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Design and engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti has opened an office in San Francisco. The new location will be led by John Abruzzo, a 14-year company veteran formerly in charge of the Philadelphia office. The new office is the company’s third West Coast location, joining operations in Los Angeles and Irvine, Calif.
SimplexGrinnell has earned certified status in Microsoft’s Partner Program for the eighth consecutive year. The designation recognizes the company’s proficiency with Microsoft technologies.
HGA Architects and Engineers, based in Minneapolis, has been tapped to design an addition and renovation to the American Swedish Institute. The commission includes a new Nelson Education and Cultural Center, an international cultural center, and improvements to the historic 1908 Turnblad mansion.
The University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors Inc. subsidiary of Norwalk, Ct.-based EMCOR Group Inc. has been awarded the mechanical systems contract for expansion of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The company will install the mechanical systems involved in the expansion of the 759,000-sq-ft, 11-story patient care tower, including mechanical systems for the 80,000 sq ft of shell space and new patient rooms on the upper seven floors (43,000 sq ft each).
Danish-headquartered electro-mechanical company Danfoss marks its 75th anniversary this year. To celebrate the landmark, 200 employees at the North American headquarters in Baltimore sported commemorative polo shirts and shared a birthday cake.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey