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Nonresidential Construction Spending Unchanged in October, Says ABC

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1—National nonresidential construction spending was virtually unchanged in October, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, spending totaled $792.4 billion for the month.

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ABC Elects 2021 National Chair, Executive Committee

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:23 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18―Associated Builders and Contractors’ Board of Directors elected Steve Klessig, vice president of architecture and engineering, Keller Inc., to serve as the 2020 ABC national chair during a meeting at the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Remain Stable in October, Says ABC

Friday, November 13, 2020 9:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13—Construction input prices remained virtually unchanged in October compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices also remained unchanged for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in October; Contractor Optimism Rises

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10— Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 7.7 months in October, an increase of 0.2 months from September’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5. Backlog is 1.2 months lower than in October 2019.

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ABC Celebrates Career Technical Education During Apprenticeship Week

Monday, November 9, 2020 9:00 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8—Apprenticeships are a key part of Associated Builders and Contractors’ commitment to an all-of-the-above approach for developing a safe, skilled and productive workforce that meets the current and future needs of the construction industry. During the U.S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 8-14, ABC celebrates the value of earn-while-you-learn opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, students, non-graduates and people laid off during the pandemic or seeking new careers, re-entry to the workforce or a second chance.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in October, Says ABC

Friday, November 6, 2020 9:56 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6—The construction industry added 84,000 net new jobs in October, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last six months, the industry has added 789,000 jobs, recovering 73% of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Declines Further in September, Says ABC

Monday, November 2, 2020 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2—National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.6% in September, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, monthly spending totaled $794.3 billion. 

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U.S. Economy Expands at 33.1% annual rate in Q3 of 2020, says ABC

Thursday, October 29, 2020 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29—The U.S. economy expanded at an annualized rate of 33.1% during the third quarter of 2020, helping to offset a significant share of the economic loss sustained during the second quarter, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Increases in personal consumption expenditures, private inventory investment and exports drove the partial rebound.

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ABC’s Free Enterprise Alliance Announces Million-dollar Issue Advocacy Ad Buy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21—Associated Builders and Contractors’ Free Enterprise Alliance, which educates elected officials and the public about the importance of fair and open competition, today announced it has made a million dollar issue advocacy ad buy in 25 states nationwide. The advocacy campaign, which includes digital ads and mailers, will educate constituents on the dangers of the PRO Act, highlight benefits of the Paycheck Protection Program and encourage voting in the upcoming election.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in September, Says ABC

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 10:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14—Construction input prices increased 1.6% in September compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of Producer Price Index data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 1.4% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Slips in September; Contractors Remain Optimistic

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 7.5 months in September, a decline of 0.5 months from August’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Sept. 20-Oct. 6. Backlog is 1.5 months lower than in September 2019.

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Majority of Contractors Fear Long-term Business Implications of COVID-19, According to Construction Executive Survey

Thursday, October 8, 2020 9:56 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8—More than 85% of contractors have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, according to the results of an August reader survey conducted by Construction Executive magazine, which is published by Associated Builders and Contractors. Supply chain disruptions, prolonged municipal permitting processes and delayed inspections due to office closures are all factors contributing to the increased rate of postponement and/or cancellation of construction projects.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands in September, Says ABC

Friday, October 2, 2020 10:48 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2—The construction industry added 26,000 jobs on net in September, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last five months, the industry has added 689,000 jobs, recovering approximately 64% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in August, Says ABC

Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:26 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1—National nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1% in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $814.3 billion for the month.

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ABC Honored to Receive the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:19 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23—Associated Builders and Contractors is honored to announce it has received the Pledge to America’s Workers Presidential Award, which will be presented today at a White House event. Among nine recipients, ABC was selected based on its achievements in workforce education and fulfilling its 2018 pledge to recruit and upskill at least 500,000 workers by 2023.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in August; Contractor Optimism Builds

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in August, Says ABC

Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10—Construction input prices expanded 0.6% in August over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 0.3% for the month.

