Weekly Poll (98)


A recent study from the American Institute of Architects looks at the relationship between architect-contractor relationships, noting that close collaboration early in a project often results in better outcomes for the client and for themselves. What do you believe determines project success?


As the year reaches its halfway point, how has your business fared in 2022?


The Associated General Contractors recently reported skilled labor shortages throughout the U.S. in the construction industry, despite growth in the nation’s labor force participation rate. Has your company had trouble filling positions this year?


What do you consider most important when purchasing abrasive blast media?


For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a rulemaking for the Davis-Bacon Act and Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to speed up prevailing wage updates, create several efficiencies in the current system and ensure that prevailing wage rates keep up with actual wages. Do you agree with the proposed changes?


A job forecast issued by ThinkWhy for construction and extraction occupations predicts that the industry is expected to expand by 3.9% (nearly 240,000 jobs) in 2022. Do you believe that this will be impacted by the current labor shortage?


Now that it’s been officially released, what is your favorite aspect about the new, independent, Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings magazine?


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?


Reports have recently indicated that businesses that received Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic could experience higher taxable revenues. If you or your company received a PPP loan, do you plan to apply for loan forgiveness or use the tax write offs and pay the loan back?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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


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?


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?


Does your company offer bonuses during the holiday season?


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


How would you describe your email habits?


How do you handle coworker disputes?


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?


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?


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


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?


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


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


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?


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?


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?


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?


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


How has your staffing been in 2012?


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?


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


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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


What would most help your business in 2011?


What is your biggest business challenge in this down economy?


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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