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Veterans of the armed forces have many valuable skills, which is why New Jersey is looking to recruit veterans to work on New Jersey Turnpike projects. Members of the military ...
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The economy is in recovery, and construction projects are buzzing with the renewed activity that higher demand is bringing. Loosening credit is allowing people to line up mortgage ...
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New Jersey theme parks are a great way for families to have fun together, but at least one new development is catching the eyes of construction workers and investors alike. ...
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With the current economy growth slowly lifting everyone out of the financial recessions that have blighted the global economy, various economists have made it clear that it's ...
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During the winter of 2013 and 2014, the United States has been hit with dramatic winter storms and extremely low temperatures. For the construction industry, the weather has had a ...
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It's finally official: another Comcast building is set to slip into the Philadelphia skyline. Comcast's announcement ended weeks of industry speculation and generated considerable ...
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Major metro area construction is currently where most of the action is happening in the construction industry. As new revenues pour into large metro areas, the economic recovery ...
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The Associated General Contractors of America (ACG) is an industry group that advocates for construction workers and tracks construction trends. One of its functions is to ...
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The international press has been having a field day with the difficulties Russia has faced in hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi. Construction at Sochi lagged far behind ...
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For construction professionals, the number of open construction jobs is an important indicator of industry strength. When companies experience a workload increase, they often need ...
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In January, the federal government passed the spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year. The bill, which sets spending levels at $1.1 trillion, includes a number of changes to ...
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The United States Census Bureau released its 2013 construction statistics, which show sluggish growth overall. Construction workers and company owners often pay close attention to ...
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The United States manufacturing industry has seen quite an uptick over the last several months. This is due in part to lowered energy costs and some fairly substantial tax ...
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HKND Group has partnered with the government of Nicaragua to discuss the feasibility of one of the biggest construction projects proposed in recent history, the construction of ...
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As the weather turns colder across the United States, many construction industry professionals experience changes in productivity and material behavior. By anticipating the ...
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For professionals in the construction industry, the economic recession caused a dramatic disruption to business. In tough economic times, new construction projects grind to a ...
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Sports events are a major source of revenue for their host cities, but the travel and tourism industry is not the only sector to reap the benefits. When cities host major sports ...
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The construction industry continues to climb out of the slump that hit at the end of the housing boom and during the recession period. Emerging trends may help transform the way ...
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There's good news for the construction industry in the US: construction spending is up, and the trend lines are unequivocally positive. Figures released by the US Census Bureau, ...
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The US housing industry has faced tough times in recent years—house construction slowed in 2006 and reached new lows in 2012. The industry was in need of good news, and it ...
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The latest jobs report from the Federal Reserve has been released, and it paints a picture of the same slow economic recovery across the country that Americans have gotten used to ...
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Since the United States economy bottomed out in 2008, the construction industry has been struggling to regain a portion of its former strength. Troubling problems, including a ...
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The recent factory and construction job gains have brought some optimism to an industry that hasn't had much good news in a long time. With surprising increases in the past couple ...
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Cold weather can make construction work seem even harder. The cool winter months blow in snow, sleet, and ice that can slow down workers who lack work apparel designed for frigid ...
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After falling to record lows in 2010 and 2011, US construction is on the rise. According to a recent report from the United States Department of Commerce, construction spending in ...
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In an age where nearly every aspect of daily life is connected to a digital device, technology is inevitable. The same is true in the construction industry, which is rapidly ...
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Construction workers have battled through a job slump since the recession began in 2007. Now, however, employment prospects are improving. If you've been on the lookout for a new ...
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With the end of the year looming, many businesses in the construction industry are beginning to solidify their plans for the year to come. As you develop your company's goals for ...
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After the government shutdown in October 2013, the Commerce Department delayed the release of the home-building numbers for September and October. The delay caused concern among ...
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As the construction industry is growing across the United States, more people are entering the industry. Whether you're searching for your first professional position or focusing ...
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Though peak employment levels are still elusive in most metro areas, experts are calling 2013 a strong year for construction projects. Construction jobs increased in the majority ...
