Plant Ambassador expands your world, sometimes beyond the plant floor, with tongue-in-cheek observations about news and events of interest to managers, engineers, and technicians involved in manufacturing and utilities. Mike Bacidore, chief editor of Plant Services, takes his finger off the pulse of industry just long enough each week to deliver it to you with a dash of humor and a tablespoon of valuable information.
Bremen Castings, a family-owned foundry and machine shop in Bremen, Indiana, will hit 500 days without lost-time injury next week. Lost-time injury is defined as an occurrence that resulted in a fatality, permanent disability, or lost time from work of one day or shift and possibly more.
After it was announced that Sullair was being purchased by private equity firms BC Partners (www.bcpartners.com) and The Carlyle Group (www.carlyle.com) from Hamilton Sundstrand (www.hamiltonsundstrand.com), the party had begun.
Maintenance machismo comes in many flavors. Plant Services Senior Technical Editor Stanton McGroarty introduced us to the concept a week ago (http://community.plantservices.com/content/maintenance-machismo-today) and made a strong case for changing the face of what it is.
Earlier this week, smart people around the world became millionaires. Alan Guth and Andrei Linde, physics professors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford, respectively, were two of nine physicists who received $3 million each from the Russia-based Milner Foundation.