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Aside from price, what is the primary factor influencing your decision to buy surface prep and application equipment instead of renting or leasing?


Overall, do you find that your company buys, rents or leases surface prep and application equipment for your coating projects? Select one, and please explain why in comments.


The $3B Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline began construction in September, having received the last of the necessary state permits earlier that month. However, the pipeline does face at least one more hurdle: A lawsuit brought by a group of Catholic nuns whose plot of land would be divided by the construction, which says the division breaches their religious freedom. Do you agree?


Registration for SSPC 2018 is now open! Are you planning to attend?


Recent research indicates that paraffin wax may be key to creating concrete roadways that deice themselves. Will developments like this eventually lead to the elimination of road salts?


A federal appeals court recently sent a pipeline approval back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking FERC to consider the greenhouse-gas effects of the product the pipelines will move as part of its environmental impact. Will this ruling change the way pipelines are permitted in the U.S.?


A plan for a bullet train in Texas continues to move forward, while Caltrans recently released a report supporting its plans to expand rail travel in California. How great a role will rail play in the next 20 years of transit development in the U.S.?


Several states have passed or discussed “Buy American” rules for steel and other materials on public works projects recently, in addition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order calling on pipeline companies to use U.S.-made materials. Are these laws a step in the right direction?


A global group focused on infrastructure recently reported that the world will need to step up its spending in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demand for new infrastructure and fixes to what already exists. Will world governments and private investors heed this call?


With 2017 half over, how has your business performed so far this calendar year?


A Connecticut man was recently convicted of faking a bridge inspection, leading to the reinspection of dozens of bridges in the region. In cases like this, should an inspector’s employer also be held responsible?


What is the best way to help prepare young people for careers in the paints and coatings industry?


Some of the industry’s largest companies have merged or discussed merging in recent years. Will this trend continue in the years to come?


A Florida state transportation panel recently chose a contractor for an $800 million reconstruction of Interstate 395 in Miami, including the design for its “signature bridge” with no public input. Was that wise?


Business magnate Elon Musk announced a plan to construct tunnels under cities for the purpose of using high-speed electric sleds to maneuver vehicles around traffic. Is this plan feasible?


Some local and state governments have moved to punish contractors involved with the potential construction of President Trump’s Mexican border wall by denying them contracts. Is this a fair move?


Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?


A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?


The Trump administration is looking to expand offshore drilling off of U.S. coastlines. Good idea or bad?


The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, will be constructed using the “roller launch” or “bridge launch” method. Are you familiar with this method of bridge construction?


The Iron Workers union recently announced the introduction of a paid maternity-leave benefit for its members. Should more employers in the American construction and infrastructure industries follow suit?


An energy company recently won a contract for the United States' second offshore wind farm, which could take decades to build. Are more offshore wind arrays on the horizon for the U.S.?


What was your favorite part of NACE Corrosion 2017?


The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtual computer-generated images mixed with their actual surroundings in real time, for use on construction sites. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?


Are you attending NACE International's Corrosion 2017 Conference and Expo?


Several lawmakers have introduced legislation to limit or repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which ties wages on construction projects to a “prevailing wage” for the type of work being done and the area it’s being done in. Is this a good or bad idea?


A recent climate-change readiness report in Boston includes the possible construction of a seawall in Boston Harbor to guard the city from rising waters. Will new sea barriers be a more common infrastructure project worldwide in the coming decades?


President Trump recently called on executive departments to identify regulations that might serve well to be repealed or modified. Will the coming regulation reduction be positive for the industry on the whole?


Changes to EPA rules for hazardous waste generators are changing April 28, with major alterations set to affect many, including coating manufacturers and field paint removal contractors. Is your firm preparing for the new regulations?


Wood Mackenzie predicts that oil and gas project spending will be up worldwide this year for the first time since 2014. Are you expecting a boost in business as a result?


President Trump, in an executive order last month, declared that “all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or extended pipelines, inside the borders of the United States,” should use materials produced in the United States “to the maximum extent possible.” Will new American pipelines be manufactured mainly in the U.S. in the coming years?


What did you learn the most about at this year’s SSPC conference?


