From the monthly archives: April 2014

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Motion Is Money: Increasing Jobsite Productivity and Efficiency

  Recognizing opportunities to minimize movement is the start to creating a more healthful and efficient operation. Classic movements such as walking, bending, carrying, pushing, pulling and working overhead must be viewed as production and efficiency issues.

BizCon: Strategic Thinking for Construction Leaders

ABC's 2014 BizCon brought 350 construction industry members together to discuss emerging markets, major challenges and trends, and leadership opportunities. The event featured three panel discussions and two keynote addresses—all geared toward helping attendees run more profitable and productive businesses.

Is There a Locker Room Mentality on Your Jobsite?

  Neither professional sports teams nor other employers with traditionally male-dominated workforces are exempt from the rules prohibiting harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and the risks associated with violating those rules. Nevertheless, some employers or managers act as if these rules do not apply to them due to the nature of their business.

New Export Regulation Requirements Take Effect

Businesses that frequently import and export construction equipment across the United States and Canada border will have an extra step to take once the upcoming Foreign Trade Regulation (FTR) export requirements are implemented. Beginning April 5, all exporters will be required to file additional Electronic Export Information (EEI) through the Automated Export System (AES) for all exports of used self-propelled vehicles, including forklifts, bulldozers, excavators and many others.

Construction Businesses Rank Last for Mobile-Friendly Websites

Twenty percent of construction firm websites are mobile-friendly, putting building and construction at the bottom of the 10 industries audited by hibu, which provides digital marketing services to businesses.

One-Quarter of Americans Hold ‘Alternative’ Credentials

  Twenty-five percent of working Americans hold an “alternative” post-secondary credential, which includes professional certifications, licenses and educational certificates, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

Alabama Prohibits PLAs on Taxpayer-Funded Projects

  Gov. Robert Bentley (R-Ala.) signed into law H.B.195, which prohibits government entities from requiring contractors to sign a project labor agreement (PLA) or any other agreement with labor unions as a condition of performing work on taxpayer-funded construction projects.

Construction Companies Vow to Hire Vets

  Construction industry leaders from more than 100 companies pledged to hire 100,000 veterans in the next five years during the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment in Construction National Symposium.

Oil and Gas Industry to Make Significant Infrastructure Investments

  During the next decade, the oil and gas industry is projected to make nearly $1 trillion in infrastructure investments that will result in more than 900,000 jobs nationwide.

Developing Prized Recruits in Western Michigan

The ABC Western Michigan Chapter formed a task force last fall that put together a curriculum to be administered by the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC). The program—called the Construction Core Certification (CCC)—combines the NCCER core curriculum with training requested by ABC members.
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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment
When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already...

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum
As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds...

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?
Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees...

Service Above Self
Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors...

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