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BIO elects new board members and officers.

July 2, 2014

BIO has announced re-election of Rachel King, President and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc., as Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. BIO also elected Dan Junius, President and CEO, ImmunoGen, as its new Board Treasurer, and re-elected David Pyott, Chairman, President and CEO, Allergan, Inc., as Board Secretary. In addition, BIO elected 10 new members to its Board of Directors, and the Board elected 19 of its Directors to serve on BIO's Board Executive Committee for new term. Read More

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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene.

July 2, 2014

Developed as part of Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, EPA's final assessment identifies health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives. It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as degreaser in small commercial shops and as stain removing agent in dry cleaning. EPA developed draft based on best available information and finalized assessment after consideration of comments from public and experts during peer review. Read More

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National Bioscience Report shows robust industry.

July 2, 2014

Analyzing U.S. bioscience industry growth over last 11 years, Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 report reveals positive trends. Industry demonstrated strong record of growth from 2001–2012, has navigated deep economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing. State-by-state industry assessment finds U.S. bioscience firms directly employ 1.62 million people, a figure that includes nearly 111,000 new, high-paying jobs created since 2001. Read More

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AED Chairman Watters Reprimands Congress for neglecting highways.

July 2, 2014

At press conference on Capitol Hill, AED 2014 Chairman Tim Watters said that federal highway program crisis threatens to take human and economic toll on construction equipment industry. Watters specifically cited looming collapse as threatening 4,000 jobs at construction equipment dealerships tied to road and bridge work and 700,000 jobs in broader construction industry. "Give us a highway bill. And give us the infrastructure the U.S. economy needs to function," Watters concluded. Read More

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FAA offers guidance to model aircraft operators.

July 1, 2014

FAA published Federal Register notice on its interpretation of statutory special rules for model aircraft in FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. In the notice, FAA restates law’s definition of "model aircraft," including requirements that they not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of operator, and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. In addition, FAA restates that it has the authority to take enforcement action against hazardous operations. Read More

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ATA Opens Registration for 2014 MC&E in San Diego, CA.

July 1, 2014

American Trucking Associations opened registration for 2014 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E), which will be held October 4–7 in San Diego, CA. According to ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, this year's meeting "will examine such important issues as energy production, safety, drivers, congestion, and new opportunities for motor carriers due to the resurgence in American manufacturing." Graves called this event "the most important meeting for trucking executives this year." Read More

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ASC Web Services Senior Manager speaks at marketing event.

July 1, 2014

Jessica Taglieri spoke at ASAE's annual Marketing, Membership, and Communications Conference and Expo. Taglieri co-presented Social’s Secret Menu, a Catalyst for Content Strategy, with Kunal Johar, Operations Director of OpenWater, and ASC’s technology partner. They discussed digital media and content strategy using adhesives.org and sealants.org websites as case study to demonstrate how critical it is for organizations to have websites that serve as central point for digital media channels. Read More

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NAMRI/SME Paper addresses advanced manufacturing initiatives.

June 30, 2014

North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME has announced position paper titled, "Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative," that addresses current state of manufacturing in the U.S., makes several recommendations to drive economy, and offers support to various initiatives. Some recommendations include: establishing national advanced manufacturing strategy, tapping talent pool of returning veterans, and launching national manufacturing fellowships and internships. Read More

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Document Details Lab Test Method for operable windows/door forces.

June 30, 2014

AAMA has published AAMA 513-14, which sets standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they are ADA compliant. Last published in 2012, this document, which provides consistent and repeatable method of laboratory testing regarding operating forces of operable windows and doors, has been updated to include reference to CW and AW products as well as R and LC products. It also encompasses all doors included within scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS). Read More

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IPC Report shows slowing growth for North American PCB industry.

June 30, 2014

May 2014 findings from IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show sales growth as flat, orders in decline, and book-to-bill ratio below parity at 0.98. Total PCB shipments increased 0.1% from May 2013, which moved year-to-date shipment growth to -0.1%. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments declined 0.3%. PCB bookings fell 18.0% year over year in May, pushing YTD order growth down to -8.1%. Order growth fell 14.3% from previous month. Read More

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AEM Continues Push for Ex-Im Bank reauthorization.

