Browse Previous Issues: 2017

December 2017
What's Inside

Why Membership Is Important
Ed Sellers
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What's Inside

Are You Ready for the Latest Innovations?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Diary of a Drywaller, 1968–2018
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Have You Thanked Anyone Today?
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

An Eighty-Eight Percent Day in the Life
Vince Bailey
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Insync

3-D Printed Walls
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

What Is Resiliency?
Robert Grupe
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November 2017
President's Message

Conference Issues that Could Impact You
Ed Sellers
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What's Inside

GCs Open Up
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Management = Inspiration and Perspiration (Part 2)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

What’s Your Blueprint? Planning Is the Key
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Hear! Hear!
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Priority Learning
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Installing Resilient Channels
Robrt Grupe
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October 2017
President's Message

A Time to Help
Ed Sellers
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What's Inside

The More Things Change ...
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Management = Inspiration and Perspiration (Part 1)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Soft Skills: Who Needs ’Em? (You Do!) — Part 2
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

See How the Other Half Lives
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Prefabrication Report
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Problems with Parapets
Robert Grupe
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Construction Trends

Hilti Is on “50 Best Companies to Sell For” List
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Pettibone Announces Highlift Equipment as New Ohio Dealer
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Kahua Acquires Project DocControl
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CMAA Has a New President & CEO
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GMS Appoints New Chief Human Resources Officer
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Hunter Douglas Announces New National Sales Manager
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Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau Announces Changes in Technical Staff
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Dryvit Launches Tech21™ Initiative to Meet Growing Demand for Prefabricated Solutions
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Plunges Again
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New Home Sales Pull Back in July After Strong Spring Buying Season
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July Construction Starts Increase 6 Percent
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ABI Growth Moderates, But Still Up
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Dodge Momentum Index Slips in August
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Builder Confidence Springs Back with Four-Point Jump in August
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Construction Industry Adds 28,000 Jobs in August After Spending Drop in July
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Survey: 70-Percent of Contractors Have a Hard Time Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire Amid Growing Construction Demand
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New Products

Vinyl Wallcoverings
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Backpacks
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Worklights
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74-hp Engine Option for Telehandler
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Foam Adhesive
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Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
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13 Amp Reciprocating Saw
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Jobsite Tables
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Compact, Cordless Crown Stapler
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Drywall Sander
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Self-Drilling Screws
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September 2017
President's Message

The Importance of Connections
Ed Sellers
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What's Inside

Suppliers: Unsung Heroes?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

The Truth About Delegation (Part 2)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Soft Skills: Who Needs ’Em? (You Do!)
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

My Little PTO (Part 2)
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Wisdom You Need
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

EPD Knowledge Gives Contractors an Advantage
Robert Grupe
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Construction Trends

Dur-A-Flex Upgrades Website
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Rockfon Shares Environmental Product Declarations
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MasterSpec® to Customize Specification for Unique Georgia-Pacific® Products
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Dryvit Secures U.S. Patent on Its NewBrick™ Technology
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General Equipment Appoints New Vice President of Sales
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Rockfon North America Facility Begins Production
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Rodenhouse, Inc. Acquired by Altenloh, Brinck & Co. U.S. Inc.
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L&W Supply Acquires Ceilings Supply Company in New Orleans Area
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Knipex Tools Moves Headquarters and Warehouse
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Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Co., Ltd. Acquires Arrow Fastener Co., LLC
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GMS Acquires ASI Building Products
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New Home Sales Edge Up 0.8 Percent in June
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Plummets in June, Driven by Public Sector
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Single-Family Housing Starts Bounce Back in June
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June Construction Starts Climb 4 Percent
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June Saw Lowest Construction Unemployment Rate on Record Ever
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Builder Confidence Slips Two Points in July, Remains Solid
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Construction Input Prices Plod Higher, Energy Prices Down
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Dodge Momentum Index Stumbles in July
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Construction Industry Adds 6,000 Jobs in July and 191,000 Over 12 Months
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New Products

Light Steel Framing Connector for Panelized Construction
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Engineering Guide for Building Projects Using CFS
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Guide to EIFS with Drainage Detailing
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Linear Design Options
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Screwdrivers
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Cordless Nailers
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Industry’s Tallest Wallboard Crane
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Brick and Stone Faux Masonry Panels
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Mud Mixer
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Gypsum Association Revises 11 Technical Documents
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Quick-Dry Liquid Waterproofing Membrane
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August 2017
Feature Articles

