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ASTM to enhance economic analysis in Disaster Restoration Standard.

June 30, 2010

ASTM Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training, and Procedures is working with Subcommittee E06.81 on Building Economics on revisions to ASTM E2541, Guide for Stakeholder-Focused, Consensus-Based Disaster Restoration Process for Contaminated Assets. Revisions will provide users with in-depth economic analysis capability when recovering from catastrophic disaster and will link standard to ASTM E917, ASTM E964, ASTM E1074, ASTM E1765, and ASTM E2506 cost analysis standards. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for June 2010.

June 29, 2010

According to June 2010 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect business conditions to dip during next 3 months, an indication of typical summer slowdown. Metalforming companies also anticipate modest softening for incoming orders, although 30% of participants forecast increase in orders for next 3 months, down from 46% in May. Forty-eight percent reported that average daily shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, while 43% report no change. Read More

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MHEDA Journal features article about sales intelligence.

June 29, 2010

In April 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal, article titled "Know More Selling" by speaker and author Sam Richter explains how research is integral to sales process. According to Richter, when material handling salespeople are armed with relevant data, they can ask better questions and increase their credibility. Richter goes on to outline multiple online sources of such relevant information, including Google, Manta, LinkedIn, and ZoomInfo. Read More

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Magazine Article links showroom makeovers with profitability.

June 29, 2010

How To: Spice Up A Showroom article in May issue of GAWDA Edge features distributors that have recently remodeled their showrooms and experienced direct payoffs. After making his showroom brighter and more open, Pete Matarese of Liberty Supply experienced 20% increase in sales. Gases Plus branch manager Bill Knickerbocker, mimicking Home Depot/Lowe's warehouse style, remodeled his stores to take advantage of 20 ft ceilings to appeal to customers expecting clean, inviting stores. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Article examines benefits of diversification..

June 29, 2010

Finding New Doors To Knock On, written by Springer Equipment (Mobile, AL) President Ted Springer, appears in June issue of MHEDA Edge and asserts that thriving in difficult economic times requires that companies must be willing to diversify. Citing his own company's growth from addressing traditional forklift market to entering world of automatic guided vehicles, Springer said progress is not easy but can pay off in terms of new connections and customers. Read More

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April 2010 Market Report shows drop in U.S. and Canadian sales.

June 29, 2010

According to sales data in PTDA's Market Outlook Report, U.S. sales dropped 0.7% and Canadian fell 10.4%. Respectively, sales in both countries are up 12.7% and 15.2% compared to sales this time last year. Report also showed manufacturer confidence for U.S. and Canada rose to 5.1, while month-to-month sales for product categories witnessed overall decrease with few 3 exceptions for U.S. manufacturers and 2 for Canadian manufacturers. Read More

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Funding Announced for energy-efficient building causes.

June 29, 2010

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced awards totaling over $76 million in funds from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Awards are aimed at supporting energy-efficient building technology projects as well as development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors. Specifically, 58 projects selected will support programs to train workers, develop and deploy best practices, and reduce energy costs. Read More

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ASHRAE iPhone App enables in-field air quality calculations.

June 29, 2010

ASHRAE Standard 62.1 app enables iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to perform outdoor air calculations found in Ventilation Rate Procedure and interactive 62MZCalc spreadsheets contained in ASHRAE User's Manual for Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Commenting on its availability, volunteer head of ASHRAE publishing activities Jim Fields said the app ensures instant access to accurate information without requiring field users to return to their office. Read More

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Manufacturers release strategy for global competitiveness.

June 29, 2010

The "Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America," explains in clear terms what is at stake for manufacturing in the U.S. and provides roadmap for policies that will enable manufacturing to create jobs and compete. According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers need nation's leaders to consider the impact of each decision on country's overall competitiveness, and are calling for action on critical priorities such as energy, education, trade, and regulation. Read More

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Richard Lazarus named Exec. Director of BP National Commission.

June 29, 2010

Co-chairs of bipartisan National Commission on BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling have selected Georgetown University law professor, Richard Lazarus, to serve as commission's executive director. Lazarus specializes in environmental law and has participated in 40 cases before U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Lazarus worked for U.S. Department of Justice, both in Environment and Natural Resources Division and Solicitor General's Office, where he was Assistant to Solicitor General. Read More

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Five States reach major Recovery Act weatherization milestone.

