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Nonresidential Construction Spending rises 0.1% in May.

July 9, 2013

According to July 2 report by U.S. Commerce Department, total construction spending, which includes nonresidential and residential spending, was up 0.5% for month and 5.4% from May 2012. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu noted that “The economy has now entered its fifth year of economic recovery and many economic forecasters expect an acceleration of growth later this year and in 2014." Basu also noted the hindering effects of ongoing sequestration. Read More

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Santiago Grijalva named Director of Power Systems Engineering.

July 9, 2013

Santiago Grijalva comes to NREL with industry and academic experience, most recently from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he held position of Georgia Power Distinguished Professor and Strategic Energy Institute Associate Director for Electricity. As part of Energy Systems Integration team at NREL, Dr. Grijalva will develop strategic direction of Power Systems Engineering Center, enhance technical capabilities, and steward core competencies that advance electric power technologies. Read More

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FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS launch Version One of STN platform.

July 9, 2013

Version One of SNT platform delivers core STN content including complete CAS REGISTRYSM and CAplusSM content along with Thomson Reuters' Derwent World Patents Index®, including Derwent Chemistry Resource. Users can manage search strategies and results in dedicated "projects," which enable search professionals to organize and work on numerous projects concurrently. User interface shows search query, history, and results at a glance while highlighting most relevant answer sets. Read More

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ASTM Steel Committee presents Award of Merit to Thomas Mach.

July 9, 2013

ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Thomas J. Mach, QC manager at Mach Industrial Group in Houston, TX. ASTM International member since 1995, Mach was honored for outstanding leadership and contributions to standardization of steel forgings for wrought fittings, steel and stainless steel pipe and tube, and special applications. Read More

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Aluminum Association reaches record membership.

July 9, 2013

Aluminum Association announced addition of 3 companies to organization's membership. Scotwood Industries, Page Transportation, and Alloy Technology Innovations, each of which provides goods or services to aluminum industry, will join as Associate members, bringing total membership to 98, consisting of 51 producer and 47 associate members. Additionally, Association's Executive Committee recently elected 3 new members – Etienne Jacques, Kelly Thomas, and Michelle O'Neill. Read More

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NAM Comments on delay of ACA implementation.

July 8, 2013

Administration announced, via blog post, it would delay collection of data needed to enforce employer-mandate under Affordable Care Act (ACA). NAM Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger called this postponement "good news" but pointed out that this does not "halt or reverse the cost increases absorbed by employers and employees since the adoption of the law – nor does it prevent future increases." Trauger also called for focus on increased cost of coverage due to ACA. Read More

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MESA White Paper describes MES/MOM integration.

July 8, 2013

All manufacturing processes, scenarios, modes of operation, and application of techniques described in MESA White Paper No. 45: Applying Manufacturing Operations Models In A Discrete Hybrid Manufacturing Environment are currently in use in discrete and discrete/batch hybrid manufacturing enterprise. Paper explains requirements definition method using ISA-95 Part 3 modeling techniques to describe integration of MES as part of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). Read More

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EPA reaches agreement with SunCoke Energy for violations.

July 8, 2013

SunCoke Energy Inc. and two of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $1.995 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations of emission limits at the Gateway Energy and Coke plant in Granite City, IL, and the Haverhill Coke plant in Franklin Furnace, OH. Companies will also spend $255,000 on a lead abatement project in southern Illinois to reduce lead hazards in owner-occupied low income residences with priority given to families with young children or pregnant women. Read More