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February 8, 2013
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  • Fans raise 990-ton roof for LNG tank in Australia
    A domed roof weighing about 990 tons has been inflated atop a liquefied natural gas tank about 125 feet tall in Australia's Queensland state. The roof, constructed inside the tank, was raised to the tank's top with the help of three large fans. "After years of planning and construction, it's always an amazing feeling to get the roof into place," said George Kerr of Bechtel, who worked on the project. Gladstone Observer (Australia) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News & Trends 
  • Improving new-construction sector lures Jasper Contractors
    Roofing contractor Jasper Contractors, headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., says it will add new construction to its business. The company will offer labor and building materials for new construction projects in addition to its roofing and home repair work, according to Jasper Contractors CEO Brian Wedding. The improving condition of the new-construction sector led to the decision, Wedding said. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Museum roof not likely to cave in with this blizzard
    A decade ago, the roof of the historic B&O Museum in Baltimore caved in from the weight of snow dropped by a blizzard. That shouldn't happen with the approaching storm, according to this piece. The roof replacement cost millions of dollars and took more than a year to finish. WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 finalists vie for $975M Minn. Vikings stadium contract
    Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction and the team of Hunt Construction and Kraus-Anderson are the two finalists vying to build the $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. "We've got two great candidates and either one could do the job and deliver the project that we need," said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president for stadium development. The winning bidder will be announced next week because the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority needs more information before the decision is made, according to Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of authority. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Higher-ed institutions leading the way to sustainability
    Several hundred U.S. colleges and universities have said they want to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. Corporations and business can learn from their experiences because they face the same challenges and goals in pursuit of sustainability goals as the schools do, writes Georges Dyer. Dyer explains how Arizona State University overcame the sustainability challenges through cultural transformation. Blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Can you still remember your company's values?
    A company's highfalutin statement of values won't count for much if nobody can remember it, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Keep your company's statement of purpose short and to the point, and consider investing in gimmicks to make them more memorable. "Print them on wallet-size cards, have them in your e-mail signature line and/or have an artist come up with pleasing wall hangings," Asmus suggests. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why you can't prioritize customers over employees -- or vice versa
    Company leaders shouldn't focus on pleasing just their employees or just their customers, writes Steve Tobak, managing partner at Invisor Consulting. Instead, they need to grow their businesses while making them attractive places for people to work. This two-pronged approach is necessary, because "when a company is stagnant, when it's growth trajectory flat-lines, that's a sign for employees, shareholders, customers -- indeed, everyone -- to start looking elsewhere," he writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Last Word blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Unlikely allies: Chamber, labor work on immigration reform
    The Chamber of Commerce and labor unions have teamed up to advocate for immigration reform and propose changes to the current guest-worker program. Unions suggest that a panel of experts could use economic data to determine the number of guest workers needed. That number would change as the economy changes. However, the Chamber is skeptical, saying a panel would be "unwieldy" and slow. Both groups do see a need to devise a way in which undocumented workers could gain citizenship. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7)
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA University has made available its ProForeman Certificate Program
    NRCA University's new ProForeman Certificate Program will allow roofing company employees to earn a certificate by completing a series of training programs and demonstrating his or her competence to perform work. After completing the program, employees should be able to demonstrate an ability to speak with company personnel and customers about roof systems and job sites, providing rationale for specific roof and safety system choices. They also should be able to articulate aspects of effective crew, company and customer leadership. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers employment law guide
    NRCA offers Employment Law: A Legal Guide for Roofing Contractors, Second Edition, which provides an overview of the most pertinent federal employment laws applicable to your business. The guide is organized according to the major stages of the employment relationship and addresses hiring, immigration issues, performance evaluations, disciplinary actions and employment terminations, union issues and personnel records. The member price for the guide is $195, and the retail price is $295. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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