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SME Chicago Chapter 5 lauded as Outstanding Education Partner.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 30, 2011 SME Chicago Chapter 5 has been awarded 2011 Outstanding Education Partner of the Year Award. Professional manufacturing group is comprised of members successfully directing their efforts to partnering and supporting aspiring engineers pursuing advanced manufacturing education at local colleges and universities. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin commended SME Chapter 5's "track record, energy, and commitment to change perceptions about manufacturing."
Wisconsin Bioscience Fund makes good business sense.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 30, 2011 Wisconsin Next Generation Jobs Act, a bipartisan special legislative session bill submitted at the request of Governor Scott Walker, would provide investment capital and other types of funding to bioscience companies operating within the state. If enacted into law, program would nurture innovative companies that seek to develop cures and breakthrough medicines, improve crop yields, discover cleaner forms of home-grown energy, and provide protection from pandemic and bio-terror threats.
Four U.S. Organizations honored with 2011 Baldrige Award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 30, 2011 U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 3 healthcare operations and 1 non-profit business as recipients of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, IN; and Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage AK.
November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report predicts decline.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
November 30, 2011 Metalforming companies, according to November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, predict continued decline in business conditions during next 3 months. Of 132 participants, 11% expect improvement, 61% predict no change, and 28% forecast decline. Companies also expect slight decrease in incoming orders. Average daily shipping levels decreased in November, and percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased to 17%.
ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examines progress, looks forward.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 30, 2011 At Tenth Plenary Meeting, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examined progress made over past decade and discussed path forward. Keynote speaker Adam K. Theil, fire chief for Alexandria, VA, acknowledged role standards play in enabling first responders to coordinate activities in emergency environments. Chris Dubay, VP and chief engineer at NFPA, moderated discussion examining standards that have been developed to respond to potential terrorist threats, others on horizon, and gaps that exist.
ANSI Seeks Comment on proposals related to sustainable development.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 30, 2011 ANSI invites comments, by January 13, 2012, on 2 related proposals recently submitted to International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition to proposal submitted by AFNOR, French member body to ISO, for new field of activity within area of sustainable development in communities, a work item proposal has been made by JISC, Japanese member body to ISO, for development of harmonized metrics that evaluate smartness of city's fundamental infrastructure.
EPA releases formerly confidential chemical information.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 30, 2011 As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to enhance EPA's chemicals management program and increase transparency, agency is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as Confidential Business Information. Releasing data will expand access to critical health and safety information on chemicals that are manufactured and processed in U.S. Newly available information can be found under "declassified tab" using Chemical Data Access Tool.
Robert Sumwalt sworn in for second term.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 30, 2011 Nominated by President Obama, Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in for his second term as a Board member of NTSB. Member Sumwalt was first designated as Board member on August 21, 2006 by President Bush and served as Vice Chairman of the Board for a 2-year term. He is currently serving a 5-year term as Board member, which ends on December 31, 2011. His next term of office will run until December 31, 2016.
PACK EXPO International 2010 makes top 5 largest trade shows.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
November 29, 2011 PMMI announced that PACK EXPO International 2010 ranked third among the annual Trade Show Executive Gold 100. In 2010, PACK EXPO International recorded 1,055,081 nsf, 44,294 visitors, and 1,835 exhibitors. Based on these figures, PACK EXPO was the third-largest trade show in the United States in 2010, following only the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at 1.4 million nsf and IMTS - the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 at 1.1 million nsf.
PTDA Business Index shows modest deceleration from 2Q11.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 29, 2011 PTDA Business Index indicated 3Q2011 was the sixth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members, albeit with a reading of 68.1. Compared with reading of 70.2 for 2Q2011, third-quarter results indicate power transmission/motion control industry is expanding at a slower pace than before. PTDA members participating in the Business Index on average continue forecasting 12% growth, the same as from the 2Q outlook.
