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Manufacturers say delay on Keystone XL will hurt job growth.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 8, 2011 Chip Yost, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, issued statement urging Administration to move forward on decision to approve Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to Yost, report that Administration may not move forward until early next year is disappointing. Project will immediately create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs in U.S., and, according to Perryman Report, it will create additional 118,000 indirect jobs and inject $20 billion into economy.
Manufacturers support plan to reform international tax system.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 8, 2011 Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in response to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's release of draft proposal to set up territorial tax system. Reducing taxation on foreign income of U.S.-based businesses is a building block of NAM blueprint for creating dynamic environment that supports job creation and economic growth in America. NAM applauds Chairman Camp for taking steps toward this reform in thoughtful and deliberative manner.
EMS Industry Study forecasts growth and reveals trends.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 8, 2011 According to 2010-2011 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, electronics manufacturing services market is projected to grow 14.8% globally and 10.2% in North America this year. Study reveals reduction in spending on automated assembly equipment this year compared to 2010, but increase in capital equipment spending overall in North America. Study also examines trends in market size, sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, and customer relationship metrics.
EPA, NREL Aim to Develop renewable energy on contaminated sites.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 8, 2011 U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are evaluating feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields, and former landfill or mining sites. As part of RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, EPA is investing ~$1 million for projects across U.S. with aim of revitalizing abandoned sites while protecting people's health and environment as well as providing economic benefits, including job creation, to local communities.
Project Engineer Profile reveals importance of customer focus.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
November 8, 2011 The MHEDA Journal Online's 4th Quarter issue profiles Calvin Baker, senior project engineer at Hy-Tek Material Handling, who works with Hy-Tek's sales team to design engineered system solutions for customers. Baker, who has worked with engineered systems for 30 years and at Hy-Tek for 8, has seen trade tools change, but basic skill set has remained the same. According to Baker, organization and treating each customer "as though they are the only one that matters" are of utmost importance.
EPA announces final study plan to assess hydraulic fracturing.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 7, 2011 At the request of Congress, EPA is working to better understand potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. In March 2010, EPA announced its intention to conduct a study and since then, agency has held series of public meetings across nation to receive input from states, industry, environmental and public health groups, and individual citizens. Initial research results and study findings will be released to public in 2012 and final report will be delivered in 2014.
BIO Praises Passage of Small Company Capital Formation Act.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 7, 2011 BIO strongly supports Small Company Capital Formation Act (HR 1070), which passed House by vote of 421-1. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said HR 1070 will "help ease the burden on cash-strapped small biotechnology companies...by streamlining requirements and supporting their efforts in raising much-needed capital." Greenwood also thanked Rep David Schweikert (R-AZ) for his leadership and urged Senate to consider this issue as early as possible.
Biofuel Industry needs stable Renewable Fuel Standard.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 7, 2011 According to BIO, advanced biofuels companies continue to make progress in bringing new technology to the fuels market, relying on consistent implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). However, progress could be threatened by political uncertainty about continuing the RFS. Besides a stable RFS, the industry needs the EPA to ensure that advanced biofuels that are drop-in fuels are evaluated under technology neutral rules so that they can become certified quickly for use.
HI Seeks Reviewers for updated ANSI standard.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
November 4, 2011 Hydraulic Institute (HI), under approval of ANSI, seeks qualified individuals in North America to participate in reviewing draft of updated American National Standard for Pumps - General Guidelines for Types, Definitions, Application, Sound Measurement, and Decontamination (ANSI/HI 9.1-9.5-2012). Individuals and organizations in North America directly and materially affected by this standard, which applies to industrial/commercial pumps, are asked to contact HI.
NIST Research develops compact laser frequency comb.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 4, 2011 Researchers at NIST have developed compact laser frequency comb, representing one step toward user-friendly and ultimately chip-based combs that could enable new applications in diverse areas. Prototype micro-comb consists of low-power semiconductor laser, likened to shoebox size, and 2 mm wide optical cavity. Project leader Scott Diddams called this discovery, "the beginning and look forward to bigger and better developments."
NIST addresses characterization of nanoparticle clusters.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 4, 2011 Tendency of nanoparticles to clump together in solution is of great interest because size of clusters plays important role in behavior of materials. Work at NIST offers way to accurately measure distribution of cluster sizes in sample and characteristic light absorption for each size. According to NIST biomedical engineer Justin Zook, a good example of the potential application of this work is in development of nanoparticle biosensors for ultrasensitive pregnancy tests.
