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Construction Industry Unemployment drops to 14.7% in March 2013.

April 16, 2013

According to April 5 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment fell from 15.7% in February to 14.7% in March. USA added 18,000 new construction jobs in that month, and year-over-year workforce expansion has been measured at 2.9%. Commenting, Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu said this report "implies that interest rates will remain low, which...is good for real estate valuations and for nonresidential construction." Read More

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Renewable Fuel Standard motivates industry to solve blend wall.

April 16, 2013

During Advanced Biofuel Leadership Conference, Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, told attendees that the Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to reduce reliance on foreign oil in transportation; the so-called blend wall is not a reason to abandon it. According to Erickson, the United States still needs alternatives to oil to ease consumers’ pain at the pump, and development of advanced biofuels is key to energy security in the future. Read More

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February Manufacturing Technology Orders rise 5.7% from January.

April 16, 2013

As reported by USMTO program participants, February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $385.89 million – up 5.7% from January but down 10.6% from February 2012. Year-to-date total of $750.94 million makes 2013 down 11.9% when compared with 2012. In addition to calling month-to-month gain "certainly good to see," AMT President Douglas K. Woods said year-to-date decline in orders "is in line with expectations we had for a slight slowdown in the first two quarters of 2013." Read More

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Chemical Network Online Discussion is scheduled for April 18.

April 16, 2013

ANSI Chemical Network Online Discussion will be held at 10:30 am EDT on April 18, 2013. This informal exchange, co-moderated by Michael Kirschner and Dr. Richard J. Forselius, will feature guest speaker Dr. Lauren Heine, who will discuss GreenScreen Program. During discussion, various chemical-related subjects are expected to be raised. These include, among others, conflict minerals and supply chain, rare earth metals and related source-of-supply issues, and chemicals policy in India. Read More

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ANSI renames Homeland Security Standards Panel.

April 16, 2013

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel Steering Committee announced that HSSP has been renamed Homeland Defense and Security Standardization Collaborative. New name reflects revision of group's charter intended to expand its scope to include issues related to homeland defense and to include input from wider range of government agencies and private groups. HSSP was originally established in 2003 to bolster development of voluntary standards related to homeland security and emergency preparedness. Read More

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AASHTO Website details state transportation funding proposals.

April 16, 2013

Compiled by AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance, Examination of Recent State Transportation Funding Proposals consists of one list that details state transportation funding proposals that have been or are being considered. This collation of data is posted on Center's website and includes various funding mechanisms. Where available, data also includes information on state transportation funding needs and gives estimates of how much revenue may be generated. Read More

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Sunbelt Rentals Contributes to Restoration Industry Legal Fund.

April 16, 2013

Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., member of Restoration Industry Association (RIA), has contributed $50,000 in matching funds to Restoration Industry Legal Fund (RLIF) and is challenging other vendors at upcoming RIA Industry Summit and Exhibition to contribute. Ken Rothmel of Sunbelt Rentals said "Sunbelt Rentals cannot sit idly by and not help to defend RIA members" and asked other RIA exhibitors "to commit what they can to help fund this important cause." Read More

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Linda Dempsey issues statement regarding Japan and TPP.

April 16, 2013

Linda Dempsey, NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs, issued statement after the United States and Japan announced an agreement to allow Japan to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. According to Dempsey, the commitments that Japan has made to address longstanding challenges are encouraging, and we will continue to work vigorously with the U.S. government to ensure a level playing field for all manufacturers in the United States. Read More