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AEM urges conferees to reach agreement on transportation bill.

June 20, 2012

AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement after attending Transportation Construction Coalition fly-in and meeting with Members of Congress on both sides of aisle to urge swift action on transportation bill. In statement, Slater expressed that after 1,000 days, 9 extensions, and approaching June 30th deadline, he was pleased that bipartisan group of members are working in Congress to finally get long-term highway bill passed, since manufacturers depend on strong infrastructure system. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending was down 0.7% in April.

June 20, 2012

According to June 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.7% to $558.33 billion in April on seasonally adjusted annualized basis but is up 7.1% from April 2011. "With the U.S. economy decelerating for a third consecutive spring/summer," commented ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "the forward looking indicators are no longer positive, implying that nonresidential construction momentum will continue to languish." Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment dips to 14.2% in May 2012.

June 20, 2012

While U.S. construction industry lost 28,000 jobs in May, unemployment rate fell to 14.2% - down from 14.5% in April 2012 and 16.3% in May 2011 - according to the June 1 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. "While the construction industry unemployment rate did drop," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "it's likely an indication that many construction workers have either found jobs in other industries, or have simply vanished from the workforce." Read More

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Mass Settlement halts welding fume lawsuits.

June 20, 2012

According to Welding and Gases Today Online, steering committees for parties in Welding Fume MDL have reached global settlement resolving nearly all welding fume cases pending in state or federal courts. In exchange for dismissing their lawsuits and releasing all manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of welding fume products from liability, participating plaintiffs will be eligible to receive payments from settlement pool being funded by welding rod manufacturers. Read More

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EPRI Releases EV fast charger demonstration results.

June 20, 2012

In February 2012 at its Knoxville, TN laboratory, EPRI demonstrated first prototype 2.4 kV, 45 kVA-based, solid-state, direct-current (DC) fast charging technology for electric vehicles. Using Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV, EPRI demonstrated charging and communication capabilities of Utility Direct Fast Charger technology with EV battery management systems. UI and web-based mobile data collection system were also included in demonstration. Read More

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Sponsorship Opportunities available for World Standards Week.

June 20, 2012

ANSI invites all interested organizations to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities for World Standards Week 2012, Oct 9-12. Sponsors not only support voluntary standardization community, but also gain recognition and benefits. Four tiers of sponsorship packages are available. Depending on sponsorship level, benefits include complimentary admission to WSW events, distribution of promotional material to attendees, color print and web advertising, and premiere signage. Read More

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Comments Sought on proposed forensic analysis standard.

June 20, 2012

Standards Australia (SA), Australian member body to ISO, submitted proposal for International Standard on minimizing risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyze biological material for forensic DNA purposes. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by July 27, 2012. Proposed work item would set particular criteria around which consumables used in forensic DNA collection and analysis should be manufactured. Read More

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North American PM Industry experienced universal growth.

June 20, 2012

According to Metal Powder Industries Federation President Matthew Bulger, North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry has built on growth momentum from last year in all materials, process, and market sectors. In comment at PowderMet2012, Bulger elaborated that past 2 years suggests sustainable industry recovery. He also noted 2012 began on positive note, with rising confidence levels, and also called to mind need for experienced production workers and PM engineering professionals. Read More