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Manufacturers Hail Passage of Home Star Energy Retrofit Act.

May 12, 2010

In regards to H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, NAM President John Engler said "Manufacturers applaud members of the House of Representatives who voted for [its passage." Engler commented further, saying this legislation will spur consumer demand for energy-efficient products and building materials via rebates. Also according to Engler, Home Star will create needed jobs in manufacturing, distribution, and sale of energy-efficient products. Read More

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Communities urge protection of precious source waters.

May 12, 2010

As Drinking Water Week 2010 concludes, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in encouraging protection of precious source waters. To help protect against contamination, AWWA suggests not overusing pesticides or fertilizers, disposing of used motor oil properly, using detergents that are phosphate-free, and properly disposing of prescription medications and other products that are too often flushed down the toilet. Read More

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EPA reaches settlement in Chesapeake Bay lawsuit .

May 12, 2010

U.S. EPA reached settlement with Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 4 former Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. elected officials, and organizations representing watermen and sports fishermen in resolving lawsuit filed in January 2009 claiming that EPA had failed to take adequate measures to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay. By December 31, 2010, EPA will establish Chesapeake Bay TMDL, a tool of the federal Clean Water Act, which sets strict pollution diet to restore bay and its tributaries. Read More

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NASA and EPA extend environmental collaborations.

May 12, 2010

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson signed Memorandum of Agreement to promote and continue collaboration between the two agencies in environmental and Earth sciences applications. Both agencies have been involved in projects and activities for many years, addressing climate change, air quality, and water. Re-invigorated partnership focuses on science leadership to motivate continued exploration, innovation, and protection of the planet. Read More

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NASA Funds Initiative that aids students seeking internships.

May 12, 2010

One Stop Shopping Initiative aims to ensure students who want to apply for NASA internship/fellowship can access all NASA opportunities via one website. Awarded by NASA to 5 organizations, cooperative agreements were made in hopes of attracting students to NASA opportunities and providing completely navigable process. Awards will fund NASA-wide recruitment, application, selection, placement, and career development system to engage students in research, education, and exploration. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Report indicates 33.7% rise in consumption.

May 11, 2010

According to American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), March US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $258.00 million. This total, reported by companies participating in USMTC program, is up 58.1% from February and 49.5% from March 2009. With year-to-date total of $548.53 million, 2010 is up 33.7%. AMTDA president Peter Borden said that the March increase provides further evidence of accelerating economic recovery. Read More

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BSA elects 2010-2011 officers and directors.

May 11, 2010

At its 2010 Annual Convention, BSA elected Ellen Holladay of Motion Industries, Inc. as President, James Webster of DXP Enterprises as 1st Vice President, Jack Simpson of Applied Industrial Technologies as Treasurer, and Eduardo Bichara of Baleromex S.A. de C.V. as Chairman of the Board. In addition to new officers for 2010-2011, BSA also elected the following Directors: Tom Armold, Rex Davis, Jim Fitzpatrick, Tim Breen, Craig Gipson, and Doug Savage. Read More

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IEEE Accelerated Stress Testing Committee to hold meeting in October.

May 11, 2010

IEEE's technical committee on Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) has issued call for presentations for its 15th Annual ASTR Workshop, to be held October 6-8, 2010. Themed Bridging the Gap from Laboratory to Field, workshop will provide forum to share ideas on limiting and eliminating product field failures. Focus will be on finding design weaknesses and improving strategies to screen defects/weaknesses in electronic, optoelectronic, photonic, and electro-mechanical hardware. Read More

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Die Casting Industry Companies honored for operational safety.

May 11, 2010

At Industry Awards Banquet on March 23 during CastExpo'10, winners of NADCA's annual Safety Award Program were recognized for having exceeded or met industry criteria to operate safe working environment for their employees. Perfect Award recognized facilities that operated all of 2009 without one reportable injury or illness, and Outstanding Award honored operations whose reportable injury or illness level was below national average of 7% for all manufacturing. Read More

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Biomass Terminology and Definition Standard. are being expanded by ASABE.

May 11, 2010

Project initiated by ASABE intends to revise standard on biomass terminology and definitions to include additional terms and definitions. This applies specifically to ANSI/ASABE S593, Terminology and Definitions for Biomass Production, Harvesting and Collection, Storage, Processing, Conversion and Utilization, which was originally developed 5 years ago to provide uniform terminology and definitions in general area of biomass production and utilization. Read More

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Innovative Green Business Events launched nationwide.

