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News Release 2022

Nonresidential Construction Spending Drops Slightly in February, Says ABC

Friday, April 1, 2022 10:53 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.1% in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $844.5 billion for the month.

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Nonresidential Construction Adds 11,300 Jobs in March; Employment Now Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels, Says ABC

Friday, April 1, 2022 9:42 AM

WASHINGTON, April 1—The construction industry added 19,000 jobs on net in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. After 23 months of recovery, construction employment has at last exceeded pre-pandemic levels. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 220,000 jobs, an increase of 3.0%. 

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ABC and AFSP Announce Partnership to Address Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 10:22 AM

WASHINGTON, March 30—Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention today announced a collaborative partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention throughout the U.S. construction industry.

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ABC Announces the 2022 National Craft Champions

Friday, March 18, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 18—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of the 2022 National Craft Championships at its Careers in Construction Awards ceremony during ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio. The 33rd annual competition showcases the skills and expertise of more than 200 of the nation’s top-performing craft professionals. 

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Colorado State University Named Overall Winner of the ABC Construction Management Competition

Friday, March 18, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 18—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual Construction Management Competition at ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio, March 15-17. Fourteen teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide competed this year, and Colorado State University was named the overall winner of the 2022 competition, with the highest cumulative points in the five competition categories.

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ABC Honors Careers in Construction Award Winners

Friday, March 18, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 18—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of the 2022 National Craft Championships and the ABC Construction Management Competition. The winners were honored on the last day of ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 17.

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ABC Announces Top Construction Projects, Safety and Diversity Excellence Awards and Contractor of the Year

Thursday, March 17, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the award winners in Excellence in Construction,® Safety Excellence and Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Excellence and Contractor of the Year. The winners were announced March 16 at ABC Convention 2022 during the 32nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

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ABC Announces Award-Winning Construction Projects of 2021

Thursday, March 17, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of the Excellence in Construction® Awards—96 projects worth a total of $3.8 billion—during ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio. The EIC awards are the construction industry’s leading national competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects from across the nation.

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ABC Names United Group Services Contractor of the Year

Thursday, March 17, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 17—Associated Builders and Contractors today named United Group Services, headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, its 2022 Contractor of the Year. This award recognizes contractor companies for corporate integrity and commitment to safety, professional development and expert craftsmanship. The award was presented at the 32nd annual Excellence in Construction® Awards gala on March 16 during ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio.

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ABC Announces 2021 National Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Excellence Award Winners

Thursday, March 17, 2022 9:55 AM

SAN ANTONIO, March 17—Associated Builders and Contractors has named the winners of the 2021 National Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Excellence Awards, an annual recognition of ABC members that display exemplary IDE leadership in their company, workforce, supply chain and community with best-in-class recruitment policies, retention practices and training and mentoring programs. The winners were honored at the 32nd annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2022 in San Antonio on March 16.  

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