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AAMA and World Vision fill 500 backpacks for in-need children.

September 25, 2014

During AAMA 2014 Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a Title I elementary school in the Denver area. After including hand-written notes of encouragement for the current academic year, volunteers distributed the backpacks in person. This event was coordinated in partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to help them reach their full potential. Read More

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Samsung CEO to deliver keynote at 2015 International CES.

September 25, 2014

CEA announced that Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., will deliver keynote address at the 2015 International CES®. Yoon is slated to discuss connected devices, future of the Internet of Things, and vision of the smart home. He will also focus on Samsung's vision of strategic partnerships that will drive next wave of technology breakthroughs. His address is slated for 6:30 PM Monday, January 5 in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian. Read More

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AIA Presents 2014 Wings of Liberty Award to Rep Harold Rogers.

September 25, 2014

On September 18, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) presented its Wings of Liberty Award to Representative Harold "Hal" Rogers (R-KY) to recognize his longtime support of aerospace and defense industry. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, citing his tenure as "a tremendous leader of our cause," said Rogers was "richly deserving of this year’s award" and noted his Appropriations leadership as well as his emphasis on putting national security first. Read More

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AIA Praises Passage of FY15 Short-Term Continuing Resolution.

September 25, 2014

In her statement commending bipartisan passage of FY2015 Continuing Resolution, which will keep government operating through December 11, 2014, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey also urged Congress to negotiate omnibus appropriations bill to fund the entire federal government instead of passing another CR. Blakey cited shortcomings in current procedure as lending to government and industry having to contend with prior years' budgets and significant restrictions. Read More

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FAA Calls on Aviation Industry to equip ADS-B for NextGen.

September 25, 2014

As announced by FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker, FAA plans to hold Call to Action summit to engage aviation industry in meeting January 1, 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with new avionics technology. This all-day session, planned for October 28, will include discussion on how FAA and aviation industry can work together to resolve barriers and address potential challenges to equip aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out avionics within next 5 years. Read More

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PMMI Names Board and Committee Members at annual meeting.

September 25, 2014

PMMI membership elected 3 members – Wayne Goldberg (Econocorp, Inc.), Emmanuel Cerf (Polypack, Inc.), and Jonathon Titterton (Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.) – to PMMI Board of Directors for terms from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018. Board of Directors chose Executive Committee for 2014; members of the current Executive Committee, in place since January 1, 2014, will continue to serve in their present positions for second one-year term (January 1 through December 31, 2015). Read More

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NEMA publishes roadway and area lighting equipment standard.

September 25, 2014

NEMA published ANSI C136.13-2014 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Metal Brackets for Wood Poles. Standard covers metal pipe, tubing, and structural brackets for wood poles designed to support luminaires of generally spherical, ellipsoidal, or rectangular shapes used in roadway and area lighting. Read More

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Hodgson addresses impact of California regulations on U.S.

September 24, 2014

Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, spoke at AAMA 2014 Fall Conference. His presentation, "California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation," discussed how California’s energy policy is driving market to time-of-use energy pricing, incentivizing ways to reduce peak load and detailing how policy impacts energy choices in buildings. California Energy Commission has proposals for 2016 Energy Code, including using high-performance attics/walls, LED lighting, and 0.82 Energy Factor water heaters. Read More

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Executive Actions will advance solar deployment.

September 24, 2014

White House is announcing series of public and private sector commitments and executive actions to advance solar deployment and promote energy efficiency. Some actions include: partnering with military bases to create veterans solar job training pilot; investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural areas; proposing energy conservation standard for commercial unit air conditioners; and strengthening commercial and residential buildings codes. Read More

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Executive Actions will expand deployment of renewable energy.

September 24, 2014

Energy Department announced executive actions to expand renewable energy and cut GHG emissions. To connect skilled veterans to clean energy industry, Solar Instructor Training Network is launching pilot job training program for veterans at 3 military bases. SunShot Initiative announced online tool to chip away at solar soft costs, such as interconnection, permitting, and financing. In addition, Department issued proposed energy efficiency conservation standard for commercial unitary air conditioners. Read More

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South Dakota Governor presented food and agriculture award.

