EPA to Issue New SNAP List – 2BTP Advances

April 14, 2016

CEA410 Pulled. Calls for Comments on HFC227 and HFC125.

The U.S. EPA issued a proposed rule that would list new alternatives under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program and changes the current SNAP status of other alternatives.  The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register within 10 days.

For fire protection, the rule lists 2bromo3,3,3trifluoropropene (2BTP) as acceptable as a total flooding agent for use in engine nacelles and auxiliary power units (APUs) on aircraft, and acceptable as a streaming agent for use in handheld extinguishers in aircraft.  EPA is reviewing additional potential fire suppression applications for 2-BTP, but is not taking action on those other uses in this proposed rule.

It also changes the SNAP status of perfluorocarbons (PFC-410 and PFC-218) to unacceptable as of one year after publication of the rule.

In addition, EPA requests advance comments and updated information on total flooding uses of SF6, HFC-23, and HFC-125, and on both total flooding and streaming uses of HFC-227ea.  Specifically, EPA is requesting comment on the continuing use of these alternatives and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.

Comments on the proposed rule will be due to EPA 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Read the revised EPA SNAP here – EPA SNAP

Read the EPA SNAP Fact Sheet here – EPA SNAP Fact Sheet

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California Continues Its Attack on HFCs

April 14, 2016

April 2016

The Calfornia Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a Proposed Short Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy which includes possible controls on methane, black carbon and HFCs.

For HFCs, the strategy proposes the following emission reduction measures:

  • Financial incentive for low-GWP refrigeration early adoption – Intended to reduce potentially higher up-front costs of low-GWP refrigeration adoption.
  • HFC supply phasedown – ARB may pursue a California HFC supply phase down if an HFC amendment is not adopted under the Montreal Protocol in 2016.
  • Sales ban of very-high GWP refrigerants – Sale of refrigerants with 100-year GWPs of 2500 and greater would be prohibited from January 1, 2020. Reclaimed or recycled refrigerants would be exempt. Does not impact the sale of high-GWP HFCs for fire protection or other applications.
  • Prohibition on high-GWP refrigerants in new stationary systems – Prohibits the use of high-GWP refrigerants in new commercial, industrial and residential refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

No actions specific to fire protection are proposed in the strategy.

Comments on the proposed strategy are due to ARB by May 26. ARB will hold a public workshop on the proposed strategy on April 26 and it will be discussed at a May 19 Board meeting.

To read the entire report click here – proposed SLCP strategy 11APR2016.


Honeywell Appoints New Pres, Sets Up Succession Plan

April 14, 2016
Honeywell CEO David Cote, above from last year, has overseen the growth of the company into a well-respected midsize industrial conglomerate. Photo: Bloomberg News

Honeywell CEO David Cote, above from last year, has overseen the growth of the company into a well-respected midsize industrial conglomerate. Photo: Bloomberg News

4/4/16

By Ted Mann
The Wall Street Journal

Executive changes come a month after Honeywell ended its $90 billion bid for United Technologies

Honeywell International Inc. promoted one of its executives to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer, establishing a front-runner to succeed Chief Executive Dave Cote, who has run the conglomerate since 2002.

Mr. Cote, who turns 64 years old in July, could retire as CEO as soon as next year when his current contract expires, according to a person familiar with the matter, though his plans could change.

The longtime Honeywell boss decided to promote one of his lieutenants to ensure a smooth succession process, this person said, after Honeywell failed to strike a deal to acquire rival United Technologies Inc. that would have required Mr. Cote to stay on longer.

“David Cote is fully engaged as CEO, as he has always been,” a Honeywell spokesman said. “This action will broaden the leadership team and leverage the company’s deep bench, not diminish Dave Cote’s engagement or commitment. Honeywell does not have a mandatory retirement age for the CEO.”

On Monday, the company promoted Darius Adamczyk, 50, to the role of president and chief operating officer. He joined the company eight years ago and has been leading the performance materials business since 2014. A native of Poland and an engineer, Mr. Adamczyk earned an M.B.A. from Harvard. He previously held executive roles at Ingersoll-Rand PLC and Metrologic Instruments Inc., a company Honeywell acquired.

In the new role, Mr. Adamczyk will oversee Honeywell’s wide array of business units, which make products ranging from fire alarms and thermostats to automotive turbochargers and rubber boots for firefighters. Mr. Adamczyk will report directly to Mr. Cote, the company said.

