Category Archives: Association News and Events

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clemson University named overall winner of ABC Construction Management Competition

Clemson University named overall winner of ABC Construction Management Competition

Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the winners of its annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for 12 teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide. Clemson University was named the overall winner of the 2021 competition, with the highest cumulative points in the five competition categories. The four-person teams put their construction project leadership […]

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 […]

Construction adds 110,000 jobs in March

Construction adds 110,000 jobs in March

The construction industry added 110,000 jobs in March, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry has added 931,000 jobs since April 2020, recovering 83.6% of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction unemployment rate fell to […]

ACI Foundation raises over $1 million for scholarships, research and tech

ACI Foundation raises over $1 million for scholarships, research and tech

Through generous donations from ACI members, and the concrete industry, more than $1 million has been raised for the ACI Foundation. Jeffrey W. Coleman, President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the challenge to raise $1 million in October, 2020, during his term as president. To date, over $1,320,000 has been generously contributed to […]

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 […]

New ASCE publication offers guidance on using remote sensing monitoring

New ASCE publication offers guidance on using remote sensing monitoring

RESTON, VA – ASCE’s newest publication, Remote Sensing for Monitoring Embankments, Dams, and Slopes, GSP 332, provides information on selecting and deploying a monitoring network to assess the behavior, geometry, total and differential for embankments, dams, and slopes (EDS) movement, and potential risks of the EDS movement on people and infrastructure. This Geotechnical Special Publication […]

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 […]

ABC applauds NEPA reform bills to modernize permitting process

ABC applauds NEPA reform bills to modernize permitting process

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors released the following statement applauding Sen. Mike Lee (R – Utah) for introducing the UNSHACKLE Act, along with several other pieces of legislation, today to improve and modernize the federal permitting process under the National Environmental Policy Act. “Investment in infrastructure projects will encourage much-needed economic growth, but […]

Illinois General Assembly to consider extending prevailing wage to aggregate producers, Environmental Justice and more this spring

llinois General Assembly to consider extending prevailing wage to aggregate producers, Environmental Justice and more this spring

The IAAP is closely tracking more that 80 pieces of legislation in the Illinois House and Senate and advocating on the behalf of the mining industry this spring. At this time, we want to draw your attention to three issues that could result in major impacts. House Bill 3158 (https://bit.ly/3b4pyYA) extends prevailing wage requirements to […]

The Utility Expo 2021

We’re gearing up to make this year’s show a dynamic and engaging experience for the entire utility industry and looking forward to seeing you September 28-30 in Louisville, KY. Your health and safety is our top priority, and we are taking proactive steps and implementing new guidelines and policies to ensure a safe experience for […]