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MHEDA Edge focuses on how to maximize ROI.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Edge article, entitled "How To: Make The Most of Your MHEDA Membership," begins by offering advice to young professionals at MHEDA member companies. Three suggestions include: Go to convention offered free with each paid registration, keep current with latest industry information published in MHEDA, and take advantage of MHEDA's educational opportunities, many of which come at no cost. Read More

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Manufacturers say HomeStar will create jobs.

March 22, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers believe HomeStar program is effective way to encourage energy efficiency and immediately create jobs at time when nation is struggling with unemployment rate near 10%. Nearly one quarter of manufacturing jobs lost are in industries closely connected to housing. HomeStar program will help spur consumer demand for energy-efficient products and building materials by providing instant rebates for home energy-efficiency retrofits. Read More

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Men of the Road Feature interviews industry truck drivers.

March 22, 2010

In its Spring issue of Welding and Gases Today, 6 drivers who transport goods in the gases and welding industry share thoughts with GAWDA members and other readers. Each driver comes from different location and offers diverse array of experiences. All agree, however, that being on the road is the highlight of their jobs. Interviews conducted for the magazine feature will be offered in an expanded form on the magazine's online component. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 details forklift rentals consolidation.

March 22, 2010

MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 issue features article, Centralized Rental, which describes steps Liftech Equipment Companies has taken to improve its rental service over last 2 yr. In article, Liftech General Rental Manager Dave Aylward outlines process of consolidating rental operations of 6 company branches, located in 2 states, into one centralized department. By doing this, according to Aylward, company's trucking department turned 5-figure profit after expecting to break even. Read More

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Manufacturers support extension of tax credit.

March 22, 2010

According to NAM President John Engler, manufacturers are pleased with Vice President Biden's announcement to extend Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit by additional $5 billion. Program provides 30% tax credit for investments in facilities that manufacture clean energy technologies including wind, solar, batteries, advanced transportation, and advanced energy transmission. Initiative will spur manufacturing investment and has potential to generate thousands of jobs. Read More

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Joe LaRussa named to SME's Director of Membership position.

March 22, 2010

Joe LaRussa, PE, has been named SME's Director of Membership and as such will be responsible for increasing awareness of the value SME has to offer manufacturing professionals. Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manger of SME, noted Joe's volunteer work and understanding of manufacturing at a practical level will assist in existing and future members' nurturing and development. LaRussa has been an SME member since 1994. Read More

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SME Education Foundation provides funding to PLTW.

March 22, 2010

SME Education Foundation has funded $815,000 to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) summer program, in which 6-8th grade students will learn basics of engineering concepts during 1 week summer camp. Funds will be used to expand Gateway Academy to 300 middle schools throughout U.S. Enrollees in national 5013c, not-for-profit program will learn about drafting/graphic design on computer, use real lab equipment, and will be involved in projects such as building robotic vehicles and gliders. Read More

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Baldrige Program funds efforts to teach performance excellence.

March 19, 2010

NIST's BNQP has announced that MassExcellence, Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, Vermont Council for Quality, and Washington State Quality Award will receive funding for development of performance excellence curricula targeted at education or manufacturing organizations. Some plans for curricula include course modules on leadership, communication, and strategic planning; Web-based video lessons with self-paced learning; and descriptions of real-life case studies and best practices. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed ISO outsourcing standard.

March 19, 2010

National Standards Body of the Netherlands has submitted proposal to ISO for new standard on outsourcing, for which ANSI, as U.S. member body to ISO, invites stakeholder comments on by April 30, 2010. Proposed standard would provide guidance for outsourcing of any type of service and/or process and corresponding resources. To cover entire lifecycle of outsourcing, it would also provide description of definitions, concepts, and processes that are considered good practices. Read More

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Model Codes and Standards are created to hasten green building construction.

March 19, 2010

International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, US Green Building Council (USGBC), and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) - all members of ANSI - have announced launch of International Green Construction Code (IGCC). As merger of 2 national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes, IGCC will provide building industry with language that broadens and strengthens building codes to accelerate high-performance green building construction across US. Read More

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NHA Webinar to explore green fuel cell jobs in next 10 years.

