Attract younger workers to the trades

May 1, 2020  |  Resources

Tech and training are sparking interest. by Jeff Moravec There’s a simple, well-known and significant problem in the fabrication business: too much work, not enough workers. “Fabricators have more business than they can handle,” says Russ Griffin, co-owner of Northcoast Marine Specialties LLC …
Phifer’s SheerWeave fabrics win awards

April 1, 2019  |  Resources

Phifer Incorporated’s SheerWeave Style 4400/4000/4100 Series made with DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers was among the list of winners for Architectural Products Magazine’s annual Product Innovation Awards (daylighting category) and featured in the November 2018 issue. The Style 4000 Seri…
How to solve the labor shortage

February 1, 2019  |  Resources

Think about your local hospital. Picture it in your mind. Think about the people who work there and the work they do. Now imagine that this hospital closed, and so did many of the clinics. Can you imagine your community without access to health care? How would that change your life? As far-fetched a…
New game apps teach safe lifting and materials handling practices

January 1, 2019  |  Resources

The Center for Construction Research and Training, an OSHA Alliance Program participant, has launched a number of new safety resources, including free game apps to help educate employees on how to prevent injuries that result from manually lifting and moving heavy materials. Lifting heavy items is o…
State marijuana laws, opioid use and your workplace drug policy

October 1, 2018  |  Resources

What do business owners need to know about changing state marijuana laws and opioid use? With the U.S. unemployment rate at its lowest in years, employers are struggling to fully staff their companies. If that wasn’t difficult enough, employers who operate in states that have legalized marijuana f…
Tax law changes make adding equipment and vehicles more affordable

October 1, 2018  |  Resources

Last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) not only slashed tax rates, it also enacted rules that allow businesses to treat as an expense and immediately write off more—including 100 percent temporary expensing for certain assets. This means adding needed equipment, vehicles or even a new shop…
Facebook’s algorithm changes will affect social media strategies

July 1, 2018  |  Resources

The power of Facebook® is undeniable—and while its data privacy issues dominate the news at the moment, the algorithm update that launched earlier this year is still a hot topic for social media marketers and page administrators across the globe. How might this update affect our marketing strateg…
Selling a business depends on good record keeping and planning

March 1, 2018  |  News, Resources

No matter where in the world we run our businesses, we aspire to be successful, profitable and happy. We have either started the business from nothing, purchased an existing enterprise or taken the reins of the family business. Often, we begin with limited skills, have minimal formal industry traini…