Browse Previous Issues: 2015

December 2015
AWCI on the Job

Brinkerhoff Named to AWCI Executive Committee
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Foundation Events Raise Money for a Good Cause
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Academy Is Coming to Tampa in Early 2016
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Thank You to Our Sponsors
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Construction Trends

Construction Firms Add 31,000 Workers in October amid Growing Demand as Sector’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.2 Percent
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FMI: Greater Competition for Talent, Uncertain Economy and Value-Centric Contractor Selection Driving the Industry
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Dodge Momentum Index Declines in October
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U.S. Construction Starts Fall below Expectations in Q3
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NAHB Calls for Passage of Bills to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses
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OSHA Seeks Public Comment as It Updates Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines
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Builder Confidence Rises Three Points in October
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Housing Markets Continue to Recover at Modest Pace
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Multifamily Gains Push Housing Starts Up 6.5 Percent in September
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New-Home Sales Drop 11.5 Percent in September
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PCA Announces Organizational Changes in D.C. Office
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Southern Fastening Systems, Carlson Systems, Kentec Come Together to Form SouthernCarlson; New Company Adds Duo-Fast Carolinas
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LIQUID NAILS Brand Launches Vocational Training Program
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Fortifiber Named Leader in Sustainability
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AMES Taping Tools Announces 2015 Vendor of the Year
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Weld-Crete® Named Certified Green Product through Singapore GBC
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CertainTeed Publishes Industry-First HPDs and EPDs for Gypsum Products
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Trim-Tex Now Offers a Submittal Builder Feature on Its Website
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New Products

Pumps
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Angled Finish Nailer
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Safety Guide
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Exposed Ceiling Beams for Commercial Renovations
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Structural Connectors Catalog
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Spray Polyurethane Foam
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Drills and Impact Drivers
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Waterproofing System
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Green Rotating Laser
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Cinema Black Ceiling Panels
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EIFS Accessories
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Problem Solved

What will be the biggest obstacle facing the wall and ceiling industry in 2016?
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November 2015
Construction Trends

Armstrong Unveils Selector Tool on Its Website
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Bendheim Introduces New Educational Website on Rainscreen Claddings
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Marino\WARE® Releases EPD and HPD
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AMES Opens Raleigh, N.C., Location
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Surface Shields Inc. and Poly-Tak Protection Systems, Inc. Announce Merger
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Subsidiary of Dot Foods, Inc. Acquires Grabber Construction Products
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New Managing Director for Bronto Skylift
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Gypsum Association Hires Technical Director
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ASA: Subcontractors “Cannot Be Strictly Liable” for Installing Materials That Comply with Specifications
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Housing Starts Edge Lower in August, Permits Up
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New Home Sales Rise 5.7 Percent in August
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Architecture Billings Index Backslides Slightly
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New Construction Starts in August Fall 11 Percent
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Mixed Results for Manufacturers and Distributors in August
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Builder Confidence Continues to Rise
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Construction Unemployment Falls to Lowest September Mark in 15 Years
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FMI Revises 2015 Construction Growth Upward to 6 Percent
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New Products

Wireless Lift Forks
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CAD and BIM Files
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Efflorescence Reducer
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6” Wide Planks
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Wireless 4.0 Ah Battery
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Prefabricated Doorway Arch Kits
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Ultra Flexible Sanding Products
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Heated Gear
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Angled Finish Nailer
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Ergonomic Compact Angle Grinders
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October 2015
Construction Trends

OSHA's New Map Pinpoints High Penalty Areas
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Ten States Delivered More than Half of Buildings via Design-Build Last Year
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Single-Family Gains Push Housing Starts to Highest Level Since 2007
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Builder Confidence Rises One Point in August
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Rising Home Values Affect Affordability in Second Quarter
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New Home Sales Up 5.4 Percent in July
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ISA Economic Index Slows in July
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Construction of New Housing Units to Reach 62.6 Million in 2019
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ClarkDietrich Building Systems to Relocate Warren, Ohio, Manufacturing Facility
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Mahesh Ramanujam Named Incoming CEO of U.S. Green Building Council
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PCA Names Schon VP, Counsel for Government Affairs
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ClarkDietrich, Pedracine Partner
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Bendheim Welcomes Jayson
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DBIA Names Choplin Deputy Executive Director
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Hilti Named a Best Company to Sell For, Great Place to Work
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Georgia-Pacific Partners with Lamco Forest Products
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National Gypsum Introduces Construction Instruction App
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Armstrong Introduces Ceiling I.D. App
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New Products

