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Jobs report

Are things as good as they seem, or not? Headlines like “Hiring Steady As Employers Add 136-000 Jobs in September, Jobless Rate Dips to 3.5%” (NPR) arrive as encouraging and welcome news, and even deep dives into the data appear to show few fissures. But every opportunity brings its own challenges, so let us list […]

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Emergency unpreparedness

“Bad news comes in threes”  was an understatement this week for those of us who keep track of electrical hazards, accidents and disasters.  The recent news has featured one distressing electrical incident after another: On Monday,  10/7, a transformer exploded in a California restaurant, sending fireballs shooting through the air.  One restaurant worker suffered severe […]

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Really, PGandE ?!?

The troubled California utility can’t seem to get anything right This week’s swirling stories of unplugged Californians who were struggling to cope with PG&E’s planned power outage made the Golden State seem more like a dystopian nightmare than a movie star’s paradise. A few examples: From the San Francisco Chronicle – ‘I’m overwhelmed’: PG&E power […]

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John Goodenough, Nobel Prize winner

He developed something that literally lit up the world, but John Goodenough believes in keeping his accomplishments in perspective. Speaking of the now ubiquitous lithium-ion batteries that we wouldn’t know nearly as well, were it not for him, well – “They’ve made a lot of money for people, and they’ve been essential to the wireless […]

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OEM’s on the move

Regal Beloit is among manufacturers closing Midwestern plants Cleveland Vibrator expands in Ohio, Sterigenics and Chicago Powdered Metal Products Co. have closed their Chicago area plants, Oregon’s Boardman Coal Plant will close next year,  food packager Constantia Colmar is closing its Pennsylvania plant in Colmar after 29 years of operations, and union workers at the […]

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Happenings at the FERC

A new nominee,  new rulings  James Danly, current General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as a Republican Commissioner through 2023. Danly, a Republican who is known for espousing a philosophy of operating as a “humble regulator,” would fill the seat previously held by Chairman Kevin […]

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New lab from ABB India

Learning center to facilitate “Make In India” design and manufacturing ABB India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s National Institute Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR) designed to enhance the country’s skill development for critical electromechanical equipment design and manufacturing. “In a bid to partner India’s vision of becoming a manufacturing hub, the […]

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WEFTEC opens – and doesn’t disappoint!

Finally, the water event we’ve been waiting for! WEFTEC 2019 is flooding Chicago’s McCormick Place with eager attendees, product-packed exhibitors, contests, events, and the experts you’ve been reading about, but haven’t yet seen in person. Today’s first day in the exhibit hall offered a full range of products, services, information, and, especially, ideas. Keynoter Lera […]

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Printer Jam

Another struggling industry connected to manufacturing, machinery In a bit of a special interest item this week, the print publishing industry continues to grind away, openly struggling but still afloat. In 2019, the dynamics of the situation were illustrated by two major printing companies—Quad and LSC Communications—and the alarming words of one executive. A Quad […]

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ExxonMobil wants to grease your EV

Not that gasoline and oil are necessarily expected to go the way of the dinosaurs — but if electric vehicles do end up dominating the transportation markets, well, ExxonMobil has a plan for that. Last week the company launched its Mobil EV™ offering, featuring a full suite of fluids and greases “designed to meet the […]

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