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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Many contractors throughout the greater Houston metropolitan area believe we have a labor shortage. Several contractors are holding on to their employees for dear life; some are poaching workers from other contractors and a few are hiring unskilled, undocumented workers and refusing to pay an honest rate for an honest day of work. These practices are wrong.
Darryl Samuels's picture
August 17, 2018
The 2018 ABC Careers in Construction Awards Ceremony was an inspiring and celebratory conclusion to the Associated Builders and Contractors annual Convention and National Craft Championships.
Elizabeth McPherson's picture
August 16, 2018
Kiley points out the key for success in the future construction industry when he writes: “Skilled workers will always be needed to program the robots, make the inevitable adjustments, and finish these jobs – no matter where components are built.”
Pat Kiley's picture
August 15, 2018
Judge Hanen, who sided with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton previously on a program aimed at protecting the parents of immigrants, has been called "one of the most hard-line judges in the country" on the issue. However, attorneys on both sides said his attitude during the hearing was fair.
Scott Braddock's picture
August 14, 2018
Nonfarm payroll employment in July increased by 157,000, seasonally adjusted, from June and by 2,400,000 (1.6%) year-over-year (y/y), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported. Theunemployment rate edged down to 3.9% from 4.0% in June. Construction employment rose by 19,000 for the month and 308,000 (4.4%) y/y to 7,242,000 (the most since May 2008 but 6.3% below the July 2006 peak).
Ken Simonson's picture
August 13, 2018
Klein was honored for his tremendous efforts to lead the PetrochemWorks cooperative initiative. Several years in the making, PetrochemWorks has become the voice and vehicle to promote careers in the petrochemical industry. Klein played a large role in its development and current success, dedicating much time and resources to ensure its sustained growth.
Construction Citizen's picture
August 10, 2018
Pat Kiley writes about the latest leading indicators and industry issues for Houston-area clients of FMI.
Pat Kiley's picture
August 09, 2018
Essentially, the term “Double Breasted” means that an owner contracts with both union and non-union (also known as “merit shop” or “open shop”) companies, thus the use of the term, “Double Breasting.” This approach to contracting results from the need for services or contracts where both union shops and open shop companies provide competitive services.
Jim Kollaer's picture
August 08, 2018
Accidents can happen anywhere, but in the construction industry, it’s especially important to have safety on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Therefore, having an updated ANSI first aid kit on each construction or work site is a top priority. United Tool and Fastener offers the safety kits necessary for all types of work sites.
Michelle Neundorfer's picture
August 07, 2018
City leaders in Houston recently honored students in TRIO Electric’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program, with Mayor Sylvester Turner telling them "we believe in people like you."
Scott Braddock's picture
August 06, 2018