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From the monthly archives: June 2014

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CEOs Announce Commitment to Promote Resilient Planning and Building Materials

Thursday, June 26, 2014 2:37 PM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) joined leaders of America’s design and construction industry – along with building owners and operators – today in pledging to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.
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ABC Celebrates Supreme Court’s Recess Appointment Ruling

Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:23 AM
Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning that President Obama unconstitutionally bypassed the U. S. Senate by appointing Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terrence Flynn to fill National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacancies.
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ABC Craft Professional of the Year To Receive New Truck in Riverside

Monday, June 23, 2014 11:09 AM
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Tradesmen International, Chrysler Group LLC and the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation will honor ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year, Robert Stuart, this Friday at Stronghold Engineering’s office at 2000 Market Street in Riverside, Calif. Stuart, a superintendent at Stronghold Engineering was named ABC’s Craft Professional of the Year this May during ABC’s National Craft Championships and Workforce Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala.
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Construction Materials Prices Flat in May

Friday, June 13, 2014 9:42 AM
Overall construction materials prices remained flat in May but are up 1.6 percent year over year according to the June 13 Producer Price Index release supplied by the Department of Labor.  Nonresidential construction materials prices fell 0.2 percent for the month but are 1.3 percent higher than at the same time one year ago. 
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ABC National Headquarters Among First to Certify Under New Green Globes Sustainable Interiors Program

Monday, June 9, 2014 1:53 PM
The Green Building Initiative (GBI) today announced Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) national headquarters in Washington, D.C., is one of the first buildings to be certified under its new Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors (SI) program. 
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Declines in May

Friday, June 6, 2014 10:59 AM
The U.S. construction industry only gained 6,000 jobs in May, according to the June 6 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nonresidential construction segments lost 500 jobs in May, a surprising departure from the 12,600 jobs (revised) added in April. The residential sector performed slightly better, adding 3,300 jobs for the month. The heavy and civil engineering sector added 3,200 jobs in May and has added an impressive 32,600 jobs in the past 12 months.
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Nonresidential Construction Backlog Slides in Icy First Quarter

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:16 AM
Harsh winter weather helped produce a 2.8 percent decline in Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) during 2014’s first quarter. The weather also impacted construction starts, architectural billings and many other construction-related metrics. Overall CBI now stands at 8.1 months—down from the 8.3 months in the previous quarter, but up from 7.9 months a year ago.
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Nonresidential Construction Spending Expands in April

Monday, June 2, 2014 2:18 PM
Nonresidential construction spending inched up in April and has now expanded for two consecutive months, according to the June 2 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nonresidential construction spending expanded by 0.4 percent on a monthly basis in April and has risen 3.9 percent on a year-over-year basis. Spending for the month totaled $570.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
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