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Recovery Act Funding expands local energy efficiency efforts.

June 30, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy announced that 20 communities have been selected for over $60 million in funding under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement local energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that will reduce energy use by American homes, vehicles, and businesses. Under Secretary of Energy Kristina Johnson said that these projects "will stimulate the economy and create jobs on the main streets of local communities across the nation." Read More

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Operations Management Framework is now publicly available.

June 30, 2010

Previously offered only to APICS members, APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge Framework is available to public as complimentary resource. It defines scope of operations management profession and provides resource and framework to understand operations management today and in future. Built on 50+ years of operations management knowledge, framework connects knowledge and competencies required to be effective in operations management field to daily work of professionals worldwide. Read More

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AIA Supports Dialogue on defense acquisition initiative.

June 30, 2010

Aerospace and defense industry was briefed on initiatives proposed by Defense Department to achieve cost savings in defense acquisition system while maintaining financially healthy defense industry. In response, industry noted "Secretary Gates and Undersecretary Carter should be congratulated for opening a dialogue to partner with industry to cut costs, improve productivity and achieve efficiencies." It was also said that while some progress has been made, there is more work to be done. Read More

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PMMI calls for nominations for Packaging Hall of Fame Class.

June 30, 2010

According to Maria Ferrante, VP, Education and Workforce Development, PMMI, being inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame is the top honor a packaging professional can receive in his or her career. Nomination submissions are due by Aug 24, 2010 and should describe how candidate has personally advanced science, technology, and practice of packaging; expanded packaging knowledge and understanding of packaging; and been a remarkable volunteer leader in packaging community. Read More

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Revised ASTM Test Method helps measure antimicrobial activity.

June 30, 2010

Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents has revised ASTM E2149, Test Method for Determining the Antimicrobial Activity of Immobilized Antimicrobial Agents Under Dynamic Contact Conditions, to provide more reproducible and reliable method consistent with other E35.15 microbiological standards. Subcommittee is currently looking for microbiological laboratories to participate in inter-laboratory testing in study to begin in fall 2010. Read More

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GHG Reporting Requirements issued for 4 emissions sources.

June 30, 2010

US EPA is finalizing requirements under national mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program for underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment systems, industrial waste landfills, and magnesium production facilities. Data from these sectors will promote GHG emissions understanding and help develop effective policies/programs to reduce them. Source categories data collection will begin January 1, 2011, and first annual reports will be submitted to EPA on March 31, 2012. Read More

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Renovated Building earns EPA ENERGY STAR for efficiency.

June 30, 2010

ASHRAE earned US EPA's ENERGY STAR, national symbol for protecting environment through superior energy efficiency, for its renovated Headquarters in Atlanta. This signifies that building performs in top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. According to ASHRAE President Gordon Holness, "renovation gave us the opportunity to demonstrate that existing buildings can be upgraded to provide equal or better than new building performance." Read More

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Global Broadband Numbers show record Q1 2010 gains.

June 30, 2010

Broadband subscription growth increased during first quarter of 2010, supported by healthy DSL growth in every region, fiber rollouts in Asia, and IPTV service offerings. Revealed by Broadband Forum at CommunicAsia press conference in conjunction with research by Point Topic, figures show global broadband lines top 484 million lines. This represents 3.12% growth in quarter and 12.41% in last 12 months to end of Q1 2010. Simultaneously, number of IPTV subscribers grew to 36.3 million. Read More

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Broadband and HomeGrid Forums reach collaboration agreement.

June 30, 2010

HomeGrid Forum, the non-profit trade group promoting United Nations' International Telecommunication Union's G.hn standardization efforts, signed agreement with Broadband Forum to deliver global compliance and interoperability testing program for products using G.hn technology. Broadband Forum will support HomeGrid Forum's validation of G.hn products, their promotion of product conformance and interoperability, and help expedite total time to market for HomeGrid Forum Certified products. Read More

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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