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2013 State of the Industry

February 1, 2013

Steady but slow economic recovery characterized the industry in 2012. By Jeff Rasmussen The economic recovery across the globe continues, but at a weakened pace. Growth in U.S. GDP was up slightly at about 2 percent in 2012, compared to 1.8 percent in 2011. The small increase in GDP was accompanied by an uptick in …

Planning a successful succession

An effective succession plan encourages a smooth management transition while minimizing transfer taxes. By Mark E. Battersby Sooner or later, everyone contemplates retirement. For those who own a closely-held or family specialty fabrics business, retirement is more than just a matter of deciding not to go to work any more. In addition to ensuring there …

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Opportunities and challenges for geosynthetics

Geosynthetics are an important part of the growing oil and gas industry. By Glen Knopp Oil and natural gas production (O & G) is a fast-growing segment of both the U.S. economy and the geosynthetic materials markets. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits have opened up large new oil and gas exploration plays …