Minnesota Tech & Science
OATI Sponsors Advancement and Exploration of Smart Grid Initiatives
15 02 2018
MINNEAPOLIS February 15, 2018
OATI is proud to announce its commitment to the advancement of innovative grid modernization technology through its Gold Sponsorship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) ISGT 2018 Conference. ISGT 2018 is February 19-22, 2018 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
The theme of this year’s ISGT conference, “Grid Transformation,” focuses on the advancements and applications of both technologies and practices as applied to grid planning, operations, markets and policies to address the effective integration of variable and distributed energy resources. The four-day conference will feature plenary sessions, panel sessions, technical papers, and tutorials led by industry leaders and experts.
This includes OATI experts Dr. Ebrahim Vaahedi, Associate Vice President at OATI, and Dr. Ali Ipakchi, Executive Vice President of Smart Grid and Green Power, who will participate in the plenary session “Grid Operation Evolution...
Losing Sleep over a Banging Boiler?
15 02 2018
Saint Paul, MN -- 02/15/2018 -- A boiler that's whistling, knocking or clunking is probably on the fritz—and may put Minnesota families at risk for scalding or other dangers. Twin City homeowners with uproarious boilers should be aware of the common causes of these malfunctions.1. Trapped air. When air pockets disrupt the flow of water through a residential boiler, it results in a whistling, gurgling or "kettling" sound. A professional HVAC company in Ramsey County can bleed the system, eliminating unwanted air and restoring water flow. It is unwise for homeowners to bleed boiler systems themselves since scalding water is purged during the process.2. Limescale buildup. As minerals coat pipes and sediment collects in a boiler's tank, knocking and clunking sounds result. This limescale also disrupts the flow of water and leads to dangerous (and noisy) steam pressure. While a boiler relief valve can help take the pressure off, untreated mineral buildup may damage internal components...
Air T, Inc. Reports Unaudited Third Quarter Earnings
14 02 2018
DENVER, N.C., Feb. 14, 2018 -- Air T, Inc. ("Air T" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: AIRT) today reported consolidated net loss attributable to Air T, Inc. stockholders of $672,000 ($0.33 per diluted share) for the fiscal 2018 third quarter ended December 31, 2017 as compared to consolidated net income attributable to Air T, Inc. stockholders of $1,220,000 ($0.60 per diluted share) for the fiscal 2017 comparable period.
Consolidated revenues increased $8,732,000 (24%) from $35,769,000 to $44,501,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to the comparable quarter in the prior fiscal year. Consolidated operating income decreased $1,088,000 (66%) from operating income of $1,639,000 to operating income of $552,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to the comparable quarter in the prior fiscal year. The reduction was principally due to higher general and administrative expenses and depreciation charges in the current quarter compared to the prior year comparable...
Stratasys and USA Luge Go for Gold with Additive Manufacturing at 2018 Winter Games
14 02 2018
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advancing its winning track-record as a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) today announced the company has teamed with USA Luge to inject additive manufacturing into its quest for gold in Pyeongchang, South Korea this month. Harnessing the power of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology, the luge team is now able to more rapidly and cost-effectively build and test customized racing sleds tailored to the body of each athlete.
USA Luge is tapping into a wide range of high-performance materials from Stratasys to 3D print key layup and sacrificial tools used during manufacturing of carbon-fiber composite sleds. The advanced functionality of FDM enables an unprecedented level of customization not possible with standard composite fabrication – a critical success factor in racing sleds that often travel at speeds upwards of 87 miles per hour.
YA Hires John Coskran as Senior Vice President of Finance
14 02 2018
YA Senior Vice President of Finance John Coskran
Minneapolis, Minnesota February 14, 2018
YA, the market leader in delivering high-impact, data-driven marketing promotions for the nation’s most respected brands, announced today that it has hired John Coskran as senior vice president of Finance. Coskran will lead an experienced finance and accounting team as YA continues its expansion efforts.
