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BIO World Congress highlights renewable chemical platforms.

June 29, 2015

According to USDA report, America's renewable chemical and biobased manufacturing industry generated 4 million jobs and contributed $369 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013 alone. Breakout sessions at the 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will feature experts and executives who will showcase latest innovations, remark on future of renewable chemicals and biobased industry, and highlight how companies and innovators are working to shift towards a bioeconomy. Read More

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State DOT Programs help communities become more livable.

June 29, 2015

AASHTO is releasing new video to commemorate Earth Day and to showcase some of the remarkable ways state departments of transportation are making communities more livable and transportation systems more sustainable. For example, with Utah DOT's "Walking School Bus" solution, students with at least one adult present can walk or bike to and from school together. As a result, children are healthier and there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions from buses. Read More

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Equipment Leasing & Finance Industry Confidence is down from May.

June 29, 2015

June 2015 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports overall market confidence at 63.0. Regarding next 4 months, survey also covered expectations for business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (capex), access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring. Respondents also chimed in on evaluating leadership of current U.S. economy, U.S. economic conditions, and business development activities spending. Read More

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IPC commends House passage of TSCA Modernization Act of 2015.

June 29, 2015

IPC supports bipartisan efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which needs to be modernized to reflect 21st century realities. A strong, cost-effective, science-based federal chemical regulatory program is important to IPC members, who use chemicals to manufacture electronics for nation’s defense, transportation, consumer, and other industries. H.R. 2576 includes sensible, balanced provisions for modernizing U.S. chemical safety laws. Read More

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ASABE Revises combine and grain harvesting terminology standard.

June 29, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced completion of ANSI/ASAE S343.4, Terminology for Combines and Grain Harvesting. This revision, which aligns terminology with currently used practices, contains terminology pertinent to grain combine design and performance. It also improves communication among engineers and researchers while providing basis for comparative listing of machine specifications. Read More

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Valerie Hayes Jester to receive advocacy award.

June 29, 2015

ELFA has selected Valerie Hayes Jester, President of Brandywine Capital Associates, Inc., to receive the 2015 David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to association’s advocacy efforts to promote sound public policies for the equipment finance industry. Jester has been an active participant in ELFA for more than two decades and was the first woman to serve as Chairman of ELFA, a position she held in 2007. Read More

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NAM Applauds House for standing with manufacturers on TPA.

June 29, 2015

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called U.S. House of Representatives approval of legislation to authorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), "a victory ... for all Americans." Timmons applauded those who "put politics aside and decisively acted to increase U.S. competitiveness and to open opportunities with the 95 percent of customers living outside our borders." On behalf of manufacturers, Timmons ended calling upon Senate quickly get this measure to President Obama. Read More

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NEMA hails final passage of trade promotion authority.

June 29, 2015

NEMA welcomed final passage by the U.S. Senate of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which sets market-opening objectives for U.S. international trade negotiations and establishes a transparent process for Congress to advise on and consider implementation of any trade agreements negotiated by July 1, 2018. Following 60-38 vote, the act now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Read More

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FAA Implements Safety Reporting Program for AIR employees.

June 29, 2015

FAA, in partnership with National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), implemented Safety Review Process (SRP). This 18-month pilot program, open to all bargaining-unit employees, lets FAA employees who work in Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) elevate safety concerns without fear of retaliation. SRP fosters voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for open reporting, and provides tool to accelerate elevation of safety-related concerns. Read More

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Farm Bill Rules support renewable chemical manufacturers.

June 29, 2015

BIO applauded U.S.Department of Agriculture's release of new interim final rules for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program), which provides loan guarantees to biorefineries. With growth of renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturing, United States can maintain its leadership in clean energy and manufacturing, create thousands of high quality U.S. jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign petroleum. Read More

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Land of 10,000 Lakes to host Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT.