May 11, 2010

Environmental Defense Fund, in partnership with DIG IN, Greenbiz.com, Net Impact, Sony, and Ashoka, is coordinating series of Solutions Labs providing industry with opportunity to explore next generation of business sustainability - one that balances profit growth with environmental concerns. At one-day, interactive events, participants help craft agenda themselves and spend day actively brainstorming ideas for accelerating green innovation while sharing best practices. Read More

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ATA President's Award Winner donates grant money to ATRI.

May 11, 2010

Dale Hannington, Former President of the Maine Motor Transport Association, received ATA 2009 President's Award, which is sponsored by J.J. Keller and Associates. Mr. Hannington donated $10,000 grant money to American Transportation Research Institute, which is trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining safe, secure, and efficient transportation system. Read More

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BlueStar Announced as Diamond Sponsor for AIM Expo 2010.

May 11, 2010

Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) announced that BlueStar will be Diamond sponsor for AIM Expo, which takes place November 1-3 in Chicago, IL. In addition to supporting overall event, BlueStar will host Reseller Brunch. According to Evanhoe and Associates President and AIM Expo chairman Chuck Evanhoe, BlueStar's "commitment to bringing back the auto ID and mobile IT industry show is evident in their support of all aspects of the planning and execution." Read More

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MetalForming Magazine names publisher.

May 11, 2010

PMA Services, Inc., publisher of MetalForming magazine, announces hiring of Andy Flando as Publisher. Andy is a 15-year marketing/publishing professional with management experience in trade and consumer publications. He will have primary responsibility for directing MetalForming's advertising sales and marketing efforts, and developing customer relationships. Previously, Andy was Associate Publisher of Cleveland magazine and Publisher of Pulse Magazine, both published by Great Lakes Publishing. Read More

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EPA proposes to expand Montreal Protocol scope to HFCs.

May 10, 2010

EPA has announced collaboration between U.S., Canada, and Mexico in proposing to expand scope of Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Proposal would phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and includes proposal by EPA to use isobutane, propane, HCR-188C, and HCR-188C1 refrigerants as substitutes in U.S. household/commercial refrigerators and freezers. Benefits, based on EPA analysis, would be equal to removing gas emissions from 59 million cars each year through 2020. Read More

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SME Survey verifies manufacturing increase for Quebec area.

May 10, 2010

One announcement after another in aerospace market has revealed momentum shift regarding manufacturing in Quebec, just in time for Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show. Renewed interest is confirmed by SME's economic outlook survey of manufacturers in Quebec on their future spending plans and views on industry recovery. Results showed while recent economic downturn negatively impacted operations, almost 2/3 of respondents anticipate business activity to increase in next 12 months. Read More

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Individual CVP Training will be available in Boston.

May 10, 2010

Individuals can attain certification as machine vision professional (basic level) through AIA's new program. To earn Certified Vision Professional (CVP) status, individuals need to pass test based on basic tutorial programs AIA offers in fundamentals of machine vision, beginning lighting and optics, basic vision software and algorithms, and camera and image sensor technology basics. First round of tests will be offered during The Vision Show and Conference in Boston, May 24-27. Read More

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NEMA CEO to address International Energy Efficiency Forum.

May 10, 2010

NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis will address policy and regulation at third Energy Efficiency Global Forum and Exposition during session, "What is the Key to Driving Behavior Change in the Business and Consumer Sectors: Incentives, Regulations, or Both?" Gaddis will join more than 50 energy experts who will present 4 plenary sessions and 4 concurrent tracks of dialog sessions, which will concentrate on buildings, consumers, industry and utilities, or transportation and urban planning. Read More

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50th Anniversary Industry Summit to focus on growth.

May 10, 2010

Scheduled for Oct. 21-23, PTDA 50th Anniversary Industry Summit will include opening keynote by Mike Rayburn, the "World's Funnies Guitar Virtuoso." Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Trend Research will return to make sense out of unchartered territory presented in the current economy. Most popular event of summit, "Big Issues for Small Distributors Forum," offers open exchange of ideas to assist CEOs and owners of small to mid-sized distribution firms in managing businesses more profitably. Read More

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Eight New PTDA Members joined in first quarter of 2010.

May 10, 2010

Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) welcomed 8 new members in first quarter of 2010. Three new distributor members included Amazon Industrial and Scientific, BDI Canada Inc., and Mader Electric Motor and Power Transmission. Joral LLC joined as manufacturer member, and CSConsulting LLC joined as associate member. Also, 3 educational institutions - Cape Fear Community College, Northwest Technical College, Lake Land College - joined as associate members. Read More