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Entrepreneurs Give Back

Rommel Electric owner donates $5.5 million Owner David Rommel of Rommel Electric Co., based in Eden, Maryland, has achieved quite a lot since taking the reins from his father in 1976. He now owns engineering and construction companies with his surname, not to mention a Harley-Davidson outfit and a string of ACE hardware stores. Hence, […]

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Conflicting NRGs

Company’s shake-up and identity crisis  Barry Smitherman, one of two newly appointed directors at NRG Energy, has called climate change “a hoax” in the past. He’s now in position to make major decisions for a company with significant renewable energy investments on hand. So goes the ideological crossroads facing the second largest power company in the […]

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“Coop” Retires

Rotating equipment expert Michael Cooper retires Esteemed engineer and rotating equipment specialist Michael Cooper, most recently a market manager at The Gund Company, retired Thursday. Mr. Cooper has been working with rotating equipment since his days in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Submarine engine rooms in 1977. “We are both delighted and disheartened,” Mike Moran, VP of […]

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Grande Old Time

In NorCal, a one-stop-shop for pumps and motors  This week, our editors came across a nice piece in The Union, a local newspaper serving Nevada County, Calif. It features a family-owned and run shop that combines two established businesses under one roof while keeping both namesakes. Pumps West & Motor Electric, of Grass Valley, Calif., is the result […]

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A Strong Donation

AFT donates $10,000 to WaterAid Armstrong Fluid Technology announced March 14, 2017 that its employees have donated $10,000 to WaterAid, an international charity dedicated to providing access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation worldwide. The Canadian government added another $30,000 in matching funds to bring the total donation to $40,000. The donations were raised as […]

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ABB: A Bad Break

ABB uncovers criminal activity in its South Korea subsidiary ABB has uncovered a “sophisticated criminal scheme”, related to a significant embezzlement and misappropriation of funds in its South Korean subsidiary ABB Korea, the company reported February 22. The amount is estimated to be around 100 million dollars. The man responsible for the scheme is reportedly Oh […]

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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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Setting Up Shop

Owensboro Electric Motor of Kentucky under new ownership Small businesses stand at a crossroads of uncertainty these days, with reason for optimism stirred into an unpredictable economy. Many small business owners feel that now is the time to make a move and spend money, while others may want to wait and see what the new administration does […]

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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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Be Kind, Rewind

Winding expert wins Sailor of the Week award A U.S. Navy cadet won Sailor of the Week at Naval Station Mayport (Jacksonville, Fla.) last week. Jason Sieh, Electricians Mate 3rd Class (EM3), is a 23 year old who has motor rewind expertise. Ask anyone—this has become something of a rarity in engineering circles. Thank goodness for […]

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