Weekly Poll (399)


An industry professional in New York was recently sentenced to 24 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $420,000. Do you think that penalty was warranted?


International research firm, Lux Research Inc. recently issued its report, “Analyzing the Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop,” which claims that the first passenger-carrying high-speed Hyperloop projects shouldn’t be expected to open until 2040—at the earliest. What timeframe estimate would you give the Hyperloop?


In May, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology announced that they had developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they claim to be effective in killing viruses, bacteria and spores. How soon until you think the coating will be brought to the market?


Recently, two lawmakers on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nation’s water infrastructure. Do you think the legislation will have a positive impact on pending Army Corps projects and EPA-headed endeavors?


In May, President Donald J. Trump officially gave the order to senior adviser Jared Kushner and associated aides to seek cost estimates for coating the United States-Mexico border wall. Do you think coating the wall will be a benefit to the infrastructure?


The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced last month that it had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers over redefining Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Although the redefinition wouldn’t go into effect until June 22, do you think the suit will successfully postpone the change?


Last month, SSPC and NACE International announced that an “overwhelming” majority in each of the associations voted in favor for the two to merge. After over a year of discussions, do you believe this will be a positive step for the coatings industry as a whole?


Recently, the Wyoming House of Representatives passed legislation that aims to ban the disposal of wind turbines in Wyoming-based landfills, in addition to a bill allowing for turbine base materials, such as blades and towers, to be buried in abandoned coal mine sites. Do you believe the push to adapt new disposal alternatives is sustainable?


Technology Publishing Co. recently announced the launch of its new event, “Commercial Contractor Connect.” As a commercial coatings contractor or supplier, what are you looking forward to the most?


In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, many industrial coatings-related companies have cancelled or postponed their slated events, conferences and competitions. Do you think the decision will have negative impacts on the industry as a whole?


Lacking a sustainable business model and unable to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep the school operating, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin announced it will be closing in June. Do you think the school’s closing will negatively affect the future of architecture?


In taking action against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, how do you feel your company will be affected as a result of growing health and safety efforts, non-essential business closures and social distancing?


Last month, President Trump issued a draft order entitled “Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” which would roll back a decades-long tradition that bars the government from taking a stance on an official architectural style. If put into effect, do you think making “classical architectural style” the preferred and default mandate will have a positive or negative effect on American architecture as a whole?


The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) restriction of N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)—which applies to the market and use of NMP, on its own or in mixtures containing equal or greater than 0.3% (weight percent NMP)—is set to take effect this spring. Do you think the EPA’s upcoming risk evaluation of the chemical will land on a similar restriction?


President Trump recently announced an expansion of tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to cover products made of the materials, such as nails, tacks, staples, cables, certain types of wire, bumpers, various car and tractor parts, among others. Do you believe the expansion will help stabilize the industry?


Recently, members of Congress introduced the Bridge Investment Act—a bipartisan bill that intends to invest $20 billion into repairing the nation’s failing infrastructure. Do you believe the investment will make a positive impact on structurally deficient bridge infrastructure?


Back in December, St. Louis became the latest city to pass green roof legislation, requiring that all commercial, residential and multifamily construction be “solar ready.” Do you believe the legislation will urge residents to take advantage of solar power?


On Feb. 1, the SSPC Board unanimously approved to proceed with SSPC and NACE merger discussions, taking the spotlight at the Coatings+ 2020 conference with its Town Hall meetings. With NACE’s board meeting approaching March 14, do you predict that the association will also approve moving forward with the merger?


Researchers from Oregon State University’s College of Science have reported that they’re looking at new ways to design pigments to be more stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues. Do you think their research will be successful in determining key ingredients for vivid colors so that pigments can be discovered over shorter time periods?


Last month, Connecticut lawmakers announced that federal funding for research on pyrrhotite and its impact on foundations was included in a spending bill. Do you think the research will help residents come up with a plan to combat the area’s deteriorating foundations?


At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers recently developed a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology. Do you think the research findings will one day be beneficial to applications in heat transfer, camouflage or even clothing as to protect personal privacy?


What did you enjoy most about Coatings+ 2020?


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?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2020?


In December, global coatings supplier PPG announced that it was planning to implement a 10% price increase on its industrial coatings products globally. Do you think the decision will positively or negatively affect its quarterly sales reports?


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?


Following NYC’s initiatives set by the Climate Mobilization Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future retrofits. The initiative aims to cut energy usage by more than 50%. Do you believe the plan will be successful?


In October, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a program that aims to reestablish the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, which would provide federal grant money to states in need of bridge repairs or replacements found by the Federal Highway Administration. Do you believe this can help save some of the country’s most structurally deficient bridges?


