CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 243 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS BETWEEN MAY 2016 AND 2017 EVEN AS MANY FIRMS STRUGGLE TO FIND QUALIFIED WORKERS

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. and Lake Charles, La. Have Largest Year-over-Year Gains; Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas and Danville, Ill. Experience Biggest Declines for the Year

Construction employment increased in 243 out of 358 metro areas between May 2016 and May 2017, declined in 59 and stagnated in 54, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that construction employment gains in many parts of the country are occurring even as most firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire.

“Construction employment gains in many parts of the country likely would have been even more robust if it were easier for most firms to find qualified workers,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “As a result of tight labor market conditions, many firms are opting to invest more in training, find ways to become more efficient or use new techniques like off-site prefabrication or robotics to reduce labor needs.”

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (16,500 jobs, 18 percent) added the most construction jobs during the past year, followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. (9,100 jobs, 13 percent); Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (7,900 jobs, 7 percent); Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (7,500 jobs, 14 percent); and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (7,000 jobs, 5 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in the Lake Charles, La. metro area (24 percent, 4,500 jobs), followed by Lewiston, Idaho-Wash. (23 percent; 300 jobs); Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. (19 percent, 4,100 jobs) and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (18 percent, 16,500 jobs).

The largest job losses from May 2016 to May 2017 were in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (-5,300 jobs, -2 percent), followed by Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. (-3,400 jobs, -9 percent), Pittsburgh, Pa. (-2,900 jobs, -5 percent) and Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. (-2,400 jobs, -8 percent). The largest percentage decreases for the year were in Danville, Ill. (-17 percent, -100 jobs); Casper, Wyo. (-15 percent, -500 jobs); Grand Forks, N.D. (-15 percent, -600 jobs); Charleston, W.Va. (-12 percent, – 900 jobs); Bay City, Mich. (-9 percent, -3,400 jobs) and Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J.

Association officials noted that one of the key reasons for construction workforce shortages is the lack of career and technical education programs available, particularly at the secondary level. They said new legislation to renew the federal Perkins Act, which funds career and technical education programs, would help by giving education officials new flexibility and funding to establishing construction-focused programs. The measure passed in the House last week and association officials urged Senators to approve the measure as well.

“Too many high school students are never given an opportunity to consider careers in construction, despite the fact those jobs pay more than the average non-farm job,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The Senate should quickly pass new Perkins Act legislation so more students can learn the skills so many employers are looking for today.”

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Bostik Becomes Official Partner of Tour de France

Bostik, the specialty adhesives business line of Arkema, upgrades sponsorship to official partnership for 2017 and 2018 cycling events. Agreement will boost brand visibility worldwide and sees Bostik exclusively supply event organizers with smart adhesives for the duration of the race.

Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, today announced that it has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The event will be used as a platform to communicate and promote the Bostik brand to a large global audience.

The 2017 event, the 104th time the race has been held, will take place from 1-23 July starting with the Grand Départ from Düsseldorf in Germany. The 3,540 kilometer route across 21 states will also visit Belgium and Luxembourg. 198 riders from 22 competing teams will encounter some of the most challenging terrain in world cycling before crossing the finish line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.

The race will be broadcast to an estimated audience of 2 billion TV viewers and 10 to 12 million spectators are expected to line the route. In addition, the Tour de France official website will attract 36 million visitors during the event while an additional 6 million fans will follow the race’s social media accounts.

Confirming the new sponsorship agreement, Bostik Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Vincent Legros said “We are very pleased to reinforce our association with the Tour de France, which remains among the world’s top three most popular sporting events.” He continued, “This new agreement will enable us to both increase our brand visibility and demonstrate our performance over each of the 21 stages.”

Using a promotional theme of ‘The Gecko Sticks Everywhere’, the new partnership will leverage:

  • Four new Bostik-branded vehicles in the famous ‘Publicity Caravan’ which will precede the peloton on each stage and will distribute over 500,000 gifts and rebate coupons worth a total of €500,000 to spectators
  • High brand visibility along the route – Particularly in the closing thirty kilometres of each stage
  • Branded warning signs on each stage to safeguard riders at dangerous turns
  • Branded self-adhesive information guides available to all riders for each stage
  • Interactive gaming with the first Facebook Messenger Treasure Hunt available at: http://m.me/Letour or facebook.com/LeTour (From 1 July)
  • Online presence on letour.com and social media accounts including Twitter (#BostikTDF), Facebook (BostikSmartAdhesives) and Instagram
  • Corporate hospitality opportunities for over 550 invited guests

In addition to marketing opportunities at the event, the sponsorship will be leveraged internationally through in-store and product promotions during the summer months.

