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.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey