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ATA names Lee Long as Chairman of Technology & Maintenance Council.

March 12, 2012

Lee Long, director of maintenance for Southeastern Freight Lines, Columbia, SC, was installed as 2012-2013 general chairman and treasurer of Technology and Maintenance Council. One of Long's goals as chairman is to raise awareness of students about career opportunities as heavy-duty truck technicians. A TMC member since 1996, he has been closely involved with formation of Council's Professional Technician Development Committee and its National Technician Skills Competition. Read More

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AMT and AMTDA announce merger.

March 12, 2012

AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA - The American Machine Tool Distributors' Association announced a merger that will integrate products and services to better serve members. Advantages of new organization include access to business intelligence systems; access to data and information from industry economists and analysts; focus on priorities and needs of the industry; networking and collaboration through expanded membership; and education and "smartforce" development. Read More

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IPC Market Data Update offers hope for U.S. recovery.

March 12, 2012

Although global economic growth and electronics industry growth slowed in fourth quarter of 2011, signs that recovery is resuming in U.S. is apparent, according to IPC's quarterly report, Market Data Update. Conference Board's Leading Economic Index® has remained flat for a year, but has been inching up since last October, while U.S. Purchasing Managers' Index is also in positive territory and trending upward. In addition, IPC's PCB book-to-bill ratio edged up to 1.01, just above parity, in January. Read More

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BIO Praises Passage of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.

March 12, 2012

BIO applauded House on its passage, by vote of 390-23, of H.R. 3606, Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which contains provisions that would make pathway to capital formation more attainable for small biotech companies. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said that "BIO supports these reforms" and called them "especially important" to biotech companies. Greenwood also said reforms would make capital formation easier for small biotechs. Read More

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BIO announces additional speakers for 2012 World Congress.

March 12, 2012

Company executives, scientists, and government officials will bring global perspective as presenters at BIO's 9th annual World Congress. Plenary program will include 6 panel sessions: Fostering a Biobased Economy; A Global Vision for Biomass Utilization: How Biotech Can Get Us There; The Future of Biocatalysis in Global Manufacturing; Promoting Biotech Innovation; Financing Innovation in the Industrial Biotech Space; and What's Driving Demand for Biotech Products?: A Customer's Perspective. Read More

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NAM supports legislature that defends against unfair subsidies.

March 12, 2012

NAM VP of International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, issued statement urging members of House to support H.R. 4105 to eliminate trade-distorting subsidies. In order to compete against global competition, manufacturers in U.S. need fair and level playing field. H.R. 4105 will allow Department of Commerce to continue to apply countervailing duties to non-market economies, such as China. If Congress fails to act quickly, thousands of manufacturers will be negatively impacted. Read More

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SOCMA President/CEO heads slate of 2012 CMA Board officers.

March 12, 2012

Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) President and CEO Lawrence Sloan has been elected 2012 chairman of Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Directors. CMA is made up of 200+ associations from every sector of manufacturing and provides resources to members to broaden reach of NAM advocacy efforts. Additional CMA officers for 2012 were announced, including 1st Vice Chairman Donna Harman, 2nd Vice Chairman Ernie Rosenberg, and Immediate Past Chairman Bob Weidner. Read More

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Airline Passenger Travel is set to double within 2 decades.

March 12, 2012

Annual forecast, released by FAA, projects that airline passenger travel will nearly double within next 20 years. Forecast also underscores need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to accommodate such growth. According to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, "investment in NextGen is the key to getting passengers and cargo to their destinations more safely, faster, and with less impact on the environment." Read More