Mr. Adamczyk’s promotion was a surprise to some followers of the company and is a signal that Honeywell is beginning to plan for life after Mr. Cote, an outsized personality who has overseen the growth of a company once dubbed “Honey Hell” into a well-respected midsize industrial conglomerate with ambitious aims on future growth.

“The wait looks like it is over,” Bernstein Research analyst Steven Winoker wrote in a note to clients. The firm has handled questions for years about likely successors to Mr. Cote, he said.

“We’ve had no concerns over how the succession might play out—and today’s announcement makes us all the more positive,” Mr. Winoker said. “In Mr. Adamczyk, Honeywell is looking at an accomplished, stable leader with a track record of success across a wide range of businesses.”

Honeywell has prided itself under Mr. Cote on a record of disciplined, well-executed midsize deals, building out product lines in areas like personal protective equipment and mobile scanners without overpaying for targets. Shares have risen 164% in the past decade, compared with a 59% gain in the S&P 500 index. The stock slipped 74 cents to $112.49 in Monday afternoon trading.

This year, Mr. Cote swung for the fences, attempting a $90 billion takeover of rival United Technologies that would have created an aerospace giant. But the offer was rebuffed, and United Technologies executives publicly attacked the deal as an impossibility because of likely objections by regulators and big aerospace customers.

The Honeywell spokesman said the leadership changes announced Monday were unrelated to the United Technologies proposal, and would have happened even if the transaction were moving forward. Honeywell on Monday promoted Rajeev Gautam to replace Mr. Adamczyk to run the performance materials unit.

Write to Ted Mann at ted.mann@wsj.com.

The original story can be read here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/honeywell-names-darius-adamczyk-to-new-coo-role-1459781407


UTC Chief Defends Jobs Move From US to Mexico

March 29, 2016
A maintenance worker inspects a Pratt & Whitney engine

A maintenance worker inspects a Pratt & Whitney engine

3/11/16

By Robert Wright, New York
The Financial Times

Greg Hayes, chief executive of United Technologies defended its decision to close an air conditioning plant in Indianapolis and move the jobs to Mexico in the face of attacks from Donald Trump and signaled that more closures could follow.

Mr Hayes was speaking after an investor day in New York, where the company highlighted the potential to boost profits by shifting further manufacturing from high-cost countries to low-cost areas such as Mexico.

A worker’s video of a manager’s announcement in February that Carrier — a division of UTC — was closing its Indianapolis plant and moving the work to Monterrey has become a big debating point in the US presidential election. Mr Trump, the Republican frontrunner, has vowed there will be no such closures if he becomes president.

Mr Hayes insisted that the decision to close the Indianapolis plant with the loss of 1,400 jobs and another nearby site with the loss of 700 jobs was “one of the hardest decisions” the company had made. It plans to move the work to Monterrey starting next year and finishing in 2019.

“The fact was the supply chain had moved to Mexico, along with about half the competition over the past few years,” Mr Hayes said.

He appealed to politicians to avoid erecting new trade barriers to avoid such moves, saying they would do workers more harm than good. UTC exported about $10bn of goods annually from the US and imported far less, he added.

“If you ever thought about putting trade barriers up, it’s going to hurt the American worker a lot more than it would protect him,” he said.

Nevertheless, Mr Hayes was clear that there was potential for more of the industrial conglomerate’s work to leave the US for cheaper locations. “There are one or two [factories] perhaps,” he said.

Analysts believe much of the appeal of Mr Trump and Bernie Sanders, the “Democratic Socialist” mounting a strong challenge for the Democratic nomination, stems from their tapping into worker resentment over issues such as outsourcing.

Defending UTC’s record, Mr Hayes pointed out that its Otis elevator division moved some production in 2012 back from Mexico to South Carolina.

Its Pratt & Whitney aero engine business was in the process of investing billions of dollars in facilities in Connecticut and Florida to manufacture its revolutionary Geared Turbofan jet engine, Mr Hayes added.

“The fact is we have a great, skilled workforce,” he said. “Expensive — but high-tech, high value-added work like the jet engine you can afford to do the work in higher-cost locations.”

