>> Jim Davidson Celebrates 50 Years in the Spray Foam and Coatings Industries
SprayWorks Equipment Group’s Owner and Inventor, Jim Davidson, celebrates 50 years in the polyurethane industry. With a career beginning at the age of 12, while working for his father’s polyurethane equipment company (a Gusmer distributor), Jim has created a diverse background in spray foam and coatings application including; roofs, bridges, roads, parking decks, building envelopes, and more. He continues to work hard to give back to the industry with education and experience through his nine-year-old polyurethane equipment company, SprayWorks Equipment Group.
>> Preliminary Energy Savings Announced For ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard
More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of Standard 90.1, according to recent analysis conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program.
>> Chemical Activity Barometer Continues Steady Climb; Consumer and Business Confidence Strengthening
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), posted a strong gain in February of 0.4 percent, following a similar 0.4 percent gain in January. This follows a steady 0.3 percent gain every month during the third quarter of 2016. All data is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Accounting for adjustments, the CAB is now up was up 5.0 percent over this time last year, marking its strongest year-over-year performance since September 2010. On an unadjusted basis the CAB climbed 0.1 percent in February, following a 0.5 percent gain in January.
>> Graco Launches Ultra® and Ultra® MAX Professional Airless Handheld Sprayers
Graco Inc. introduces its most advanced line of airless handheld sprayers yet: the Graco Ultra and Ultra MAX airless handheld sprayers, available in corded and cordless models. The Ultra and Ultra MAX airless handheld sprayers include new features that make it easier to spray more in less time with great results.
Zion Market Research has published a new report titled "Spray Polyurethane Foam (Open Cell, Closed Cell and Others) Market for Residential Walls, Residential Roofing, Commercial Walls, Commercial Roofing and Other Applications – Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2014–2020." According to the report, the global spray polyurethane foam market was valued at USD 1.30 billion in 2014 and is anticipated to reach USD 1.90 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 7% between 2014 and 2020. In terms of volume, the global spray polyurethane foam market stood at 530 kilo tons in 2014.
CitationsOSHA has released its list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations that occurred in the last fiscal year. Not surprisingly, the list has hardly changed from previous years. Employers who take a proactive approach with regard to their health and safety culture find themselves consistently ahead of the curve. These companies know what OSHA is looking for when OSHA shows up unannounced, and are prepared to demonstrate their businesses are compliant with OSHA standards.