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Lightning Strikes

Albeit a sales rep, does this Names & Faces move indicate a trend? Dan Bennett, a well-known marketing specialist with a strong resume at Megger and Baker Instruments, announced this week he is moving on from the company to join Lightning Systems. While this might seem like a small blip on the radar, initially (look […]

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XCelerated Shutdown

Integrated plan calls for more than 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions with more renewables, carbon-free nuclear energy and cleaner natural gas Xcel Energy’s Minnesota unit announced plans Monday to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is another milestone in […]

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Deere Congress

Tractor company’s quarterly report shows strain on agricultural sector Editor’s note: This article was published prior to the Trump administration’s Thursday announcement of a $16 billion aid package bill for farmers. Call it premonition! John Deere, the name synonymous with tractors and therefore all things farming, released its second quarter results and ensuing financial outlook […]

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Siemens Spinoff: Energy, Divided

Conglomerate separates gas, power, renewables due to low demand for gas turbines Remember when the beloved show Cheers took one of its popular but niche-y characters and gave Frasier his own platform to operate? This is (kind of) like that! German conglomerate Siemens AG said it will spin off and give up its majority stake […]

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Going Once, Going Twice

Bid now, visit later for a timely auction in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula For Midwesterners, late May into early June is always a good time to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Catch-and-keep season has just started for most fishermen, temperatures finally begin to rise, and the rivers and waterfalls usher in kayak and canoe enthusiasts. If you’re […]

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Mississippi’s NAE Adds Automation Branch

Traditionally industrial markets are adding technological apps You might not see it, but it’s happening. Traditionally industrial-based companies are adding technological applications to their portfolios; even in overlooked markets. Take North American Electric, an electric motor distributor out of Hernando, Miss., that announced the launch of NAE Automation, LLC, on April 9. NAE, which operates […]

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Delivery Drones

Google’s Wing becomes first company to gain FAA approval for the concept Utility drones for repairs, military and surveillance drones for security reasons, mapping drones….we seem to have every kind of flying robot we want…except for the one that perhaps best defines the 21st century: a convenience drone designed for consumers. Check that box, now, […]

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Sulzer & Kato

Sulzer signs deal with Kato Engineering for generators in USA and Australia Sulzer is expanding the scope of its collaboration with Nidec by signing an agreement that authorizes the company to deliver maintenance and repair services for Kato generators, a brand of Nidec. Following a recent agreement with Nidec for the sales and servicing of […]

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ACS, Mersen Sites

Repair catalog designed for manufacturers, new electrical power website debut Two comprehensive industry websites were released in April, offering new resources for everyone from manufacturers to utility customers. The first is a components catalog from ACS targeting manufacturers, and the second is designed for electrical power industry members from Mersen. In an effort to keep […]

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ABB Shake-Up

CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down suddenly; another example of industrial conglomerates in flux In the latest example of major industrial conglomerates experiencing flux with their corporate sides (see: GE, Siemens, Emerson) ABB announced the sudden resignation of CEO Ulrich Spiesshoffer on Wednesday. While being in the top position at ABB for six years, Spiesshofer was […]

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