Volume 41, Issue 5 - May 2006
True Labor Costs: Industry Experts Discuss Field Labor Costs
During the recent Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference (see related story in the April issue of USGlass, page 84), sponsored by the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Bill Keen of Tepco Contract Glazing Inc. and Pat Rome of Lakeview Guidance LLC., moderated an open discussion about the costs of field labor.
Liability insurance costs were covered first. According to the discussion, some companies reported that they base these costs on gross sales, while others use per-hour cost of labor.
Many attendees agreed that wages are probably the largest expense. Other expenses include employer taxes, such as unemployment, state, health insurance, Medicare and social security. Tools and equipment expenses were not to be overlooked.
Workers comp insurance and lost time from injury are also costs, as is drug testing. Some attendees said their companies also have pension costs.
One attendee pointed out that a company has to consider training [as an expense], including compulsory safety meetings; holidays, vacation and sick days and coffee breaks are also expenses. The cost of hiring and what it costs for transportation to a job and security clearance time and expense are other costs of field labor.
At the end of the session, the moderators offered advice for attendees to consider:
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“When we pulled up we found the facade of the building behind you was blown over by the wind. The bricks when they fell did hit one pedestrian on the sidewalk and the fire department did evacuate one person from an apartment on the second floor,” said Michael Fox, chief of the Chicago Fire Department.
The buildings department temporarily closed the damaged building so the rest of the facade could be removed. The building’s owner also has to install a protective canopy to prevent anyone else from being hit by falling bricks.
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Vistawall Adds Second Extrusion Press to Greenville Plant
“Our new press will double the capacity of our Tennessee plant,” said president Tom Harris. “Plus this new short-stroke press extrudes a much longer billet, which means we can produce at least 25 percent more product, with less scrap, in the same amount of time as a conventional press.”
The press also provides for numerous improvements in both quality and productivity. The company says that since the press is almost completely automatic, production parameters from a quality production run can be stored and repeated in future runs.
The press control system can also calculate an optimal run of the entire extrusion process, which, according to the company, provides a better product to anodize.
The current 250,000-square-foot facility in Tennessee has been in operation since 2001, primarily serving customers in the Eastern United States.
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