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News Releases 2018

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:56 AM
WASHINGTON, March 20—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 19—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 »

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 »

Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips Slightly in January, ABC Says

Friday, March 2, 2018 10:03 AM
WASHINGTON, March 1—Nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1 percent on a monthly basis in January 2018, while year-over-year spending increased, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today. Nonresidential January spending totaled $732.9 billion on a seasonally adjusted annual rate, adding up to a 2.4 percent increase year over year.   Read the rest of entry »

Strong Economy, Weaker Dollar Help Construction Materials Prices Recover in January

Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:27 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15–Overall construction input prices increased 1.1 percent in January, reversing a slight decline in December 2017, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Compared to this time last year, overall construction materials prices are up 4.9 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices are up 4.7 percent year over year and up 1 percent on a monthly basis.  

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ABC Commends White House Infrastructure Plan's Regulatory Streamlining, Workforce Development Expansion Goals

Monday, February 12, 2018 12:05 PM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12—Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal:

“ABC applauds the president for sending to Congress a plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. It is now time for lawmakers to develop legislation and policy to efficiently modernize America’s infrastructure and drive economic growth and prosperity for all Americans.
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Demand for Construction Workers Remains Strong, ABC Says

Friday, February 2, 2018 11:10 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2—Today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows growth in both public and private construction spending, according to an analysis by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Construction added 36,000 net new jobs in January, an impressive increase of 0.5 percent on a month-over-month basis. 
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Nonresidential Construction Maintains Momentum in December, ABC Says

Thursday, February 1, 2018 10:46 AM
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1—Nonresidential construction spending expanded 0.8 percent in December, totaling $720.4 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) analysis of data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This represents the fifth consecutive month during which the pace of nonresidential spending has increased.  Read the rest of entry »