February 2011 e-Newsletter
Prevailing Wage Info |
Jobs Lost & Gained |
Polyvinyl Coated Duct
Alert: Prevailing Wage Information Available
Up-to-date prevailing wage rates are available online for every
construction trade in over 400 US metro areas. Access is available through a
FREE service of
From the menu on the
website, select "Estimate a Job," and then "Get
Prevailing Wage Rates."
It is necessary to sign up for a FREE account before accessing the
information, but the tool is a service of well-known BNi Building News
and is based on up-to-date data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
An invaluable resource for estimating and bidding, the website helps
you determine the hourly wage and fringe benefit cost for every labor
classification covered by the Davis-Bacon Act. You'll find other free
resources on this comprehensive website as well.
Current State of Industries
Mike Riley is the editor of Fabricating & Metalworking
Magazine. He's compiled a list of the 10 industries that lost the
most jobs in 2010, and the 10 industries that gained the most as well.
Click the image at right or the following link to read Mike's article
The Current State of Industries.
Believe it or not, Local Government Education was hardest hit, with a
loss of 143,700 jobs. Building Construction lost 38,900 jobs (#9)
and Specialty Trade Contractors (#3) lost 102,100. That's a total of
141,000 jobs lost in construction and specialty trade overall.
All of the research data used to compile these two lists was
sourced from the seasonally-adjusted non-farm payrolls of the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics, from November 2009 through November 2010.
Coated Duct | Spiral PCD Duct
Polyvinyl Coated Duct is great for use in situations where an acidic or
caustic environment would corrode metals, and is often used as an alternative to
stainless steel. A primary application is in underground duct and fume
How PCD is Made
The PCD manufacturing process begins with (1)
prime, hot-dipped galvanized steel that is cleaned and fire treated.
Then (2) a special epoxy primer is bonded to
both sides of the metal. Finally (3) a
polyvinyl coating is heat-fused to one or both sides.
At ZEN Industries, polyvinyl coating can be fabricated in configurations
of 4 / 4, 4 / 1, and
1 / 4 (outside over inside polyvinyl coating measured in mils).
Benefits of Polyvinyl Coated Duct
With both the inert qualities of plastic and the strength of steel,
PCD duct is:
- Lightweight (10' length X 20" diameter PCD handled easily by one
- Corrosion and weather resistant.
- No chipping, cracking, peeling or release of volatile odors.
- Will not collapse under concrete - strong enough to walk on.
Now ZEN Industries offers Spiral Polyvinyl Coated Duct.
Spiral PCD combines the corrosion resistance of PCD
ductwork with the exceptional qualities of spiral duct. Spiral PCD
is light weight, reducing both manufacturing costs and the costs of
In use, spiral duct is strong, efficient in reducing leaks, and
resistant to mold.
Spiral duct is not only practical, it's architectural appeal enhances
the look of many buildings in which it is used. Spiral PCD,
therefore is not limited to underground applications.
To learn more about how Spiral PCD can work for your project, contact
ZEN Industries today.
To learn more about working with ZEN Industries
Call us today at 1-877-600-0274 and we'll be glad to answer any of
your questions about how ZEN can make your HVAC project more time and
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