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Barriers to entry increase
manufacturer’s appeal

The overwhelming request by buyers in today’s merger-and-acquisition marketplace is for a manufacturing company. More specifically, buyers want to acquire a profitable manufacturer, one with proprietary products, stable technology and a diverse customer base. To protect their investment, business buyers ...

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Educational initiatives glam
up manufacturing

W ith summer just around the bend, most kids are thinking of the beach, the sun, the mall and, oh yeah, that summer job. They probably are not thinking about career possibilities. But eventually parents, guidance counselors and teachers will ...

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Manufacturing:
Samples in a Snap

In the early 1970s, Lawn-Boy lawn- mower manufacturer Outboard Marine Corp. came out with a honey of a machine. It included features then unheard of– solid-state ignition, for example–a year or so ahead of Chrysler Corp.’s introduction of the feature ...

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Business & the Law: A future built on the past

By ANN FOX Grover Cleveland was president, only four passenger cars were registered in the entire country, and television was far-out science fiction back in 1895 when 23 eager students began the study of law in rented rooms in downtown ...

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To our ancestors, a
work ethic meant something

A while back, I wrote a story about the culture of overwork, about why we’ve become a society consumed by the image–if not the substance–of hard work. It was written in the wake of Juliet Schor’s groundbreaking best seller, “The ...

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Welfare reform’s work
requirements a mixed bag

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. The name is deceptively innocuous. Few people would argue the merits of responsibility or work. But then again, few people would argue the need for welfare reform. With its mandatory-work requirements, however, ...

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Kodak Xerox
drop on 500 list

Two of Rochester’s biggest employers slipped on this year’s Fortune 500 list, released by Fortune magazine earlier this week. With revenues last year of $15.97 billion, Eastman Kodak Co. fell to 72nd from 67th the year before. Xerox Corp. dropped ...

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Manufacturers
settle case

The families of two deceased Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. workers, and one surviving ex-RG&E employee, have been awarded more than $500,000 for asbestos-related ills. The award came through a settlement before trial with several manufacturers, said attorney Joseph Rinere ...

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URMC expands
transplant program

The University of Rochester Medical Center is expanding its transplantation program, adding pediatric liver transplants and a procedure called split-liver transplantation. The move coincides with the recruiting of Luis Mieles M.D., a specialist in the procedure, from the University of ...

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Managed-care incentives
unhealthy for system

–Hippocrates)The images are everywhere, if you care to look for them. Time. Newsweek. Consumer Reports. CNN. “60 Minutes.” The Wall Street Journal. Bloomberg Business News. Images of the medical profession under siege. Doctors under contractual gag orders. Managed-care insurance plans ...

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Simon School health care
MBA strikes a chord

There are just a select few around the country. And now the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration has joined the ranks of educational institutions including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University and Duke ...

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Hospital consortiums keep
local cooperation alive

“Clearly the hospitals recognize the need to work together, which ultimately helps them cut costs and operate more efficiently,” says Diane Ashley, acting president and CEO of the Rochester Regional Hospital Association. “The willingness to work as partners in providing ...

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Physical therapy booming
business with many angles

The physical-therapy business is booming, both locally and nationwide. The main reason is a shift from longer hospital stays to outpatient procedures, or to a short inpatient stay combined with extensive follow-up care, physical therapists say. The physical-therapy discipline also ...

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Health Care: Holistic health care

A year ago, three of Dr. Howard Beckman’s patients with chronic back pain told him they were feeling better. But their relief was not due to any treatments Beckman had prescribed. All three patients had reached the end of their ...

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Did Congress get it right
on the ’96 Telecom Act?

Well, it is time to decide if the Telecommunications Act of 1996 works. It is time to say whether Congress got it right. I gave last year’s legislation a year to percolate, and the verdict is in on its success: ...

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