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From: I Maker America –Manufacturing Day is THIS Friday

unknownDear Supporter –

Manufacturing Day is THIS Friday, and the election is only 35 days from today! That’s why we’re asking you to Stand up for Manufacturing and help make a difference on November 8.

Before you vote, click here to get the facts on the manufacturing issues that matter in your state.

From rebuilding our infrastructure to supporting America’s farmers, your vote matters.

Help us spread that message by checking out and sharing these videos on the issues that matter to manufacturers during the campaign season.

Every bit of effort counts! We hope you’ll help us stand up for manufacturing, and help to Make America this election season!


The I Make America Team

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By: Carter Pogue, Sales/Project Manager, Western Specialty Contractors

ABC Reports: Nonresidential Spending Slips in August, Public Sector Spending Declines Faster than Private


Nonresidential construction spending fell for a second consecutive month in August, according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Nonresidential spending totaled $686.6 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis for the month, 1.1 percent lower than July’s total of $694.1 billion (revised down from $701 billion) and 1.3 percent below August 2015’s figure.

Private nonresidential construction spending fell just 0.4 percent for the month, while its public sector counterpart shrank 2 percent. Four of the five largest nonresidential subsectors—power, highway and street, commercial and manufacturing—combined to fall 2.2 percent on a monthly basis.

“Stakeholders in the nation’s nonresidential construction industry have become accustomed to seeing weak spending data. However, today’s report represents a bit of a departure from previous reports,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “While previous weak spending reports can almost completely be explained by diminished public construction spending, today’s report also revealed emerging weakness in private spending.

“There are some noteworthy exceptions,” said Basu. “Office-related construction spending continued to surge higher, rising 2 percent for the month and up a whopping 24 percent on a year-over-year basis. Construction spending related to lodging rose 1.2 percent on a monthly basis and is nearly 16 percent higher than the year-ago level. Foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate heavily influences these two segments, which has helped produce both higher asset prices and more construction.

“Given the passage of a federal highway bill last year, one might have expected spending growth in the highway/street and transportation categories,” said Basu. “Those expectations have been unmet thus far. Transportation-related construction spending dipped by more than 6 percent in August and by more than 11 percent on a year-over-year basis. Highway and street spending is down by more than 8 percent on a year-ago basis, and was down nearly 3 percent for the month.

“There are a number of theories at work, including the 2016 election cycle, which has led to some decision-makers putting projects on hold,” said Basu. “Government spending generally remains weak, and there are some indications that private lending standards are tightening due to a combination of growing concern among financial industry regulators and bankers that real estate bubbles are forming again in certain communities and segments.”


Wells Fargo Reports: Construction Spending Softens in August

Wells_Fargo_Securities_logoFor the second consecutive month, total construction spending pulled back in August. The loss of spending momentum was broad based with lower readings in residential, nonresidential and public spending.

Broad-Based Weakness

  • Following a downwardly revised 0.3 percent decline in July, construction spending fell 0.7 percent in August. Private sector outlays declined 0.3 percent, while public sector spending tumbled 2.0 percent.
  • Private nonresidential construction, which has been on a roll recently, took a breather in August, led by declines in commercial, power and manufacturing.

Sector Outlook Still Constructive

  • While the August report proved soft, construction spending continues to reflect a sector with positive momentum. Through the first eight months of the year, construction spending is up 4.9 percent from the same period in 2015. Anticipation for the continuation of the U.S. economic expansion and a low interest rate environment supports our outlook for moderate construction spending gains in the quarters ahead.

Construction Spending Softens in August

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Tom Ewing’s Environmental Report

* At the end of August EPA extended, for 30 days, a public comment period seeking information on anaerobic digestion facilities processing wasted food. EPA was seeking insight and info regarding best practices for “sustainable food management programs” which includes keeping food waste out of landfills. This is important to avoid methane emissions and, of course, it’s a good way to generate a versatile fuel that can be used on-site or to generate electricity or treated further and used for transport. EPA didn’t get any new comments; in fact, the docket shows just 3 comments total, since this issue opened. This is supposed to be an expanding waste management program for municipalities.

* Trucks, though, draw more attention, and passion. Check out this driver’s comments (unedited) on a proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set “speed limiting devices” on big trucks. “All these regulations and rules is like going in front of a parole board you’re put away already all they going to do is slap some handcuffs leg shackles. Add 20 more years for your next parole hearing. Why waste your time or your breath. All of us truckers are just Pawns and Patsys in this unfree United States of America.”

* Here are two headlines from the same page recently on Google News: 1. “Reservoirs play substantial role in global warming;” 2. “Greenhouse gas impact of hydroelectric reservoirs downgraded.” Well, that’s helpful for all us little peeps out here trying to do the right thing. *

Tom Ewing