Saved by the Bell?

Ohio plant bought by neighboring company; questions still loom  A long-standing manufacturing operation in eastern Ohio may have been saved by a neighboring business—but only time will tell. Quaker Mfg. (Salem, OH) is a metal stamping and fabricating plant that has served several automotive, recreational vehicle and outdoor power equipment markets for over 50 years. […]

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UT-Austin Grid Project

$1.6 million challenge likened to “rebuilding a ship while at sea”  In a project intended to diversify the electrical grid and bolster training in Texas and beyond, the Department of Energy, UT-Austin, and a number of Texas businesses will team up in a $1.6 million industry-university-government triumvirate. The money will go to the Center for […]

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Valpo Cleaners Catches Fire

Clothing rack motor causes fire at Valparaiso cleaners Officials from multiple state and federal agencies have determined that last week’s fire at a Valparaiso, Indiana dry cleaners shop was caused by an electric motor. This was a cleaning rack motor, overheated from extended use, highlighting the importance of regular maintenance for motors in retail industries […]

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Pull Up a Chair

Former Siemens CEO will head up board at utilities efficiency company Eric Spiegel, the former Siemens CEO and noted STEM program supporter, has been appointed the new chair of Clearesult’s board of directors. The Austin, Tex.-based energy efficiency company, which works closely with utilities, announced the appointment in a press release Tuesday. Spiegel has an […]

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Repaired Goods

Repair cafes salvage items and a culture  A round of applause for the people who simply don’t like seeing things thrown away. Long before ‘going green’ took on its modern meaning, the way to recycle something was to fix it. Sifting through hordes of throwaway culture reveals there are still people out there who exemplify […]

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Dynamic Dom

Dynamatic hires Ron Dombrowski as Regional Sales Manager Dynamatic, the Sturtevant, Wisconsin-based drive manufacturer, has hired Ron Dombrowski as the newest addition to its staff, the company announced in a press release Tuesday. Mr. Dombrowski will take over the duties as Regional Sales Manager of South Central United States including: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and […]

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Winding Back the Clock

Coil industry advertiser’s memoir explores Buffalo’s early days Looking for new reading material? Pique your interest with this intriguing combination: A nostalgic ode to the pre-tech days of a Rust Belt city, written by a longtime advertiser with strong ties to the coil industry. James Smiley Wightman, known to many in the motor repair industry […]

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GE Shake-Up

Immelt out; Flannery in, power and energy units combined General Electric announced Monday that John Flannery, current President and CEO of GE Healthcare, has been named CEO of the company by the GE Board of Directors. The move will be effective August 1, 2017. Jeff Immelt, current Chairman and CEO, will remain Chairman of the […]

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Apprenticeship Initiative

Latest Executive Order focuses on job training President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday—the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow Initiatives—an effort he says will bolster American manufacturing job training and close the skills gap. The program is designed to emphasize on-the-job training, where workers being introduced to the workforce can get paid immediately as […]

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End of An Era

Blink Electric will shut down after 58 years Blink Electric Motors, Inc., a Marshalltown, Iowa motor repair shop, will close its doors at the end of this month. The news reflects a number recurring industry stress points, and raises questions about how independent, family-owned motor shops can continue to survive in the current industrial climate. […]

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