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ANSI accredits Microsoft and IHMM certification programs.

October 19, 2009

Microsoft and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) have been granted accreditation under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, joining 27 other accredited credentialing bodies under ANSI. Accreditations include Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator and Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator. Professional accreditations by IHMM include Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner. Read More

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NAM Official says CO<sub>2</sub> capture project will boost economy.

October 19, 2009

United States intends to have technology for coal-fired power stations to capture and store CO2 emissions ready for commercial deployment within decade, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. In response to Chu's statement, Keith McCoy of NAM said that building large-scale, near-zero-emissions power plants will support continued economic viability of nation's manufacturing base, create high-wage sustainable jobs, and improve global environment. Read More

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Market Outlook Report show US sales increase, Canadian decrease.

October 19, 2009

According to August 2009 data released by PTDA, sales for US manufacturers increased by 10.7% in August 2009 compared to July 2009 while those for Canadian manufacturers dropped 6.6%. Year to year sales were down for both countries: 30.6% for US and 23.8% for Canada. Confidence in the Canadian market, measured on 1-10 scale from least to most optimistic, fell by 0.4 from last month to 4.1. US confidence held current negative position of 4.7 for its second consecutive month. Read More

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PTDA to hold Executive Development Conference in Arizona.

October 19, 2009

Themed "Innovations in Sales and Sales Management," 4th annual Executive Development Conference will take place March 5-6, 2010, at Phoenix Marriott Mesa. It will focus on skills for distributor and manufacturer sales managers such as coaching, conducting effective sales meetings, and creating sales proposals that sell. Event will include annual winter Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council, and committee meetings and networking opportunities for more than 75 association members. Read More

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FDA Expert to deliver keynote address for online conference.

October 19, 2009

FDA's Jay Crowley, senior advisor for patient safety, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will deliver keynote address for Track and Trace Virtual Trade Show on December 2. Addressing "The Upside of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) Mandate," he will outline need for medical device traceability and what healthcare community needs to know to be ready. The address will include practical ways device manufacturers, healthcare providers, and patients will be affected by changes. Read More

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A&WMA issues call for abstracts for MEGA Symposium.

October 19, 2009

A&WMA, EPRI, USEPA, and U.S. DOE have issued Call for Abstracts for 8th MEGA Symposium, August 30 - September 2, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Abstracts of 150 words or less must be submitted by January 11, 2010, and should summarize results and demonstrate technical depth of proposed paper. Symposium will showcase latest development and operational experience with air pollution controls from fossil-fired power plants and examine methods for reducing hazardous air pollutant emissions. Read More

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ANSI releases 2008-2009 Annual Report.

October 16, 2009

Entitled "A Pattern of Success", report informs stakeholders of ANSI's key initiatives and accomplishments over past year. It also documents financial activities of Institute during same period. Report was delivered to members during ANSI's annual business meeting, held on October 7, 2009, as part of the World Standards Week series of events. Read More

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PCB Production Report tells of flat growth in 2008.

October 16, 2009

According to World PCB Production and Laminate Market Report, worldwide production of printed circuit boards was flat in 2008, climbing 1% over 2007 to $50.8 billion. China's share of PCB production continued to grow in 2008 to 31.4% of world production, while most other countries' shares either held steady or declined. Japan is second biggest producer with 22.5%. North American and European PCB production declined slightly, holding 8% and 7% shares, respectively, in 2008. Read More

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Free Online Training Course offered to all PTDA members.

October 15, 2009

Employees of power transmission/motion control distributor and manufacturer members of PTDA have access to one PT Interactive Online course of their choice. To deliver multi-media, interactive product training experience, PT Interactive Online combines knowledge from Power Transmission Handbook as well as video and graphics of Product Training DVD Series. Web-based series includes 14 independent, product-specific courses that let any employer design customized training program. Read More

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New Chairman Appointed at annual conference in Las Vegas.

October 15, 2009

During their annual Management Conference and Exhibition banquet on October 7, American Trucking Associations (ATA) Board of Directors named G. Tommy Hodges as Chairman. Hodges' speech to the Board and conference attendees recognized the service of his predecessor and encouraged ATA members to become more engaged in the industry. In addition to speaking about new regulations, the address also emphasized highway reauthorization. Read More

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Highway Safety Program visits Las Vegas Auto Show.

