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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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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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NAM addresses how to build talent pipeline.

October 30, 2014

NAM's Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce presented action plan to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities to NAM Board of Directors' Doug Oberhelman. Task force created toolkit and guide to help manufacturing leaders collaborate in local communities to determine key competencies needed for new hires to succeed in advanced manufacturing operations, develop plan for local workforce training providers to deliver training, and grow pipeline to ensure supply of future skilled talent. Read More

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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