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Industry News

Sometimes there’s just too much going on. If ‘Mergers & Acquisitions’ were a weekly edition, all of us would die of boredom. However, when important companies make decisions, money moves around, and new ideas come on the market, it can’t be left alone. That’s why the ‘Industry News’ block saves the day every month or […]

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Mergers & Awards

Shermco, AWEA, Allied Reliability, T.F. Hudgins… Shermco wins AWEA award. At the AWEA Operations, Maintenance and Safety Conference, held February 27 through March 2 in San Diego, Shermco Industries was among the recipients AWEA’s Gold Safety and Health Achievement Award. Included was ‘Silver Recognition’ which is based on 3 years of exemplary OSHA reported safety statistics.  Shermco’s […]

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Protect Ya Neck

Proposed EPA cuts aim for the jugular of clean and green The White House announced plans on February 28th to reduce the EPA’s budget by 25%. This alone was enough to raise nervousness among fervent supporters of the organization, which includes the entire renewable energy industry. Half a month later, the word on the street […]

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Factory Check

U.S. factory orders rise for 2nd straight month Thus far, things are looking up for U.S. factories in 2017. New orders for U.S.-made goods increased for a second straight month in January, suggesting the recovery of the manufacturing sector was gaining momentum as rising prices for commodities spur demand for machinery. Factory goods orders rose 1.2 percent, […]

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Lightbulb Moments, Awarded

Where work and fun intersect: Finalists for the 2017 Edison Awards  Edison Universe has released a list of finalists for the 2017 Edison Awards, honoring “the best in innovation and innovators,” and providing a glimpse into the future. Vibram, of Albizzate, Italy, is nominated for its advanced cold-weather gripping shoes (look for more on this […]

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Lithium-Ion Guru

Canadian battery researcher wins $1M award, Tesla backing  A leading researcher of lithium-ion batteries has won the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. 2017 winner Jeff Dahn is considered Canada’s leader in lithium-ion battery research and one of the world’s leading innovators in battery technology. He’s worked with things for over 40 years that […]

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Picked From the Branch

This week in Washington (relevant to our readers’ industries) Since 2017 began (and especially since Jaunary 20) there’s been enough activity in our nation’s capital each week to fill blog posts for an entire year. Without making this a regular thing, here’s some selections relevant to our readers’ industries. FERC chair resigns. Norman Bay, who served as Chair […]

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State of Repair

Hobbyists, lobbyists, and the growing battle for the “right to repair” Could it be possible that some repair technicians have to contend for their own right to fix something? The thought seems far-fetched, but as manufacturers gain increasing monopolies over certain products, and technology is further integrated into machinery, it sheds light on obstacles facing […]

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Patriot Award

Ludeca employee receives ESGR honor Pedro Casanova, an alignment division manager for Ludeca, Inc., received the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)’s Patriot Award last week. The Patriot Award is given to exceptional supervisors of US Guard and Reserve members. These supervisors have demonstrated their support of the member’s military obligations. Casanova, pictured above (left), […]

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Climatic Relief

Pruitt, Wyoming, and a temperature record highlight a wild Wednesday for all things climate-related  Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Woeful for some, promising for others, the byproducts of the most recent ‘Hump Day’ were certainly interesting for the energy world. Let’s begin at Mission Control, 8:00 AM: Two federal agencies—NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic […]

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