Coskran most recently was senior director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Capella Education Company. In that role, he was responsible for all financial planning and forecasting, variance analysis and leading the executive team’s financial review process.
Prior to that, he held several roles at Best Buy, including senior finance director, Domestic Financial Planning and Analysis; finance director, New Business Initiatives and Transformation; finance director, Decision Support-Middle America Segment; senior finance manager, Financial Analysis/Operation; vpr Matrix Inc. subsidiary;...
Michael J. Guyette Named President and CEO of VSP Global
13 02 2018
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Feb. 13, 2018 -- VSP Global® today announced that Michael J. Guyette has been appointed President and CEO of VSP Global. Guyette will succeed VSP Global Board Member Rob Lynch, who has served as interim President and CEO since April 2017.
VSP Global President and CEO-elect Michael Guyette
Guyette, age 53, has more than 20 years of experience in building, growing and leading large health plan organizations and most recently served as President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. In that role, he was responsible for the strategy and operations of the state's largest health plan, serving 2.9 million members, with a full scope of health plan products and services.
"The Board of Directors is extremely confident in Michael Guyette's ability to lead VSP Global successfully into the future through a time of unprecedented competition and change," said Daniel L. Mannen, O.D., F.A.A.O. and VSP Global Chairman of the Board....
Bayer Launches Second Alka-Rocket Challenge
13 02 2018
WHIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 13, 2018 -- Attention all university rocketeers who want to test their luck, build a rocket and attempt to break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title: Bayer wants you.The company today is officially launching its second Alka-Rocket Challenge, where students compete to design and launch an Alka-Rocket for a chance to be the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS holder for the Highest launch of an Alka-Rocket.* The challenge this year will be open to teams of students that are attending a four-year accredited university in the United States to see if they can break and set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. Last year's inaugural Alka-Rocket Challenge, held on Nov. 8 at the Space Center Houston, was won by the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers earned top honors when their rocket launched 430 feet into the air setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title and winning $25,000. "We are really excited to be expanding this outstanding challenge to...
New Iron Expo Will Bring Together the Construction Industry in an Event that Showcases Training and New Equipment
13 02 2018
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“There hasn’t been anything like this at this scale ever in the Midwest.”
ST. PAUL, Minn. February 13, 2018
The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 announced today plans for its’ New Iron Expo on April 3, 4 & 5th in Hinckley, MN. This event will be the largest of its kind to be held in North America and possibly the world. The event will feature a long list of more than 100 vendor brands, training opportunities and dynamic hands-on experiences on the 400-acre property of the Local 49 Training Center.
What sets the New Iron Expo apart from other trade shows is that it allows attendees to actually roll up their sleeves and try out the new equipment for themselves.
“At a showroom or a typical tradeshow, you can only look at equipment and admire its appearance. Here the attendees can experience for themselves the capabilities of this new cutting edge equipment,” said Layne Johnson, Local 49 Training Center Director....
AHEAD Wins Two 2017 Puppet Channel Partner of the Year Awards
13 02 2018
"We are extremely proud of the success we've had using Puppet to improve software delivery for our clients," said Eric Kaplan, chief technology officer at AHEAD.
CHICAGO February 13, 2018
AHEAD, a leading provider of IT consulting and enterprise cloud solutions, today announced it has received two Puppet Channel Partner of the Year Awards for 2017. AHEAD was honored with the "Partner MVP, Americas," and its senior technical architect, Dan Wittenberg, received the "Engineer of the Year, Americas" award. With these two awards, AHEAD was recognized by Puppet global senior leadership for contributions made to driving customer success with Puppet technology.
"We are extremely proud of the success we've had using Puppet to improve software delivery for our clients," said Eric Kaplan, chief technology officer at AHEAD. "We're pleased to be recognized by Puppet as a trusted partner and advocate, both company-wide and at an individual level. Dan's commitment, collaborative...
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