Everybody is a Star

Updates on Star Technology staff entering the new year STAR Technology, Inc., notified Electrical Apparatus of a few important updates to its staff as we prepare to enter 2022. The Waterloo, Indiana epoxy specialist said in an e-mail: “We would like to congratulate Salesperson Gary Teagardin on his retirement. We wish him all the best and thank […]

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Alexa: Help Me Avert Disaster?

Amazon says it is addressing glitch that created electrical safety peril Amazon says it is addressing a glitch that somehow caused an Alexa device to direct a ten year old girl to place a metal coin in an exposed electrical outlet. Parents of the child notified authorities and Amazon, as well as posting a screenshot […]

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Giving Season

Morgan Advanced Materials sets a model example in the season of giving As we navigate a difficult holiday season, one industry standout and EA advertiser is setting a great example for how to embrace the spirit of giving so often associated with the winter holidays. Morgan Advanced Materials, the versatile manufacturer with locations spread across […]

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Genuine Draft Picks

Motion Industries to acquire Kaman Distribution Three big names for you. Genuine Parts Company, the Atlanta-based distributor of automotive and industrial replacement parts, announced December 16 that it its subsidiary, Motion Industries, Inc., will acquire Kaman Distribution Group from private investment firm Littlejohn & Co., LLC. The transaction will have important logistical implications for the […]

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Repair, Prioritized

FTC says it will emphasize “unfair methods of competition” in 2022 Further developments in the ongoing “Right to Repair” saga: The Federal Trade Commission is now getting involved. A December 9 letter from the FTC outlining its regulatory priorities says that “unfair methods of competition” will be a priority in 2022, including restrictions on repair. Citing a […]

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MP to Make REs for GM

Got all that? Trackers of the “EV revolution” considering the supply chain will want to take note of this physical development: at least one location is set for the production of critical elements in one major auto manufacturer’s EV platform. MP Materials Corp. said December 9 that it will build its initial rare earth (RE) […]

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SPX Cash Flow

Pumps company agrees to Lone Star acquisition valued at $3.8 billion SPX Flow, Inc., the Charlotte-based pumps and process solutions provider, announced December 13 it entered into an agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.8 billion, including the assumption of debt. Adam Bell and Catherine […]

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Kentucky Cleanup

Tornadoes devastate state’s rural lowlands, leaving a desperate need for aid Lethal tornadoes leveled parts of the Midwest over the weekend, leaving entire communities flattened and in disarray. The state of Kentucky was hit the hardest, with at least 80 deaths reported and widespread devastation visible in the following days. Among the victims were workers […]

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The Last Crusade

Experts are calling this the “Holy Grail” of batteries We’ve discussed at length the pros and cons of lithium batteries in this newsletter. As scientists and investors alike try to underpin the critical power-gen source with sustainability, one so-called breakthrough is being claimed. The lithium-metal solid-state battery, which has gained traction in 2021 for its […]

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Robot Occupation

As human workers decide to go remote, super-smart robots are “manning” the workplace As disruptive as the pandemic has been, it has taught manufacturers some valuable lessons that they’re now acting on. Two major players — Swiss industrial giant ABB and Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation — have made recent investments in robotics as a way to […]

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