78 From Air Conditioning Contractors of America, the August Contractor Comfort Index (CCI) shows contractors' positive outlook on short-term growth remains high as summer came to an end. August's CCI was 78 (it was 76 one year earlier.). A CCI of 50 or above reflects anticipated growth. 7.5 According to Waterless Co., installing a pre-rinse sprayer for rinsing dishes before washing can earn up to 7.5 points through the Green Restaurant Association Standards program. $50,400 WIT members were on Capitol Hill recently to talk to their elected officials about issues such as the proposed expansion of federal overtime regulations. WIT members oppose the regulations which would more than double the over time exempt salary threshold from $23,400 to $50,400 per year. $2.53 The Department of Energy said the average retail price for a gallon of diesel fuel was $2.53 on Labor Day, the first increase since Memorial Day. A year ago, DOE noted, the price of diesel was higher by an average of $1.28 a gallon. From May 25 to Aug. 31, the diesel average dropped 40 cents a gallon (13.7%), the lowest price since July 2009. 500 More than 500 exhibitors will showcase the best of kitchen-and-bath design Jan. 19-21 at KBIS in Las Vegas as part of Design and Construction Week. The 2015 DCW drew more than 132,000 attendees. Photo courtesy of KBIS. 9.1 HARDI's TRENDS report shows average sales for HARDI distributor members increased by 9. 1% in July.Annualized growth through July 2015 was6. 4% - the best annual growth rate of 2015 for HVAC distributors. 5.0 From Metals Service Center Institute, in July U.S. service center inventories of steel products increased 5.0% from a year ago, while aluminum inventories increased 3.1% over the same timeframe.
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