Commercial and Industrial Painting

‘It’s Not Just the Weather,’ AGC Says of Construction-Spending Thaw

Construction spending in February topped the previous year’s totals by 5.8% as a double-digit increase in private construction offset a small drop in public-sector spending, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported in an analysis of Census Bureau data. The gains occurred despite a 1.1% decrease in spending from January to February and a … Read more »

Company Payrolls in U.S. Grow by Estimated 209,000 Workers

April 4 (Bloomberg) — Companies in the U.S. expanded payrolls in March, showing the labor market is strengthening, according to data from a private report based on payrolls. Employment increased by 209,000 for the month after a revised 230,000 gain in February, figures from ADP Employer Services showed today. The median estimate in the Bloomberg … Read more »

Planned Pipelines to Rival Keystone XL

Two major energy companies are planning to build new pipelines that will move as much as 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast by mid-2014, in the latest effort to cope with a surge of oil production in North America. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

OFF THE WALL: Professor Sees Growth Potential for ‘Grass Paint’

It could be the future if Sangmin Bae, a professor from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has any say in the matter. Bae, in conjunction with his ID+IM Design Laboratory in Korea, has developed a “Grass Paint” product technology that makes it possible to plant grass anywhere, even on building walls or … Read more »

U.S. Battles Home Builder Over Pay Probe

The Labor Department has stepped up pressure on PulteGroup Inc. in what has become a nasty battle between the Michigan-based home builder and the Obama administration over an investigation into the housing industry’s pay practices. The main issue in the investigation, say people familiar with the matter, is whether brick layers, carpenters, laborers and other … Read more »

IUPAT Job Corps Grad Restores Capitol Dome

This article appeared in the United States Department of Labor DOL News Brief (see full article HERE) on March 22, 2012 — Each night, Job Corps graduate Antonio Alford looks out at theWashington, D.C., skyline from 180 feet up and thinks to himself, “I am honored to be working on restoring the most important building inAmerica.” Alford … Read more »

America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline  Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s trip to Cushing, Oklahoma:  “America’s Building Trades Unions today offers its collective appreciation to President Obama for his decision today … Read more »

Hot Industry for Start-Ups: Construction?

One usually thinks of start-ups as cutting-edge. But it turns out the hottest growth area for new businesses isn’t so sexy: It’s construction. More entrepreneurs are setting up construction companies, according to a report released earlier this week. The increase comes as construction workers who lost their jobs during the slump in the housing market … Read more »

PPG Launches Web Locale for Professional Paint Solutions and Support

The new site is designed for professionals including architects, specifiers, contractors, and residential painters, and offers information and resources relevant to their needs, the company says. Organized into five professional segments—commercial, new home, multi-family, industrial, and residential—the site offers targeted content, such as most popular products, key services and support, color tools, and ecological solutions, … Read more »

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 »