Category Archives: Association News and Events

America’s economy rides on interstate highways 

America’s economy rides on interstate highways 

System Turns 65 on June 29; Remains Backbone of U.S. Economy WASHINGTON – The development of the 48,000-mile Interstate Highway System (IHS) has been a driving factor in a 340 percent growth in the nation’s gross domestic product over the past 65 years from $3 trillion to today’s $19 trillion, according to research from the Washington, D.C.-based […]

ASCE statement on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passage of the Invest in America Act

Jean-Louis, Briaud, Ph.D., President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued the following statement regarding the passing of the INVEST in America. “The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) applauds the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passing the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) […]

OSHA Recordables Relative to the COVID-19 Vaccine

OSHA Recordables Relative to the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has provided guidance to employers regarding recordables related to the COVID-19 vaccine. OSHA outlined when an employer is required to record an adverse reaction on its OSHA 300 Logs.In their document, COVID 19 – frequently asked questions (FAQs) issued on April 20, 2021, OSHA states that recordables incidents […]

President Biden’s tax plan would hit small and family-owned businesses the hardest: ABC

President Biden’s tax plan would hit small and family-owned businesses the hardest: ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to reports that President Biden will tonight announce tax increases as he details his American Families Plan, Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement: “The president’s anti-growth tax increases will not only fail to raise the revenue needed to support his new government programs but will also hit our […]

ABC statement on President Biden’s first 100 days in office

ABC statement on President Biden’s first 100 days in office

Ahead of President Joe Biden’s first congressional address, Associated Builders and Contractors issued the following statement from Michael Bellaman, its president and CEO, on key merit shop construction industry priorities that should be considered by the administration. “As President Biden prepares to address a joint session of Congress, Associated Builders and Contractors recommends that he […]

International partners celebrating ICAW together

International partners celebrating ICAW together

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the organics recycling industry. It is celebrated in many countries throughout the world annually during the first full week of May. Started in Canada over twenty-five years ago, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations […]

ABC reacts to Republican lawmakers’ infrastructure framework

ABC reacts to Republican lawmakers’ infrastructure framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement in reaction to the Republican lawmakers’ infrastructure framework: “Enhancing global competitiveness and creating jobs should be the cornerstones of any plan to modernize our crumbling roads, bridges, schools and utilities,” said Michael Bellaman, president and CEO of ABC. “The Republican infrastructure framework would serve […]

HNTB inks five-year deal to serve as exclusive sponsor of ARTBA Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP)

HNTB inks five-year deal to serve as exclusive sponsor of ARTBA Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP)

HNTB, one of the world’s leading infrastructure firms, is confirming its commitment to developing the next generation of transportation construction policy advocates with an exclusive, five-year sponsorship of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP). The sponsorship coincides with the ILDP’s 25th anniversary. The ILDP provides attendees with […]

Genesis co-founder Curt Frahm inducted into National Demolition Association Hall of Fame

Genesis co-founder Curt Frahm inducted into National Demolition Association Hall of Fame

Genesis Attachments co-founder Curt Frahm has been honored with induction into the National Demolition Association Hall of Fame. Awarded during the recent NDA virtual convention, Curt was recognized as an elite industry leader whose commitment, ingenuity and devotion has significantly impacted the demolition industry. Frahm was also credited for contributing to Genesis’ fast start and […]

Substance abuse recognition program

Substance abuse recognition program

Instructor: Dawid Ditrich, CSP, Lead Instructor, Total Safety Consulting Training Academy NYS has just passed a law to legalize the use of cannabis and has restricted the ability to manage personnel in this area. Since the 2016-17 opioid epidemic took the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans, all industries are mindful of the risk that substance abuse poses […]

Plans underway across the country to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week

Plans underway across the country to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week

Environmental and recycling businesses, organizations, community groups and individuals around the U.S. are making plans to celebrate the annual International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) coming up the week of May 2 – 8. Traditionally, ICAW is promoted by holding a variety of different types of group activities and events. Last year, it was celebrated predominately using social […]

ABC: It’s second chance month, and construction is looking to hire reentering citizens

ABC: It’s second chance month, and construction is looking to hire reentering citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Associated Builders and Contractors is committed to shaping an industry that welcomes all people. As part of Second Chance Month, ABC has highlighted the programs, partnerships and involvement of its chapters and members across the country in educating, upskilling and hiring reentering citizens. “Second Chance Month raises awareness around the value that reentering citizens can […]

