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October 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Al’s Column

October 13/20, 2014; Volume 28/Number 9 By FCNews staff FLOORED NAMED: Got You Floored has been named by the Triad Business Journal to the Fast 50 for the Piedmont Triad Region in North Carolina. Got You Floored, which services the multi-family flooring industry and has locations in Greensboro and Wilmington, N.C., ranked No. 28 in the region. To qualify, each company is required to be locally owned, generate a minimum of $2 million in annual...

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February 24, 2014 | Comments Off on Al's Column

Feb. 17/24 2014, Volume 27/number 21 By FCNews staff REGISTRY PUBLISHED: The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute rolled out a new product registry that allows consumers, designers and builders to make more informed choices and calls for greater transparency from manufacturers. Over 200 certified products are eligible for LEED v4 credits, and more than 1,000 variations can be found using the new registry.
“We’re encouraging our certification holders to allow us to put up their...

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December 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Al's Column

Dec. 9/16 2013; Volume 27/number 16 By FCNews staff HOUSING UP: Markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI). The index’s nationwide score of .86 indicates that, based on current permits, prices and employment data, the nationwide market is running at 86% of normal economic...

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November 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Al's Column

Nov. 18/25 2013; Volume 27/number 15 By FCNews staff AFFORDABILITY DECLINES: Strengthening home prices and increased interest rates contributed to lower housing affordability in the third quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). In all, 64.5% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of July and end of September were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $51,000, according to the U.S. Census....

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November 12, 2013 | Comments Off on Al's Column

Nov. 4/11 2013; Volume 27/number 14 By FCNews staff (more…)

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October 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Al's Column

Oct. 7/14, 2013; Volume 27/number 12 By FCNews Staff AMERICAN-MADE: The ‘Made in America’ revival is growing, with a majority of manufacturing executives now ready to consider bringing some production back from China, CNN has reported. Citing a survey by the Boston Consulting Group, CNN said the results showed a large increase in the number of executives that are considering bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. Eco-nomic changes in both countries are making manufacturing in...

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August 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Al's Column

August 19/26 2013; Volume 27/number 9 By FCNews Staff CUSTOMER LOYALTY: Good—and bad—customer service interactions affect brand loyalty, according to survey results from Dimensional Research/ZenDesk (information provided by “QuickBites” by Sam Geist). Sixty-two percent of B2B and 42% of B2C customers purchased more after a good experience, and 66% and 52%, respectively, stopped making purchases after a bad experience (Note: Respondents reported being more likely to share bad than good experiences.) Overall, 95% of respondents...

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