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NACD Welcomes 10 new members and affiliates.

March 20, 2014

Advance representation to nearly 420 companies, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced introduction of 10 new members and affiliates to its ranks. Chemical distributor candidate members include Breckenridge Technologies LLC, CNX Distribution, The Chemical Company, Esprix Technologies LP, and SGM LLC. Chemical handler affiliates include LeSaint Logistics LLC, while non-chemical handler affiliates include ERI Solutions Inc., Labelmaster, Lytx Inc., and IMA Inc. Read More

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EPA Reaches Agreement to stop harmful flea/tick collar production.

March 20, 2014

Agreement to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur has been reached between U.S. EPA, Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., and Wellmark International. Under cancellation agreement, manufacturers are allowed to continue to produce said pet collars until April 1, 2015 but will not be allowed to distribute them after April 1, 2016. Agreement was reached as result of EPA's risk assessment regarding risks to children from exposure to pet collars containing propoxur. Read More

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EPA to lift suspension and debarment of BP.

March 20, 2014

EPA and BP executed agreement resolving all suspension and debarment actions against BP that barred company from doing business with the federal government following guilty plea in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. Under agreement, BP is required to retain an independent auditor approved by EPA who will conduct an annual review and report on BP’s compliance with agreement. There are also specific provisions addressing ethics compliance, corporate governance, and process safety. Read More

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A4A Calls Proposed PFC Hike wasteful and unnecessary.

March 20, 2014

Responding to rationale for Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) hike derived from FAA long-term forecast, Airlines for America's (A4A) Sharon Pinkerton called the move "a revenue grab." U.S. airports have ample resources to fund capital needs. These include investment-grade credit, "ample access" to bond market, $10.6 billion in unrestricted cash and investments (282 days of liquidity), and $4.7 billion in uncommitted funds from federal Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Read More

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FAA Seeks Comments regarding drug/alcohol testing requirement.

March 20, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks comments on issues related to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that would require drug and alcohol testing of maintenance personnel who work on aircraft operated by U.S. air carriers (Part 121) in facilities outside USA. Public comment period will help FAA develop proposed rule as well as assess its likely economic impact. Comments will be accepted for 60 days after publication in Federal Register. Read More

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Health Focused Forums will highlight 2014 BIO convention.

March 20, 2014

Orphan Disease Forum, Regenerative Medicine Forum, Personalized Medicine and Diagnostics Forum, and Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics Forum will highlight pressing health issues at 2014 BIO International Convention®, which will take place June 23–26 in in San Diego, CA. According to BIO International Convention President Scott Whitaker, these "highly-focused and interactive forums" will provide educational content and provide dedicated time for collaboration and networking with industry peers. Read More

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MAVERICK Technologies joins MESA as Platinum Keystone Sponsor.

March 19, 2014

MAVERICK Technologies, the largest independent systems integrator in North America, has joined MESA as a Platinum Keystone Sponsor, which is the highest level of annual sponsorship. MAVERICK wants to help companies learn about true system integration and the value that they can achieve through effective MES utilization. According to Mike Yost, MESA president, MAVERICK brings an expertise and perspective that will strengthen the voice of the MESA community. Read More

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NEMA Announced Publication of 3 motor and generator standards.

March 19, 2014

As part of its MG (motor and generator) series, NEMA published NEMA MG 2-2014, Safety Standard for Construction and Guide for Selection, Installation and Use of Electric Motors and Generators; NEMA MG 3-1974 (R1995, R2000, R2006, R2012), Sound Level Prediction for Installed Rotating Electrical Machines; and NEMA MG 10-2013, Energy Management Guide for Selection and Use of Fixed Frequency Medium AC Squirrel-Cage Polyphase Induction Motors. Read More

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A4A urges Congress to level the playing field.

March 19, 2014

Testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, A4A President and CEO Nicolas E. Calio addressed the critical role airlines play in driving economic growth and job creation across the U.S. and globally. Calio urged members of the Committee to address fundamental tax, regulatory, and infrastructure challenges, which negatively impact the industry’s long-term viability and global competitiveness. Read More

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SPE announces dates and deadlines for gala and competition.

March 19, 2014

Automotive Division of SPE® announced that its 44th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held Nov 12, 2014 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI. Winning part nominations, submitted by Sept 10, 2014, and the teams that developed them will be honored during evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation. This year’s theme is Plastics Pay Off, emphasizing balance of design efficiency and savings in tooling costs while meeting or exceeding customer expectations for vehicles they buy. Read More

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EPA Grants help reduce children's exposure to pesticides.

