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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Blade Runners

Phased-out wind turbines are not so eco-friendly Progressive solutions are not without their ironies, and the wind power industry is encountering one of its first long-term hurdles as we enter 2020. A Bloomberg report earlier this week detailed how most wind turbine blades are not reusable—and are therefore starting to fill up landfills worldwide. The […]

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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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AHR 2020

Sights and sounds from this week’s HVAC/R convention in Orlando The International Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR) held its annual convention in Orlando this week. Electrical Apparatus‘ Managing Editor Selena Cotte and Advertising Director Naomi Clark were both in attendance this year at booth 9204—and hustling to and fro on the trade show […]

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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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EV Enforcers

15 congressmen call on IRS to investigate EV tax-credit cheaters In politics, it oftentimes doesn’t take much to choose a new battleground. One could argue this is especially true in an election year. Whichever side of the aisle you lean, Tuesday’s news that a group of Republican congressmen called on the IRS to clamp down […]

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Manufacturing Headers

Milwaukee Tool, Rockwell Automation, Mack Trucks make splashes For a few iconic brand names, locations, and operations in the manufacturing universe, it was a good week. That P.R. comes at a price; as many citizens worry about the industry being a flashpoint for spreading of the deadly coronavirus from China to the United States. Until […]

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Laron Joins OTC

Second Arizona outfit in as many months acquired by growing service provider Ohio Transmission Corporation, the industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has acquired Laron Inc., a leading service provider of mechanical and electric motor repair and engineering in the southwestern U.S., the companies announced January 21. Laron’s headquarters in Kingman, […]

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Offshore, Online

Orsted’s 1,200 MW wind farm off Yorkshire is fully operational Ørsted has officially commissioned the 1,218MW Hornsea One wind farm off Yorkshire, UK, and it is currently the world’s largest offshore wind farm in terms of installed capacity. Containing 174 wind turbines, made by Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) and each capable of generating 7 MW of […]

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