TimkenSteel Opens Technology Center for SBQ Steel Research – TimkenSteel, a leader in customized alloy steel products and services, recently opened a $5 million technology center at its Northeast Ohio corporate campus that gives the company a unique advantage in achieving clean special bar quality (SBQ) steel and developing new steel grades. The TimkenSteel Technology Center features a dozen laboratories, including a brand new scanning electron microscope, an ultrasonic lab, a physical process modeling lab and additional labs where metallurgists and materials scientists can test steel and find inclusions less than the width of a hair. Steel cleanness is important for high performance in critical products such as gears, bearings, axles, crankshafts, down-the-hole drilling equipment and military applications. The 20,000-square-foot facility, in combination with the company’s steelmaking capabilities, allows TimkenSteel to integrate learning and knowledge and achieve high levels of steel performance from the company’s new $200 million jumbo bloom vertical caster at the Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton. To learn why TimkenSteel is a leader in clean steels, click on this press release.

Timken Researchers Address Critical Issue for Wind Turbine Operators – Research conducted by The Timken Company, a global maker of bearings, to address a critical issue for wind turbine operators received the 2015 Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). Timken researchers used their deep technological expertise to solve customer problems in the wind energy sector and underscored the value of TimkenĀ® Wear-Resistant bearings in helping to prevent smearing damage to turbine gearbox bearings. Dr. Ryan Evans, manager of engineering fundamentals and physical testing at Timken, led a team of researchers in investigating the root cause of smearing damage to turbine gearbox bearings manufactured by various companies. The specific bearing assembly dynamics that caused the smearing were not well understood, and other researchers had been unable to reproduce the damage on full-size CRBs (cylindrical roller bearings) in a laboratory. “It took us a few months and some creative test-rig settings and instrumentation to determine how to generate the smearing damage,” said Evans. The team’s research proved that erratic load zone conditions contribute to smearing damage. To read more about the research, click on this Timken Company press release.

Ohio Cat Holds Grand Opening for Jackson Township Facility – Ohio Cat celebrated the opening of its new 55,000-square-foot equipment and rental facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 6 in Jackson Township, Ohio, with remarks by owner Ken Taylor, neighboring businesses and several public officials. The $13.5 million facility offers a large number of service bays, an extensive parts inventory warehouse, a Cat merchandise store, as well as rental, sales and administrative offices. The structure includes several worker-focused safety and eco-friendly improvements, such as skylights for natural lighting, LED light fixtures, carbon dioxide and diesel particulate monitoring, industrial ceiling fans for reduced electrical consumption, a monitored oil-dispensing system using bulk oil for reduced waste and a state-of-the-art wash facility. Headquartered in Broadview Heights, Ohio, Ohio Cat has more than 1,100 employees throughout Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana. To learn more about Ohio Cat, click here.

Malone University Ranks in the Top 4 Percent of More Than 1,200 Colleges in Career Outcomes – For the second consecutive year, Educate to Career (ETC), the leader in educational attainment to career outcome information, has ranked Malone University in Canton, Ohio in the top 4 percent of 1,224 U.S. colleges and universities studied for career outcomes. The index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students. Malone ranked #48 out of the 1,224. The ETC College Rankings Index is comprised of four-year colleges, with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students. The index analyzes data representing 94 percent of all students enrolled in four-year colleges. To learn more about Malone University, click here.

Akron-Canton Airport Welcomes New Service by United Airlines to Newark-Liberty International Airport – The Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) announced that United Airlines will begin new, nonstop United Express service to Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR)—one of United’s premier international gateways—on October 25. The twice-daily service will be operated by ExpressJet with 50 seat, ERJ-145 regional jets. “Business travelers will love United Airlines’ new service from CAK,” said airport president and CEO Rick McQueen. “Newark-Liberty International Airport is not only an exceptional gateway to New York City, but to Europe and beyond.” Annette Zappala, Great Lakes Regional Sales Manager for United, stated, “Flyers from CAK already have great west-bound access to United’s expansive, global route network through our Chicago hub, and the new service to Newark will add even more one-stop connections to cities around the globe.” To learn more about United’s service, click on this CAK press release.

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