Monthly Archives: February 2012

Mitt Romney attacks put Rick Santorum on defensive in GOP presidential debate

MESA, Ariz. — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was thrown on the defensive here Wednesday night as rival Mitt Romney attacked the former senator over spending and earmarks and accused him of compiling an inconsistent and contradictory record. Read more at The Washington Post.

IUPAT Missouri – Working Together to Keep St. Louis Working

In February, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 2, in conjunction with a group of fellow trade unions and builders, announced the continuation of a new and successful stimulus program that “focuses on putting people back to work and giving consumers a great deal,” according to the released announcement. It’s called the … Read more »

More on the Economy – Construction Added Jobs

The U. S. Economy added 243,000 jobs in January – the fastest rate since April, 2011. The increase appears to be a solid one based on economic information collected in government surveys. The official government unemployment rate declined from 8.5% to 8.3%. Manufacturing added 50,000 jobs and 21,000 new jobs were added to construction. Read … Read more »


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Dems on Keystone pipeline: Only in America

House Democrats are largely putting aside environmental concerns for the moment in favor of focusing on an “only in America” agenda as their marketing strategy against Keystone XL legislation. The Energy and Commerce Committee is expected Tuesday to pass legislation from Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) directing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to quickly approve TransCanada’s … Read more »

EPA Takes Action Against Firm Certified for Lead-Paint Training

Kansas City-based Titan Environmental Services Inc., accredited by the Environmental Protection Agency to offer training programs under the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act, failed to provide all hands-on training to participants in some of its lead-safe training courses, EPA said in announcing actions taken against the company. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

John Boehner bets big on road bill vote

Speaker John Boehner owns the highway bill — and he’ll be on the hook if it turns into a 435-car pileup. It was the Ohio Republican’s idea to pair transportation with energy. He plans to bring the bill to the floor under a wide-open amendment process, even as other Republican leaders have kept this legislative … Read more » – 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

Floor Covering Weekly – Vinyl leaders set price increase for Q1

The U.S. industry’s leading vinyl floor suppliers announced that they will raise pricing by various degrees on their commercial and residential hard surface offerings during the first quarter, 2012. Read more HERE.

Where’s the Data? Call for Standards Issued at Coatings Symposium

Architects, construction specifiers and building owners are shortchanged on comprehensive, objective technical information about the properties and performance characteristics of architectural paint and coatings when faced with the task of evaluating and specifying such materials. That was a central message delivered Tuesday during the opening program presentation at the SSPC Commercial Coatings and Flooring Symposium, … Read more »