Lift & Move USA to Attend SkillsUSA Annual Conference

The Lift & Move USA program will promote careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry to thousands of students and teachers at SkillsUSA’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky on June 19-23. An estimated 7,000 students and 5,000 teachers will attend the organization’s annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, providing an ideal opportunity for Lift & Move USA to promote the industry and its program of events. SkillsUSA is the national body that prepares school and college students for careers in trade and technical jobs. Lift & Move USA will have a booth at the Skills Conference … Read more

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Industry Alliance Formed to Address Construction Productivity Issues

PORTLAND, Ore. — Viewpoint, BKD LLP & FMI Corporation have teamed up to perform deep research into construction productivity issues in order to make practical recommendations for areas of improvement. The lag in global construction productivity has been widely reported by a number of leading research firms and has been estimated at as much as 1.2 trillion dollars annually. Improving productivity by as much as 10-20 percent could make a huge impact on the construction economy, providing more funding and/or resources for critical infrastructure projects which have been traditionally underfunded. Together these organizations will employ cutting-edge tools, including Big Data … Read more

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NCCER Announces 2017 Board of Trustees

ALACHUA, Fla. — NCCER elected Chip Reid, CEO of Current Builders in Pompano Beach, Florida, as its 2017 board of trustees’ chairman. Reid succeeds Ed Cassady, CEO of Energy Services in Nashville, Tennessee, who remains a member of the executive committee. C. Rockwell Turner, president of LPR Construction, will serve as the 2017 vice chairman. Other members of the executive committee for the 2017 board of trustees include Andy Dupuy, president and CEO of Brown & Root, as secretary and Vincent Giardina, trustee for the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, as treasurer. NCCER’s board of trustees consists of representatives from … Read more

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Partnerships Help Grow Female Interest in Apprenticeships

FAIRFAX, Va. – To those outside the industry, sheet metal work may seem like a man’s world. Internally, journeywomen are thriving, and although the percentage of female sheet metal apprentices is at 4.2 percent, that’s double what it was only two years ago, according to the International Training Institute, the education arm of the unionized sheet metal, welding and air conditioning industry. Nationally, the construction industry in general is made up of 3 percent women, according to Chicago Women in Trades. Partnerships and affiliations with women’s trade groups such as Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. in Portland, Washington; Chicago (Illinois) Women in … Read more

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