Has your company taken advantage of on-site trainings and certifications at SSPC this year or in the past?


What part of SSPC 2017 are you most excited about?


Numerous mergers and acquisition in the coatings and chemical industry were announced in 2016. Do you think it will keep pace in 2017?


President-elect Trump announced a $1 trillion infrastructure improvement plan as part of his campaign, but some critics say that will be difficult to achieve. Do you think the plan will come together in 2017?


Will the U.S. oil and gas industry grow or falter in 2017?


When do you hire a consultant?


Steel manufacturers in Europe have cut more than 5,000 steelworker jobs in the past year. Manufacturers blame cheaper Chinese steel imports for causing the problem. Do you agree?


Would you recommend a career in coatings for your son or daughter?


What technology do you use to view your PaintSquare Daily News newsletters?


Will you be attending the SSPC 2016 featuring GreenCOAT conference Jan. 18-21 in San Antonio?


What do you think of OSHA's proposed fine increases for 2016?


Does your company offer bonuses during the holiday season?


Engineers in England plan to build a new pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge to serve the type of transportation Europeans embrace. Do you think infrastructure projects like this in the U.S. would encourage Americans to do more walking or biking?


Is there a shortage of qualified workers to fill available positions in your company?


During the winter and holiday season, how much is your workload affected?


The House of Representatives recently passed a six-year transportation bill, but it includes funding for only the first three years. To “unlock” the last three years of spending authorization, Congress must come up with the money first. If the bill becomes law, where do you think new funding should come from?


Some roadways, like the new LBJ Expressway in Dallas, are charging varying toll rates, based on traffic volume and peak usage times, as a means to repay private investors in public-private partnership (P3) highway projects. Do you think this is a wise move?


How would you describe your email habits?


How often do you or your employees seek additional training?


Drones are seeing more use in infrastructure work. Does your company plan to use them?


What are the odds that Congress will come through with a three-year or longer transportation bill this year?


How much gray hair does your staff have?


While Duke Energy will pay more than $100 million in an EPA case for a coal-ash spill, two companies will each pay just $2,000 for a tunnel collapse that injured five workers. Does EPA have too much enforcement power, OSHA not enough, both, or neither?


Planning a vacation this summer?


Indiana has scrapped its 80-year-old system for setting minimum wages on major public-works projects. What do you say?


A proposed Iowa law would require companies planning mega-projects to obtain agreements with 75% of the affected property owners before seeking eminent-domain authority. Good law or bad law?


Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


March Madness will cost employers $1.2 billion for each hour of lost worker production in the first week of the tourney. Is the madness affecting your workplace?


What is the best way to fund infrastructure maintenance in the U.S. going forward?


The Keystone XL pipeline project is back on hold after a presidential veto, while the State Department reviews the project again. No action date has been set. What should happen next?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


What would help your business most in 2015?


Bill Gates and other private owners of an otherwise-sound bridge are under pressure to paint it. What maintenance duties do private owners of infrastructure have?


A new DOD policy will allow up to 1,500 undocumented immigrants with “high-demand skills” to serve in the U.S. military. Ok by you?


Election Day in the U.S. is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Will you vote?


A proposed U.S. rule would prohibit "pay secrecy" by federal contractors and protect workers who discuss company wages. What’s your view?


This Labor Day, how do you size up the trade union movement?


The U.S. Congress is winding up the August vacation it mandated in 1970. It also took off three weeks before March 10, and the House has shortened its 2014 calendar. You’re paying these folks. How much time off should they have in a year?


Five mega-projects are competing for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. Which gets your vote?


A new U.S. Executive Order will require bidders for major federal contracts to report recent wage, safety or other labor law violations. Good idea or bad idea?


Trading time is over. Who’s your pick for the 2014 World Series champs?


Who, in your experience, is usually the weakest link in the project team?


The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is set to go broke in August. What should Congress do?


New U.S. rules are in effect to increase hiring of veterans and individuals with disabilities. Have these mandates affected your hiring practices?


What is your priority in evaluating a job applicant?


A California utility wants the authority to remove trees and structures from private property if they threaten pipeline integrity. What do you think?


