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News Releases 2017

Associated Builders and Contractors Honors America’s Top Construction Projects

Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:55 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 2– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored 98 projects collectively worth $2.4 billion at the 27th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC’s Workforce Week ‘17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

hth companies Named Contractor of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors

Thursday, March 2, 2017 7:55 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., March 3– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named hth companies of Union, Mo., 2016 Contractor of the Year for exceptional leadership in training, safety, innovation and commitment to the merit shop philosophy. Founder and CEO Greg Hoberock accepted the honor at the 27th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala on March 2 during Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Slips to Start 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:06 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1—Nonresidential construction spending contracted during January, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending fell 1.9 percent from December to $698.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.  This represents the first month total nonresidential construction spending dipped below $700 billion since July 2016. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Praises President Trump’s Commitment to Infrastructure Investment in Address to Congress

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:28 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb., 28- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) issued the following statement from Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen in response to President Trump’s pledge to commit needed resources to rebuild American infrastructure and to work with the business community to craft a transparent regulatory system that will encourage business investment during tonight’s address to the joint session of Congress: Read the rest of entry »

Executive Order to Rein In Waters of the U.S. Rule Will Help Prevent Jobsite Delays and Uncertainty for Construction Industry

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 28– Associated Builders and Contractors  (ABC) today released the following statement applauding President Trump for his Executive Order ordering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which had been previously been blocked under a nationwide stay issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Read the rest of entry »

President Trump’s Executive Action Will Spur Job Growth, ABC Says

Friday, February 24, 2017 4:57 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action(s) providing regulatory relief: Read the rest of entry »

Construction Executive Magazine Launches Mobile App

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:19 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 22—Construction Executive magazine recently launched a new free mobile app for Apple, Android and Kindle devices. Readers now have access to a mobile version of articles from the magazine, which cover topics ranging from construction industry news and market developments to business issues and technology trends.  Read the rest of entry »

Construction Input Prices Surge to Start 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:41 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 14—Construction input prices collectively rose by 1 percent on a monthly basis and 3.8 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. This represents the fastest year-over-year rate of materials price inflation since the beginning of 2012. Nonresidential input prices rose 0.9 percent for the month and are up 4 percent year over year. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces Craft Professional and Instructor of the Year Finalists

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:00 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the finalists for its 2017 Craft Professional of the Year and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. Winners of both awards will be announced March 3 during ABC’s Workforce Week ’17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »

Nearly 170 Top Construction Pros to Compete at ABC’s National Craft Championships

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 8– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that nearly 170 of the top construction apprentices and trainees in the country will compete in the 30th annual National Craft Championships, March 1-2 during ABC’s Workforce Week ‘17 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read the rest of entry »