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Construction Employment Continues to Recover in August, Says ABC

Friday, September 4, 2020 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4—Construction industry employment expanded by 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last four months, the industry added 658,000 jobs, recovering approximately 61% of the jobs lost during March and April.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Again in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1National nonresidential construction spending fell 1.2% in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $809.1 billion for the month.

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ABC Endorses President Trump for Reelection

Friday, August 28, 2020 9:25 AM

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 28—Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to announce its endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection. In a letter to the president, ABC President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman and ABC 2020 National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R. C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida, said:

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ABC Launches Tech Alliance to Help Contractors Transform the Construction Process

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:28 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Alliance—a consortium of firms that create construction technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members, the majority of which are classified as small businesses and primarily perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors. Consisting of 13 companies, the Tech Alliance will leverage technology solutions to help ABC members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

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ABC Honors Student Winners of 2020 Construction Management Competition

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:25 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19—Twenty-six teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide put their construction project leadership skills to the test during Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for the first time this week. The four-person teams, which were assigned to complete the same construction management project, received awards in five categories.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise Again in July, Says ABC

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Construction input prices rose 1.9% in July over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 1.8% for the month.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Down in July; Contractor Optimism Falls

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:25 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 7.8 months in July, a decrease of 0.3 months from the June reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted from July 20 to Aug. 5. Backlog is a full month lower than in July 2019.

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Falls in July Due to Project Cancellations and Postponements, Says ABC

Friday, August 7, 2020 10:13 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7—The construction industry added 20,000 jobs on net in July, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last three months, the industry has added 639,000 jobs, recovering roughly 59% of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic-induced recession.

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ABC’s Construction Executive Names The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4—Construction Executive magazine, published by Associated Builders and Contractors, today announced The Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms in the United States, which will be published in the magazine’s 200th July/August 2020 edition. The list also includes the top 10 construction accounting firms ranked by the total number of construction CPAs, percentage of revenue from construction, total number of employees with a certified construction industry financial professional certification and number of U.S. offices.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Slightly in June, Says ABC

Monday, August 3, 2020 11:57 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, spending totaled $812.9 billion for the month.

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Construction Output Drops Significantly Due to COVID-19, Says ABC

Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:38 AM

WASHINGTON, July 30—The U.S. economy contracted at an annualized rate of 32.9% during the second quarter of 2020, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Nonresidential and residential fixed investment contracted by 27.0 and 38.7%, respectively, while investment in nonresidential fixed structures contracted by 34.9%.

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NEPA Rule Will Eliminate Unnecessary Delays, Reduce Costs for Construction Sector, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:33 PM

WASHINGTON, July 15—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen issued the following statement on the final National Environmental Policy Act rule, which was released today:

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Up in June; Contractor Optimism Grows

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:30 AM

WASHINGTON, July 14—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from June 20-July 1.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in June, Says ABC

Friday, July 10, 2020 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON, July 10—Construction input prices rose 2.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose by 2.3% for the month.

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ABC Cancels Convention 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020 2:16 PM

WASHINGTON, July 6—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the cancellation of ABC Convention 2020, which was scheduled for Aug. 17-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event, which includes the National Craft Championships, Construction Management Competition and National Excellence in Construction® Awards, was previously postponed from March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Nonresidential Construction Has Recovered 56% of Jobs Lost Since March Employment Report, Says ABC

Thursday, July 2, 2020 11:13 AM

WASHINGTON, July 2—The construction industry added 158,000 jobs on net in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last two months, the industry has added 591,000 jobs, recovering 56% of the industrywide jobs lost since the start of the pandemic.

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ABC: Anti-competitive House Infrastructure Bill Excludes Many U.S. Workers From Rebuilding America

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, by a vote of 233 to 188:

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls Modestly in May, Says ABC

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:09 PM

WASHINGTON, July 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.9% in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $812.5 billion for the month. Private nonresidential spending declined 2.4% in May and public nonresidential construction spending increased 1.2%. 

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ABC Joins National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, June 23—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.

