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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday: News Recap August 21, 2014

If you have been reading the W.L. May Blog but haven't checked us out on FacebookTwitter or Google+, you may not be getting the whole story. We use all of those social media outlets to share news stories that relate to our industry as well as appliance tips we have found from other sources. Here is a recap of some of the top stories we have seen lately. A lot has been happening so without further ado:

This week, we start by looking at appliance manufacturers who have been in the news recently:
  • The big news in the appliance world since our last recap, was the announcement that GE was looking for buyers of its appliance division. LINK
  • Quirky, an Internet startup that has existing ties to GE was reportedly in talks to buy their appliance business. LINK
  • Electrolux is another possible buyer for the GE appliance division. LINK
  • Some more background on Quirky and its founder. LINK
  • The Washington Posts looks into WHY GE is trying to sell their appliance division. LINK
  • In a non-GE story, a partnership between Proctor and Gamble and Whirlpool gives us the Swash, a home "clothes freshening" device. LINK
  • Workers at the Roper factory have concerns about the possible sale of GE's appliance division. LINK

We found several articles that might be of interest to those of you who love all thing appliances:
  • Just because you can, doesn't mean you should...From China, we give you, washing machine soup! (That's right, SOUP not SOAP) LINK
  • A dorm fridge for the Star Trek fan. Don't expect parts for this little wonder. LINK
Sometimes, the links we post are related to technology, business or happenings on the Internet:
  • Why does my motor have an inverter board? This article answers the question. Its from the Philippines, so prices are in pesos and the government regulations vary, but the technology is the same. LINK
  • An entry in the Electrolux design competition introduced the idea of robot fish for cleaning laundry. LINK
  • GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt spoke recently at a Christian leadership conference. This post lists many of the points he made in his presentation. Some good management and leadership insight, as well as look into the mind of the head (for now) of one of the largest American appliance makers. LINK
We close with a story that is just for fun:
  • A washing machine breakdown drives this reporter to go shopping for a new model. in the words of Joni Mitchell, "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got til it's gone." LINK
  • Even a cat wants the dishes to come out of the dishwasher clean-and it has advice on that! LINK
What do you think is the big story? Let us know in the comment section. And if we have missed any important appliance news, please share with us in the comments section as well.

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