Researchers at Stanford University recently produced an “anti-solar panel” prototype that collects energy from the night sky through tapping into the temperature difference between Earth and outer space. Do you believe the technology has equal potential for green energy as existing solar panels?


Danish wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced that the Hornsea Project One—what will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms—was nearly finished and on track for its 2020 completion date. In pushing the U.K. closer to its 2030 goal of deriving a third of its electricity from offshore wind, do you think more countries will convert to offshore green energy practices?


In August, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the reestablishment of its Pittsburgh chapter, known as the SSPC Steel City Chapter. Do you believe the chapter will attract new members from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, as well as western Maryland and other northeastern states?


The comment period ends next week for U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s August request for feedback on its current respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. In receiving feedback on “the effectiveness of engineering and work practice control methods not currently included for the tasks and equipment,” do you think appropriate control measures for pieces of equipment connected to silica exposure will be revised?


Last month, a new report from GlobalData—a research firm that breaks down construction projects in the United States—found that nearly 60% of the construction market is occupied by just 10 states. The report aims to provide an assessment of the current construction project pipeline, based on various data collected from the 10 key states over a five-year span. Do you think the study will help improve future construction methods?


In August, researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India, announced the development of a new way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound from mango leaves. Though further testing still needs to be conducted, do you think the technology will be used in future industrial coating products?


Over the summer, Danish architecture firm COBE was tapped for a new science center, planned to be built in the Swedish university city of Lund. With plans to be fully carbon-neutral, do you think the potential icon of sustainability and durability will inspire a future generation of architectural projects?


At the beginning of August, a “waste-to-energy skyscraper,” ideally to be housed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, was proposed by United States-based designer Honglin Li. Given an honorable mention in the 2019 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, do you think the design has the potential to become an actualized project?


Toward the end of July, President Donald J. Trump signed an order that would promote the expanded use of American-made iron and steel in federal projects. The “Buy American” platform is slated to push the domestic content threshold from 50% to 95%. Do you believe this will help to boost the U.S. industrial economy?


A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that in many climates in the United States, the use of “cool” exterior walls could lead to annual heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy cost savings up to 11% for stand-alone retail stores, 8.3% for single-family homes and 4.6% for medium-sized office buildings. Do you believe the cost savings is worth sacrificing a building's style?


Announced in mid-July, a historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the U.S. to use an electrically isolated tendon system (EIT), which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension tendons with reported minimal changes to construction schedules. Would you consider using this technology?


Researchers from Columbia University have recently developed a new coating material inspired by the Saharan Silver Ant to keep buildings cool. According to physics professor Nanfang Yu and his team, the developing coating can reflect up to 99% of sunlight. Slated to require more research and testing, when do you predict the technology will be released into the market?


In New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders recently passed Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050. Joining six other states with zero-emission electricity goals or requirements, do you think the U.S. will eventually have similar legislation pass in all 50 states?


Last month, SSPC and NACE confirmed that merger talks were beginning to make headway. With organizations expected to host a membership vote by the second quarter of 2020, do you think industry professionals will be ready to adapt to this possible change?


Plans were released for what Canada is dubbing the “world’s tallest hybrid building.” With more architects and design-build contractors choosing timber for green building standards, do you think more cities should be following this model for reducing greenhouse gas emissions?


In Michigan, Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, suggested selling several state-owned transportation assets to raise money to rehabilitate various roads and highways versus raising the state’s fuel tax. Do you think this is a good idea?


Just last month Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 136 and Senate Bill 231 into law. Bill 136 lowers the prevailing wage threshold amount for public projects and restores the prevailing wage for workers on those projects to 100% and Bill 231 removes language that prohibits contractors and subcontractors from entering into agreements with labor organizations while working on public projects. Do you think this will successfully help those working in construction unions reach economic recovery?


In May, the French Senate passed a bill requiring Notre Dame to be rebuilt to its “last known state.” Do you think this is the rightful decision for the historic landmark, or would a proposed innovative design have been more appropriate?


Recently, Colorado passed The Human Right to Work With Dignity Act (HB-1267) into law, which officially makes wage theft over $2,000 a felony theft. Do you think this legislation should be adopted in all U.S. states?


Researchers from the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Welfare Center, Carderock Division are currently evaluating coatings that could possibly mitigate corrosion on Navy vessels. How soon do you think we could see these developing products on the market?


At the tail end of April, NYC passed a green roof bill, requiring all new commercial and residential buildings in the city to have 100% green roofs made up of plants, solar panels or small wind turbines—or a combination of all three. Do you think 100% coverage is an achievable goal?


In Dubai, a $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park has completed its fourth phase of construction, including the base of a concentrated solar tower (slated to be the tallest in the world). With the ability to power 1.3 million homes, cutting 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually, do you think more countries should be funding these kinds of solar-powered innovations?


