The price of copper continues to hover around 16-year highs due in part to the rapid industrialization of China and its increasing demands for the commodity (20 percent global consumer). A sagging dollar against the euro also has traders worried that this will cause inflation pressures and slow economic expansion.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.