EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule, Ensuring Reliable, Diversified Energy Resources while Protecting our Environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule – replacing the prior administration’s overreaching Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a rule that restores the rule of law and empowers states to reduce emissions while providing affordable and reliable energy for all Americans. Today’s actions are the culmination of a review of the CPP, which was done in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13873 – Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The actions also follow challenges from a large number of states, trade associations, rural electric co-ops, and labor unions who argued that the CPP exceeded EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act, and an unprecedented stay of the CPP by the Supreme Court in 2016. “Today, we are delivering on one of President Trump’s core priorities: ensuring the American public has access to affordable, reliable energy in a manner that continues our nation’s environmental progress,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Unlike the Clean

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The “Voice of Missouri Business” heard in the U.S. Capitol

June 14, 2019 – This week, a team of business leaders from Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) discussed many important business issues with their representatives in Congress during two days of meetings in Washington, D.C. Attending the meetings were: Tony Reinhart, Ford Motor Company; Jarah Hauger, Deere & Company; Gail Hinshaw, AIM Board; Dusty Cruise, Missouri Enterprise; Shaun Garrison, Ameren; Rod Reid, Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets; Jim Carter, Emerson; John Frederick, Boeing; and Tom Hall, Orscheln Management Company. Candice Allen of AIM staffed the meetings and Ray McCarty, President and CEO of AIM, helped lead the discussions. The group reeived a briefing of important federal issues with leadership of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). AIM is the sole designated partner of the NAM in Missouri. The group was able to meet with all the Missouri delegation members or their staff. In fact, all but three were able to make the meetings work with their calendars and they personally attended

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What is a Cobot? Learn more about how they can help fill your workforce gap (Lunch N Learn on 6/27)

A “cobot” is a collaborative robot—meaning it works WITH and alongside human coworkers. These are robots that are “out of the cage” and will stop if they sense someone in their path. They are mobile and can be moved anywhere on the plant floor to take on new tasks. It takes just a few moments to reprogram it to a new job anddoesn’t require an on-site engineer to maintain them! Want to learn more and see these robots in person? For one time only, Missouri Enterprise will hold a lunch and learn for area manufacturers on June 27 from noon – 1 p.m. at HTE Technologies in Lenexa, KS. Here, you will get to demo the cobot and ask questions about how these tools could work inside your facility. Click on the video below to hear from a manufacturer who attended the same session in St. Louis last week. Cobots are not only for major OEMs. In fact, more small to medium-sized manufacturers are incorporating these tools into

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National Safety Month – Safety Basics for Manufacturers

Unintentional injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, and they are preventable! As we celebrate #NationalSafetyMonth, here is a gentle reminder to maintain focus on the safety basics at work. When we focus our time and efforts on making safety corrections, we often focus on machine guarding, lockout/tagout, and regular documented training. However, a good deal of injuries and costs are caused by injuries on walking surfaces or due to ergonomic issues in our work.   Workers compensation costs for these injuries are huge. More importantly, we have workers who are losing work time and having to get treatment for these injuries. And at a time of nearly full employment, a workplace injury could be debilitating for a manufacturer struggling to find and keep workers around.   So, don’t ignore the issues that are waiting in front of you – the safety basics. Keep aisles and walkways clear, and use proper lifting techniques. Make sure to formulate

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