AkzoNobel, along with a consortium of 13 partners, launched a new research project aiming to collect wasted solar energy absorbed by buildings in April. In a plan to create both transparent- and opaque-type panels that won’t disrupt the building’s aesthetics, do you think we will eventually see the finished product on all types of building exteriors?


Recently, Tnemec acquired manufacturer company ProPolymer Coatings. Do you think these new products will be a profitable addition?


At the end of April, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. However, no agreements were made on how the plan would be paid for. In anticipation of what ideas will be brought to the table in the next bipartisan meeting, how do you think Congress will decide to fund this proposal?


Tragedy struck Paris last month when the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire, which destroyed the spire and two-thirds of the wooden roof. Since the incident, an international competition has been launched in efforts to recreate the spire and damaged areas, slated to be built by 2024. Do you think it’s possible that a design can be chosen and completed in this short five-year time frame?


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?


Late last month, North Dakota-based contractor claimed that his company could build 234 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall for $1.4 billion, a fraction of the funding requested by the president. Do you think that we will see other companies speaking up to compete for a cheaper solution?


Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, recently brought forth a bill that would set a statewide standard for those working outdoors in relation to heat illness prevention. Currently, OSHA has guidelines and recommendations to avoid heat hazards, but there is no set standard for heat exposure. Should OSHA write its standards or should warmer states be pushing their own legislation?


Recently, an opening ceremony was held for the debut of New York City’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development, which includes a 150-foot-tall interactive centerpiece dubbed "the Vessel." Do you think other U.S. cities will be inspired to start building more innovative structures?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


With China’s Crystal skybridge (also known as a "horizontal skyscraper," which connects several high rises) set to open later this year, do you think we will see other dense cities making use of connecting their existing structures in the sky for more commercial and residential space?


Swiss chemicals company Sika is interested in buying a portion of BASF’s $3 billion construction chemicals business, which will reportedly be up for sale this month. Do you think this is a good move?


A judge recently ordered a block on preconstruction on the Keystone XL pipeline, which may delay the project even further. Do you think plans for the project will eventually be revised?


What did you enjoy most about SSPC’s Coatings+ 2019?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC Coatings+ 2019?


Ontario recently unveiled plans for legislation that open up the restrictive bidding process for municipal and public projects, which can only hire from particular union groups or contractors. Do you think this is a positive move?


2019 color trends for commercial projects have recently been released. Do you think commercial spaces need special considerations for their interior coating aesthetics?


Last week, the DOT announced $1.5 billion in Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants for infrastructure projects. Do you think the funding will increase as infrastructure demands also increase?


Last week, a lawsuit resulted in the dismantling of wind turbines in Iowa due to zoning issues. Do you think this will become more of an issue as renewable energy expands?


The Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in California. Do you agree that the companies should be held responsible?


Earlier this month, a judge stopped the release of records related to the Florida International University bridge collapse. Do you think this was the best choice to protect the investigation?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry; has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think laws like these are justified?


Do you belong to any water-industry groups (AWWA, WEF) in addition to coatings- or corrosion-related associations?


Maryland was the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think this practice should become common law in all 50 states?


Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials say that the one-of-a-kind retractable roof on Atlanta’s $1.5 billion sports venue is finished, about 11 months after the building opened to the public. Do you think the intricate design of the roof was worth the multiple construction delays it caused?


Labor shortages and rising steel prices are among some of the top concerns shown in the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index. Are these issues among your top concerns?


Several pipeline and oil and gas companies have gotten mixed results in their bids for exemption from the U.S. steel tariffs so far. In general, should these companies receive exemptions if the best quality steel for the job is from another country?


Last month, AkzoNobel color experts completed a digital color recreation that reconstructed the original color scheme world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh used in his painting “Field with Irises near Arles.” Do you think art conservation such as this is important for coatings companies to be a part of?


Talk of a trade war is heating up as Canada and the EU take measures in reaction to the United States' steel tariffs. Will the ultimate effect on the world economy be positive or negative?


The Philadelphia City Council voted last month to implement a new 1 percent tax on construction projects, which would generate about $22 million annually to fund affordable housing. Do you think this is a good plan?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the city is inviting architects from all over the world to participate in a design competition for the O’Hare Airport expansion plan. Do you think this is an effective way to approach big projects?


As the year reaches its halfway point, how has your business fared in 2018?


The Canadian government recently decided to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline to ensure that a planned expansion to the line happens. Was this a wise choice?


Elon Musk's Boring Company is seeking an exemption from a traditional environmental review for its tunneling project, but neighbors are suing to make sure a review takes place. Should L.A. require a full review?