How does your 2014 summer work season look, compared to last year’s?


Planning a vacation this summer?


Two-thirds of construction firms say they’re having a hard time finding qualified workers. How about you and your company?


On average, how much time do you spend each month expanding your job training/education (e.g., attending webinars or training, reading journals)?


The U.S. State Department has put an indefinite hold on the Keystone XL pipeline, due to 2 million new public comments and a lawsuit in Nebraska. What do you think?


The new color of the Jimmie Davis Bridge in Louisiana is being chosen by a public vote. (Note: Voting ends May 2.) Good idea or bad idea?


California is weighing a bill that would hold contractors liable for wages, taxes and workers comp shortchanged by subcontractors and temp agencies. Good idea or bad idea?


What legislative priority should the American Coatings Association’s PaintPAC be looking for in its political candidates this year?


How did you make your March Madness bracket picks this year?


Some in the U.S. Congress have proposed allowing the states, rather than the federal government, to oversee the U.S. highway and surface transportation system. Good idea or bad idea?


How did you watch the Olympics this year?


Did you attend SSPC 2014, and was it worth it?


A bill now before Congress would raise the federal minimum hourly wage to $10.10. Should Congress pass the bill, kill it, or pursue an amended version?


The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?


As of Jan. 1, 21 states now pay more (some substantially more) than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Whom do you think should set minimum wage?


Call them resolutions, or call them goals. Have you set any for 2014?


What song best sums up 2013 for you?


On average, about how many “Top News” articles in PaintSquare News do you skim or read each day?


What, in your experience, is the top cause of coating project failures?


Whom do you hold most responsible for the U.S. budget impasse and government shutdown?


Employers report difficulty in finding skilled workers at all levels. Do you think good help is hard to find these days?


Which work pressure is most likely to keep you up at night?


Have gas prices and the economy crimped your summer vacation plans?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. What do you think?


What is your preferred social media tool for business?


What do you think is the most effective way to prevent or resolve project disputes?


What do you advise President Obama on the Keystone XL Pipeline project?


What sort of name would be best for the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Ontario?


Some in Congress have adopted a “zero compromise” approach to the federal budget, no matter the consequences. What do you think of this approach?


PaintSquare is developing a Video How-To Series. What topics would interest you most?


President Obama has proposed a “Fix it First” program for infrastructure, funded by a public-private Partnership to Rebuild America. What should Congress do with these ideas?


How does your upcoming peak season look, compared to last year?


How would tightening immigration laws affect the coatings and construction industries?


Overall, where would you rather work/manage others: a union company or an open shop?


Do you plan to attend SSPC 2013?


How do you expect Hurricane Sandy to affect your business?


The U.S. National Hockey League lockout has already cancelled the pre-season. Whom do you blame?


What is your current/prospective market?


Good news! A magic genie will grant you one wish to improve your business. (Bad news: He has no money.) Which do you want?


OSHA’s UK counterpart is adapting a “loser pays” system, in which companies that break health and safety laws would have to help pay for investigation and enforcement. What do you think of this idea?


Free JPCL/SSPC webinars in which area would be most helpful to you?


What impact overall do you believe that unions have on today’s coatings projects?


Work-site webcams are becoming more popular, to give taxpayers, supervisors and clients a front seat at the action. Would you allow this technology on one of your projects?


Have you cut back on your profit margins and charges to get business in the current economy?


What is the best way for the US to invest in its infrastructure needs?


Where do you turn first when you encounter a significant problem on a coatings project?


Half of Massachusetts’ bridge and highway projects are completed late—many of them, years late, a new report shows. In your experience, what is the chief cause of project delays?


What’s your biggest professional pet peeve?


In what areas of your work would you like to see more apps or online tools?


Two contractors are accused of raking in millions of dollars by running a bogus Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) company to gain federal contracts. What do you think of the DBE and Women/Minority BE programs?


What does Japan's nuclear crisis mean for the future of nuclear power in the US?


What should happen to public-sector unions?


What is the hardest issue you face in coating work?


What do you think of President Obama’s six-year, $556 billion infrastructure/transit proposal?


 
 
   

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