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Construction Material Prices Increase Steadily in June

According to an ABC analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, construction material prices rose another 0.8 percent in June and are 9.6 percent higher than they were at the same time one year ago. Read the rest of entry »

President Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court

On July 10, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat that will be vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy when he retires on July 31. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential-level Member

ABC has added Massachusetts Chapter member Michael Moran of M.J. Moran, Inc. to the Beam Club Presidential level. The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. By recruiting five new members, ABC members are automatically enrolled in the Beam Club by their chapter. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Submits Comments on OSHA’s Crane Operator Qualification Proposal

On July 5, ABC submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on its proposed updates to its standard for cranes and derricks in construction to ensure crane operators are qualified to safely operate equipment. Read the rest of entry »

NCC Gold Medalists and Craft Professional of the Year Honored at Washington Nationals Game

In front of a nearly sold-out crowd of more than 41,000 people, the 2018 National Craft Champions, Craft Professional of the Year and Craft Instructor of the Year stood on the Washington Nationals field July 3 and were honored for their hard work as trained craftsmen. The crowd cheered them on while the ABC logo spread across the stadium, showcasing the theme of the night—free enterprise. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Welcomes New Beam Club Presidential-level Member

ABC has added Massachusetts Chapter member James Alibrandi of Interstate Electrical Services to the Beam Club Presidential level. The Beam Club was established in 1966 to recognize ABC’s top membership recruiters for their commitment to growing the association. By recruiting five new members, ABC members are automatically enrolled in the Beam Club by their chapter. Read the rest of entry »

House Committee Holds Markup on Bills to Expand Consumer-directed Health Care and Lower Premiums

On July 11, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee held a full committee markup of numerous health care bills aimed at expanding access to health savings accounts (HSAs) and lowering health care premiums for American employers and employees. Read the rest of entry »

Six Months After Tax Reform, ABC Members Celebrate Effects of Simpler and Fairer Tax Code

The White House celebrated the six-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by hosting an event on Friday, June 29. ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman attended on behalf of the merit shop contracting community, acknowledging the positive effects of the tax code reform. At the event, President Trump took a moment to recognize ABC and several others as significant supporters who helped pass the legislation.  Read the rest of entry »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Remains Elevated in May, But Private Sector Falters

Nonresidential construction spending inched 0.1 percent higher on a monthly basis in May, according to an ABC analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Spending, which totaled $749 billion on a seasonally adjusted annual rate for the month, is up 3 percent from the same time last year.   Read the rest of entry »

ABC Member Donates to Career and Tech School for Trades

ABC member B.R. Kreider & Son, a family-owned site management, excavating and paving company based in Manheim, Pa., donated a generous $5,000 to the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center. The gift will help fund tuition for students enrolled in the LCCTC’s landscaping, automotive and diesel programs. Read the rest of entry »