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ABC's Construction Backlog Indicator Rose Sharply in February; Contractor Optimism Builds

Washington, March 9 — Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.2 months in February, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 3. This is up 0.7 months from January’s reading, but is still 0.7 months lower than in February 2020. ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and...

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IPC Holds Board Election at IPC APEX EXPO

New board member elected, another re-elected to second term BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, March 9, 2021 – The Nominating and Governance Committee of the IPC Board of Directors presented one new member candidate and one term-renewal candidate for election at the 64th IPC Annual Meeting on March 9, held in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO 2021. All board members serve a four-year term.  The newly...

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Decreases in February, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, March 5—The construction industry lost 61,000 jobs on net in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the last ten months, the industry has added 805,000 jobs, recovering 72.3% of the jobs lost during the earlier stages of the pandemic. Almost all of the job loss was in...

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IPC Issues Industry Alert to Members Regarding U.S. EPA Prohibition of PIP (3:1) in Electronics

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, March 3, 2021 — IPC alerted members about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final risk management rules to reduce exposure to five persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals (PBTs). The alert calls attention to the rules, which went into effect February 5, 2021, and to one of the five PBTs with a history of use in electronics: phenol,...

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It's Time to Overhaul the 90-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, March 3 — Associated Builders and Contractors today released the following statement from Ben Brubeck, ABC vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs, on the 90th anniversary of the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that requires contractors and subcontractors that perform work on federally funded or assisted construction contracts in excess of $2,000 to pay a...

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SOCMA Recognizes March as Manufacturing Excellence Month

ARLINGTON, Va., March 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) kicks off March as Manufacturing Excellence Month, with plans to highlight Performance Improvement Award winners and showcase specialty chemical capabilities. "Safety is the number one priority for companies across the specialty and fine chemical industry, and through our Manufacturing...

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ABC Launches Construction Technology Marketplace to Grow Contractor Members' Innovative Initiatives

WASHINGTON, March 2—Associated Builders and Contractors today announced the launch of its inaugural Tech Marketplace, comprised of companies that provide construction technology and innovative digital solutions for ABC contractor members to advance and grow their technology strategies, offerings and abilities. “Technology helps our contractor members become safer, more profitable and...

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Cylindrical Cotton Module Use to Be Added to ASABE Performance Standard

ST JOSEPH, MICHIGAN— The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated a revision to ASABE S615.1, Cotton Module Cover Material Performance. The major revision will add performance specifications for module covers used on cylindrical modules, which are now the predominant seed-cotton storage method in the US. Module covers are used to protect the cotton...

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American Concrete Institute Launches New ACI 318PLUS

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Concrete Institute has launched ACI 318 PLUS – an entirely new annual subscription that provides users with convenient digital interactive access to ACI CODE-318-19, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, along with in-document access to related resources, robust digital notetaking, and enhanced...

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Safety VP Mike Troutman Provides Guidance on Accident Investigation Protocol

Schaumburg, Illinois – Mike Troutman, vice president of environmental, health and safety (EHS) excellence for MI Windows and Doors, offered an accident investigation protocol roadmap to the participants of the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) Virtual Annual Conference. Troutman, a co-chair of the FGIA Fenestration Safety Committee, emphasized the need for good accident...

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