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ELFA Survey shows monthly leasing/finance index results.

March 25, 2009

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity for the equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for February declined by 37.7% when compared to the same period in 2008. Month-to-month new business volume decreased 26.7% from January to February, an amount that translates into $4.5 billion to $3.3 billion. This follows a 24% decline in January (YOY) volume. Read More

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ASTM International issues Award of Merit.

March 25, 2009

Dr. Jack S. Brenizer Jr., J. Lee Everett Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and chairman of the nuclear engineering program at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, was given ASTM's Award of Merit. It, in addition to the accompanying title of fellow, was awarded in recognition for contributions to ASTM standards activities, which included technical and administrative leadership as well as contributions to Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Read More

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METALFORM Mexico moves from Fall to Spring.

March 24, 2009

To be held at Cintermex from June 2-4, 2009, METALFORM Mexico exposition and educational conference will host 6th edition in conjunction with AWS Weldmex, FABTECH Mexico, and COATech. Colocated shows will provide ability to view equipment and services covering every aspect of metal parts manufacturing process, including welding, stamping, tool and die, forming, fabricating, and assembly and finishing. More than 8,000 attendees are expected at Cintermex for combined shows. Read More

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Randal S. Ferman named 2008 Member of the Year.

March 24, 2009

Randy Ferman, Manager of Research and Development for Flowserve's Pump Division, was chosen for significant and sustained contributions to Hydraulic Institute. Mr. Ferman served as Chairman of HI/Pump Systems Matter "Optimizing Pumping Systems" Guidebook Committee, leading to publication in 2008. He also chaired Vertical Design and Application Committee, which led to publication of significantly updated ANSI/HI standard in 2008. Read More

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HI Members elect 2009 Board of Directors and Officers.

March 24, 2009

During 92nd Annual Meeting, HI announced 2009 Board of Directors and Officers. Bill Waltz, President of Flow Technologies Division of Pentair Water, was named Chairman of the Board, while Dennis Ziegler, President and CEO of GIW Industries, was elected HI President. Steve Oswald, President of Industrial Division of Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., was elected as VP of HI Member Services, and Ken Napolitano, President of ITT Industrial Process was elected as HI's VP of Knowledge and Education. Read More

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ICCA and ICCTA sign Memorandum of Understanding.

March 24, 2009

On March 11, 2009, International Council of Chemical Associations and International Council of Chemical Trade Associations signed agreement to closely cooperate in promotion of their respective Responsible CareĀ® and Responsible Distribution initiatives. It is first time that both organizations have formal agreement that values environmental, health, safety, and security requirements of each other's member companies' risk management systems. Read More

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ACE09 Early Registration Deadline extended to March 29.

March 24, 2009

AWWA's 2009 Annual Conference and Exposition will feature professional program with 570 presentations in 100 sessions and 17 workshops. Event will cover infrastructure maintenance, climate change, conservation and water efficiency, water resources management, legislative and regulatory issues, managing in down economy, U.S. economic stimulus package, and public affairs. Additionally, more than 500 exhibitors will be showcasing latest products and services to help ensure safe water. Read More

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ATA reports decline in passenger and cargo demand.

March 23, 2009

According to ATA, passenger revenue fell 19% in February 2009 vs. same month in 2008, which is 4th consecutive month revenue has fallen from prior year. Cargo traffic for airlines declined 21% year-over-year in January 2009 and transpacific cargo traffic fell 32%. Declines affected mainland U.S. as well as transatlantic, transpacific, and Latin markets. Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and over 10 million jobs. Read More

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AWWA recognizes 16th annual World Water Day.

March 23, 2009

AWWA, along with United Nations and water advocates worldwide, will recognize World Water Day on March 22, 2009, which is aimed at getting countries to collaborate to assure sustainable freshwater supplies for all. According to AWWA Executive Director Gary Zimmerman, 2008 State of the Industry report found water resources was top concern among North American water professionals over both near- and long-terms. There are 85 events planned worldwide, with 37 in U.S. and Canada. Read More

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TIA offers tips to combat pothole damage.

March 23, 2009

According to TIA, if consumer hits pothole and then notices car pulls to one side or steering wheel is no longer straight, car may have been knocked out of alignment and should be taken to automotive service provider. If there is bulge or visible cord material on either sidewall of tire, it must be replaced immediately. If tire goes flat after hitting a pothole, it will need to be replaced, but rim may still be in good condition. Also, consumers should drive slowly over roads with many potholes. Read More

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World Congress to explore bringing biofuels to market.