About Bostik, an Arkema company

Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets. For more than a century, it has been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales of €1.95 billion, the company employs 6,000 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. For the latest information, visit www.bostik.com/us.

About Arkema

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.5 billion in 2016, we employ approximately 19,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. For the latest, visit www.arkema.com.

 

Tile of Spain: everything old is new again

Old & cool (classic elements)
The revival of vintage styles is still one of the hottest trends in terms of home design and décor. Ceramic collections that revisit the past make the bring new life to rooms, both in the flooring and the walls all over the house, creating an interior unique space. Ceramic tiles bring the essence of other times through its colors, formats, motifs and reliefs.
The taste for retrieving vintage pieces has grown, mixing them with modern elements  to find the perfect equilibrium between retro and modern. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms welcome ceramics in walls and flooring inspired by ancestral homes.
Bathrooms from a former age
Classic designs lead in bathrooms, that part of the house that we eventually tend to decorate with more love. The increasing taste for vintage styles reigns in ceramics, with many recent collections including designs that revive either traditional geometric motifs or floral and vegetation elements, all inspired in the floral wallpapers used in the bathrooms of the early 20th century. These are references that obtain a vintage look through decorations in blue, pink and grey monochromes. They are usually present in small format tiles, from the classical 10×10 cm to mosaics, in order to create compositions in basic color ranges that soothe and seduce.
Retro look kitchens
Ceramic collections include, among its designs, walls and floors inspired by hydraulic tile patterns. These renewed classics fit the latest trends in interior design with multiple looks, which blend or allow random combinations, sometimes matched with smooth tiles. This allows creating retro environments with a contemporary style.
Vegetation patterns are also in the spotlight. These patterns become subtler, smoothing the overall sensation, and are featured on colored bases that also evoke a green environment.
A classic that never dies
The new tile compositions based on the mix of designs, results in a modern version of a traditional trend. Those ceramic collections following this trend retrieve the memories and sensations from old homes from a contemporary point of view. The collage of different motifs is an inspiration for decorating floors and walls of a house’s main rooms. The most coveted motifs are geometric, Arabic and flowered.
They welcome either a ‘black & white’ or a colorful universe with blue and green on the top. In light of this richness, ideally the flooring would match the furniture, woodwork and walls in smooth or neutral colors, in order not to overload the environment.

European ceramic tile manufacturers meet in Cordoba, Spain

June 15 -17, ASCER-Tile of Spain organized the Annual Congress of the CET (European Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Federation) in Cordoba (Spain).
During the General Assembly on Friday, the 17th, representatives of the European tile industry reviewed the current situation in different tile industries and addressed common issues in terms of commercial affairs, standardization, environmental law, technical aspects, etc. among other issues that European manufacturers have in common.
The meeting counted on the participation of the representatives of the tile industry associations in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Turkey, which are almost all the countries that participate in the European tile industry.
In terms of commerce, they highlighted the expiration of the anti-dumping measures against imports from China to Europe. This investigation was set upon CET’s request in the name of the European manufacturers: increasing commercial barriers in the Maghreb countries, commercial defense in the UK after the Brexit, etc.
On the other hand, some issues related to environmental law were also addressed, including Product Category Rules (PCR) and ecolabels, emissions commerce, energetic cost, etc.
About the CET and the European industry
The CET, to which ASCER belongs, represents the European ceramic tile manufacturers’ industry. Manufacturers belonging to the CET represent around 90% of the ceramic tile production in the EU.
  The ceramic tile industry in the EU registered in 2016 a trade volume of 9.560 million € and employed directly 55.200 workers in the EU. It is a competitive industry with a strong exporter profile and world leader in product development, innovation and design.
  The Spanish ceramic tile sector, represented by ASCER, sold 3.316 million € in the past year, from which 2.570 million correspond to sales in around 190 different countries. The Spanish industry is the number one exporter of the EU in terms of volume.

