Champlin, MN selects Mueller Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Edited by Margo Ellis

The City of Champlin has selected Mueller to replace about 8,000 residential, commercial and irrigation water meters with solid-state ultrasonic water meters and advanced metering infrastructure.
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Technical

Lightening the load of multi-material manufacturing with 3D printing

Edited by Margo Ellis

The rise of 3D printing has transformed the manufacturing industry, enabling manufacturers to quickly and precisely create specialized parts for any application.
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Manufacturing

House to vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill on Sept. 27

Edited by Margo Ellis

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Friday affirmed the chamber will vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill on Sept. 27, signaling Democratic leaders are still plowing full speed ahead on their planned timeline even though the larger $3.5 trillion bill to invest in social safety net programs still faces tough hurdles, according to The Hill.

NEWS

Industrial production increased 0.4 percent in August

As reported by the Federal Reserve on Sept. 15, industrial production increased 0.4 percent in August after moving up 0.8 percent in July.

NEWS

Gardner Business Index (GBI) ended August at 58.8

The Gardner Business Index (GBI) ended August at 58.8, marking the second consecutive month in which the overall Index moved lower.

NEWS

Baker Hughes Foundation contributes $800,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Baker Hughes Foundation has announced $800,000 in grants to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for the 2021-22 academic year, part of the Foundation’s long-running mission to promote education and opportunity in the communities where Baker Hughes employees live and work.

Applications

Texas takes top spot in U.S. energy production again

Edited by Margo Ellis

Once again, Texas is clearly the national leader in energy production, with the EIA ranking it tops in the United States for both oil and gas and electricity production, according to new data released Thursday by the federal Energy Information Administration and reported on Power Engineering on Sept. 16, 2021.

Manufacturing

U.S. ports congestion likely to extend into 2022

Edited by Margo Ellis

U.S. manufacturers, retailers and consumers have felt the impacts of various supply chain issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic amid congestion at ports, and it appears conditions won’t considerably improve any time soon, as posted in Thomas Insights on Sept. 21.

Manufacturing

DOE launches $16 million Communities LEAP program to support clean energy

Edited by Margo Ellis

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP) — an initiative designed to help environmental justice communities and communities with historical ties to fossil fuel industries take direct control of their clean energy future.

NEWS

Reshoring accelerated by Biden's plan to rebuild U.S. supply chains and COVID-19

The recent effort to strengthen U.S. self-sufficiency in an era of global value chains represents an intersection between a more confrontational foreign policy stance toward China and a domestic effort to reshore manufacturing.

NEWS

Clearlake Capital-backed FloWorks acquires Genesis Systems

Acquisition of control valve, regulator and valve automation and systems distributor expands depth and reach of FloWorks’ portfolio of flow solutions providers

NEWS

U.S. labor shortage study breaks down the numbers by state

According to CareerCloud’s research, data gathering and analysis, as of September 8, the number of unfilled jobs grew further to a record 10.9 million while the number of unemployed Americans fell to 8.3 million.

Insights

Emerson's Deepa Malhotra receives STEP Ahead Award

Edited by Margo Ellis

Deepa Malhotra, director of commercial operations for Emerson’s power and water solutions business, has been recognized with a STEP Ahead Award by The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Malhotra is being honored alongside more than 100 women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their manufacturing careers.
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ValvTechnologies welcomes Quality Controls Inc. as a distributor

Edited by Margo Ellis

ValvTechnologies, the leading manufacturer of zero-leakage, severe service isolation valve solutions, welcomes Quality Controls Inc. (QCI) as a new distributor.
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Insights

Use social media to attract young manufacturing talent

Edited by Lori Beckman, Senior Editor

Nicole Wolter, president of HM Manufacturing and a millennial, suggests tips for creating a social media feed that attracts young people to manufacturing. 

NEWS

Fairbanks Morse Defense acquires Hunt Valve Company Inc.

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has acquired Hunt Valve Company Inc., a specialty manufacturer of naval valves and electromechanical actuators.

NEWS

Conval names Heglund as Midwest regional sales manager

Conval vice president of sales and marketing Don Bowers recently announced that Glenn Heglund of Minooka, IL has been appointed as Midwest regional Sales manager.

NEWS

Supply chain disruptions likely to wreak further havoc on Ida's destruction and recovery efforts

As far as costly disasters go, Hurricane Ida was no Katrina, but the damage inflicted by its rapid escalation and unpredictable path is troubling to observers who say the event reflects a newly ascendent type of storm that is both less predictable and more expensive, according to NBC News reporting on Sept. 7.