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ABC Comments: President Trump’s Apprenticeship Expansion Helps All Americans Build America

Associated Builders and Contractors applauded President Donald J. Trump on today’s executive action on apprenticeships, which is an important step toward building new career opportunities for all Americans.

If fully implemented, the order will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps in our workforce.  With the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, this order is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional.

“Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with the secretaries of labor, commerce and education to implement the executive order and develop new, innovative and effective models to train an expanding American workforce,” said ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman.  “With our industry in need of half a million workers today and even more in the future, we need to expand upon current apprenticeship methods that have left us with a worker shortage and embrace an all-of-the-above training approach to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce. ”

ABC and its 70 chapters are doing their part to train construction professionals using state-of-the-art and flexible learning models like “earn while you learn,” just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, work-based learning and government-registered apprenticeships to build a safe, skilled and productive workforce.

In addition to an annual investment of $1.1 billion dollars into work-based training by ABC member companies, ABC local chapters and affiliated training centers offer more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and management training programs around the country, including Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship programs.  In partnership with the industry-recognized curriculum and credentials developed by NCCER, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation, ABC offers this training at over 1,400 locations across America.

ABC is looking forward to working with President Trump and Secretaries Acosta, Ross and DeVos to craft industry programs that expand the U.S. Department of Labor’s definition of registered apprenticeship and offer all Americans the opportunity to achieve their dreams and build a fulfilling career.

Learn more about how ABC is building the people who build America at workforce.abc.org.

Wells Fargo Reports: Housing Starts Disappoint Once Again

Housing starts fell 5.5 percent in May, with both single-family and multifamily starts declining. Permits also fell, suggesting that starts are likely to languish near their current levels for another few months.

Explaining Away Weakness Is Getting Old

  • Housing starts once again turned in a disappointing performance, with single-family starts falling 3.9 percent and multifamily starts falling 9.7 percent. Permits also declined both at the single-family and multifamily level, suggesting there is more at play than some temporary statistical issue.
  • Even with another weak month, starts are still running 3.2 percent ahead of their year ago pace through May.

A Slow Housing Recovery Remains in Place

  • May’s 3.9 percent drop in single-family starts and 1.9 percent drop in single-family permits is perplexing, particularly given that builders are selling homes as fast as they can deliver them.
  • Worker shortages may be a growing issue, with the number of single-family homes authorized but not started rising 4.0 percent in May and surging 14.7 percent over the past year. Apartment construction is clearly declining, however.






ABC Reports: Construction Input Prices Flat, but Crude Petroleum Prices Plummet in May

Construction input prices remained unchanged in May, ending five consecutive months of price expansion, according to analysis of  Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors.  expanded 3.4 percent on a year-over-year basis.

Nonresidential construction input prices also remained unchanged on a monthly basis but increased by 3.1 percent on a yearly basis. Only crude petroleum prices experienced a significant month-over-month change in May, with prices falling 19.6 percent from April’s level. Natural gas prices remain significantly higher—up 66 percent—from the same time one year ago.

“Since March 2016, construction input prices have generally been on the rise,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Many commodity prices established their cyclical nadir during last year’s first quarter, with prices then surging higher for a time. There were a number of factors at work, including stronger growth in parts of Europe and Asia and coordinated efforts by producers to curtail production and support higher prices.

“These factors are no longer strong enough to drive commodity and construction input prices higher,” said Basu. “The U.S. economy in particular does not appear positioned for the rate of growth many had anticipated at the beginning of the year. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently revised America’s growth outlook downward from 2.4 percent to 2.1 percent for the current year. Stronger U.S. economic growth has been expected to be a major driver of overall global economic improvement.

“The role of technology and previous investments in productive capacities is just as important,” said Basu. “As shale and other producers become more efficient, the price for certain items will tend to fall absent a countervailing increase in demand. With global economic growth remaining below par, commodity prices are no longer rising. This strongly implies that the trend of rising construction materials prices that was so apparent in 2016 will be less so during the current year.”

Topcon announces concrete paving ‘Roadshow’ in Montana

Topcon announces concrete paving ‘Roadshow’ in Montana

Topcon Positioning Systems announces a “Roadshow” focused on stringless concrete paving is being held from June 22 – 23 in Belgrade, Montana. The sessions are designed to provide demonstrations of Millimeter GPS systems on GOMACO slipform pavers in a hands-on environment.

“This Roadshow is an excellent opportunity for a real-world experience with the Topcon 3D paving system in the field,” said Brian Lingobardo, systems manager for 3D paving. “GOMACO and Topcon application experts will be on-hand to answer any questions and explain how Millimeter GPS can offer increased productivity, time and labor savings for paving contractors.”

The live demonstrations are scheduled to be divided by application, with the Thursday session focusing on Millimeter GPS on a GOMACO Commander III Xtreme curb and gutter machine — and the Friday session featuring the 3D stringless system with a GOMACO Four-Track Commander III mainline paver. Treasure State Inc. is providing the machines and 3D equipment for the event to showcase the stringless workflow.

The Roadshow event is being held near Concrete Materials of Montana near Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at 5723 Thorpe Road, Belgrade, Montana. To RSVP, contact RDO Integrated Controls at 877-90-RDOIC (877-907-3642).

For more information, visit topconpositioning.com

Fall Protection Contributes to Operator Safety on Aerial Jobsites