WASHINGTON, Jan. 8— Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to run the U.S. Department of Labor:

“Mayor Walsh knows the important role the construction industry plays in our economy, and Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with a leader who has an extensive career in construction and experience in local government. The Department of Labor’s mission is essential in ensuring the safety, equitable treatment and advancement of all American workers without needlessly hindering economic growth. Over the coming months, it will be critical to help companies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, expand job training and careers in construction for displaced workers, and create safe and healthy jobsites benefitting America’s workforce, infrastructure and economy.”