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Walmart Testing Ultra-Aerodynamic Semi-Trailers

March 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Walmart today announced a concept semi-trailer truck, the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE), which is 20 percent more aerodynamic than the company’s current fleet of trucks.                 

Monadnock Makes The Greenest Paper

February 4, 2014 12:31 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

As it nears 200 years in operation, Monadnock Paper Mills (MPM) remains one of the nation’s...

Bringing Big Steel’s ‘Mini-Mill’ To Solar

January 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Silicor Materials, in many ways, is turning inward to implement the necessary practices rather...

Most Innovative Companies #2: AquaTech

January 16, 2014 11:03 am | Articles | Comments

Our #2 pick is AquaTech, which has 32 years of experience with industrial waste water...

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Google Invests $75 Million In Texas Wind

January 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Google today announced that it has finalized an agreement to invest $75 million in the Panhandle 2 wind farm, which will be located outside of Amarillo, Texas. Pattern Energy Group LP will develop the 182MW facility, which generates enough electricity to power 56,000 U.S. homes.

NY Says Company Will Clean PCBs From Lower Hudson

January 7, 2014 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York conservation officials say Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to clean up PCB-contaminated soils and Hudson River sediment in Westchester County in a project estimated to cost more than $250 million. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says Tuesday it's an important step in restoring the health of the Hudson.

In Cold Snap, Recipe For Roads Goes Beyond Salt

January 7, 2014 1:10 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A splash of beet juice, a dollop of molasses, a squeeze of cheese brine. In the coldest weather, the recipe for safer roads often goes beyond the usual sprinkling of salt. Plain salt is largely ineffective below 16 degrees. Additives can keep it working in temperatures as low as minus 25.

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Solar Energy Projects Finally Getting Boost In N.Y.

December 23, 2013 10:20 am | by George M. Walsh, Associated Press | News | Comments

One aim of NY-Sun is to help meet goals for increasing the share of the state's energy needs covered by renewable sources, now dominated by hydropower. Another is to close the gap with other states that moved more aggressively and quickly to encourage development of solar.

Study: Many Dolphins Sick A Year After Gulf Oil Spill

December 19, 2013 1:08 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen of the 29 dolphins examined in 2011 were in guarded, poor or grave condition. That compared to one out of 15 caught for comparison in Sarasota Bay, Fla., which was not involved in the spill, according to the study published Wednesday in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Louisville Neighbors Sue Over Coal Plant Ash

December 18, 2013 11:51 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Louisville residents who say coal ash from a nearby power plant drifts into their lungs and homes have sued the utility company. The neighbors are seeking class-action status against LG&E and its Allentown, Pa.-based parent company, PPL Corp., alleging violations of federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act.

EPA: Chevron Violated Law At California Refinery

December 18, 2013 9:09 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA filed a formal notice against Chevron finding 62 violations of federal environmental laws after an investigation spurred by the Aug. 6, 2012, fire.

Top 13 In 2013, #13: China’s Pig Problem

December 9, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

One of most-clicked stories this year was also one of the strangest: In March, authorities in China found 2,800 adult and piglet carcasses in the Shanghai River, and were forced to extract them in a grisly scene. Locals were worried the carcasses would contaminate Shanghai’s water supply, but authorities said there was no sign of contamination.

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Incorporating Sustainability Across The Supply Chain

December 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Iuliana Nita, Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverage, Process Systems Business Unit of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics | Articles | Comments

Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.

Sustainability: A 3PL’s Role in Your Green Supply Chain

December 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Jamie Wyatt, COO, Linkex | Articles | Comments

The supply chain is getting greener and discussions about sustainability are cropping up in more calls and conferences than ever before. What this means for you is that the “green-ness” of your supply chain will soon be a deciding factor for your manufacturer and shipper partners as well as your other customers.

Green Building Rival Emerges Among LEED Attacks

December 5, 2013 1:57 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eco-friendly building rating system known as LEED has been around for more than a decade, powering a green arms race in cities across the nation. It's an industry force, certifying thousands of buildings and providing a marketing tool, tax breaks and other incentives to builders eager to cash in on the sustainability craze.

What Aren’t Manufacturers And Customers Telling Each Other?

