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Nomadic Display to create 30 new jobs in connection with headquarters relocation in Fairfax County

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia – Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced that Nomadic Display, a worldwide leader in trade show displays, will create 30 new jobs and invested $940,000 in connection with its headquarters relocation within Fairfax County. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for the project.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:14am

New chambers: Law firm Hogan Lovells will join media giant TEGNA in moving from Jones Branch Drive to new Tysons Corner headquarters in The Boro mixed-use development underway near the Greensboro Metro Station. Hogan Lovells, one of the largest law firms in the Washington, D.C., region, will move about 70 lawyers and staff, says Daniel J. Sernovitz of the Washington Business Journal

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:14am

Seven schools, one mission: George Mason University is one of seven academic institutions agreeing to share research and development facilities and resources to advance the life-sciences industry in Virginia. Mason joins the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and the College of William & Mary in agreeing to share equipment and laboratory resources. Max Handler did the R&D on this story for the Washington Business Journal.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:13am

Tech talk: A panel discussion led by DC Inno Beat's Sam Sabin at WeWork Tysons concluded that favorable costs of living and diverse recruitment possibilities are prime reasons that Tysons Corner is a good environment for technology companies. But for Tysons' tech community to continue to thrive, panelists from, BluVector and Capital One recommended fostering a more communal environment with meetups and improved neighborhood walkability.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:13am

Advance notice required: Hilton Worldwide, with headquarters in Tysons Corner, is following the lead of competitors by lengthening the time required to cancel reservations without penalty to 48 hours in most cases. The reason: late cancellations leading to too many unfilled rooms, says Rebecca Cooper of the Washington Business Journal.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:13am

Expanding again: Navy Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Vienna, announced a merger with Fort Meade Community Credit Union. With more than 300 branches, Navy Federal is the world's largest credit union with more than $82 billion in assets and more than 7 million members. Citybizlist deposited a release about the merger.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:12am

Artificial assistance: Womble Carlyle, a law firm with offices in Tysons Corner, is deploying artificial intelligence software from Canada-based Kira Systems to assist with document review and analysis. The cloud-based software automatically identifies and extracts information from contracts using machine-learning models according to a release picked up by the Potomac Tech Wire.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:12am

Partners in code: Revature, a Reston-based technology-talent development firm, is extending its partnership with the City University of New York to include Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY). Revature will provide online coding programs for recent college grads and offer women a chance to work for corporate partners. The Potomac Tech Wire carried a release

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:11am

Silver salute: Facilities managed by Sunrise Senior Living of Tysons Corner earned 11 of the 191 Silver Quality Awards for long-term and post-acute care communities presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. A release picked up by notes that Sunrise of Springfield was among the 11 award-winning facilities.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:10am

Preserving history: The Lake Anne Village Center Historic District in Reston has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Dave Emke of Reston Now reports that the first village in Reston was built between 1963 and 1967. The designation is designed to encourage property owners to make "historically sensitive" improvements, and could qualify them for federal or state rehabilitation tax credits for improvements to building exteriors.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:07am

Cold truth: Dulles Airport relies on Canadian company to recycle aircraft deicer, prevent water contamination

Summer tends to be a quiet time for Inland Technologies, a Canada-based environmental services company with local headquarters in Fairfax. However, things heat up when the weather turns cold.

Inland's core business is ensuring stormwater discharge compliance through the collection, management, storage and recycling of spent deicing fluids that are used on aircraft. Locally, its activity takes place on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) at Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan National airports

Aircraft deicing fluid is essential for aircraft safety in wintry conditions but can have negative impact on the environment. Inland captures as much deicing fluid as possible, preventing its primary ingredient, propylene glycol, from finding its way into waterways. Under federal, state and local stormwater discharge regulations, airports must minimize the amount of contaminants affecting local waters.

"That's the whole reason MWAA hires us -- to minimize the amount of water that's contaminated with deicing fluid that leaves the airport property," says David Hinds, Inland's operations manager at Dulles.

In a year at Dulles, Inland collects an average of a million gallons of fluid mixed with spent deicer, processes it, then markets the recycled glycol. Inland has a fleet of collection vehicles, a 500,000 gallon underground vault and a recycling plant to handle the process.

"We provide a complete, turnkey service here at Dulles Airport," says Mike Svedruzic, Inland's vice president of airport services. "We provide all of the equipment and resources to collect, manage, store and process all of the spent aircraft deicing fluid." 

Inland Technologies, headquartered in Truro, Nova Scotia, has been recycling glycol since the early 1990s. It started its recovery program at Dulles in 1998. The parent company has about 3,500 employees servicing more than 40 airports in North America.

