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Nov 1, 2016

I hope this finds you well and busy. As part of our busyness, we sometimes forget about safety. I have attended several rail and logistics conferences in the last few years and had always heard "we want to send our employees home the same way they came into work." Recently they have changed the saying to " we want to send our employees home better than when they came in."

I think it speaks to the understanding that employers continue to realize that their "employees" are the most important asset they... Read More

Oct 28, 2016

At the recent TMCN Annual Meeting in Abilene, Eliska Smith, TSTC Provost gave a presentation on education, workforce and education debt. She also showed a 9 minute video from Youtube. Go to Youtube and check out the video "Success in the new Economy"

Hope you enjoy the video.

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Oct 14, 2016

You may have heard the TST Inc (aluminum smelting) company closed it's Sweetwater location. They are in the process of having an action for the remaining equipment.

Here is the link to the Auction flyer. The action will take place Wednesday, October 26th starting at 10;00 am. Inspection will take place on Tuesday, October 25th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and the morning of the auction.

The plant location is at Texas TST Inc, #13 Industrial St, Sweetwater, TX

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Oct 14, 2016

Fair Labor Standards Act - Overtime Rules Update

As you may or may not have heard, the FLSA overtime rules are changing and go into effect December 1, 2016. Below is a basic overview of the new regulations. Basically, anyone making under $47,476.00 a year and is on salary, will now be subject to overtime pay.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published monumental changes to the overtime rule that will make approximately 4.2 million currently exempt employees eligible for overtime pay later this... Read More

Oct 3, 2016

Amazon's "Career Choice" education program.

I recently attended a workforce/education meeting in Austin. One of the panelist was Juan Garcia, Director of Global Associate Development for Amazon. His presentation was about Amazon's "Career Choice" education program. Amazon has decided to "open source" the program to allow any other company to use what they designed ..... for free!

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Sep 30, 2016

This is an email I rec'd about the upcoming 60X30TX Workshop to be held in Lubbock on Wednesday, October 5th.

Mitchell, Mary Mary.Mitchell@thecb.state.tx.us via thecb.onmicrosoft.com 11:03 AM (39 minutes ago) to Mary

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Sep 29, 2016

OPEC Agrees to First Oil Output Cut in Eight Years

By Grant Smith, Angelina Rascouet, Wael Mahdi



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Sep 28, 2016

Just a quick update from the manufacturing side of business. Most of you realize that you represent the "foundation" for our community. Manufacturing in the US may have fallen with hopes of picking back up. In Nolan County, manufacturing is "alive and well" as we have very strong companies and even better yet, we have very strong leadership in our manufacturing sector companies.

We have recently had a few leadership changes in the plant manager side of "2" of our businesses.

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