He’s Heating Up

Generator wins Edison Award Ideally, a campout would include all parties turning off all electronics and going off the grid for the weekend to be one with nature. That’s a stretch in today’s world—try having a camping trip without someone checking their phone. With that in mind, it’s no wonder this next product won a popular award. […]

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Electric Hogs

Harley-Davidson electric bikes confirmed Always wanted to own a Harley, but also conscious of emissions? The hog you’ve always coveted will be on the market in the next few years. Harley-Davidson confirmed May 11 that it is proceeding with its Livewire electric motorcycle line. President Bill Davidson announced the confirmation while at an 100th anniversary celebration […]

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Barely Budging

Cuts looking more like slashes in latest budget proposal A new budget proposal for 2018 drafted by the White House was formally announced Tuesday, including significant cuts to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (predictably), as well as the advanced manufacturing industry. The proposal includes a 70% cut to the Office of Energy […]

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Tools For Success

LoggerHead wins lawsuit for copyright infringement A big win for small businesses last week; with a ‘little guy’ prevailing over two large companies in a copyright infringement lawsuit regarding hand tools. LoggerHead Tools LLC, the Chicago area hand tool designer known best for its Bionic Wrench product, announced May 16 it had won a patent […]

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Talking Turkey

Notes and numbers: Business briefs from the past week It’s about that time. EA rounds up news relevant to our industries—keeping an eye on the job market, the status of manufacturing, and the small business climate. Midwest malaise. If we were to report strictly on plant closings from the Midwest, we’d need to open up a support […]

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Sulzer Activity

Swiss company moves headquarters to UK, makes acquisition Electromechanical service company Sulzer has set up new headquarters in Hungerford (UK) as of this week. The company also announced in a press release Wednesday that it acquired a pharmaceutical delivery company. Sulzer signed a binding agreement to acquire Simcro. Simcro is the market leader for pharmaceutical […]

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Back-of-House Bots

Automated prep work on the horizon?  After a long day at the workplace—plant, shop, office, you name it—who doesn’t have a favorite restaurant they enjoy as their favorite place to unwind? Anything from mom-and-pop spots to acclaimed steakhouses requires a lot of hard work and manpower behind the scenes. While ambiance and hospitality from your […]

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Utility Goes Green With VFDs

Canadian power provider Alectra teams up with chemical plant for big savings A chemical production plant in Ontario says it has saved proportionate amounts of money by switching to VFDs for its pump applications and teaming up with utilities on energy-saving projects. Galata Chemicals, in Bradford, Ontario, primarily makes additives for PVC piping material and plastics. […]

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In Another “Ethisphere”

Schneider, Rockwell, and others make unique list A number of big name companies were given the distinct honor of being deemed “ethical” businesses in this year’s edition of the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies awards. The 124 recipients this year—the Insitute’s tenth—spanned 19 countries and a spectrum of categories including energy and utilities, engineering and […]

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PEARL Makeover

Name, logo, leadership changes highlight 20th anniversary As it reaches its twentieth year, The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) is undergoing a bit of a ‘reconditioning’ process itself. For one, its name has changed, albeit a small tweak that still fits snugly into one of the better acronyms out there. The ‘R’ in ‘reconditioning’ […]

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