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Scholars help rescue a factory

"He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." So goes the infamous putdown of academics. Well, some professors at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa really can. The scholars and their students have come to the rescue of a local General Motors carburetor assembly plant where 200 workers were about to lose their jobs. The automotive giant, frustrated with operating deficits at its Rochester Products Division factory, had planned to close it down. But the academics came up with a number of cost-cutting ideas that helped stem the...

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