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Campaign highlights Trust Fund's long-term investment needs.

March 2, 2015

As Congress considers how to replenish Highway Trust Fund, AASHTO is launching multimedia campaign that calls on lawmakers to think big and focus on long-term investment needs. "Nation at a Crossroads" campaign urges policymakers to consider what is achievable in remaking transportation to aid quality of life and commerce, rather than patch problem areas with funding levels that are too low to keep pace. It includes video, web-based infographic, mobile app, and printed materials. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows rise in January 2015.

March 2, 2015

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for January 2015 shows overall new business volume at $6.7 billion, which is 12% up from January 2014 and 48% down from December. Receivables over 30 days were 1.1%, up from 1% in December and same period in 2014, while charge-offs were unchanged for tenth consecutive month at 0.2%. Also unchanged from December, credit approvals totaled 78.6%. Separately, MCI-EFI for February is 66.3 in slight rise from January's of 66.1. Read More

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IPC Issues Two Awards to honor Honeywell and Plexus Corp.

March 2, 2015

During IPC APEX EXPO® luncheon, IPC respectively bestowed its highest corporate honors, IPC Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award and IPC Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award, to Plexus Corp and Honeywell. "For many years," IPC president and CEO John Mitchell said in comment, "both Plexus Corp and Honeywell have consistently provided staff resources to standards development and other committee initiatives. IPC...is privileged to have them in our membership." Read More

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BIO accepting nominations for Rosalind Franklin Award.

March 2, 2015

BIO has begun accepting nominations for its second annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology, which is given to an outstanding woman in the industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the biobased economy and biotech innovation. Rosalind Franklin conceived and captured Photograph 51 of the "B" form of DNA in 1952, while at King's College in London. Read More

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NPE2015 Event will feature Nordson polymer processing exhibit.

February 27, 2015

NPE2015 will see Nordson Corporation's marketplace introduction of unified, global strategy encompassing all technologies in its polymer processing range, which includes 4 brands of production-line components for melting, homogenizing, filtering, metering, and giving shape to plastic and fluid coating materials. At Nordson's exhibit (Booth 6263), all 4 brands will be represented by new technologies. Read More

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SBANE to host Rhode Island Breakfast Series event.

February 27, 2015

SBANE is hosting their monthly Rhode Island Breakfast Series event on March 4, 2015, entitled Higher Education's Contribution to Rhode Island's Economic Growth. Guest speaker Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College, joins SBANE for a presentation on RIC’s contribution to the economic growth of Rhode Island. Dr. Carriuolo has been involved with the Journal of Developmental Education, New England Dollars for Scholars, and Rhode Island Office of Higher Education. Read More

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Speakers cover variety of topics at Annual Conference.

February 26, 2015

During AAMA's 78th Annual Conference,speakers addressed range of topics. Jim Snyder, owner of WindowJim, spoke to attendees about the paradox of next-generation window replacement. Frank Koos, general secretary of EuroWindoor, discussed the construction sector in Europe, the legislation that governs it, and the European window markets. BYK-Gardner’s global business manager, Greg Shrider, covered the basics of color measurement including discussion of color spaces. Read More

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EPA recognizes 16 organizations for climate action.

February 26, 2015

From innovative partnership enabling colleges to sell carbon credits to fund clean energy projects on campuses to some of country’s leading corporations setting and exceeding aggressive emission reduction goals, U.S. EPA's Climate Leadership Award winners are demonstrating that innovative actions to combat climate change are smart business decisions. Sixteen organizations and one individual have shown exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Read More

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NREL Science is crucial to success of new biofuels plants.

February 26, 2015

NREL played crucial role in technology that led DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels. Companies turned to NREL for biofuels expertise—POET for pretreatment, Abengoa for compositional analysis, and DuPont for crucial steps in process. Combined, facilities are helping meet Department's goals of producing clean energy from non-food parts of plants, creating jobs, mitigating GHGs, and boosting America's energy security. Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for Watthour Meter Sockets.

February 26, 2015

Useful to electric utilities as well as electricity meter and meter socket industries, ANSI C12.7-2014 American National Standard for Requirements for Watthour Meter Sockets covers dimensions and functions of meter test switches for transformer-rated watthour meters when used in conjunction with instrument transformers. Specifically, standard covers sockets rated up to and including 600 V, and up to and including 320 A continuous duty per socket opening. Read More

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AIA Announces Departure of President and CEO Marion Blakey.

