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FSSA Defends HFCs at EPA - Seeks Industry Support
Tyco/JC Chiefs Discuss Future
Clean Agent System Saves Server Room
West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was Criminal Act Say Feds
Military to Check US Bases for Foam Contamination
Fire Fighting Gel Shows Promise
Hillary Blasts Johnson Controls, Bill Takes Their Money
Data Center Fire Suppression Choices
BSI Launched Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme For the Middle East
Most Popular Stories from April 2016
Companies in the News
Studies and Reports
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FSSA Defends HFCs at EPA - Seeks Industry Support

June 16 Deadline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chose to extend the public comment period by two additional weeks for its proposed rule ( 81 FR 22810; Apr. 18, 2016) that would list new alternatives under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program and change the current SNAP status of other alternatives. The public comment period will now close on Jun. 16, 2016 versus the original close date of Jun. 2, 2016. This two-week extension will provide the public, which includes our member companies, to review and comment on all of the information available, including the proposed rule and other materials in the docket.

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Tyco/JC Chiefs Discuss Future

The following are a transcripts presentations given by Tyco International plc and Johnson Controls, Inc. at an industry conference, as well as a question and answer session that followed.

Clean Agent System Saves Server Room


By Jack "Miles" Ventimiglia, Editor
The Daily Star Journal

Warrensburg, MO -- Fire-suppression equipment stopped a fire from spreading in the Police Department computer room, Police Chief Rich Lockhart told the City Council on Monday.

The fire started and ended in a small part of the room, he said.

"It's in one little box. All the other boxes that are in there are in great shape," Lockhart said.

Computer batteries had nothing to do with the fire, he said.

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West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion Was Criminal Act Say Feds
In this aerial photo, law enforcement and rescue personnel search the damage to an apartment complex from the explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in West, Texas.
Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle via AP


By Erik Ortiz
NBC News

A 2013 fertilizer plant blast in Texas that killed 15 people and wiped out hundreds of homes was caused by a "criminal act," federal officials said.

The findings were revealed in a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation into the origin of the deadly fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. on April 17, 2013, in the rural town of West.

The explosion flattened the farming community of 2,800 people, just north of Waco, turning some 500 homes into rubble as residents tried desperately to flee the horrific scene. Over 200 people were injured.

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Military to Check US Bases for Foam Contamination


By Jennifer Mcdermott, Associated Press
Philly Voice

More than 660 sites nationwide will be assessed for risk of groundwater contamination

The military is beginning to check whether chemicals from firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, including two former Navy facilities in Bucks and Montgomery counties, according to the Defense Department.

The checks are planned for 664 sites where the military has conducted fire or crash training, military officials told the Associated Press.

Since December, tests have been carried out at 28 naval sites in mostly coastal areas. Drinking water at a landing field in Virginia and groundwater at a site in New Jersey have been found to contain levels above the guidance given by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Navy said. Results of the other tests have either come up under federally acceptable levels or are pending.

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Fire Fighting Gel Shows Promise
Quincy Emmons, FireRein president and CEO, demonstrates how quickly the company's new gel additive, Eco-Gel, can put out a heptane fire and not re-ignite during a demonstration at the Loyalist Township Emergency Services Fire Training Centre in Odessa. Students from St. Lawrence College competed scientific testing comparing the Eco-Gel to standard water and other fire suppression products on the market. (Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard)


By Julia McKay
Kingston Whig-Standard

A number of St. Lawrence College students were given the chance to get some hands-on applied research experience during the demonstration of a new and innovative life-saving product.

FireRein, a Napanee-based fire protection and suppression company, was testing its newly developed gel additive -- Eco-Gel -- Friday morning at the Loyalist Township Emergency Services Fire Training Centre on County Road 6 in Odessa.

The college students were involved in the project demonstration from the start: from designing and building the large wooden cubicles to house the tests to creating the testing systems and wiring it all with sensors and thermocouples for real-time data and video recording.

