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AASHTO Meeting focuses on next generation rail equipment.

May 5, 2010

AASHTO's Next Generation Equipment Committee met in Chicago, IL with over 200 domestic and international manufacturers and suppliers of passenger rail equipment. Meeting was major step toward creating jobs as part of high-speed intercity passenger program, according to John Horsley. Made up of members from state transportation departments, FRA, and Amtrak, committee aim to develop specifications and procurement strategies for next generation of passenger rail cars and equipment. Read More

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Four New Members were welcomed by ANSI in April.

May 5, 2010

New members welcomed by ANSI in April 2010 included CDE - Centro De Vigilancia Normas Y Patentes, The Longaberger Company, SlipNOT Metal Safety Flooring, and Unilife Medical Solutions, Inc. According to ANSI director of membership development Brian Meincke, these new members will "gain access to information and business intelligence that is not available elsewhere." Membership also fosters relationships that increase influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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NAM Chief Economist comments on ISM Manufacturing Report.

May 5, 2010

According to ISM Manufacturing Report, PMI index rose to 60.5 in April, the highest level since June 2004. Improvement was broad-based across all manufacturing industries with increases in production, new orders, and employment. Export component of report remained at near 2-decade high last month, underscoring how exports continue to lead economic recovery. However, while most manufacturing sectors have moved into recovery, industries connected to housing have continued to struggle. Read More

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NEMA's North American EBCIs remain at high levels in April.

May 5, 2010

According to NEMA's business confidence survey, economic environment facing electrical equipment manufacturers continued to show strong improvement in April. While the Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions was unchanged in April at 71.7, it matched its highest monthly level since May 2004. EBCI for future North American conditions advanced 2.2 points to 73.9 in April, reflecting widespread sentiment that improvement will persist through summer. Read More

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World Accreditation Day Paper Competition has extended deadline.

May 5, 2010

World Accreditation Day paper deadline has been extended to May 14, allowing extra time to submit entries before judging period begins. Paper submissions, which should be no longer than 2,000 words, need to highlight value of accreditation in facilitating acceptance of products, services, and professional credentials across borders. Concrete examples should be cited that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions have enabled trade and opened new markets. Read More

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National Bioscience Report shows growth during recession.

May 5, 2010

According to Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Initiatives 2010, U.S. bioscience industry, on the whole, experienced continued employment gains through 2008 - first year of recent economic downturn. Study contains most recent data available and shows publicly traded bioscience-related companies generated positive net growth through 2009. Specifically, U.S. employment in bioscience sector reached 1.42 million in 2008, which represents gain of 19,000 bioscience industry jobs in U.S. since 2007. Read More

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BIO Report shows industry growth despite recession.

May 5, 2010

Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Initiatives 2010 shows that U.S. employment in bioscience sector reached 1.42 million in 2008. Average bioscience job paid $77,595 in 2008, while each one generated additional 5.8 jobs in national economy. According to report, rapid growth was fueled mainly by research, testing, and medical laboratories. States continue to implement policies/programs to support bioscience development despite facing challenging fiscal conditions. Read More

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BIO Elects New Officers and welcomes new board members.

May 5, 2010

BIO's Board of Directors elected new officers and 9 new board members at BIO 2010 International Convention. BIO's Board of Directors is composed of members of Governing Boards for each of BIO's four sections: Health, Emerging Companies, Industrial and Environmental, and Food and Agriculture. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commented, "Each of these individuals brings vision, energy and experience to BIO and the industry it represents." Read More

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John Spengler receives EPA Environmental Achievement Award.

May 5, 2010

John Spengler, Ph.D, Principal of Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc., was presented Lifetime Achievement Merit Award by U.S. EPA at 40-year EPA Earth Day Celebration. Award recognizes effort both John Spengler and George Buckley have made in engaging students and shaping current thinking on environmental matters. Dr. Spengler also serves as Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation within Department of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Read More

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DOE Honors NREL for 20 years of Science Bowl support.

May 5, 2010

US Department of Energy (DOE) presented National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with 2 awards for its 20-year support of National Science Bowl. Awards were given by Energy Secretary Stephen Chu at finals for Science Bowl Competition in Washington D.C. In addition to honoring NREL's consistent sponsorship, awards honored NREL Education Programs Coordinator Linda Lung for her organization of middle school competition and running of middle school hydrogen and solar car races. Read More

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Robotics Entrepreneur Rodney Brooks receives SME's highest honor.

