October 24, 2016
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It's time! Tickets still available for this week's Manufacturing Summit

Don't miss the chance to hear from the chairman of the United States Export-Import Bank, Fred Hochberg, this week at the 2016 AWB Institute Manufacturing Summit. Hochberg will be one of many interesting and dynamic speakers at this year's event, which will be held in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at XFINITY Arena in Everett, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. this Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-WA, will introduce Hochberg's keynote address.

This year’s theme is “Trade: Connecting Washington with the World,” and will feature results from RSM’s annual Monitor Report. The company is the presenting sponsor for the event again this year, which highlights manufacturing, the next generation workforce and new technologies in Washington state. The Puget Sound Business Journal is the event’s official media partner.

Attendees can interact with students and businesses from around the state that are charting the course for the future of manufacturing – from developing the next generation of workforce to offering an understanding of how Washington builds great things that are part of our strong trade economy.

A highlight of the event is the presentation of awards for green manufacturer, operational excellence, innovation and manufacturer of the year.

Register today -- we look forward to seeing you this Wednesday in Everett!

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Focus on Sustainability

Helping CAT Excavators Ride the Rails

HPF Manufacturing, Inc. has created an innovative way to cut fuel use by 97 percent for railroad work and maintenance.

The Snohomish County employer designed Rail-X undercarriages to maximize fuel efficiency by incorporating drive motors so that an excavator can be driven on rail to a work site by a single operator. The average fuel consumption is just 5 gallons per hour. In contrast, the traditional process for rail maintenance involves the following: An excavator is trucked to a rail site, hoisted and bolted onto a rail car, then pulled by locomotive to the work site. The average fuel consumption is 175-200 gallons per hour.

Using Rail-X excavators significantly cuts fuel consumption by up to 97 percent when compared to the traditional process of railroad maintenance, thus reducing the carbon footprint within the rail industry for a more sustainable and green environment.
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Reasons to Say Yes

Oil terminal merits approval

By Mike Bridges, business representative for IBEW 48, Longview

A recent letter by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 President Jared Smith mischaracterized the proposed Vancouver Energy crude-by-rail terminal.

Opponents such as Smith largely base their arguments on concerns about oil trains that are already running through this state and will continue whether or not Vancouver Energy is built.

The letter presented a false choice of windmills versus oil trains -- we need both. Cars, trucks, buses and jets don't run on wind. Petroleum fuels keep us moving and keep our economy strong.

Smith also asserted falsely that Vancouver Energy crude oil would go overseas. Instead, Midwest oil will go to West Coast refineries to create products we need, reduce crude imports by 30 percent, and enhance U.S. energy independence...

Read the full letter to the editor in The Olympian
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