Industry Market Trends

Friday Focus: Manufacturing Efforts Support Veterans across the Map

November 8, 2013

With 34,000 troops expected to return to the U.S. by 2014, manufacturers across the nation are ramping up efforts to give back to the veteran community -- by helping them ease back into civilian jobs. Read More

Industry Market Trends

As Cellulosic Biofuels Take A Big Leap Forward in Italy, U.S. Will Reap Benefits

November 8, 2013

SwitchgrassWhen it comes to cellulosic biofuels, 2013 just might be the year “they said it couldn’t be done.” The technology, infrastructure, and know-how needed to develop biofuel from non-food crops and agricultural residues has been lagging expectations. Problems ranging from process optimization to supply chain issues have plagued numerous efforts to bring the technology out of the lab and into commercial scale production. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced the original 2013 target in the Renewable Fuel Standard from 1 billion gallons to a mere 6 million. Then the Ineos Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., began shipping biogas made from waste. It will soon be producing 8 million gallons of ethanol a year. Read More