Category Archives: Association News and Events

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator rebounds in August; contractor optimism builds

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator rebounds in August; contractor optimism builds

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019. ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, […]

Monthly construction input prices rise in August, says ABC

Monthly construction input prices rise in August, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices expanded 0.6% in August over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 0.3% for the month. Natural gas prices rose at the fastest rate in August, increasing […]

Construction employment continues to recover in August, says ABC

Nonresidential construction employment continues to recover in August, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction industry employment expanded by 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last four months, the industry added 658,000 jobs, recovering approximately 61% of the jobs lost during March and April. The […]

2020 AGC NYS chapter safety award application now open

2020 AGC NYS chapter safety award application now open

The AGC NYS Safety Excellence Award recognizes and honors AGC NYS Members for having and implementing outstanding safety programs. Awards will be given to AGC NYS Members with excellent safety programs that meet the stringent minimum criteria, criteria which exceed industry standards, and also demonstrate excellent safety practices in the field. Award recipients will be honored during […]

ABC endorses President Trump for reelection

ABC endorses President Trump for reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C.   —Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to announce its endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection. In a letter to the president, ABC President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman and ABC 2020 National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R. C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida, said: “Your continued support for […]

Free registration for virtual World Demolition Summit 2020

Free registration for virtual World Demolition Summit 2020

Join us for this year’s World Demolition Summit (WDS), which will be held as a virtual event on 12 November because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Summit is free to attend and registration is now open. The event, starting at 15:00 (UK time) on the 12th, will comprise four presentations highlighting world-class demolition projects from […]

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence improves in August

Washington, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) recently released the August 2020 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector. […]

ABC honors student winners of 2020 Construction Management Competition

ABC honors student winners of 2020 Construction Management Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Twenty-six teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide put their construction project leadership skills to the test during Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for the first time this week. The four-person teams, which were assigned to complete the same construction management project, received awards in five […]

AEM mobilizes voters with new Equipped to Vote campaign

AEM mobilizes voters with new Equipped to Vote campaign

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently launched Equipped to Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign to urge the 2.8 million men and women of the industry to register to vote and support pro-manufacturing candidates during the 2020 election. The goal of the campaign is to engage, educate and mobilize manufacturing voters […]

Monthly construction input prices rise again in July, says ABC

Monthly construction input prices rise again in July, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices rose 1.9% in July over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 1.8% for the month. Among 11 subcategories, four experienced monthly increases, with the largest price […]

Support the AGC NYS Scholarship with an online silent auction item

Support the AGC NYS Scholarship with an online silent auction item

In June of this year, the AGC NYS Scholarship Committee awarded $55,000 in scholarships to well deserving students majoring in construction related programs who plan to work in our industry. One of our greatest scholarship fundraisers each year takes place at the Anthony S. Santaro AGC NYS Golf Classic. As you are aware due to COVID-19 we […]

Nonresidential construction spending falls slightly in June, says ABC

Nonresidential construction spending falls slightly in June, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. —National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, spending totaled $812.9 billion for the month. Among the 16 subcategories, six were down compared to May 2020 data. Private nonresidential construction […]

Annual request for research proposals now open

Annual request for research proposals now open

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI  – The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council seeks to advance the concrete industry through the funding of concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures. The annual request for proposals is open now through December 1, 2020. Proposal and funding parameters include: Topics are encouraged […]

In Memoriam: Joseph Scalamandre of Peter Scalamandre & Sons

In Memoriam: Joseph Scalamandre of Peter Scalamandre & Sons

We are saddened to inform you that Joseph Scalamandre (7/17/1934 to 7/29/2020) passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Joe was born and raised in Freeport, NY. He is survived by his son Peter and daughter Jill, daughter-in-law Connie, daughter-in-law Renee, son-in-law Mark, grandson Richie, and granddaughters Nicole, Caroline, Paulette and Allegra. He is […]

AEM adjusts summer and fall conferences, seminars and events

AEM adjusts summer and fall conferences, seminars and events

As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, AEM quickly responded by shifting many of its committee meetings, conferences and events to virtual to continue to offer these programs to the association’s members. While the circumstances surrounding the pandemic’s impact continues to evolve with time, the AEM staff continues to work hard to ensure members still have opportunities to learn, […]

34th Annual Construction Industry Conference – we’re going virtual!

