Metal, fiberglass company expands

Bouncy houses are good for so many occasions. Birthday parties, family picnics, block parties, perforated metal companies' open houses, the list goes on. To celebrate its new digs, about 100 of McNICHOLS Co.'s employees, their families, customers and community members gathered in a large meeting room next to staff offices in Elk Grove Village, Ill., alongside O'Hare International Airport, on April 26.

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Construction Projections & Forecasts-April 2017

By Mark Robins, Senior Editor

 

Here are useful recent construction-related projections and forecasts:

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Managing Risk in Construction

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

In the world of construction, much like many businesses, risk is part of the job. According to a new report, Managing Risk in the Construction Industry, from Dodge Data & Analytics, three quarters of business owners and contractors have experienced a dispute or claim in the last three years, while nine in 10 say increased collaboration can be used to mitigate future risk. 

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2017 High Expectations

By Marcy Marro, Editor

 

If you've had a chance to look at the State of the Industry Report in the January issue, you'll see that even though many people feel very uncertain about the future under our soon to be new president, the experts we talked to are predicting a fairly positive year for 2017.

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Can We Solve the Labor Shortage?

Paul Deffenbaugh

By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

I'm working on the Top Metal Builder article, and one thing has become increasingly clear. We ask the question. "What is the biggest challenge your business faced in 2015," and the overwhelming majority of responses addressed the shortage of skilled labor. In fact, some respondents talked about the shortage of any labor, skilled or unskilled.

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Still Planning: 2016

By Mark Robins

My first blog I wrote for Modern Trade Communications was titled " Plan Your Plans Carefully." It dealt with the efforts and activities our editorial staff goes through to put together our annual editorial calendar.

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Construction Projections and Forecasts (April 2015)

By Mark Robins

Here are useful construction-related projections and forecasts released in the past two months:

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Raise the Roof and Raise the Bar

Paul Deffenbaugh

By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

The Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA) is debuting a new accreditation program that will help metal building assemblers differentiate themselves in the market place and raise the standard for quality across the industry.

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National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

Paul Deffenbaugh

By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

For the fourth year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning its two-week fall prevention awareness campaign called "National Fall Prevention Stand Down." It will take place from May 4-15, 2015, and OSHA is calling on all employers to take time out to address fall prevention issues with their workers.

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Safety Fierce

Paul Deffenbaugh

By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director

Does the January cover of MCN show an OSHA violation? Many of our readers say, "Yes." In fact, a lot of you say it shows multiple violations. I heard from you by email, phone and through our website, and for the most part you expressed concern that we would be encouraging unsafe behavior on jobsites because of this depiction.

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Are You Being Honored and Recognized?

By Mark Robins

I was watching television awhile ago and heard DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg talk about the importance of honoring his studio's employees. Katzenberg said in the interview:

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Construction Projections and Forecasts (October 2014)

By Mark Robins

Here are useful construction-related projections and forecasts released in recent months:

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