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FAA awards $2 million environmental grant to San Diego Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
October 21, 2011 The grant through FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission program is part of a major airport improvement project at San Diego International Airport called "The Green Build." It will enable airport to install land-side power unit and pre-conditioned air unit at each of 10 new aircraft gates, as well as 7 air units at existing gates. Units will allow arriving aircraft to shut off auxiliary power and connect to cleaner central heating/cooling system, saving fuel and reducing emissions.
EPA to develop natural gas wastewater standards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 21, 2011 Since no comprehensive set of national standards exists at this time, U.S. EPA is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations. Announcement is in line with priorities identified in president's Blueprint for Secure Energy Future, and is consistent with Secretary of Energy Advisory Board recommendations on steps to support safe development of natural gas resources.
NIST awards cooperative agreement to University of Maryland.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
October 21, 2011 NIST awarded $1 million cooperative agreement to University of Maryland at College Park. Researchers at UMD's Institute for Systems Research will help NIST as it develops and deploys standards, test methods, and measurement tools to support cyber-physical systems, which are networked physical, computer, and biological technologies. UMD/NIST effort can help U.S. industry accelerate development of CPS products that create jobs, while also protecting CPS infrastructure from cyber threats.
EPRI Reports measure consumers' electric vehicle preferences.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
October 21, 2011 According to EPRI surveys, more than 50% of people surveyed in service territories of Tennessee Valley Authority and Southern Company would prefer to charge an electric vehicle at home. Surveys also characterized consumers' perceptions of EV ownership and their expectations of electric utilities and associated services. Almost two-thirds of respondents expect their local utility to develop public charging stations, while more than half expect utility to offer installation of at-home charging.
NREL's Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy investors.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
October 20, 2011 On Nov 8-10, 30 clean energy companies will present their business cases to panel of investors and industry experts as NREL hosts 24th NREL Industry Growth Forum. Companies were selected through application and review process and will compete for 2011 NREL-Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati Clean Energy Venture Awards. In addition to presentations, forum will highlight clean energy industry technology and business developments with comprehensive agenda of speakers and in-depth panels.
Washington and Florida honored for best transportation projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
October 20, 2011 During America's Transportation Awards competition, Washington State DOT claimed People's Choice Award for its Operation I-5 Partnership Project and Florida DOT was chosen as Grand Prize winner for its Interstate 10/Interstate 95 interchange rebuild known as "The Big I" project. AASHTO presented $10,000 cash prizes to both winning transportation departments, which will be used to support charity or academic scholarship program of their choice.
FAA Breaks Ground on new air traffic control tower in Cleveland.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
October 20, 2011 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt broke ground on $69 million air traffic control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control facility at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Replacing tower dating back to 1988, new 324 ft tall tower will purportedly provide controllers with updated technology and better view of operations. Facility construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014 and expected to generate nearly 100 new construction jobs.
ANSI honors members of standardization community.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 20, 2011 ANSI honored 14 leaders of the U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment community at the 2011 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony. Held annually, the leadership and service awards program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in the field of standards and conformity assessment.
Federal Engagement in Standards Activities is subject of new report.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 20, 2011 National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Standards (SoS) released report on federal engagement in standards activities. As coordinator of private sector-led standards and conformity assessment system in U.S., ANSI submitted comments to NSTC SoS in March 2011. Report affirms ANSI input document, which asserted standards and conformity assessment activities are linked to all facets of national economy and vital to continued global competitiveness of U.S. industry.
EPA marks 25th anniversary of EPCRA.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 19, 2011 Passed in 1986 as part of reauthorization for Superfund, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act has played a significant role in protecting people's health and the environment by providing communities and emergency planners with area-specific information on toxic chemical releases. Under EPCRA, EPA collects information on toxic releases through Toxic Release Inventory program, a public database containing information regarding industrial releases of over 600 toxic chemicals.