Building with Holograms
Mark L. Johnson
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100 Years of Ceilings and Walls
Mark L. Johnson
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President's Message

Seek Journeymen of the Future
Ed Sellers
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What's Inside

Using Our Buyers’ Guide
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

The Truth about Delegation (Part 1 of 2)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

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

My Little PTO (Part 1)
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Be a Tech Titan
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Beryllium Rule Will Impact the Industry
Robert Grupe
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July 2017
President's Message

Looking Forward at AWCI
Ed Sellers
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What's Inside

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

Single Point of Failure (Part 2 of 2)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Six Attributes to Amplify Motivation
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

A Burning Issue
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Let’s Control Sound
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Keep Water Out
Robert Grupe
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Construction Trends

Bendheim Appoints New Account Manager
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Kingspan Insulation Announces Managing Director
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GMS Inc. Names New CIO
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Dur-A-Flex Adds to Team
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AMES Expands in the Phoenix Market
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WACA Announces 2017 Construction Excellence Award Winners
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AWCI Colorado Presents Its 2016 Excellence in Construction Awards
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DOL Withdraws Informal Guidance on Key Issues
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Demand for Cordless Power Tools to Grow 6.4 Percent Annually through 2021
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Multifamily Developer Confidence Dips in First Quarter as Market Levels Off
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Construction Employment Increases in 217 Out of 358 Metro Areas
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Dodge Momentum Index Resumes Growth in May
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Builder Confidence Remains Solid in June
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Construction Employment Increases by 11,000 in May to Eight-Year High
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Armstrong World Industries Acquires Plasterform, Inc.
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Armstrong World Industries Acquires Plasterform, Inc.
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Construction Employers Add 25,000 Jobs in May and 286,000 for the Year
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New Products

Translucent Wall System
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Coatings
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Pocket Tape Measure
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Cordless Wet-Dry Vacuum
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Continuous Mixer
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Vapor-Permeable, Liquid-Applied Air Barrier Technology
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Handle System
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36V Rotary Hammer
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Slide Clip for Exterior Curtain Walls
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Mesh Panels
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June 2017
President's Message

Thanks for the Ride
Mike Taylor
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What's Inside

Are You Green?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Single Point of Failure (Part 1 of 2)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Planning for Success: The Ultimate Team Activity
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Info Tech Train Wreck
Vince Bailey
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Insync

How’s Your Service?
Mark L. Johnson
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Construction Trends

CavityComplete® Wall System Announces New Provider
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Huttig Announces “Made in the USA” Fastener Selection
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LafargeHolcim Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance by PCA
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EIMA Board of Directors Will Add Contractor Seat
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Arrow Fastener Co., LLC to Be Acquired by Hangzhou GreatStar Industrial Co., Ltd.
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New Home Sales in March Continue Upward Trend
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Ceiling Product Demand to Reach $2.4 Billion in 2021
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ISA Members Experience Continued Growth in March
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AD Member Sales Up 8 Percent to $8.9 Billion in 2017 Q1 YTD
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Maryland Apartment Fires Renew Calls for Stronger Building Codes
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Construction Employment Increases in 224 Out of 358 Metro Areas Between March 2016 and 2017
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Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 27 States, ABC Says
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Dodge Momentum Index Loses Steam in April
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Builder Confidence Continues on Upward Trend
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Construction Employment Increases by 5,000 in April to Highest Level in Nine Years
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Know Your Perms
Robert Grupe
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New Products

Sound Control Products
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Prompt Payment Video-on-Demand
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Bon 2017 Master Catalog
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High-Performance Safety Harnesses
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Cavity Board and Framing Board
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Flashing Systems Products
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Plastic Grooved Mud Heads
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Cordless Cut-out Tool
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Double Reveal Ceiling System
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Online Brochure Inspires Ceiling Designs
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Foam Board Insulation
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Problem Solved

Retiring?
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May 2017
President's Message

Profitable Growth Is the Goal
Mike Taylor
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What's Inside

Happy Days?
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

An Overview and Final Thoughts
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Negotiation: Engagement Styles (Part 2)
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

With a Little Outside Help
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Insync

