Monthly Archives: March 2012

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 »

Roll On

Ames Taping Tools has collected a few tricks of the trade to help make taping less of a sticky situation. The goal of every professional finisher is to maximize finish quality and board feet while minimizing effort and eliminating callbacks. Fortunately, there are dozens of tricks, shortcuts and trade secrets that have been developed by … Read more »

DriTac unveils Eco-5500 adhesive

DriTac Flooring Products introduces DriTac Eco-5500 Premium “Green” Pressure Sensitive Flooring Adhesive, designed for installing Luxury Vinyl Tile, Luxury Vinyl Plank, VCT, Fiberglass Back Sheet Vinyl, Carpet Tile, Vinyl Stair Treads, Cork Tile and Cork Underlayment. DriTac Eco-5500 is a “green” adhesive that is VOC free with zero solvents, according to the company. Read more … Read more »

January construction spending first drop in 6 months

Construction spending fell in January for the first time in six months as companies cut investment in buildings and the federal government scaled back projects, the Commerce Department said. Read more at Reuters.

Richard Trumka’s Declaration of Independence

The AFL-CIO president says the labor federation is building a progressive movement beyond any party or candidate. Unions in the AFL-CIO will be making plans for this tough election year as the labor federation’s executive council meets in Orlando, Fla., this week, when it is expected to endorse President Obama for re-election. AFL-CIO President Richard … Read more »

John Boehner stacks up losses on legislation

Ask Boehner when his last win was and he doesn’t have an answer. Read more at POLITICO.

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 »

U.S. House approves small business jobs bill

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – In a rare display of bipartisanship in an election year, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to make it easier for small businesses, seen as a driver of U.S. economic growth, to raise capital. Read more at The Chicago Tribune.

Private nonresidential building trends improve

Weaker construction of hotels, manufacturing facilities and health care facilities in the private sector left January construction spending flat with December, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. Nevertheless, nonresidential construction companies have been a major contributor to the overall industry growth in the last year or so, according to an analysis of private-company financial statements by Sageworks Inc., a … Read more »

New Keystone XL pipeline route expected to get a thumbs up

HOUSTON — TransCanada expects to start the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline by early summer at the latest and have it in service sometime next year, company pipeline chief Alex Pourbaix said Tuesday. Read more at POLITICO.