March 23, 2009

BIO's 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will be held July 19-22, 2009, in Montreal, Canada. Sessions will include Synthetic Biology for Next Generation Biofuels, Progress Toward Commercialization of Lignocellulosic Ethanol Processes, and Algae for Fuels and Chemicals, with various speakers scheduled for each. Progress will also be reported on bringing cellulosic and other biofuels such as algae, biobutanol, and biohydrogen to market. Read More

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ASTM recognizes Anthony E. Fiorato with Award of Merit.

March 23, 2009

Consultant Anthony E. Fiorato of Glenview, IL, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Fiorato was recognized for meritorious and dedicated leadership to ASTM Intl. Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and to Society for service on board of directors and as chairman of the board. An active member for almost 30 years, Fiorato is chair of Committee C09 and also leads Executive Committee of Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory. Read More

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NAM welcomes Government support for auto suppliers.

March 23, 2009

Timothy F. Geithner, U.S. Treasury Secretary, announced U.S Treasury Department's Auto Supplier Support Program, which will provide up to $5 billion in financing to auto suppliers. In response, John Engler said NAM believes it is common sense proposal that assures suppliers will be paid for work done and have confidence to invest in necessary equipment. Engler also said action will help preserve many highly-skilled jobs and lay groundwork for economic recovery. Read More

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Mexico to impose tariffs on imports from U.S.

March 23, 2009

Mexican government announced it will impose tariffs on exports in retaliation for U.S. refusal to honor cross-border trucking provisions in NAFTA. Concerned that decision could threaten hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs, Frank Vargo of NAM said it comes at time when U.S. industry can least afford lost sales and competitiveness in important global markets. NAM will work with Congress and Administration to resolve dispute so sales of U.S. goods are not put at risk. Read More

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BSA to hold annual convention from May 1-5, 2009.

March 23, 2009

BSA's 2009 Annual Convention will feature Are Manufacturers from Mars, Distributors from Venus? business session, which will allow attendees to respond to relationship, trend, solution, and current economic questions and view answers onscreen. Panel of industry leaders will analyze results of responses in subsequent session and Dr. Ken Mayland will discuss his economic and bearing forecast with attendess. Registrations are due by April 1. Read More

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ELFA commends Federal Reserve expansion of TALF.

March 23, 2009

Federal Reserve Board announced that Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) will be expanded to include asset backed securities (ABS) backed by loans and leases relating to business equipment. According to ELFA President Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., this will provide needed liquidity to secondary market for equipment finance assets while unlocking equipment finance ABS market. Additional details for April funding of TALF will be announced on March 24. Read More

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BIO Convention to spotlight Southeast U.S. biotech industry.

March 23, 2009

At 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta, GA, May 18-21, Southeast BIOtech Connect interactive database will outline over 1,200 biotech companies and centers throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Database is intended to enable people to schedule facility visits before and after visiting exhibition, which is expected to draw 20,000 worldwide industry leaders. Event is expected to host more than 2,200 exhibitors. Read More

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OPC Foundation Test Lab opens in North America.

March 23, 2009

OPC Foundation officially announced the opening of a North American Certification Test Lab for validating and certifying OPC products. Providing local experts testing local products in local environment, the lab is built on proven principles established by other open-standard organizations, such as PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and Fieldbus Foundation. It will reference hardware and software from OPC Foundation members, including ABB, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Wonderware and others. Read More

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IPC releases Spanish training DVDs for electronics assembly.

March 20, 2009

Available in Spanish language, Through-Hole Solder Joint Workmanship Standards DVD and Surface Mount Solder Joint Workmanship Standards DVD provide review of assembly inspection criteria of IPC-A-610D, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Both have menus offering option of selecting training for class 2 or class 3 criteria, and include written testing and IPC training certificates. Read More

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ASHRAE to hold 2009 Annual Conference in Louisville.

March 20, 2009

Scheduled for June 20-24, ASHRAE's 2009 Annual Conference will include technical program with nearly 100 sessions focusing on optimal indoor air quality. Keynote speaker, Susan Roaf, professor of architectural engineering at Heriot Watt University, will address building- and climate-related risks that individuals will face in future. ASHRAE Learning Institute will offer 2 full-day professional development seminars and 4 half-day short courses, focusing on HVAC/R related topics. Read More