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Welcome to the mid-February 2012 edition of our eNewsletter.
As I work on this newsletter while traveling home from a business trip to Europe, the flight attendant's words echo with economic parallel. "The captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. We are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please return to your seats and keep your seat belts fastened."
Unemployment is down but so is consumer confidence. Hiring is on the rise as is instability in the Middle East. In the US, we navigate through yet another election year, which can stagnate the waters of recovery with a "wait and see" attitude. Holy cow! How about some slow and steady growth with a bit of predictably?
A rollercoaster ride to be sure I am more optimistic that I may sound. Many clients and colleagues are reporting positive trends of increased positioning systems adoption, which of course translates to increased sales. I hope our newsletter and magazine will provide you with a valuable knowledge base as you explore 3D machine control.
In this issue, we have four new articles from our esteemed authors. Subjects include tips on how to find government contracts, data sharing (very important!) and success stories of how companies are solving problems and growing their businesses with 3D machine control.
As always, I hope you enjoy this newsletter! Please stay tuned, visiting us often as we update the website daily. Please drop me a line if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information. I personally read every email!
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Randy Noland
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