December 4, 2013 11:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is. UL seems to believe that these trends, which may have otherwise gone unnoticed, could be a barrier between companies that succeed and those that don’t.

Eye On Energy: Harnessing The Latest Energy Tracking Technology

December 3, 2013 1:50 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Energy usage continues to be a critical issue in the manufacturing sector, due to concerns over energy costs as well as the need to meet corporate sustainability requirements. But with advanced energy management technology, manufacturers more easily can meet their energy goals.

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Tracking The Future Of Conflict Minerals

December 3, 2013 12:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.

The Cheapest Energy Is That Not Consumed

November 18, 2013 2:21 pm | by Bob Hinkle, Metrus Energy | Articles | Comments

However, the energy efficiency market is rapidly evolving to include no-first-cost financing options that finally enable companies to implement projects that not only have deeper energy savings with longer paybacks, but also improve the bottom line and the sustainability of their operations.

A Balancing Act: Jets, Sustainability And Innovation

October 29, 2013 2:55 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp. | Articles | Comments

Any facet of aerospace, from production to the actual act of flying massive jets around the world, would appear, at face value, to be in direct opposition to sustainability, or being kind to the environment. And while that’s true to a degree, it would be ingenuous to state that there’s no concern for the environment among any of the wide array of companies involved in the aerospace industry.

Putting Waste To Work

October 15, 2013 2:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

It is clear that food manufacturers are finding sustainable ways to dispose of their food waste, with many companies already experiencing success in this area. But there is always room for improvement.         

Smart Cities Are A Global Priority

October 4, 2013 12:07 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Articles | Comments

With more than half the world’s population now living in urban areas – a number that is projected to reach seventy percent by the middle of the 21st century – and with climate change and natural disasters posing new challenges, there is a growing market for sustainable, urban infrastructure planning and development.

PACK EXPO: Learn How To Use Reusables

September 10, 2013 3:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Embedded right onto the plant floor, and located within the RPA Reusable Packaging Pavillion at booth #6458, is the new Reusables Learning Center, which is sponsored and endorsed by the Reusable Packaging Association.

How Producers And Power Generators Are Fueling The Next Energy Evolution

September 10, 2013 11:42 am | by Nathan Pascarella, Global Energy Solutions Manager, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

It’s an energy evolution — fueled by the confluence of Industrial Internet Protocol (Industrial IP), EtherNet/IP communications and energy management applications in industrial plants. Industrial plants’ energy partners — their power suppliers — will play a central role in this progression, working to advance plants’ energy efficiency goals.

Renewable Energy: Security For Vulnerable Import Dependent Nations

September 9, 2013 12:03 pm | by Anders Jansson, CEO, Minesto | Blogs | Comments

The need for a secure and reliable energy supply is a seldom mentioned but very important driver for many nations moving towards clean and renewable energy supply. Paradoxically, the very factors that have made many nations dependent on imported energy, like being surrounded by water, can work to their benefit since many island nations have great potential for marine energy.

Survey: 43 Percent Of Leaders To Invest In Efficiency Next Year

September 5, 2013 2:42 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Forty-three percent of energy leaders say their investment in energy efficiency next year is projected to be more than it was last year, according to survey results released today by Schneider Electric. Twenty-two percent said their projected investment would stay the same, and 10 percent reported their investment would be less than last year.

Report: 38,600 Clean Energy Jobs Announced In Q2

August 28, 2013 11:41 am | by E2 | News | Comments

Companies and communities across the United States announced at least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013 that could create as many as 38,600 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).

Sector Snap: LDK Misses Payment, Solar Stocks Fall

August 27, 2013 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar sector took a hit Tuesday during a broad market sell-off after LDK Solar said it would not make an interest payment on a bond that comes due on Wednesday. LDK Solar Co. reported its second-quarter results Monday. The company took a loss of $165 million, compared to $254 million a year ago. However its sales dropped 51 percent to $115 million.

Alabama Professor Creates Carbon-Capturing System

August 27, 2013 11:09 am | by Ed Enoch, The Tuscaloosa News | News | Comments

A Colorado company has licensed a method of capturing carbon dioxide pioneered by a University of Alabama assistant professor, with the hope of developing the method as a more energy-efficient way of reducing emissions at fossil-fuel power plants.

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