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May Equipment Finance Index shows business volume holding steady.

June 25, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for May indicates 21% increase in new business volume compared to May 2012, at $7.5 billion, unchanged from April 2013. Year to date, cumulative new business volume was up 11%. Index also showed receivables over 30 days declined to 1.6%, while charge-offs remained unchanged and credit approvals increased to 78.8%. William G. Sutton, ELFA President and CEO, said data suggest equipment finance sector is on verge of breakout performance. Read More

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NAM Urges Participation in second annual Manufacturing Day.

June 25, 2013

NAM is supporting second annual Manufacturing Day, which is designated as October 4, 2013. NAM asks manufacturing plants to open their facilities to visitors on this date to help expand knowledge about and improve general public's perception of manufacturing careers. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources, while manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships. Read More

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U.S. Team Takes Gold in 2013 International Rocketry Challenge.

June 25, 2013

Sponsored by Raytheon, U.S. team comprised of 3 students from Georgetown, TX 4-H rocketry club placed first in sixth annual International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. International Rocketry Challenge serves as culmination of 3 separate competitions held annually worldwide, each of which brings aims to inspire middle and high school students to become engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by designing, building, and launching model rockets. Read More

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Exhibit Space is Selling Quickly for IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

June 25, 2013

As reported by IPC, 95% of exhibit floor space has been sold for IPC APEX EXPO® 2014. This technical conference and exhibition, scheduled for March 25–27 in Las Vegas, attracts industry executives and decision makers in electronics manufacturing and assembly market. According to Alicia Balonek, senior director of trade shows and events, "This event is an excellent opportunity to meet new customers, promote your business, network with existing customers, and sell products and services." Read More

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BIO Official defends biofuels standard to House Committee.

June 25, 2013

BIO submitted comments to House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to 4th white paper reviewing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Document examines goals and achievements of RFS as part of national energy policy. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, biofuels technology is helping U.S. economy by mitigating impact of high oil costs and reducing gas prices. He also said RFS2 has further developed domestic biofuels industry, reducing dependence on foreign fuels and creating jobs. Read More

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EPA Report reviews effects of development on health and environment.

June 25, 2013

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during national Twitter Town Hall meeting. It summarizes trends in land use, buildings, travel behavior, population growth, and expansion of developed land. Discussions on environmental consequences of these are also included, as is conclusion describing ways to reduce such effects. Read More

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NREL Sustainability Program reaches beyond campus.

June 25, 2013

NREL's sustainability program, Sustainable NREL, engages employees in lab that minimizes use of resources – energy, materials, water – while maximizing their received value. According to Sustainable NREL Director Frank Rukavina, this program aims "to foster social and environmental responsibility and implement initiatives that will showcase laboratory as global model for sustainability." Efforts visible to community include projects such as Graham House and NREL Parking Garage Workshop. Read More

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IPC Announces Agenda for Component Technology conference.

June 24, 2013

Agenda has been released for IPC Conference on Component Technology: Closing the Gap in the Chip to PCB Process, which will take place September 10–12, 2013 in Chandler, AZ. Designed to help PCB supply chain and chip manufacturers meet industry demands for reliability and performance, event will begin with 2 workshops. Following days will see keynote featuring Ron Huemoeller as well as several technical conference sessions with diverse topics. Read More

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AASHTO Marine Transportation Report identifies need for funding.

June 24, 2013

AASHTO's Waterborne Freight Transportation Bottom Line Report indicates water borne freight system is underfunded and faces serious challenges. It identifies threats to future of Marine Transportation System and action alternatives, including creation of Office of Multimodal Freight at USDOT. Also suggested is implementation of best practices for planning and investment among Federal, state, regional, and local organizations to improve and modernize waterborne freight transportation. Read More

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TRFA announces Sean Crow as chair of 2013 Annual Meeting.

June 21, 2013

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association announced Sean Crow of Lintech International, LLC, will serve as chair of 2013 Annual Meeting, to take place September 29-October 1 at Hyatt Regency Newport in Newport, RI. Two-day event will feature Technical Paper presentations, Regulatory Affairs Update, annual Table Top Showcase, meetings of TRFA's Market Focused Committees, and association's Annual Business Meeting. Also, Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award will be presented. Read More

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ASTM Honors Charles Naegele for contributions to fence standards.

