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Train your Rexnord replacement?

..and lose your longtime co-worker friend? A video posted this morning by the New York Times captures how the closing of Rexnord Corp’s Indianapolis bearing plant has affected two assembly line workers. Once close friends and coworkers, their relationship ended after Mark Elliott volunteered to help the company train new workers, who would be located […]

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Feeling the heat in Europe

Top manufacturers work to quash unregulated products It’s a formidable group with a focused mission: ABB, DEHN, ETI, Eaton Electric, Legrand, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and other electrical manufacturers are expanding their joint efforts to combat “non-regulation” electrical products in the European market, with Poland as their next targeted area. The initiative, termed the Market Surveillance […]

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Down the drain

Whirlpool bids Sears goodbye A pricing dispute appears to be responsible for the latest bad news to hit Sears Holdings. The department store has ended a relationship with Whirlpool that began more than a century ago. Effective immediately, shoppers will no longer find Whirlpool appliances, as well as many other products made by Whirlpool divisions, […]

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Searching for fire clues at PGandE

Repair records tell an unsettling story Lawsuits, petitions and investigative journalism have all been pointing fingers in the direction of California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and it doesn’t look good for PG&E. According to Jaxon Van Derbeken of the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit , PG&E had a more than 3,500-repair-job backlog in Sonoma and Santa Rosa, the […]

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Caterpillar a stock market hero

Approval ratings rank high on Wall Street  With the Dow at record highs, Caterpillar is one of the companies “fueling optimism about economic strength,” according to Reuters.  Indeed, the Illinois giant is at the top of the news too, with headlines blaring that, “Caterpillar’s big bet on China may finally be paying off” (Market Watch), […]

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Smart Meters, Risky Bets?

Energy grid maven warns: cyber threats may begin at home As the UK pursues a goal of installing smart meters in every home by the end of 2020, British businessman and former National Energy Grid CEO Steve Holliday tells The Guardian’s Adam Vaughan that concerns about cyber attacks are “off the scale.” Holliday has been focused […]

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Rail Fail

Unsecured rail causes NY subway to go off track File this under “the hazards of improper storage.” A New York subway train was derailed in upper Manhattan in late June when it struck and dragged a spare rail that had been stored between the two rails in use, reports the Associated Press. Such storage practices are […]

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This time, a Plant OPENS

Samsung moves jobs from Mexico to South Carolina In a move welcomed by workers and politicians, Samsung Electronics has announced plans to invest $380,000 to open a new appliance factory in South Carolina. The new factory, located in Newberry County, will produce washing machines and other appliances, including some oven ranges that are currently made […]

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HVACR’s Cutting Edge

AHR Expo invites Innovation Awards entries For a 14th year, the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) is calling for entries for its annual Innovation Awards Competition. The competition recognizes “advanced solutions to ever-changing need” in the HVACR industry in ten product categories: building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; […]

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Breaking – Feds search Caterpillar

Stock sinks, questions bubble up Federal law enforcement officers entered three Peoria Caterpillar facilities this morning and executed a search warrant, according to multiple news reports. The activity was confirmed by a statement from the company, which did not identify the search’s purpose or the name of the agency conducting it. According to an article by Chris Kaergard, political […]

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