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FMA elects new members and officers.

November 2, 2009

At annual meeting, FMA elected Jeffrey Knauf, president of Medalist Laserfab, Inc.; Carlos Mendizabal-Perez, VP of Industrias Selbor SA DE CV; Paul Russo, VP of George A. Mitchell Company; and Ed Severson, senior metallurgist/process engineer of Wilson Tool International to board of directors. Current board members John Koschwanez, VP of Independence Tube Corporation's Marseilles Division, and Tom Nederpel, consultant with VGAN, Inc. were elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Read More

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AASHTO Report highlights smart transportation improvements.

November 2, 2009

Highlighting 50 projects nationwide, "Smart Solutions: 50 Ways America Just Got Better" documents smart transportation solutions by state transportation departments. This report, released by AASHTO, takes into account projects that were entered in competition to find America's best projects and delivered on-time, on-budget, and with innovative management. Featured projects from 33 states demonstrate breadth of successful transportation investments. Read More

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AEM President stresses need for highway infrastructure bill.

November 2, 2009

Dennis Slater, President of AEM, says highway bill would provide money for infrastructure improvements in MN, where 76% of urban roadways are congested during peak travel times. Slater also says $65 billion will be needed over 20 yr for infrastructure, but MN DOT estimates just 15% will be available. With fully funded bill, support for construction projects, contractors, and thousands of jobs would be provided. Legislative deadline for bill is set for October 31. Read More

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AWWA to host webcast on water industry events.

November 2, 2009

Water in Washington in 2009 Webcast will feature AWWA staff who will decipher past year's events at EPA and Congress and provide their forecasts for 2010. Presenters will include Tom Curtis, Alan Roberson, and Tommy Holmes of AWWA. Webcast will cover impact on water community from Congressional and legislative developments, funding water infrastructure in challenging economic times, chemical security proposals, and more. Read More

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NADCA's New Web Site Design improves navigation.

October 30, 2009

In addition to easier navigation, NADCA's web site features updated news system, calendar program that includes all NADCA events, and new advertising system. Web site connects visitors to NADCA resources, and especially helps connect NADCA members to benefits they receive from association. Additional features include information on die casting, marketing, company directories, events, memberships, government affairs, education, technology, and publications. Read More

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Partnership Formed to inform kids of water health benefits.

October 30, 2009

Partnering with LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program, ACC launched Go H2O! campaign to educate children and their families about importance of drinking water for healthy living as well as reducing waste by reusing/recycling more plastics. ACC will provide LA's BEST students with reusable water bottles, challenging them to habitually carry water bottles and drink water instead of sugary drinks. At campaign's end, participants will receive books and sports supplies from ACC. Read More

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MHEDA Journal focuses on manufacturer-distributor relations.

October 30, 2009

Fourth Quarter 2009 issue of The MHEDA Journal covers strategies to improve relationship between material handling equipment manufacturers and distributors. Eight MHEDA Member manufacturers each give pointers on most important aspects of distributor-manufacturer partnerships. Some suggestions include listening to each other, creating dialog and providing early alerts on prospective projects, and thinking beyond norm to develop creative solutions. Read More

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Laurie Maxson receives 2009 Outstanding Partner Award.

October 30, 2009

Laurie Maxson, a teacher and Career and Technical Education Director for Project Lead The Way® has been named recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Partner Award, which honors her for her ability to balance educational needs of young people, Generation Y, with complex challenges facing industry in its need for technically savvy workforce. Serving as conduit between both entities, her involvement has helped to secure financial support and in-kind donations from various organizations. Read More

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Joint Program furthers work protecting ozone.

October 30, 2009

ASHRAE and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched The First Annual Cooperation Work Plan to reduce emissions and encourage energy-efficient refrigeration and A/C systems and building designs. It set goals/timelines for phasing out ozone-depleting refrigerants and managing ozone-depleting substance refrigerant banks. ASHRAE will support UNEP's ozone literacy course as well as provide lecturers to present achievements in non-ozone depleting refrigeration technology. Read More

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AHR Expo Sessions assist contractors in construction management.

October 30, 2009

Scheduled for Jan 25-27, 2010 AHR Expo will include Construction Management session, which will address whether systems commissioning will improve contractors' ability to perform well, and preconstruction management basics for mechanical engineers and contractors on design-build/design-assist projects. Another session, Cost/Benefit Analysis Methodology and Tools Needed by Owners, will provide an understanding of high-performance building cost-benefit analysis with focus on LEED rating system. Read More

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Honorable Al Gore to deliver keynote at BIO convention.

