US homebuilder sentiment reached its highest point in four months during February, according to the National Association of Home Builders. One of the biggest challenges facing the home construction and remodeling businesses right now is a lack of young labor entering the industry, said National Kitchen & Bath Association CEO Bill Darcy.
Tile roofs can be trouble for solar panel installers, especially those with a heavy foot, writes Billy Ludt. He also compares the advantages of replacement tile mounts versus roof hooks for solar installations.
There is no doubt trade restrictions and tariffs would force change within supply chains, but the uncertainty they've created thus far will alter global supply chains going forward, writes Willy Shih. Concerns from the US regarding overdependence on China, emerging manufacturing in China and regional focus on goods-producing supply chains will change the way supply chains operate, Shih adds.
Anoka County, Minn., officials are hoping to highlight the area's low taxes, affordable land and proximity to major cities in one place through a comprehensive website. The county's economic development specialist is also working with city leaders on business-development zoning and downtown-revitalization projects.
The US Department of Labor may change the salary exemption rules by increasing the salary threshold for employees to be considered exempt from being paid overtime, warranting a review for roofing companies to ensure employees are being paid fairly, Richard Alaniz writes. Though no new rules have been issued, he explains how to determine whether an employee is exempt.
With the popularity of Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri and all of the other virtual assistants, the search game is changing. Why? Because people don't speak the same way that they type into Google's search bar, so all of the keyword targeting you have done with your digital marketing may no longer be as effective. Read more.
A company building a pipeline in Pennsylvania has reached out via email to subcontractors who worked on the project encouraging them to contact the surety for a contractor that collapsed. The company said the surety has already processed some claims but can only help subcontractors that follow the correct claims process.
Realizing the benefits of diversity -- including to the bottom line -- requires ending the "illusion of inclusion" in favor of deep and intentional strategies to create an inclusive corporate culture, writes Sona Jepsen. Senior leadership must mix with every level of the company to "absorb diverse viewpoints" and spark innovation, Jepsen argues.
In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to scale back construction of a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Trump administration has vowed to cut off $929 million in congressionally approved funding for the line and wants the state to repay an extra $2.5 billion it already has used. The state intends to fight to retain funds.
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