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Valpo Cleaners Catches Fire

Clothing rack motor causes fire at Valparaiso cleaners Officials from multiple state and federal agencies have determined that last week’s fire at a Valparaiso, Indiana dry cleaners shop was caused by an electric motor. This was a cleaning rack motor, overheated from extended use, highlighting the importance of regular maintenance for motors in retail industries […]

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Pull Up a Chair

Former Siemens CEO will head up board at utilities efficiency company Eric Spiegel, the former Siemens CEO and noted STEM program supporter, has been appointed the new chair of Clearesult’s board of directors. The Austin, Tex.-based energy efficiency company, which works closely with utilities, announced the appointment in a press release Tuesday. Spiegel has an […]

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Dynamic Dom

Dynamatic hires Ron Dombrowski as Regional Sales Manager Dynamatic, the Sturtevant, Wisconsin-based drive manufacturer, has hired Ron Dombrowski as the newest addition to its staff, the company announced in a press release Tuesday. Mr. Dombrowski will take over the duties as Regional Sales Manager of South Central United States including: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and […]

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End of An Era

Blink Electric will shut down after 58 years Blink Electric Motors, Inc., a Marshalltown, Iowa motor repair shop, will close its doors at the end of this month. The news reflects a number recurring industry stress points, and raises questions about how independent, family-owned motor shops can continue to survive in the current industrial climate. […]

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Regulation Reduction

Report on manufacturing regulations to be released next week The Commerce Department is expected to release its first report on “streamlining permitting and reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing” early next week, CNBC reported Tuesday. The long-awaited report stems from a presidential memorandum issued January 24 which commissioned Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to review […]

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Mizzou MEMs

Missouri engineering students to collaborate with Honeywell Administrators at the University of Missouri have signed an industry agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies centered around R&D for big data analytics and Micro-Electrical-Mechanical systems (MEMs) that can assist with national security. Missouri’s College of Engineering faculty, staff and students will partner on the project to […]

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Sheboygan Scheme

Embezzlement exposed at Wisco motor repair/rebuild business  A former office manager at a Sheboygan, Wisconsin-based electric motor repair and rebuild business pleaded guilty last Friday to embezzling more than $430,000 from the company over a two-year period from 2011 to 2013. Lynette Lomibao entered a guilty plea in the U.S District Court for Eastern Wisconsin […]

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Three Mile Island

Infamous power plant likely to close by 2019 The accident that occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant on March 28, 1979 is remembered by many as a great scare, as well as the most dangerous nuclear meltdown in United States history. It ushered in an era of of stricter regulations on nuclear […]

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H.I. Approves Pentair

Wisconsin facility gains test laboratory approval Last Thursday the Hydraulic Institute introduced its newest test laboratory approval—Pentair, one of its member companies—for its pump test lab facility in Delavan, Wisconsin. The HI program helps pump OEMs and other pump test laboratories improve their current laboratory procedures and policies by working with a third-party auditor to […]

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Tools For Success

LoggerHead wins lawsuit for copyright infringement A big win for small businesses last week; with a ‘little guy’ prevailing over two large companies in a copyright infringement lawsuit regarding hand tools. LoggerHead Tools LLC, the Chicago area hand tool designer known best for its Bionic Wrench product, announced May 16 it had won a patent […]

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