New reports indicate that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may not reimburse California fully for repairs to the Oroville Dam. Should FEMA step in to help?


The U.S. military has expressed recently that it would like to block offshore drilling and wind projects in some U.S. waters where it operates. Should military exercises trump energy development at sea?


Many coatings suppliers have reported that increased raw-materials prices hurt their bottom line in 2017. Have rising material costs impacted your business in the past year?


A recent blog on the role of architects states, "As a professional providing a service, an architect's first duty is to his or her client, with a supplementary duty to the public for safety and welfare." Do you agree?


Researchers have started modifying the color of a certain bacteria, which they say could lead the way to “growing” biodegradable, non-toxic paint. Do you think research such as this is worth pursuing?


SSPC recently opened a call for papers for its Coatings+ conference in Feburary 2019. Will you be submitting a potential presentation?


A report recently surfaced that details Apple employees accidentally running into the brand-new headquarters’ interior glass panels and hurting themselves. What kind of remedy do you think would best fix this problem?


Preliminary research released last month on China’s “air-purifying tower” has found that since launch, the tower has created more than 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day, reducing smog levels to moderate on otherwise severely polluted days. Do you think the greenhouse technology employed here will take off in other cities?


A Bahamas developer recently filed suit against China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages and charges the firm with submitting fraudulent bills and collecting undeserved fees in regard to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort. Do you think the amount of damages the developer is claiming is accurate?


How important are industry conferences and trade shows to your business?


A short documentary, “Starship Chicago,” by filmmaker Nathan Eddy, was recently released with the hope of saving the city’s polarizing James R. Thompson Center from being sold and, presumably, demolished. What do you think should happen to the iconic building?


What did you enjoy most about SSPC 2018?


What do you think of the decision to rename the SSPC conference "Coatings+" starting in 2019?


A recent survey found that workers in the Generation X age group are unhappy, overworked, and ready to change jobs, and 81 percent of all workers would consider leaving their current roles for the right offer. Does this statistic surprise you?


A major infrastructure plan is reportedly a priority for early 2018 in Washington, D.C. Do you think an infrastructure bill will jumpstart construction this year?


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


The Denver Green Roof Initiative that passed last month in Colorado not only requires new, large buildings to be constructed with green roofs but also requires buildings of a certain size to install green roofs when the current one is up for replacement. Do you think more cities should follow suit?


Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has faced controversy over the past year, as more and more gaps in the underwater line’s coating have been discovered. Should the 60-year-old liquids pipeline be retired?


California recently passed the “Buy Clean California Act,” requiring state contractors to use materials with low carbon impact. Are laws like this a positive step?


A home builder in Springfield, Missouri, decided to take catching construction equipment thieves into his own hands recently, investing in GPS tracking devices for all of his equipment and, eventually, helping the police. Would you invest in similar practices to protect your own equipment?


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?


In mid-September, Farrow & Ball reformulated its paint by adding pigment after years of customer complaints of the paint’s opacity. Some designers even began refusing to use the product. Have you ever refused a client’s preference because you didn’t like the product?


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.?


The Department of Labor is currently seeking applications for its annual Susan Harwood Training Grants program, which funds worker-safety training conducted by nonprofits like employer associations and unions. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has discussed eliminating this program in the future. Should the Harwood Grants go?


As part of an ongoing color war, artist Anish Kapoor has been banned from using artist Stuart Semple's color-changing paints, Phaze and Shift, after previously being banned from several of Semple's product lines. This is in response to Kapoor getting exclusive artistic rights to using Surrey Nanosystems' Vantablack. Do you think this color war is still justified or has it gone on long enough?


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?


To preserve Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec yet not disrupt the building itself, the plan is to construct a glass casing about 6 feet from the concrete lining around the entire perimeter of the building. Do you think this is a good solution?


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


PPG released its 2018 Color Forecast that included focal shades for its various paint lines as well as the color of the year. All were shades of black. Do you love or hate this forecast?


In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed or proposed changes to several rules that were promulgated under the Obama administration. Is this good or bad news?


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?


In late May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1279, a measure that makes it more difficult for homeowners' associations to file lawsuits against builders over construction defects. Do you think this measure was a good idea?


Extensive corrosion has plagued the century-old USS Texas battleship, which serves as a floating museum in LaPorte, Texas, and the state has sunk tens of millions of dollars into repairing it. Should the efforts to preserve the ship continue?


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 group of South Korean designers has proposed inserting towers into the hollowed-out trunks of giant sequoia trees. Do you think this is a good idea?


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?


Vienna-based LightGlass Technology debuted a line of self-illuminating glass for use in windows, doors, elevators and other construction efforts. Is this technology worthwhile?


The mayor of Philadelphia has created a task force to tackle saving the city’s historic buildings and updating preservation guidelines. Do you think having this committee will be effective?


