Local Manufacturing Company, Premier Technology, Inc. is Highlighted by Titans of CNC

Titans of CNC visited Premier Technology, to record an episode for their hit YouTube
Channel. Titans of CNC, started as a machine shop in Northern California focused on
making parts for aerospace, and has transitioned into a massive reality TV series, as
well as a world-first CNC educational platform recognized and utilized by a global
network of engineers, machinists, hobbyists, students, and educators.

The episode spotlights Premier’s efficient manufacturing processes. Titan joins Chief
Business Officer Doug Sayer on a tour of the company’s facility. Recently Premier added
65,000 square feet to their framework. This new square footage houses, ultra efficient
Trumpf lasers and the tallest storage system in North America (STOPA).

This new equipment significantly increases the speed in which material moves through
Premier’s manufacturing process. Systematically using technology to improve: cutting
speed, accuracy, and increasing part and component out-put. Utilization of these tools,
has expanded Premier’s capacity, reduced errors, and increased production rates.
Although the episode is mostly technical, it also has sprinkles of motivational insight
from both Titan Gilroy and Chief Business Officer Doug Sayer.

“If you feel like the world is crushing down on your shoulders, and you have no way out, I
guarantee you: Tomorrow the sun will rise. When you walk the path that is hard, you will
stand up and you will be called to help the person that is behind you on the same path.”
Titan Gilroy

“He convinced me that Premier hadn’t met its pinnacle, that there was more that we
could do.” Doug Sayer

Premier Technology, was established in Idaho in 1996, and has operated in Eastern
Idaho ever since. The family owned business, is honored to be highlighted by Titan, and
plans to continue expanding its capacity and future reach.

 

 

About Premier Technology:
Premier Technology, Inc. is a woman-owned custom fabrication business,
headquartered in Blackfoot, Idaho. Home to over 300 employees, and serving several
markets, including: Department of Energy, mining, industrial, food and beverage
packagers and commercial nuclear innovators. Premier offers: engineering and design,
project management, manufacturing, electrical, machining, industrial coating and field
services. From blueprint to installation, Premier has the resources to complete any
custom build.

About Titans of CNC:
Titan Gilroy shares a message of hope and redemption that the country and world need
today. With his expertise in running an elite aerospace CNC shop, Titan offers practical
tools and inspiration. What started as a CNC machine shop in Northern California
focused on making the most difficult parts in aerospace, has transitioned into a
massive reality TV series and a world-first CNC educational platform recognized and
utilized by a global network of engineers, machinists, hobbyists, students, and
educators.

Risch, King Bill Protecting Energy Grid from Cyberattacks Becomes Law

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine), both members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, celebrated the enactment of their bipartisan Securing Energy Infrastructure Act into law. The legislation passed as part of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and will develop defenses for the U.S. energy grid through partnerships between the National Laboratories and industry. The partnerships will utilize engineering concepts to remove vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to access the grid and the nation’s critical infrastructure.

“The vulnerabilities afflicting our critical infrastructure are deeply troubling and there is strong bipartisan agreement that this issue requires our immediate attention,” said Risch. “The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act has been many years in the making, and am confident our national laboratories, particularly the INL in my home state of Idaho, will lead this important research aimed at strengthening our grid security and preventing catastrophic cyberattacks.”

“The energy grid is central to nearly all facets of 21 st century life, but remains vulnerable to hackers,” said King, co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. “If this critical infrastructure is compromised, our financial transactions, communications networks, healthcare services, and much more will be at risk. This bipartisan, commonsense legislation will help defend our energy grid from attacks launched from thousands of miles away – I’m heartened to see this much-needed provision signed into law, and deeply grateful for the partnership of Senator Risch in this effort.”
The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act aims to remove vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to access the energy grid through holes in digital software systems. Specifically the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act will direct the Department of Energy to examine ways to replace networked systems with less complex connections limiting paths to attack the systems.

The Act was part of the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020, which was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. This legislation was inspired in part by Ukraine’s experience in 2015, when a sophisticated cyber-attack on that country’s power grid led to more than 225,000 people being left in the dark. The attack could have been worse if not for the fact that Ukraine relies on older, less networked technology to operate its grid. The senators’ bill would build on this concept by studying ways to simplify and isolate the grid’s most important control systems.

More specifically, the legislation will:
• Establish a two-year pilot program within the National Laboratories to study covered entities and identify new classes of security vulnerabilities, and research and test technology that could be used to isolate the most critical systems of covered entities from cyber-attacks.
• Require the establishment of a working group to evaluate the technology solutions proposed by the National Laboratories and to develop a national cyber-informed strategy to isolate the energy grid from attacks. Members of the working group would include federal government agencies, the energy industry, a state or regional energy agency, the National Laboratories, and other groups with relevant experience.
• Require the Secretary of Energy to submit a report to Congress describing the results of the program, assessing the feasibility of the techniques considered, and outlining the results of the working groups’ evaluation.
• Define “covered entities” under the bill as segments of the energy sector that have already been designated as entities where a cyber-security incident could result in catastrophic regional or national effects on public health or safety, economic security, or national security.

