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Reshaping the Construction Industry

U.S. construction industry leaders are somewhat less confident about near-term prospects for nonresidential construction but remain reasonably upbeat, according to the June 2019 Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.
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August 23, 2019
According to a Pew Study, Generation Z followed the Millennials and were born between 1996 (revised start date) and 2012 meaning that the oldest is now 23 years old and the...
Jim Kollaer's picture
August 22, 2019
Craft professionals in construction have the “gift of choice” and the chance to be the author of their own future. That was the main message from Mike Bellaman, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors, as he spoke to students graduating from the Workforce Development Program at MAREK this year.  
Scott Braddock's picture
August 21, 2019
Hurricane season is in full swing, and this leaves a lot at stake for the crane industry. Surprisingly enough, rain is actually the most hazardous part of a hurricane—not wind. Most hurricane deaths are flood-related, and happen during recovery and cleanup due to slips and falls, car accidents, falling tree limbs, and improper generator usage.
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August 20, 2019
In the construction world, Silica safety has become a top priority, albeit if partly only because of OSHA’s implementation of its Silica safety standards, which went into effect in September 2017.
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August 19, 2019
“He built retail structures; he built this community; he built many a successful real estate professional; and he built up all of us in this industry by his presence and exemplary standards.” – Pat Kiley on the passing of Houston real estate developer Ed Wulfe
Pat Kiley's picture
August 16, 2019
Industry organizations have been advocating for some period for additional Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs that would better serve the industry and would provide for expanded accelerated programs for workers in the industrial, commercial, and even the residential sectors of the industry.
Jim Kollaer's picture
August 15, 2019
The industry has found itself in a bind as the amount of work continues to grow while the construction industry’s workforce ages.
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August 14, 2019
A key challenge for companies and their employees in Houston’s historic East End centers on tearing down language barriers. One of the ways that’s now being accomplished is taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the students rather than making the students come to the class.
Scott Braddock's picture
August 13, 2019
Contractors' bid prices increased 0.6% from June to July, while materials and services input costs rose 0.2% for the month, based on the latest producer price indexes (PPIs) that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posted Friday.
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August 12, 2019