On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of January 6

Plant security: How to manage a moving target.  Plant Services 1/8 “For some, the September 2019 drone attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities was a wakeup call. Industrial, utility, and other critical infrastructure are subject to ever-evolving external security threats; while cyberattacks have become inevitable, physical risks are intensifying as well. Understanding this harsh truth […]

Governor’s State of the State Address | Press Release and Text

From the Governor’s Press Release: Governor Phil Scott today delivered his 2020 State of the State address, calling for unity and collaborative leadership in making a difference in the lives of Vermonters across the state. The Governor cited Vermont’s growing demographic crisis as the largest threat to sustainable growth. With addressing demographic trends being the […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 8

U.S. Democrats seek up to $2 trillion to invest in aging infrastructure.  Reuters 4/11 “Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump’s support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. . . .” AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 1

Caution ahead in petrochemicals.  Chemical & Engineering News 4/6 “The petrochemical industry is spooked.  Shale gas in the US and a long economic expansion brought a decade of unprecedented prosperity for the industry. But speakers at the World Petrochemical Conference, put on in San Antonio last month by the consulting group IHS Markit, warned of […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of March 18

Casting a Wide Net to Attract Manufacturing Talent.  IndustryWeek 3/21 “The light is a little too dim for Carolyn Lee, executive director of the  Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM.) She wants the industry to shine a brighter light on itself and attract the recognition it deserves. . . .” U.S. labor market solid; manufacturing […]

UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 12

Manufacturing Production Rose in October to the Highest Level in More than 10 Years.  Shopfloor 11/16 “According to the Federal Reserve, manufacturing production increased by 0.3 percent in October, rising for the fifth straight month to its highest level since June 2008. . . .” Exclusive: China offer unlikely to spur major trade breakthrough – […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 5

SEC to review corporate democracy rules risking investor clash.  Reuters 11/9 “The U.S. securities regulator is set to review this month rules on corporate democracy, setting it up for a clash with investors who worry the agency will side with companies to diminish voting rights on charged issues like climate change and gun violence. . . .” NSA official: […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 29

Trump Asks Cabinet to Draft Possible Trade Deal With China.  Bloomberg 11/2 “President Donald Trump wants to reach an agreement on trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 nations summit in Argentina later this month and has asked key U.S. officials to begin drafting potential terms, according to four people familiar with the […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 22

The Ex-Im Bank Is a Critical Tool in Checking China’s Ambitions. It’s Time to Get It Operating Again.  Shopfloor 10/26 “The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joins members of both parties in applauding Congress’ passage of the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development Act of 2018 (BUILD Act) as part of the recent broader […]