 

ASCER technical conference presents advantages of using ceramics in public buildings

A technical conference took place at ASCER’s conference hall on 20th to discuss the use of ceramic in public buildings with architects, building engineers and public engineers. In the past recent years, the use of ceramic tiles has conquered the exterior use: façades, sidewalks, squares, etc. This conference was aimed at bringing closer the latest new building solutions that ceramics offer to public works. It was also highlighted the importance of choosing the right materials depending on their application, as well as their proper installation.
The program of the conference included:
  • “Ceramics in architecture: solutions and proposals for public works” presented by Javier Mira, Coordinator in the Habitat Area in ITC (Ceramic Technology Institute);
  • “Choosing ceramic systems depending on their application. Solutions for public work,” presented by Juan José Palencia Guillén, Normalization Committee President CTN 138. Building Quality section chief in the Department of Housing (Valencian Government); and
  • “Ceramic tile installation by adherence according to the UNE 138002:2017 regulation” presented by Matías Martínez, PROALSO Secretary-General.

Bostik Becomes Official Partner of Tour de France

Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, today announced that it has signed up as an official partner of iconic cycling event, the Tour de France. The new sponsorship agreement upgrades the firm’s previous participation as an official supplier in 2015 and 2016 and will run for the next two years. The event will be used as a platform to communicate and promote the Bostik brand to a large global audience.

The 2017 event, the 104th time the race has been held, will take place from 1-23 July starting with the Grand Départ from Düsseldorf in Germany. The 3,540 kilometer route across 21 states will also visit Belgium and Luxembourg. 198 riders from 22 competing teams will encounter some of the most challenging terrain in world cycling before crossing the finish line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on 23 July.

The race will be broadcast to an estimated audience of 2 billion TV viewers and 10 to 12 million spectators are expected to line the route. In addition, the Tour de France official website will attract 36 million visitors during the event while an additional 6 million fans will follow the race’s social media accounts.

Confirming the new sponsorship agreement, Bostik Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Vincent Legros said “We are very pleased to reinforce our association with the Tour de France, which remains among the world’s top three most popular sporting events.” He continued, “This new agreement will enable us to both increase our brand visibility and demonstrate our performance over each of the 21 stages.”

Using a promotional theme of ‘The Gecko Sticks Everywhere’, the new partnership will leverage:

  • Four new Bostik-branded vehicles in the famous ‘Publicity Caravan’ which will precede the peloton on each stage and will distribute over 500,000 gifts and rebate coupons worth a total of €500,000 to spectators
  • High brand visibility along the route – Particularly in the closing thirty kilometres of each stage
  • Branded warning signs on each stage to safeguard riders at dangerous turns
  • Branded self-adhesive information guides available to all riders for each stage
  • Interactive gaming with the first Facebook Messenger Treasure Hunt available at: http://m.me/Letour or facebook.com/LeTour (From 1 July)
  • Online presence on letour.com and social media accounts including Twitter (#BostikTDF), Facebook (BostikSmartAdhesives) and Instagram
  • Corporate hospitality opportunities for over 550 invited guests

In addition to marketing opportunities at the event, the sponsorship will be leveraged internationally through in-store and product promotions during the summer months.

Quick Ship Collection Expands for the 2017 Year to Include 57 Spanish Tile Companies

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), announces new additions to the Tile of Spain Quick Ship Collection. The updated catalog of Spanish tile now includes 57 ceramic tile companies and over 215 products available in the U.S.

The Quick Ship Collection reference guide which includes a select group of tile products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. and available for delivery within 4 to 8 weeks. Established in 2013, the collection is updated annually to ensure the most up to date information is available to purchasers.

New Tile of Spain companies added to the Quick Ship Collection for 2017 include Argenta Ceramica, Ceramica Estilker, Emotion Ceramics, La Platera, Onice Ceramics and Sanchis by Azulev. These new collections, along with collections from 51 additional ceramic tile companies, are available online at www.tileofspainusa.com/quickship.

The Quick Ship Collection’s interactive catalog makes it easy to search for Spanish tile. Users can search by product category or by company name. Each entry includes the series name, color image, a detailed description of each design, available sizes and U.S. contact information for purchasing.