What’s Wrong with Management?
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Screw Fasteners in Fire-Resistive Construction
Robert Grupe
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April 2017
President's Message

Focus on What Is Important
Mike Taylor
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What's Inside

Lean Construction
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Routine Standardization (Part 9)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

Negotiation: Engagement Styles (Part 1)
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Contingencies
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Game Time, Woo!
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

OSHA’s Silica Rule
Robert Grupe
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March 2017
Construction Trends

dB Sound Control Solutions™ Launches New Website
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Arrow Fastener Unveils New Interactive Website
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ROCKFON Presents “Designing with Metal Ceilings” AIA/CES Educational Course
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Gypsum Association Revises Five Technical Documents
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Sto Corp. Now Fully Embedded in Leading Specifications Software
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The Raymond Group Names COO
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Shurtape Technologies, LLC Acquires Syntac Coated Products, LLC
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GMS Acquires Grabber Construction Products, Inc.’s Hawaiian Business
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ClarkDietrich Building Systems Acquires Strait-Flex
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New Construction Starts in December Slide 5 Percent
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2016 AD Member Sales Up to Record-breaking $34.4 Billion
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AIA Forecast for 2017 Shows Continued Growth in All Sectors, Led by Institutional Building
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Construction Employment Declines in 110 Out of 358 Metro Areas as Businesses Urge President Trump to Deliver on Infrastructure Promise
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ISA Members Finished 2016 in Growth Mode
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Architecture Billings Index Ends Year on Positive Note
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Construction Employment in January Reaches Highest Level Since 2008
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New Products

Concrete Adhesive Anchor
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Needle-Nose Combination Pliers
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Wood Veneer Wallcoverings
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Cement Board Screws
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Cement Board Screws
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Drainage Plane for Exterior Rainscreen and Adhered Masonry Walls
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Compact Reciprocating Saw
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Spacer Bracers
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Concealed Space Batt
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Concealed Space Batt
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Powder Actuated Tool
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EIFS Brick
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Problem Solved

What is the one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start a drywall company today?
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February 2017
President's Message

Looking Forward with Concern but Great Hope
Mike Taylor
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What's Inside

Safety Tech Rocks!
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Routine Standardization (Part 7)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

How to Conduct Principled Negotiation
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Three-pronged Approach
Vince Bailey
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Insync

Compensation and the Big Picture
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Steel Stud Curtainwall System Terminations
Robert Grupe
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January 2017
President's Message

Lessons Learned from 2016
Mike Taylor
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What's Inside

Building Excitement
Laura M. Porinchak
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Management Desk

Routine Standardization (Part 6)
Doug Bellamy
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SuperVision

5 Steps to Strong Leadership
Norb Slowikowski
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Estimator's Edge

Poker Face
Vince Bailey
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Insync

3 Keys to Building Information Modeling
Mark L. Johnson
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Wachuwannano

Chase Walls
Robert Grupe
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Construction Trends

OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards and Establishing Personal Fall Protection Systems Requirements
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Armstrong World Industries to Acquire Tectum, Inc.
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New President and CEO in Place for FEIN Power Tools US
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ConsensusDocs Updates Industry Best Practice Standard Contracts
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OSHA Issues Recommended Practices to Promote Workplace Safety and Health Programs in Construction
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ISA Manufacturer Index and ISA Distributor Index Climb Higher in October
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Architecture Billings Index Rebounds after Two Down Months
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Construction Spending Increases in October
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Dodge Momentum Index Inches Up in November
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Construction Firms Add 19,000 Jobs in November as Sector Hits Eight-Year High in Employment
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Dodge Data & Analytics: President-Elect Donald Trump Likely to Be a Plus for the Construction Industry
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Larsen Products Adds New Nigerian Distributor to Its Global Dealer Network
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Watada Joins Sto Corp. as Product Manager
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TJ Wies Contracting Named Specialty Contractor of the Year by the AGC of Missouri
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ABC Supply Co. Inc. Names Dan Piché President of L&W Supply
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Hilti North America President/CEO to Retire; Hilti Canada GM Named Successor
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New Products

Worm Drive Saw for Concrete
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Cordless Impact Wrench
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Insulating Foam Sealant
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Integrated Estimating Platform
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Insulation Selector Tool
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Trowelable Air Barrier Membrane
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Steel Framing App
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Product and Submittal Catalogs
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