1.2 According to a Chief Executive magazine survey, chief executives who favor progrowth, low-tax states ranked Texas as the best state in the U.S. for business. The magazine notes since the recession started in December 2007, 1.2 million net jobs have been created in Texas. 3.8 Romeoville, Ill.-based Metropolitan Industries holds 3.8 patents per 100 employees, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business report.That ties the company for 15th among Chicago companies based on research done by the business journal. 150,000 Houston-based Texas Pipe and Supply has more than 150 thousand tons of pipe on the ground 91 91% of Embassy buying group members also are American Supply Association members — tops among the PHCP-PVF buying groups. 150 plus The Valve World Americas Expo & Conference July 15-16 in Houston will feature more than 150 exhibitors from around the world displaying the latest technologies, components and systems in the field of industrial flow control. 0. 1 From Metals Service Center Institute, U.S. service center steel shipments in March 2015 decreased a tenth of a percent from March 2014. Steel product inventories increased 15.6% over March a year ago. 2% The U.S. Commerce Department reports new home starts rose by 2% in March, standing at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000.That rate is 2.5% lower than the rate one year earlier (950,000). 2014 According to a study conducted by battery manufacturer Duracell, the Top 3 battery-powered devices in 2014 were wireless mice (No. 1), clocks (No. 2) and remote controls (No. 3), compared to the 2012 Top 3 of flashlights (No. 1), communication (No. 2) and medical equipment (No. 3). No-touch restroom dispensers were No. 4 in 2012, but did not rank in the Top 10 in 2014.
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