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ABC, NAHB Applaud D.C. Circuit Court Decision to Reject Lawsuit to Compel OSHA to Issue Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Diseases/COVID-19

Thursday, June 11, 2020 6:03 PM

WASHINGTON, June 11—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Greg Sizemore and National Association of Home Builders Chief Executive Officer Jerry Howard issued the following joint statement today on the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision to reject a lawsuit brought by the AFL-CIO to compel the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an “emergency temporary standard” for infectious diseases/COVID-19:

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Construction Input Prices Rise in May, Says ABC

Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:02 AM

WASHINGTON, June 11—Construction input prices rose 0.8% in May compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose by 0.8% for the month as well.

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in May; Contractor Confidence Continues to Rebound

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:10 AM

WASHINGTON, June 9—Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 7.9 months in May, an increase of less than 0.1 months from April’s reading. Furthermore, based on an ABC member survey conducted May 20-June 3, results indicate that confidence among U.S. construction industry leaders continued to rebound from the historically low levels observed in the March survey.

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Construction Employment Sees Record Rebound in May, Says ABC

Friday, June 5, 2020 10:57 AM

WASHINGTON, June 5—The construction industry added 464,000 net new jobs in May, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May represented the largest monthly increase in construction jobs since the government began tracking employment in 1939, a drastic improvement from April, which recorded the industry’s largest month-over-month job loss.

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Falls in April, Says ABC

Monday, June 1, 2020 11:52 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—National nonresidential construction spending decreased by 1.8% in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $801.8 billion for the month, a 0.9% increase from April 2019.

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ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 827% Safer

Monday, June 1, 2020 9:21 AM

WASHINGTON, June 1—Associated Builders and Contractors today released its 2020 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry’s understanding of how to achieve world-class safety through its STEP Safety Management System. Published in conjunction with National Safety Month, the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 88%, making the best-performing companies 827% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.

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ABC Urges Swift Action in the Senate to Enact Paycheck Protection Program Fixes

Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:14 PM

WASHINGTON, May 28—Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today lauded the passage of H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives and urged the U.S. Senate to quickly take up the legislation:

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ABC Launches Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge

Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:03 AM

WASHINGTON, May 28—Associated Builders and Contractors recently launched the Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge, an industry-wide call to action to redouble construction jobsite safety commitments under new protocols due to the coronavirus outbreak. Open to all U.S. contractors and industry associations, the pledge calls for prevention, preparedness and response plans to prevent injuries and disease and safeguard total human health.

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ABC Members Provided Education for 1.1 Million Course Attendees in 2019, New Survey Finds

Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:40 AM

WASHINGTON, May 21—According to the results of Associated Builders and Contractors 2020 Workforce Development Survey, ABC contractor members invested $1.5 billion on workforce development initiatives in 2019, providing craft, leadership and safety education to 1.1 million course attendees to advance their careers in commercial and industrial construction. Safety education accounted for nearly half of the total workforce investment, averaging $1,147 per employee annually.

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ABC Names 2020 Craft Instructor of the Year

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, May 19—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Bryan Gamble, a certified electrical contractor and instructor for the ABC Greater Tennessee Chapter, was named the 2020 Craft Instructor of the Year. Gamble will be honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 19.

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ABC Names the 2020 Craft Professional of the Year

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, May 19—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Ron Cayton, general superintendent, Gaylor Electric, Charlotte, North Carolina, was named the 2020 Craft Professional of the Year. Cayton will be honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 19.

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ABC Names the 2020 Young Professional of the Year

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 9:15 AM

WASHINGTON, May 19—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced Brandon Mabile, business development manager, Performance Contractors, Houston, received ABC’s 2020 Young Professional of the Year Award. Mabile will be honored during the Careers in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 19.

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ABC Economist: From All Systems Go to a Deep Recession in One Month

Friday, May 15, 2020 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON, May 15—Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu warned the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak would be quite different for the nonresidential construction industry compared to previous recessions, according to an economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine.

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Drop in April Construction Input Prices Could Help Stabilize Nonresidential Construction Sector, Says ABC

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:15 PM

WASHINGTON, May 13Construction input prices fell 4.4% in April from the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices declined 4.2% for the month.

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