March 19, 2010

Offered as one-time only event taking place March 24 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT, Green Job Creation in the Fuel Cell Industry: The Next Ten Years will be free to attend. It will not be archived, nor will slides be made available. Webinar will offer insight into third and fourth sections - Sustainability and Job Creation Potential - of Fuel Cell Today's 2010 Industry Review, which provide data on CO2 and regulated pollution reduction as well as job creation potential out to 2019. Read More

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ALA and SBS announce proposed merger.

March 19, 2010

For past 18 months, Society for Biomolecular Sciences and Association for Laboratory Automation have been strategizing a merger to unite their complementary missions within context of one inclusive organization - the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening. Merger awaits membership approval via proxy voting process. If approved, SLAS will become leading international community dedicated to advancing scientific research and discovery through laboratory technology. Read More

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AMCA International reaffirms publication 1011-03.

March 19, 2010

AMCA International reaffirmed AMCA publication 1011-03, Certified Ratings Program- Product Rating Manual for Acoustical Duct Silencers. Organization also provides program for certifying product's sound dynamic insertion loss, airflow generated noise, and pressure drop performance ratings. This applies to acoustical duct silencers for which performance rating catalogs are published and made available publicly. AMCA International Certified Ratings Seal only applies to individual components. Read More

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Publication offers application guide for AMS installation.

March 19, 2010

Reaffirmed AMCA 600-06, Application Manual for Airflow Measurement Stations, provides information to be considered when designing or specifying HVAC and other applications in installations requiring airflow measurement stations (AMSs) in temperatures from -20 to +250°F, pressures to 10 in. wg, and velocities to 5,500 fpm. Specifically, manual assists designers and users with proper application, performance considerations, selection, and limitations of airflow measurement stations. Read More

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AASHTO commends passage of hiring incentives.

March 19, 2010

By vote of 68 to 29, Senate has approved Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, which will extend authorizations for Highway and Transit Programs through end of calendar year. It will also provide $19.5 billion to Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent into next year and restore $8.7 billion in highway contract authority to states that was rescinded at end of fiscal year 2009. John Horsley, executive director of ASHTO says it's a win for the economy, workers, and community. Read More

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Precision Manufacturer Conference to focus on innovation.

March 19, 2010

Innovation will be a key theme at SME-sponsored EASTEC 2010, which will be held at Eastern States Exposition on May 25-27 and is centered on 5 exhibit categories. Annual precision manufacturing event will start off with Executive Breakfast, where Chris Trimble will present "The Innovation Imperative and Revitalizing the U.S. Economy." In addition to Lean and Green Resource Centers, EASTEC will showcase manufacturers introducing new products and services. Read More

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AMCA Standard classifies energy efficiency for fans.

March 19, 2010

AMCA STANDARD 205-10, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans, was approved by AMCA International membership on February 19, 2010. It defines classification for all fan types designed to be driven by motors of nominal rating 125 W (1/6 hp) and above. Fans can range from purpose-built single fan to series produced fans manufactured in large quantities. Applicable to fans and not fan system, standard also excludes classification for circulating fans. Read More

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AIA welcomes record number of new members.

March 19, 2010

AIA enrolled 9 new members at its Executive Committee meeting. In challenging economic times, AIA's strong representation is essential to protecting business interests of nation's aerospace and defense industry and helping to establish new opportunities. New members include Alliant Techsystems, Inc; ArmorWorks Enterprises, LLC; Celestica, Inc; Deloitte Consulting, LLC; OSI Systems, Inc; Plexus Corporation; SRA International; TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc; and UFC Aerospace. Read More

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BSA Conference Table Participation is growing.

March 19, 2010

Scheduled for May 4th, Conference Tables Session at BSA's Annual Convention offers participants opportunity for face-to-face meetings to address bearing industry concerns and resolve business problems. Conference Table online registration is available to all attendees after they register for convention. Distributors are encouraged to sign up for sessions as soon as possible so that they may plan with manufacturer to make the 25-minute meetings as productive as possible. Read More

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Manufacturers Welcome President Obama's export initiatives.

March 19, 2010

NAM President John Engler issued statement after President Obama's announcement concerning next steps for National Export Initiative, including reinstatement of President's Export Council (PEC) led by CEOs from Boeing (Jim McNerney) and Xerox (Ursula Burns). Specifically, Engler said "NAM has been a strong proponent of domestic policies that will boost U.S. competitiveness, including opening markets for U.S. exports bilaterally and in the Doha Round." Read More