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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Do you ever wonder who brings theme parks to life? As a Florida native, theme parks are a favorite pastime and I had the opportunity to speak with Julie Holmes, owner and president of JK2 Scenic, a company that adds a touch of magic to parks such as Universal Orlando.
Rachel Burris's picture
August 23, 2018
Several cities in Texas are now on a collision course with Republican lawmakers in Austin over whether local governments can and should mandate that private employers provide paid sick leave to employees.
Scott Braddock's picture
August 22, 2018
The use of drones on construction sites is becoming a little more prevalent, but still not widespread, even though some contractors have shown the cost savings, speed, safety, and accuracy that their use offers.
Jim Kollaer's picture
August 21, 2018
The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in July, not seasonally adjusted, was unchanged from June and up 3.3% year-over-year (y/y) from July 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 9. AGC posted tables and an explanation focusing on construction prices and costs.
Ken Simonson's picture
August 20, 2018
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