Architecture Billings Index remains positive despite drop.
Providing economic indicator of construction activity, Architecture Billings Index dropped from 57.9 in January to 52.2 in February. With approximate 9-12 month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending, news should not weaken forecast that remains favorable for nonresidential construction market throughout 2007. Diffusion indexes contained in full ABI report are derived...Read More »
ALA announces new officers and directors.
Member for 10 years, Fred C. Fennell, Chair has served on Manufacturer's Representative Steering Committee, Education Foundation Board, and Board of Governors. M. Thomas Early, Chair Elect, has been part of ALA since 1992 and has received Pillar of the Year Award. Irene L. Wang, Treasurer, has served on ALA Board of Governors since 2002, and Secretary, Linda M. Pavletich, advocates ALA's...Read More »
Rule sets anti-terrorism standards for chemical facilities.
US Department of Homeland Security released federal regulations aimed at strengthening security of chemical facilities. Facilities fitting certain profiles will be required to complete preliminary screening assessment to determine level of risk. Those identified as high-risk will be required to submit vulnerability assessments along with site security plans that address issues. Standards target...Read More »
Industry outlines policies to optimize energy security.
American Petroleum Institute expressed confidence in oil and natural gas industry's ability to ensure energy supplies for future generations. Industry trade association urged lawmakers to support policies that promote energy efficiency, investment in and adaptation of advanced energy technologies, and access to resources worldwide. US Department of Energy estimates that US will consume 28% more...Read More »
Strong Demand and Lower Imports dent US oil inventories.
In its Monthly Statistical Report covering Feb 2007, API announced nation's crude oil inventories fell 3% from January levels to stand at 318.4 million barrels, 6.8% below Feb 2006 levels. In unusual month-to-month decline for this time of year, US petroleum imports were 6% below year-ago levels. Crude imports averaged just below 9.6 million barrels/day, down 3% from Feb 2006, and US crude oil...Read More »
ACC encourages increase in rail capacity.
Surface Transportation Board held public hearing to discuss issues related to US rail traffic forecasts and infrastructure requirements. Members of ACC depend on rail industry for safe transportation of 170 million tons of product each year, accounting for more than $5 billion in annual railroad revenues. ACC's Senior Director of Distribution, Tom Schick, stated that it is important to meet...Read More »
ACGIH® revises strategic long-range plan.
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) its strategic long-range plan to begin in 2007, which emanates from a core purpose to advance occupational and environmental health. In 3-5 yr, company plans to be members' dominant resource for integration and exchange of scientific and technical knowledge, be leading source of information and knowledge on occupational and...Read More »
NASCC 2007 to be held in New Orleans.
North American Steel Construction Conference, to be held April 18-21, 2007, will begin with Current Trends in Steel: A Mill Perspective keynote featuring Keith Busse of Steel Dynamics, Tommy Valenta of Chaparral Steel, and John Ferriola of Nucor Corp. Featuring more than 60 technical sessions, it will include Top Hits from Top Profs with lectures from 7 structural engineering professors. Other...Read More »
ABBRA presents 2007 Board of Directors at Marina Conference.
American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) elected its 2007 officers and directors at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference held January 28-31, 2007. Charles Teran, owner of Fiberglass Specialties, will serve his first term as president of the 23-member Board. Doug Domenie of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard was appointed vice-president and Jack Stumborg of Atlantic Yacht Basin was...Read More »
ACPA publishes guide for concrete pavement preservation.
Designed to assist contractors, consultants, and agency personnel, Concrete Pavement Field Reference: Preservation and Repair guide covers fundamental preparation techniques, materials, finishing, and troubleshooting processes for most common repair and preservation procedures, including joint and crack sealing, dowel bar retrofit, and cross-stitching. Spiral-bound, 90-page resource also includes...Read More »