ZEN Industries'
February 2011 e-Newsletter

Prevailing Wage Info | Jobs Lost & Gained | Polyvinyl Coated Duct

Complementary Information:

Construction Work Zone websiteContractor 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 www.ConstructionWorkZone.com.   

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.  

Fabricating and Metalworking WebsiteThe 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 on 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.

How PCD is madePolyvinyl 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 exhaust systems.

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 man).
  • Corrosion and weather resistant.
  • No chipping, cracking, peeling or release of volatile odors.
  • Will not collapse under concrete - strong enough to walk on.

Spiral PCD DuctworkSpiral PCD Duct

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 installation. 

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 budget effective.

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