Category: Light Industrial

Can Self-Healing Concrete Fix Our Crumbling Bridges?

During his State of the Union address on January 30, President Trump announced a $1.5 trillion proposal to fix “crumbling infrastructure.” His comments came just two days before the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) reported that 54,259 of the nation’s bridges are “structurally deficient.” It’s clear that something needs to be done.   …

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Solar Industry Reaction To White House Tariff Mixed

On January 22, the Trump administration shook up the U.S. solar industry. The administration announced a 30% tariff on solar panels manufactured overseas. According to CNBC, “A 30 percent tariff would be applied to imported solar modules and cells in the first year. In the subsequent three years, that number would decrease to 25 percent, …

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Warehouse Construction On Course To Boom In 2018

In 2017, I wrote about how the rise of e-commerce caused a rise in wages for warehouse positions. But the slow decline of brick-and-mortar retail in favor of online shopping is boosting another industry, too. Warehouse construction. Warehouse Boom Moody Analytics predicts that internet retailers are going to need even more industrial space for their …

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Starter Home Prices Rise, While Apartment Construction Slows

Rising construction costs are putting the price of new starter homes out of reach for many first-time home buyers. A Shortage Of Affordable Starter Homes The construction worker shortage is one factor that’s raising the price of new homes. 69% of home-builders say they can’t find enough qualified laborers to finish their projects on time. …

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Last-Minute Protests Against New ELD Mandate

Tick-tock. The countdown to the ELD mandate is only five days away. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new rules require truck drivers to now use an electronic logging device (ELD) to track their service hours. ELDs work by monitoring and recording data directly from a truck’s engine. Some trucking companies already use ELDs. However, many owner-operators …

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The Hottest Manufacturing Jobs

The manufacturing industry started adding jobs in 2010. This came as a surprise to many economy watchers who’d declared America’s manufacturing sector defunct. Higher costs associated with labor and transporting goods are spurring some companies to move overseas production back to the U.S. “Every week we’re hearing about a new company building a plant in the …

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