In addition to Senators Risch and King, the legislation was cosponsored by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Susan M. Collins (R-Maine), and Martin Heinrich (D-NJ). A companion bill was introduced by Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and John Carter (R-Tex.) in the House of Representatives.

Risch, Crapo, Wyden, Merkley Announce Two-Year Authorization for Secure Rural Schools Program in End-of-Year Funding Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), today announced that a two-year authorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program is included in the end-of-year funding package that will be considered by Congress this week.

This significant win for rural communities in the Northwest and nationwide follows calls from the senators to reauthorize the lapsed program and provide financial certainty for counties containing federally-owned lands.
“Every year, the fight for SRS funding seems to get a little tougher, and every year, our rural communities need that security and certainty just a little bit more. I consistently hear from Idaho counties that without increased timber production they depend on SRS to get by, which is why Senators Crapo, Wyden, Merkley and I work so hard on SRS reauthorization each Congress,” said Risch. “This reauthorization will create greater stability for rural counties, and I’m proud we were able to secure this critical program for communities in Idaho and throughout the West.”
“Nearly two-thirds of Idaho is federally owned, which severely limits the tax base for roads, law enforcement and schools because federal lands contribute no property taxes. The Secure Rural Schools program provides critical funding streams for rural Idahoans,” Crapo said. “A two-year extension of SRS funding is one step closer to a more predictable source of funding for rural communities and school districts encompassed by federal land.”

“Congress took one big step closer to making sure people living and working in rural communities have the resources they need for their schools, roads and other essential services,” Wyden said. “A two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program means counties can breathe a little easier now as Congress works toward a long-overdue permanent solution that gets rural counties off the roller coaster of uncertainty.”

“Secure Rural Schools payments provide a much-needed lifeline for critical services ranging from schools to roads to public safety,” said Merkley. “Our rural communities shouldn’t be left in the dark about whether the federal government will meet its obligation to help pay for those vital services. I am grateful to my colleagues for joining us in our mission to make these payments reliable, and am pleased that together we were able to secure this program extension.”

Earlier this year, the senators led 27 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting at least a two-year reauthorization of the SRS program as Congress “works to establish a permanent county payments solution.” They introduced their proposed solution—the Forest Management for Rural Stability Act—legislation that makes the program permanent by creating an endowment fund to provide stable, increasing and reliable funding for county services.
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act—originally co-authored by Wyden—was enacted in 2000 to financially assist counties with public, tax-exempt forestlands. Since then, Risch, Crapo, Wyden and Merkley have worked to give SRS a more permanent role in assisting rural counties with large tracts of federal lands.

Critical services at the county level have historically been funded in part with a 25 percent share of timber receipts from federal U.S. Forest Service lands and a 50 percent share of timber receipts from federal Oregon and California Grant Lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. As those revenues have fallen or fluctuated due to reduced timber harvest and market forces, SRS payments helped bridge the gap to keep rural schools open, provide road maintenance, support search and rescue efforts and other essential county services. Since enacted in 2000, SRS has provided a total of $7 billion in payments to more than 700 counties and 4,400 school districts in more than 40 states to fund schools and essential services like roads and public safety. In recent years, however, Congress has allowed SRS funding to lapse and decrease, creating massive uncertainty for counties as they budget for basic county services.

BALL VENTURES AND LARRY H. MILLER GROUP OF COMPANIES ANNOUNCE MEGAPLEX THEATRES JOINT VENTURE

IDAHO FALLS, ID (December 26, 2019) – Ball Ventures and Larry H. Miller Group of Companies announce a joint venture for a new Megaplex Theatre planned for Idaho Falls. The new theatre, the first Megaplex in Idaho, will be located in Snake River Landing, a 450-acre mixed-use development located along the Snake River and Interstate 15. Plans for the new theatre complex are underway, with additional details forthcoming. The companies anticipate breaking ground on the project in the spring of 2020.

“Our partnership with Ball Ventures delivers a natural extension to our current theatre offerings in Utah and Nevada,” said Gail Miller, owner and chairman of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Our mission is to enrich lives and we see this as an opportunity to continue our legacy of providing quality, family friendly entertainment to a rapidly growing area in Idaho. We look forward to building upon our commitment to support and enhance the communities where we do business.”

“Ball Ventures, a highly respected, first-class development firm, is the type of partner we seek when expanding into new markets,” said Steve Starks, Chief Executive Officer for Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Snake River Landing is ideally located to serve communities from Blackfoot to West Yellowstone. Our Megaplex business model provides numerous amenities including state-of-the-art technology, luxury loungers, meeting and event space, a variety of concessions, and industry leading guest services. We look forward to providing quality entertainment options for the area’s families, nearby college students, and visitors.”

“We are so pleased to work with our friends at Larry H. Miller to bring Megaplex Theatres in Idaho Falls,” says Cortney Liddiard, CEO of Ball Ventures. “Across its many companies, Larry H. Miller Group has an incredible reputation for enriching the communities in which they operate. We are honored to work with Gail Miller and the LHM team to bring a first-class entertainment experience to residents of eastern Idaho.”

