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  • "You should be able to don a green collar, even if you don't wear a union hat," says AGC chief executive officer Stephen Sandherr as the U.S. Department of Labor gets ready to begin awarding new "green jobs" training grants. Unfortunately, the new federal grants are currently available only to union affiliated groups, according to a May 7 AGC report.
  • DuPont said Thursday it will cut another 2,000 jobs as falling orders from the automotive and manufacturing sectors continue to eat away at sales.''Our objective is not simply to weather the recession and wait for recovery,'' DuPont Chief Executive Ellen Kullman said in a statement Thursday. ''Our goal is to emerge from this global recession stronger, faster and more agile than ever before.''...
  • Consumer fears over a potential bankruptcy are keeping customers away from General Motors showrooms, the company said Thursday, pushing the ailing automaker closer to bankruptcy.GM said it lost $6 billion in the first quarter, burning through $10.2 billion in cash. Revenue fell by 47 percent to $22.4 billion, and U.S. market share slid nearly 4 percentage points to 18.4 percent.Global market...
  • Hoaf, Netherlands, expands its line of modular, autoclave-free laminating systems with the introduction of the Twinbox that incorporates the oven--Heatbox--and PVB, EVA and TPU storage--Climatebox--into a single unit, according to a May 6 release. This integrated unit features a small footprint providing another option to facilitate with limited space as well as “plug and play”...
  • Mitchell Glass , a division of Mitchell International Inc., San Diego, will preview GlassMate 6.0 at this year’s Independent Glass Association 2009 Independents’ Days Conference and Spring Auto Glass Show, according to a May 6 release. GlassMate software is a point-of-sale system that delivers efficiency and automation to the auto glass repair and replacement market.GlassMate 6.0...
  •  The 11th Glass Performance Days, June 12-15, Tampere, Finland, calls the world´s solar and glass specialists for a rally around renewable energy sources and energy saving. The agenda is strongly focused on solar technology as the fastest growing customer category of glass processors and their supply chain, according to a May 6 release. GPD lecturers and participants explore the...
  • Four independently owned and operated Glass Doctor franchise locations opened in the United States and Canada in April.Glass Doctor of Barrie, Ontario, owned by Dave Hawthorne, is the second Glass Doctor franchise to open in Ontario this year. The shop is located at 551 Bryne Drive. Call 705/721-4527 for service.Glass Doctor of Harriman, Tenn., owned by Amy Castonguay, serves Cumberland, McMinn,...
  • Thanks to Sen. Arlen Specter’s change of party, prospects are improving for the Employee Free Choice Act, or Card Check. Democrats’ expanding majority means passage of “compromise” legislation is significantly more likely. While such a compromise may sound reasonable, there is nothing to stop congressional leaders from reverting back to much of the original Card...
  • Construction spending increased 0.3 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $970 billion, the Census Bureau reported on Monday. The total was down 11 percent from March 2008. Private residential construction fell 4.1 percent for the month and 33 percent from a year earlier, private nonresidential rose 2.7 percent and 1.2 percent  and public construction rose 1.1...
  • The chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va., Ken Simonson, responded to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau showing a surprise uptick in nonresidential construction spending this past March.  Simonson explained that construction can be a lagging indicator and that much of the uptick was from a series of mega energy and...
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