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Associated Builders and Contractors Honors America’s Top Construction Projects

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:59 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 22— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) honored more than 100 projects collectively worth $2.6 billion at the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards during ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif.
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ABC Honors Contractors with Industry-leading Safety Performance

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:59 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif, March 22— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the winners of the 2017 National Safety Awards at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif. A total of 54 ABC member companies were recognized for their safety performance on March 21 during the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards. Read the rest of entry »

ACI Mechanical Named Contractor of the Year by Associated Builders and Contractors

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:59 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 22 –ACI Mechanical Inc., Ames, Iowa, has been named Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2017 Contractor of the Year, an award that recognizes companies for their corporate integrity, commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. President Mike McCoy accepted the honor at the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® (EIC) Awards gala on March 21 during ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif. Read the rest of entry »

January Construction Unemployment Rates Down Year Over Year in All 50 States, Says ABC

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:45 AM
WASHINGTON, March 21—Continued strength in construction resulted in a 7.3 percent January 2018 not seasonally adjusted (NSA) national construction unemployment rate, down 2.1 percent from January 2017 and the lowest national January rate on record, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Further, estimated construction unemployment rates were down in all 50 states on a year-over-year basis.
At the same time, the construction industry employed 233,000 more workers than in January 2017. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 670 Percent Safer

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:56 AM
WASHINGTON, March ??—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) recently released its 2018 Safety Performance Report to further the construction industry’s understanding of how to make jobsites safer through its Safety Performance Evaluation Process (STEP). Packed with infographics and practical takeaways, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent, making the best-performing companies 670 percent safer than the industry average. Read the rest of entry »

ABC, BCSP Ink Deal to Promote Construction Safety

Monday, March 19, 2018 4:09 PM
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 20—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on improving occupational safety and health at construction workplaces throughout the United States. The partnership is centered on developing effective prevention strategies and technologies as well as encouraging students and other professionals to choose occupational safety and health as a career and advance their competency in that field. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Materials Prices Continue to Expand Briskly in February, ABC Says

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:32 AM
WASHINGTON, March 14—Overall construction input prices rose 0.7 percent in February, slightly lower than the rate set in January, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Compared to February 2017, prices are up 5.2 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices are also up 0.4 percent on a monthly basis and 4.9 percent compared to the same time last year. Read the rest of entry »

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Hits a New High; 2018 Poised to Be a Very Strong Year for Construction Spending

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON, March 19—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator(CBI) expanded to 9.67 months during the fourth quarter of 2017—its highest level ever and a 2.25 percent increase from the prior quarter. Backlog records were broken in the Northeast region, the commercial/industrial segment and among firms with $30 to $50 million in annual revenues. CBI is up by 1.36 months, or 16.3 percent, on a year-over-year basis. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Employment Growth Surges in February

Friday, March 9, 2018 11:06 AM
WASHINGTON, March 9 - February was the best month for construction employment gains since March 2007, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) analysis of today’s employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The sector added 61,000 net new jobs on a monthly basis in February, an increase of 0.9 percent, and 254,000 net new jobs on a yearly basis, an increase of 3.7 percent. Read the rest of entry »

Associated Builders and Contractors Announces Finalists in Competitions for Top Craft Professional and Instructor

Monday, March 5, 2018 9:00 AM
WASHINGTON, March 5– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced the finalists for its 2018 Craft Professional of the Year and Craft Instructor of the Year awards. Winners of both awards will be announced at the Careers in Construction Awards ceremony March 22 during ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif. Read the rest of entry »