Friday, February 08, 2002

Morning Memo

Hot tips and news to start your business day

Today's Number: 50

        Percentage of Americans who say they trust the company they work for, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

— The Cincinnati Enquirer

Today's Mover

        • Richard P. Homan has been named manager of the Cincinnati business unit of Turner Construction Co. Mr. Homan has been with Turner since 1981 and has been manager of Cincinnati's special projects division since 1993. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in civil-environmental engineering. — Shirley Dees

Today's Career Talk

        Wonder how you can improve your sales-close ratio? Look at body language and react, suggests Marion Luna Brem in The 7 Greatest Truths About Successful Women: How You Can Achieve Financial Independence, Professional Freedom and Personal Joy. “Reading body language is much more than just looking at the way someone's arms are crossed or the way they're holding their fingers,” she says. Look for subtle clues: the way someone turns down the corners of his mouth, how he releases a small sigh or the way he shifts his weight in a chair.

— John Eckberg

Today's Money Tip

        Be careful about protecting your identity. Nearly one of five Americans experiences credit card or identity fraud during a year, according to a survey by BAIGlobal Inc. of Tarrytown, N.Y., a market-research firm.

— Amy Higgins

Today's Company: Hi-Tek Manufacturing

        Clean Machining: In 1980, Cletis Jackson and Jack Cross started a contract machining and precision-component manufacturing company. Their venture, called SystemEDM, was based on the use of electrical discharge machining. As it continued to embrace new technologies it spawned Hi-Tek Manufacturing. The two companies merged in 1990 as the enterprise moved to a 42,000-square-foot facility in Mason.

        Touting Turbines: The company's gas-turbine production first focused on the needs of the aerospace industry, but as that business declined in the 1990s, Hi-Tek sought other industries that needed its talents. It has found increasing demand in the field of gas-power generation.

        Growing With Computers: Hi-Tek's plant has expanded to 95,000 square feet, reflecting a more than 25 percent annual growth over the past two years. The company continues to employ EDM and laser machining along with other new computer-driven technologies.

— Jenny Callison



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