Keynote speaker and program sponsor announced for Principia Decking and Railing Conference
Business Wire via MRO Magazine Share
Principia Partners announced that Jim Daniels, vice president of Product Development for Parksite in Batavia, Ill., will give the keynote speech at its eighth annual executive conference WPC 2011 – Decking and Outdoor Living Products. Parksite is a major specialty distributor of decking and railing in North America. The conference will be held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 3-4. More
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Marketing Tips: The importance of emotional subtlety
Adrienne Zoble Associates, Inc. Share
A few days ago Adrienne Zoble was consulting by phone with a BroadsOnBusiness.com member. A husband and wife run a roofing business. After the last "meeting," they had sent her examples of their direct mail pieces. It was left to her to tell them gently that these pieces screamed. Fortunately, they took it very well. The husband told Adrienne that the reason they sent here their materials to critique in the first place was that they suspected they weren't nearly so professional as they could be. More
Treated decking ready for challenge from 'next generation' alternatives
Building Products Digest Share
Demand for treated wood decking, which due to its affordability has picked up market share during the recession, may take a hit from the next generation of composite products, according to a new study by Principia Partners. Wood treaters, however, don't necessarily agree, since the new products are even more expensive. More
Outdoor redos still in demand amid weak remodeling sector
San Diego Union-Tribune Share
Homeowners' interest in improving their outdoor space with fireplaces, lounging furniture and other extras increased in the first quarter compared to the same time last year, said a U.S. group of residential architects in a quarterly survey. The American Institute of Architects, which has members in San Diego County in California, reported 60 percent of 500 members who responded to the survey saw increases in client requests to enhance their outdoor living space. That's up from 56 percent one year ago. More
Construction law: In construction industry, succession planning is a must
Connecticut Law Tribune Share
Does your construction business have a succession plan in place? If not, it should. When it comes to the construction industry, where so many businesses are either family owned or closely held by a small group, planning for the future can be a major challenge. With such businesses, the idea of "keeping it in the family" is often front and center, and the great unknown of what may happen when the business' founder is no longer able or willing to be in charge can lead to much concern and uncertainty. More
Residential construction spending fell 2.1 percent in May
Reed Construction Data Share
New residential construction spending fell 0.6 percent in May led by a 2.3 percent fall in the multifamily market where developers reacted quickly to a sharp drop in monthly job gains. Spending for residential remodeling declined 3.8 percent more than reversing a brief uptick in April. Permits and starts improved in May and the pace of economic growth returned from near zero to subpar growth late in June. More
Changing immigration law landscape threatens contractors
Construction Law Musings Share
With Arizona's immigration law deemed Constitutional by the United States Supreme Court, other states are moving to enact even stricter rules said to result in punishing construction companies. The "Legal Arizona Workers Act" allows the state of Arizona to shut down businesses that hire illegal workers. On Sept. 1, 2011, a new Alabama immigration law will take affect that make it a crime to hire illegal immigrants. Similar bills have been introduced in the Georgia and Louisiana legislatures, and are pending in Utah, Colorado, and Florida. More
Home improvement stores bounce back
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Home-improvement retailers will likely rebound in the coming quarters as they shave costs and sell to the growing number of Americans who are remodeling their homes, analysts say. Shares of Lowe's Companies Inc. and The Home Depot Inc. rose sharply after analysts with UBS Investment Research said the stocks are undervalued and will recover more quickly than the rest of the moribund housing and construction industries. The shares will also be underpinned by stock buybacks, the analysts said. More
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