About Ball Ventures
Ball Ventures is a real estate investment and development company which owns and manages commercial real estate across the country. Led by an internal team of skilled real estate professionals, Ball Ventures’ primary focus is in real estate. Ball Ventures has also formed other strategic partnerships to create a diversified real estate portfolio in healthcare, hospitality, and student housing. In addition to real estate, Ball Ventures has a more traditional private equity platform invests in various other industries, including auto dealerships, midstream oil, energy, private funds and other operating companies. More information at www.BallVentures.com

About Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Headquartered in Sandy, Utah, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies is a privately owned family business with more than 10,000 employees at businesses located across the United States. The LHM Group’s focus falls within
six primary categories: automotive, sports, entertainment, finance, insurance, and real estate. For more information about the LHM Group, visit www.lhm.com.

About Snake River Landing
Snake River Landing is a master-planned waterfront community along the Snake River and Interstate 15 in the heart of Idaho Falls. At 450 acres, the project stretches from Pancheri Drive south to Sunnyside Road and includes areas for retail, office, medical, restaurant and residential space along with several parks, trails and water features. Snake River Landing features retail leasing, office leasing, ground leases, build-to-suit, and land for sale. More information at www.SnakeRiverLanding.com

About Megaplex Theatres
Megaplex Theatres operates 16 locations across Utah and southern Nevada with a total of 182 screens, including five IMAX screens. Founded by the late Larry H. Miller, Megaplex Theatres are frequently among the top grossing in the nation and recognized as Utah’s favorite movie theatres. In addition, Megaplex Theatres feature regular and large-format movie screens, dinner and a movie gift options, conference and auditorium rental, and an industry leading guest services team. Megaplex Theatres show times and other group information may be found on the web at www.MegaplexTheatres.com or by calling (801) 304-4545. Guests are also invited to follow their favorite films on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MegaplexTheatres and on Twitter @MegaplexTheatre.

EBR-I open for limited hours Saturday, Dec. 21

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Looking to entertain your out-of-town guests or wanting something fun to do with your kids? Experimental Breeder Reactor I, located 50 miles west of Idaho Falls on U.S. 20, will be open to the public Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.

A shuttle bus will be available, free of charge, to the first 50 people to sign up. The bus will leave Idaho Falls at 9 a.m. and return around 12:30 p.m. Sign up to ride the bus by Thursday, Dec. 19, at tours@inl.gov or by calling 208-526-0050.

The reactor was completed in 1951 and became the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity in December 1951. EBR-I was operated until late 1963 and decommissioned in 1964. It was dedicated as a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson and Glenn Seaborg, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Idaho National Laboratory and has been punctuated with events throughout the year. “We made history at EBR-I in 1951,” said Sarah Neumann, INL Media Affairs lead. “This event is one more chance for INL to share its history with the community.”

INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

See more INL news at www.inl.gov. Follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Environmental Assessment Completed for Expanding Capabilities at the National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range at Idaho National Laboratory

Environmental Assessment Completed for Expanding Capabilities at the National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range at Idaho National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho Operations Office has determined that expanding the capabilities at Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL’s) National Security Test Range and Radiological Response Training Range will not have a significant impact on the environment.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the department today issued a final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact that allows expansion of the capabilities of each range – allowing for the installation of permanent structures and utilities, an increase in the frequency of range activities, and an increase in testing capabilities.

The NEPA finding enables both ranges to continue supporting the growing need for training increasing numbers of first responders from defense and homeland security organizations who are charged with safeguarding the public and protecting U.S. national security. It enables an increase in the testing capabilities at each range – allowing for the use of unmanned aerial systems, additional explosive materials and additional radioisotopes for testing and training purposes.

DOE plans to equip each range with permanent infrastructure which may include offices, classrooms, and conference rooms, restroom and kitchen facilities. Fixed utility infrastructure providing electricity, roadways, testing pads and fencing are also planned.

History of Ranges

After an Environmental Assessment performed in 2006 (DOE/EA- 1557), the DOE established the National Security Test Range at INL in 2007 to aid in the development and evaluation of protection measures for defending infrastructure against terrorist threats using improvised explosive devices, rocket- propelled grenades and other explosive charges. Similarly, in 2010, after a separate Environmental Assessment (DOE/EA- 1776), the DOE established the Radiological Response Training Range at INL to develop and maintain an effective response capability for major radiological incidents by providing a location for nuclear forensics, detection and radiological dispersion device training. Since initial development, the ranges have seen extensive use from military, law enforcement, national laboratory, industry and university partners.

The document, entitled the Final Environmental Assessment for Expanding Capabilities at the National Security Test Range and the Radiological Response Training Range at Idaho National Laboratory (DOE/EA- 2063) was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and is posted at: https://www.id.energy.gov/insideNEID/PDF/CLN200243%20Final%20EA%20Dear%20Citizen%20with%20FONSI.pdf.

DOE hosted a public review and comment period on a draft of the environmental assessment from September 12 through October 12.

DOE Idaho Operations Office Press Release
The media contact information for Tim Jackson is (208) 526-8484.
For Immediate Release: December 10, 2019