Construction Employment Increases in 269 Metro Areas Between December 2016, 2017

Construction employment increased in 269 out of 358 metro areas between December 2016 and December 2017, declined in 43 and stagnated in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said new infrastructure funding would help ensure firms continue to expand their headcount in 2018. “Construction employment continues to expand amid robust private-sector demand in many parts of the country,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But with public-sector funding lagging, there is little doubt that more firms would be able to expand their headcount this year … Read more

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Modjeski and Masters Awarded MDOT Statewide Movable Bridge Contract

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Modjeski and Masters has been selected for the Statewide Movable Bridge contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation. As the prime consultant on this contract, Modjeski and Masters will perform as-needed detailed structural, mechanical, electrical and/or hydraulic inspections of movable bridges across the state of Michigan. Bridges that may be included in the contract include Lafayette Street Bascule Bridge, Military Street Bascule Bridge, Fort Street Bascule Bridge, Houghton-Hancock Lift Bridge, Veteran’s Memorial Bascule Bridge, Saint Clair Bascule Bridge, Cheboygan Bascule Bridge, Charlevoix Bascule Bridge, Blossomland Bascule Bridge, Bicentennial Bascule Bridge, Grand Haven Bascule Bridge and Manistee Memorial … Read more

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Strong Economy, Weaker Dollar Help Construction Materials Prices Recover in January

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Overall construction input prices increased 1.1 percent in January, reversing a slight decline in December 2017, according to a recently released Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Compared to this time last year, overall construction materials prices are up 4.9 percent. Nonresidential construction materials prices are up 4.7 percent year over year and up 1 percent on a monthly basis. The price of natural gas fell 13.1 percent in January and is down 31 percent on a year-over-year basis. In stark contrast, the price of crude petroleum rose 11.6 percent in January … Read more

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U.S. Department of Labor and Southern Illinois Joint Apprenticeship

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Southern Illinois Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program have signed an alliance to provide members of the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council with training and resources to prevent common construction injuries. The two-year alliance will focus on preventing exposures to electrical, fall, struck-by, caught-in-between, fire, explosion, lockout/tagout and confined spaces hazards at all CRC signatory jobsites throughout southern Illinois. Participants will also share information on OSHA campaigns, including the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction and the Safe + Sound Campaign … Read more

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