New product announcements: 10/07/2009 Blast-Resistant Panels: Steel-Laminated DensArmor Plus high-performance interior panels are laminated with galvanized steel to provide blast protection without adding excessive structural weight. The reinforced panels are intended to serve as added protection in courthouses, federal buildings and other high-security facilities. Georgia Pacific Gypsum; 800-225-6119; www.gp.com Engine-Driven Welder: Frame Made for Easy Transport The Outback 145 engine-driven welder is able to provide DC-stick welding power and AC-generator power. The welder can accept a stick electrode up to 1⁄8 in. and can provide up to 145 amps of output. The tube frame has wider diameter tubes and lower lift
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.