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ELFA announces new Board of Directors and Officers.

October 30, 2014

During the 53rd Annual Convention, ELFA announced its new Board of Directors and Officers who will serve during the next 12 months. Robert "Bob" Rinaldi, CEO of Commercial Industrial Finance, is the Chairman of the Board and William Stephenson, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of DLL, is now Chairman-Elect. Chairman-Elect and new board members were recommended by ELFA’s Nominating Committee and approved by a vote of the general membership. 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

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AASHTO Awards Top Prizes in Faces of Transportation contest.

October 30, 2014

Faces of Transportation competition, sponsored by AASHTO, saw 2 photographs and 2 videos claim top prizes. Grand Prize (photography) went to Florida DoT Photographer Sally Dobson, while People's Choice Award was presented to photographer Karl Nielsen. In video competition, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department won in Professional Production category, while California DoT (Caltrans) won In-House Production/Amateur/Novice category. Read More

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AASHTO supports FHWA request for additional ET-Plus testing.

October 30, 2014

Since safety of the traveling public is of paramount concern, AASHTO supported Federal Highway Administration's request that Texas-based guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries Inc., maker of the ET-Plus guardrail end treatment, re-test the device to ensure that it meets eligibility requirements for use on federal-aid projects. Read More

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IPC NA PCB Industry Report forecasts moderate growth through 2017.

October 30, 2014

IPC's 2013–2014 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America shows moderate decline in 2013 but forecasts moderate growth through 2017. On-shore PCB production increased slightly in 2013, and HDI/microvia boards experienced highest growth rate among PCB product types. Vertical markets data shows communications and military/aerospace as the 2 largest, collectively accounting for ~57% in 2013. R&D spending projections, up substantially for 2014, serves as positive indicator. Read More

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FAA Awards $10.2 Million in Environmental Grants to 6 airports.

October 30, 2014

Albuquerque International Sunport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chicago O’Hare International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Seattle-Tacoma International, and Yeager (WV) were awarded $10.2 million in FAA grants to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Through Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program funds and passenger facility charges to help acquire various airport-related air quality improvements. Read More

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FAA Addresses Ebola Concerns with official statement.

October 30, 2014

In its statement regarding Ebola, FAA cited health and welfare of flight crews, airline workers, and traveling public as top priority. FAA also pointed out its work with CDC, aviation industry, and Federal government partners on issues of public health and disease awareness. FAQ topics included flight restrictions, FAA's authority limits, Ebola preparations being made by airlines, passenger health screening requirements, crewmember procedures, and airplane cleaning procedures. Read More

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EPA releases GHG emissions data from large facilities.

October 30, 2014

EPA released fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, detailing greenhouse gas pollution trends and emissions broken down by industrial sector, geographic region, and individual facilities. Data shows that in 2013, power plants remained largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with over 1,550 facilities emitting over 2 billion metric tons of CO2. Petroleum and natural gas systems were second largest stationary source, reporting 224 million metric tons of GHG emissions. Read More

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EPA makes preliminary determination to regulate strontium.

October 30, 2014

EPA has made a preliminary determination to regulate strontium in nation's drinking water. Based on available information, agency has initially determined that strontium has adverse health effects. Strontium replaces calcium in bone, affecting skeletal development, which can be particularly detrimental to infants, children, and adolescents whose bones are still developing. Strontium has been detected in 99% of public water systems and at levels of concern in 7% of public water systems. Read More

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ASC to promote adhesives at global packaging event.

October 29, 2014

During PACK EXPO International, ASC will share how adhesives support innovation. ASC will host Booth N-4525 within the PACK EXPO Partner Program and provide information about its award-winning educational website; videos illustrating how adhesives have solved packaging challenges; and several key tools design engineers can leverage. ASC staff will also offer guidance and distribute information about the organization and its member companies that are present at the show. Read More

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SPE Thermoforming Division announces call for nominations.