On February 23, 12 days after the video of the Carrier announcement was filmed, it emerged that Honeywell, UTC’s industrial rival, had approached UTC about a $90bn cash-and-shares takeover. UTC rejected the approach, saying that regulatory issues made a deal impossible.

However, Mr Hayes denied that the pressure of a potential takeover or pressure from activist investors had inspired decisions such as the Indianapolis closure.

“Being cost focused is always a part of UTC,” he said. “We’re always looking to be cost competitive.”

During the investor meeting, Akhil Johri, chief financial officer, said the company still had 50 per cent of its manufacturing capacity in high-cost locations.

“So there’s an opportunity to drive cost through relocation to lower-cost locations,” he said.

Ahead of the meeting, UTC had reaffirmed its projections for full-year adjusted earnings per share — excluding restructuring and other one-off costs — of $6.30 to $6.60 on sales of $56bn to $58bn.

The original article can be found here.


Exclusive Photos from the FSSA 2016 Annual Forum

March 28, 2016

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FSSA Board of Directors 2016-2017

March 28, 2016

PRESIDENT: Ray Aldridge | Orr Protection Systems, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT: Helen Lowery | Chemours 
SECRETARY/TREASURER
: John Lawlor | Keystone Fire Protection
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Tim Carman | Janus Fire Systems

DIRECTORS:
Scott Bailey | Koorsen Fire & Security
Pamela Boyer | BFPE International
John Demeter | Wesco HMB
Matt Euson | 3S Incorporated
Mike Kiamanesh | WAYSMOS USA Inc
Kevin Murray | Siemens Industry
Tina Nelissen | Amerex Corporation
Jarret Ryan | ABCO Fire Protection, Inc.
Todd Stevens | Minimax USA LLC

INSTALLERS DIVISION:
Gene Ptacek, Jr. (Chair)|Gene Ptacek and Son Fire Equipment Co., Inc
Steve Nelson (Vice Chair)| International Fire Protection, Inc.

MANUFACTURERS DIVISION:
Katherine Adrian (Chair) | Tyco Fire Protection Products
Paul Rivers (Vice Chair) | 3M Fire Protection


Here Is What You Missed if You Didn’t Attend the FSSA 2016 Annual Forum

March 28, 2016

This year’s Fire Suppression Systems Association (FSSA) 2016 Annual Forum was held in Fajardo, Puerto Rico at the Waldorf-Astoria El Conquistador Resort on Feb. 20-23, 2016. The Forum, which was packed full of fun networking opportunities and Caribbean-themed events, like the FSSA Welcome Reception & Dinner, which was an “All White” attire celebration, also played host to countless educational and special hazard fire protection industry-specific presentations designed to excite and strengthen attendees’ passion and knowledge for fire suppression.

On Sunday, the keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Alan Beaulieu, one of the country’s leading economists and a principal of ITR Economics, where he serves as president. Since 1990, he has been consulting with companies throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia on how to forecast, plan and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. Beaulieu is also the senior economic advisor to NAW, contributing editor for Industry Week and the chief economist for HARDI. He is the co-author, along with his brother, Brian, of the book Make Your Move and has written numerous articles on economic analysis. His keynotes and seminars have helped thousands of business owners and executives capitalize on emerging trends. Prior to joining ITR Economics, he was a principal in a steel fabrication company and also in a software development firm. Beaulieu offered Forum attendees insights related to the economy on a host of topics. He also provided analyses that examined business markets, consumer behaviors and both short- and long-term market predictions. Those who attended the keynote session said that he provided thoughtful – yet critical – analyses designed to help them plan the future financial outlook for their companies and, in many ways, for their own personal finances.

Dan Finnegan, Siemens; and Rodger Reiswig, Tyco also spoke to the group on Sunday and presented NFPA 3 & 4 Update: Integrated Systems Testing and how it impacts fire suppression systems professionals. Finnegan, the manager of industry affairs for Siemens Building Technologies, has a long and celebrated career in the professions of fire protection and life-safety. He began working in the “world of fire” when he served as a paramedic and the director of the fire prevention bureau for Chicago’s suburbs for 10 years. For the last 30 years, he has served in various roles with Siemens Fire (Pyrotronics-Cerberus Pyrotronics). Meanwhile, Reiswig is the director of industry relations for Tyco Fire Protection Products and possesses nearly 30 years of experience in the fire protection and life-safety industry, as well. He serves on more than 12 NFPA technical committees and as a principal member of the NFPA 72’s Correlating Committee. The two provided attendees with their knowledgeable and informed insights on how NFPA 3 & 4 updates will continue to influence the industry.