Colorado is revamping its construction defects law to give developers and homeowners a chance to work out problems outside of the courtroom. Is this a good idea?


A New York architecture firm announced plans to tether a structure from an asteroid, with residences at an elevation of 105,000 feet. Do you think this project is possible?


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


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


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?


Paint companies and other suppliers sometimes find themselves in hot water over advertising and other promotional claims. How would you address a claim you believe to be false with respect to a coatings product?


What was your favorite part of NACE Corrosion 2017?


Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that aims to bolster construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. Opponents argue the measure puts the government in the position of promoting one building material over the others. Do you support this measure?


Many project teams are honored through various awards programs. How often do you enter your projects in awards programs?


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?


In a recent study, 91 percent of building owners and contractors agreed that collaboration reduces risk in construction, with the most effective strategies involving formal brainstorming and regular meetings with the full project team. How often do you meet with your team?


D+D blogger and specification expert Bob Bailey writes that the increased use of delegated design in construction projects has sparked questions over responsibility. Have your projects incorporated delegated design?


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?


The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed bans on chemicals found in consumer and commercial paint removal products. Good or bad move?


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?


Construction spending patterns vary among public and private segments. Which segment do you think will show the most promise this year?


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?


In 2017, will your firm hire additional craftworkers, including painters?


What are you most looking forward to at SSPC 2018?


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?


The 2016 Better Roads Bridge Inventory indicates that a greater percentage of American bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete than were last year. What's the best way to address this problem?


A group of Construction Specifications Institute members have started an online initiative called “Let’s Fix Construction,” encouraging discourse on issues ranging from project collaboration to the lack of technical knowledge in construction documents. Do you believe construction is broken?


Shortly after the U.S. election, the American Institute of Architects issued, and then apologized for, a statement in which the organization said its members "stand ready to work with" President-elect Donald Trump on schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. Was the apology warranted?


A survey recently published by the American Institute of Architects indicates that the architecture industry has almost fully recovered from the recession and is seeing healthy profits. Do you feel that trend reflected in your business?


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


Some recent high profile projects have architectural designs that utilize ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) technology. Do you consider this material to be a viable option for years to come?


Will you be voting in the upcoming U.S. election?


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


How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?


A recent report issued by the CDC found that construction workers appear in the top five on a list of occupations with the highest suicide rates. What do you think is the cause?


FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money, including roads and bridges, to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?


The United States Department of Energy recently awarded $137 million in funding to organizations, including one Fortune 500 coatings company, to foster development of technologies to improve commercial and passenger vehicle efficiency. Should large, for-profit companies be eligible for such grants?


This summer has been characterized by excessive heat warnings and a “heat dome” in the central United States. How do you protect workers who must be outside in these conditions?


The recently completed U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis features transparent glass on its facade that could injure or kill birds in collisions, according to critics. The National Football League’s Vikings and stadium officials have decided to fund a $300,000 scientific bird study to determine the extent of the problem, if any, before installing any sort of bird deterrent. Good or bad decision?


Upcoming federal regulations governing injury reporting have been put on hold after an industry lawsuit; the new rules would effectively prohibit employers from drug testing employees after an injury or illness is reported, because testing could be considered to be retaliation. Are these rules a good idea?


A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?


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?


San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been found to have sunk 16 inches since it opened eight years ago—more than the 6 inches it was predicted to settle in its lifetime. What should be done now?


After being found guilty in connection with the death of a 22-year-old worker on a New York City construction site, a general contractor was handed a sentence requiring it to fund and take part in a public service announcement regarding construction site safety. Was this sentence fair?


New Jersey recently called for a stop to any transportation infrastructure work that was deemed "nonessential," because the state's legislature couldn't agree on a funding mechanism. Is a summer roadwork shutdown a viable option for a government that's having trouble lining up money?


A recent MIT study found that women training to be engineers experienced negative group dynamics, felt marginalized and were assigned less challenging tasks than their male counterparts. Have you witnessed or experience this in your field?


Do color forecasts and trends affect how you choose paint colors for design or renovation projects?


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


Will new rules extending overtime protections to more workers help or hinder the construction industry?


A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?


Architect Rem Koolhaas recently told attendees at the American Institute of Architects’ 2016 conference that the architectural community needs an overhaul in terms of communication. “Architecture has a serious problem today in that people who are not alike don’t communicate,” he said, noting that differing opinions help deliver stronger design. Do you agree or disagree?


How much weight do you give to announcements of new coatings technologies discovered in the lab?


How has the downturn in oil and gas production affected your business?


Should more states consider usage fees for motorists in order to help fund transportation infrastructure?


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


How much weight do you give to market-research studies?