June 30, 2014

AEM joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in signing letter to Members of Congress urging reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) before its charter expires on September 30. Citing declining equipment exports, AEM president Dennis Slater said Ex-Im Bank reauthorization is "key to improving export shipments along with congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority" as well as completion of specific trade agreements. Read More

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Counterfeiting Survey Results have been released by ESFI.

June 30, 2014

Results of Electrical Safety Foundation International's (ESFI) 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey, which measures awareness and response to presence of counterfeit electrical products among several sectors of electrical industry, show 96% of respondents believe counterfeits pose at least moderate threat to public safety. Only half of respondents reported counterfeit electrical product upon discovery, and majority said they have no process in place to report counterfeit products.
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ANSI approves IREC clean energy certificate standard.

June 30, 2014

National standard for accreditation of clean energy education/training certificate programs, developed by IREC, has received final approval from ANSI as an American National Standard. ANSI/IREC Standard 14732-2014 is aligned with specific job task analysis, and linked to real-world skills needed by individuals entering clean energy workforce. Certificate programs that apply for accreditation under standard may be hosted by colleges, industry training groups, for-profit organizations, or unions. Read More

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AEM co-chairs Capitol Hill initiative.

June 30, 2014

During Exhibitions Day, AEM joined 100 fellow trade show organizers and exhibitions industry leaders on Capitol Hill to promote economic and business value of face-to-face events. They also pushed for policies that allow qualified international visitors and government employees to more easily attend trade shows and meetings. During discussions with legislators, AEM stressed need for speedy passage of federal highway bill, and value of manufacturing to U.S. economic prosperity and job creation. Read More

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IN Gov Mike Pence receives 2014 BIO Governor of the Year award.

June 30, 2014

As announced by BIO, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was honored with 2014 Governor of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening biotechnology and health sectors within Indiana. Pence received said award as part of signing ceremony for Senate Bill 262, which creates pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines in Indiana. Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO called Pence "an exemplary leader" and acknowledged his "strong support." Read More

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FAA announces Texas UAS test site now operational.

June 30, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Research will concentrate on multiple areas including safety of operations and data gathering in authorized airspace, UAS airworthiness standards, command and control link technologies, human-factors issue for UAS control-station layout, and detect-and-avoid technologies. Read More

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SME Congratulates Dean L. Bartles on 2014 Martin K. Starr award.

June 27, 2014

SME congratulated its Vice President and Fellow, Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, on receiving one of two 2014 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Awards from Production and Operations Management Society. SME President Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, commended Bartles' recognition by saying "His contributions to the field of production and operations management have clearly helped to advance manufacturing." Read More

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WA State Senator Liias named BIO Legislator of the Year.

June 27, 2014

BIO selected Senator Marko Liias as 2014 Legislator of the Year. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said Liias' work and leadership on critical issues "enabled biotech companies to bring life-saving and life-enhancing technologies to market." Chris Rivera, President of Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, called Liias "a champion of Washington’s biotechnology industry" and "an invaluable resource for the biotechnology community." Read More

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IPC Standards and Technology Division sees leadership change.

June 27, 2014

After 7 years of leading IPC's division of standards and technology, Dave Torp is stepping down. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell called Torp's contributions to growing and improving IPC standards activity "significant” and, on behalf of IPC Board of Directors and staff, thanked him for his "work, dedication and vision.” David Bergman, IPC vice president of international relations, will serve as interim vice president of standards and technology. Read More

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HI to offer Lunch and Learn Summer School Special.

June 27, 2014

During July and August, users can choose from list of webinars, then organize 16-20 employees and/or customers into training session group to attend webinar at specific time and date at HI’s group site licensing rate plus an additional discount. Some choices include: Variable Speed Drives, Introduction to Mechanical Seals, Slurry Pumps, Power Plant Pumps, and Rotodynamic Pumps: Guidelines for NPSH Margin Webinar. Lunch and Learn special also includes HI’s e-Learning Pump Fundamental Courses. Read More