June 21, 2013

Charles Naegele, P.E., owner and principal of Allied Consulting Inc. in Clarks Summit, PA, received Jerry W. Gambrell Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee F14 on Fences. Naegele was honored for his exemplary leadership and technical support while serving as chairman of Subcommittee F14.40 on Chain Link Fence and Wire Accessories. In addition to F14, Naegele works on several other ASTM Committees: A05, D18, E50, E54, and F33. Read More

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EPA Grants facilitate environmental stewardship, cleanup.

June 21, 2013

U.S. EPA announced selection of 16 grantees for rewards totaling $3.2 million via Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program. These grants support local work to recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Rather than filling jobs with contractors from distant cities, EWDJT grants provide employment opportunities for local residents to participate in revitalization of their communities. Read More

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EPA Offers Smart Growth Assistance to RI, AR, and WA.

June 21, 2013

Via its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program, U.S. EPA will offer technical assistance to 3 areas of USA to help improve their economy and create jobs while protecting health and environment through use of smart growth strategies. Applicants receiving technical assistance in 2013 will include state of Rhode Island; Mississippi County, AR; and Kelso, WA. Finalists were selected based on how well projects fit with current program priorities. Read More

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AIA releases poll data on public support for unmanned aircraft.

June 20, 2013

AIA released poll, conducted by Christian Science Monitor, at Paris Air Show indicating 54% of public respondents favor increased non-military use of unmanned aircraft systems. Results also indicate public opinion that governments should resolve perceived privacy issues, airspace regulations, and other challenges. In poll, 25% of public is aware of non-military uses such as law enforcement, search and rescue, flood monitoring, wildlife conservation, and fighting wildfires. Read More

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ELFA's June 2013 Monthly Confidence Index reflects optimism.

June 20, 2013

June 2013 MCI-EFI shows increase in market confidence to 57.3, reflecting growing optimism despite moderate growth of business investment in equipment. Over next 4 months, 19.4% of executives believe conditions will improve, while 71% say conditions will not change. As for U.S. economic conditions, 22.6% expect improvement over next 6 months, while 25.8% think their company will increase spending on business development. Over 90% of respondents rank current U.S. economy as fair. Read More

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RIA recognizes PRE-TEC as Certified Robot Integrator.

June 20, 2013

PRE-TEC of Eugene, OR has been named as RIA's 13th Certified Robot Integrator, having passed on-site audit, safety training, and testing of key personnel. Association's program allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices, allowing them to identify areas for improvement. RIA requires integrators to be recertified every 2 yr and represents 300 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, consulting firms, and more. Read More

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BIO Applauds Legislation for renewable chemicals support.

June 20, 2013

BIO and BIOCOM thanked Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) for introducing legislation, offered as amendment to be considered during House floor debate on Farm Bill, that would make renewable chemicals eligible for support in USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program. BIO's Brent Erickson called Peters "a strong champion for the industrial biotech sector," citing his support for renewable chemicals and work as advocate for policies to advance military biofuel production. Read More

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ASTM Bestows Cavanaugh Memorial Award upon Dr. Jack E. Parr.

June 20, 2013

Due to his outstanding and longstanding, distinguished leadership in promoting national and international standards for medical and surgical implants and materials, Jack E. Parr, Ph.D., chairman and CEO of Extremity Innovations and president of Medical Technology Development, was honored with ASTM International's 2013 William T. Cavanaugh Award. Parr has been member of ASTM International and Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices since 1981. Read More

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NEMA Congratulates newly appointed NIST staff.

June 20, 2013

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomes – pending approval by the Department of Commerce and Office of Personnel Management – appointments of Dr. Chris Greer and Dr. David Wollman to posts of Director and Deputy Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office. Greer will also hold title of National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, replacing Dr. George Arnold. Read More

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ASABE to Adopt large rotary mower ISO safety standard.

June 20, 2013

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to adopt, nationally, ISO 4254-13:2012, Agricultural machinery - Safety -Part 13: Large rotary mowers. ASABE's adoption of said international standard will include maximum cutting height for use in conducting foot probe test. Although this deviates from ISO document, inclusion will further align technical content with standard SAE J232, Industrial Rotary Mowers, published by SAE. Read More