Category Archives: Association News and Events

John Somers named AEM Vice President, Construction & Utility Sector

MILWAUKEE  – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced it has named John Somers as its vice president, Construction & Utility Sector, effective immediately. Somers replaces Megan Tanel, who will succeed Dennis Slater as AEM President effective January 1, 2022. Somers will be responsible for the strategic direction of construction and utility programs and services […]

ARA forecast continues to call for significant increases in revenue and investment

MOLINE, IL— The outlook for equipment rental revenue, comprised of the construction/industrial and general tool segments, remains positive for 2021 and beyond. The updated third quarter forecast released by the American Rental Association (ARA) today at The ARA Show™ 2021 in Las Vegas, shows equipment rental revenue to exceed $47.6 billion in 2021, a 3 […]

U.S. Department of Labor finds none of the nation’s mine operations met criteria for a pattern of violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration found none of the nation’s 12,000 mining operations met the criteria for one of the agency’s toughest enforcement tools, its pattern of violations screening.

LafargeHolcim in the U.S. aggregate operations earn top awards for community and environmental excellence

CHICAGO — The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) recently recognized eight LafargeHolcim in the US facilities for their environmental and community efforts. The recognition is part of NSSGA’s annual Community and Environmental Excellence Awards.

US Department of Labor awards $1M in Brookwood-Sago grants for mine safety education, training to 13 recipients Grants support training to prevent unsafe conditions for mine workers

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration today announced the award of $1 million in Brookwood-Sago Mine Safety grant program funding to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines.

Join peers February 15 – 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Registration is Open! We can’t wait to bring everyone safely together again to learn and connect at the IECA Annual Conference and Expo  in Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 15-18, 2022. With over 100 preconference and education sessions, we’ll provide training on solutions to industry problems, feature leading research at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory field tour, […]

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

July New Business Volume Up 9 Percent Year-over-year, Down 5 Percent Month-to-month, and Up Nearly 9 Percent Year-to-date WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $900 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business […]

China Non-Road Stage IV Emissions Regulations: What manufacturers need to know

China Non-Road Stage IV Emissions Regulations: What manufacturers need to know

The full implications of China’s Non-Road Stage IV (NR IV) Off-Road Emissions Regulations are just now beginning to come into focus as manufacturers begin to understand the their requirements. And while they are widely – and rightly – perceived as engines emissions requirements, machine manufacturers need to possess a strong understanding of China’s NR IV […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]