June 29, 2015

On Sept 23–25, 2015, hundreds of professional women representing wide range of experience and expertise in manufacturing sector are expected to gather for 2 days of intensive, industry-specific educational and networking sessions at the fifth annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT in Minneapolis, MN. Event will include relevant panel discussions, valuable professional development seminars, and prominent keynote speakers, including Rhonda Stites, head of industry solutions for Google Enterprise. Read More

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ASF Components details importance of vendor managed inventory.

June 29, 2015

By providing outsourced procurement, inventory, and delivery, vendor managed inventory (VMI) supplier ASF Components manages class "c" components. Outsourcing to VMI company will help control class-c components and their associated costs and make aerospace and automotive plants more productive. VMI companies can determine optimum/cost effective packaging combinations; manage inventory by plant, work cell, and individual bin; identify inactive/excess inventory to be repurposed; and more.
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AAMA releases updated aluminum finishes documents.

June 26, 2015

AAMA has updated and released 2 documents specific to aluminum finishes. AAMA 612-15 describes test procedures and performance requirements for architectural quality combined finishes of anodic oxide sealed with transparent organic coating applied to aluminum extrusions and panels for architectural products. Similarly, AAMA 2603-15 covers procedures and requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. This standard covers factory-applied coatings only. Read More

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NREL Researchers identify battery second use strategies.

June 25, 2015

Researchers at NREL are playing crucial role in identifying battery second use strategies capable of offsetting plug-in electric vehicle expenses. Second-use options support broad spectrum of sustainable energy strategies, as they increase potential for widespread PEV adoption by eliminating end-of-life automotive service costs. NREL research confirms that after being used to power car, Li-ion battery retains approximately 70% of its initial capacity—making reuse a valuable energy storage option. Read More

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NEMA White Paper addresses lamp rupture risks.

June 24, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA LSD 71-2014 Best Practices for Metal Halide Lighting Systems Relative to Lamp Rupture Risks. White paper, developed by the NEMA Light Sources and Luminaire sections, provides updated educational information on the selection, operation, and maintenance of metal halide lighting systems with specific emphasis on risks associated with lamp rupture. NEMA LSD 71-2014 may be downloaded on the NEMA website. Read More

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EPA Seeks Input on modernizing RMP rule.

June 23, 2015

EPA invites small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. It will focus on EPA's development of rule proposing to modify current Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulation to reduce likelihood of accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances at chemical facilities as well as improve emergency response when such releases occur. Self-nominations are due by July 3, 2015. Read More

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CSA-Published Standard helps protect underground infrastructure.

June 22, 2015

CSA Group published CSA Z247 Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Infrastructure, which specifies requirements for preventing damage when there is ground disturbance near existing, deactivated, abandoned in-place, or reserved for future use underground infrastructure. When adopted, this standard will help prevent damage and protect such underground infrastructure as pipelines, electrical and telecommunication cables, as well as water and sewer lines to enhance public safety. Read More

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Manufacturing Day sees return of Kronos and MSC as sponsors.

June 22, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM co-producers welcomed back Kronos and MSC Industrial Supply as sponsors for second consecutive year. While Kronos renewed it Silver sponsorship, MSC Industrial Supply renewed its Bronze sponsorship. Sponsors of this national event provide resources to support participating manufacturers. Grassroots effort aims to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at various locations across USA on October 2, 2015. Read More

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CSBA Announces Board Leadership for 2015-2016 term.

June 22, 2015

As announced by BIO, Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) selected its Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2015–2016 term. Members include Russell Allen as CSBA Board Chair, Executive Committee; Nathan Tinker as CSBA Vice Chair, Executive Committee; and Bob Dayton as Past Chair, Executive Committee. Board members include Kristin Jones, Thomas Kowalski, April Giles, and Dennis McNannay. Russell Allen said he was "honored to chair this distinguished group." Read More

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Three Universities will help find new uses for toxics data.

June 22, 2015

EPA has selected academic partners for 2015 Toxics Release Inventory University Challenge, a project designed to increase public awareness and use of data on industrial releases of toxic chemicals. This year’s academic partners are the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Mercyhurst University. For more than 25 years, TRI Program has gathered data critical to helping communities make informed decisions about their environment. Read More