Working Together for You

Participating in AWCI’s Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Meetings in San Diego sure gave you the feeling our industry is in good hands—that is, our hands. We started off the conference thinking of how to expand our market, make the pie bigger. In one room we had representatives of all our stud […]

AWCI’s Convention Education Sessions Are Set

AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo is March 30– April 3, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and the education sessions are sure to help our members run a more successful business. “Spin for Success” is the convention’s theme, and you’ll have lots of chances to enrich your education by attending […]

FMI Predicts U.S. Construction Put in Place Will Reach $977 Billion in 2014

With construction put in place at the end of 2013 expected to be at $909.6 billion, researchers at FMI predict construction put-in-place growth rates to be slightly ahead of the gross domestic product in 2014. This is according to FMI’s 2014 U.S. Markets Construction Overview, which was released Nov. 11. Other predictions include […]

Ask Otto

Author’s note: Of all the characters I’ve encountered in my many years in commercial drywall, there are a special few who merit mention. Of that select coterie, I would deem one extraordinary figure the consummate estimator. In fact, he commands such admiration that numerous deferential colleagues have come to ask his advice on various issues. […]

Ways to Meet Code

Q: Where can I find a design for a two-hour fire-rated exterior wall with a standard 7/8-inch portland cement plaster (a/k/a stucco) finish over 5/8-inch Type X exterior gypsum sheathing, using metal studs and two layers of 5/8-inch Type X gypsum board on the interior? I am looking for a rated assembly that allows me to […]

Economic Outlook 2014: Count on Growth

The headlines sometimes convey doubt. For example, “Will There Be Enough Workers to Fill 130,600 Construction Jobs in NYC in 2014?” asks a July 2013 article in Real Estate Weekly. Labor procurement may become a big issue. But right now, who’s fretting about finding workers when there’s money on the table? The GCs […]

4 Hollywood Plot Lines You Can Use to Build Your Business

Do you remember the story of how Sylvester Stallone became a star? He was a young actor down to his last dime. He hocked his wife’s jewelry; he even sold the dog to survive. But then he had an idea for a movie—a great movie. He knew a producing team that liked him and would […]

All signs point to lots of hiring in 2014. For what position(s) do you plan to hire next year? If you’re not hiring, are you planning on any major purchases? Please explain.

Editor’s Note: ’Tis the season for hiring! Of those who answered this question, no one mentioned any major purchases, but two-thirds of respondents say they’ll be hiring next year. If you are among those looking to hire or looking for a job, feel free to use AWCI’s Facebook page to post your available jobs. Visit […]