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Conn-Weld Industries Hosts U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

The Association of Equipment (AEM) and its national grassroots campaign I Make America teamed up with Conn-Weld Industries to host U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) at the company's manufacturing facility in Princeton, W....


Arkansas Lawmakers Okay Building New Walkway Beneath State Capitol

An Arkansas legislative panel signed off on a proposed Bureau of Legislative Research contract with a Little Rock builder in late August for the construction of an underground "secured walkway" between the state Capitol building and the Multi-Agency Complex just to the west....


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....


Alabama Lawmakers Negotiating to Build First New U.S. Statehouse in Decades

Alabama lawmakers in July took another step toward construction of a new Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery by appointing a committee to negotiate a lease agreement. A 20-member panel consisting of legislative leaders and appointed members voted to allow a committee to negotiate a lease for a building that would be constructed by the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA)....


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Bans Fossil Fuels in Construction of New City Buildings

In the latest push for her Green New Deal, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu signed an executive order that prohibits city-owned buildings from being constructed or renovated in a way that allows for the use of fossil fuels....


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....


CONNEX South Carolina Available to South Carolina Manufacturers

Gov. Henry McMaster, alongside leadership from South Carolina's business community, announced the launch of CONNEX South Carolina, a free online platform that provides one-stop access to manufacturers in the state to connect with each other, find local suppliers, discover new business opportunities and manage their supply chains....


California Creates 'Strike Team' for Major Infrastructure Projects

To streamline the process of greenlighting state infrastructure, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed an executive order that creates an "infrastructure strike team" to identify and expedite key projects through better coordination among government agencies....


Boston Mayor Michelle Wu Signs New Construction Project Safety Rules

Citing a string of major construction problems in Boston in recent years, Mayor Michelle Wu signed new rules June 1 that require large construction and demolition contractors working on projects in the city to file detailed safety plans in order to get a building permit....


Gov. Newsom Proposes Efforts to Speed Up More Projects

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced an effort to save money and speed up the amount of time it takes to finish transportation, environmental and other infrastructure projects across California....








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