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Remanufactured Products Still Face Consumer Confusion, Skepticism  

Despite the high standards and thorough sterilization processes that many remanufacturers place on their products, consumers continue to view these goods as dirty and inferior. A study from Penn State also found that the sustainable benefits of remanufacturing did not necessarily sway buyers, even those who identify as eco-friendly. The report's authors suggest ways that remanufacturers can combat the negative perceptions...READ MORE  

Electrical Distributors, Manufacturers Expect Strong Second Half of 2014 
After a tepid Q1 due to brutal winter weather, electrical distributors and manufacturers reported a solid recovery in spring and expect business to remain strong the rest of 2014. Respondents to a survey conducted by tED magazine/Baird say they anticipate a 5.5% growth in revenue in Q3, with a 3.8% increase for the year...READ MORE

Chicago Schools Halt Electrical Training
Training the next generation of electrical workers took a blow last month as Chicago Public Schools stopped their last electrical training program. The board of education cites a lack of interest and enrollment, with a mere 40 incoming ninth graders selecting the program. Proponents say the problem is a lack of curriculum promotion...READ MORE 
IEEE SA to Open Commentary in September on 2017 National Electrical Safety Code
The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) will publish and open for commentary a preprint of proposed changes to the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC), which coincides with the association's 100th anniversary. From September 1, 2014, to May 1, 2015, interested parties can review, affirm, or offer additional input on the code proposals...READ MORE

PEARL Members, RIC Work to Improve Remanufactured Products Image 
PEARL has been educating the public about the benefits of reconditioned and remanufactured products for nearly two decades. Currently, PEARL members David Rosenfield and Bill Schofield are also members of the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), a cross-industry strategic alliance of companies created to educate the world about the benefits of remanufactured products. The RIC is taking its message everywhere from the UN to China to emphasize the need for countries to work together in support of remanufacturing...READ MORE

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Two Companies Upgrade to PEARL Full Member Status
PEARL congratulates Atlas Electric, Inc. (Spokane, WA) and National Power Systems, Inc. (Brook Park, OH), who have recently completed their site inspections and upgraded to Full Member status.

Shermco Announces Upcoming Training Schedule
Shermco Industries will host nearly 30 training sessions across the U.S. through the end of September before announcing its Q4 schedule. Topics include Understanding the NFPA 70E, Fundamentals of Variable Frequency Drives and Electrical Safety for Qualified Electrical Workers...READ MORE

Aug. 2014, Volume 66


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