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May Equipment Finance Index shows business volume holding steady.

June 25, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for May indicates 21% increase in new business volume compared to May 2012, at $7.5 billion, unchanged from April 2013. Year to date, cumulative new business volume was up 11%. Index also showed receivables over 30 days declined to 1.6%, while charge-offs remained unchanged and credit approvals increased to 78.8%. William G. Sutton, ELFA President and CEO, said data suggest equipment finance sector is on verge of breakout performance. Read More

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FABTECH to be held in Chicago November 18-21, 2013.

June 25, 2013

Covering more than 550,000 net sq ft at McCormick Place in Chicago, FABTECH will feature exhibits such as live equipment demonstrations for visitors to see, touch, and compare products side-by-side. FABTECH educational conference will take place simultaneously, with expert speakers discussing topics in manufacturing. Annual expo comes during renaissance in U.S. manufacturing; over past year, 41,000 jobs were added in sector, while 500,000 jobs were added since 2010. Read More

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U.S. Team Takes Gold in 2013 International Rocketry Challenge.

June 25, 2013

Sponsored by Raytheon, U.S. team comprised of 3 students from Georgetown, TX 4-H rocketry club placed first in sixth annual International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. International Rocketry Challenge serves as culmination of 3 separate competitions held annually worldwide, each of which brings aims to inspire middle and high school students to become engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by designing, building, and launching model rockets. Read More

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Exhibit Space is Selling Quickly for IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

June 25, 2013

As reported by IPC, 95% of exhibit floor space has been sold for IPC APEX EXPO® 2014. This technical conference and exhibition, scheduled for March 25–27 in Las Vegas, attracts industry executives and decision makers in electronics manufacturing and assembly market. According to Alicia Balonek, senior director of trade shows and events, "This event is an excellent opportunity to meet new customers, promote your business, network with existing customers, and sell products and services." Read More

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NAM Urges Participation in second annual Manufacturing Day.

June 25, 2013

NAM is supporting second annual Manufacturing Day, which is designated as October 4, 2013. NAM asks manufacturing plants to open their facilities to visitors on this date to help expand knowledge about and improve general public's perception of manufacturing careers. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources, while manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships. Read More

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BIO Official defends biofuels standard to House Committee.

June 25, 2013

BIO submitted comments to House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to 4th white paper reviewing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Document examines goals and achievements of RFS as part of national energy policy. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, biofuels technology is helping U.S. economy by mitigating impact of high oil costs and reducing gas prices. He also said RFS2 has further developed domestic biofuels industry, reducing dependence on foreign fuels and creating jobs. Read More

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NREL Sustainability Program reaches beyond campus.

June 25, 2013

NREL's sustainability program, Sustainable NREL, engages employees in lab that minimizes use of resources – energy, materials, water – while maximizing their received value. According to Sustainable NREL Director Frank Rukavina, this program aims "to foster social and environmental responsibility and implement initiatives that will showcase laboratory as global model for sustainability." Efforts visible to community include projects such as Graham House and NREL Parking Garage Workshop. Read More

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EPA Report reviews effects of development on health and environment.

June 25, 2013

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during national Twitter Town Hall meeting. It summarizes trends in land use, buildings, travel behavior, population growth, and expansion of developed land. Discussions on environmental consequences of these are also included, as is conclusion describing ways to reduce such effects. Read More