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RIA Announces Workshops to precede 2013 Leadership Summit/Expo.

April 9, 2013

RIA will provide 3 courses on April 23, 2013 preceding 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo in Las Vegas, NV (April 23–25, 2013). These workshops are to include Estimating for Contents Restoration, led by Lori Young; RIA’s Mold Refresher Course, led by Michael Pinto; and hands-on review of Xactimate 27.5 features, led by Brad Williams. These workshops are optional and require additional fee. Read More

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Proposed Vacuum Cleaners Standard to cover HEPA filtration.

April 9, 2013

ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has formed new task group to develop proposed standards for high efficiency particulate air filtration, typically known as HEPA. Standards will clarify methodology and criteria used to define HEPA filtration for sealed vacuum cleaner systems and filter components used in residential and commercial settings, as well as provide both retail buyers and consumers a means of comparing manufacturer filtration claims and filtration benefits. Read More

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ASTM Honors Dr. Ochoa for composite materials contributions.

April 9, 2013

Ozden Ochoa, Ph.D., received Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials for her technical and humanitarian leadership. Presented every 2 years at Committee D30 spring symposium, award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in research, engineering, or teaching technology of composite materials. Ochoa's research contributions have resulted in 200+ journal and proceeding publications, technical reports, and one book. Read More

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Officials comment on EPA's cleaner fuels and cars standards.

April 9, 2013

Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, U.S. EPA proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in cars and trucks. An important component of administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths/year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children. Read More

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April Program focuses on implications of Big Data.

April 8, 2013

Data generated at planning, control, and execution points has expanded in breadth, depth, accuracy, and precision. Result is Big Data, which threatens to overload conventional management tools and capabilities. Phenomenon also impacts today’s supply chain professional as it requires new skill set in workplace – those of a "knowledge worker". Scheduled for April 18, joint meeting of ISM-7 Counties, CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable and APICS Tappan Zee will help participants understand these issues. Read More

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ATA eNewsletter focuses on business issues in trucking.

April 8, 2013

ATA's new quarterly newsletter, ATA Business of Trucking, will feature critical information from industry leaders on the most pressing issues in trucking. In first publication, readers can explore issues surrounding transitioning trucking from diesel to natural gas with insight from Kenneth W. Vieth, senior partner and general manager with ACT Research Co., LLC; Doug Thomson, VP, government relations and marketing with EcoDual LLC; and Matt Most, VP, commercial, with Encana Natural Gas Inc. Read More

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Bio-Diesel Fuel Company Owner sentenced for illegal scheme.

April 8, 2013

Following his guilty plea in December 2012 to 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering, and 4 counts of making false statements in violation of Clean Air Act, Jeffrey David Gunselman was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000, and ordered to pay more than $54.9 million in restitution. EPA's Cynthia Giles commented that "this sentence is the second significant penalty against an alleged bio-diesel producer who in fact produced no fuel at all." Read More

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Leading Indicators Offer Optimism for North American PCB sales.

April 8, 2013

IPC North American PCB Market Report showed what market segments underlie 10% contraction in February PCB sales versus February 2012. Bookings increased slightly in rigid PCB segment in February 2013, pushing total PCB book-to-bill ratio up to 1.06. After decline in 2012, PCB book-to-bill ratio has been positive since January 2013. According to IPC's Sharon Starr, "This suggests that the PCB industry’s recovery is merely delayed and we hope to see some improvement in the coming months." Read More