May 5, 2010

Rodney Brooks, PhD, is founder, chairman, and chief technology officer of Heartland Robotics Inc. He is also founder, board member, and former CTO of iRobot Corp. In acknowledgement of his work with robotics, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced Brooks will receive SME Honorary Membership. Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of SME, commented that Brooks' "international reputation lends itself to our global goal." Read More

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New FAA Aircraft Tracking System is implemented in Juneau..

May 5, 2010

FAA has implemented Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAM) that allows air traffic controllers to track aircraft along mountainous approach to Juneau, AK. System enables controllers to decrease separation between planes to 5 nautical miles. Utilizing network of sensors that uses signals to detect aircraft transponders, system displays locations of planes onscreen. It will serve as backup in event of GPS outage when Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast is deployed nationwide in 2013. Read More

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EPA proposes plans for coal ash regulation..

May 5, 2010

EPA is proposing first-ever national rules for safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. New rules enforce protective controls, such as liners and groundwater monitoring, at landfills, and liners/oversight of structural integrity at impoundments to protect against contaminants hazardous to human health. Proposal also calls for public comment on 2 approaches for addressing risks of coal ash management under Resource Recovery and Conservation Act. Read More

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Industry Awards recognize excellence in automatic ID, data capture.

May 5, 2010

AIM is seeking nominees for annual Automatic Identification and Mobility industry awards, which will be presented during 2010 AIM Expo on November 3, 2010 in Chicago, IL. While all pertain to Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) industry, specific awards target executives, scientists, and engineers (Dilling); individual or organization (Percival); professor or student (Ted Williams); and member of print or broadcast media (Excellence in Journalism). Read More

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2010 Outstanding Partner Award is given to Emerson by SME.

May 5, 2010

Emerson received SME Education Foundation's 2010 Outstanding Partner Award, which was presented to senior vice president Robert M. Cox, Jr. on April 19 at SME Education Foundation Board of Directors Dinner. Bart A. Aslin, foundation director, SME Education Foundation said, called Emerson "an extraordinary organization," noting their continued support of foundation itself as well as its youth programs. Aslin added, "We're grateful for their support." Read More

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NREL Assessment highlights green utility power leaders.

May 4, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) annual assessment of leading utility green power programs indicates there are 850+ utilities across U.S. that offer green power programs. Utility green power sales in 2009 exceeded 6 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) and represent more than 5% of total electricity sales for some of most popular programs. Wind energy represents ~2/3 of electricity generated for green energy programs nationwide. Read More

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BIO World Congress to cover investments in bio-based economy.

May 4, 2010

Seventh annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will be held June 27-30, 2010. Investors, government officials, and executives from companies commercializing renewable chemical/biofuel technology will discuss status of industry, market acceptance, and potential help from government policy. According to BIO white paper, biobased chemicals and products market is producing more than 40,000 jobs and is projected to grow to more than $500 billion by 2025. Read More

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BIO International Convention to address global climate, hunger issues.

May 4, 2010

To be held May 3-6, 2010, in Chicago, IL, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature food and agriculture program highlighting biotechnologies that address hunger and climate change, as well as role of policy in public's ability to benefit from these technologies. Exhibit floor will feature Food and Agriculture Pavilion that will demonstrate the benefits of plant biotechnology and BIO Booth with exhibit that showcases benefits of genetically engineered livestock. Read More

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IPC elects Mel Parrish as TAEC Chair for 2-yr term.

May 4, 2010

Mel Parrish of STI Electronics, Inc. was elected to chair IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC) during TAEC meeting at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010. One of Parrish's first tasks will be to lead TAEC through process of establishing commonality among IPC standards regarding electronics class designations. Parrish has been active in IPC technical committees for over 23 yr and has been member of TAEC and Committee Chairman Council for more than 10 yr. Read More

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NAM commends General Motors for repaying government loans.

May 4, 2010

In response to company's announcement, NAM President John Engler said organization commends General Motors for repaying government loans ahead of schedule. Citing this as positive step on road to economic recovery, Engler said, "The American auto industry represents the country's largest manufacturing base and is critical to manufacturing renewal, which will create quality jobs and grow the economy." NAM represents manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Read More