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Utah Governor signs Interchangeable Biologic Medicines bill.

April 13, 2015

BIO commends Utah Governor Gary Herbert for signing into law important legislation that serves to update existing Utah laws governing substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. House Bill 279 represents a significant step forward, ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams, and is fully consistent with BIO’s principles on biologic substitution. Therefore, BIO supports this legislation and is pleased to see Governor Herbert sign the bill into law. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for February 2015.

April 9, 2015

According to February findings from North American PCB Statistical Program, sales remained sluggish, but bookings increased over last year. Total PCB shipments decreased 1.1% in February 2015 from February 2014, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.6%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were up 1.2%. PCB bookings increased by 5.1% compared to February 2014, improving year-to-date order growth rate to 0.9%. Orders declined 0.7% in February compared to previous month. Read More

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T. Bella Dinh-Zarr sworn in as NTSB vice chairman.

April 9, 2015

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was designated as vice chairman by President Obama. Prior to her appointment to the NTSB, Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr served as Director of the U.S. Office of the FIA Foundation, an international philanthropy dedicated to promoting safe and sustainable transportation. Before that she served as North American Director of Make Roads Safe – The Campaign for Global Road Safety. Read More

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SAPC releases best practices guidelines for PV systems.

April 9, 2015

Convened by NREL and comprised of 425 members of PV market chain, Solar Access to Public Capital working group has released best practices guidelines for solar photovoltaic systems, with goal of increasing investor confidence in long-term viability of PV systems. SAPC Best Practices in PV System Installation and SAPC Best Practices in PV Operations and Maintenance include recommended contractor and provider qualifications, key performance indicators, and links to external resources. Read More

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NEMA publishes standards for magnet wire.

April 9, 2015

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2015 Magnet Wire. MW 1000 is designed to present, in concise and convenient form, all existing NEMA standards for magnet wire, including standards for round, rectangular, and square film-insulated and/or fibrous-covered copper and aluminum magnet wire. It contains definitions, type designations, dimensions, constructions, performance, and test methods for magnet wire generally used in winding of coils for electrical apparatus. Read More

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SME, Industry Organizations enhance Lean Certification program.

April 9, 2015

Lean Certification Alliance introduced improvements to its Lean Certification program, which provides individuals, companies, and educators with benchmark for achievements and common roadmap for continuous improvement and workforce development. Elimination of hierarchical requirements allows candidates to obtain certification at rank appropriate to career, knowledge, and experience. This program came about due to partnership among 4 non-profit organizations, including SME. Read More

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BIO announces convention Super Sessions.

April 9, 2015

Scheduled for June 15–18, 2015 BIO International Convention® will feature Super Sessions focusing on industry analysis, forecasts, and discussions on hot topics. Some sessions will include: Ensuring Patient Access to Innovative Medicines; M&A and Capital Allocation: Everything Old is New Again; Investment Incentives to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance; Accelerating Innovation in the 21st Century; and Riding the Bull Market: What’s in Store for Biotech Dealmakers in 2015? Read More

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EPRI to host Smart Distribution and Power Quality Conference.

April 9, 2015

From June 22–24, 2015, EPRI and American Electric Power will host 27th annual Smart Distribution and Power Quality Conference and Exhibition. Event will provide forum to discuss most pressing issues in power quality, integration of distributed energy resources, information and communication technology, distribution system resiliency, and microgrids. Through in-depth discussions, attendees will have opportunity to contribute to path toward smart, integrated electric power system. Read More

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Manufacturing Day 2015 welcomes Silver and Bronze sponsors.

April 9, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM 2015 sponsors grew by three after pledges of support from Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) at Silver level and Women in Manufacturing (WiM) at Bronze level. This marks three years of sustained sponsorship for all aforementioned organizations. Manufacturing Day sponsors provide resources to support manufacturers participating in program, which coordinates awareness-raising activities across USA on October 2. Read More

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Manufacturing Career Fair connects jobs and candidates in FL.

April 9, 2015

Scheduled to take place April 22, 2015 at multiple venues, Florida Manufacturing Career Fair will give Floridians opportunity to meet with local manufacturers. Event aims to bring together Manufacturers Association of Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida TRADE Consortium, coalition of 13 state and community colleges, as well as members of CareerSource Florida network at state and local levels to connect manufacturers who have job openings with qualified candidates. Read More

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MESA International announces 2015-2016 Board election results.

