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Excerpt from an article from America’s Workforce Radio: On the broadcast today we had Eric Dean, General President of the Iron Workers International Union, and he talked about the State of the Iron Worker’s Union in regards to Organizing, Safety, and Training! Our second guest was Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director with the United Labor Agency, and he talked about the Unsung Heroes Dinner in November, New Training in IT, Healthcare and Manufacturing! Continue Reading

New construction starts in July maintained June’s pace, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $629.4 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building … Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from National Real Estate Investor: When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or—worse—expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a “minor” mistake, like using the wrong waterproofing caulk, can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess that’s ready for the wrecking ball—or at least a multi-million dollar rehab. So, whether you’re constructing an apartment building, the alterations for your new office space or a custom home, learn from the painful lessons of others. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from the National Law Review: In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that OSHA could not issue citations for failing to record an injury or illness beyond the six-month statute of limitations set out in the statute. AKM LLC d/b/a Volks Constructors v. Sec’y of Labor, 675 F.3d 752 (D.C. Cir. 2012). Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article from Occupational Health & Safety: The experience modification (MOD) rate plays a critical role in a number of U.S. commercial construction bidding scenarios. Although the MOD rate is primarily used to calculate workers’ compensation insurance premiums, it has been widely adopted by federal, state, and local agencies as a method to evaluate the job site safety records and risk potential of contractors and construction companies that are bidding on projects. Many government agencies require documented proof of the MOD rate for bid submissions and use it as a factor in the selection process. Even more important, a high MOD number may disqualify contractors from submitting a bid in the first place. Continue Reading

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The Tampa Police Department honored two Bradenton, Fla.-based Key Glass employees last Thursday for their life-saving efforts. Key Glass provides a comprehensive annual safety training … Continue Reading

For the sixth time in seven years, Giroux Glass Inc. has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” by the … Continue Reading

Giroux Glass announced it has moved to a new, larger office location in Fresno, Calif. Continue Reading

Excerpt from an article Giroux Glass: Just another day in the shop today here at Giroux. We’ve got a job coming up to replace a big panel of glass for the group of architects at Gensler. Their US HQ is at 500 S. Figueroa in downtown LA, and this big panel is one of a series in their “jewel box.” That’s their ground-level series of windowpanes that go around the building. Our project estimator, Jay Ramos, said “It looks like a BB gun caused damage to the piece, and it left behind a small round hole”. This is what we’re replacing. Continue Reading

Starting today, Pella EFCO is sponsoring the USGlass online contract glazing specialized site,, for the month of June. The site covers all the latest … Continue Reading

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The market for fire-rated glass products has seen rapid growth in recent years. Gone are the days of wired-glass stairwells, as the industry has welcomed in an abundance of light and transparency that flows deep into the building—thanks in part to the developments in fire-rated glazing materials. But, not everything is always as simple as it may seem. In some instances that rapid growth has also resulted in a lack of exposure to glass and framing developments, some experts say. And contract glaziers, for one, are not always aware of the inherent differences in fire-rated materials compared to traditional products. Continue Reading

They say in Vegas the eye in the sky is watching us all, but it’s a different “eye” that takes the stage once a year when the contract glaziers head into town. I-words, instead, were the name of the game during the 2014 Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, organized by the Glass Association of North America, which took place March 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. Here’s a look back at five key themes that resonated throughout this year’s event. Continue Reading

The construction industry has seen a recent increase in fatalities on job sites, and members across the industry have now come together this week to … Continue Reading

When USGlass magazine approached us about creating a way to measure contract glaziers’ confidence in the future, we set about to test and develop research … Continue Reading

“We had the largest backlog and the largest receivable in the history of the company at the time of the receivership so it’s all hard … Continue Reading

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