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When is an engineer not an engineer?

When he works for himself? A customer was annoyed when electrical engineer Greg Mills raised the estimate he’d quoted for a job, after the customer mentioned that certain additional features would be necessary. The customer complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, and from there, things got worse for Mills — much worse. The […]

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Million mile battery

The battery Elon Musk has been talking about may be on the horizon … In April Elon Musk announced that Teslas would soon be powered by a battery with a lifespan of more than 1 million miles. In September, the Journal of the Electrochemical Society published a paper from a team of researchers at Dalhousie […]

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Feel good about the future

The future of manufacturing is life-saving, creative, daring, exciting, resourceful, sustainable, efficient, and kind, with genius leadership Forbes magazine’s December issue features 30 Under 30 2020 Manufacturing and Industry- or, as Forbes also describes them, “young entrepreneurs building the future.” From new types of 3-D printing to “pantyhose that won’t rip,” the array of products, […]

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Regal closes Durst

Layoffs of 59 employees begin now Regal Beloit Corporation has notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development of its plans to permanently close its Durst Division facility in Clinton, WI by June 12th.  Fifty nine workers will be affected, with layoffs beginning immediately.  Per the schedule provided to the state The final day for sixteen […]

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Old GE plan…E?

18 abandoned industrial buildings in search of a face lift and new visitors Initially conceived as “one of the biggest renovation efforts in northeast Indiana’s history,” Fort Wayne’s plans to repurpose General Electric’s former industrial campus for the 21st century have hit a few snags. With the doomy headline, “What if the Electric Works plan […]

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Veterans awareness week

Stories that deserve more than one day Monday was Veterans Day and with it came slews of stories about good programs and impressive individuals. Here are some of our favorites; In-Vets, featuring Horner Industrial;  AWEA‘a efforts to place vets in windpower work; VEEP from the IBEW; and business-owner electrician Matt Schneider. In Indiana – InVets is filling unfilled […]

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Birkel Electric cultivates new business

  A 52-year old St. Louis electrical contracting firm finds fertile new territory From the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Legal marijuana is an $8.5 billion industry in which Missouri will soon participate, thanks to an initiative approved by voters. Jim Gallagher and David Nicklaus discuss what that means from a business perspective. Legal medical marijuana […]

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The end of one-stop solar?

Sunpower spins off its solar panel manufacturing business In a move some say indicates the “maturing” of the industry, the well known solar energy provider SunPower has created a new company, Maxeon Solar Technologies to take over its solar manufacturing business.  The new company will be headquartered in Singapore. SunPower will keep its energy storage […]

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Disorder in the courts

A random range of recent lawsuits  IBEW Local 494 prevails in its payroll records suit against Veterans Electric (but the company isn’t giving up) …KEMET Capacitors settles a California anti-trust case for $62 million right before the company is acquired by Yageo Corp (but that case, too, continues)… and Pasquale Parente., the boy who was late to […]

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Growing Plans

Lots of acquisitions happened recently – here are a few:  Bigger together in KC/St. Louis – Kansas City area engineering design firm Custom Engineering has acquired Timberlake Engineering, a full-service mechanical/HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and LEED operation in Columbia, MO, Partnership capacitates more & larger projects. CE will absorb all nine of Timberlake’s employees, and […]

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