64.3 From a recent National Association of Manufacturers third-quarter outlook survey, 64.3% of respondents say a progrowth tax-reform package would make them more likely to expand their business, hire more workers (57.3%) and increase employee wages and benefits (52.2%). 84 Via Power PR, a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study into cooling towers nationwide shows 84% contained Legionella DNA. The dangerous bacteria causes a severe and often fatal type of pneumonia known as legionnaires disease. 9 From Waterless Co., the oldest waterless urinal was found a few years back in Sri Lanka. It dates back to the 9th century. 90.9 The NAM survey also found optimism among small and large manufacturers reached the highest three-quarter average in the survey’s 20-year history of 90.87%, up significantly from last year’s three-quarter average of 59.77%. 86 From the Houzz 2017 bathroom trends study, professional hiring is seen as extremely important for master-bathroom renovations with 86% of respondents hiring a pro for their project ranging from general contractors (52%) to bathroom remodelers (19%) to bathroom designers (13%), and more. 51 HELP WANTED From an Inc article penned by Marcel Schwantes related to employee retention data, a Gallup study shows 51% of employees are looking to leave their jobs, while 34% say they plan to leave their current role in the next 12 months (via Mercer). The cost of replacing a midlevel employee is 150% of their annual survey (via ERE Media). 2 From Dodge Data & Analytics, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.6 billion, new construction starts in August slipped 2% from July. The decline followed July’s 6% increase. The non-building construction sector in August dropped 24% after soaring 26% in July, reflecting decreased activity for public works and power plants. 81 Also from the Houzz survey, of the 81% of survey respondents who upgrade their shower during a master-bath renovation, 55% increase its size. Additionally, 27% remove their bathtubs in order to make room for a larger shower (91%).
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