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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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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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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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Plastics Producer SABIC agrees to reduce harmful air pollution.

June 20, 2012

SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC, and its subsidiary, SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon, LLC, have agreed to pay civil penalty of approximately $1 million and improve leak detection and repair practices to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act at chemical manufacturing facilities in Mt. Vernon, IN. and Burkville, AL. Emissions of hazardous air pollutants from leaking equipment may cause serious health effects including cancer, reproductive issues, and birth defects. Read More

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NAM Warns of Negative Impacts from EPA's proposed NAAQS.

June 19, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called scope and impact of proposed new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) released by EPA "troubling." Citing current 8.2% unemployment, Timmons said manufacturers "can't afford this new standard," especially given its strict nature and the stalling economy. "The end result," according to Timmons, would be "a devastating impact on our economy and job creation." Read More

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NFPA Introduces standards for graphical symbols, O-rings.

June 19, 2012

Available form NFPA, ISO 1219-1:2012: Fluid power systems and components -- Graphical symbols and circuit diagrams -- Part 1: Graphical symbols for conventional use and data-processing applications specifies rules for devising fluid power symbols for use on components and in circuit diagrams. Also available, ISO 3601-1:2012: Fluid power systems - O-rings - Part 1: Inside diameters, cross-sections, tolerances and designation codes applies to general industrial and aerospace applications. Read More

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Metal Powder Society names Dornish, Donaldson as Fellows.

June 19, 2012

APMI International named Ian Donaldson, director, research and development North America and materials engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, and Al Dornish, consultant with Northern Precision Materials, to 2012 Class of Fellows. With over 30 years of PM experience, Donaldson distinguished himself as expert in materials with strong engineering background. APMI International member for 30+ years, Dornish spent near 55 years in PM industry and touched upon almost every facet therein. Read More

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ASTM International presents Award of Merit to Lance R. Lewand.

June 19, 2012

Lance R. Lewand, director of Insulating Materials Laboratory at Doble Engineering Co., Watertown, MA, has received Award of Merit and title of fellow from ASTM International Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases. A member of ASTM since 1989, Lewand works on several D27 subcommittees and is chairman of Subcommittee D27.06 on Chemical Test. He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he received a bachelor's degree in biology. Read More