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Texas Pride

A 94,000 square foot facility will provide jobs for the Houston area The Houston metropolitan area appears to be flourishing. In the latest job-creation news from the region, Texas Injection Molding announced February 11 it will build out 94,000 square feet of industrial space for its new production facility in Houston. More work for Houston […]

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Pandemic Hits Workforce

How the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting China’s factory output Competition between the United States and China is a long-explored topic; one that has escalated of late. Most of this boils down to subtopics like trade disagreements, workforce, manufacturing, and factory schematics. Until 2020, when a wild card thrown into the mix is taking the conversation […]

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The Energetic Debate

EA’s Utilities department makes an online appearance! Utilities are getting a lot of press lately, from the battle over energy conversion to an increased demand for lineworkers, so we have a crash course for you this week to bring you up to date. Virginia Clean Economy Act. A progressive agenda scored a battleground victory February […]

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Sorry, Just Venting

A little HVAC/R therapy to even out your Thursday temperature Following our AHR Expo item from last week—but preceding the full show report in the March issue of EA—we’re here to keep you up to speed on news from the HVAC/R world. HVACR in our March issue! Multipage @AHRexpo report, inside @alabamapower & @bevillstate's “One […]

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Creators Wanted

NAM unveils highly-anticipated campaign to reduce skills gap The National Association of Manufacturers has been busy in February, but it did more than just honor Ivanka Trump this month. The organization, along with its workforce and education partner The Manufacturing Institute, unveiled its “Creators Wanted” campaign Wednesday, an “unprecedented, nationwide” effort to reshape America’s perception […]

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So Long, Indy

Diamond Chain Co. plant to end 102-year run Timken will shut down its Indianapolis plant, which employs 240 workers, within the next two to three years, the company told its employees Tuesday. The recognizable building is the Diamond Chain Company’s original facility, which opened in 1918 in downtown Indianapolis. Timken purchased the company in April […]

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A Few Good Linemen

PG&E drama showing ripple effects as far as Georgia While Pacific Gas & Electric received positive news this week regarding its ongoing legal troubles, lesser-known entities maneuvered to counteract the situation’s surprisingly far-reaching effects. As California recruits electrical workers to fix its disasters, the GA city of Marietta wants to keep skilled linemen in town […]

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IBEW Endorses Biden

Key union support includes almost a million electrical workers It’s still early, but Joe Biden could be feeling the pressure. Near-complete results of the Iowa caucuses—traditionally the Opening Day of general election polls—had Biden at under 16% Thursday, trailing Pete Buttigeig, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination. It comes as less of […]

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N.J. Gives Fair WARNing

Notification period now 90 days, part-time employees now counted New Jersey became the first state to draft legal requirements for laid off employees this month, due to take effect in July of this year. The law expands upon the original WARN Act of 1988, and will increase prenotification time and require severance pay in “certain […]

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It’s Always SUNY in the Smart Grid

Herkimer College the latest to start a program for utilities of the future For those doubting the legitimacy of the Smart Grid, here’s a nugget: Smart Grid investments have risen each year since 2010 and are expected to reach $13.8 annually in 2024. A major part of that is state-commissioned technical projects, which often collaborate […]

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