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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

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EPA seeks input for potential NMP rule.

April 7, 2015

EPA is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to federal panel that will explore risk reduction in use of N-Methylpyrrolidone and methylene chloride for paint or coating removal. Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to establish Small Business Advocacy Review Panel for rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Read More

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NEMA's Business Conditions Index sees little change.

April 6, 2015

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for North America was largely steady for third straight month in March as index inched up to 58.3 from 57.9 in February and 57.5 in January. Survey’s measure of mean degree of change in current North American conditions firmed in March, climbing to +0.3 from +0.2 a month ago. EBCI for future North American conditions slipped modestly in March. Index retreated to 75 from 78.9 a month ago, but remained firmly above January’s reading of 67.5. Read More

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Washington D.C. leads nation on Energy Star Top Cities list.

April 6, 2015

EPA released its annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. This year, Washington, D.C., debuts in top spot with 480 buildings, followed by Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York with 475, 328, and 299 buildings, respectively. EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list shows how cities across America are embracing energy efficiency as an effective way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change. Read More

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EPA proposes reporting requirements on nanoscale materials.

April 6, 2015

For first time, EPA is proposing to use Toxic Substances Control Act to collect existing exposure and health and safety information on chemicals currently in marketplace when manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials. Proposal will require one-time reporting and recordkeeping of specific chemical identity; production volume; methods of manufacture; processing, use, exposure, and release information; and available health and safety data. Read More

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America's Road Team brings safety message to trucking show.

April 6, 2015

Members of ATA's America's Road Team brought message of highway safety to Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. The 19 captains of the new team have 453 combined years of experience and have logged more than 30.3 million accident-free miles. Founded in 1986, and sponsored by Volvo Trucks since 2002, America's Road Team represents country's 3.2 million professional drivers and serves as example of dedication and teamwork needed to deliver America's freight safely and on time. Read More

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Montez King of NIMS will lead students at WorldSkills Competition.

April 6, 2015

Montez King, director of credentialing for National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has been announced as volunteer Expert for Manufacturing Team Challenge students competing at 43rd WorldSkills Competition (August 11–16 in São Paulo, Brazil). King will be responsible for preparing and mentoring 3 students who will join 16 others as part of SkillsUSA's WorldTeam. He will also serve as a judge of the Manufacturing Team Challenge (MTC) contest. Read More

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EPA releases final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone.

April 2, 2015

EPA released final risk assessment for NMP, a chemical used to remove paint and other coatings. Acute and chronic risks identified for women of childbearing age who use NMP for less than 4 hours per day may be reduced by use of specific types of chemical-resistant gloves. However, gloves and respirators do not adequately reduce risks to women of childbearing age who use NMP for more than 4 hours per day on single day or repeatedly over succession of days. Read More

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BIO announces plenary sessions for 2015 World Congress.

April 1, 2015

During BIO's 12th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, executives from biofuels, renewable chemical, and airline industries will discuss technology breakthroughs, business partnerships, and sustainability initiatives. Some Plenary Sessions will include: Feedstock Sustainability in the Circular Economy, Biobased Innovations for the Future, and Flying the Friendly Green Skies. Event will be held July 19–22, 2015 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Canada. Read More

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Manufacturing Conference/Expo explores transformational tech.

April 1, 2015

AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition will take place April 20–23, with exhibits running from April 21–22, in Dallas, Tx. "Flexible Manufacturing for Aerospace & How to Capitalize for It" panel (April 21) addresses how to meet cyclical demands from commercial/defense customers. On April 22, "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom" panel explores how digital tapestry in manufacturing can be used to more efficiently identify customer needs, reduce costs, and improve product/service quality. Read More

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EPA Adds 2 Hazardous Waste Sites to NPL and proposes 6 more.

April 1, 2015

To reduce health impacts and encourage economic revitalization, EPA added 2 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and environment to National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. EPA also proposes adding 6 more sites. According to EPA's Mathy Stanislaus, "Superfund cleanups help advance the economic well-being of communities by turning contaminated properties into productive community resources that can enhance property values, create jobs and broaden tax bases." Read More

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U.S. Virgin Islands Students showcase rockets at White House.

April 1, 2015

At the 5th White House Science Fair, Team Caribbean Splash from the U.S. Virgin Islands exhibited their rockets and discussed their participation in the Team America Rocketry Challenge with President Obama. Team was invited to join the White House's celebration of students from across the country that are engaged and excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each year the Science Fair has a different theme and this year's focus was diversity and inclusion in STEM. Read More