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USGBC's Consensus Effort questioned by ASC at GSA review.

July 10, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) questioned U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) commitment to consensus-based approach in development of LEED rating system. Consequently, ASC urged U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to not recommend the system as green certification standard for Federal Government at Agency listening session. Mark Collatz of ASC specifically pointed out USGBC's "random approach to making revisions" and its lack of commitment to openness and due process. Read More

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NAM urges swift passage of transportation bill.

July 10, 2012

According to statement by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, investment and updates to nation's transportation infrastructure are absolutely essential to manufacturers' ability to compete and create jobs. NAM thanks House and Senate leadership for reaching agreement that ensures funding for 2 years. Transportation agreement will help maintain competitiveness of all manufacturers, put thousands of Americans back to work, and commit needed resources to roads, bridges, and transit systems. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for May 2012.

July 10, 2012

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.9% in May 2012 from May 2011, but bookings increased 12.0% year over year. Flexible circuit shipments were down 10.0%, and bookings were down 1.1% compared to May 2011. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments in May 2012 decreased 2.6% from May 2011 and orders booked increased 10.6% from May 2011. Book-to-bill ratios for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits were 1.02 and 1.17, respectively. Read More

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Paul Shipp Receives Award of Merit for work on fire standards.

July 10, 2012

Paul H. Shipp, Ph.D., principal research associate at USG Corp. in Libertyville, IL, received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow for contributions to Committee E05 on Fire Standards. ASTM member since 1987, Shipp is past chairman of Committee E05 and leads Subcommittee E05.37 on Honors, Awards, and Nominations. Shipp also takes part several other ASTM committees and has served on ASTM board of directors as chairman of finance and audit committee. Read More

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Air Traffic Control Tower Project to create hundreds of jobs.

July 10, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta joined federal and local officials in breaking ground for NextGen-equipped ATC tower at San Francisco International Airport. Project is expected to create 600 total jobs, of which 400 will be in construction. Located between Terminals 1 and 2, tower will be 221 ft tall with 650 ft² controller work area. Three-story, 44,000 ft² base building will house offices, computer equipment, backup generator, and corridors. Read More

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Packaging Committee Presents Award of Merit to Patrick J. Nolan.

July 10, 2012

ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Patrick J. Nolan, president of DDL Inc. in Eden Prairie, MN. ASTM member since 1988, Nolan has 33+ years of experience in testing and analysis of packaging and products for shock and vibration hazards in distribution system. He has served as chairman of Committee D10, currently works on several D10 subcommittees, and is involved in several other committees and organizations. Read More

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Material Connexion® brings materials intelligence to PACK EXPO. .

July 10, 2012

During PACK EXPO International 2012, Material ConneXion interactive materials display can be found in The Brand Zone, within The Showcase of Packaging Innovations®. Attendees will be able to handle sampling of more than 6,500 advanced and sustainable materials from company's global Materials Libraries, and experts will be on hand to educate attendees about properties of different materials. Each day, Material ConneXion will also present series of live demonstrations in display area. Read More

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NAM says EPA's greenhouse gas regulations will hurt jobs.

July 10, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons released statement on behalf of the industry coalition on the ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit on EPA's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources through Clean Air Act. According to Timmons, ruling is a setback for businesses facing damaging regulations from the EPA. Regulations are costly, complex, and burdensome and will harm manufacturers' ability to hire, invest, and grow. Read More