Exercising Caution

Siemens’ CEO says company will approach 2017 carefully Siemens’ CEO has said the company will take a cautious approach to its deals in the upcoming calendar year. Although it is unclear yet what effects this could have on the industrial electric motor market, the open statement reflects a larger trend, and the company has such a […]

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NRECA Stands Up

Coal ash, the CPP, and rural internet access test the meaning of ‘co-op’ The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association plays an important role in utilities distribution and grid modernization across the country. With a recently appointed CEO, and the status of the Clean Power Plan in limbo, NRECA feels the time is now for them […]

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Second Chances For Inmates

$59M for jail-based job centers, overcoming impacts of criminal justice records In a departmental co-op, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Justice announced Tuesday a total of $59.4 million in grants to be awarded to particular correctional facilities to support improved re-entry outcomes for current and formerly incarcerated individuals. As many of these grants will specifically go […]

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A Baldor Tripleheader

One new implementation, two ongoing transitions at Baldor Electric Co. Baldor Electric Co. has made a few significant changes lately. Most recently, the company implemented an alternate method to improve production for some of its machining cells—collaborating with Mahr Federal to use air gaging that can improve GR&R and process capability on rotor shaft and endplate […]

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Factory Fire

Workers at metal components plant stave off blaze, avoid injury Workers at a Pennsylvania plant that manufactures mechanical and hydraulic parts kept their cool under fire on Tuesday, as they used fire extinguishers and followed safety protocols to stave off a fire while they waited for the fire department to arrive. A sigh of relief […]

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Newfound Clues

Electricity theft buzzes under the radar Even with home utility installation and service, it seems you’ve got to watch your back now. Police of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (that’s in Canada) are amidst an ongoing investigation regarding the potential theft of electrical services. Thieves may be siphoning the electricity right from people’s meters. The device(s) in […]

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NECA Tech Workshops

3-days of topics including a non-profit’s new learning system The National Electrical Contractors Association will offer a three day schedule of technical workshops at its annual convention, to be held at Boston Convention & Exposition Center, October 8-10. All of the presenters represent NECA2016 exhibitors, but the workshops are intended to be more than typical […]

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Over the Rainbow

California pump station upgrades to conserve water Times of transition at a California Municipal District, as a local pump station will undergo a full redesign and installation makeover, replacing a number of its outdated pumps and natural gas motors with electric ones. Old reliables have served Rainbow Municipal Water District’s Pump Station No. 1 well—for at least […]

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Enbridge-Spectra Merger

Pipeline company buys energy provider for $28 billion “I knew I should’ve gotten in the pipeline business.” — the motif being uttered by executives all around the world this week. “No thanks, I don’t need the controversy involved.” — the stubborn response backed by convenient current events. Neither statement swivels on pinpoint accuracy, but rather both […]

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Boulder Than Most

Colorado shop closes down admirably after 40-year run In what seems like an on-a-timer monthly occurrence, another distinguished electric motor repair shop has decided to shut down. This time, it’s Boulder Electric Motor Co., of Boulder, Colorado. It was family-owned and operated. Sounds familiar. It was beloved within the local community. Sounds familiar. It built […]

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