Quiet Storm

Way-too-close call in New Zealand exposes one issue with green trains There are three main reasons for the rail industry’s electric movement: environmental cleanliness, affordability, and noise reduction. Few questioned any of the three until recently, but a near miss in Auckland, New Zealand April 7 illustrated the severity of risks involved with low-volume electric […]

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Flanders: Expanders

Company takes over a Canadian ABB facility In northern Alberta, a phoenix rises from the ashes. Almost a full year after lethal wildfires ravaged the Fort McMurray, Alberta service area—a municipality based on the rich oil sands located there—at least one company is targeting revival through its own expansion. Flanders, the Evansville, Ind.-based company which offers a range […]

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Another Round? No Thanks

Leroy-Somer layoffs in Tennessee Another round? No, thank you, I’ve had enough. In a working-class Utopia, corporate structure would resemble a bartender-patron relationship. In reality, employees don’t get a choice. Here’s the latest chapter in a series of unfortunate layoffs in America: from a Leroy-Somer plant in Lexington, Tennessee. 63 employees in Lexington are expected to […]

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They’re No Fluke

2016 contest finalists announced  Fluke Corporation, the testing equipment company, announced finalists for its 2016 student contest in a press release Monday. Qualifications for the college students were skills, innovation, and business application. Student teams used Fluke’s wireless tools and software to collaborate and solve real-world operational problems. The finalist teams and their selected projects are: Richmond Community […]

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Toshiba Realignment

Four divisions: Infrastructure, Energy, Electronics, Information/Communications Toshiba is splitting its corporation into four subdivisions, the company announced Monday. The decision follows Toshiba’s nuclear division—Westinghouse—filing for bankruptcy March 29. The four subsidiaries will be infrastructure, including water treatment and railways; energy, including thermal and nuclear power; electronics, including data storage; and information and communications. These will take effect in July, […]

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Cloudy Outlook

Clean energy investment drops in first quarter Maybe it’s just the Jim Cramer Effect. Two years ago, the demonstrative investment specialist and star of CNBC’s “Mad Money” offered suggestions for cautious investment in businesses within the renewable energy world. While recommending companies like First Solar and NRG, he highlighted the temperament and unpredictability of the […]

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Roberts Expands

Longtime Maryland motor shop opens second location Roberts Electric Motors, a Frederick, Md.-based business, has expanded, adding a second location in Boonsboro, Md, about 30 minutes up the road. The company will now have two centrally-located Maryland locations that can serve an area spanning from southern Pennsylvania to northeastern Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore […]

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Spray-On Solar

New technology hopes to expand solar applicability Just in time for sunny weather, you now have the option to “spray on” your green energy instead of “rubbing it in” in front of those who use conventional methods. Beginning with the exploration and development of a material called perovskite in the mid-2000s, researchers and solar companies may […]

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“Coop” Retires

Rotating equipment expert Michael Cooper retires Esteemed engineer and rotating equipment specialist Michael Cooper, most recently a market manager at The Gund Company, retired Thursday. Mr. Cooper has been working with rotating equipment since his days in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Submarine engine rooms in 1977. “We are both delighted and disheartened,” Mike Moran, VP of […]

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Acme Armature

New ownership at Sheboygan, Wisc. electric motor repair shop Coupling over 100 years of combined staff experience in the electromechanical motor repair industry with a focus on customer service, Chad Bahrs begins a period of new ownership at Acme Armature Works Inc., in Sheboygan, Wisc. this year.  In September 2016, Bahrs purchased Sheboygan Armature Works from […]

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