Fire-Rated Radius Wall
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Powder-Actuated Fastening Tool
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Drainable Weather-Resistive Barrier
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Laser Etched Squares
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High-Performance Ceilings
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Rapid Charger
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Wood Finishes for Ceilings
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Fire Resistance Design Manual
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Battery Pack
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Digital Marketing Guide
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75' Twist Lock Extension Power Cord
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Corner Guard
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Problem Solved

Which current U.S. presidential candidate is best for the construction industry, and why?
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September 2015
Feature Articles

Leadership Legacy: Listen. Learn. Lead.
Mark L. Johnson
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President's Message

Value in Association Events
John Hinson
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What's Inside

What’s Your Style?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 14)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Project Management: Putting Core Beliefs into Practice (Part 2)
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Men of Steel
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Misclassification of Workers (Part 2)
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Goodbye
Lee G. Jones
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Construction Trends

Builder Confidence Hits Highest Level since November 2005
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SENCO Launches New Website, Mobile Site
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Evaluation Report ESR-1338 Reissued by ICC Evaluation Service, LLC
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DEWALT Will Make More Products in the USA
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Hilti Now Calls Texas Home
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Henley Joins USGBC as Senior Advisor
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L&W Supply Receives “Partners of Choice Award”
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USGBC Announces New Alignment with CALGreen
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On Center Software Acquired by Roper Technologies
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CertainTeed Gypsum Signs Agreement to Acquire Structus Building Technologies, Inc.
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ISA Indexes Pick Up Steam in June
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SCWCPA Presents Design Awards
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Remodeler Confidence Remains in Positive Territory
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New-Home Sales Fall 6.8 Percent in June
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WOLF’s June Key Buyer Index Shows Positive Momentum
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Glass-Mat Products
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New Products

Digital Jobsite
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Beam and Baffle Ceilings
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Integrated Glazing Channel
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Best Practice Bond Forms
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Drop-Down Ladder Racks
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Fireproofing Pumps
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Torsion Spring Ceiling System
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Brochure: Ceiling Systems and Seismic Requirements
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Laminated Architectural Glass
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Drilling and Driving Products
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Work Gloves
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Problem Solved

Three of your four top, long-standing employees request to use their vacation time during the same time period. You can’t have all three out at once, so how do you determine who stays and who goes?
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August 2015
Feature Articles

Technology: Boon or Bane?
Ulf Wolf
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Education Program Will Be Online This Fall
Steven A. Etkin and Annemarie Selvitelli
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Construction Trends

National Gypsum Produces How-to Video
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ClarkDietrich Receives IPD for Steel Product Portfolio
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USG Announces Nationwide Availability of Lightweight Type X Wallboard
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Graco Acquires Machine Technologies
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Johns Manville Named "Supplier of the Year" by Insulate America
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Milwaukee Tool Expands Operations in Mississippi
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Tremco Group Acquires Certain Assets of Chemtron Manufacturing
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Fabral Expands Sales Team
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KNIPEX Tools HiresNew Sales Manager
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Roll-Kraft Adds to Managing Staff
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In Memoriam: John Matsen
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Fedrizzi to Step Down as USGBC’s CEO at End of 2016
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Housing Starts Readjust in May
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New-Home Sales Reach Seven-Year High
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May Construction Starts Increase 3 Percent
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Growth Slows for ISA Members for Second Straight Month
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May Steel Shipments Up 1.2 Percent from April
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Construction Unemployment Falls to Lowest June Level Since 2001
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New Products

Strap Hangers
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Structural Solutions Portfolio
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Weather-Resistive Barrier
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Hand-Held Belt Grinding Systems
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Storage Chest
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Recommendations for Assessing, Repairing Gypsum Boards and Panels
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Aluminum Podium Ladder
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Leak Barrier Ceiling
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Finishing Handle
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Linear Absorbers
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July 2015
President's Message

