Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:02 AM By email@example.com
JLG Industries Inc., an ABC strategic partner and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration on Jan. 9, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access industry with the introduction of the world’s first boom lift.
Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 3:38 PM By firstname.lastname@example.org
The federal government continues to operate under a partial shutdown affecting nine federal departments and a total of about 800,000 federal workers who have been furloughed or are working without pay. Several agencies and programs that serve the construction industry are not affected, including the Departments of Labor, Defense, Education, Energy and Veterans Affairs construction projects.
Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 1:12 PM By email@example.com
While construction industry leaders remained confident in the third quarter of 2018, optimism slipped relative to the second quarter, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index released by ABC. Approximately three in four construction firms expect that sales will continue to rise over the next six months and closer to one in 10 expect sales to decline over the next two quarters.
Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 12:00 PM By firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator contracted to 9.04 months during the third quarter of 2018, down 8.4 percent from the second quarter and 4.3 percent lower than the same time last year. “Construction backlog reached its highest level ever during the second quarter,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:10 PM By email@example.com
Construction materials prices fell 1.8 percent in November, according to ABC's analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Despite the monthly decline, materials prices are still 5.3 percent higher than they were on a year-over-year basis.
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:58 PM By firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction employment expanded by 5,000 net new jobs in November, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data conducted by ABC. During the past 12 months, the industry has added 282,000 net new construction jobs, which translates into a 4 percent increase in total industry-wide employment.
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:51 AM By email@example.com
On Dec. 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps and Engineers jointly issued a proposal to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule seeks to provide businesses and landowners with clear definitions of what are and what are not ‘navigable waters.’ ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman attended the signing ceremony for the rulemaking at the U.S. EPA.
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:18 AM By firstname.lastname@example.org
ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts another strong year for construction sector performance, yet warns about inflationary pressures, according to a 2019 economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine.
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:21 AM By email@example.com
National nonresidential spending increased 0.1 percent in October, according to an ABC analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Total nonresidential spending for the month stood at $763.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, which represents a 7.3 percent increase over the same time last year.
Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:50 PM By firstname.lastname@example.org
On Nov. 9, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule that updates its standard for cranes and derricks in construction to ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment. The final rule requires employers to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them and document successful completion of the evaluations.