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March 1, 2012
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Bircher Reglomat Appoints New Southeast Regional Sales Manager
Bircher Reglomat is pleased to announce that Nancy Miller has joined the organization as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast region. In her new role, Miller will sell the full line of Bircher Reglomat motion and presence sensors to the pedestrian and industrial markets, with special emphasis on the new PrimeFamily. She is based in Pittsburgh, and her territory includes the entire Southeastern United States, along with Eastern Canada. Miller brings with her 16 years of proven experience in the automatic door industry, as well as many established relationships.

Molly Bennet Joins Boston Architectural Hinge Co.
Boston Architectural Hinge Company is pleased to announce the hiring of a new outside sales representative in the New England territory for our door closers, locksets, exit devices, and continuous geared aluminum hinge lines. Molly can be reached in the office at 781/826-0008 or by email at molly.bahco@gmail.com.

Click here for more Industry Access news including recent new hires, merger & acquisition activity and who's offering new products.

* DHI Members may submit news releases to be considered for inclusion in DHI's IndustryWatch. Send to: jmadden@dhi.org


Business Update

Total construction spending increased 1.5% in December following a 0.4% rise in November, reported the U.S. Census Bureau. December total construction spending was $816.4 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). For the year, construction spending was down 2.0% from 2010. Nonresidential building construction spending picked up in December to $286.5 billion (SAAR), an increase of 1.7%, following a modest 0.1% rise in November. For the year, spending was down 4.0%, reported Reed Construction Data. Full Story

The Architectural Billings Index held for a third straight month above 50. This is a leading economic indicator of construction activity expansion and forecasts U.S. construction spending nine to 12 months ahead. Full Story

The Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD) is seeking ANSI approval of its AMD 100 standard, Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems and Procedures for Component Substitution as an American National Standard, reported Door & Window Manufacturer Magazine. Full Story

The January Producer Price Index for Wood Doors (flush & panel, interior & exterior) was up 2.0% from 2011 and the Other Wood Doors (Incl. garage, screen, storm, etc.) PPI down 1.4% compared to a year earlier. Compared to December, the unadjusted January PPI was down 0.1% for Wood Doors, but up 1.1% for Other Doors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The PPI for Metal Doors, Sash & Trim was down 0.1% from December, and was up 5.7% from 2011. The PPI for Builders Hardware was up 4.9% from 2011 but was down 0.3% from a month earlier. Click here to view the full January Producer Price Index report. (PDF file - Wood Door information is on page 18, Builders Hardware and Metal Door data are on, page 25)


Construction & Design

Illinois, particularly the Chicago region, is in the midst of a hospital building boom, reported the Chicago Tribune. Driven by the need to replace aging facilities, integrate new technology and equipment and fend off fierce competition, hospital systems spent more than $6.6 billion between April 2009 and April 2011 to build new facilities and update old ones, according to Illinois Hospital Association data. Full Story

Malcolm X College in Chicago will get a new $251 million health care campus as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to turn the community college into a pipeline for the health care jobs. The new two-building, 500,000 square foot campus is part of a $479 million, five-year capital plan the mayor announced for the seven-campus City Colleges of Chicago system, reported Chicago Tribune. Full Story

The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, MN plans to spend $3.5 billion in capital projects over the next 5 years which is expected to increase construction jobs. An estimated $600 million worth of new projects will kick off in 2012. Mayo Clinic's chief financial officer, said 60% of the capital spending will go toward replacing and renewing facilities, equipment and information technology, reported Finance & Commerce. Full Story


Security & Safety

In the matter of a magnetic lock installation, code compliance can be a big deal if designers and installers aren't sufficiently educated about requirements and common misinterpretations. A recent SDM article provides some tips on code compliance. Full Story

Campus Safety Magazine details the University of the District of Columbia's access control upgrade, which adopted an offline access control system that allows it to leverage its previous technology investments. Full Story


Government Affairs

California lawmakers want to make it easier to finance energy-saving retrofits to commercial buildings, reported the San Jose Business Journal. Under the proposal, the state would pool together property owners' energy-retrofit loans. State officials would then sell tax-exempt bonds and use the proceeds to repay the property owners’ loans. The bonds would not be repaid with public funds but by the property owners, through a monthly remittance on their buildings. The owners would make these payments using the energy savings that resulted from the retrofit. Full Story

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it will abandon plans to increase by 400% the size standard for architects eligible for SBA set-asides. Agencies like the AIA filed comments strenuously opposing the SBA's original proposal to raise the size standard to $19 million from $4.5 million in gross annual receipts for architects to qualify as a small business. Full Story


Small Business News

Tax Form

The President released a 25 page document outlining some general concepts for business tax reform. "The President's Framework For Business Tax Reform" calls for a lower C Corporation top rate and proposes the elimination of some business "tax expenditures" to "pay" for the lower rate. The document says "The President's Framework would eliminate dozens of different tax expenditures and fundamentally reform the business tax base to reduce distortions that hurt productivity and growth."  It does not specify what those "tax expenditures" (think credits and deductions) might be, but the repeal of the Last In/First Out (LIFO) method of inventory accounting is used as an example. The problem with the unspecified tax expenditures is that some of them may be used by sole proprietorships, partnerships and S Corporations too and there is no rate relief for those pass-through entities, which make up the bulk of the small business community.

