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Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

* On again… off again…

* On again… off again… DOT/FHWA’s reporting requirements for the federal highway system, announced as final in the FR last January, were stayed last week by DOT “in accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review.’’’ The stay is effective until March 21. The new leadership team wants more time for review. One big issue here, of course, is new reporting for greenhouse gas emissions.

* Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality co-hosts an event this week in Detroit called “Nurturing Sustainable Communities from the Ground Up.” It’s a one day session including businesses, governing agencies, community groups and citizens looking to find and implement sustainable solutions for the region. The Agenda focuses on the intersection between the physicality of public space, commerce, and developing diverse and inclusive communities. What does it take to achieve sustainable, healthy communities “so that the environment, business and culture combine to support human flourishing?” The event is at the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel situated along the Detroit River and the restored RiverWalk greenway.

* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment holds its next meeting Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will include updates on:(1) The Fourth National Climate Assessment process; (2) data and tools developed to support sustained assessment; (3) approaches to sustained partnerships developed in regional science organizations and other groups; (4) state-level assessment activities; and (5) the Advisory Committee’s work plan. It’s an open meeting but you do need to register by Feb. 28.

 

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DEWALT® Charlotte Manufacturing Plant Celebrates Production Of Its 10-Millionth Tool

DEWALT® Charlotte, NC manufacturing plant celebrated a significant milestone this past week, as the professional tool brand’s 10-millionth tool rolled off the production line. Company executives were on hand to build the 10-millionth tool – a 20V MAX* XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill (DCD996P2).

Across its seven U.S. manufacturing plants, the brand produced more than 90 million individual products Made in the USA with global materials in 2016, an almost 50 percent increase from the 62 million individual products in 2015, just one year earlier. This is a meaningful accomplishment towards the brand’s effort to expand its domestic manufacturing using global materials, an effort that began in 2013. In addition to Charlotte, DEWALT operates manufacturing facilities in New Britain, CT; Greenfield, IN; Hampstead, MD; Shelbyville, KY; Cheraw, SC; and Jackson, TN.

Senior Vice President & Group Executive of Global Tools & Storage, Jeffrey D. Ansell, helps to build 10-millionth tool in Charlotte, NC.

Frank Mannarino, President of DEWALT Professional Products Group said, “Year after year, DEWALT has significantly increased its production of tools made in the US with global materials. We have worked hard to drive greater productivity and efficiency at our manufacturing facilities, delivering products with the same Guaranteed Tough quality customers have come to know and expect from the brand. We are a global brand proud to have been founded in the United States and proud to continue to manufacture in the United States.”

DEWALT understands that buying American products and building the American economy are important to its customers. Connie Grant, an employee at the Charlotte plant said, “It makes me proud to work for a company that still values the American workforce.” DEWALT is committed to crafting tools as strong as its American pride. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT products Made in the USA with global materials.

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About DEWALT

DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and cordless power tools, power tool accessories, and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.

With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced over 90 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2016 alone. Visit the website to learn more about DEWALT products Made in the USA with global materials.

DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally, wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

‘Dirtiest Man on TV’ Mike Rowe Joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Tech Talks Lineup

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 is pleased to announce that Executive Producer and Host Mike Rowe, best known as the “dirtiest man on TV” from the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is a featured speaker at the show’s new Tech Talks forum.

Rowe will share the surprising lessons he learned as an apprentice traversing all 50 states and attempting 300 different jobs, during a special session, “Lessons from the Dirt.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 7- 11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, is the international gathering place every three years for the construction industries.

The Tech Talks forum offers short content-rich presentations to inspire and inform. The Talks are an integral component of the show’s new Tech Experience, focused on emerging trends and solutions directly affecting the construction industries in key areas of the jobsite, workforce and infrastructure.

“We’re very excited to welcome Mike Rowe to the Tech Talks forum and CONEXPO-CON/AGG to connect with our attendees; he is a longtime industry supporter advocating for a skilled workforce, the manufacturing sector and infrastructure investment,” said Sara Truesdale Mooney, show director and vice president exhibitions and business development, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

In a new effort, Rowe is collaborating with the National Excavator Initiative, founded in October 2016 to reach excavators and contractors with safe-digging messages, especially the importance of contacting an 811-notification center before digging.

Most recently, Rowe launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. He also runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap by giving scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand.

40-Session Line-up Also Features Local Motors’ CEO

Also joining the Tech Talks forum lineup is John Rogers, President, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, a next-generation car company changing the designing, building and ownership of cars.

In “The Future of Mobility,” John will discuss how the mobile landscape will look very different in the future, autonomous vehicles as well as projects and expectations for 2020 and beyond.

View the Tech Talks forum 40-session lineup online. For the latest show information and to register, visit www.conexpoconagg.com.

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