervisor at Ford Motor Co for 5 years…

Google CONTINUES to amaze us…

This is so incredible and amazing…frankly…it’s kinda spooky.

Brought to you courtesy of the same 2 brothers that brought us a little program called ‘Google Maps’ – perhaps you’ve heard of it?

:’)     WOW!!!

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