PMA elects P.J. Thompson as 2012 Chairman of the Board.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44131
November 29, 2011 PMA announced that P.J. Thompson, president of Trans-Matic Manufacturing Company, Holland, MI, has been elected 2012 chairman of the PMA board of directors. During his term, Thompson will work with PMA to expand association's educational offerings to include training in business-management fundamentals. He has pledged to focus on providing mid-level managers with training and experiences that will empower them to lead metalforming companies to new competitive heights on global stage.
SAE International to host School Bus Powertrain Symposium.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
November 29, 2011 Scheduled for December 5, SAE International's 2011 School Bus Powertrain Innovation Symposium will address school bus propulsion systems. One-day event will help attendees make properly informed decisions about pros and cons of converting buses to hybrid electric, propane, or compressed natural gas technology. OEM, supplier, and peer-to-peer presentations and panel discussions, along with grant writing workshop and ride-along, are integral parts of program.
Manufacturers' Report highlights consequences of defense cuts.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 29, 2011 "The Negative Impact of Defense Spending Cuts on the Manufacturing Sector," has been released by NAM Defense Manufacturing Working Group. In addition to threats to national security, report notes that defense cuts could result in elevated unemployment, reduced competitiveness, and decrease in innovation that would impact American military superiority. Report states that 30,000+ manufacturers would be affected, and effect of such cuts would largely fall on small and medium-sized firms.
Transportation Bill will create jobs, enhance competitiveness.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 29, 2011 Responding to House Speaker John Boehner's announcement of American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, NAM Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse said "Manufacturers support a multi-year surface bill because modern infrastructure is essential to ensuring our global competitiveness." To create growing economy, Newhouse said, there must be reduced regulatory barriers as well as long-term investments in transportation/infrastructure and energy security.
AASHTO Video addresses highway and transit bill.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
November 29, 2011 "View from the Hill," released by Transportation TV, features House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Representative John J. Duncan Jr. responding to questions pertaining to issues such as environmental streamlining, prospects for passage of surface transportation reauthorization bill during 112th Congress, and current state of bipartisanship in Washington. Duncan has been with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during all 23 years he has served in Congress.
Biotech Leader Testifies on clinical trial bioethical issues.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 29, 2011 Russell M. Medford, MD, PhD, testified on November 16 to Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on BIO's Principles Regarding Ethical Performance of International Clinical Trials. As co-chair of BIO's Board Standing Committee on Bioethics, Dr. Medford said BIO supports appropriate oversight whether in U.S. or abroad and added that decisions regarding medical products and technologies "must always be made with profound respect for the rights of patients."
Walker Career Center named exemplary school by SME Education Foundation.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 29, 2011 Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, IN was named exemplary school by SME Education Foundation. First phase of Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education (PRIME) aims to create strong partnerships between schools, businesses, and organizations. Walker Career Center was selected based on their manufacturing curriculum, skilled and dedicated instructors, engaged and active students, corporate and administrative support from manufacturing community, and involvement of SME members.
Registration for BIO International Convention now available.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 29, 2011 Scheduled for June 18-21, 2012 BIO International Convention showcases the many ways in which biotech continues to offer answers and hope for world's most pressing issues. Event will feature more than 125 sessions in 13 breakout tracks as well as more than 1,000 speakers sharing breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, food, and agriculture. Additional features will include BIO Business Forum and BIO One-on-One Partnering(TM).
ANSI Meeting addresses information and communication technologies.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 29, 2011 On November 7-12, ANSI hosted 26th plenary meeting of ISO and IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology Standards, in San Diego, CA. Meeting drew 140 representatives from 22 ISO/IEC national member bodies and liaison organizations. ANSI's Frances Schrotter commented how "the committee has made tremendous progress toward a large number of key objectives" under leadership of Karen Higginbottom, who was appointed for second 3-year term as JTC 1 chair at meeting.
SME Education Foundation partners with Oklahoma school.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 29, 2011 Francis Tuttle Technology Center, located in Oklahoma City, OK, was selected for first phase of PRIME initiative. As leader for providing exceptional career and technology education to high school students and adults as well as customized training for business and industry, school was selected based on technology-based manufacturing curriculum, instructor skill and dedication, engaged and active students, SME member involvement, and manufacturing community support.

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