34th Annual Construction Industry Conference – we’re going virtual!

The 2020 Construction Industry Conference will be conducted as a virtual event over a series of dates throughout December. The decision to go virtual was made out of concern for the health and safety of all meeting attendees, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In reviewing existing governmental restrictions and guidelines, and in consultation with our […]

Trump Administration NEPA reforms won’t be realized without long-term transportation finding bill, ARTBA says

Trump Administration NEPA reforms won’t be realized without long-term transportation finding bill, ARTBA says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Dave Bauer released the following statement in response to President Trump’s July 15 announcement about modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): “The National Environmental Policy Act’s antiquated, three-decade old review procedures have unnecessarily stymied critically needed infrastructure improvements. “We heartily endorse […]

Future-proof the construction business

Future-proof the construction business

Learn how to use data to make better decisions Few industries have been immune to the economic shocks of COVID-19, and the construction industry is no exception. Research reveals an alarming amount of construction firms are not positioning themselves for post-COVID-19 recovery, while longer-term underlying changes to the construction industry continue. However, construction is poised […]

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator up in June; contractor optimism grows

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator up in June; contractor optimism grows

WASHINGTON, D.C.  —Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to […]

ALERT: NYSDOH publishes emergency rule requiring business operators & building owners deny admittance or remove those not wearing face coverings

ALERT:  NYSDOH publishes emergency rule requiring business operators & building owners deny admittance or remove those not wearing face coverings

The New York State Department of Health today published an emergency rule, which took effect July 9, 2020.  The rule is confusing to read in many ways, in that it restates many of the restrictions in place prior to phased re-opening that have been supersede by subsequent Executive Orders and therefore are not in force based on […]

Monthly construction input prices rise in June, says ABC

Monthly construction input prices rise in June, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices rose 2.2% in June, 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 rose by 2.3% for the month. Among the 11 subcategories, six experienced monthly increases. The increase in prices was driven primarily […]

Announcement Regarding 2020 Anthony S. Santaro Scholarship Golf Classic

Announcement Regarding 2020 Anthony S. Santaro Scholarship Golf Classic

It is with great disappointment that we inform you that the 2020 AGC NYS Anthony S. Santaro Golf Classic, benefiting our Scholarship Program and re-scheduled for September 2, 2020, has been canceled. Since making the decision to pivot to our alternate date in September from our original June date, ongoing and evolving guidance, restrictions and […]

Your business may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee — learn more about the “Employee Retention Tax Credit”

Your business may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per employee — learn more about the “Employee Retention Tax Credit”

Employee Retention Credit (ERC) overview The Employee Retention Credit is a CARES Act relief measure for businesses. It is a fully refundable tax credit that eligible employers who are able to keep employees on payroll can claim. An Eligible Employer may not receive the Employee Retention Credit if the Eligible Employer receives a PPP loan […]

ABC cancels Convention 2020

ABC cancels Convention 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Associated Builders and Contractors has announced the cancellation of ABC Convention 2020, which was scheduled for Aug. 17-19 in Nashville, TN. The event, which includes the National Craft Championships, Construction Management Competition and National Excellence in Construction® Awards, was previously postponed from March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “While it was disappointing to […]

ACI transitions its convention to virtual event

ACI transitions its convention to virtual event

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — Due to local, state, and federal regulations, and to protect the health and safety of attendees, the American Concrete Institute announces the transition of the ACI Concrete Convention from an in-person event in Raleigh, NC, USA, this October, to a 100% virtual event. The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will be held […]