Nonresidential construction index rises slightly for Q4-2012
The NRCI rose less than one point to 55.5 for the fourth quarter. Concerns for the future include the rise of material costs and reduced productivity.
FMI released its Fourth Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index report. The NRCI of 55.5 is less than one point up from last quarter.
Panelists are slightly more positive about the national and local economies. However, views about the economic strength of their own businesses continue to fall. Reasons cited include a reduction in backlogs, the continued rise of material costs and lower productivity. This quarter, the panelists discuss:
- Delays and cancellations
- Changes in project size
- Energy related construction activity
- Market opportunities
- Experiences with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance
The full report can be downloaded here.
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.