Industry News

Steel Reinforcements on Bay Bridge Tunnel Show Signs of Corrosion: Report

Nine days ago a two-foot chunk of concrete fell in front of a car in the eastbound lanes, causing a blowout and minor damage. A report now said the 80-year-old tunnel is showing signs that some of its steel reinforcements are corroding.

NBC Bay Area – Feb. 8, 2016

$23.9B to Go into Hudson Rail Project

Reluctantly, Amtrak has released cost projections and a timetable of events for the Gateway program, a massive underground infrastructure project meant to double Hudson River rail capacity and relieve congestion.

Paintsquare – February 5, 2016

Oil prices to rise to $70 by 2018, says Morgan Stanley

The bank has slashed its price forecasts for this year, but expects a rebound will begin within the next 12 months

Telegraph – February 5, 2016


O’Hare Lands $1.3B Infrastructure Deal

The City of Chicago has reached an agreement with two major airlines on a $1.3 billion infrastructure plan that includes construction of a sixth runway at O’Hare International Airport, deicing pads and new taxiways.

Paintsquare – February 4, 2016


Effect of Humidity on Surface Preparation and Coating Application

When coating a surface prepared by blasting, the real issue is not time: the key criterion is that the steel temperature shall always be at least 3 °C (5 °F) higher than the calculated dew point.

Materials Performance – February 1, 2016

Abrasive Designed for Energy Sector

Steel abrasives supplier W Abrasives has announced its surface preparation product called Surfium. The 100 percent grit abrasive was designed to provide the best compromise between roughness profile and abrasive consumption, the company says.

Paintsquare – January 26, 2016

Seattle Tunnel Project Drills Ahead

Just over two years after breaking down in its first days of digging, “Bertha,” the tunnel boring machine excavating the new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, is on the move again.

Paintsquare – January 12, 2016

Columbia Pipeline gets federal approval for Utica Access project.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Columbia Pipeline Co. authorization to build and operate its proposed Utica Access project in West Virginia.

BIC Magazine – January 8, 2016

Westlake to expand ethylene production at Kentucky plant.

Westlake Chemical Partners will add 70 million pounds per year of ethylene production capacity at its Calvert City, Kentucky, plant, the company announced today.

BIC Magazine – January 8, 2016

Upstream M&A activity to pick up in 2016

Upstream M&A activity will increase in 2016 amid the continued oil price downturn, according to researchers at Wood Mackenzie.

BIC Magazine – January 7, 2016

Marathon on track for Detroit refinery expansion permit

​Michigan regulators are set to approve an emissions increase at Marathon’s Detroit refinery, paving the way for a proposed refinery modernization and expansion project.

BIC Magazine – January 5, 2016

Grants Available for Small US Shipyards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) is making funding available in support of the nation’s small shipyards.

Paintsquare – January 8, 2016

Dealing With Salts on Steel

​Professionals in the steel structure painting industry are being asked to provide input for a research project on the impact soluble salts may have on the protective coatings of steel structures.

Paintsquare – Jan 6, 2016

North America Floor Coatings Market Worth $1.01 Billion by 2020

Radiant Insights, Inc. has recently published North America Concrete Floor Coatings Market By Product (Epoxy, Polyurethanes, Polyaspartics), By Application (Outdoor, Indoor), and has announced that it is expected to reach over USD 1.01 billion By 2020.

Coatings World – Jan 4, 2016

Can the Private Sector Solve the U.S. Infrastructure Crisis?

It’s no secret that the United States has an infrastructure problem. Highways are in disrepair, airports are underwhelming, and tens of thousands of bridges are considered structurally deficient. The American Society of Civil Engineers has given the country a D+.

Kellogg Insight – Jan 3, 2016

Understanding Corrosion and Salt Spray

How it’s produced, NSS testing and how to get the best results possible.

Products Finishing – Jan 1, 2016

Enterprise completes ethane pipeline, LPG terminal expansion

​Enterprise Products Partners has completed the last segment of a Texas-to-Louisiana ethane pipeline and the final phase of an LPG export terminal expansion on the Houston Ship Channel.

BIC Magazine – Dec 30, 2015

Chevron and China Huadian Sign Heads of Agreement for Long Term LNG Supply

​The company announced that it has signed a non-binding liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply Heads of Agreement with China Huadian Green Energy Co., Ltd. When the agreement is finalized, China Huadian Green Energy is expected to receive up to 1 million metric tons per annum of LNG over 10 years starting in 2020.

Chevron – Dec 21, 2015

Axiall-Lotte JV to move forward with $3B project in Lake Charles

​The companies announced Thursday their final investment decision to proceed with a $1.9 ethane cracker and a $1.1 billion monoethylene glycol plant at Axiall’s existing Lake Charles site.

BIC Magazine – Dec 18, 2015

OH Contractor Nets $53M Bridge Job

An award of more than $53 million has been made by the California Department of Transportation to Liberty Maintenance Inc., of Youngstown, OH, for the cleaning and recoating of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in San Mateo County.

Paintsquare – Dec 17, 2016