June 29, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy announced that Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Utah have reached significant milestone under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - completing weatherization work for more than 30% of the homes they have planned. Weatherization Assistance Program has weatherized more than 108,000 homes nationally, saving American families more than $47 million on energy bills while supporting more than 10,000 jobs in first quarter of this year. Read More

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PCB Industry Results show overall increase for May 2010.

June 29, 2010

IPC announced May findings from North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in May 2010 increased 29.6% from May 2009, as orders booked increased 46.8% from May 2009. Year to date, combined industry shipments were up 16.2% and bookings were up 34.7%. Compared to the previous month, combined industry shipments for May 2010 increased 2.2% and bookings went up 8.3%. Read More

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Outstanding Achievements recognized at ASHRAE's Annual Meeting.

June 29, 2010

During 2010 Annual Conference, ASHRAE is recognizing 70 members and 1 chapter for contributions to ASHRAE and HVAC/R industry. Presidential Member Donald G. Colliver is receiving Andrew T. Boggs Service Award, which recognizes past Distinguished Service Award recipient for continuing, unselfish, dedicated, and distinguished service. Exceptional Service Award, which recognizes Distinguished Award recipients who have continued to serve Society, goes to 12 recipients. Read More

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ACGIH to offer continuing education courses in September.

June 28, 2010

ACGIH® has again joined with ventilation expert D. Jeff Burton, MS, PE, CIH, to offer two continuing education courses. Scheduled for Sept 13-15, Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation will cover both basic and advanced topic related to industrial ventilation. Practical Applications of Useful Equations, scheduled for Sept 16-17, includes calculation and estimation approaches related to airborne contaminants, TLV and TWA, and calculations lab in which participants work in teams. Read More

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National Hydrogen Association honors Senator Byron Dorgan.

June 28, 2010

NHA presented Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) with the Spark Matsunaga Memorial Hydrogen Award in recognition of his long history of leadership in Congress to advance America's hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Senator Dorgan is a founding Co-Chair of the Senate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus and had integral role in advancing hydrogen and fuel cell provisions in Energy Policy Act of 2005, Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Read More

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SME collaborates to create interactive manufacturing event.

June 28, 2010

Created by SME and AMTDA, Interactive Manufacturing Experience (imX), scheduled for September 12-14, 2011, will combine best features of corporate open house, customer training seminars, client appreciation programs, and new product launch events. Event will feature product and technology demos as well as learning labs with hands-on demonstrations, and case studies will be presented by suppliers and customers who have applied these new and existing manufacturing technologies. Read More

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Baldrige Award Recipients share experience at regional conferences.

June 28, 2010

Regional conferences on September 14 in Newport Beach, CA and September 28 in Nashville, TN will feature senior leaders from 5 organizations selected for 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from previous Award recipients, sharing best practices and results. Participants can network with recipients and gather tips on organizational improvement, innovation, and performance management as well as advice on how to successfully apply Baldrige Criteria. Read More

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Biofuel Organizations ask Congress to extend biofuels tax credit.

June 28, 2010

BIO, Advanced BioFuels Association, and Algal Biomass Organization joined other trade organizations and biofuel companies to ask leaders of House Ways and Means Committee to extend expiration of cellulosic biofuels production tax credit, make algae and other advanced biofuels eligible, and create optional, refundable investment tax credit in next appropriate revenue vehicle considered by House. These policies would demonstrate enduring federal commitment to increasing alternative energy production. Read More

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FAA Awards Contracts for environmentally friendly technology.

June 28, 2010

FAA announced $125 million in contracts to develop and demonstrate technologies that will reduce commercial jet fuel consumption, emissions, and noise. Contracts are part of FAA's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program to speed introduction of "green" technology into aviation. Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney, and Rolls-Royce-North America will match or exceed FAA's contribution, bringing overall value of program to more than $250 million. Read More

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Alaska FAA Controllers use NextGen air transportation technology.

June 28, 2010

Air traffic controllers in Alaska region are now officially using Next Generation Air Transportation System technology to improve safety and efficiency in Alaska's rugged terrain. A core technology under NextGen, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast gives pilots greater situational awareness when they are near bad weather and allows them to receive updated flight information. Air traffic controllers use ADS-B to keep aircraft safely separated in sky and on runways. Read More