July 2015

Products shine at NRHSA
Manufacturers don’t tout product premieres as they used to at trade shows, but we found a few up-and-comers in Las Vegas
When it's all in the family
Mom and pop’s business may be long-standing, but it won’t stand long if you don’t treat non-related staff equally and professionally
"Good" debt can help grow your business
Not all debt is bad. Managed wisely, borrowed funds can be a useful tool for any business. But with debt comes risk.
Commentary: It's time to go mobile
Can we get young people into model railroading? Manufacturers will never know if they don’t market to them by phone.
Lincoln Logs production returns to U.S.
For the first time in 50 years, Lincoln Logs will be manufactured in the U.S. Now part of the K'NEX family of brands, Lincoln Log sets were developed in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright, second son of Ameri...
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Rapido Trains donates $20K in memory of Leonard Nimoy
Rapido Trains, Inc., of Markham, Ont., has made a donation of $20,315 to the Breathing as One campaign of the Canadian Lung Association in memory of actor Leonard Nimoy. The money came from a silent ...
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Airfix crowdfunds nostalgia with KitStarter
One of the great pioneers in the earliest days of plastic kits, Airfix emerged from World War II to lead the way toward a boom in scale modeling with 1:72 airplanes and a variety of historical subject...
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Consumer confidence rises along with wages, jobs
In early June, consumer confidence recovered to what it was at the beginning of 2015, a study at the University of Michigan says. The confidence index jumped up 3.9 points from May, from 90.7 to 94....
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End of the line for Weaver Models
Weaver Models, makers of O-scale trains and Scalecoat model railroad paint, will be closing its doors as of June 29. The Northumberland, Pa., model railroad manufacturer was founded in 1965 as Qualit...
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Wholesale inventories increase, small-business optimism rises
The U.S. Commerce Department released data on June 9 that indicated U.S. wholesale inventories rose 0.4 percent in April, twice the 0.2 percent that had been expected. Inventories of durable goods, in...
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Job openings hit record high in April, hiring surges in May
Job openings hit a record high in April, suggesting employers are having trouble finding and retaining workers. Economists say those trends should support wages. The U.S. Department of Labor reported...
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White Castle testifies on federal labor law
The federal Fair and Labor Standards Act (FLSA) should be modernized, White Castle vice president Jamie Richardson told a congressional panel today. Richardson testified before a hearing of the House ...
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Colorado senator introduces PORTS Act
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) has introduced a bill that would amend the federal Taft-Hartley Act to allow governors to intervene in port labor disputes. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is co-sponsoring ...
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Cryptozoic broadens alliance with PSI
Augmenting its relationship with Publisher Services, Inc., Cryptozoic announced PSI will be handling new and international accounts in addition to the existing specific sales of Cryptozoic products in...
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