According to December 3 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction industry in USA experienced modest gain in October as spending increased to $571.3 billion. Total nonresidential construction spending, which includes private and public projects, is up 5.1% compared to one year ago. Encompassing nonresidential and residential spending, total construction spending was up 1.4% for month and 9.6% from 2011. Also, 11 of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases. Read More
Scheduled for March 21-23, 2013, PTDA Spring Leaders Conference will include committee meetings for PTDA volunteers and elected directors, General Education Session for all PTDA members, and Leadership Development Conference designed to prepare up-and-coming leaders. General Educational Session will feature interactive program titled "Building Profitable Partnerships Between Distributors and Manufacturers Through Understanding," by Kevin Boyle, President, Industrial Distribution Consulting, LLC. Read More
ASTM C1675, Practice for Installation of Precast Reinforced Concrete Monolithic Box Sections for Culverts, Storm Drains and Sewers, covers initial excavation procedures, foundation specifications, construction of a leveling course, placement and joining of box sections, and proper use of sidefill and overfill around structure. Other sections of standard describe sheathing removal and trench shield advancement, precast concrete appurtenances, and adequate protection from construction loads. Read More
At AIA year-end luncheon, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey warned attendees of an impending "'Thelma and Louise' moment, when we careen off into the void," and called for "real work, real negotiation and a real solution" to sequestration. Blakey devoted most of her remarks to 300 members of news media and industry present, pointing out that it is difficult to forecast next year's aerospace and defense industry outlook given uncertainties at hand. Read More
STEM pre-engineering program designed by Instructor, Brian Copes, has secured Calera High School of Calera, AL exemplary school status and funding from SME Education Foundation through its PRIME program, a community-based approach to manufacturing education. In addition to funds totaling $35,000 for 3 years, PRIME designation comes with 3-year commitment by SME Education Foundation to help create partnerships with local manufacturing base to provide job shadows, mentoring, and internships. Read More
Harnessing laser light’s ability to gently push and pull microscopic particles, researchers have created fiber-optic equivalent of world’s smallest wrench. Virtual tool can precisely twist and turn tiniest of particles, from living cells and DNA to microscopic motors and dynamos used in biological and physical research. Developed by physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington, fiber optic spanner is described in paper published in Optical Society's journal Optics Letters. Read More
To resolve alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at 5 of its manufacturing plants, Ohio-based Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. agreed to install pollution control equipment to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM) by nearly 2,500 tons/year and pay $1.45 million penalty. EPA's Cynthia Giles commented that "These new pollution controls will improve air quality and protect communities from Georgia to Texas." Read More
NAM sent Key Vote letters to senators urging passage of the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act, which will grant the United States Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia to grow U.S. exports and secure market access to help create American jobs. According to NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, failure to pass this PNTR legislation will only set us further behind in the growing Russian market and hurt American jobs and manufacturing workers.