Inland is in the third year of a potential 10-year contract with MWAA. The contract also includes recovery on a smaller scale at  Reagan National Airport. Fluids collected at Reagan are transported to Dulles for recycling. What began as a five-truck operation at Dulles now requires more than 20 collection vehicles.

"Before Inland came here, there was no recovery operation at all," says Hinds, who notes that the MWAA receives a rebate based on the amount of recyclable glycol processed at its airports.

Inland designs and builds the roving trucks (Glyvacs)that scrub paved surfaces and vacuum up deicing fluid that does not stick to planes. Spent deicing fluid is collected from the tarmac, gate areas and on designated deicing pads.

The recovery vehicles unload their 1,600 gallon tanks into rows of red, 20,000-gallon holding units until the fluid is ready for processing in a building located amid the taxiways at Dulles.

The collected fluids essentially are boiled and filtered, leaving a concentrated glycol mix. Water from the recycling process contains only trace amounts of glycol and is segregated and stored to be discharged to a sanitary sewer system. Reclaimed glycol is sold or trucked for further distillation, generally to an Inland plant in Portland, Maine.

Time is of the essence in the collection process. Inland's staff of 11 full-time employees at Dulles grows with the addition of three seasonal full-time employees and 35 to 40 part-time recovery operators from October through April. The sooner the recovery vehicles can do their jobs, the better the chances for effective recovery.

Under optimum conditions, about 40 percent of applied deicer is recoverable. Much of the rest remains attached to aircraft before eventually peeling off and vanishing in the atmosphere.

Inland also operates a recovery vehicle equipped with a high-pressure water blaster to remove and collect rubber and paint from airfield surfaces. This process generally takes place at night and in the spring and summer.

But once winter arrives, it's a round-the-clock, behind-the-scenes effort that keeps things cleaner at Dulles. 

Inland Technologies has local corporate offices at 4000 Legato Road, Suite 1100, Fairfax, VA  22033.  703-896-7705;


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:58am

Wise acres: George Mason University's Fairfax campus encompasses 58 acres west of Route 123, which the school wants to develop into an "innovation district." In a story for subscribers of the Washington Business Journal, Tina Reed reports that architecture firm Perkins Eastman suggests Mason start identifying potential partners, including developers, with intent to have an initial phase completed in five to 10 years. One option could be a mix of office, residential and retail uses in a setting for corporate partners and researchers.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:57am

Canvas, covered: Reston-based Canvas, which offers more than 20,000 pre-built mobile app templates as well as customization services for clients, has opened offices in five countries and has a co-working space, Refraction, which provides space for close to 60 companies. DC Inno's Elisa Wiseman interviewed co-founder and CEO James Quigley about the company's $29 million in funding, the ability to create an app in 20 minutes, and anticipated growth to 250 employees by the end of 2019. (NB: James is a member of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Commission.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:57am

Broadening horizons: Virginia Business reported that AvMET Applications and Pixia, both based in Reston, are among 11 recent graduates of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. The two-year program assists companies that are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. AvMet provides weather-impact mitigation services. Pixia provides methods of accessing big data.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:56am

Bridge to somewhere: Boston Properties submitted plans to Fairfax County for a mixed-use project to bridge the half-mile between the Reston Town Center Metro Station under construction and Reston Town Center. Reston Gateway, featuring office, residential and hotel space, would encompass 27 acres. Karen Goff, in content available to Washington Business Journal subscribers, says Boston Properties would like to complete a first phase in 2021.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:56am

Apply now: MACH37, the cyber accelerator located at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, is accepting applications from information security startups and entrepreneurs for its fall cohort. The program, which begins Sept. 5, will provide up to eight companies an initial $50,000 investment to develop and launch their ideas by participating in a 90-day session and Demo Day. Potomac Tech Wire picked up the release with a link to the application form.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:56am

One less Application: Tiag (The Informatics Applications Group) of Reston will sell a business unit that has a Department of Veterans Administration technology services contract to Agile Six of Chula Vista, Calif. Ross Wilkers of Washington Technology notes that Tiag won the potential 10-year deal last year as one of 28 companies with spots on a $22.3 billion package.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:55am

Hawk-eyed acquisition: Boca Raton, Fla.-based Red Hawk Fire & Security, which has operations in Springfield, bought Tele-Tector of Maryland (TTM). Red Hawk provides fire, safety and security systems. It stands to benefit from TTM's work in engineering, designing and installing systems for health, government and educational institutions. Potomac Tech Wire picked up a release about it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:50am

Limiting risk: RiskLens, which has headquarters in Reston and Spokane, Wash., says it raised $5 million in its first round of funding. RiskLens software is designed to quantify an organization's cybersecurity risks. A release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire said the funding round was led by Osage Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group and Dell Technologies Capital.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:50am

At it again: Andy Medici of the Washington Business Journal reports that serial investor Mark Ein, who owns Falls Church building security firm Kastle Systems, venture capital firm Venturehouse Group LLC and Mylan World Team Tennis, is in the process of raising $402.5 million for a "blank check" company. Blank-check investors rely on the judgment of a group leader (in this case, Ein), to make sound choices regarding investments and mergers. Ein recently merged his Capitol Acquisition Corp. III with media company Cision.

