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Strong Economy, Weaker Dollar Help Construction Materials Prices Recover in January

Overall construction input prices increased 1.1 percent in January, reversing a slight decline in December 2017, according to an ABC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Compared to this time last year, overall construction materials prices are up 4.9 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices are up 4.7 percent year over year and up 1 percent on a monthly basis.   The price of natural gas fell 13.1 percent in January and is down 31 percent on a year-over-year basis. In stark contrast, the price of crude petroleum rose 11.6 percent in January on a monthly basis ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Commends White House Infrastructure Plan's Regulatory Streamlining, Workforce Development Expansion Goals

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal: “ABC applauds the president for sending Congress a plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. It is now time for lawmakers to develop legislation and policy to efficiently modernize America’s infrastructure and drive economic growth and prosperity for all Americans. “ABC is pleased that the president’s plan mirrors many of the key principles ABC believes will deliver the most value to taxpaye ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Members Lead ENR’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors Ranking 2017

Eight of the nation's top 25 construction companies are ABC members, according to Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) recently published annual list of Top 600 Specialty Contractors. These successful contractors were ranked based on 2017 revenue. EMCOR Group, Inc. (#2) Mastec, Inc. (#3) The Brock Group (#8) Comfort Systems USA (#9) MMR Group Inc. (#19) M.C. Dean Inc. (#20) Centimark Corp. (#22) Steelfab Inc. (#25) According to ENR, “After eight years of growth, the market still is thriving. Further, most specialty contractors belie ... Read the rest of entry »

OFCCP Sends Out 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website, the OFCCP mailed 1,000 Corporate Scheduling Announcement letters (CSAL) to federal contractor establishments on Feb. 1.  The CSAL is a notification to an establishment that has been selected by the Federal Contractor Selection System to undergo a compliance evaluation during the scheduling cycle. According to the OFCCP, the purposes of the CSAL are to: provide the contractor establishment’s internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) staff at lea ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Weighs in on Immigration Debate

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the immigration debate to the floor through an open and unlimited amendment process that could subject senators on both sides of the aisle to politically tough votes. Through this process, a 60-vote threshold will be required for passage of any proposal.  Sen. McConnell has endorsed a proposal based on President Trump’s framework that would provide approximately 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a path to citizenship. The proposal also would provide $2 ... Read the rest of entry »

EPA Update: The Latest on WOTUS and the Clean Power Plan

On Feb. 6, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a final ruleadding an applicability date of Feb. 6, 2020 to the 2015 rule defining "waters of the United States" (WOTUS). As explained in the EPA and Corps’ press release, the agencies finalized the rule in order to provide the regulated community clarity and certainty about which definition of WOTUS is applicable nationwide. The action comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that the courts of appeals do not have original jurisdiction to rev ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Joins Letter to Congress Outlining Immigration Priorities for Construction Industry

On Feb. 5, 2018, ABC joined the Association of General Contractors (AGC), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Leading Builders of America (LBA) in sending a letter to Republican and Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to express support for broad, bipartisan reform to the U.S. immigration system and recommend policies that would help address the workforce needs of construction industry employers.   In the letter, the group calls for a new, market-driven guest worker program for construction to help address the systemic labor ... Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Maintains Momentum in December

Nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.8 percent in December, totaling $720.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to ABC's analysis of data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. This represents the fifth consecutive month during which the pace of nonresidential spending has increased.  Nonresidential spending expanded 0.1 percent on a year-over-year basis and sits at its hig ... Read the rest of entry »

Demand for Construction Workers Remains Strong

The unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows growth in both public and private construction spending, according to an analysis by ABC. Construction added 36,000 net new jobs in January, an impressive increase of 0.5 percent on a month-over-month basis.   During the past 12 months, construction has added 226,000 net new jobs, which translates into 3.3 percent growth. The nation added 200,000 jobs across all non-farm segments in January, with construction comprising a strong 18 percent of that growth. Nonresidential construction added 16,400 net new positions ... Read the rest of entry »

ABC Applauds Infrastructure, Economic Initiatives in State of the Union Speech

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman issued the following remarks on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. “Associated Builders and Contractors appreciates President Trump’s focus on creating a strong economy with limitless opportunities for all Americans. The president is right, America is a nation of builders, and ABC and its members are confident about the direction of the U.S. economy and the construction industry and stand ready to help rebuild America’s infrastructure.” INFRASTRUCTURE & ... Read the rest of entry »
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