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ABC issues news releases on the latest workforce, policy and industry issues, as well as construction-related economic data and trends. Commercial and industrial construction economic analyses include federal data on construction spending, employment, GDP and the Producer Price Index. 

In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. Methodology for both indicators can be found hereABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 

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ABC Names 2021 Craft Instructor of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Todd Swan, a carpentry instructor for the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, a training affiliate of the ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter, was named the 2021 Craft Instructor of the Year. Swan was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Announces Awards for Top Construction Projects, Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Careers in Construction Honorees

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:50 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual national awards—the Excellence in Construction,® Safety and Diversity Excellence, Contractor of the Year and Construction Workforce Awards—during ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas.

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ABC Names the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Pat Willburn, senior superintendent, DynaTen Corp., Alvarado, Texas, was named the 2021 Craft Professional of the Year. Wilburn was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Names the 2021 Young Professional of the Year

Thursday, March 11, 2021 9:00 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 11—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Jim Ellis, vice president, Price Electric, Robins, Iowa, received ABC’s 2021 Young Professional of the Year Award. Ellis was honored at ABC Convention 2021 in Grapevine, Texas, on March 9.

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ABC Applauds NEPA Reform Bills to Modernize Permitting Process

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:50 PM

WASHINGTON, March 9—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement applauding Sen. Mike Lee (R - Utah) for introducing the UNSHACKLE Act, along with several other pieces of legislation, today to improve and modernize the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rose Sharply in February; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, March 9- Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.2 months in February, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 3. This is up 0.7 months from January’s reading, but is still 0.7 months lower than in February 2020.

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ABC: House Vote on the PRO Act Would Strip Workers of Their Privacy, Freedom and Choice

Monday, March 8, 2021 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 8—Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman today released the following statement strongly opposing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 842). The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the PRO Act this week.

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ABC Announces the 2021 Top Performing U.S. Commercial and Industrial Construction Member Companies

Monday, March 8, 2021 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON, March 8—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its third annual Top Performers lists, which recognize ABC member contractors’ achievements in safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Decreases in February, Says ABC

Friday, March 5, 2021 9:43 AM

WASHINGTON, March 5—The construction industry lost 61,000 jobs on net in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last ten months, the industry has added 805,000 jobs, recovering 72.3% of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic.

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It’s Time to Overhaul the 90-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, March 3—Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, on the 90th anniversary of the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that requires contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federally funded or assisted construction contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay a government-determined prevailing wage and benefit rate on an hourly basis to on-site workers.

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