Commercial and Industrial Painting

Undercover Sting Net Snares 110 Unlicensed Contractors in California

Undercover investigators in California arrested 110 alleged unlicensed contractors, including 29 who gave bids for painting services, in eight sting operations conducted throughout the state, officials said. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) executed the two-day, statewide sting, known as the annual spring “California Blitz” on March 14 and 15. Cities targeted included Chico, Clovis, … 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 »

New 100% Solids Epoxy Protects Pipeline

Carboline Co. has introduced Polyclad 975, an advanced, 100% solids epoxy coating designed for corrosion protection of buried steel and ductile iron pipeline exteriors, girth welds or tie-ins. “We are very excited about this technology, because it has excellent cathodic disbondment resistance, making it ideal for long-term protection needed for oil and gas pipelines,” said … 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.

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 »

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.

Paint, Anodize Finisher Linetec Wins Sustainable-Manufacturer Honor

Linetec, one of the nation’s largest paint and anodize finishers, has been recognized for its “industry-leading” energy-conservation efforts and eco-friendly finishes. The company, based in Wausau, Wis., won the 2011 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Sustainability Grand Award. The award was presented recently at the state’s annual Manufacturer of the Year award ceremony in Milwaukee. … 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 »

FTI Honors 2 Apprentices of the Year

Coating industry elders despairing of the next generation can take heart from two young painters who have just been named 2011 “Apprentices of the Year” by their Finishing Trades Institute District Councils. Thomas Long, of Vulcan Painters Inc., was named Apprentice of the Year for District Council 77, which represents eight locals in five states. … Read more »