May 15, 2014 – Industry News

Dan Taylor to Leave Norco

Dan TaylorAfter 36 years with Norco, Inc., Executive Vice President Dan Taylor will retire on June 1. Taylor started his career with Norco in 1978 in welding and safety sales. He became the company’s corporate sales manager, then vice president of industrial sales. In 2011, he was appointed executive vice president of the company’s welding, safety, janitorial, specialty gas manufacturing and cryogenic sales divisions. Taylor’s leadership and strength helped propel Norco’s growth from 5 locations and under 40 employees in 1978 to more than 70 locations and nearly 1,200 employees today. As a respected expert in the welding and safety industries, Taylor has served on several manufacturer advisory council boards, educational institutes and trade association boards. He has traveled around the country delivering industry-related speeches and sat on several organizational panels, and was awarded the Distinguished Sales Award by Sales and Marketing Executives International.

BASF to Strengthen Propylene-Based Downstream Activities

Germany-based chemical giant BASF SE has said it is evaluating an investment in a new world-scale methane-to-propylene complex to supply its North American operations. On-purpose production of propylene would allow BASF to take advantage of the low gas prices following from the shale gas production in the U.S. and considerably improve its cost position. The project would be BASF’s largest single-plant investment to date. Details on the potential investment, including the capacity of the plant, investment amount and exact location are currently under evaluation, as per According to BASF, the new plant would further strengthen its backward integration into propylene in North America and allow it to grow its propylene-based downstream activities, with an ultimate goal a stronger market position on the North American continent.

The methane-to-propylene route being considered by BASF is far less common. Yet since the advent of inexpensive natural gas as feedstock, it, too, is looking to be an economically feasible alternative. BASF has disclosed no information about the methane-to-propylene technology it is considering.

Taylor-Wharton CryoScience Announces 2014 Partners For Life

Taylor-Wharton’s Partners For Life Achievement Program honors excellence in biorepository research programs involved in different medical research fields. Taylor-Wharton has selected autism research as the 2014 topic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 eight-year-olds) in the U.S. has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, a 30% increase from the 2012 estimate. Males are four times more likely to be affected more often than females. The Partners for Life Program aims to play a role in promoting research to develop improved treatment or possibly even a cure.

Autism research biorepositories represent an excellent biorepository research topic, and many of the brain specimens are donated from deceased persons of all ages. Brain tissue collections had an especially challenging year in 2012. In July, a freezer failure at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, damaged one-third of the world’s largest donated brain collection for autism research. In October, Hurricane Sandy wiped out power to New York University’s Langone Medical Center, leading to the loss of precious biological samples and laboratory animals in the neuroscience and cancer research areas.

Taylor-Wharton has produced a specialty-manufactured version of the LABS20K cryogenic freezer incorporating the autism ribbon into the logo. This freezer, with specialty-designed color accents, will be used for trade shows and other industry events across North America throughout the year.

Researchers worldwide will be asked to submit a narrative on their work to find a cure for autism and to explain how having this freezer could benefit the search for a cure. The freezer, valued at more than $22,000, will be awarded in 2015.

Praxair Named to CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2014

Praxair has once again been named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizen’s List for its leadership and achievements in climate and environmental responsibility, employee engagement and diversity, and strong governance policies and practices. Praxair placed among the top 30 companies in the list, which is based on publicly available information of companies listed on the Russell 1000 Index. “Sustainable development is not just something we talk about; it is embedded in the Praxair culture,” said Anne Roby, senior vice president responsible for Global Sustainability and Safety, Health and Environment. “We are focused not only on reducing our own carbon footprint, but also on helping our customers improve efficiencies and reduce their carbon footprint.” CR Magazine selected Praxair based on the company’s performance across a variety of categories, including climate change, employee relations, environmental responsibility, financial, governance, human rights and philanthropy. IW Financial, an environmental, social and governance research firm, provided the data for this list, and the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, a professional society focused on advancing corporate responsibility worldwide, established the methodology.

Innovative Tap into Beverage Market

In Twin Falls, ID, a specially built filling station for beer growlers decreases the possibility of oxygen coming in contact with the beer. A couple shots of CO2 later, and the beer can be stores for at least a week or two without going bad. Read the full story here.

AWS Extends Scholarship Deadline

The AWS Foundation has extended the deadline on three national scholarships until June 15, 2014. The scholarships are specific to students in engineering management, education and business degrees and include: the $3,500 James A. Turner Jr. Memorial Scholarship; $2,500 Hypertherm International HyTech Leadership Scholarship; and the $2,500 John M. Stropki Scholarship-STEM Educator. More information about the scholarships can be found here.