Court of Appeals Affirms PPG’s Implementation of Pay Cuts Didn’t Violate Union Arbitration Award

May 12th, 2014

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed May 9 that PPG Industries Inc. didn’t violate a past arbitration award to the United Steelworkers and Local Union 193-G, despite contrary arguments by the union. According to court documents, in 2009, PPG unilaterally implemented a two-tier wage system that cut employees’ compensation at an [...]

First Construction Safety Week Aims for Change

May 9th, 2014

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The construction industry has seen a recent increase in fatalities on jobsites, and members across the industry have now come together this week to raise awareness about the importance of safety in the workplace in an effort to turn that trend around. Leaders from 31 construction firms across the globe, representing the Construction Industry Safety [...]

New Energy Codes Gaining Traction

May 8th, 2014

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Thomas D. Culp, president of Birch Point Consulting LLC, joined Jason Weber, director of business development for construction products at Sapa Extrusions North America, for a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) webinar last week, which highlighted the industry’s energy codes and their implications for extruded aluminum building components. As evidenced in the presentations, those codes – [...]

MPM Silicones Files for Chapter 11

May 6th, 2014

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MPM Silicones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 13, 2014 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York. The company has quite a pedigree of ownership according to court documents. “MPM Silicones is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials US Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance [...]

Measures to Reduce Waste Debated at Code Hearings

May 2nd, 2014

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Measures to reduce waste were debated at the recent International Code Council hearings of the International green Construction Code (IgCC) taking place this week in Memphis. DWM takes a look at two of those proposals, one which will make it in to the next edition of the IgCC and the other which was disapproved. GG206-14, [...]

IgCC Debates EPDs During This Week’s Code Hearings

May 1st, 2014

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Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) have seen a lot of discussion of late within the architectural glass industry. An EPD for glass was recently published and one will soon be available for windows. Likewise, EPDs were also on the agenda this week during the International Code Councils’ ongoing code hearings taking place in Memphis for the [...]

LCA Major Topic in Code Hearings

Apr 28th, 2014

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If you still think life cycle assessments (LCA) won’t ultimately make it into the mainstream, discussions held during today’s International Code Council hearings of the International green Construction Code (igCC) should make you think again. Mike Fischer with the Kellen Company, representing the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, proposed GG87, which concerned a change to [...]

Watch the April Newscast and Learn How to Make your Showroom Shine

Apr 28th, 2014

In the April DWM newscast, we asked several dealers their top tips for creating the perfect showroom. Find out if you employ these strategies and, if not, what you can do to create the perfect homeowner experience. Click HERE to watch the video on Youtube.

Housing Industry “Gets Back to Normal”

Apr 23rd, 2014

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In the years following the bust, economic forecasters often used the term, the “long road back to normal” or the “new normal.” In today’s National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Spring Construction Forecast Robert Denk, NAHB assistant vice president for forecasting and analysis, discussed “getting back to normal” and painted a picture of this road past, [...]

Despite Weather, Construction Industry Making Best of Start to 2014

Apr 21st, 2014

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Construction economists don’t always see eye-to-eye, and that’s okay, according to Bernard Markstein, chief economist for Reed Construction Data. “We seem to agree on most things, but not everything …we’re economists. That’s what we do,” he says. But during a recent economic forecast, there was at least one thing on which Markstein and several others [...]