October 15, 2009

As part of the ATA's national Share the Road highway safety tour, professional truck drivers delivered life-saving highway driving tips at the Las Vegas Auto Show. The program demonstrated to drivers how to share the road safely with large trucks and allowed reporters to view road from a truck driver's perspective. Attendees could also learn differences between how cars and large trucks operate on highways. Read More

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Algae Biofuel Producers give status update at BIO conference.

October 15, 2009

Achievements and challenges in bringing algae biofuels and chemicals to the marketplace will be presented at BIO's 2009 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, which will be held November 8-11 in Honolulu, HI. Presentations will cover diverse topics, including international developments in algae commercialization, integration of technologies to capture the value of renewable hydrocarbons, and challenges in algae conversion of CO2. Read More

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BIO disagrees with gene patent recommendations.

October 15, 2009

BIO has provided comments to Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society regarding its draft report on "Gene Patenting and Licensing and Their Impact on Patient Access to Genetic Tests." Report makes several recommendations that would restrict ability to obtain or undermine enforceability of patents and exclusive licenses with respect to genetic tests. According to BIO, proposed changes would risk U.S. global leadership in research and development and harm patients. Read More

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STA announces SAS Advanced Connectivity Roadmap.

October 15, 2009

SCSI Trade Association is introducing Serial Attached SCSI Advanced Connectivity Roadmap, which previews connectivity advances to support future SAS growth in the enterprise. SAS connectivity benefits will apply to mid-range and large data centers and will improve all aspects of connectivity and ease of operation. As part of announcement, STA is promoting converged Mini-SAS High-Density standard connector, which will support data scaling to 12 Gb/s. Read More

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BIO Commends withdrawal of harmful restrictive rules.

October 15, 2009

David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), was commended for his decision to withdraw proposed rules restricting continuation and claims practice. Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, heralded the action as "a positive sign that the new Administration wants to work in a constructive manner with the patent applicant community to address the serious challenges facing the PTO." Read More

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NACD Outlines Concerns on chemical security legislation.

October 15, 2009

Outlining several concerns, a letter has been sent to House Energy and Commerce Committee in preparation for October 14 House Energy and Environment Subcommittee mark-up of H.R. 2868 - the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act. The letter supports giving DHS permanent authority to implement Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards. However, it notes that changes included in H.R. 2868 are premature and that full implementation and evaluation are needed before changing requirements. Read More

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ASHRAE to act as supporting sponsor of 2009 Solar Decathlon.

October 15, 2009

Sponsored by Department of Energy, 2009 Solar Decathlon is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students complete to design, build, and operate most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. As supporting sponsor, ASHRAE will host workshops examining net-zero-energy buildings and sustainable home design. ASHRAE has also made available a variety of resources to student teams such as HVAC Simplified, ASHRAE GreenGuide, and ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2007. Read More

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Logistics Teams honored with Secretary of Defense Award.

October 14, 2009

BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and their service partners were recognized with fifth annual Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Awards. Developed by the Defense Department, Defense Acquisition University, and AIA, awards recognize excellence in providing warfighters with exceptional operational capability through PBL agreements and are made to system, sub-system, and component teams. Read More

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NAM Economist sees opportunity in improving trade data.

October 14, 2009

Department of Commerce report shows U.S. trade deficit declined to $30.7 billion as exports rose to $128 billion in August. According to NAM Chief Economist, David Huether, export growth will be important for economic performance. OECD's Composite leading indicator improved in August for 6th consecutive month, signaling economic recoveries for most major trading partners. Huether stressed opportunities for U.S. exports and that Congress should approve FTAs with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Read More

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Nominations are Open for Biotech Humanitarian Award.

October 14, 2009

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that nominations for its second annual Biotech Humanitarian Award are currently being accepted. Ultimately, the award is given to an individual who has begun to help heal, fuel, or feed the planet through work in or support of biotechnology. Work is honored that aims to reduce human suffering or enhance human experience in ways that offer clear and direct benefits to society. Read More