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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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Need A Lift?

In the Swiss Alps, ABB powers first chairlift for the disabled In Switzerland, some holiday uplift for even the crankiest scrooge. Beginning this winter season at the Madrisa ski resort in the Swiss Alps, a new, wheelchair-accessible chairlift model is in operation. The handicap and disabled-friendly Madrisa 6-seater lift is the first of its kind, and […]

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Industrious Learning

An Idaho technician represents the unorthodox path to repair job success The manufacturing skills gap has created a mad rush for skilled technical workers. Filling this void has no clear solution, but empty jobs require workers…workers that don’t necessarily need a full skill set when they first start. As it turns out, many people are learning on the job. […]

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Lightbulb Moments

Edison’s items sold at auction The legacy of Thomas Edison is still a beacon of inspiration. Or somebody just had the bright idea that they could make some more money. Edison artifacts, including a set of his lightbulbs and the keys to his Menlo Park, N.J. laboratory, were recently sold at a Dallas auction December 3 […]

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