There are some good provisions in the Framework for domestic manufacturers (regardless of structure). The Domestic Production Activity Deduction or DPAD (Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 199) is bumped up. Unfortunately, the definition of manufacturing would be tightened up and, as a result, some small businesses would lose the ability to use DPAD.

For the non-C Corporation or non-manufacturing small business world, the President offers two helpful provisions: Allow small businesses to expense up to $1 million in investments and allow cash accounting on businesses with up to $10 million in gross receipts.

DHI's Jerry Heppes sits on the board of the Small Business Legislative Council. If you'd like more information on these or other issues affecting small businesses, feel free to contact him at jheppes@dhi.org.

This material is protected under copyright law and contains confidential information.  It is for the sole personal, informational use of DHI members. It cannot be distributed, reprinted, referenced as a source for attribution, or otherwise made public.


DHI News

2012 DHI National Education Spring School - only time this year!

Don't miss out on the only opportunity this year to attend a national school!
April 29 - May 6, 2012, National Conference Center, Lansdowne, VA
To economize on travel and minimize the time out of the office for students, DHI has consolidated the most popular of the National Education offerings and will conduct them all just once this year at the National Conference Center in Virginia, conveniently located near three airports - Washington Dulles, Washington National, and Baltimore-Washington International.
We've assembled the finest line-up of nationally recognized, highly credentialed, volunteer instructors to make this one-time event the year's most valuable learning experience available in our industry.

Other DHI educational opportunities throughout the year include select courses offered locally by your DHI chapter, or in-house at your facility. There are also a growing number slated to be conducted online, and the special sessions held at the Annual Conference and Exposition.

But there is no substitute for the first-hand interaction with knowledgeable and seasoned instructors and the opportunity to network with your peers, both of which make attending the national school this spring in Lansdowne, VA a worthwhile investment!

REGISTER NOW for "Early Bird" Tuition Rates! Offer ends March 26.

DHI Call For Nominations
Every year at our annual Conference & Exposition, we take time to honor and thank the volunteers who so tirelessly give of their time and talents to our industry. Nominations can be for service at the national level or at the local Chapter level. Please send your nominations in at your earliest possible convenience and direct them to the attention of Ms. Cathy Jones or Jerry Heppes, CAE at DHI headquarters. Click here to download the 2012 Awards Nomination Brochure. Submissions Due May 4.

Steve Hornyak, DAHC, FDHI, CSI/CDT Joins DHI Staff
The Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) is pleased to announce that effective March 12, 2012, Steve Hornyak, DAHC, FDHI, CSI/CDT will begin work for DHI as an independent consultant assisting in the Education Department. Click here for details.

DHI's CEO Elected to the Board of SBLC and AAMA
DHI's CEO Jerry S. Heppes, Sr., CAE has been elected as the Treasurer of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) and also has been appointed to serve on the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Board of Directors.
For more details, visit www.sblc.org or www.aamanet.org.


Foundation News

The Door Security & Safety Foundation
National Association of State Fire Marshals

Sponsorship Opportunities in Partnership with the National Association of State Fire Marshals

The National Association of State Fire Marshals has partnered with The Door Security & Safety Foundation to jointly promote the Foundation's award-winning, online fire door tutorial, Fire Door Inspections - Understanding the Fire-Rated Opening.

Click here to view a demo of the sponsorship page and trailer video of tutorial

In order to support our introductory offer of reduced pricing to the AHJ community, we have created premier sponsorship opportunities that will provide you:

  • NASFM's reach and credibility through the state fire marshal's office. There are over a million firefighters/AHJs nationwide. (NFPA - U.S. Fire Dept. Profile through 2010 report)
  • Awareness for fire door inspections. Inspections of fire doors are one of many, many items for AHJs to be concerned with. Awareness leads to enforcement.  As our sponsorship partner you will be on the forefront of these efforts.
  • Safer openings. Building owners will follow the instructions of an AHJ. If inspections are being enforced, doors with violations are being corrected.
  • The AHJ has the ability to demand corrective action from a building owner. Building owners will look to members of the door and hardware industry to correct their fire door violations. Be sure your company's name is top of mind with AHJs and building owners.
  • Additionally, you will receive the benefits of either the Gold Level Sponsorship or Contributor.

The Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Level Sponsors (Requests from existing Foundation supporters will be given priority.)

Maximum of six (6) Gold Level sponsors -- $2,000 each.

Contributor -- $500 each

  • Company name/link listed on webpage.
  • Demographic information focusing on the specifics of where the tutorials are taking place (two state maximum) and what this means for fire door inspections.

This is a one of a kind partnership with the Door Security Safety Foundation, the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the AHJ community. But time is limited and so are these premier sponsorship opportunities. For inclusion on the list of supporters or for more information, please contact Bill Johnson today at bjohnson@dhi.org or call 703-766-7039 (office direct), 703-501-5080 (cell).

Note: Additional regional opportunities are being developed and requests for support will be prioritized.

Coming Soon!  AIA continuing education units for the Foundation's award winning online tutorial – 'Fire Door Inspections – Understanding the Fire Rated Opening.'

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