Business briefs

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 08:42 PM

Durham County 1Q average weekly wage falls
DURHAM – While most of the U.S.’s largest counties saw average weekly wage increases in the first quarter of the year, Durham County saw one of the largest declines.
The county’s wage was down 2.2 percent to $1,319 in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The county had the 13th largest decrease.
Counties with average employment levels of $75,000 or more last year were counted.
The county’s average wage was still higher than the nation’s. The U.S. average weekly wage was $989 in the first quarter, up 0.6 percent compared to the same period last year.
San Mateo, Calif., had the largest year-over-year increase in the first quarter with a 14.8 percent gain to $1,859.

Durham’s IEM lands $6.9M in contracts
WASHINGTON D.C. – Durham-based emergency planning agency IEM has landed contracts worth more than $6.9 million for work with a federal program that’s designed to help prepare and educate people living or working near chemical stockpiles.
The contracts were awarded through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program, a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Rep. David Price, D-4th.
The program provides resources and assistance to help protect people who live or work near Army warfare chemical stockpiles in the case of a chemical accident.
The awards included a $2.28 million contract for software help-desk services, documentation and report development and other work. Another $4.38 million was for communication system analysis and planning. A third contract was for $1.33 million for exercise support.

Green roof systems installed at Empire State Building
DURHAM – A Durham company that handles the U.S. distribution of a green roof system announced Thursday that green roof systems have been installed the Empire State Building.
Xero Flor America is the U.S. distributor of the Xero Flor pre-vegetated mat green roof system, which was designed in Germany.
Xero Flor America assisted in identifying which Xero Flor system options would be best for the specific conditions for the building, identified plants that would be appropriate for these roofs, sold the system, oversaw the growing of the plants, and were onsite to provide consultation during installation.
The company announced that the system was selected for the 21st floor east of the New York office building, the 21st floor west, the 25th floor northwest, and the 30th floor west.
The systems aim to decrease stormwater run-off, filter dust and other air pollutants, and store carbon dioxide and other forms of carbon to reduce greenhouse gases, among other stated benefits.