April 4 Southland Industries update: Plumbing fixtures, chiller in progress
Southland Industries has completed several more steps at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center located in Fort Hood, Texas.
As of April 4:
- Southland Industries is completing rough in on levels 4 and above of the hospital.
- The West Clinic plumbing fixtures are beginning to be installed. The North Clinic has diffusers going into the ceilings, the South Clinic has drywall being installed on levels 2 and 3.
- All 3 parking garages are underway.
- Chillers and air handling units are starting the first week of April for temporary conditioning.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.