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.

Strategic Planning: A Valuable Business Development Tool in the Manufacturing Market

  As competition increases and belts tighten, many manufacturing companies are turning to their design-build firms for guidance throughout the strategic planning process. A strategic plan provides a roadmap for the company’s future growth by addressing operational, budgetary and visionary goals. 


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