Commercial and Industrial Painting

Bill Clinton on Keystone XL pipeline: ‘Embrace’ it

Bill  Clinton says it’s time to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Speaking at an Energy Department conference in Maryland on Wednesday,  the former president said he was surprised the project has gotten as gummed up  as it has, laying the blame on pipeline builder TransCanada. Read more at POLITICO.

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 »

Keystone XL is more than a pipeline. It’s a lifeline.

Tell Congress Jobs Can’t Wait and we need the Keystone XL pipeline to begin in five of the six states where the route is not in question. This will mean most of the projected 20,000 direct jobs can be created immediately! Call 1-866-228-3314 to tell your Member of Congress to support the Keystone XL Pipeline! … 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 »

Architecture Billings Hint at Expansion Trend with Third Consecutive Monthly Increase

“Even though we had a similar upturn in design billings in late 2010 and early 2011, this recent showing is encouraging because it is being reflected across most regions of the country and across the major construction sectors,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.

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 »

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.

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 »

Infrastructure’s long, long road

The road to passing Speaker John Boehner’s energy and infrastructure bill looks to be as bumpy as the highways it’s trying to fix. GOP leaders insist they will bring their energy-expanding and road-building plan to the floor this month, but it’s clear they have a ways to go before uniting the Republican Conference. And thanks … Read more »