Weekly Poll (43)


Last month, United States Federal Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order to the Small Business Administration to release the names and precise loan amounts of all Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan borrower recipients. Do you agree with the need for transparency?


Throughout the month of January, SSPC and NACE began a series of updates to keep the industry informed about the ongoing discussions between the organizations regarding their possible merger. Do you think the scheduled release of information and milestone timeline will be beneficial in preparing the industry for the collaboration?


At the end of October, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced that it began exploring options for a new global headquarters. Being headquartered in Cleveland since 1930, do you think the move will be beneficial for the global coatings supplier?


In late October, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that merger discussions were continuing. In moving forward with intentions to keep both existing brands as separate entities in the marketplace and create a hybrid structure that includes both corporate and individual membership options and combines value propositions, do you believe the merger will positively benefit the industry?


SSPC and NACE have announced that they will be discussing “synergistic opportunities” amongst one another. Do you think this is a good idea?


U.S. Rep. Llyod Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills last month that would create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm work, as well as potentially provide more money for career training and apprenticeships. Regarding the proposal, do you think this solution will prove more useful in the current worker shortage or cause more problems in decreasing wages?


As 2017 comes to a close, how do you feel the economy treated your company this year?


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


In a recent Let’s Fix Construction Blog, specifier Cherise Lakeside made the claim that millennials in the industry are being neglected, notably by manufacturers and product reps. Do you agree?


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


Paid maternity leave benefits are virtually unheard of in the building trades. Does your company offer paid maternity leave?


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


When it comes to promotion and technology, which of the following will receive the greatest investment at your company in 2017?


How likely are you to use or specify an entirely new product?


How important is it to you to use green building materials when they are an option?


Mergers have been everywhere in the coatings industry lately, with giants like Sherwin-Williams and Valspar, Dow and DuPont getting in on the act. Are all these corporate marriages good news or bad?


How often do your clients request green products or green processes?


When it comes to selecting a paint and coatings supplier, which of these is most important?


Looking ahead to the coming year, how do you feel about your position or company?


How would you describe your email habits?


To what extent are you using social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to advance your business?


Overall, how do you feel about the year ahead for your company or your position?


What would help your business most in 2015?


U.S. regulators have reinstated an employee fired for making a secret video of a failed inspection test. Whom do you back?


Do you see safety hazards (including personnel) on the job serious enough to report if you could do so completely anonymously?


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


New research calls construction fraud an epidemic with many forms. What do you think?


What’s your favorite social media outlet for business these days?


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


What should Congress do about undocumented workers in the U.S.?


April 15 finally sends the U.S. taxman packing for another year. How did you make out overall?


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


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


How is uncertainty over the “fiscal cliff” crisis affecting your business decisions for 2013?


How do you expect Hurricane Sandy to affect your business?


How big a factor are illegal/undocumented workers in today’s coatings industry?


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


Is the US in the midst of a “Third Industrial Revolution,” based on advances in robotics, materials technology, and manufacturing software, as was described recently in a Special Report in The Economist?


A female Chicago subcontractor is charged with providing sham “women business enterprise” credentials to a GC. What’s your experience with the industry’s WBE and MBE firms?


What do you expect for your business in the next 12 months?


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


What would most help your business in 2011?


What is your biggest business challenge in this down economy?


 
 
   

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