A Virginia architect was recently sentenced to 33 months in prison for bribing officials to obtain inside information about contracts at a Veterans Affairs’ hospital. Does the punishment fit the crime?


China has recently outlawed “odd-shaped” buildings as part of an effort to regulate city growth. Do you think this will work?


When do you hire a consultant?


Do you use boutique paints on projects?


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?


How many trade shows or other industry events do you attend per year?


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


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


Does your company offer bonuses during the holiday season?


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


The U.S. Green Building Council recently held its annual conference, Greenbuild. Do you think sustainability and green design is politically or financially motivated, or does it make good business sense?


How much do you (or your company) depend on or use coating manufacturers’ color forecasts in your business?


How many trade shows or other industry events do you attend per year?


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?


Municipalities and home owners associations have often ordered that homes in various communities need to be repainted because they didn’t conform to community rules or guidelines. What do you think of conformity rules when it comes to paint color selection?


How would you describe your email habits?


How do you handle coworker disputes?


Would you live in a primarily solar-powered house?


Do you agree with the Japanese government’s decision to scrap Zaha Hadid’s design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after construction cost estimates nearly doubled for the venue?


Would you live in a 3-D printed house?


A Pennsylvania roofer is facing 25 years in prison for lying, and ordering employees to lie, to OSHA inspectors after a worker was killed in a 45-foot fall. Does the potential punishment fit the crime?


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 company have?


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


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?


California regularly sets up “stings” of unlicensed contractors by posing as homeowners, soliciting bids for projects that require licenses, then arresting the individuals. What do you think of this strategy?


Florida is weighing a seven-year statute of limitations on lawsuits over construction defects. What time limit should exist for filing suit over construction defects after a project is completed?


A recent poll of women architects in the UK found increased reports of sex discrimination just since last year. What do you see?


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?


A Chinese company has just built a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days from prefab components. Would you live in it?


The owner of a nationally protected mansion in the UK is facing a prison term for modernizing the home in violation of the law. Does the punishment fit the crime?


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?


Many ex-offenders work for construction firms. Should project owners be allowed to dictate whether these, or other contractor employees, may work on a project?


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?


The UK, which has the world's smallest houses, has for the first time adopted minimum space requirements in homes. Good idea or bad idea?


Now that personal marijuana use is increasingly legal, what is your policy on its use in the 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?


New York's 135-year-old Scaffold Safety Law holds employers and owners 100% liable in injury lawsuits if they fail to provide adequate equipment or training. A new bill would change the law to factor in the worker's responsibility. What do you think?


A Dutch architect is suing a former museum client, saying its expansion plans "mutilate" his design. Should architects retain legal rights over their design after the project is completed?


How do you rank your priorities in building design today?


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


Critics say that today’s “starchitects” are pushing design extremes that are structurally risky. What do you think?


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


U.S. construction activity was up about 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. What do you see for 2015?


The major paint and color experts have all unveiled their 2015 Colors of the Year. How much do you think these selections influence design and color trends?


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


What would help your business most in 2015?


What is your top priority in evaluating a green building product?


"98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure s**t," renowned architect Frank Gehry recently declared with a middle-finger salute. What's your take?


The family of a U.S. worker killed on the job is calling for a $50,000 mandatory fine if a workplace hazard is found to "materially contribute" to a fatal incident. (The fine in their case was $2,300.) What do you think?


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


Overall, how much do your clients really care about using green building materials and processes?


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


Should the American Institute of Architects amend its Ethics Code to "prohibit the design of spaces for torture or killing?"


Several contractors have been busted for using MBE/DBE-certified firms as “pass-throughs” to gain government contracts. How common do you think this practice is?


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


The U.S. will force companies that owe federal fines for hazmat violations to pay up or shut down. Good plan or bad plan?


Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has said that architects “have nothing to do with the workers.” Should architects concern themselves with worker conditions on their projects?


Fewer young U.S. architects are seeking licensing. How important do you think it is for architects to become licensed?


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?


The California Supreme Court has ruled that principal architects are legally liable for the consequences of their designs, even if the architect did not have the final say on construction. Fair or unfair?


New York City will allow a developer to build a separate entrance ("poor door") and elevator for tenants in lower-income units of a new rental property. What do you think?


Four years on, how would you describe EPA’s enforcement of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Program?


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


Should Benjamin Moore change the name of its “Confederate Red” paint color, which some people have found offensive?


Who, in your experience, tends most often to be the weakest link in the project team?


The building industry is under pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s the best way to do that?


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


What architectural energy improvements do you believe offer the best bang for the buck?


Neighbors in a historic district are protesting a nearly completed modernist home that the historic commission approved, then a city board rejected. A judge may order the home torn down. What do you think?


