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3D Printing: All Aboard

“Expert team” brings “unparalleled real-world experience” with product applications Optomec, the Albuquerque manufacturer of metal 3D printing machines, announced the formation and meeting of its Metal Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Board (TAB) May 5, in what could be seen as an indicator of growth for the promising technology. The first board meeting was recently held […]

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Forge A New Path

ForgeNow is looking for skilled trade workers, no strings attached A new initiative from Dallas-based skilled trades academy ForgeNow is working to reskill returning veterans, formerly-incarcerated adults and recent immigrants for roles in HVAC and electrical repair. The LLC, which has programs for HVAC, medical coding, and electrician prospects, was approved by the Texas Workforce […]

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Colonial Pipeline Hack

Pipeline hack exposes infrastructure security weak points Friday news is bad for this newsletter, because we can’t include it until six days later. It’s especially unwelcome when that news is negative. It’s decidedly morale-crushing when it has a direct effect on our readers, such as the May 7 hack on the Colonial Pipeline that occurred […]

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Nothing Too Heavy

Memphis equipment company’s electric motor repair division acquired Howard Acquisitions, Inc., is prepared to do some Heavy lifting. It has acquired the electric motor repair division of Heavy Machines, Inc., of Memphis, Tennessee, per a company email to Electrical Apparatus May 12. There’s nothing too heavy for this repair operation, which specializes in cranes and […]

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R2R: Ringing Endorsement

FTC report “shows they took our testimony very seriously” says TRA On May 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a long-awaited report on how manufacturers limit product repairs. Back in 2019, The Repair Association (TRA) participated alongside the folks at U.S. PIRG, iFixit, etc. in a “Nixing the Fix” workshop hosted by the FTC. […]

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EPA Moves On HFCs

Department calls proposed rule on hydroflourocarbons “among the most significant environmental laws in recent years” In an announcement that could have a major impact on the HVAC/R industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is officially proposing its first rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down the production […]

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Intervala-dation

Pittsburgh electromechanical manufacturer acquires NeoTech assets in Ohio Intervala, a full-service manufacturer of precision electronic and electromechanical products, announced Monday the acquisition of “certain assets” of NEOTech Inc.’s manufacturing business in Mason, Ohio. The acquisition perceivably expands Intervala’s customer base “through the addition of several top-tier customers in the medical device and industrial markets,” said […]

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Chinese Checkers

The nation navigates good and bad trends in its quest for energy dominance Competition with China is omnipresent in American headlines, political discourse, and the outlook for industry flashpoints such as onshore manufacturing, trade, and supply chain logistics. It’s become nearly impossible to avoid. For those of us wary of the hyper-productive industrial behemoth, well, […]

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Coal Conversions a Success

CPV says it channeled over 400 MW to traditional sites in PJM region Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), the Silver Spring, Md., subsidiary of OPC Energy, commemorated Earth Day 2021 by “underscoring the tremendous contributions their employees, partners and shareholders have made to address climate change,” it said, and is providing impressive data to back it. […]

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Stormy Weather

Stormwater sector falls short on funding; awaits infrastructure package When snow melts, who handles the runoff, drainage, filtering…who essentially cleans up the mess? As the country restores power and hope following a nationwide cold snap, folks in the stormwater sector await a federal infrastructure package with nervous stomachs. While higher-profile sectors get mass attention in […]

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