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Proposed Ozone Rule could be most expensive in U.S. history.

March 5, 2015

Update of study conducted by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) Economic Consulting and commissioned by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals that revising ozone standard from 75 ppb to 65 ppb, as proposed by EPA, could reduce GDP by $140 billion/day and carry compliance price tag of $1.1 trillion. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said ozone standard revisions threaten manufacturing sector as well as U.S. economy. Read More

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BIO strongly supports FDA Safety over Sequestration Act.

March 4, 2015

BIO applauds Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) for introducing the FDA Safety Over Sequestration Act, which would exempt privately paid user fees paid to FDA from any future operation of sequestration. BIO firmly believes that preventing FDA user fees from becoming subject to future periods of sequestration is critical to protecting patients and supporting public health, and calls on Congress to quickly consider and pass this vital legislation. Read More

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BIO Applauds COMPETE Act to encourage early biotech research.

March 4, 2015

BIO applauded Senators Tom Carper and Pat Toomey for introducing COMPETE Act, which will spur biotech capital formation and stimulate innovative research and development. Specifically, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood voiced support concerning included provisions which make R&D tax credit permanent while increasing credit rate. Greenwood also commended increased credit in bill for innovative research expenses as well as encouragement of investment in early-stage, R&D-centric businesses. Read More

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U.S. Construction Equipment Exports drop 13% in 2014.

March 3, 2015

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2% drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets. Business to Europe, South America, and Australia/Oceania was hit the hardest, according to AEM, citing U.S. Department of Commerce data it uses in global markets reports for members. Top countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery during 2014 (by dollar volume) were Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and South Africa. Read More

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AMCA soliciting volunteers to author new standard.

March 2, 2015

AMCA is seeking volunteers to form document-creation committee to author new AMCA standard that will introduce Fan Efficiency Ratio. FER metric is a ratio of the actual fan efficiency to baseline fan efficiency, both calculated at given airflow and pressure point. Standard will introduce FER as energy efficiency metric for fans designed to encourage responsible use and drive significant and quantifiable energy savings through codes, rebate programs, and federal regulations. Read More

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IPC Elects 6 Members to its Board of Directors.

March 2, 2015

At IPC Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO 2015, Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 6 candidates for election to 4-year term. First-term electees included Peter Cleveland (Intel Corporation) and Jeff Timms (ASM Assembly Solutions Americas). Those renewed for terms included Bhawnesh Mathur (Creation Technologies), Nilesh Naik (Eagle Circuits), Ray Sharpe (Isola SARL), and Mark Wolfe (John Deere Electronic Solutions). Read More

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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