NTSB applauds lawmakers in PA for stronger teen driving law.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 4, 2011 NTSB commends Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania General Assembly for strengthening Commonwealth's teen driving law. New provision prohibits a junior license holder from carrying more than one passenger under the age of 18 for first 6 months after issuance of the license, unless he or she is accompanied by parent or guardian. Law also makes it a primary offense when drivers and passengers under age 18 are not wearing a seatbelt or buckled in child safety or booster seat.
EPA Takes Step to Cancel select mouse/rat control products.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 4, 2011 After determining that safer rodent control products are now widely available, U.S. EPA is taking steps to cancel 20 mouse and rat control products that do not adequately protect people, particularly young people, from exposure to toxic chemicals. Products planned for removal from consumer market include those that contain most toxic and persistent active ingredients, products sold as loose bait and pellets, as well as any remaining products without protective bait stations.
EPA announces winner of Energy Star building competition.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 4, 2011 U.S. EPA announced that the University of Central Florida is the winner of 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In its second year, competition featured teams from 245 buildings across the country in head-to-head battle to save energy, reduce costs, and protect people's health and environment. UCF's winning building was a parking garage on university's main campus where energy use was decreased by 63.2%. Together, competitors cut energy costs by $5.2 million.
FMA's NBT Announces Results of officer elections.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 4, 2011 Nuts, Bolts, and ThingamajigsŪ (NBT), charitable foundation of FMA, elected new officers at its recent meeting. Wyoming Machine, Inc. co-president Traci Tapani will serve as chairwoman; Hawkeye Industries, Inc. president/CEO Bryan Hawkins will serve as vice chairman; and Moraine Park Technical College dean, manufacturing technology, Marcia Arndt will serve as secretary/treasurer. Each has been elected to one year term.
Manufacturing EngineeringŪ Magazine announces editor in chief.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 4, 2011 SME announced that Sarah A. Webster has been named editor in chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which provides technical information to more than 90,000 qualified manufacturing professionals. Webster most recently served as business and automotive editor at the Detroit Free Press, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She is credited with leading the newspaper's award-winning coverage of the unprecedented financial and automotive crisis in 2008-09.
ASHRAE Conference to feature in-depth Technical Program.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 4, 2011 Technical Program at ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference, which takes place in Chicago, IL from January 21-25, will feature current practices related to industry topics such as energy modeling, high performance buildings, and integrated design. Specifically, technical program will feature nearly 300 speakers throughout 9 technical paper sessions; 31 conference paper sessions; one poster session; 54 application-oriented, non-paper seminars; and 8 open discussion forums.
AMCA announces board and executive committee for 2011-2012.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
November 3, 2011 During AMCA 56th Annual Meeting, new AMCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors was announced. Victor C. Colwell, VP of Sales and Marketing, Loren Cook Company was inaugurated as AMCA International President, while outgoing President, Michael Barry of Twin City Fan Companies, Ltd. was inaugurated as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Geoff Sheard of Flaktwoods, Ltd. was chosen for Treasurer, Patrick A. Cockrum of Pottorff was elected Secretary, and Tim Kilgore of Greenheck Fan was elected Director-at-Large.
Victor C. Colwell Elected President of AMCA International Inc.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
November 3, 2011 Vic Colwell, VP of Sales and Marketing at Loren Cook Company of Springfield, MO, has been elected as 2011-2013 President of AMCA International. During his tenure, Colwell will focus on increasing acceptance of AMCA's standards in Asian and European regions as well as improving AMCA's relevance within North America. Other areas of focus will be educating young engineering students through AMCA's University Awareness Program and promoting AMCA's Fan Efficiency Grading Program (FEG).
Patent Search platform to be optimized for efficiency, usability.
Chemical Abstracts Service    Columbus, OH 43202
November 3, 2011 STN partners, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) in U.S. and FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany, announced completely new STN will be phased into market beginning in 2012. In addition to project-oriented workflow, elements are to include combined text and structure queries, simultaneous query and results interaction, and real-time results analysis. Patent search professionals can still take advantage of features such as STN command line, search precision, and high-quality content.

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