WOODLAND, Wash. (Jan. 17, 2024) — Crewtek, an eight-week accelerator program designed to prepare students for entry level load handling positions, announced that its first cohort of students has graduated.

MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2024) — A recent research study has raised significant concerns about the dangers of asbestos exposure for workers in the construction industry. The study, published in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health, reveals that the installation and removal of asbestos cement products pose grave risks, with exposure levels far exceeding the occupational limits set in the United States.

ATLANTA (Jan. 11, 2024) — Sage, a software provider for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) in the construction industry, today announced the acquisition of Bridgetown Software, owner of BidMatrix — a cloud-native bid analysis tool for the construction industry. This is Sage’s second acquisition in the construction sector within a year.

BEDFORD, Mass. (Jan. 8, 2024) — The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI), issued by Dodge Construction Network, rose 3% in December to 186.6 (2000=100) from the revised November reading of 181.5. Over the month, commercial planning grew 1.0% and institutional planning improved 6.1%.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 3, 2024) — National nonresidential construction spending decreased 0.1% in November, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data published by the U.S. Census Bureau on Jan. 2. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $1.143 trillion.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 19, 2023) — JE Dunn Construction, Middle Tennessee’s largest general contractor, and LG Chem, a global science-oriented chemical company, broke ground on the new battery material manufacturing facility located in Clarksville, Tennessee. This project, kicking off with $1.6 billion injection for the first phase, represents one of the largest foreign direct investments in Tennessee’s history.

DALLAS (Dec. 18, 2023)  — ISN, a global provider of contractor and supplier information management services, released its latest Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) White Paper. For the new edition, ISN added 2022 data to its previous five-year exploration of SIFs to provide an even more in-depth analysis, along with spotlights for five industries focused on 2022 data: transportation, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and utilities.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2023) — The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is providing $125,000 in funding to Brown and Caldwell to develop scalable diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) best practices for water sector organizations.

DE&I is a critical and growing need in the water sector as utilities measure the health and well-being of their organizations and workforce while rethinking how they engage with their communities.

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 8, 2023) — Workorder, a provider of collaborative software solutions for the construction industry, announced a rebrand initiative and unveiled a new name for its platform, Workpack. This move marks a milestone in the company’s journey toward innovating the construction industry through working collaboratively as a “pack” using its artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

HAMILTON, N.J. (Dec. 7, 2023) — The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI), issued by Dodge Construction Network (DCN), decreased 1% in November to 179.2 (2000=100) from the revised October reading of 181.7. Over the month, the commercial and institutional components both fell 1%.

WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2023) — Portland Cement Association (PCA), which represents America’s cement manufacturers, announced new leadership for its board of directors after holding elections at its last meeting of 2023.

Massimo Toso has been elected PCA board chairman. Toso is the current president and CEO at Buzzi Unicem USA and has served the last year as vice chair to former Chairman Filiberto Ruiz.

LIVERMORE, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2023) — Topcon Positioning Systems announces a series of new developments and initiatives as part of its ongoing sustainability efforts. First, the formation of a new global team dedicated to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been announced. It will be led by Michael Gomes as vice president of global sustainability and CSR.

ATLANTA (Dec. 4, 2023) On Nov. 30, Akio Takeuchi was inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame during AEM’s Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A few weeks past his 90th birthday and the 60th anniversary of founding the company, Takeuchi traveled from Japan to receive this honor for a lifetime of hard work, innovation and achievement.