Immersion Printing – Is It Right for Your Window Film Company?

Apr 23rd, 2014

Various automotive parts can be covered using immersion printing, including interior parts. Photo courtesy of Georgia Hydrographics Inc.

“It can be used to gain extra profit,” says Cristian Escalante of CJE Services Inc. in Boynton Beach, Fla. “The diversity in the imaging and the ability to overlay on most any substrate is amazing,” adds Hann Kim of STM, Solar Transmission Management in Los Angeles. What are they talking about? Hydrographics. So what exactly […]

After a Strong Start, Remodeling Activity Should See Some Easing Later in the Year

Apr 22nd, 2014

Solid growth is expected in the home remodeling market this year but momentum should begin to moderate in the fourth quarter, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) of Harvard University. Sluggishness in the housing market and specifically in home sales […]

Current Remodeling Conditions Fell in March Survey

Apr 22nd, 2014

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) first-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions show current condition ratings fell significantly in March. Business conditions during the first three months of 2014 dropped to 6.07, down from 6.41 in December. There was a decline in all but one […]

Despite Weather, Construction Industry Making Best of Start to 2014

Apr 22nd, 2014

Construction economists don’t always see eye-to-eye, and that’s okay, according to Bernard Markstein, chief economist for Reed Construction Data. “We seem to agree on most things, but not everything …we’re economists. That’s what we do,” he says. But during a recent economic forecast, there was at least one thing on which Markstein and several others […]

Majority of U.S. States See Construction Employment Increase over Past Year

Apr 22nd, 2014

The harsh winter that plagued most of the first three months of 2014 may have threatened the construction industry, but the latest numbers from year-over-year analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America suggest it wasn’t enough to stall a positive trend in construction employment. According to the analysis, construction firms added jobs in 38 […]

Nonresidential Building Starts Regain Upward Movement in March

Apr 22nd, 2014

After a sluggish start to the year, nonresidential building picked up its pace in March, jumping 24 percent after declines in January (down 9 percent) and February (down 7 percent), according to McGraw Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. “The slow start for construction activity in early 2014 can be attributed to tough winter […]

Selling Safety — Tips for Educating Your Community

Apr 16th, 2014

broken glass

With the memory of the tragic events at last year’s Boston Marathon fresh on the minds of the public, security concerns are more prevalent than ever. While safety and security films could not have prevented the bombing, they could play a role in reducing the impact of such events. When selling and installing blast mitigation […]

New Legislation Offers Opportunity to Increase Usage of Energy-Efficient Window Film

Apr 16th, 2014

Recently introduced legislation could be a positive step forward for the window film industry. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act (S. 2189), restoring energy-efficiency tax incentives, specifically a tax deduction “for retrofits of existing commercial and multifamily buildings” and “performance-based home energy improvements.” The 179D provision currently allows building owners […]

Holly Biller Named to Women’s Leadership and Networking Council

Apr 16th, 2014

Holly Biller, vice president of digital media services for Key Communications Inc., publisher of Window Film magazine, has been named to the prestigious American Business Media’s (ABM) Women’s Leadership and Networking Council. Biller has been with Key Communications for 19 years, and has been instrumental in the development of Key Communication’s Inc. digital products and […]

Builder Confidence Holds Steady in April

Apr 16th, 2014

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point to 47 in April from a downwardly revised March reading of 46 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). “Job growth is proceeding at a solid pace, mortgage interest rates remain historically low and home prices are […]