AEM applauds Congress for approving Free Trade Agreements.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
October 18, 2011 AEM and member companies applaud Congress for taking bipartisan action on the Free Trade Agreements for Colombia, Panama, and Korea. The House of Representatives and Senate both voted to approve the measures which will now go to the president for his signature. According to Dennis Slater, President of AEM, these agreements will help level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, increasing global competitiveness, while helping job growth and overall economy.
MichBio Expo serves essential info to medical device industry.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
October 18, 2011 MichBio Expo track sessions will give Michigan medical device manufacturers and manufacturing suppliers critical information for entry into and success in their industry. To be held in Grand Rapids, MI from November 2-3, 2011 MichBio Expo includes networking opportunities with peers/prospects, previews of cutting-edge technologies, visits to Grand Rapids-area bioscience facilities, and experts speaking on various sectors.
TRFA Webinar to cover surface chemistry and surfactants.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
October 18, 2011 Scheduled for Dec 7, 2011, Basic Surface Chemistry and Surfactants for Polymer Systems webinar will discuss principles of surface chemistry and wetting, as well as surfactant additives which can be used to improve wetting and prevent defects. Poor surface wetting and foam generation during manufacturing and/or processing can cause production difficulties as well as defects in final material. These difficulties can be overcome with proper selection and use of surfactant additives.
Distributor Sales Successes shared in MHEDA Journal Online.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
October 18, 2011 In 4th Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online, articles focus on achieving sales success in uncertain economy. Success Stories are case studies of unique material handling equipment applications installed by MHEDA members. Issue also features stories on various topics - selling strategies, customer service, Internet sales, marketing, merchandising - to help distributors sell better in current economic climate. Also, one section is devoted to lead-time quagmire.
Manufacturers' Debate Broadcast will air live on IPTV.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 18, 2011 NAM-sponsored "A Republican Forum on Manufacturing," scheduled for November 1, will be covered live by Iowa Public Television (IPTV) and made available to other broadcasters for national coverage. Also, statewide network will make forum available for live and archived streaming online. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Tom Hudson, Co-anchor and Managing Editor of Nightly Business Report on PBS, will moderate discussion, which will focus on manufacturing issues.
SME and Siemens PLM Software fund engineering education.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
October 18, 2011 SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software announced an in-kind software grant valued at $538,500 to Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, FL. Grant was made through Siemens PLM Software's GO PLM(TM) program, which supports more than 1 million students annually at more than 11,000 global institutions. It includes free center-based training and free upgrades and tech support for 30 seats of Solid EdgeŽ 2D/3D CAD software.
NEMA Raises Concerns about market access barriers.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
October 17, 2011 NEMA sent letters to U.S. government interagency committee, chaired by Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), to raise concerns about market access barriers faced by NEMA member companies in foreign countries. NEMA VP for Government Relations Kyle Pitsor brought up issues concerning tariff and non-tariff barriers facing exporters in multiple markets as well as enforcement of trade agreements.
Motors and Generators Guide is available from NEMA.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
October 17, 2011 National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard for motors and generators recently received approval from American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Structured to assist users in properly selecting and applying motors and generators, ANSI MG 1-2009 (R2010) Motors and Generators conveys practical information concerning performance, safety, test, construction, and manufacture of AC and DC motors and generators.
Commerce Dept. Agencies encourage manufacturing growth in 7 states.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
October 17, 2011 NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) are providing funding, leadership, and technical assistance to National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Latter will be leading invitational policy academy to help 7 states - CO, CT, IL, KS, MA, NY, PA - develop and implement strategies to grow advanced manufacturing industries. Program runs October 6-7, and participating states will receive guidance and technical assistance.
University of Florida wins Student Packaging Solutions Contest.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
October 17, 2011 Students of University of Florida - Gainesville, Justin Simmons, Kent "Max" Kolegue, Colleen Watson, and Natasha Najdovski received first prize in PMMI U Student Packaging Solutions Contest, sponsored by B&R Industrial Automation Corp. First-place team shares $4,000 in scholarship funds while second- and third-place teams, from California Polytechnic Institute and Purdue University at Calumet, respectively, receive $2,000 scholarship for second place and $1,000 for third place.

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