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?


With so many conferences competing for your time and money, what’s your priority for attending or exhibiting?


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?


Critics say that the U.S. Green Building Council dominates the green building movement in an unhealthy way, crowding out other worthy organizations and agendas. What do you think?


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


What aspect of building performance and aesthetics most interests you?


SSPC is developing an Applicator Certification Standard for commercial painters. What do you think of this idea?


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?


What industry economic indicators do you follow most closely?


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


What green building word would you most like to retire?


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


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?


A California architect who improperly built a home with outdoor fireplaces installed inside has been sentenced to a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter after a house fire killed a firefighter. Does the penalty fit?


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


A California judge has handed three former makers of lead-based paint their first big defeat and a $1.15 billion abatement tab. Good call or bad call?


Will the new South Coast Air Quality Management District VOC restrictions on colorants affect your business?


Some men’s prison cells and boys’ locker rooms have been painted pink in order to soothe or humiliate occupants. What do you think of this idea?


One World Trade Center’s spire has earned it the honor of tallest U.S. building. What should “tallest building” mean?


Construction employers want three more months to comment on OSHA’s proposed silica rule. Should OSHA grant the extension?


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


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


Some parties involved in fatal structural collapses are facing criminal charges. Should such collapses be investigated as civil matters, criminal matters, or both?


What type of information/articles in Durability + Design Magazine would be of most value to you?


After decades of non-regulatory approaches, OSHA has proposed a rule to limit worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Do you favor this rule?


The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and civilian employees by Sept. 3. Good move or bad move?


In the UK, a tax-funded artistic group called the Blight Society is teaching graffiti classes. Critics call this a misuse of public funds that will encourage vandalism. What do you think?


Several homeowners have been forced to remove murals painted on their property. Who should have the final say over an exterior mural on a private home?


A UK contractor will serve three years in prison for allowing an untrained employee to do work that cost him his life. What do you think of this sentence?


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


The U.S. government looks likely to endorse LEED as the green building standard for all federal buildings for the next five years. Will this affect you?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. Is this a good move?


Architects in the UK, where the average one-bedroom home is 495 square feet, are fighting for larger mandated minimum home sizes. Do you agree with this effort?


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


The fertilizer plant that exploded in West, TX, was last inspected in 1985, causing some people to question OSHA’s oversight. Overall, how do you feel about OSHA’s oversight?


Should Congress try again to close the background check loophole for gun owners?


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


Do you have a preferred “green” building system for design and construction?


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?


Who should have final say over whether a mural is appropriate for public display?


Overall, how valuable do you find professional certification programs?


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?


What industry trends do you follow most closely?


A French court has awarded damages to an architect whose museum design was altered by an addition decades later. What do you think of this?


What professional association member benefit is (or would be) of most value to you?


North Miami Beach has passed an ordinance that restricts the use of certain exterior paint colors by businesses. What’s your take on this?


How valuable are associations (SSPC, NACE, etc.) to your professional development?


Did you attend SSPC 2013? If so, what did you think?


With the new Congress seated and a second term for President Obama underway, what do you expect of jobs and the economy this year?


As the economy demands doing more with less, what do you feel gets shortchanged most often in the process?


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 has your staffing been in 2012?


Will Congress and President Obama work out a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff?”


Do you plan to attend SSPC 2013?


Did you vote in last week’s presidential election?


How do you expect Hurricane Sandy to affect your business?


Election 2012: Who gets your vote for President on Nov. 6?


It’s finally decision time. So, who gets your vote for President on Nov. 6?


Some cities are considering regulating exterior paint colors for commercial buildings. Is this a good idea?


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?


Forget Obama and Romney. Do you prefer Paul Ryan or Joe Biden for vice president?


How do your current new hires and applicants generally compare to those of yesteryear?


An asbestos contractor will serve 10 years in prison for a shoddy removal job. What’s your take on that sentence?


Some owners have begun to require an individually certified coating inspector for projects, rather than a certified firm. Is this necessary?


How much do you keep tabs on color trends?


The Federal Trade Commission will not allow Graco to take over DeVilbiss, Binks, Ransburg and BGK. Good decision or bad decision for the coatings industry?


Who will be the next President of the United States?


What is your top economic concern in this election year?


What is most important to the nation’s economic health?


An experienced industrial painter crippled in a 40-foot fall was recently awarded $2.3 million for his injuries, although he was not wearing fall protection. What do you think of this jury verdict?


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?


What can be done to attract more young people to the coatings industry?


What coatings segment will benefit most from changes in government policy over the coming years?


More than a dozen Americans (including painters) have died in recent years from methylene chloride paint strippers. Now the European Union is cracking down on the products. What should the US do?


