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AIA sounds alarm on economic downturn report.

February 1, 2013

According to Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of AIA, contraction of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter underscores AIA's warning for the past 18 months that severe across the board budget cuts—both to defense and non-defense discretionary spending—threaten to throw the economy into a tailspin. In less than 30 days, unless Congress and the White House act, sequestration will kick in, leading to higher unemployment, reduced tax revenue, and lower consumer spending. Read More

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NAM Board of Directors gains proven manufacturing executives.

February 1, 2013

NAM Board of Directors will see Caterpillar, Inc. chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman as chair and Tenneco, Inc. chairman and CEO Gregg Sherrill as vice chair. Also, Materion Technical Materials president Al Lubrano will serve as chair of SMM Group, while Neenah Enterprises, Inc. president and CEO Thomas Riordan will serve as its vice chair. Referring to these "proven manufacturing leaders," NAM's Jay Timmons expressed confidence that their leadership will inspire policymakers to listen. Read More

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Revised BGA Guideline expands focus on mechanical reliability.

February 1, 2013

C revision of IPC-7095, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for BGAs, will help design, assembly, inspection, and repair personnel improve reliability of ball grid arrays (BGAs) and fine-pitch ball grid arrays (FBGAs) in high-density applications. Guideline includes expanded information on mechanical failure issues that occur after assembly. In addition to BGA inspection and repair, guidelines address reliability issues and use of Pb-free joint criteria associated with BGAs. Read More

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AASHTO Executive Director commends US DOT Secretary LaHood.

January 31, 2013

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley commended U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for his leadership during the past 4 years. According to Horsley, fatalities have dropped by about 5,000 deaths per year on LaHood's watch, and distracted driving is a national priority today because of his personal zeal. He also helped states create thousands of jobs through investments in highways, transit, and high speed rail. Read More

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Manufacturers urge comprehensive immigration reform.

January 31, 2013

According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, manufacturers will reap the benefits of comprehensive reform—through an enriched workforce, improved economy, and stronger communities all working together under the same system. Thousands of manufacturing jobs remain vacant due to the skills gap. Access to the best workers at all skill levels is critical to manufacturers, and it will take an unwavering bipartisan commitment from the White House and Congress to get the full reforms we need. Read More

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BIO Convention to highlight hot topics in biotech industry.

January 31, 2013

Scheduled for April 22-25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature program of more than 800 speakers in over 125 sessions across 15 topic areas addressing latest business opportunities and challenges as well as newest innovations for executives, investors, scientists, and policy leaders. Hot topics include clinical trials modernization, food security, demonstrating economic value, accessing early-stage innovation, and venture philanthropy. Read More

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EXPO PACK Guadalajara sells out 100% of its exhibit space.

January 31, 2013

Debuting with 309 exhibitors from 18 countries, premiere edition of EXPO PACK Guadalajara will take place February 27 to March 1, 2013. Enrique Guzman, director of PMMI’s Latin America office reported that 100% of available booth space is taken and noted that the show was announced less than 7 months ago. Covering 32,000+ ft² net of exhibit space, event will be hosting domestic and international exhibitors. Anticipated attendance is 3,000 packaging and processing professionals. Read More

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February ANSI Caucus to feature safety management expert.

January 31, 2013

Scheduled for February 8, 2013, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature David Johnson, director of the office for technical programs and coordination activities in the directorate of technical support and emergency management at U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. Mr. Johnson began work at OSHA in 2012, where he oversees both its NRTL program and its Variance program. He previously served as safety director to several U.S. national parks and was an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army from 1984–2005. Read More