ABC Recognizes the Importance of Women
While construction has long been a predominantly male industry, more women are being seen entering construction-related fields, according to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
In Birmingham, Ala., ABC member firm BE&K Construction has been working to encourage more women to enter trades in the construction-related industry. To help raise awareness among young women of the opportunities provided by careers in construction, the company founded “The BE&K School of Industrial Construction: It’s a Girl Thing!,” a week-long day-camp program that offers high school girls training in jobsite safety, welding, carpentry and electrical crafts. The program was launched in 2002 with an enrollment of nine girls, and each year since then attendance has doubled in size.
ABC has also recognized the efforts of women in the trades at the national level. In the past two years, two of ABC’s top annual awards were presented to women in the construction industry. In 2002, ABC recognized Mary Hodge of BE&K, who works in instrumentation, welding, pipefitting and electrical work, with its Craft Professional of the Year award. In 2003, the company’s Craft Instructor of the Year award went to Christine Thorstensen Porter, instructor at the Construction Industry Training Council of Seattle, Wash.
According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), between 1995 and 2002, the number of women in construction increased 18 percent, growing from 762,000 to 897,000. This number, however, accounts for less than 10 percent of the 9.6 million total workers employed in the construction industry in 2002. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current population survey shows that women accounted for only 9.6 percent of the construction industry workforce in 2003. ABC’s aim is to increase that percentage, especially in light of the threats of worker shortages that the construction industry faces.
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Dixieline Lumber Buys Barr Lumber
National City, Calif.-based Dixieline Lumber Co., a division of Lanoga Corp., has announced an agreement “in principle” has been reached to acquire Barr Lumber Co. in El Centro, Calif.
Barr Lumber currently operates one, full-service lumber distribution yard and truss manufacturing facility in El Centro along with a showroom for doors and windows, a kitchen cabinet center and a door and trim shop, within the larger facility.
Barr Lumber immediately began operations as part of Dixieline Lumber & Home Centers on August 2, 2004.
Joe Lawrence, general manager of Dixieline, said, “Over the last few years we have seen our market share in the Imperial County grow. This is a market we currently service from San Diego. The Barr Lumber location will free-up capabilities and resources here in our San Diego lumber and truss operations and together grow and improve our ability to service both markets. Barr’s location will also allow us to potentially service the east side of the Palm Desert/Indio market, approximately 1½ hours to the north.”
“We are very excited about the opportunity Barr Lumber brings to Dixieline” says Paul Hylbert, president and chief executive officer of Lanoga, the parent company of Dixieline. “Its centralized location in the Imperial Valley is paramount for the continued growth of Dixieline in this fast growing market.”
Barr Lumber was acquired by the Imperial Hardware Co. in the early 1990’s. Jim Barr and his family founded this single operation and held it until the transfer of ownership to Phil Heald, the chief executive officer of Imperial Hardware.
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The Window and Door Manufacturers
and American Architectural Manufacturers Associations Pursue Consolidation
The boards of two U.S. window and door associations have announced that they have agreed to fully pursue a consolidation of the two organizations. The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) each have a small group of member company leaders participating in a special joint task group to work on this plan development.
According to a joint press release, this effort represents an opportunity for the industry to work in a more effective and efficient way in the development of industry standards, product certification and educational programs.
“A joining of the two associations can offer more service, speed and streamlined efficiencies to members and a whole host of benefits to all our specifier and user communities through simplified, single-source messages,” said Chris Simpson, WDMA chairperson.
“A single, stronger window and door association is of high interest to AAMA members from both the residential and architectural markets,” added Chris Fuldner, chairperson for AAMA. “Such a change would bring together the two organizations into a more powerful and unified voice as we face issues in standards and code development, increasing legislative opportunities and rapidly escalating legal challenges.”
The special joint task force is developing and will recommend transitional and long-term organizational structure, governance, procedures and financial plans. The task force plans to present proposals on the new association to the respective memberships at the WDMA and AAMA meetings in the first quarter of 2005.
In addition, the WDMA and AAMA recently issued an official position statement on an exemption to standards on exterior side-hinged door systems that contain glazing. The associations are recommending that all window, skylight and sliding glass door fenestration products within the scope of either ANSI/AAMA 101/I.S.2-97 or AAMA/WDMA 101/I.S.2/-NAFS-02 should comply with one of those specifications. Exterior side-hinged door systems should be tested in accordance with ASTM E330 or comply with one of the two standards. Testing to ASTM E 330 should include a 10 second period at a load equal to 1.5 times the design pressure.
When the two standards were put into the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), an exemption was created for exterior side-hinged doors and other products outside the scope of the standards, allowing them to be tested using ASTM E330. The exemption caused confusion for code officials, according to an WDMA news release, especially regarding exterior side-hinged doors containing glazing. The Glazed Side Hinged Door Task Group of the WDMA Exterior Fenestration Standards Committee (EFSC) has been working to address the code interpretation issue.
The recently completed AAMA/CSA/WDMA 101-I.S.2/A440 standard includes a specification section specifically for the doors, and its inclusion in the 2006 edition of the IBC and IRC is intended to rectify the problem.
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