FELIX Composite-materials makers have announced a pledge to fight a pending designation of styrene as a health hazard by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Photo: Courtesy ACMA/Philippe Nobile On the expo floor in Ft. Lauderdale at the American Composites Manufacturers Association annual meeting, members of the fast-growing $17.7-billion-a-year industry talk business. Speaking at the American Composites Manufacturers Association 2011 exhibition and convention on Feb. 2-4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the firms vowed to stage an aggressive congressional lobbying effort against the designation of styrene as a “reasonably anticipated” carcinogen. ACMA President Monty Felix, CEO of Alaglas Swimming
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.