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From the monthly archives: February 2017

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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 »

Construction Job Growth Rebounds in 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 10:15 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 3—National construction employment started 2017 on a high note, adding 36,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in January, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The 0.5 percent increase represents the best month for construction employment growth since March of 2016. Read the rest of entry »

Legislation to Block ‘Blacklisting’ Rule Will Protect Contractors’ Rights

Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:01 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. Feb. 2– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation (H. J. Res. 37) that will block implementation of the Obama administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673, commonly referred to as “blacklisting,” through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Spending Falters Slightly to End 2016

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:28 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1—Nonresidential construction spending slipped 0.7 percent in the final month of 2016, but increased 4.6 percent over the previous year, according to analysis of  U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending decreased from $713.1 billion in November to $708.2 billion in December on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors and Dexter + Chaney Announce Strategic Partnership

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 1— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Dexter + Chaney, a leader in cloud-based construction ERP software and developer of Spectrum® Construction Software, today announced a strategic partnership  aimed at providing contractors with the technology tools they need to update their processes as their businesses grow. Dexter + Chaney joins ABC’s other strategic partners, Autodesk, CNA, Fringe Benefit Group, Tradesmen International and United Rentals. Read the rest of entry »