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Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:24pm
Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Major stock indexes are in record territory.

All major stock indexes — including the Dow — are in record territory, even though the Trump administration has failed to deliver on key legislative promises. But other factors are at play.

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Trump's Private Clubs In Florida Are Seeking Visas For Foreign Workers

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:23pm
The Trump helicopter is seen at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., in April. The president

President Trump is marking "Made in America" week to promote American labor. At the same time, his two Florida clubs are seeking visas to bring in foreign workers for low-wage jobs.

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Exxon Mobil Sues After Treasury Fines It $2 Million For Alleged Sanctions Violations

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:07pm
The U.S. Treasury

The U.S. Treasury is accusing Exxon Mobil of violating sanctions on Russia in a series of deals in May 2014. "What were they thinking?" wonders one of the architects of the sanctions.

(Image credit: Mark Humphrey/AP)

In Rural Oregon, Efforts To Bring In Large Data Centers Raise Housing Costs

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:43pm

In places like rural Oregon, politicians are working to bring in large data centers to town. It's great for folks who want good jobs but don't want to move away. But it's also raising housing costs.

GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:58pm
A pump jack at work in 2016, near Firestone, Colo. The American Exploration & Production Council, which represents oil and gas exploration firms, is one of many industry groups supporting the HONEST Act, which was passed by the House and is now with the Senate.

There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.

(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP)

What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:31pm

Whole Foods has been forced to stop selling goat cheese made from milk that came from a prison farm, where inmates work for less than a dollar an hour. Yet the inmates themselves aren't complaining.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

Justice Department Announces 'Largest Darknet Takedown In History'

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 1:25pm
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the takedown of AlphaBay, a massive darknet marketplace "used to sell deadly illegal drugs" and procure stolen and counterfeit goods, according to the Justice Department. He delivered the news to reporters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

A joint operation by the department, the FBI and international law enforcement has shut down AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the world's largest anonymous marketplaces for illicit drugs and goods.

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Elon Musk Says He Has 'Verbal' OK To Build N.Y.-D.C. Hyperloop

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 1:02pm
The project recently passed a full systems test on the 500-meter Hyperloop One track in Nevada.

There's still much to do before getting formal approval, the entrepreneur adds. Hyperloop has the goal of reaching speeds of more than 700 mph, using magnetic levitation in a vacuum environment.

(Image credit: Hyperloop One)

The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:16am
Illustration depicting health research.

The Trump administration wants to cut the U.S. global health budget. A new study puts a different spin on the spending.

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What To Expect When The Biggest Oil Company In The World Goes Public

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:03am

Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, is owned by the Saudi government. And it's set to go public in the coming year.

As Coal Jobs Fade, A Mining County Struggles To Redefine Itself

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:00am
In Somerset County, Pa., coal was once the economic backbone. But as technology advanced, mines around the country began laying off workers, replacing them with machinery.

Somerset County in southwestern Pennsylvania is deep coal country. For years, it's been looking to remake itself. Wind energy and health care may be its future — if it can attract qualified workers.

(Image credit: Laura Roman/NPR)

Congress Struggles To Keep Up With Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 4:30pm

Cars that drive themselves are a thing of the not-so-distant future. But Congress is having a hard time keeping up regulations to go with the technological change.

White House Trade Council Director Touts 'Made In America' Week

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 4:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, about the Trump administration's "Made in America" week.

BBC Salaries Ignite Debate Over Appropriate Pay, Gender Equity

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 3:35pm
A general view outside BBC Broadcasting House at Portland Place in London on Wednesday, the day the public broadcaster published the pay of its top-earning employees.

The BBC released on-air salaries for the first time, at the British government's behest. The top seven salaries all go to men. The highest pay: more than $2.8 million for a radio host.

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As Team Trump Lawyers Up, Who's Paying The Attorney Fees?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:29pm
President Trump attends a January press conference at Trump Tower with children Ivanka and Donald Jr., who is the latest member of the Trump team to hire a lawyer.

President Trump's re-election campaign paid Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer $50,000. White House lawyers are paid government salaries, by taxpayers, but it's unknown how the private lawyers are being paid.

(Image credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

U.K. Bans Credit Card Surcharges, Calling Them A 'Rip-Off'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 8:32am

In the U.S., at least 11 states forbid retailers from adding surcharges to credit card transactions. Several also allow discounts for customers paying via cash rather than plastic.

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