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News Release 2020

ABC’s Free Enterprise Alliance Announces Million-dollar Issue Advocacy Ad Buy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21—Associated Builders and Contractors’ Free Enterprise Alliance, which educates elected officials and the public about the importance of fair and open competition, today announced it has made a million dollar issue advocacy ad buy in 25 states nationwide. The advocacy campaign, which includes digital ads and mailers, will educate constituents on the dangers of the PRO Act, highlight benefits of the Paycheck Protection Program and encourage voting in the upcoming election.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in September, Says ABC

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14—Construction input prices increased 1.6% in September compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of Producer Price Index data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 1.4% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in September; Contractors Remain Optimistic

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.5 months in September, a decline of 0.5 months from August’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Sept. 20-Oct. 6. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in September 2019.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in September, Says ABC

Friday, October 2, 2020 10:48 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2—The construction industry added 26,000 jobs on net in September, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last five months, the industry has added 689,000 jobs, recovering approximately 64% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in August, Says ABC

Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1—National nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1% in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $814.3 billion for the month.

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ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:19 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23—Associated Builders and Contractors is honored to announce it has received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award, which will be presented today at a White House event. Among nine recipients, ABC was selected based on its achievements in workforce education and fulfilling its 2018 pledge to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.

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Construction Employment Continues to Recover in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 4, 2020 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4—Construction industry employment expanded by 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last four months, the industry added 658,000 jobs, recovering approximately 61% of the jobs lost during March and April.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Again in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.2% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $809.1 billion for the month.

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ABC Endorses President Trump for Reelection

Friday, August 28, 2020 9:25 AM

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 28—Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to announce its endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection. In a letter to the president, ABC President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman and ABC 2020 National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R. C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida, said:

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ABC Launches Tech Alliance to Help Contractors Transform the Construction Process

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Alliance—a consortium of firms that create construction technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members, the majority of which are classified as small businesses and primarily perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors. Consisting of 13 companies, the Tech Alliance will leverage technology solutions to help ABC members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

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