September 24, 2014

BIO announced that South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard was presented with its 2014 Food and Agriculture Governor of the Year Award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening the agricultural and livestock biotechnology industries within South Dakota. By attracting and supporting industry growth and university research, he has been a driving force behind the growing state-wide biotech community. Read More

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BIO praises House for passing job creation act.

September 24, 2014

BIO lauds House of Representatives for passing H.R. 5405, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act. This package of bills, sponsored by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), will support capital formation and reduce regulatory burdens for emerging biotech companies. BIO supports two key pieces of legislation included within the package: the Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act and the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. Read More

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FAA proposes $417,000 civil penalty against Tecom Industries.

September 24, 2014

FAA is proposing $417,000 civil penalty against Tecom Industries, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, CA, for violating federal drug and alcohol regulations. FAA alleges company failed to: include 14 safety-sensitive employees in random drug or alcohol testing pools; receive verified negative drug tests for 13 employees before transferring them to safety-sensitive positions; comply with follow-up drug testing program; and perform testing on required minimum percentage of employees in 2012. Read More

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NEMA supports technology-neutral energy tax provisions.

September 24, 2014

NEMA commends Senate Finance Committee for holding a hearing on Reforming America’s Outdated Energy Tax Code. According to NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff, association is especially encouraged by Chairman Wyden’s support for moving to a technology-neutral and performance-based approach to energy tax policy. NEMA has provided the Finance Committee with a package of technology-neutral tax incentives to boost energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, factories, and electric grid. Read More

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NEMA and GridWise Alliance champion Grid Innovation Caucus.

September 24, 2014

NEMA and GridWise Alliance commended Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) on launch of Grid Innovation Caucus, which will educate members of Congress and staff about importance of electric grid to nation’s economy and ability to innovate and modernize grid to bring it into 21st century. Caucus will support education and outreach activities to highlight innovative technologies and efforts that help enhance grid reliability and resilience, as well as improve economic growth. Read More

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PMMI announces purchase of Summit Media Group, Inc.

September 23, 2014

PMMI has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group, Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, and Contract Packaging. According to PMMI Chairman Bill Crist, PMMI's strategic vision is to create opportunities where businesses and people along the packaging and processing supply chain can convene to network, problem solve, and do business. The robust platform Summit brings to the table will enhance the ability to do that. Read More

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Online Machinery Training closes skill gap in plastics industry.

September 23, 2014

SPI and Tooling U-SME announced Plastics U, which aims to close manufacturing skills gap in plastics industry. Administered by Tooling U-SME, PlasticsU will provide formal online training tailored specifically for plastics industry challenges/requirements. Because SPI represents and supports range of companies throughout plastics industry, it partnered with Tooling U-SME to develop PlasticsU and provide customized courses and programs for areas specific to as many stakeholders as possible. Read More

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AEM Customer Support Seminar co-locates with AEMP Symposium.

September 22, 2014

To help equipment manufacturers tune in to customer needs on first-hand basis, AEM is co-locating its 2014 Customer Support Seminar with the annual Asset Management Symposium of AEMP. Key seminar themes will include: how customer service should be treated as an overall approach to systematic improvement for customer retention/growth; strategies OEMs must use to maintain long-term customer relationships; and how recruiting, training, and keeping diverse workforce is critical to future success. Read More

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Consumers Energy to install pollution control technology.

September 22, 2014

In settlement with U.S., Consumers Energy, a subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation, has agreed to install pollution control technology, continue operating existing pollution controls, and comply with emission rates to reduce harmful air pollution from 5 coal-fired power plants located in West Olive, Essexville, Muskegon, and Luna Pier, MI. Settlement will resolve claims that company violated Clean Air Act by modifying facilities in way that caused release of excess sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Read More

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EPA announces competitive cooperative agreements.

September 22, 2014

EPA announced competitive cooperative agreements with 12 community-based organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in American communities. Read More