Convention Displays and Signs

Roland Digital Print Boot Camp in April

To help Roland customers develop the skills they need to build their businesses, Roland Academy is offering its popular Digital Printing Boot Camp workshop for the first time on the East Coast. Scheduled for April 10-12 in Baltimore, Maryland. Digital Printing Boot Camp is offered to all Roland inkjet customers, with enrollment currently open and … Read more »

EPI – State-level data confirm nationwide recovery

State level data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that most states have been experiencing the steady progress towards economic recovery that we have been seeing nationally. Over the three-month period from October 2011 to January 2012, every state except New York experienced a reduction in its unemployment rate (New York’s rate … Read more »

EXHIBITOR Magazine – 2012 Economic Outlook

Exhibit marketers are optimistic 2012 will yield greater returns than 2011, but the fact remains that we’re not out of the economic woods just yet.  Still, it appears marketing budgets are making meager gains toward a slow and steady comeback, propelling companies to exhibit at 12 percent more shows this year than last. Read more … Read more »

Job Growth Continues to Improve

WASHINGTON—U.S. job creation remained solid in February and was stronger in previous months than initially thought, marking one of the economy’s best stretches of the nearly three-year-old recovery. Jobs outside of agriculture grew by 227,000 last month, the Labor Department said Friday. Meanwhile, employers added 284,000 jobs in January—roughly 40,000 higher than an initial estimate—and … Read more »

Why Recent Job Gains May Stick This Time

The U.S. job market’s recent improvement has some economists wondering if 2012 will break from last year’s pattern of strong job growth in the winter followed by a slowing in the spring and summer. One reason for optimism is that job growth has spread to more of the nation’s largest metro areas—divisions bigger than cities … Read more »

Bob Balgenorth: Project Labor Agreements are good for public projects

A PLA is a risk-management tool. Negotiated before work on a project begins, it generally includes a no-strike clause as well as a process to resolve disputes. It establishes the hours of work, wages, benefits and working conditions. Many municipal PLAs also have local-hire provisions and other benefits desired by the community. Read more at … Read more »

January Construction Recedes 2 Percent

New York, N.Y. – February 21, 2012 – The value of new construction starts dropped 2% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $402.2 billion, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Both nonresidential building and housing settled back from December, while the nonbuilding construction sector managed to register a … Read more »

SignWeb.com – Vinyl Manufacturers Offer Usage Tips

Tips on the trade from some of the best in the business for vinyl use in display and signage. Read it at SignWeb.com.

Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more »

Light at Tunnel’s End? Survey Projects Growth in Non-residential Construction

The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment  distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.