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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is now accepting nominations for its Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards. The awards will be presented at ACEEE’s 2014 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings event scheduled to be held in Garden Grove, CA, Aug. 17-22. Winners will be selected based on demonstrated excellence in several categories

Nominations are due June 6. To learn about judging criteria and past winners or to submit a nomination, visit aceee.org.

High demand for machines in manufacturing sectors, ranging from auto-making to packaging will push the industrial machinery market to new heights worldwide in the next five years, says consulting group IHS Technology. The Colorado-based firm says demand will also bring growth this year. These and other findings are available in its new Machinery Production Market Tracker report (technology.ihs.com). 

The report states that as worldwide economic conditions continue to improve, the demand for machines in sectors such as agriculture, packaging, materials handling and machine tools will push revenues to $1.6 trillion this year, up from $1.5 trillion in 2013. This represents an annual growth of 6.3%, more than twice the 2.9% increase seen in 2013. Strong growth is forecast to continue for the next four years, with revenue in this sector rising to $2.0 trillion by 2018. During this period, the machinery market’s annual growth rate is expected to average between 5% and 6%.

IHS Machinery Group analysts say this growth is driven by several factors. First, higher demand for cars worldwide is spurring the need to spend on tools and robotics in the automotive business, as well as in rubber and plastics. Meanwhile, an increase in the standard of living and growing spending on nutrition will benefit the food and packaging machinery sectors. Furthermore, rising spending on technology products will boost the demand for robotics, semiconductor equipment, mining, and oil and gas machinery.

One of the top benefits of membership in MESA International is a look into the full report of the "Metrics That Matter" research. MESA along with LNS Research just completed the latest edition of the survey. They are now ready to present some of the results in a Webcast live at 11 am EDT on April 16. Go to the MESA Website to register. In a recent LNS blog post, the metrics that plant management most monitored were presented and discussed. From the blog, "As a plant manager, you’re responsible for the day-to-day management and coordination of production, logistics, and maintenance in your assigned facility. Your position is one that’s hands-on and focuses on using all the resources at your disposal to maximize production accuracy and profitability while ensuring worker safety and government compliance in a particular unit of the manufacturing organization."

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grundfos3Grundfos, the global leader in advance pump solutions, has appointed Dieter Sauer as president and general manager of its Water Utility business, which is headquartered in Aurora, Ill. In this position, Sauer will oversee and direct all operations in Grundfos’ Water Utility division including the company’s newly opened service center.

Sauer has over 20 years of pump experience and most recently served as president of Pulsafeeder Inc., a manufacturer of chemical metering pumps for municipal water and wastewater, oil and gas and industrial markets where he led strategic and operating planning processes for sales, marketing, R&D, operations, finance, human resources, quality control and administrative affairs.

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David M. Walsh has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MHPSA) effective April 1, 2014.  In this new role, Mr. Walsh has responsibility for all aspects of the business in the Western Hemisphere.  Mr. Walsh will also be a Corporate Officer of MHPSA’s parent company, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. in Japan.

Mr. Walsh served the company as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Projects and Services with MHPSA prior to his appointment as President and CEO.  Mr. Walsh joined the company in 2001 and was responsible for Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas’ Western Hemisphere power generation service and manufacturing business, including field and plant service, parts manufacturing, and marketing for services related to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ activities in the Americas.

Mr. Walsh came to MHPSA with broad U.S. and international experience as a senior executive in power generation roles that included operations in China, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and South America.  Mr. Walsh earned a B.S. from the University of Virginia and pursued graduate studies at Northwestern University.   He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida.

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