After their presentation, guests were treated to the first of several educational sessions offered as part of this year’s Forum; the first session provided insightful musings from Paul Endress, an internationally recognized communication authority and the inventor of the Communication Styles 2.0 model, which gives people an easy-to-use way to understand themselves and those around them. Speaking on several topics, Endress highlighted techniques that attendees could use to stop the revolving door of talent, particularly among Millennials – a key demographic of the U.S. business environment who often bounce from one role to another in a shorter amount of time than preceding generations. Attendees indicated that Endress was an inspiring speaker who provided new techniques for helping business executives approach their problems through implementable objectives.

Following Endress’ presentation, Brad Stilwell, of Fike Corporation, provided another education session, this time focusing upon “Clean Agent Performance on 480V.” Stilwell, the director of special projects for Fike Corporation,  has worked at Fike for 24 years and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri. He is a committee member for NFPA 12, 12A, 2001 and 750 and holds 12 U.S. patents for fire suppression and pressure relief products.  During his presentation, his passion for fire suppression was evident, and he offered insightful perspectives on how industry professionals can implement solutions for real world challenges.

The last presentation of the day was provided by Mac Fulfer, who is an attorney and celebrated facial reading expert who initially became interested in face reading for the purpose of jury selection. After years of practice and study, he authored “Amazing Face Reading,” a guide to reading faces. He shared with attendees how his use of face reading has provided amazing breakthroughs in communication. A presenter at more than 1,500 talks on face reading to Fortune 500 companies, the American Bar Association, meeting planners, doctors, psychologists and countless other professional groups, he shared key insights with FSSA members and even selected a few volunteers to help attendees better understand how his techniques reveal people’s nature and struggles.

On Monday, the Forum hosted its first-ever two-tier track of educational and informational presentations. Attendees were able to choose between either business or technical tracks and learn from presenters on a multitude of topics. For those who followed the technical track, they heard from presenters on topics such as wireless technology and fire suppression, which was presented by Dick Bauer, the vice president of sales for NOTIFIER; AFFA report fires in mission critical facilities, presented by Sue Sadler, who possesses more than 28 years of experience in the fire alarm industry, most recently as Xtralis’ vice president and general manager, Americas region; and, lastly, air containment aisle FP strategies by Steve Joseph, a 26-year fire protection professional who holds the position of director of market development for Xtralis, Inc., and a knowledgeable expert on the use of deployment of fire detection technologies in critical infrastructures.

Those who participated in the business track received advice and insights from a host of other thought-leaders and professionals, including another presentation by Endress, who presented the day prior on attrition and employment behaviors, who spoke on the second day about “Who Are These People Anyways,” a presentation aimed at understanding the people with whom we interact, work and learn from in our daily interactions; Randy Stutzman, of FMI Capital Partners, who shared his vast knowledge on transition planning with attendees in an industry that is quickly aging and focusing upon career shifts and employment challenges; and, lastly, from Glen Welch, who, as co-founder of Charter Partners, works with business leaders to build successful independent businesses through creative and innovative paths of shared knowledge and collaboration.

In addition to the educational sessions and business and technical track breakout groups, attendees also heard FSSA representatives on a host of issues that impact the industry. These updates were provided by the FSSA Technical Committee; the FSSA Marketing Committee; the FSSA Educational Foundation Committee; the FSSA Programming Committee and other key committees within the association. The last day of the Forum provided attendees the opportunities to participate in a breakfast meeting with their particular division – either Installers or Manufacturers – to discuss challenges the industry is experiencing and how the FSSA can best serve each niche. Finally, the FSSA held its closing session and all parties returned to one final meeting before adjourning.

All in all, the FSSA held nearly 18 hours of educational and informational sessions during its 2016 Annual Forum. Members’ insights and feedback from the previous year were consulted in order to develop the content and materials for this year’s Forum; most in attendance indicated that it was one of the best Annual Forum events that the FSSA has ever held. Considering that the FSSA is conducting similar member feedback for next year’s event, there is no question that the 35th Annual Forum will be even more exciting!