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AIA Official releases 2010 industry financial statistics.

December 22, 2010

AIA's Marion C. Blakey announced aerospace sales of $216.5 billion in 2010 at 46th annual Year-end Review and Forecast Luncheon. "Aerospace has produced solid results, including a new sales record for the seventh straight year, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus and providing a sense of stability amidst the chaos of economic upheaval," Blakey said. Surplus of $53.3 billion is strongest of any manufacturing industry and, while employment declined, rate was slower than projected. Read More

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EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions.

December 22, 2010

U.S. EPA released report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA's Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emission reductions that are saving American lives and ecosystems. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone at more than $120 billion. Read More

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Toll Processing Conference to focus on business strategies.

December 22, 2010

By attending Toll Processing 2011 Conference, metal producers/processors can learn how to best position their company in the marketplace and make informed business decisions. "Strategic Moves" conference will include keynote by Dan DiMicco, President and CEO of Nucor Corporation, on leadership qualities and restoring strength to American manufacturing. Keynote by Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute, will address U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete in global economy. Read More

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MHEDA Article discusses inventory control for distributors.

December 22, 2010

Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features article titled "Chopping vs. Pruning" from Albert D. Bates, Ph.D., president of the Profit Planning Group. Article discusses how effective asset reduction programs can help improve distributor profitability, particularly in times of recession. Bates defines chopping as immediate reduction in investment levels to generate cash quickly. Pruning is a gradual approach to investment reductions, which does not create long-term profit problems. Read More

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Alternative Financing lets TxDOT build despite lean economy.

December 22, 2010

Leveraging public/private partnerships to offset effects of economic downturn and reduced state tax revenues, $2.5 billion expressway project in Fort Worth, TX, will cost state Department of Transportation $573 million. Texas DoT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz told AASHTO's Transportation TV that such partnerships allow TxDOT to "build several major projects that otherwise would not be built." In addition to creating jobs, projects also help improve quality of life for commuters. Read More

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ZigBee Standard optimizes human input devices.

December 22, 2010

Replacing 30-year old infrared technology with radio frequency solution, ZigBee Input Device Standard gives consumers improved options to use mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands, or remote control pointers from greater distances and even in nearby rooms. Designed especially for ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard optimizes devices by enabling non-line-of-sight operation, 2-way communication, extended battery life, and broader range of capabilities and features. Read More

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FMA Economist's 2011 Forecast calls for mixed results.

December 22, 2010

FMA International economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl offers 10 predictions for 2011 that will impact manufacturing and other sectors. These include sustained Federal Reserve interest rates, unemployment between 9% and 10.3%, increased export levels under a weak dollar, housing market stabilization at low levels, and overall US economic growth at 2.6%-3.2%. Kuehl calls his 2011 outlook a period of modest growth and controlled expansion but also one of narrow margins and vulnerability. Read More

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ANSI participates in Sustainability Education Summit..

December 22, 2010

ANSI helped sponsor US Department of Education's (DoE) Sustainability Education Summit, which articulated actions for education, business and industry, government, as well as environmental community to promote transition to sustainable green economy. Keynote address announced efforts to prepare incoming workers for challenges and opportunities as sustainability becomes focus of employment future. Examples include ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program. Read More

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ANSI solicits U.S. interest for secretariat of ISO TC 149.

December 22, 2010

As U.S. representative to ISO, ANSI is soliciting U.S. interest for secretariat position of ISO Technical Committee 149, Cycles. Committee is responsible for international standardization in field of cycles, their components, and accessories, with particular reference to terminology, testing methods, and requirements for performance, safety, and interchangeability. The term cycle refers to any vehicle which has at least 2 wheels and is propelled mainly by muscular energy of person on vehicle. Read More

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Carbon Black Standard is inspired by US EPA regulations.

