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ABC to Congress: College Degrees Do Not Define Career Success

  (via ABC National) THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021 10:00 AM   WASHINGTON, Nov. 4—Today, longtime construction industry leader, instructor and military veteran Frank Boecker testified on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development on the indispensable role that community colleges, trade schools and career and technical education programs play in the construction industry. Boecker, who serves as human resources manager for electrical contractor Sunwest Electric, headquartered in Anaheim, California, called for continued investment in apprenticeship programs, craft courses and career and technical education programs, as well as the need for the federal government to promote all programs and pathways that lead to a fulfilling career. “The workforce shortage facing construction and many other industries across the country is one ...

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Cruz Companies Complete Topping Out Ceremony for Michael E. Haynes Arms Building

  BOSTON, MA – On Tuesday, July 6th Cruz Companies celebrated the progress on one of its newest developments, the Michael E. Haynes Arms Building, with a topping out ceremony. Members of the construction crew gathered at the Roxbury site to commemorate the completion of the building’s steel structure. Guests signed the beam before lifting it atop the structure.     The tradition is meant to honor the safe completion of the steel structure. It is said that an Evergreen is raised to the top along with the beam as a symbol of good luck on the remaining construction. It is standard to also position an American flag on the beam. In this case, a Cape Verdean flag was also present; a nod to the roots of Cruz Companies.    “We have been doing business in the Roxbury neighborhood since 1948. Many of our employees are residents and we believe in strengthening the community ...

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ABC’s Construction Backlog Inches Higher in May; Materials and Labor Shortages Suppress Contractor Confidence

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021 9:50 AM Posted in Construction Backlog Indicator, Construction Economic Update, Construction Confidence Index, News Release 2021 WASHINGTON, June 15— Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.0 months in May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from May 20 to June 2, 0.1 months higher than in April 2021 and May 2020. While ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales increased modestly in May, confidence regarding profit margins and staffing levels slipped. All three indices remain above the threshold of 50, indicating expectations of growth over the next six months. “Nonresidential construction backlog continues to edge higher, consistent with expectations that sales, profit margins and staffing will expand over the next six months,” said ABC chief economist Anirban Basu. “For at least four reasons, this represents an extraordinary set o ...

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ABC Member Testifies to Congress: President Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Would Devastate Small Business

WASHINGTON, June 10—Today, Annie Mecias-Murphy, co-owner and president of Associated Builders and Contractors member JA&M Developing Corp., headquartered in Pembroke Pines, Florida, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure on the negative impacts that the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan would have on small business contractors. Mecias-Murphy testified on behalf of ABC and serves on the board of directors for the association’s Florida East Coast Chapter. In her testimony, she urged Congress to invest in America’s infrastructure, ensure that small construction businesses are not excluded from the competitive bidding process for federal infrastructure projects and expand workforce development opportunities in the construction industry. “It is because of the construction industry that I am able to be here to share my story with you today. I was born to immigrant parents who chose to ...

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ABC Announces Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021 9:50 AM Posted in People and Awards, News Release 2021 WASHINGTON, June 8—Associated Builders and Contractors announced today that Tia Perry, formerly ABC’s director of business development and partnerships, will now serve as its director of inclusion, diversity and equity in support of ABC’s 69 chapters and 21,000 members. Bringing with her 15 years of association experience to this new role, Perry will serve as a strategic thought leader to advance ABC’s IDE strategy, including the measurement and monitoring of the association’s initiatives, and development of new programs and practices that effectively increase IDE awareness. “ABC, its chapters and member companies are committed to putting the best talent on the construction field,” said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. “In a fair and open competitive construction industry, innovation in value creation is imperative to winning work and sustaining a worl ...

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MASSACHUSETTS COVID-19  EMERGENCY PAID SICK TIME  Until September 30, 2021, Massachusetts employers must provide employees with additional paid time off for certain COVID-19 related reasons. Full-time employees are entitled to a week (40 hours) of paid time off and part-time employees are entitled to a pro-rated amount based on their work schedules. The maximum amount of pay an employer is required to pay an employee for this paid time off (and for which the employer can seek reimbursement from a state fund) is $850 per employee. This program may end prior to September 30, 2021, if the Commonwealth’s fund for reimbursement (currently $75 million) is exhausted before then. Notably, this law applies to both private and public sector employers in Massachusetts, including municipalities (but excluding the federal government).   Reasons for Leave Paid time off must be provided to employees who are unable to work for the following reasons:        (1) ...

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases 0.5% in April, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, June 1—National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.5% in April, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $786.2 billion for the month. Spending was down on a monthly basis in nine of 16 nonresidential subcategories. Both private and public nonresidential construction spending were down 0.5% for the month. “The fact that nonresidential construction spending continues to decline is no surprise whatsoever,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Many factors are at work, including the historic lag between broader economic recovery and the onset of persistent recovery in nonresidential construction. In other words, nonresidential spending levels reflect what the broader economy looked like about a year ago. A year ago, the economy was in dire shape. “There’s more,” said Basu. “Conven ...

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ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

ABC’s Sizemore Appointed to Serve on OSHA Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health WASHINGTON, May 27—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced that Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Labor to serve as a representative for U.S. construction employers on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards. As one of 15 individuals selected, Sizemore will serve a two-year term on ACCSH, which was established in 1987 to advise the assistant secretary for OSHA on setting construction standards and policy matters arising in the administration concerning safety and health provisions under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. &n ...

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Governor Veto's PLA from Holyoke Soldiers Home Bill

OFFICE  OF  THE  GOVERNOR COMMONWEALTH OF  MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE • BOSTON, MA 02133 (617) 725-4000     To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives: Pursuant to Section 5 of Article LXIII, as amended by Article XC, Section 4 of the amendments to the Constitution, I am today signing House Bill 3770, "An Act Financing the Reconstruction of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke," and vetoing Section 5 as noted below. As you know, it is imperative that the reconstruction of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke take place as soon as possible. Massachusetts veterans need and deserve a home that fully provides for their health, safety, and comfort. For that reason, my Administration sought a federal grant that would provide a reimbursement to the Commonwealth of 65% of the cost to build a new long-term care facility. We have an opportunity, right now, to provide this for those who served to protect the Commonwealth and the United States. ...

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Metro Walls Opens South Shore Branch

MANCHESTER, NH - Metro Walls is excited to announce that they will be expanding operations to the South Shore! Starting November 1st, you will find Metro Walls and their crews throughout the South Shore of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island…doing what they do best – Commercial Framing, Drywall and Acoustical Ceilings! Heading the charge for this new branch will be General Manager Jay Rocha, who comes to Metro with over a decade of commercial drywall expertise. Rocha, former project manager for Superior Drywall can’t wait to lead this South Shore team! He is a native of Fall River, MA, and he knows this region well. “Having the opportunity to expand our operations to cover more of New England has been a goal of ours since we opened our doors. We are thrilled to have Jay Rocha on board. I can tell he loves what he does and he has the energy to keep up in this business”, says Mike Dion, President of Metro Walls With locations already in Manchester, NH and Portland Maine, ...

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