Archive for September, 2012

Pivoting a City: Can Startups Help More Than Themselves? | The Atlantic

by Alexis Madrigal

Pittsburgh has proven fertile soil for new companies, but the startup mentality may meet its match in a real town’s legacy problems. 

Pittsburgh is a great place to investigate the possibilities of a start-up led urban resurgence because of all the cities between the coast and Chicago, it’s the one that’s farthest along the path towards techdom. It’s got a world-leading research institution that focuses on artificial intelligence. Because the steel mills collapsed so quickly and so thoroughly, its leaders were forced to put together a long-term plan for the city’s future. (more…)

Mondragon International’s “Multi-Localization” Study | Presented to London School of Economics

As a practicing modern manufacturing antidote, Mondragon, a closely studied and emulated global “doing well by doing good” industrial worker cooperative multinational with a 55-year track record, has released a new “multi-localization” analysis that turns traditional zero-sum outsourcing and off-shoring practices on their nefarious heads. The Mondragon international “multi-localization” model built on Mondragon’s respected “one worker, one vote” principles demonstrates that locating factories overseas both increases and upgrades domestic employment. Additionally, this approach results in more profits for those multi-located cooperative enterprises to the benefit of the workers involved provided those workers operate and function as owners of their enterprises. (more…)

Solar firm targets steady growth | Toledo Blade

Job fair for veterans seeks staff for plant under way in Napoleon


NAPOLEON — The solar-panel machinery inside Isofoton USA’s sprawling Napoleon facility is spaced out like giant puzzle pieces.

Machines are arranged in a line across the length of the former warehouse. Some of the equipment is ready to be strung together, while other pieces are positioned for the delivery of more machinery.

A few of the solar-panel manufacturer’s 12 employees tended to the equipment Friday, getting things ready for the company’s December ramp-up deadline.

“It’s like solar world around here,” said Michael Peck, chairman of Isofoton USA, who was in Napoleon on Friday for a veterans job fair being held by the company. (more…)

Red, White and Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs | DBL Investors

September 2012—a new white paper from DBL Shows Red States Lead in Green Job Growth

Clean tech may cre­ate a highly par­ti­san debate in Wash­ing­ton D.C., but in the rest of coun­try, it cre­ates jobs. A new report exam­ines the sharp con­trasts between polit­i­cal rhetoric and on-the-ground real­ity, and shows that red states – not blue states – are lead­ing clean tech or “green job” growth.

The report, “Red, White and Green: The True Col­ors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs” authored by Nancy Pfund, Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Investors and Michael Lazar, a Yale Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate stu­dent, demon­strates the grow­ing impor­tance of the clean tech indus­try in both red and blue states, and espe­cially in swing states. (more…)

Ohio Veterans Job Fair for Friday, September 7th, 2012

The global leader in solar solutions will open its factory in Napoleon in November 2012

Napoleon, Ohio, August 28, 2012 – In light of the forthcoming opening of its factory in Napoleon, Ohio in November, ISOFOTON North America (INA), global leader in solar solutions, is pleased to announce an INA Flyer Final for September 7, 2012. The job fair will start promptly at 9 a.m. at the Henry County Office Complex at 1853 Oakwood Avenue, Napoleon, Ohio 43545. (more…)


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