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Feit the Power

L.A.-based distributor acquires facility in Georgia, adding 120 jobs A company that makes and sells electrical components will invest more than $25 million to create a distribution center in suburban Atlanta, hiring 120. Los Angeles-based Feit Electric, which is family-owned and was founded in 1978, said Tuesday that it has purchased a 270,000 square-foot warehouse […]

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S.D. Wildfire

Mount Rushmore, Rapid City threatened as 400 forced to evacuate Wildfires are becoming more common, but they’ve usually stuck to the summer. Seeing one in a new region, during a new season, makes the climate crisis argument more alarming–if that’s indeed the cause. FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to fight the most recent […]

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The American Jobs Plan

If repair is your M.O., this $2 trillion infrastructure package could have opportunities for you The White House announced a $2 trillion infrastructure package Wednesday that will have a major emphasis on repair across all 50 states and a number of industrial sectors. Key components of the plan are listed below: Fix highways, rebuild bridges, […]

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Workrise & Shine

Staffing companies find increased success at filling in the skills gap Staffing company Workrise, of Austin, Texas, aims to find jobs for blue-collar workers and the like; recently putting an increased emphasis on placing those people in renewable energy jobs to address the skills gap. This is an ongoing area of need for all industries, […]

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Toshiba Tech

Corporation shows forward-thinking balanced with its reliable hardware Toshiba’s two latest news items demonstrate the company’s ability to balance progressive ideas and its reliable hardware. The company’s shareholder probe is being called “landmark” for Japanese corporate governance; and it recently announced a partnership with a Utah airspace security company. First, the probe. Last week, Toshiba […]

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A Most Intriguing Top 10

LawnStarter is doing more than just connecting landscapers When it comes to water quality assessments—especially on a range as wide as entire cities—we usually leave the rankings up to trusted organizations like AWWA or WEF. However, a bold list from LawnStarter (a growing lawn care website popularized by spots on television and in Forbes magazine) […]

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Cool Under Pressure

Wearable PPE that can monitor your temp while working Kenzen, a progressive safety company founded in 2016, has launched a data and analytics dashboard, the latest component of its smart PPE connected worker solution. The dashboard captures workers’ core body temperature (the greatest predictor of heat stress and illness), productivity, and microclimates caused by clothing […]

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Tracking the Right to Repair

Half the U.S. now has laws under consideration We’ve been tracking the Right to Repair movement since its origins. An interview with the Right to Repair Coalition back in a 2017 issue of Electrical Apparatus was also published in this newsletter. At the time, both our subject, Gay Gordon-Byrne, Executive Director of the Digital Right to […]

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All Tests On Deck

An EV case study from a trusted industry member Finally. An EV case study from a trusted industry member comes to us from All-Test Pro, the Old Saybrook, Conn., motor testing outfit that’s been around since 1983. As we’ve discussed at length in recent years, the growth of the electric vehicle market doesn’t always come […]

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Nordco-Track

Exercising its power, Wabtec acquires rail maintenance company for $400 million About two years after flexing some muscle by acquiring GE’s transportation sector, Wabtec Corporation has made another large addition to its portfolio of businesses. The Pittsburgh company signed an agreement to acquire Nordco, the Oak Creek, Wisconsin-based supplier of new, rebuilt and used maintenance […]

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