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Survival of the Fitbits

New startup joins the fray of expanding IoT market Since the inception of the Internet of Things, industrial companies rushed en masse to produce products that can connect workplace machinery in the era of the cloud and smartphone. The resulting subsection—the Industrial Internet of Things (iIOT)—is already home to products from familiar companies: Ludeca, Dynamatic, Flowserve, Regal […]

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Schooled in the Trade

New internship and apprenticeship programs continue to blossom Though they may fly under the radar, apprenticeship programs are invaluable to the American workforce, and they continue to flourish. A new training program in Iowa or Kentucky doesn’t always bring the saucy appeal of a big-time tech company headline, but that young engineer featured in it […]

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Welcome to Motors 101

Baldor’s introductory courses can get your staff started There are still openings left for two basic courses being offered by Baldor Electric Co. The Fort Smith, Ark. manufacturer is offering introductory courses on a range of technical subjects that can be essential for an incoming workforce. “Introduction to AC Motors” and “Introduction to Drives” still […]

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Reasons for De-Klein

Physical demands, insufficient continuing education hurt electrician field Klein Tools, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company, announced new results from its annual “State of the Industry” survey August 10. The research compiles input from more than 600 union and non-union electricians. This year’s survey results suggest that electricians are still concerned about the skills gap in the electrical […]

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Feel the Byrne

EMR B-More taps new Ops Mgr Electric Motor Repair Company, a provider of service, repair, installation and sales to the commercial kitchen and industrial motor sectors, announced that Joseph Byrne has been named operations manager of its Baltimore branch. In his new role, Byrne will be responsible for operations out of EMR’s headquarters, including leading more than […]

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Positions Available

Latest jobs report shows positive signs for manufacturing The latest BLS jobs report: Highs, lows, with a side of salt. Job openings have hit an all-time high. That sounds good, but many experts are heeding caution. Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector is performing at an unexpectedly robust level, continuing a pattern that has now powered through […]

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Kinisky’s Park

Saint-Gobain appoints new president Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, announced the appointment of Thomas Kinisky as President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation (Saint-Gobain’s North American holding company), based in Malvern, Pa., May 1. Kinisky assumed the position earlier this year, succeeding John Crowe. Kinisky’s wide-scale […]

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North by Northwest

Onward and upward for an internship program in Washington state Northwest Motor Sales & Services, is raising two birds in one nest: addressing the skills gap and providing options for young adults in difficult situations. The Longview, Wash., motor shop has recently engaged with a program from Goodwill Industries and Workforce Southwest Washington that provides internships […]

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Handy Delivery

GrubHub founder’s next project: home repair service The same people who commoditized online food delivery are back with a similar idea in an altogether different realm. Mike Evans, one of the founders of the mega-popular online food delivery platform GrubHub, has jumped back into the game with Fixer, a parallel idea for the home repairs market. […]

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Precision on Display

Grand opening of industrial showroom at New Jersey shop An established electric motor facility in north New Jersey has added a brand new showroom to its premises. Precision Electric Motor Repair (Clifton, N.J.) held a grand opening Wednesday of its 2,500-square foot industrial showroom, connected to a shop already spanning 35,000 square feet. The new […]

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