Manufacturer Relocates To Tampa, Bringing Major Investments And Jobs With It

A premiere wire bending machine supplier is bringing jobs to Hillsborough County, Florida. Automated Industrial Machinery Inc. (AIM) is relocating their headquarters from Addison, Illinois to the Florida county, which includes Tampa. The machine supplier company plans to invest more than $4 million in purchasing a building, renovations, equipment, and machinery. They have already purchased a building at 14101 McCormick Drive in Tampa that measures almost 53,000 square feet. AIM is planning on hiring 45 local employees who will have an average annual salary of $58,000. These positions will cover the field of engineering, sales, marketing, administration, and assembly. According to AIM President Constantine Grapsas, they made Tampa their city of choice because of its business-friendly climate, its quality of life, and its access to an excellent international airport. Hillsborough County has seen a recent influx of companies relocating their headquarters to their area, including Resistacap Energy Products, The Mosaic Co., and Vendita Technology Group. AIM manufactures their two- and three- dimensional wire bending machinery in over 58 countries and in 48 different models. Founded in 1992, AIM’s various models have served a wide range of industries, including medical, military, agricultural, food service, refrigeration, aerospace, and automotive. Once these industries receive their top-of-the-line AIM machines, they know to maintain a friendly relationship with the major company. For small manufacturers especially, it is important to remain at the top of their partner’s production list. Clear communication and feedback is essential for manufacturers to get the machines they need and to continue taking good care of their parts. When a manufacturer needs to purchase parts of a machine, they can face intimidating prices. In the next 10 years, the global market for Industrial Brakes and Clutches is projected to reach $1.7 billion. Having brakes and clutches that function properly is necessary for the safety of a company’s workers, so they’ve got to pay up for the best machines. Properly training employees is an additional expense, but necessary for safety regulations. AIM will likely have to train their new employees in Tampa in every aspect of the job so that they stay safe and treat the machinery correctly. They will likely have to undergo training in seemingly minor aspects of the job, such as managing lubricants for the machines. According to a recent international study, 63% of manufacturing companies believe that they do not conduct staff training on lubricants as often as they should and just 42% have the correct procedures in place to manage lubricants effectively. In addition to their new location for their headquarters, AIM is starting Advanced Orthodontic Solutions, a new company to manufacture microwire bending machines for the orthodontic and sleep apnea industries. Officials in...

Read More
FBI Proposes New Study on Mass Shooter Psychology
Sep28

FBI Proposes New Study on Mass Shooter Psychology

In the wake of mass shootings rocking the United States on a near monthly basis, the FBI has organized a new study that focuses on the psychology of mass shooters. So far, at least 63 case files of mass shooters have been opened for study, and officials on the study have begun important interviews. After every mass shooting, a debate arises. Are these shooters mentally ill? Were they given every chance to seek help? Does it create a stigma around mentally ill citizens, who are more likely statistically to be victims of crime than perpetrators? The FBI has conducted similar studies on mass shootings in the past. A 2013 study considered all U.S. active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, a total of 160 incidents. While there was an average of 6.4 per year between 2000 and 2007, this raised dramatically to an average of 16.7 incidents per year between 2008 and 2013. In 2017, there were a shocking 30 mass shooting incidents on record. After concluding that 2013 study, in 2014 the FBI released information gleaned from a new study that explored best practices of mass shooting preparedness and recovery. Now, they’re trying to get to the root of why these shootings are happening. Some of the findings so far? That a ‘shift’ in shooters’ motivations has occurred since the Columbine shooting incident. FBI profilers have noticed that before Columbine, shooters were young, angry, and impulsive. Post-Columbine, shooters have tended to be older, more concerned with notoriety, more calculated in their approach, and more likely to plan ahead extensively before the incident takes place. The want for notoriety is a key factor, something law enforcement fears can spark copycat shooters when another incident is publicized on news sources. The intention is to take this information and prevent some of the influencing factors in recent mass shootings from motivating more would-be shooters. Although it will be difficult to eliminate mass shootings entirely from the forefront of American culture, studying the psychology of these perpetrators is a positive...