WDS 2021 heads to Chicago

WDS 2021 heads to Chicago

The 2021 World Demolition Summit (WDS) will take place in Chicago, USA, on October 20 & 21 It is returning to the US following a successful online event in November after the rescheduling of the live WDS originally arranged for Vienna, Austria. This year’s program, will feature William Sinclair presenting a paper on the British […]

New ad campaign pushes economic growth through infrastructure investment

New ad campaign pushes economic growth through infrastructure investment

The transportation construction, labor, and business community are jointly launching an ad and social media campaign to push for action this year by Congress and the Biden administration on a transportation infrastructure investment package that improves mobility and fuels economic growth. Beginning April 12, a television spot will run inside the Beltway aimed at members […]

Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in March, Says ABC

Monthly Construction Input Prices Rise in March, Says ABC

Construction input prices rose 3.5% in March 2021, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices also increased 3.5% for the month. Construction input prices are 12.9% higher than in March 2020, and nonresidential construction input prices are up […]

TOMRA Sorting Recycling to showcase leading metals sorting technology in virtual ISRI 2021 exhibit

TOMRA Sorting Recycling to showcase leading metals sorting technology in virtual ISRI 2021 exhibit

Platinum level exhibitor TOMRA Sorting Recycling, the global leader in sensor-based sorting, will feature its broad range of innovative metals sorting technology during the virtual ISRI 2021 Convention & Exposition, April 20-22 and April 27-29. Through a blend of video, product displays, customer testimonials and TOMRA team member interaction, the TOMRA ISRI exhibit will guide […]

ABC: The construction industry needs to hire an additional 430,000 craft professionals in 2021

ABC: The construction industry needs to hire an additional 430,000 craft professionals in 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In 2021, construction companies will need to hire 430,000 more workers than they employed in 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors. The analysis also revealed that every $1 billion in extra construction spending generates an average of at least […]

Over 220,000 U.S. bridges need repair

Over 220,000 U.S. bridges need repair

More than 220,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the just released U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2020 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database. That figure represents 36 percent, or more than one-third, of all U.S. bridges. If placed end-to-end, the length of […]

ABC statement on Senate confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

ABC statement on Senate confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors President and CEO Michael Bellaman released the follow statement on U.S. Senate confirmation of Mayor Marty Walsh as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor: “ABC’s member contractors know how to build and rebuild and will be essential to achieving the Biden administration’s goal to ‘Build Back […]

Commercial construction contractors’ outlook lifts on rising revenue expectations

Commercial construction contractors’ outlook lifts on rising revenue expectations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Data from the first quarter U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index reveals contractors are growing more optimistic, mostly driven by a rise in revenue expectations. They also have better outlooks on hiring and equipment spending plans as business concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic lessen. In the first quarter of this […]

Federal investment helped advance 22,000 highway improvement projects in 2020, new data reveals

Federal investment helped advance 22,000 highway improvement projects in 2020, new data reveals

  National and state-by-state data available WASHINGTON, D.C. — State governments leveraged $29 billion in federal funds to advance $70 billion in highway improvements during fiscal year (FY) 2020, according to new federal data. An interactive dashboard created by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) provides U.S. taxpayers, elected officials, news media, and […]

Ziegenbein Tapped for USCC Board of Directors 

Ziegenbein Tapped for USCC Board of Directors 

RALEIGH, NC — The US Composting Council announced recently that Jeff Ziegenbein is returning to the USCC board of directors. Due to the recent acquisition of New Earth, Inc. by WeCare Denali, LLC, Russell Faldik has resigned his seat on the Board in accordance with USCC bylaws Section 9. We would like to thank Russell […]

American Concrete Institute honors outstanding contributions to the industry

American Concrete Institute honors outstanding contributions to the industry

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI  – The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is pleased to recognize several professionals, groups, and companies for their outstanding contributions and dedication to ACI and the concrete industry. The 2021 honorees include the induction of Honorary Members, ACI’s highest honor, which recognizes persons of eminence in the field of the Institute’s interest, or […]

ABC Condemns Biden Administration’s proposals to rescind DOL’s joint employer and independent contractor final rules

ABC Condemns Biden Administration’s proposals to rescind DOL’s joint employer and independent contractor final rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement from Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck on the Biden administration’s proposals to rescind the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employer and independent contractor final rules: “It is disappointing that the Biden administration announced proposed rules to rescind both the […]

Federal court decision clears the way for faster transportation improvements, ARTBA & NSSGA say

Federal court decision clears the way for faster transportation improvements, ARTBA & NSSGA say

A major March 2 court decision has given every state in the country a clear understanding of how far federal jurisdiction extends over the nation’s water bodies, eliminating potentially costly delays in transportation system upgrades, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). In Colorado […]