October 29, 2009

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will include keynote address by former VP and climate change activist Al Gore, who will focus on environment, healthcare reform, and other pressing global issues with emphasis on biotechnology's role in addressing these challenges. Since his earliest days in U.S. Congress, Al Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting threat of global warming and received Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts. Read More

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NIST Method facilitates pnuemonia vaccine testing.

October 29, 2009

NIST scientists improved efficiency of a pneumonia vaccine testing method developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The open-source software, NIST's Integrated Colony Enumerator (NICE), takes a digital image that has been loaded into a computer and counts colonies grown from single pneumococcal cells. Windows®-based solution works on images from digital cameras and flatbed scanners, obtaining results with only mean difference of 3% from manual counting method. Read More

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FAA updates SQMS assessment tools.

October 29, 2009

FAA's National Simulator Program (NSP) has modified its Internet site with updated Simulator Quality Management System (SQMS) assessment tools. Updated files include Tables E.2, E.4, E.7A, and E.7B, while Tables D.8 and D.9 were also modified for NSP authorized discrepancy prioritization system in accordance with Part 60. Modifications are primarily error corrections as well as changes made to address industry concerns. Read More

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ASHRAE Headquarters receives highest LEED certification.

October 28, 2009

ASHRAE Headquarters, located in Atlanta, GA, received LEED Platinum Certification in New Construction 2.2 rating system. While originally built to provide healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for its staff, the 34,500 ft² office building also helps confirm ASHRAE's commitment to supporting sustainable environments. Renovation took into consideration concerns such as energy use, heat island reduction, water efficient landscaping, material reuse, and water use reduction. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference to focus on humidity and indoor environments.

October 28, 2009

While addressing various HVAC/R industry issues, 2010 ASHRAE Winter Conference will focus on developments that contribute to making indoor environments sustainable in humid climates. Technical program is based on Building Sustainability from the Inside Out theme and will take place January 23-27 in Orlando, FL. Comprised of presentations and papers concentrated in 11 tracks, technical program focuses on humidity control and ability to improve occupant comfort while conserving energy. Read More

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ATA reports drop in airline passenger/cargo revenue.

October 28, 2009

ATA reports that passenger revenue fell 19% in September 2009 vs. September 2008, marking 11th consecutive month of passenger revenue decline from prior year. Decline was fueled mostly by 10th consecutive month of dropping ticket prices. Average price to fly 1 mile fell 18%, and revenue also declined in trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, and Latin markets. Cargo revenue ton miles declined, year-over-year, by 11% domestically and 12% internationally in August 2009. Read More

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Briefing explores U.S. standards and conformance system.

October 28, 2009

On October 2, representatives of 9 leading standards organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to introduce Congressional staff to the U.S. private sector-led approach to standards. The event, which was attended by more than 60 staffers and other interested stakeholders, demonstrated how standards and conformity assessment activities help companies meet global needs, and how National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act impacts the U.S. standardization system. Read More

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NAM comments on FCC proposed rulemaking on Internet policies.

October 28, 2009

According to NAM Director of Technology Policy, Mark-Anthony Signorino, NAM is pleased that FCC is working to ensure that open Internet is available to all Americans, but is concerned that FCC's regulations will threaten investment in innovation, delaying broadband deployment to areas of country that desperately need it. NAM is also concerned that proposed rules are not evenly applied across Internet spectrum. Read More

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BSA Fall Meeting given high marks by attendees.

October 28, 2009

Attendees of BSA's 2009 Fall Meeting, held September 21-22 in Chicago, IL, responded positively. Unanimous in their endorsement, respondents to post-meeting surveys indicated that it met/exceeded their expectations. Several survey respondents indicated very positive experiences and expressed expectations for continued participation at this level. Future meetings include 2010 Winter Meeting, held January 17-19 in Tampa, Fl, and 2010 Annual Convention, held May 1-4 in Naples, FL. Read More

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RIA Seeks Projects for Phoenix Awards competition.

October 28, 2009

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) is seeking entries for 2010 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. Eligibility is also open to non-member firms who are active service providers in restoration and remediation industry. Up to 2 projects per firm may be submitted in each category, and deadline is December 15, 2009. Projects must involve personal or building property and residential or commercial buildings in areas of restoration and reconstruction. Read More