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NEMA and Orgalime announce joint position paper.

October 31, 2014

NEMA and Orgalime announced agreement on joint statement of recommendations to US and EU as they seek to negotiate free trade agreement known as Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. NEMA and Orgalime assert that differences in regulatory approaches drive companies to expend additional resources to demonstrate compliance. They call on TTIP agreement to include transparent processes and sensible mechanisms to achieve regulatory coherence at both bilateral and international levels. Read More

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Copper proves to be the superior piping system.

October 31, 2014

When it came time to install plumbing and mechanical system at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Delaware, shape of new building created unforeseen challenges. Semi-circular design required large-diameter piping that was lightweight, malleable, and easy to work with. Black steel pipe, originally specified for project, did not meet the criteria. On advice of CDA, hospital opted to go with copper piping for hot and cold water service, HVAC systems, and medical gas distribution. Read More

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FABTECH 2014 Industry Night takes place at Football Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2014

FABTECH (November 11–13, 2014) will host FABTECH Industry Night on November 12 at College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. Industry Night provides attendees with networking opportunities beyond exhibit hall floor as well as opportunity to see 4-time Super Bowl champion, Vietnam War veteran, and keynote speaker Rocky Bleier. On November 12 at 8:30 am, Bleier will speak about parallels between his challenges and those faced by manufacturers in today's competitive marketplace. Read More

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Top 10 Transportation Projects are competing for national awards.

October 31, 2014

AASHTO, AAA, and US Chamber of Commerce announced top 10 projects for America's Transportation Awards competition. This year, a record 36 states and the District of Columbia entered 73 projects that were judged in 3 categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and a new category, Quality of Life/Community Development. Nation will decide through online voting which project will receive People's Choice Award and panel of experts will select Grand Prize winner. Read More

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ELFA establishes Equipment Finance Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2014

ELFA has established Equipment Finance Hall of Fame to annually recognize individuals who have made unique, significant, or lasting contributions to equipment finance industry throughout their careers. ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, announced the new program and inaugural class of 10 inductees: Abe Bernstein, Spencer Wiscomb Clawson, Michael J. Fleming, John H. Giddens, Adolf Sonny Monosson, Peter K. Nevitt, Ken N. Pontikes, James H. Possehl, Bob Stubbs, and Thomas C. Wajnert. Read More

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Voluntary Star-Rating Program helps reduce pesticide drift.

October 31, 2014

EPA's voluntary Drift Reduction Technology program encourages use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. Program encourages manufacturers to test their technologies (such as nozzles and spray shields) for drift reduction potential. DRT ratings represented by 1, 2, 3, or 4 stars are awarded for technologies that demonstrate at least 25% reduction in potential spray drift compared to standard. Read More

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EPA Proposes Removal of 72 Chemicals from pesticide products.

October 31, 2014

U.S. EPA requests public comment on proposed removal of 72 chemicals from list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. According to EPA's Jim Jones, "This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients." EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by several parties, and comments are due November 21, 2014. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows new business volume growth.

October 30, 2014

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity from 25 companies, showed overall new business volume for September up 21% from September 2013, up 31% month over month, and up 8% year to date compared to 2013. Receivables over 30 days decreased from previous month to 1.0% and were up slightly from .09% for same period in 2013. Charge-offs remained unchanged at 0.2%, and credit approvals were relatively unchanged at 79.7%. Read More