Create a Safety Culture
John Hinson
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What's Inside

Hot Enough?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 12)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

The Road Map: Preparation & Planning for Success
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

The Price Is Wrong (Part One)
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Old-Fashioned Productivity
Mark L.Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Feedback Time
Lee G. Jones
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Construction Trends

Alpine Launches New Website
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ClarkDietrich Launches Spanish Version of iTools Web Application
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Acme Tools Expanding Corporate Headquarters
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AMES Taping Tools Opens 111th Location in Columbus, Ohio
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Ceilings Inc. Announces Personnel Changes
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Bacon to Serve as Fabral's Vice President of Commercial Sales
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In Memoriam: Jerry Screws
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2015 National Design-Build Student Competition Mirrors Real World
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New Construction Starts Up Again: 10 Percent Advance in April
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Developers’ Confidence about Multifamily Market Remains Steady in the First Quarter
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Dodge Momentum Index Unchanged in May
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Builder Confidence Hits Yearly High in June
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New Products

New-Home Sales Rise 6.8 Percent in April
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Aluminum Underbody Tool Box
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Increased Load Capacity
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Sliding Miter Saw
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Heavy-Duty Podium Ladders with Casters
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Acoustic Baffles
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Storage Chest and Cabinet
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Model Bond Forms for Design-Build Projects
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Enhanced Acoustical Performance in Healthy Ceilings
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Studs
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Fiber Cement Trim Reveals
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Gypsum Panel with a Pre-Applied Air/Water Barrier
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Interior Laser
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Problem Solved

From taping to finish coat, what is your best method for achieving a nice, sharp inside corner?
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June 2015
President's Message

I Truly Enjoyed It
Scott Casabona
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What's Inside

Looking Good!
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 11)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

5 Keys of Continuous Improvement
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Please Specify
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Culture as Recruiter
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Nail Pops & Efflorescence
Lee G. Jones
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Construction Trends

GMS Redesigns Website
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Bendheim's Channel Glass Wall Systems Win 2015 Architizer A+ Award
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AMES Tools Now Offering New Rental Program
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Armstrong® Ceilings Partners with Ideal® Electrical
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TJ Wies Contracting Presented with FCA Crest Chairman's Award
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ROCKFON Adds Petersen to Architectural Sales Team
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NGC's Tom Nelson Receives Leadership Award
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Sto Corp. Announces Changes to Its Senior Management Team
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AWCI Colorado Presents 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards
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Zweig Group Survey Finds Increase in Merger & Acquisition Interest
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Survey: One-Third of Construction Companies Plan to Move to Cloud Technology Solutions by 2017
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Housing Production Jumps 20.2 Percent in April
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Builder Confidence Falls Two Points in May
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Specialty Trade Contractors Saw Substantial Job Gains in April
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OSHA Unveils New “It’s The Law” Poster
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New Products

Sto Corp. Adopts New Naming Structure for Wall Systems
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Self-Leveling Green Line Laser
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Mobile-Friendly Acoustic Guide
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Commercial Ceilings and Walls Product Guide
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Clip-In Metal Ceiling Panels
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Dissipative Anchor
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Heavy-Duty Self-Adhesive Flashing
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Pneumatic Nailers and Staplers
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Reveal Corner Bead
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Safer Studs
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Jobsite Organizer
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Report: New Design Methods for Load-Bearing Clip Angles
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Reciprocating Saw Blade
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Fastening System Strip Nailer
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Tool Catalog in Spanish
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May 2015
President's Message

Wide Wage Gap in Construction
Scott Casabona
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What's Inside

How Hot Is Immigration?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 10)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Get Motivated!
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Men of Steel
Vince Bailey
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Insync

The New Latino Workforce
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Control Joints in Stucco
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Construction Trends