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Hillary Blasts Johnson Controls, Bill Takes Their Money


By Brent Scher
The Washington Free Beacon

Bill says Hillary's 'corporate villain' is one of his 'favorite companies'

Hillary Clinton has spent the past few months going after Johnson Controls for moving its headquarters overseas, but during a campaign event recently, her husband Bill Clinton said that it is one of his "favorite companies."

The Clinton campaign first took aim at Johnson Controls in January, saying that its corporate inversion plan would "leave American taxpayers holding the bag" and that it was "outrageous." The Daily Beast labeled Johnson Controls as "Clinton's corporate villain." The Clinton campaign released an official ad directly targeting the company.

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Data Center Fire Suppression Choices


By Nicholas A. Moriarty, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Consulting-Specifying Engineer

The current edition of NFPA 2001 outlines the use of clean agent fire suppression systems, which typically are used in buildings such as data centers and mission critical facilities. There are many types of specialty suppression systems including chemicals, gases, oxygen displacement, and others.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review codes that drive the design of special suppression systems in various building types.
  • Assess the correct suppression system for the application.
Technology and innovation have shifted the way the world does business. The digital age that we live in dictates that we strive to improve efficiency and provide immediate access to information. The advent of the cloud means that information is stored remotely and the livelihood of businesses depend on it. How is all of that information protected? The answer may sound familiar to fire protection engineers (FPEs): it depends. One common method of protection is the use of clean agent fire protection systems.

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BSI Launched Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme For the Middle East
BSI's Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme will allow regional businesses to achieve third-party certification in areas such as fire prevention and protection.


By James Morgan
Construction Week Online

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has introduced a Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme designed specifically for the Middle East.

BSI's Kitemark Fire Installer Scheme will allow regional firms involved in the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fire prevention and protection systems, the chance to become third-party certified.

The initiative aims to enable safety-conscious businesses across the Middle East to manage fire-related risks and gain a competitive edge in the market.

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tyco_jcTyco/Johnson Controls Target $1Billion in Cost Savings!
The Johnson Controls Inc. headquarters in Glendale.


By Arthur Thomas

Molinaroli sees additional potential for revenue gains

Executives at Johnson Controls Inc. and Tyco International Ltd. believe ongoing productivity efforts and the combination of the two companies will result in $1 billion in savings.
Johnson Controls Inc. headquarters

The companies have said their combination will result in $650 million in operational and tax savings. Tyco chief executive George Oliver said today that productivity efforts at his company will result in another $100 million of savings and similar efforts at Johnson Controls will net $300 million in additional savings. The companies are targeting the addition of $1 in earnings per share as a result of the merger, Oliver said.

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honeywellHoneywell Posts Gains, Cites China for Growth
A logo sign outside of the new headquarters building of Honeywell International, Inc., in Morris Plains, N.J. The company reported strong earnings. Photo: Associated Press


By Austen Hufford
The Wall Street Journal

Company raises the low-ends of its revenue and profit guidance ranges

Honeywell International Inc. reported better-than-expected revenue and earnings in the first quarter, boosted in part by strength in China.

The latest results come seven weeks after the New Jersey-based company withdrew a $90 billion bid to buy fellow industrial giant United Technologies Corp. It backed down from the massive tie up after facing opposition from the target, antitrust regulators and major customers.

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chemoursChemours President Vanlancker to Retire



WILMINGTON, Del. -- The Chemours Company (Chemours), a global chemistry company with leading market positions in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, announced today that Thierry Vanlancker, president of its fluoroproducts business, is retiring. Paul Kirsch, senior vice president, supply chain and operations at Henkel AG & Company, will take over Vanlancker's role, relocating to Chemours global headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware. Vanlancker and Kirsch will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition for customers and other company stakeholders.

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jensenhughesJensen Hughes Acquires Stevenson and Associates


Business Wire

BALTIMORE -- Jensen Hughes, the global market leader in fire protection engineering, fire code consulting and related life safety services, with specialized capabilities to provide risk informed analysis and consulting services for the nuclear power industry, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Stevenson & Associates. S&A is a leading provider of seismic and other risk and hazard engineering consulting services for the nuclear power industry and also offers structural, civil and mechanical engineering services for other high value and special performance facilities. Jensen Hughes is majority-owned by Gryphon Investors, a middle market private equity firm based in San Francisco, which purchased the Company in partnership with management in December 2015. Terms of this transaction were not disclosed.

