Monthly Archives: January 2012

Construction Industry Optimistic: Activity Expected to Improve in 2012

Non-residential activity expected to increase despite concerns surrounding available contractors, according to Wells Fargo survey MINNEAPOLIS, Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Construction contractors and equipment distributors are optimistic local non-residential activity will improve in 2012, according to a recent survey by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., part of Wells Fargo & Company. Read more … Read more »

New short videos from OSHA provide training to help inform workers on the proper use of respirators

WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has posted a series of 17 videos to help workers learn about the proper use of respirators on the job. These short videos, nine in English and eight in Spanish, provide valuable information to workers in general industry and construction.  Topics include OSHA’s Respiratory Standard, respirator use, … Read more »

Top Building Glass Installer Harmon Rolls out PDF Editor Bluebeam PDF Revu

PASADENA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Harmon, Inc., one of the nation’s largest full-service building glass installation, maintenance and renovation companies, is digitizing project workflows with BluebeamSoftware. The company is rolling out Bluebeam PDF Revu, the leading PDF editor for the design and construction industry, to 200 users and plans to make Revu its primary … Read more »

General Contractors Work to Move More Liability to Glazing Contractors

The implementation of design-assist in the project delivery process has brought the glazing contractor on the design team early in the game; however, it also has him paying for professional liability insurance for contractors. Read more at USGlass on page 16.

Facebook: Next Generation Best Practices for Wall and Ceiling Contractors

Now that many businesses are comfortable with the design make-over Facebook received last year, many wall and ceiling industry Web marketers rejoice that the changes are making it much easier for them to do business on the social network—both creatively and from a business analytics perspective. Read more at AWCI’s ConstructionDimensions.

Heat Welding Resilient Floors

Heat welding seams in resilient sheet flooring or tile is one of the more specialized talents an installer can possess and is a service that a dealer or flooring contractor can offer for a virtually “seamless” floor.  A great deal of skill is involved, so not a lot of installers do heat welding.  The ones … Read more »

Window Graphics Bring Outreach Curbside

Storefront, vinyl-clad fenestrations grab attention for a charitable organization High-profile retail stores and restaurants aren’t the only organizations that depend upon on-premise signage. Window graphics’ curb appeal is exponentially more vital to charitable or non-profit organizations that chronically work through drum-tight budget restrictions. Read more at

IUPAT California: Frances Ann Doherty, City Contractor, Accused of Stiffing Employees Out of Wages

IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation.  See the report from below… “A San Mateo County woman has been charged with 57 felony counts of cheating her employees of more than $600,000 in wages while working on projects for both the … Read more »

IUPAT California: Bay Area Painting Contractor Charged with Cheating on Wages, Workers’ Comp Fraud

IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation.  See the report from DURABILITY + DESIGN below… “A San Francisco painting contractor is facing criminal charges after authorities said she cheated employees out of more than $600,000 in wages and failed to pay … Read more »

U.S. Solar Group Says Analysis Confirms China’s ‘Battering’ of Industry

A solar photovoltaics industry group is citing a market analysis of the industry as evidence that China is heavily subsidizing the development of solar-manufacturing capacity and using low-priced exports to topple the U.S. solar-manufacturing sector.Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.