“We are pleased to grow the Quick Ship collection for the fifth year in a row,” states Rocamador Rubio, Director, Tile of Spain. “With so many exciting innovations happening in the world of Spanish tile, the Quick Ship collection is a great way to bring the latest tile trends and technological advancements to U.S. based designers, architects and installers.”

For more information about Tile of Spain and the Quick Ship Collection, visit http://www.tileofspainusa.com.

Sponsor Product Spotlight: LATICRETE NXT Skim

New and improved, LATICRETE® NXT Skim is a premium quality, fast-drying, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to the application of floor coverings. The improved formula can now hold more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling.

In a first amongst skim-coating products, the NXT Skim packaging has also been redesigned with a tin tie resealable feature that allows the product to be saved for additional uses, minimizing product waste and increasing cost savings for the installer.

NXT Skim can be applied from skim depth to 1″ (0 – 25 mm) and the finished flooring can be installed as soon as 20 minutes after application. Designed to meet UL GREENGUARD® certification standards for low chemical emissions, the new NXT Skim can be utilized at high profile jobsites, including hospitals and schools. For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

Mohawk to Expand Dal-Tile Operations in Tennessee

After opening a new customer experience center within its ceramic tile manufacturing plant in Dickson, Mohawk Industries announced it will expand manufacturing operations in Tennessee by adding a second plant near its Dickson tile factory. The second plant in Dickson will add 245 jobs at full capacity and is scheduled to begin operations in late 2018. Construction on the new facility will start in summer 2017. The plant will be operated by Mohawk’s Dal-Tile division.
“I want to thank Mohawk Industries for choosing to expand in Dickson and for creating more than 200 new jobs in Tennessee and Dickson County,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “Mohawk is a global leader in the tile industry and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude has made the decision to expand in Tennessee. Mohawk’s investment in Dickson County brings us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
John Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile, added, “The positive experiences we had previously in selecting the location, working with state and local officials, and then executing on our plan to create the Dickson tile manufacturing plant—as well as expanding our team with tremendously talented people from Dickson and the surrounding area—made us ultimately realize that we didn’t need to look very far to find the ideal location for this second plant. We’re excited about this opportunity to expand our team in Dickson, in order to help our customers be more successful.”
Since beginning operations in March 2016, the first Dickson tile plant has produced approximately 100 million square feet of tile products. The plant also recently opened an extensive customer showroom. Dal-Tile sells through a network of more than 300 company-owned sales service centers, slab centers, design galleries and studios, as well as through independent distributors and home center retailers nationwide.
For more information, visit http://mohawkind.com.

OSHA Silica Rule: Are You Ready?

Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard in Construction Industry will begin Sept. 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration delayed enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry several months to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Enforcement will begin in September.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule on silica dust exposure in early 2016, with the goal to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

Key provisions

  • Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift (previous limit was 250 micrograms).
  • Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
  • Provides flexibility to help employers — especially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure.

OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.

Employers must limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers. The standard provides flexible alternatives allowing employers to either use a control method laid out in Table 1, or measure workers’ exposure level and independently decide which dust controls work best to limit exposures to the PEL in their workplaces.

Most employers can limit harmful dust exposure by using equipment that is widely available — generally using water to keep dust from getting into the air or a ventilation system to remove it from the air. The rule provides greater compliance assistance to construction employers — many of which run small businesses — by including a table of specified controls they can follow to be in compliance.

Table 1 matches common construction tasks with dust control methods, so employers know exactly what the need to do to limit worker exposures to silica. Dust control measures listed in the table include methods known to be effective, like using water to keep dust from getting into the air or using ventilation to capture dust. In some operations, respirators may also be needed.

One example listed in the table illustrates required practices for using handheld power saws. If workers are sawing silica-containing materials, they can use a saw with a build-in system that applies water to the saw blade. The water limits the amount of respirable crystalline silica that gets into the air.

Employers who follow Table 1 correctly are not required to measure workers’ exposure to silica and are not subject to PEL.

Employers who do not use control methods in Table 1 must:

· Measure the amount of silica that workers are exposed to over an eight-hour day.

· Protect workers from respirable crystalline silica exposures.

· Use dust controls to protect workers from silica exposures above the PEL.

· Provide respirators to workers when dust controls cannot limit exposures to the PEL.

 

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