Category Archives: Association News and Events

Equipment Manufacturers Encouraged by U.S.-China Compromise on Tariffs

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement on the recently announced truce between the United States and China on tariffs: “We hope this builds momentum towards further reasonable agreements to reduce these taxes on Americans and better promote free trade,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “However, the decision also […]

ARTBA applauds new Trump administration wetlands proposal

The Trump administration’s Dec. 11 proposed overhaul to portions of the Clean Water Act (CWA) would restore clarity to federal wetlands regulations and help reduce delays to important transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says. At issue is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) […]

Price of construction materials declines in November; ABC predicts moderate increases in early 2019

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11—Construction materials prices fell 1.8 percent in November, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today. Despite the monthly decline, materials prices are still 5.3 percent higher than they were on a year-over-year basis. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.7 percent for the month and […]

Real growth for transportation construction market in 2019, ARTBA’s chief economist says

ARTBA’s forecast is based on a series of proprietary econometric models for each mode and analysis of federal, state and local data and market intelligence. WASHINGTON, DC —The U.S. transportation infrastructure market is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2019, according to the annual economic forecast released Dec. 5 by the American Road & Transportation Builders […]

Nonresidential construction employment slows down in November, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, DC—Construction employment expanded by 5,000 net new jobs in November, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data conducted by Associated Builders and Contractors today. During the past 12 months, the industry has added 282,000 net new construction jobs, which translates into a 4 percent increase in total industry-wide employment. Nonresidential […]