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Plant Closings

Oregon transformer firm on the brink with 110 jobs on the line As many who follow manufacturing news closely know, plant closings are a regular occurrence. Electrical Apparatus tries our best to keep you posted on all of them. With the hopes that we can make most of these newsletters encouraging, and not depressing, we […]

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Griddle Me That

EuroAsia Interconnector project; DOE proposal; Saudi energy reform Work on an electric cable linking the power grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece is on track to start in the first quarter of 2018 after Greek and Cypriot regulators approved the project, an official in Nicosia, Cyprus, told the Associated Press October 16. Nasos Ktorides, who […]

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Survival of the Fitbits

New startup joins the fray of expanding IoT market Since the inception of the Internet of Things, industrial companies rushed en masse to produce products that can connect workplace machinery in the era of the cloud and smartphone. The resulting subsection—the Industrial Internet of Things (iIOT)—is already home to products from familiar companies: Ludeca, Dynamatic, Flowserve, Regal […]

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Boeing Green

Hybrid planes for commuter flights said to be cleaner, cheaper Hybrid vehicles appear to be sincerely on their way from novelty to norm. Electric motors on aircraft are not entirely new, but the concept has yet to make real headway into the commercial market until this latest projection. Boeing’s mega-plant in Everett, Washington (the largest […]

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More PG&E Drama?

As if they needed it. It’s hard out there for a utility. Like a sports referee, doing the job effectively often yields little to no praise. Yet when a mistake is made, everything is amplified, and critics pounce. This harsh reality is perhaps best represented (at least recently) by Pacific Gas & Electric, who on […]

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Mitchell in Nest

Wisconsin-based company wins award for bringing jobs home Mitchell Metal Products, of Merrill, Wisc., received the first National Reshoring Award on Thursday, given in recognition of the company’s success bringing manufacturing back home to the United States. The award, given by The Reshoring Initiative and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), honors “a company that has […]

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Underwater Drones

Submarine robotics company expands geographic reach Aquabotix, an emerging underwater robotics company based in Fall River, Massachusetts, announced the addition of four new distributors to its global network September 25. The partnerships aim to help support the company’s global expansion and sale of its underwater robotics products, which include some science fiction-level stuff. The company ‘bots […]

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Schooled in the Trade

New internship and apprenticeship programs continue to blossom Though they may fly under the radar, apprenticeship programs are invaluable to the American workforce, and they continue to flourish. A new training program in Iowa or Kentucky doesn’t always bring the saucy appeal of a big-time tech company headline, but that young engineer featured in it […]

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Elon to the Rescue?

Tesla CEO says he wants to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid from scratch Elon Musk continues to evoke pondering over whether he is human or an aspiring superhero. In his latest installment, Musk publicly stated interest in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s demolished electrical grid from the ground up—using solar energy—in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The […]

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EPA Repeals CPP

Official rollback seen as huge win for coal as renewables regroup This decision is one that most American citizens saw coming. Scott Pruitt and the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday the official proposal for repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The plan which was a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s environmental efforts against climate change […]

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