Archive for December 13th, 2012

Graduation day has arrived for the first 26 Ohio students in the Kennametal Foundation’s Young Engineers Program, an initiative by the metalworking supplier to develop a manufacturing workforce for the future. The inaugural class from Solon High School participated in hands-on projects and classroom discussions led by mentors from Kennametal’s research, development and engineering team. Read more

Credit: Joe Sullivan

The U.S. chemicals industry is expected to post strong growth in the coming year despite numerous concerns about the global economy and a struggling domestic market, with gains driven largely by the boom in natural gas production. Read more


Enterprising industrial businesses can ride the cleantech wave. Credit: Ricka Mayangsari.

The cleantech industry too often gets a bad rap among manufacturers. Critics say the sector has a high concentration of start-ups. Many technologies lack infrastructure. There is a perception that much of cleantech is unproven and stuck in a developmental stage. Still others see the industry as capitalizing on environmental regulations.

This view of cleantech is not an honest one, though. Certainly the green energy sector has had some misses, particularly in the past two years. But there is much more to cleantech than renewable energy. Industrial businesses that step back and see the real value of cleantech will quickly realize that, while the industry faces challenges, there are innumerable opportunities to “ride the wave” and build their businesses. These opportunities go beyond selling into new markets, and include cost savings, efficiencies and improved bottom lines. Read more

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