WASHINGTON (Nov. 22, 2021) — Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Board of Directors has elected Stephanie Schmidt, president of Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania, as the 2022 ABC national chair of the board of directors during a meeting at the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Aventura, Florida.

WASHINGTON (Nov. 18, 2021) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has released its inaugural Tech Report, a study of the innovative technology and tools that ABC contractor members are using on jobsites to be safer, more profitable and primed to win more work. The report was sourced from a survey conducted from March through May 2021.

HAMILTON, N.J. (Nov. 17, 2021) — Total construction starts pushed 16% higher in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.01 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts gained 29% and nonbuilding moved 52% higher in October, while residential starts lost 8%. The month’s large gains resulted from the start of three large projects: two massive manufacturing plants and an LNG export facility.

ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 10, 2021) — Rising construction materials prices appear to be starting to drive up the price of construction projects, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of government data. Association officials noted that despite a big jump in what contractors charge for projects, the rise in materials prices is still much higher.

WASHINGTON (Nov. 9, 2021) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and its Alabama chapter has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 11th Circuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its COVID-19 vaccination and testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which applies to employers with 100 or more employees.

The long-discussed infrastructure bill has finally passed Congress, prompting reactions and statement from construction industry associations and contractors. The bill cleared the House on a 228-206 vote. The bill will be paid for with $210 billion in unspent COVID-19 relief aid and $53 billion in unemployment insurance aid.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Nov. 5, 2021) — Construction Business Owner (CBO), the leading business magazine for contractors, is pleased to announce the nine finalists of its Outstanding Women in Construction (OWIC) 2021 honor.

OWIC was designed to recognize industry-leading females and their skills, achievements and contributions to the construction industry. The nine finalists selected for OWIC 2021 are:

HAMILTON, N.J. (Nov. 5, 2021) The Dodge Momentum Index increased 10% in October to 181.2 (2000=100), from the revised September reading of 164.6. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

WASHINGTON (Nov. 4, 2021) — Longtime construction industry leader, instructor and military veteran Frank Boecker recently testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development on the indispensable role that community colleges, trade schools and career and technical education programs play in the construction industry.

ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 3, 2021) — Nearly one-fifth of U.S. metro areas lost construction jobs between September 2020 and September 2021, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of government employment data. Association officials noted that the job losses are occurring in many metro areas as plans to boost investments in infrastructure languish in Washington and firms cope with shortages, delivery delays and construction materials price increases.

ARLINGTON, Va. (Nov. 2, 2021) — Total construction spending declined in September for the first time since February, as both residential and nonresidential construction slipped, according to a new analysis of federal construction spending data from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2021) — Investment in nonresidential structures contracted at an annual rate of 7.3% during the third quarter of 2021 and has now contracted during seven of the past eight quarters, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The overall economy expanded at a 2.0% annualized rate during the third quarter of 2021.