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AEM earns Innovation Award for Construction Challenge.

June 26, 2009

AEM has received Innovation Award for Construction Challenge student competition, which promotes awareness of construction industry careers and industry contributions to improved standard of living. Competition focuses on middle and high school students, and uses team format that emphasizes creativity and problem solving skills. Sponsored by Trade Show Executive magazine, Innovation Award recognizes programs that provide new value for show organizers, attendees, and exhibitors. Read More

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France joins international youth rocketry challenge.

June 26, 2009

GIFAS, the French aerospace industry association and Planete Sciences announced that France will field rocketry competition this fall and will compete against UK and U.S. teams next year at Farnborough International Air Show. International youth rocketry contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build, and launch model rockets with raw-egg payload that must return to ground unbroken. Read More

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BIO Commends Selection of Kappos to lead USPTO.

June 26, 2009

BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, issued a statement in response to President Obama's nomination of David J. Kappos for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In it, he said "Mr. Kappos will bring a thoughtful perspective to the Department of Commerce and the USPTO." It was also noted that Kappos "has a long history of industry experience, providing a point of view and insights...valuable in this position." Read More

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AASHTO Makes Statement on Highway Trust Fund crisis plan.

June 26, 2009

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) credits the Obama Administration for its recognition of the need to stabilize the funding for the nation's highway and transit programs. This will ensure the continued support of jobs and retain the economic benefits in transportation infrastructure from the investment being made by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Major shifts in transportation policy should also be considered. Read More

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Zurich Program matches donations from RIA members.

June 26, 2009

Zurich North America Commercial, a property and casualty insurance provider in North America and globally, has announced its ongoing support of Restoration Industry Association®. Zurich will match donations made by RIA members throughout next 3 years, up to its previous year's donation of $25,000 to help RIA update Certified Restorer® Program and develop new means to deliver training to motivated and knowledge-seeking restorers. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement on Medicare drug discount agreement.

June 26, 2009

BIO issued a statement regarding the agreement reached among the Obama administration, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), and Senate Finance Committee to close coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program. It was said the deal would be examined by measuring its impact on the ability of biotechnology researchers to continue to develop and produce breakthrough medicines and therapies for patients suffering from debilitating diseases. Read More

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Conference to address quality, reliability, counterfeiting.

June 26, 2009

IPC Midwest's technical conference lineup on September 23, 2009 in Schaumburg, IL will include technical sessions designed to deliver hard-hitting, uncensored presentations on realities facing engineers. Topics include quality and reliability, fighting counterfeiting, and grappling with environmental regulations. Also, insight will be offered into the clash between the military's reliance of tin-lead and the commercial industry's drive to lead free. Read More

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FAA Administrator calls for commitment to airline safety.

June 26, 2009

FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, announced an expedited review of flight and rest rules and called on US airlines and unions to respond, by July 31, with commitments to strengthen safety at regional and major airlines. The FAA will work to develop and implement a flight time and rest rule based on fatigue science. It will also complete a review of airline procedures for identifying and tracking pilots who fail evaluations or demonstrate a repetitive need for additional training. Read More

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NAM President supports funding for infrastructure.

June 26, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President, John Engler, issued a statement following the markup of the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 by a House subcommittee on Highways and Transit. He commended Jim Oberstar and John Mica for managing the bi-partisan work, which he said effectively addressed the future solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and the need to reauthorize surface transportation programs before September 30, 2009. Read More

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AWWA announces two new publications.

June 26, 2009

Conducted to provide current data on utility rates as of July 1, 2008, the 2008 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey offers up-to-date reference data for 308 water and wastewater utilities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A compendium of scientific papers written by climate change experts, Climate Change and Water: International Perspectives on Mitigation and Adaptation presents state-of-the-science on how utilities can respond to global warming today and into the future. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for May 2009.

June 26, 2009

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 34.2% and bookings were down 25.7% in May 2009 from May 2008, while book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.03. Flexible shipments were down 3.0% and bookings were down 12.9% compared to May 2008. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio inched up to 0.96. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in May 2009 decreased 32.2% from May 2008 and orders booked decreased 24.8%. Read More

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Statement addresses chemical facility security regulations.

June 26, 2009

Testifying before House Committee on Homeland Security, Marty Durbin, VP of Federal Affairs, stated that ACC member companies recognize more work needs to be done to continue protecting chemical sector. Congressional action is needed to make Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards permanent before they expire in October. Ongoing implementation of CFATS demonstrates smart and aggressive approach to securing and protecting economic viability of essential part of nation's infrastructure. Read More

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ICUEE Technology Program to include Ride and Drive demo.

June 26, 2009

A New Product and Technology Program for the 2009 ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) will highlight exhibitors' latest market innovations. Held October 6-8 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY and feature a Ride and Drive track that will enable unique hands-on working equipment demonstrations for on-road commercial vehicles. This supplements industry-focused, educational programming sessions and exhibits. Read More

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AEM urges swift action on infrastructure legislation.

June 25, 2009

Joining coalition of organizations, AEM urges Congress to move ahead on reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. According to AEM President, Dennis Slater, if Congress can make long term commitment to investing in infrastructure, contractors will be able to make needed investment in capital equipment that will meet short term need to put people back to work and long term need to repair and update US infrastructure. Read More

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US Dairy Market Sales increase despite economic concerns.

June 25, 2009

According to a study conducted by PMMI, Dairy Industry Market Research Study 2009, sales of dairy products in the US experienced an increase of 2% last year. This news comes despite an overall price hike of 95 and consequences of the economic downturn over the last 2 years. Discussing perspectives of 40 dairy processors, associations, and suppliers, the aforementioned study aims to analyze the local dairy market dynamics and determine the outlook for the dairy industry in the future. Read More

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Business Conditions Report forecasts minimal change.

June 25, 2009

According to the June 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect little change in business conditions during the next 3 months. Expectations include a slight uptick in general economic activity alongside a slight improvement in incoming orders. Conversely, current average daily shipping levels were said to dip somewhat in June, and metalforming companies with portions of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 81% in June. Read More

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ICUEE 2009 Expo to honor members of utility industry.

June 25, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition focuses on utility/construction industry, including electric, phone/cable, sewer/water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works. Show will cover more than 1 million net sq-ft of exhibits of latest equipment, technologies, products, and services. It will commemorate dedicated workers who respond during disaster recovery efforts with special display as well as recognition on show website. Read More

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AFS offers engine filtration training in October.

June 25, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 5-8, 2009, 4th Bi-Annual Emissions Solutions in Transportation Conference will include short courses targeted at transportation issues, including Advanced Engine Filtration and Advanced Topics in Filter Testing. Short courses for those who seek to understand filtration principles include Basic Liquid Filtration and Separations, Basic Gas/Air Filtration and Separation, and Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration Membranes. Read More

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NEMA releases documentation for traffic device protocols.

June 25, 2009

NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have published National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) 8007 v01 Testing and Conformity Assessment Documentation within NTCIP Standards Publications. Defining requirements for NTCIP working groups in producing test documentation as part of standards process, it promotes consistent look/feel for testing documentation throughout various standards. Family of communication protocols for traffic management devices has been in development since 1996. Read More

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OPC Foundation demonstrates analyzer device integration.

June 25, 2009

OPC Foundation has announced successful demonstration of data exchange between applications using OPC UA Analyzer Device Integration information model at ACHEMA Exhibition. Prototype of OPC UA client for OSIsoft PI System collected ADI server's spectral data, which was then visualized in Excel using PI DataLink. Results of reference implementation efforts prove that ADI specification can be implemented in way that allows connectivity with virtually any OPC UA client. Read More