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.

WASHINGTON, (Nov. 14, 2023) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator declined to 8.4 months in October from 9.0 months in September, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2. The reading is down 0.4 months from October 2022.

View ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index tables for October.

Nov. 20, 2023 — Komatsu, through its wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S., Komatsu America Corp., has agreed to acquire American Battery Solutions, Inc. (ABS), a battery manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on Dec. 1, 2023, on the condition that all necessary procedures for the closing are completed.

HAMILTON, N.J. (Nov. 7, 2023) — The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI), issued by Dodge Construction Network, increased 1% in October to 181.7 (2000=100) from the revised September reading of 180.3. Over the month, the commercial component of the DMI rose 2.0%, while the institutional component retreated 1.4%.

Leaders from Volvo Group and CRH met in Eskilstuna, Sweden, on Nov. 13 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on opportunities to accelerate the transition to net zero. Both organizations aim to reduce emissions. Volvo Group's target is to have 35% fully electric sales by 2030 and to be net zero in its value chain by 2040. CRH is targeting a 30% reduction in group-wide emissions by 2030 and to become a net-zero business by 2050.

PHOENIX (Nov. 13, 2023) – McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently began construction of four new large-scale solar projects located in the Southwestern U.S. and are targeting Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) compliance. The projects, which are in varying stages of construction, will bring a combined total of over 1 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy to communities in Arizona and Texas once fully commissioned.

WASHINGTON, (Nov. 8, 2023) — The U.S. Senate voted 50-48 to overturn President Joe Biden's decision to waive some Buy America requirements for government-funded electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, but the White House said he would veto the measure.

The White House argued the Republican bill would eliminate entirely the domestic manufacturing requirement for government-funded EV chargers "thereby harming domestic manufacturing and American jobs."

Birmingham, Ala. (Nov. 8, 2023) — Fleetio, a fleet maintenance management software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, announced it ranked 459th on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, fintech and energy tech companies in North America. Fleetio grew 263% from 2019 to 2022, and this marks the third consecutive year the company has appeared on the list.

ST. LOUIS (Nov. 8, 2023) — Tarlton Corp. garnered the AGCMO 2023 Project of the Year Award in the Specialty Contractor/Subcontractor category for its work on the proton therapy vault concrete project for Pointcore Construction. The honor was presented to the Tarlton team Nov. 2 at the 26th Annual Construction Keystone Awards Gala.  

LEBANON, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2023) — Fecon LLC, a global manufacturer of heavy-duty site preparation attachments and forestry accessories, recently acquired Treefrogg LLC, a manufacturer of tree-trimming saw attachments for skid steers and compact track loaders. The acquisition expands the right-of-way clearing solutions offered by Fecon in the forestry mulching and vegetation management industry.

WASHINGTON (Nov. 2, 2023) — The not seasonally adjusted national construction unemployment rate was 0.4% higher in September 2023 from the previous year, up from 3.4% to 3.8%. According to a state-by-state analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), 16 states had lower unemployment rates over the same period, five were unchanged and 29 states were higher.

HAMILTON, N.J. (Oct. 18, 2023) — Total construction starts fell 6% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.2 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential starts lost 4%, residential starts declined 6%, and nonbuilding starts fell 9%.