Posts Tagged ‘ construction ’

The Future of Technology and the Construction Worker

Jul 31st, 2015

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In the not-so-distant past, Rob McKinney was on a jobsite doing a safety inspection for his construction company when he spotted a worker “top-stepping” a ladder—with two feet on top of an eight-foot ladder working in the ceiling. McKinney, then a safety manager, addressed the issue with the worker, but the worker wouldn’t oblige. So […]

Construction Materials Prices Level Out in April

May 19th, 2015

Prices for inputs to construction industries fell 0.1 percent in April, and prices have now fallen in six of the previous eight months, according to analysis by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Input prices are also down on a year-over-year basis, falling 4 percent since April 2014. Prices for inputs to nonresidential construction showed […]

Fortune Brands Readjusts its Outlook After Q1 Results

May 1st, 2015

Fortune Brands released its first quarter 2015 results recently, which showed “moderate growth,” according to company CEO Chris Klein. Klein says the results were “as we expected,” but the teams delivered “profit growth that was right on plan … We continue to anticipate accelerating new construction activity in the second half of the year. Based […]

Multifamily Construction Continues to Cast Shadow over Single-Family Homes

Nov 7th, 2014

Robert A. Murray, chief economist and vice president at Dodge Data & Analytics, speaks to attendees at Dodge’s 2015 Construction Outlook conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

As the construction industry continues its recovery, the single-family and multifamily housing sectors have been in a battle. Because of certain economic and sociological conditions, multifamily has gotten the best of the fight so far. Dodge Data & Analytics released its 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook Thursday at a conference in Washington, D.C. According to the […]

Remodeling Conditions Continue to Show Strong Growth

Nov 6th, 2014

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions indicated strong growth in the third quarter of 2014 with a rating of 6.41. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in all sub-components measuring remodeling activity, according to NARI. This is the second quarter of growth […]

Construction Employment Increases in Most Metro Areas over Past Year

May 29th, 2014

In most metropolitan areas, construction employment has been on the way up over the past year. According to analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America, employment in the industry expanded in 220 metro areas, declined in 70 and was stagnant in 49 between April 2013 and April 2014. “Construction employment […]

Cal/OSHA Targets Construction Sites for Safety Rules Compliance

May 29th, 2014

Construction sites in the San Francisco Bay area have gotten Cal/OSHA’s attention, following a recent series of fatal accidents in the region. According to a press release, investigators will be deployed to inspect construction worksites throughout the coming weeks to determine whether adequate measures have been taken to identify safety hazards and prevent injury. “Construction […]

Construction Employment Increases in Most States as “Fragile” Recovery Continues

May 20th, 2014

While the construction industry’s recovery remains “fragile,” it saw some positive numbers in April, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America Labor Department. Construction firms added jobs in 39 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months and in 29 states and D.C. between March and April. Construction […]

Economic Index Shows Metro Markets Continuing on Path to Normalcy

May 6th, 2014

Of the 351 metro markets measured, 300 have seen year-over-year economic gains, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released today. The index shows that 59 metros have fully returned to or even exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity. The nationwide economic score rose […]

Nearly 200 Metro Areas See Construction Employment Increases

Apr 29th, 2014

Construction employment expanded in 197 metro areas, declined in 87 and was stagnant in 55 between March 2013 and March 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. Association officials noted, however, that construction employment stands to suffer if Congress allows federal highway funding […]