October 29, 2014

SPE Thermoforming Division has announced a call for nominations for the annual Thermoformer of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the thermoforming industry in a technical, educational, or managerial capacity. Winner will be recognized at the awards dinner held during the 24th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will take place August 31–September 3, 2015. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2014. Read More

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Conference to focus on process enhancement and control.

October 29, 2014

Announced by IPC and SMTA, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will take place Nov 18–20 and will focus on best practices and new innovative technologies for meeting manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware. Some presentation topics include: In-line Aqueous Cleaning System Wash Sump Solution Life Extension; Concentration Monitoring Control in Batch and Inline Cleaning Machines; and Monitoring, Storing and Logging Critical Wash Parameters Real Time. Read More

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MESA International announces new Keystone Sponsor.

October 29, 2014

MESA International announced that Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, has joined MESA as a Gold Keystone Sponsor. According to Mike Yost, MESA President, Epicor's enterprise capabilities coupled with their manufacturing and MES domain expertise give them a valuable perspective that needs to be brought into the discussions impacting members. Read More

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EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Treatments do not benefit soybean crops.

October 29, 2014

Released by U.S. EPA, analysis of benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments for insect control in soybeans concluded there to be little or no increase in soybean yields using most neonicotinoid seed treatments compared using no pest control. EPA's Jim Jones said economic benefits analysis concluded soybean farmers "see little or no benefit from neonicotinoid seed treatments.” During its review, EPA found many scientific publication claims that treating soybean seeds had little value. Read More

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will give 2015 International CES keynote.

October 28, 2014

Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich will deliver keynote address at 2015 International CES®, which will take place January 6–9, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. At 4:30 pm on January 6, Krzanich will address forthcoming innovation in computing, forces driving next consumer technology wave, as well as his company's plans regarding redefine computing experiences. Brian Krzanich was appointed CEO and elected member of Intel's board of directors on May 16, 2013. Read More

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Congressman Rob Woodall visits IPC member companies.

October 28, 2014

As part of nationwide effort to discuss with policymakers legislative and regulatory issues that affect the electronics manufacturing industry, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-7) met with executives and employees of IPC member-companies, Hunter Technology in Lawrenceville, GA and Viscom in Duluth, GA. Hunter Technology provides electronic design, manufacturing, and test services, while Viscom is one of the leading suppliers of high-quality inspection systems for electronic assemblies. Read More

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Experts to discuss what's next in industrial biotechnology.

October 28, 2014

During 2014 Pacific Rim Summit Plenary Program, CEOs, CSOs, and industrial biotechnology veterans will highlight achievements and offer insight into quickly changing and expanding markets of renewable specialty chemical applications, biobased products, advanced biofuels, and algae bioproduction. Panelists will compare feedstock production on global scale and discuss solutions in logistics, feedstock availability, potential for economic growth, and exploring new markets. Read More

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EPA Guidance will improve schools' IAQ and energy efficiency.

October 28, 2014

Both energy management and protection of indoor air quality are important considerations for school facility management during energy upgrades and retrofits. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for School Building Upgrades offers opportunities to prevent and control potentially harmful conditions during school renovations. By using guidelines, school districts can cut energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment. Read More

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Gamry Instruments will be a EEST2014 sponsor.

October 27, 2014

Gamry Instruments will be sponsoring International Conference on Electrochemical Energy Science and Technology (EEST2014), which will take place October 31st through November 4, 2014 in Shanghai, China. Organized by International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES) with goal of stimulating fundamental and applied research, meeting will feature talks, keynote speeches, and poster presentations focusing on electrochemical energy research, development, and applications. Read More

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ASTM International reveals new brand identity.

October 27, 2014

During fall meetings of ASTM board of directors in Seoul, South Korea, ASTM International introduced its new brand identity. New branding better reflects expanding mission and global reach of ASTM and informs stakeholders who they are and how they help to facilitate global trade, ensure public safety, and maximize business growth. Central to brand is ASTM's new purpose statement, "Helping our world work better," which articulates why ASTM exists as well as its primary ambition. Read More