April 9, 2015

MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International announced new International, EMEA, and Americas Board members. Ralf Sonnefeld will serve as Chair on International Board, with Mike James as Vice Chair and Jimmy Asher as Treasurer. EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Board will see Uwe Kueppers as Chair and Michael Schwarz as Vice Chair, while respective positions of Chair and Vice Chair for Americas Board will be filled by Steph Mikelbrencis and Erik Nistad. Read More

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APICS Inland Empire Symposium highlights innovation's importance.

April 9, 2015

Taking place in Corona, CA on May 2, Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium, Innovation: a MUST for Manufacturers & Distributors will give attendees time to network as well as participate in expert panel discussion. Topics include how current business climate demands innovation, how companies have integrated innovation into their cultures, and where to look for new ideas to remain competitive. Panel will feature Fran Inman, Rich Malone, Bob Bennett, and Kash Gokli. Read More

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NASA Partnership advances composite materials for aircraft.

April 9, 2015

Public-private partnership established between NASA and 5 organizations aims to advance knowledge about composite materials that could improve performance of future aircraft. Regarding this partnership, NASA's Jaiwon Shin said results will include bringing better composite materials into use more quickly and maintaining American leadership in aviation manufacturing. NASA formed this consortium in support of Advanced Composites Project. Read More

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EPA Student Fellowships support future environmental scientists.

April 8, 2015

Helping inspire next generation of environmental scientists and engineers, EPA announced 34 fellowships for undergraduate students in 25 states and Puerto Rico to pursue environmental science and related fields of study. Awards are part of EPA's Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship program and provide students with opportunity to gain hands-on experience with agency scientists. Students selected for fellowships are undergraduates entering their junior year. Read More

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AAM Joins Manufacturing Day 2015 as Gold Sponsor.

April 8, 2015

Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) joined Manufacturing DaySM 2015 as Gold Sponsor and will supply resources to support participating manufacturers. As grassroots effort by American manufacturers, Manufacturing Day aims to improve public perception of manufacturing via coordination of awareness-raising activities at locations across USA on October 2, 2015. "We’re honored to be a part of Manufacturing Day," said AAM president Scott Paul, "and look forward to helping make it a success." Read More

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BIO applauds SEC for finalizing Regulation A+.

April 7, 2015

BIO applauds the SEC for finalizing provision of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act that will raise offering ceiling under Reg A+ from $5 million to $50 million. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, most small biotech companies operate without any product revenue, relying on external investors to finance all of their operations. Increased offering limit under Reg A+ will enable emerging biotech companies to raise capital while reducing regulatory compliance. Read More

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NEMA welcomes legislation on critical minerals.

April 7, 2015

NEMA welcomed introduction by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) of legislation to update federal policy related to mineral resources critical to U.S. manufacturing industries. These materials include 17 so-called "rare-earth elements," as well as yttrium, scandium, cobalt, lithium, and thorium. An update of previous legislation, American Mineral Security Act of 2015 specifically recognizes importance of critical materials for energy-, technology-, and healthcare-related industries. Read More

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EPA GHG Report says automakers surpass standards for second year.

April 7, 2015

According to EPA's second annual Manufacturers' Performance Report, automotive industry outperformed national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for 2 consecutive model years. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 g/mile (1.4 mpg) better than required by 2013 standard. According to EPA's most recent CO2 Emissions and Fuel Economy Trends Report, model year 2013 vehicles achieved all-time record average of 24.1 mpg – nearly 5 mpg increase since 2004. Read More

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BIO Urges Governor to Sign interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

April 7, 2015

BIO is calling upon Governor Deal to sign legislation to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Policies outlined in Bill 51, which passed Georgia Senate with 43-3 vote following unanimous vote in the House, align with BIO's principles on biologic substitution. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood called this legislation, "a significant step forward," citing transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams. Read More

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Brian Glowiak Becomes New Director of SME Education Foundation.

April 7, 2015

As SME Education Foundation director, Brian Glowiak will be responsible for day-to-day leadership and strategic direction. SME chief executive officer Jeffrey Krause lauded Glowiak, specifically noting his "wealth of nonprofit and charitable giving experience" as well as his "extensive experience working within a foundation and his connections to the nonprofit industry." Glowiak joins SME from the FCA Foundation, where he served as vice president. Read More