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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Our friends at FMI, specifically Dustin Bass, Director, and Sabine Hoover, Content Director, recently published a great piece in their quarterly report titled, Texas Does It Right – Workforce Development Initiatives, in which they interview several construction leaders in the Houston area about the need for additional skilled craft workers for future projects and outlining programs that are working to help meet that need.
August 02, 2017
Training is a key element to success in the workplace. Few of us would disagree with this statement. We believe intuitively that a well-trained workforce is able to produce better quality products in less time and with fewer accidents.
August 01, 2017
On July 12, MAREK held their 2017 Workforce Development Graduation, an annual event where the advancements of MAREK employees are recognized and celebrated with a dinner, remarks from company trainers and executives, and a keynote speech from an industry leader.  Prior to the ceremony in which each graduating helper, mechanic, and promoted foreman was recognized with their coaches before friends and family, I had the opportunity to speak with five of the craft professionals who were being honored as graduating helpers.
July 31, 2017
Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 41 states from June 2016 to June 2017, decreased in eight states and the District of Columbia, and remained unchanged in Iowa, an AGC analysis of BLS data released on Friday showed.
July 28, 2017
The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s Compliance and Fraud Investigative Division is continuing to proactively identify businesses that do not comply with the Workers’ Compensation Act at an unprecedented rate.
July 27, 2017
The San Francisco Chronicle and Construction Dive both report that engineers may have found a way to slow and stop the Leaning Tower of San Francisco, Millennium Tower’s gradual sinking into the ground.
July 26, 2017
It has been said that someone with vision can go far in life, but someone with vision and a hard working ethic is guaranteed to go far. Nineteen-year-old Joshua Lee is living proof that someone with a hard work ethic and a clear vision can truly excel.
July 25, 2017
Criminal justice advocates and fiscal conservatives are pointing to a program in Louisiana aimed at skills training for prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as a model for how states should go about designing their re-entry programs. 
July 24, 2017
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