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EPA announces regional administrator for Atlanta office.

January 20, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced President Obama's selection of Heather McTeer Toney as regional administrator for EPA's Region 4 office in Atlanta. Ms. McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as the Mayor of Greenville, MS, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. She is also the Principal Attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC. Read More

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North American PCB Sales Improve despite weaker orders.

January 20, 2014

November 2013 North American PCB Statistical Program shows year-on-year sales growth strengthened while book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.91. Total PCB shipments increased 4.0% from November 2012. While still negative compared to same period in 2012, year-to-date shipment growth improved to -2.3% in November. Bookings fell 6.7% year-over-year, pushing year-to-date order growth back to -0.4%. PCB shipments and bookings in November were down 6.3% and 15.5%, respectively, compared to October 2013. Read More

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BIO supports Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act.

January 20, 2014

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 outlines Congressional objectives for trade agreements, and lays out process for Congressional approval of agreements negotiated by Administration. According to Jim Greenwood, legislation would help advance global goals by ensuring that trade agreements reflect high level of IP rights modeled on U.S. laws, strengthening transparency and accountability of drug reimbursement regimes, and removing unjustified barriers to agricultural biotech trade. Read More

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Record Numbers Seen at 2014 International CES.

January 17, 2014

As announced by CEA®, 2014 International CES® featured record 2 million net square feet of exhibit space which housed 3,200+ exhibitors. More than 150,000 industry professionals attended, including over 35,000 of whom came from outside U.S. According to CEA's Gary Shapiro, "One-third of the world’s population interacted with CES in some way." Major tech breakthroughs and product launches were seen across 15 product categories and 25 market-specific TechZones. Read More

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NIMS issues record number of credentials.

January 17, 2014

NIMS announced that it awarded 13,888 industry-recognized credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the metalworking industry. This represents a 58.8% increase from 2012. NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover breadth of metalworking operations. Institute certifies individuals' skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote workers. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 10 new members.

January 16, 2014

PTDA has welcomed 10 new members in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. Distributor members include Capitol Bearing & Hydraulics; Carleton Industrial Supply Ltd.; Controls & Electric Motor Co.; Emco, Inc.; and Hei-Tek Automation, LLC. Manufacturer members include Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies; Martin Engineering; Monarc Industries; and Ringspann Corporation. In addition, PTDA welcomed associate member Mayflower Marketing, a consulting company for distributors and manufacturers. Read More

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Environmental Reporting Standards for Concrete have been revised.

January 16, 2014

Used for developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for concrete, Product Category Rules (PCR) v1.1 improves upon previous release by expanding required environmental impacts that must be reported in EPD. Also, scope of said document includes all countries that use similar standards referenced in PCR for evaluating and producing concrete. ASTM International and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) have adopted PCR for use in their respective EPD programs. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Richard Sutherlin.

January 16, 2014

Richard C. Sutherlin, manager of technical services at ATI Wah Chang, Albany, OR, has received the 2013 H.R. "Russ" Ogden Award from ASTM Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys. A graduate of the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology of the University of Montana, Sutherlin was recognized for contributions to development of applications for reactive and refractory metals to be used in corrosive environments, with specific focus on zirconium, titanium, and niobium. Read More