Study: OSHA Officials Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule by $4.5 Billion a Year
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Construction Put in Place to Grow 8 Percent in 2015
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Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in April
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New Home Sales Rise 7.8 Percent in February
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ABI Improves in February: Demand for Institutional Projects Strong
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February Construction Starts Jump 16 Percent
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Proposed EPA Ozone Regulations Would Slash Thousands of Construction Jobs, Regulations Would Force Cement Plant Closures in Small, Rural Communities
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U.S. Demand for Adhesives & Sealants to Reach $12.8 Billion in 2019
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ASA Presents Ethics Awards to Two AWCI Members
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Casabona is Contractor of the Year, Geiger is Union Official of the Year
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TJ Wies Contracting Wins AGC Safety Award
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Hilti Recognized as Best Workplace
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New Appointments at Trinity Drywall and Plastering Systems
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Parex USA HiresTwo in Marketing
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GMS Enters California and Hawaii Markets, Acquires J&B Materials, Inc.
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Builders FirstSource to Acquire ProBuild Holdings LLC
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PABCO® Gypsum Wins Awards for Design Excellence
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Ceiling System from Hunter Douglas Is First to Earn a Hurricane Rating
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Mobile-Friendly Website Connects Insulation Contractors with Qualified Installers
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New Products

Updated Levels of Finish Document
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Acoustic Ceiling Panels
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Tech Info on Design for Splicing of Cold-Formed Steel Wall Studs
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Deflection Clips
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Spray Foam
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Firestop Sealant
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Tool Catalog
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Video-on-Demand: Protect Your Company from Losses, Get Paid Sooner
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Heavy Tool Lanyard
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Interior Coating
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Interior Coating
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Synthetic Millwork Products
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Work Gloves
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Problem Solved

How Often Do You Visit the Job Site?
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April 2015
President's Message

Are You a Dinosaur?
Scott Casabona
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What's Inside

Magazine Makeover
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 9)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Get Motivated
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Eyes of Another
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Northern Exposure
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

EIFS Repair, Prefab Panels
Lee G. Jones
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AWCI on the Job

AWCI Updates Technical Manual on Veneer Plaster
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NJ Legislation Could Affect Cold-Formed Steel
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Construction Trends

2015 National Safety Stand-Down to Reach Workers Worldwide
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CISC Efforts Regarding OSHA Silica Rule Continue
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FMI Reports Rising Nonresidential Construction Index Comes with Struggles
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Codes, Standards Developers Align Guidelines to Create Sustainable, High-Performance Buildings
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Builder Confidence Drops Two Points in March
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Housing Starts Fall 17 Percent in February
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SBA Announces National Small Business Week
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Marek Hires Diredctor of Talent Development
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ET&F Fastening Systems Hires Regional Sales Manager
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Plexxis Opens Technology Center
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MiTek Industries Acquires M&M Manufacturing
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Armstrong World Industries to Separate into Two Public Companies
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AMES Taping Tools Opens New Location
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NCFI Polyurethanes Launches New Single-Source Website for All Foam Markets
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Freedonia Updates Its Website
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New Products

Drywall High Yield Adhesive
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Cordless Drill Driver
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Bridging Connectors
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Ceiling Wire Installation Tool
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Four Bay Sequential Charger
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Podium Fiberglass Ladder
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Corner Bead
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Management Software
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Design Methodology for Hole Reinforcement of CFS Bending Members
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Synthetic Products Catalogs
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Business Book
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Problem Solved

The GC really wants you to take the job, but you just don’t have the manpower to do it right.
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March 2015
President's Message

See You Next Month
Scott Casabona
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What's Inside

Adjusting to the Change
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 8)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Be a Problem Solver, Not a Problem Creator
Norb Slowikowski
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SuperVision

How to Overcome Tough Times
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Familiarity Breeds Contentment
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Is Dad Ready to Step Aside?
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Outside Corners & Back-Rolling
Lee G. Jones
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February 2015
President's Message

New Year’s Better Business Resolutions
Scott Casabona
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What's Inside

Problem Not Solved?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Letters to a General Superintendent (Part 7)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

How to Conduct Effective Job Site Planning
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Job Burnout: An Occupational Hazard
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Make-It-Happen Marketing
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Finishing Tapered Edges; BIM
Lee G. Jones
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January 2015
Feature Articles