February 26, 2015

AIA announced Marion C. Blakey's departure. After her 7-year tenure as AIA President and CEO, Blakey will be taking position of President and CEO of Rolls Royce North America. AIA Chairman and President and CEO of GE Aviation David L. Joyce noted how "AIA has elevated its role advocating in the best interests of the nation and the aerospace and defense industry" while under Blakey's guidance. Joyce added that AIA is "quickly moving forward to identify Marion's successor." Read More

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SME Education Foundation welcomes 2 Board of Directors members.

February 26, 2015

SME Education Foundation (SMEEF) announced new Board of Directors electees John Miller and Michael Marlowe. Both bring knowledge and passion for educating younger generations about manufacturing and associated industrial career opportunities. SMEEF president Brian Ruestow noted both electees' "years of industry experience" and insisted they will "help generate increased awareness, dedicated funding and educational development of the next-generation manufacturing workforce.” Read More

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Cadrat d'Or Prize has been awarded to Escourbiac l'Imprimeur.

February 26, 2015

Based in Graulhet in southern France, Escourbiac l‘Imprimeur specializes in production of art books. This commercial printer was awarded, for its third time, Cadrat d’Or industry prize in spring 2014 following investment in and acquisition of 8-color Rapida 106 with HR-UV kit. Award recognizes unique know-how and is awarded annually to printing plants that demonstrate extraordinarily high print quality combined with exceptional technical skill. Read More

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ELFA 2015 MCI-EFI shows confidence remaining at 3-year high.

February 26, 2015

February 2015 MCI-EFI shows confidence in equipment finance market at 66.3, which is up from 3-year high of January's index of 66.1. Other fields of expected expansion/growth over next 4 months include demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, "excellent" U.S. economic staus, and improving economic conditions. Foreseen declines include access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, employee hiring, and increased spending on business development activies. Read More

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BIO urges readoption of Low Carbon Fuel Standard with changes.

February 25, 2015

BIO is generally supportive of California's plan to readopt state Low Carbon Fuel Standard, but expressed concerns about certain aspects of law and their potential impact on production of low carbon biofuels. BIO is concerned that intensified reporting requirements could be particularly burdensome in time and cost to small and new low-carbon fuel producers. California Air Resources Board should ensure that new requirements do not inadvertently discourage small producers or innovation. Read More

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AMT announces inaugural Distribution Summit.

February 25, 2015

Scheduled for Sept 23–24, 2015, inaugural Distribution Summit will focus solely on distributors' needs; however, builders and suppliers are encouraged to attend. With tagline, "Where Distributors Connect," summit will provide networking opportunities beginning with reception on Sept 23, open to all attendees. Following day will feature presentations by speakers focused on improving distributors’ business operations. Call for speakers is open until April 17. Read More

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PTDA Foundation seeks nominations for Wendy B. McDonald Award.

February 25, 2015

PTDA Foundation seeks nominations for 2015 Wendy B. McDonald Award, which acknowledges women who have established themselves as critical contributors to their company's success and affected positive change within power transmission/motion control industry. Being accepted through May 31, female nominees must be employed by PTDA member company within 2015 and exemplify leadership and integrity in all business relationships. Those employed by Canadian companies receive extra consideration. Read More

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SME announces return of THE BIG M to Detroit.

February 25, 2015

Scheduled for June 2–4, 2015, THE BIG M annual conference and expo will focus on emerging technologies, processes, and advanced solutions that are shaping future of manufacturing. Joe Justice's M | Build Workshop will include four, 60-min sprints where participants will self-organize into cross-functional teams and assemble car within 1 day. Exercise will introduce Scrum, a manufacturing method designed to add energy, focus, clarity, and transparency to project planning and implementation. Read More

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BIO announces Everyday Superhero Contest.

February 25, 2015

BIO announced new contest aimed at recognizing biotech superheros in patient, industry, and academic communities. Ideas for potential nominees include: a graduate student whose work in the lab has led to a new approach to treating a disease; a patient whose determination has brought attention to research being done to combat their disease; or a researcher at a start-up biotech whose ground-breaking science has created a therapy that will potentially save thousands of lives. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Guide for fluorescent lamp electrical measures.

February 25, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C78.375A-2014 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Fluorescent Lamps—Guide for Electrical Measures. Developed by ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) C78, said standard describes procedures to be followed as well as precautions to be observed in obtaining uniform and reproducible measurements of electrical characteristics of fluorescent lamps under standard conditions when operated on alternating current circuits. Read More