Construction Employment Increases In 264 out of 358 Metro Areas Between June 2016, 2017

Construction employment increased in 264 out of 358 metro areas between June 2016 and June 2017, declined in 57 and stagnated in 37, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that even though most metro areas added construction jobs, the employment gains were particularly pronounced in the western third of the country. “Western metro areas, from southern California and Nevada to Oregon and Washington, logged many of the largest absolute and percentage increases in construction employment in the past year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. … Read more

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Brasfield & Gorrie Completes Construction of New Westin Jackson Hotel

JACKSON, Miss. – Brasfield & Gorrie has completed work on the Westin Jackson, a new full-service hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the hotel. Conveniently located in the growing downtown area, the Westin Jackson is the first luxury global hotel brand in the city. The nine-story, 174,000-square-foot structure features 203 rooms and suites. Amenities include a fitness center, restaurant, resort-style spa, Westin club lounge and indoor pool. The facility also features 12,000 square feet of meeting space. Participants in the development include Capital Hotel Associates, Wischermann Partners, Hinds County, Jackson Redevelopment Authority and the State … Read more

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3M Fall Protection Launches Trade-In, Trade-Up Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. — For safety professionals, keeping workers safe means providing them with effective, dependable equipment while staying compliant with changing safety standards and regulations. To help safety managers stay ahead of the curve with their safety equipment, 3M Fall Protection has launched the 3M Fall Protection Trade-in, Trade-up program. Workers and safety managers can trade in qualifying fall protection equipment and trade-up for more than 170 products from the 3M Fall Protection line, as well as receive cash rebates. To participate, workers and safety managers start by identifying fall protection products they want to trade in or trade … Read more

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Nonresidential Building and Electric Utilities Advance, Housing Recedes

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New construction starts in June grew 4 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $679.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building increased 13 percent in June, strengthening after two months of lackluster activity, and the nonbuilding construction sector rose 8 percent with the help of elevated activity for electric utilities. However, residential building slipped 4 percent in June, as both sides of the housing market (single-family and multifamily) retreated. Through the first six months of 2017, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $342.7 billion, down 4 … Read more

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