March 19, 2014

EPA announced 3 grants to facilitate integrated pest management practices in schools. IPM helps prevent pests from becoming a threat by addressing underlying causes that enable pests to thrive in schools. These actions, such as repairing water leaks, adding weather stripping to windows, and installing door sweeps, reduce pesticide use and treatment costs as well as water and energy costs. Grants will go to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, University of Arizona, and Michigan State University. Read More

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IPC launches 2014 EMS Quality Benchmark Survey.

March 18, 2014

Developed with input from quality managers and executives across global EMS industry, Quality Benchmark Survey covers industry's most widely used and important quality measurements, including production data, assembly attributes, yields, defect rates, customer returns, and supplier performance. Participation is open to all EMS companies worldwide, and companies that participate will receive report showing industry averages, best-in-class metrics, and results segmented by company size tiers. Read More

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NEMA Addresses Pros and Cons of 2015 budget proposal.

March 18, 2014

Responding to 2015 budget proposal submitted to Congress by President Obama, NEMA offered positive and negative feedback. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said having federal budget in place "gives manufacturers targets to incorporate in their long-term financial and operational plans.” Alongside several positive budget aspects, Gaddis cited such negative points as potential repeal of last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting rules and absence of any relief on medical device tax. Read More

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Bloggers add value to adhesives.org and sealants.org.

March 18, 2014

ASC's blogger lineup for 2014 includes 5 regularly occurring blogs written by industry professionals and association executives, and published via www.adhesives.org and www.sealants.org. Bloggers include: Paul Bertram, Director, Environment and Sustainability at Kingspan Industries; Bob Braun, sub-committee Chair of ASTM C24.61; Jeff Timm, Principal at Timm Consulting; Matt Croson, President of ASC; and Mark Collatz, Director of Regulatory Affairs for ASC. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2013 Young Engineer of the Year.

March 18, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has recognized Lucian Dobrot, Senior Product Engineer, TACO, Inc. as Young Engineer of the Year. Award was established to recognize the efforts and contributions of young pump engineers from member companies and Standard Partners who have made a significant impact within their current position and have also contributed to the advancement of the work of the Hydraulic Institute. In addition to his committee participation, Lucian has been active within HI since 2009. Read More

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SME Event demonstrates continued strength of US manufacturing.

March 18, 2014

From May 6–8, 2014, industry professionals will gather together at the Mfg4 – Manufacturing 4 the Future event to gain knowledge, network, collaborate, and share solutions. New this year, is the addition of the co-located MicroManufacturing and Medical Manufacturing Innovations conferences. Technologies to be exhibited include: additive manufacturing, automation, finishing and coating, fabrication, micromanufacturing, precision machining and tooling, quality, and more. Read More

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A4A Names Managing Director for Air Traffic Management.

March 18, 2014

Airlines for America (A4A) named Michael Cirillo as Managing Director for Air Traffic Management. At A4A, Cirillo will help provide strategic direction and assistance to A4A Air Traffic Control Council regarding development of policies and procedures intended to accelerate benefits of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Cirillo brings with him 35+ years of experience in air traffic planning, procedures, and system development. Read More

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BIO applauds CMS for withdrawing problematic Part D proposals.

March 18, 2014

BIO has long been a supporter of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program and commended Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for deciding to halt movement on several proposals in the Medicare Part D draft rule. They include: proposal to eliminate protected class status for certain drug classes, proposal to reduce the number of Part D plans a particular plan sponsor may offer, and proposal to clarify non-interference provisions. Read More

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Keynote Speakers announced for [MC² 2014 MTConnect conference.

March 17, 2014

MTConnect Institute, organizer of third [MC2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing, is announcing keynote speakers for the conference. On April 9, Peter Lucas, Ph.D., founding Principal of MAYA Design, will present "Interoperability in the Age of Trillions." On April 10, keynote will be presented by Dean Bartles, Ph.D., Executive Director of Digital Lab for Manufacturing within UI LABS and Greg Harris, Ph.D., U.S. Army AMRDEC (tentative). Read More

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NREL co-hosts 24th Colorado Science Bowl.

March 17, 2014

During the 24th Colorado Science Bowl, 6 northern Colorado teams made it to the final 16, and in the end, students from Boulder's Fairview High School beat out 47 other teams to claim victory. Students answered rapid-fire questions covering topics ranging from physics to math to earth and space science. Second place went to Douglas County High School, and northern Colorado's Poudre High School rounded out top finishers to take home third-place trophy. Read More