December 21, 2010

ASTM D7662, Test Method for Carbon Content in Carbon Black Feedstock Oils, stems from new US EPA regulations mandating greenhouse gas reporting in US carbon black industry. Applicable to commercial feedstock oils used to produce carbon black products in furnace or thermal process, standard will also be of use to contract laboratories. Measuring total carbon content of feedstock oils is important in calculating CO2 emissions, estimating process yield, or assessing product quality. Read More

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AIA urges passage of appropriations.

December 21, 2010

AIA agrees with comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warning that the department would suffer adverse consequences if Congress fails to pass a full defense appropriations bill as part of any funding package. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, asking DOD to manage its vast and complex operations under year-long continuing resolution would hurt efforts to meet needs that are sometimes unanticipated in wartime and could have adverse effects on defense industrial base. Read More

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AIA welcomes Aviation Advisory Committee's recommendations.

December 21, 2010

AIA is encouraged by recommendations presented to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood by the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Several subcommittees recommended continued investment in the Next Generation Air Transportation System, as well as environmental research and development funding. Subcommittees also addressed a number of critical AIA priorities, including promoting development of sustainable alternative fuels and importance of STEM education. Read More

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IREC releases comprehensive report on net metering.

December 21, 2010

Titled "The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice," IREC's report provides overview of policy, practice, and issues, detailing methodologies states use to accomplish net metering in competitive electricity markets. Net metering is a policy that enables electric customer's meter to spin backwards and is considered one of the most important, cost-effective policies to help owners of solar photovoltaic and other renewable systems recoup their investment. Read More

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NAM Says America COMPETES Act will improve competitiveness.

December 21, 2010

In his statement, made after Senate passage of America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5116), NAM President and CEO John Engler expressed pleasure on behalf of manufacturers that the legislature is on its way to be signed into law. "Our economic future relies more than ever on our ability to innovate," said Engler, "and the reauthorization of the COMPETES Act will help manufacturers prosper in a globally integrated and highly competitive marketplace." Read More

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Manufacturers believe tax relief will spur economic recovery.

December 21, 2010

According to NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons, manufacturers are pleased that the House passed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 with no amendments. These much-needed incentives will spur investment, economic growth, and job creation. NAM has been a leader in advocating for these tax extensions, including the R/D credit, 100-percent expensing, and tax relief for small businesses. Read More

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Army Sustainability Policy adopts ASHRAE Standard 189.1.

December 21, 2010

US Army has made it policy to promote sustainability and improve green building standards for its facilities. On October 27, 2010, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of Army for installations, energy, and the environment (IE&E) issued a policy memorandum incorporating ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Net effects, given extended coverage, are expected to be significant. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 83.2% year-to-date.

December 21, 2010

According to AMT and AMTDA, October U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $387.13 million, which was down 2.5% from September but up 154.9% when compared to total of $151.86 million reported for October 2009. With year-to-date total of $2,477.06 million, 2010 is up 83.2% compared with 2009. All data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More

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TIA commends Congressional vote on income and state taxes.

December 21, 2010

TIA expressed gratitude to members of U.S. House of Representatives that voted in favor of extending tax cuts and restoring lower-level estate tax with higher exemption amounts. Organization has been actively lobbying in support of specific estate tax provision for several years. According to TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield, TIA members will not have to worry about previously onerous levels of estate tax when their own estate is passed on to spouses, sons, and daughters. Read More

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EPA and ECHA sign agreement to enhance chemical safety.

December 21, 2010

The U.S. EPA and European Chemicals Agency have announced a partnership that will promote technical cooperation on chemical management activities. Partnership was formalized through statement of intent and was highlighted at Transatlantic Economic Council meeting. Statement puts in place a process for working together on issues of mutual interest including toxicity testing, hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, risk management tools, scientific collaboration, and information exchange. Read More

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National Standard reduces mercury emissions from gold production.

December 21, 2010

U.S. EPA standard is cutting emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities. Specifically, it aims to reduce annual mercury emissions by more than 75% from 2007 levels in an effort to limit amount of toxic material released into air and water. While this action sets first national standard for mercury air emissions from industrial gold production, it builds on progress made under Nevada's program for controlling mercury emissions from precious metal mining. Read More