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Reshaping the Construction Industry

The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in June, not seasonally adjusted, increased 0.2% from May and 2.0% year-over-year (y/y) from June 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Thursday.
July 21, 2017
The report is groundbreaking in that a major construction company explains where the industry is today and makes recommendations to those leaders in the industry who want to be around 32 years from now about what they might do.
July 20, 2017
In this second article in our series on succession, we will continue the discussion of the internal transfer of responsibility and ownership, the most common method for construction companies.  It does bear repeating that self-performing contractors, not required to bond, can usually be sold, as can established general contractors with a strong brand franchise and a reliable client base, especially in preferred growth markets.  Still, most construction firms transfer ownership and control internally.
July 19, 2017
National construction employment added 16,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in June, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). 
July 18, 2017
An episode about what Success really means aired last month on NPR’s TED Radio Hour.  It included a 2013 interview by Guy Raz who spoke with Mike Rowe, who had been the host of a television show for nine years on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs.  In Dirty Jobs, Rowe featured people who work in jobs generally considered to be undesirable by working for a day as an apprentice in those jobs and learning what it was like.
July 17, 2017
On June 2, the Dallas branch of the Federal Reserve Bank released its latest economic update for the region. Texas, overall, is growing at a moderate pace and “boosted by the recent stability in oil prices, Houston employment expanded for a fifth consecutive month in May, registering the fastest year-to-date growth among the major metros,” as evidenced in the chart shown here.
July 14, 2017
Republicans on Capitol Hill have now proposed spending $1.6 billion of your tax dollars – not Mexico’s money – for construction of a physical barrier along the international boundary with Mexico.
July 13, 2017
Pre-fabricated, Prefinished Volumetric Construction or PPVC is being used around the world to achieve major savings in construction time and manpower usage.
July 12, 2017
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) have developed an amazing tool which enables contractors to build safety programs to ensure that their employees remain safe on their jobsites. ABC’s STEP program, which stands for Safety Training Evaluation Process, is available free online at the basic levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold; and offers additional levels of credentialing for those wishing to apply for either Platinum or Diamond status.
July 11, 2017
The expanded use of wood-frame construction in many residential buildings is under the microscope after a spate of construction fires in California.
July 10, 2017