How should the U.S. Supreme Court rule on President Obama’s health-care overhaul plan (also known as “Obamacare”)?


What coating advance should researchers focus on now?


What is your opinion on the future of wallcoverings?


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?


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?


The FTC is trying to block Graco’s takeover of ITW Finishing, saying it would create a monopoly that would hurt the industry. Should the deal proceed?


From Bill Clinton’s pot smoking to Newt Gingrich’s marriages, candidates’ personal lives have always loomed large in presidential campaign. But should they?


Which of the following research or development areas seems most likely to become a strong market for coatings?


When the dust settles, who will be this year’s Republican nominee for President?


Of the following, which should be the most important current objective of R&D in coatings?


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


What were the biggest news developments for the design, construction and contracting industries this past year?


Where should architects and specifiers acquire their knowledge about product selection and technology?


What do you think of the Occupy Wall Street movement? (Please comment!)


In today’s economy, what path would you advise next for a new high school graduate?


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


What should be uppermost in the mind of an architect when designing a building?


A Durability + Design story last week reported on a survey of design professionals about green building and sustainable design, and the survey included a question about the concept of a “durability index.” What is your opinion on such an idea?


What is the likelihood there will be some sort of government jobs bill before the end of the year?


How do you see the future of the green-building movement?


Who would make the worst president for the coatings industry in 2012?


SSPC recently announced the launch of a new Commercial/Light Industrial Interest Group that will focus on developing standards and guides related to surface preparation, coatings selection and coatings application for this sector. What do you believe is the most important need in this market?


Overall, who provides the best advancements in coating materials?


What resources do you use in making color choices?


Who will suffer most politically next year from the public anger ignited by the debt battle and its economic fallout?


Do you ever deal with polished concrete?


House Republicans want to slash transportation spending to the amount brought in by federal gas tax revenues and other existing highway fees. That’s about $215 billion over six years—half of what the Obama administration sought for the program last year. What do you think?


What about these high profits we read about? Are you or your company making money?


Should specified levels of performance in multi-year atmospheric exposure testing be used in coatings performance standards?


What do you think about using wallcoverings for interior design?


Congress has increased the national debt ceiling 74 times since 1962. Should it do so again?


What kind of information do you think users need more from manufacturers of coatings and other building materials?


How much of the existing commercial building stock will be retrofitted with energy-efficient components (walls, curtain walls, roofs) in the next 10 years?


The Republican race for President is heating up. Of the undeclared prospects, whom would you most like to see as a candidate?


What should the federal government do about environmental regulations in light of weakness in the economy, especially construction?


According to recent real estate forecasts, it will take 3-4 more years to work through the glut of foreclosed properties. What does this mean for the construction and coating industries?


What’s ahead for Sarah Palin?


Le Corbusier, one of the master architects of the Bauhaus movement, which is considered minimalistic in use of color, said that “color is the immediate spontaneous expression of life.” Which of the following expressions about the architectural use of color most closely reflects your view?


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?


In your opinion how much will the energy consumption of buildings decline by 2025?


Who do you hold most responsible for the current federal budget impasse?


How do you think the green building movement and LEED Certification have impacted the coatings industry?


How do you see the future of decorative concrete flooring, including acid staining and concrete polishing?


Congress is considering slashing EPA’s and OSHA’s authority and/or funding. How will this affect the coatings industry?


In addition to paint, which of the following decorative finishes would you be most likely to use or specify?


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


What do you think of Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate in 2012?


Turmoil in the Middle East could jeopardize oil supplies. What would be the most significant effect in the U.S.?


Where should current coatings R&D be focused?


How will the new divided U.S. government affect the recovery in housing and commercial construction in 2011-2012?


What is most likely to make you choose one paint vendor over another?


What should Congress do about the 2010 Health Care Bill?


What should the US do about gays in the military?


What would most help your business in 2011?


What should the US do about WikiLeaks owner Julian Assange for leaking hundreds of classified US documents?


The 10-year-old Bush tax cuts are about to expire. How should Washington handle them?


What will it take for the U.S. to address its infrastructure crisis?


How has the green building movement affected your business?


What is your biggest business challenge in this down economy?


What is your biggest challenge as a painting contractor in this down economy?


What is your opinion of the effect that government gridlock will have if it develops from a divided Congress?


How do you think the nation’s new crop of elected officials will most affect the coatings industry?


A new audit shows that OSHA is quick to drastically reduce fines for workplace violations—even repeat violations. Safety advocates say the agency has fallen down on its enforcement mandate. What do you think?


In what coating business sector do you see the most potential for growth in the next 24 months?


Intense merger and acquisition activity in recent years is reshaping the paint and coatings industry with fewer, larger players. Where do you think this activity will have the greatest impact?


 
 
   

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