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Automatic 2021

New location yields record signups for advancing trade show A change of scenery can do wonders, even for a trade show. Since the close of Automate 2019 in April, more than 250 exhibitors have already booked around 150,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space for the 2021 show. This is, Automate says, the largest early sign-up […]

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44 Takes the Floor

Obama to deliver keynote at USGBC’s Greenbuild in November The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its parent organization Informa Connect announced August 14 that Former President Barack Obama will speak at the Wednesday keynote of the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. This year’s conference will take place Nov. 19-22 in Atlanta, Ga. at […]

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Shell Plastic Plant

Massive Shell plastic factory in western PA in the works, will employ over 5,000 We hear about plant closings all the time—probably far more than we’d like. However, in western Pennsylvania, Shell’s massive “cracker” ethylene plant is nearing the finish line; still under construction but expected to be online by 2020. You might’ve heard of […]

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Bjorn to Lead

ABB’s new CEO: Bjorn Rosengren, of Sandvik & Wartsila fame, will take the lead in 2020 It’s about that time again…ABB has a new CEO. The industrial-tech conglomerate has had a busy 2019—not solely with its bread & butter of M&A transactions—but with a bit of executive shuffle, as well. First, Ulrich Speisshofer abruptly stepped […]

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Steve Skenzick Receives EASA’s “Nobel Prize”

2019 winner clocked over 50 years in the industry The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) honored Steve Skenzick of HPS Electric Apparatus Sales & Service in Roseburg, OR, as the 2019 recipient of the EASA Exceptional Achievement Service Award. The presentation was made on June 30, 2019, at the Association’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas. […]

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Esterline/Transdigm Sale

Esterline/Transdigm sale TransDigm Group Incorporated, the producer-supplier of aircraft components, announced August 7 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Esterline Interface Technologies (EIT) group of businesses to an affiliate of KPS Capital Partners, LP for approximately $190 million. EIT was acquired by TransDigm in March 2019 as part of the […]

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Veterans Advantage

Scott Higgins appointed to Medal of Honor Foundation board The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has appointed Scott Higgins, co-founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage to its Board of Directors, Veterans Advantage said in a press release July 22. “Scott brings a wealth of business and non-profit experience working within the Veteran community to make […]

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OSHA in Kansas

Safety project incorporated into wastewater treatment facility expansion The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): the Kansas Department of Labor’s Division of Industrial Safety and Health, and McCarthy Building Companies Inc. in Leawood, Kansas, have established a strategic partnership to promote employee safety and health during construction of the Tomahawk Creek […]

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Phillip Dene Savage, 85

Technical & automotive expert worked for Von Roll, General Motors Phillip Dene Savage, age 85, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2019 at the Alice Center, Malone, NY. The technician and automotive expert held prominent positions at Von Roll and General Motors, among others. He graduated in 1954 from Morrisville Agricultural and Technical Institute (now […]

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Schneider Air Force Contract

Moody Air Force Base gets $11.2 million task order Schneider Electric announced a task order win with Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, to improve energy resiliency at the base through an energy efficiency and infrastructure improvement project. The $11.2 million task order includes a 2.5 mega-watt (MW) on-site solar array, a base-wide LED […]

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