88 The 16th Prime Advantage Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey reveals 88% of manufacturers project revenues will increase or stay at the same level in the next 12 months. 2020 From the National Electrical Contractors Association’s NECA Technology e-newsletter, Uber recently announced at the Web Summit in Lisbon that the company’s first demo of a flying car is about three years away (2020). The report says the technology and designs already exist for the electrical vertical take-off and landing (EVOTL) vehicles. The report notes Air Bus and Boeing already are working on Uber’s fleet. 16 From Bradley Corp.’s Healthy Handwashing Survey released early in 2017, 16% of respondents say when they are sick they employ the fist-bump technique to greet someone. Waving hello was the most popular response at 50%, while avoiding the handshake was a close second at 48%. 75 Houzz’s Q1 2017 Renovation Barometer that tracks confidence in the home-renovation market among a range of industry professionals, shows readings exceeding 50 points across all industry groups (66-76 out of 100) as more firms report market activity increasing than decreasing quarter over quarter. However, labor shortages continue to hinder industry growth as reported by 75% of general contractors, remodelers and designbuild firms. 6 ConstructConnect, a provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, released its Q4 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report that includes year-over-year estimates for 2017 that are more upbeat than a quarter ago. Chief Economist Alex Carrick says out to 2021, residential will be the main driver of total construction starts, recording year-over-year increases of nearly 6% or more. Carrick adds nonresidential building will disappoint, with gains predicted at about 2% each year. 8.8 In terms of 2018 starts, ConstructConnect predicts increases for miscellaneous civil (13.8% for power, oil and gas), bridges (10.2%), single-family residential (8.8%), nursing homes and roads (5.9% each), warehouses (4.7%) and educational facilities (4.2%). 2017 total starts now are expected to be at a 7.9% increase vs. an earlier calculated 4.5%. 2.4 From Metals Service Center Institute, U.S. service center steel shipments in September 2017 essentially were unchanged from the same time in 2016. Steel product inventories increased 2.4% from September 2016. Shipments of aluminum products in September increased by 3.5% from September 2016, while inventories of aluminum products increased 2.3% from September a year ago.
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