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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2015 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming Announced

We have announced the winner for our 2015 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming.  Presented annually, the awards recognize the high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in the areas of design, safety, quality, training and education, process control, product development, and productivity.

Winners were honored with a special plaque, commemorative flag and a cash prize on November 8, 2015, during the FABTECH tradeshow in Chicago, IL, and will be featured in the December 2015 issue of MetalForming magazine.

We applaud the achievements of this year’s winners, who have dedicated themselves to continuous improvement of their products and services. 

Winning Company

Higgins-Caditz Design Award

Quality Industries

LaVergne, TN

Pitcher Insurance Agency Safety Award

Trans-Matic Mfg. Co.

Holland, MI

Zierick Manufacturing Corporation
Productivity Award

Highlands Diversified Services

London, KY

Pridgeon & Clay Excellence in Quality

Kryton Engineered Metals

Cedar Falls, IA

Ulbrich Award for Competitive
Excellence in Product Development

Trans-Matic Mfg. Co.

Holland, MI

Link Systems Process Control Award

Zierick Manufacturing Corp.

Mount Kisco, NY

Clips & Clamps Industries
Educational Institution Award

Schoolcraft College

Livonia, MI

Information about each award-winning entry is available at

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The EPA’s Ozone Rule and What It Means for Manufacturing

On October 26, the Environmental Protection Agency released the new standard for ground level ozone, the main component of smog. The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ozone (O3) lowers the requirement from the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. In 2008, the EPA revised the 1997 standards from 80 ppb down to the current 75 ppb.

The rule, which takes effect in 2017, requires states to submit plans to the EPA showing how they will reduce ozone emissions to comply with the new standards. This will include restricting economic activity, rejecting power plant permits, and blocking highway infrastructure projects.

What exactly does this mean for manufacturers? A recent study showed that the new standard would reduce the U.S. GDP by $140 billion annually by restricting manufacturing and other economic activity in areas of the country that currently exceed the new ozone limit. That estimates to 1.4 million fewer jobs through 2040.

Emission levels in roughly seventy Ohio counties currently violate the proposed rule, as do more than sixty in Illinois, and over fifty in Michigan.  This count mean huge expenditures in compliance costs.
But, before the new rule can take effect, it faces serious judicial hurdles. 

E&E News recently reported that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the New Mexico Environmental Department, and the states of Arkansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma have already filed a petition for review of the standard in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Stay tuned to our blog for more on this and other issues from Washington.

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