Read More

Hurricane Florence Floodwater: The Impact Of Pollution

The floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas pose a significant threat to the surrounding areas. As recovery efforts continue in the wake of the storm, the floodwater is taking massive amounts of pollution and dropping it into the Atlantic. It was thought that Hurricane Florence would bring an estimated 10 trillion gallons of rain to the area. The slow-moving hurricane did its worst as floodwaters inched over barriers and into lagoons. Much of the pollution comes from hog farms in North Carolina, according to Duke Energy. More than 40 lagoons harboring pig waste and animal carcasses have been breached, carrying this waste away from their confines. OSHA has warned victims of the floods and recovery personnel alike to take special precaution against floodwaters. OSHA is in charge of the wellbeing of more than 130 million workers across the United States. They recommend recovery personnel minimize risks through hazard evaluation, determining the stability of structures, monitoring for fall protection, and using power tools and recovery equipment properly. OSHA has also pointed out that only individuals who have received the proper training should be participating in cleanup activities due to the pollutants and dangers caused by the storm. Even if citizens have good intentions, it isn’t worth the risk to put your health in danger without the proper training. The necessary flood gear should be worn to avoid contamination, especially if you have open wounds or weakened immune systems. People should also avoid fishing or scavenging food from floodwaters since pollution will make the fish inedible. People staying in shelters should also practice health and safety precautions. Those in close quarters with other people are more likely to catch colds and other illnesses, particularly pertussis and tuberculosis. There have been other health concerns caused by the hurricane too. One woman who was driving on the highway sustained injuries after she hydroplaned into the median. Though she only received cuts and bruises from the incident, the threats of fractures and broken bones are a potentially serious threat. A bad bone fracture can take up to 10 weeks to heal properly. As the floodwaters make their way back into the Atlantic, however, ocean waters have gotten increasingly dirty from the pollution. The Pamlico Sound is suffering from the worst of the pollution. This could cause dangerous environmental hazards down the coast for people and animals alike. Luckily, officials in North Carolina are aware of the breaches and are taking the proper steps to clean the...

Read More
Churches Across the U.S. Are Welcoming and Utilizing Technology
Sep26

Churches Across the U.S. Are Welcoming and Utilizing Technology

Churches have been around for centuries and aren’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. The world is rapidly changing, however, and even religious organizations are welcoming the emergence of all this technology that now surrounds us. Contrary to popular belief, churches are successfully adopting new technology across the country and the globe. Today, 77.3% of churches are using Twitter and fully 98.9% of churches are using Facebook — and that’s not all. According to Arkansas Online, Life Church, an Oklahoma City-based evangelical church founded by Craig Groeschel in 1996, has utilized technology in order to grow from its initial two-car garage place of worship to a multisite church found throughout 10 states. Life Church now uses technology to spread its message and reach viewers all over the country, and not just within the confines of the church walls. Groeschel videotaped a sermon on Saturday night and broadcasted it on Sunday morning. “Everyone was still listening and raising their hand to God Sunday morning,” said Rachel Feuerborn, Life Church spokesperson. Another parish welcoming the intersection of theology and technology can be found in Nashville, Tennessee. According to Baptist Press, LifeWay Christian Resources is hosting its first-ever Faith Leads Tech conference in November to bring together Christians who are also passionate about technology and innovation. “The vision for this conference revolves around inspiring Christians by sharing what God is doing to grow His Kingdom through products and apps that exist in the world today — or that could exist tomorrow,” said Kevin Old, a LifeWay architect and creator of the tech conference. The tech conference will hold 24 TED-style talks from Christian professionals including data scientists, software engineers, church communication directors, tech entrepreneurs, and pastors. The conference speakers will address topics such as: The need for agile leadership in Christian culture. How a gospel mindset can impact technology. Why pastors and theologians need designers and coders. How artificial intelligence can serve as a tool for ministry. Ways Christians can properly utilize...

Read More
Prop Movie Money For Entertainment Only Now Used In Many Counterfeit Schemes
Sep26

Prop Movie Money For Entertainment Only Now Used In Many Counterfeit Schemes

We’ve all seen the movies where gangsters have briefcases full of money, or there’s a huge bank robbery, or a rich person has a vault in their home filled with bills. What you might not know is that money is all fake. It’s called prop movie money. While it’s used to entertain the masses in films, it’s now being used by criminals in counterfeit schemes as well. One of the first accounts took place in Middletown, Ohio. Police are looking for a man who bought cell phones with three $100 bills marked “For Motion Picture Uses” only, according to the report. Two people told police officers that they were selling iPhones, cases, and chargers on the internet for $260. After receiving the $300, the sellers gave the man $40 in change. He then took off running. According to the Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, reproduced bills have to be either less than 75% or more than 150% the size of a real bill, and they must be one-sided. Another case of counterfeit money came up recently in Texas. According to the Copperas Cove police, the counterfeit bills have red Oriental style writing on them. During the investigation, it was discovered that the counterfeit money, which was fashioned as $100, was prop movie money. The counterfeit money was purchased on the internet, and the man claimed to have distributed the bills at various locations throughout the city. He also claimed that this was done as a form of entertainment, according to police. If citizens attempt to spend this counterfeit money, criminal charges can be filed. The man, 20-year-old Matthew Bush, was trying to buy computer equipment with the money, and he was caught in early September. He faces three years probation when he gets sentenced on November 5. Unfortunately, these are not the only cases in which people have used counterfeit money in financial transactions. Sherrif’s offices around the country encourage employers to make sure employees are aware of the possibility of counterfeit bills and to apply due caution when accepting...

Read More