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Final BABA Rule Stipulates Domestic Made Construction Materials On Federal Projects

In mid-August, the White House issued final guidance on the controversial Build America Buy America Act (BABA). President Joe Biden aims to bolster the economy "from the middle down and the bottom up." With some exceptions, the word to the construction industry is to use American-made materials built by American workers....


Equipment Financing On Uptick for Second Half of 2023

The equipment finance picture is encouraging, six months after a report indicated it would be a so-so year. The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) reports that June new business volume was up 6 percent year-over-year....


OMB Hit With Questions Surrounding Build America, Buy America Act

While the construction industry awaits the Biden administration's final wording of its Build America, Buy America Act (BABA), contractors can study up on application of the rule. Meant to bolster the economy through the required use of domestically sourced construction materials, the rule is considered contradictory at best and confusing at worst....


Assessing Your Assets: Now Is Good Time to Optimize Fleet

With the bipartisan IIJA committing hundreds of billions to fund infrastructure projects over the next five years, now is the time for contractors to assess off-road fleets and start shopping for machine upgrades....


Inflation Forced GDOT to Reject 12 Project Bids Due for Lettings in August

Inflation is having a negative impact on the construction schedule for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Capitol Beat News Service in Atlanta reported July 24. The agency has rejected bids on 12 projects that had been due for letting in August, Meg Pirkle, GDOT's chief engineer, told members of the State Transportation Board July 21....


IED Welcomes Charlie Dougherty to Discuss 2022 Forecast

The Illinois Equipment Distributors (IED) kicked off the new construction season with its 2022 Construction Equipment Forecast meeting March 24 at Venuti's Italian Restaurant in Addison, Ill. Charlie Dougherty, vice president and economist of Wells Fargo's Corporate and Investment Bank, was guest speaker....


Contractors Strategize How Best to Fill Job Openings

Two big construction industry outlook reports released in early January show promising construction industry stats where workforce is concerned. The supply-chain issues and labor shortages continue, yet respondents to both surveys said they plan to hire and increase staff this year....


Texas Among Top States in Construction Jobs, Growth: AGC

People seeking employment in the construction industry are often curious where the best jobs are. Obvious data like wages, job openings and projected growth play into that analysis. Many other factors also play a role in attracting construction workers, including competition for job openings, cost of living and quality of life....


President Biden Signs $1.2T Infrastructure Bill — Here's What's in It

U.S. construction stands to gain mightily now that President Joe Biden has signed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. But the industry's collective sigh of relief may become nervous tapping as it prepares for work on much-needed infrastructure projects....


AGC: Utah Adds Most Construction Jobs Since Pandemic

Only 14 states and the District of Columbia have added construction jobs since just before the start of the pandemic in February 2020, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America....







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