Recent hires and promotions
Lexandria, Va.-based Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) announced that Dennis J. Hall was elected to the office of President-elect of the CSI. Hall is the managing principal of Hall Architects, Inc. , based in Charlotte, N.C. and Dallas.
Washington D.C.-based Westlake Reed Leskosky hired Roger Chang , PE, LEED AP, as principal and director of sustainability.
La Crosse, Wis.-based Michaels Engineering added Patrick O'Donnell to the position of energy efficiency division team member.
James R. Watson , director of federal program for Alpharetta, Ga.-based MACTEC , has been selected to serve on the Permanent Board of Direction for the National Academy of Sciences ' "BuildingSMART" committee.
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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.