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In addition, ABC produces the Construction Backlog Indicator, the only economic indicator that reflects the amount of work that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, and the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. ABC construction economic releases are published according to this schedule 



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ABC Congratulates 2019 National Craft Champions

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:31 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 29—Associated Builders and Contractors announced the winners of the 32nd annual National Craft Championships today during its Careers in Construction Awards at the conclusion of ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Honors America’s Top Construction Projects

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:04 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors honored 92 projects collectively worth nearly $3.7 billion at the 29th annualExcellence in Construction® Awards gala during ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. The EIC awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Names 2019 Craft Instructor of the Year

Monday, March 25, 2019 4:40 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 29—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Clemon Prevost, a senior talent development specialist for Fluor’s U.S. Gulf Coast Craft Training Center in Pasadena, Texas, was named the 2019 Craft Instructor of the Year. Prevost was honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California.   Read the rest of entry »

ABC Names the 2019 Craft Professional of the Year

Monday, March 25, 2019 4:36 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors announced that Adrian Rios of McCullough Construction in Arcata, California, was named the 2019 Craft Professional of the Year. Rios was honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Names MAREK Contractor of the Year

Monday, March 25, 2019 12:23 PM
LONG BEACH, California, March 28—Associated Builders and Contractors named MAREK, headquartered in Houston, as its 2018 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. Mike Holland, chief operating officer of MAREK, accepted the honor at the 29th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala during ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California, March 27. Read the rest of entry »

New Kentucky Law a Win-Win for Construction Industry, State Economy, Says ABC

Monday, March 25, 2019 10:31 AM
WASHINGTON, March 25—Associated Builders and Contractors lauded Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) today for signing into law the Fair and Open Competition Act (HB 135), which ensures all of Kentucky’s skilled construction workforce and qualified businesses can compete on a level playing field for contracts to build state and local public works projects. Read the rest of entry »

Milwaukee Tool Signs on as Platinum Sponsor of ABC Convention, Official Tool Sponsor for National Craft Championships

Friday, March 22, 2019 8:45 AM
WASHINGTON, March 22—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Milwaukee Tool is a platinum-level sponsor for its 2019-2021 ABC Conventions and the official tool sponsor of the National Craft Championships. An industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, hand tools, accessories, jobsite lighting and storage solutions, Milwaukee Tool will provide tools and safety equipment for NCC competitors.“We’re so excited to have Milwauk Read the rest of entry »

Construction Contractors Regain Confidence in January 2019, Says ABC

Thursday, March 21, 2019 9:37 AM
WASHINGTON, March 19—Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding the nonresidential construction sector’s prospects during the January 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors., March 19—Construction industry leaders remained confident regarding the nonresidential construction sector’s prospects during the January 2019, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

January Construction Unemployment Rates Down in 48 States Year Over Year, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 9:20 AM
WASHINGTON, March 20—Estimated January not seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rates fell nationally and in 48 states on a year-over-year basis, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Declines Sharply in January 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019 8:13 PM
WASHINGTON, March 19—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator contracted to 8.1 months during January 2019, down 0.8 months or 9.3 percent compared to 8.9 months in the fourth quarter of 2018. Read the rest of entry »