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Pullman community leaders stand with DACA

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories President Edmund Schweitzer III’s signature appeared along with those of many other influential business owners – including Apple and Amazon CEOs Tim Cook and Mark Bezos – in an open letter Monday urging Congress to extend Obama-era protections for so-called dreamers.

SEL shuffles its executive team

Luis D’Acosta is no longer CEO at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman after the Palouse region’s largest private employer reorganized its executive team.

Schweitzer Labs puts ‘game-changing’ battery power to test in Pullman

PULLMAN – If Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories’ manufacturing plant loses power during an outage, the company can turn to huge batteries on its campus for electricity. The batteries could supply enough power to run most of the factory’s operations for about three hours.

Power grid hidden marvel of engineering

Think about the most complicated machine you’ve dealt with in the past year. Was it a beeping monitor tethered to a high-tech device in an emergency room? Or was it a super-fast computer you used at work? Actually, the most complicated machine you’ve interacted with was the one you used this morning when you switched on a light or plugged in your coffee machine. The entire power grid has to balance supply (generation) and demand (load) on a second-by-second basis. We take it for granted most of the time, but it’s a marvel when you stop to think about it.

Students sharpen skills at Schweitzer lab

For Cal Poly senior Sam Kaplan, hands-on experience is critical to his engineering studies. Last week, he and four other students traveled to Pullman to get it. The group spent three days visiting Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., creating a prototype of an ergonomic knife developed by a U.S. Army occupational therapist. The knife is designed to be easier to use by veterans who have diminished function of the wrist, hand or arm due to service-related injuries.

SEL offers Sandy discounts

Pullman’s Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. is giving electric utilities and large customers struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy a 30 percent discount on new equipment. SEL, which designs and sells a range of products that utilities and large companies use to manage power distribution, is tripling the discount it usually offers after natural disasters, said Business Director Erik Newman.

Schweitzer labs opening Valley office

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories will open a Spokane Valley office in September. It is the company’s first office in Spokane County. About 40 employees commute from the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area to Schweitzer Engineering’s Pullman headquarters, and many of them could work at the new office, company spokeswoman Tammy Lewis said.