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jnjohnsonJ.N. Johnson (MN) Acquired by Low Voltage Contractors
"This is a very exciting opportunity for us as it broadens our ability to truly be the contractor who can provide all the technology goods and services for a very wide range of clients," says LVC President and CEO Bob Hoertsch.


By Security, Sales & Integration Staff

J.N. Johnson Fire and Safety is now operating as a division of LVC.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Low Voltage Contractors (LVC), based here, has expanded its fire/life-safety product and service offerings with the acquisition of J.N. Johnson Fire and Safety. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquired company will continue to do business as J.N. Johnson, a Division of LVC. The acquisition includes the company's headquarters in Minneapolis, as well as offices in Hibbing, Minn., International Falls, Minn., and Lee Leasing, Minn.

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utcUTC Aerospace Systems Expands in Alabama


Area Development

UTC Aerospace Systems is expanding its production center in Foley, Alabama. The company is adding a new manufacturing and nacelle assembly facility that is expected to create 260 jobs in Baldwin County.

The new 80,000 square-foot building will house the assembly of nacelle components and propulsion system integration. The primary mission of the new facility will be to support the Airbus A320, initially the current engine option and eventually the new engine option. The nacelle system for the A320neo features a proprietary inlet acoustic treatment that reduces drag, which improves fuel efficiency.

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coffmanCoffman Engineers Acquires Honolulu Fire Engineering Company
From left: John Theilst, vice president, managing principal of Coffman Engineers, Honolulu office; Robert Bigtas, formerly of S.S. Dannaway Associates and now a principal of Coffman Enginners; Samuel Dannaway, former founder and president of S.S. Dannaway Associates; Dave Coffman, founder and director of Coffman Engineers; Dave Gardner, CEO of Coffman Engineers; Jay Higashi, formerly of S.S. Dunaway Associations, now a principal of Coffman Engineers. COURTESY COFFMAN ENGINEERS


By Duane Shimogawa, Reporter
Pacific Business News

Coffman Engineers Inc. has acquired its second Hawaii company in as many years with its most recent acquisition of Honolulu-based S.S. Dannaway Associates Inc., one of the largest fire protection engineering firms in the Pacific Region, the two companies confirmed to PBN.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the addition of S.S. Dannaway's 14 employees brings Coffman Engineers' Honolulu presence to 42 employees.

S.S. Dannaway's employees will remain at the company's office on Sumner Street in Iwilei until Coffman Engineers consolidates its offices, tentatively scheduled to happen by 2019.

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mergerJohnson Controls Merger Will Give Its Spinoff a U.K. Home
A handler gathers car-seat frames from various containers and racks for production at Bridgewater Interiors, a Johnson Controls joint venture, in April in Lansing, Mich. PHOTO: NICK KING FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


By Bob Tita
The Wall Street Journal

Filing reveals Adient shares "will be treated as a taxable dividend" for recipients

When Johnson Controls Inc. spins off its big auto-parts business in October, shareholders won't get the tax breaks they expected. Instead, they receive something that might be even better: a company with a London address and even lower taxes.

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls recently disclosed in a regulatory filing that the auto-parts company, which will be known as Adient, will be based in London, and shares in the new company "will be treated as a taxable dividend" for recipients.

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symposiumSymposium: Fire Protection for a Changing World - Fire Protection Research Foundation

Occupational Health & Safety

The Fire Protection Research Foundation hosted the event April 18 in Munich, Germany.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has made nine presentations from its recent "Symposium on Fire Protection for a Changing World" available free online. The foundation hosted the symposium April 18 in Munich, Germany, hosting insurers, fire protection equipment manufacturers, engineers, academics, and fire service representatives to discuss the fire protection challenges of new hazards, big data for fire protection applications, and much more.

Presentations from the event can be found here at the foundation's website.

They include:

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