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As numbers from the national home builders association registered flat for November, outlooks for the home building industry teeter between cautious optimism and cynical ...
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It's one of the most debated questions of the year: Is the U.S. economy back on track after the recession? Looking at employment numbers, the answer is, "Not quite," and ...
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As the United States economy rebounds from the recent recession, the construction industry has been growing and adding construction jobs, albeit slowly. According to a recent ...
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Construction growth has been slow during the years following the worst of America's recent recession. Construction jobs typically follow the housing and government building ...
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October 2013 was a strong month for many key construction areas in the United States, but an economist from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) warns that construction ...
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Minimum wage is a contentious topic these days. While the idea of raising the minimum wage is hotly debated across the nation, one city in Texas has recently passed laws ...
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Honest construction bidders know that nothing is more important than constructing systems for handing out public construction jobs in an open, transparent, and fair manner. To a ...
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Construction workers in a variety of markets have felt the pain of the recent recession. Many skilled workers from the construction industry are turning to related industries or ...
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Construction workers gain many skills on the job that transfer well to work in other fields. Many workers come away with construction skills that are invaluable in fields as ...
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The recession may have hit many construction companies hard over the past few years, but some large construction projects are finally beginning to come together across the nation. ...
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Roadside construction workers in the Chicago area have a lot of work ahead of them in 2014. The vast tollway project began this past spring, and workers have been working hard to ...
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Once upon a time, the word “green” had simpler meanings. Greenhouses gave gardeners a convenient jumpstart before the beginning of the growing season, and green ...
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The number of construction jobs available declined significantly during the recent recession. Banks tightened their lending requirement, so some buyers were unable to get the ...
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The surest road to continuing raises and promotions in the construction industry is to know the construction skills employers need, tailor your experience to match, and ...
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In 2013, news began to spread about a new Google project that has the potential to revolutionize construction projects. Google Genie, an online city-building platform, is designed ...
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration protects workers by ensuring employers comply with established safety regulations. The government shutdown reduced the number of ...
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For several years, economists have been watching the ups and downs of new home construction as an important economic indicator. Home construction is closely linked with job ...
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The construction industry faced a bevy of challenges after the collapse of the housing market and during the subsequent recession. Many market indicators show that the economy as ...
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Most businesses have slow periods, and those in the construction industry are no different. With winter approaching and a downward shift in growth projected, now is the time to ...
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In the slow recovery of the housing market, any good news is welcome. That's why it was with considerable relief that the home construction market reported a considerable rise in ...
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It's a common industry joke: construction season never ends. Some projects flow smoothly from start to finish, and inevitably, other schemes are plagued by construction delays. ...
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Construction is perhaps one of the most variable industries in the United States. In the economic downturn, it was one of the hardest-hit sectors, but now construction spending is ...
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A lot of progress has been made in recent years in the US toward green building standards. At the forefront of this effort is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). ...
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The construction industry is a veritable economic barometer. Because the number of building projects and related construction jobs rise and fall in relation to economic trends, ...
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Construction is a high-hazard industry, so construction site safety is a topic that's always popular among construction workers, and executives are always looking for new ways to ...
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Tall buildings have become a somewhat common part of the Chinese landscape lately: so much so, in fact, that some individuals have begun criticizing their government's gung-ho ...
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The recession is now dust in the wind—or is it? Despite the recent economic turnaround, there is still work to be done on employment measures of growth. The number of ...
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If you have been wondering what type of construction technology is out there and what it could do for your business, you're not alone. Even though people are becoming more tech ...
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The recent recession took a heavy toll on the world economy and hit the construction industry—and construction jobs—particularly hard. During economic slumps, ...
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Throughout the nation, the construction industry appears to be in a slow upswing following poor building numbers during and after the recession. From the snack industry to ...
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In June 2013, Research and Markets announced the addition of a brand new construction-related market-research report to its regular studies. The Global Construction Industry ...
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The infrastructure that allows citizens to enjoy fast travel between locations in America is in serious need of repair. A recent release by the American Society of Civil Engineers ...
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From the housing bust to the decline of non-residential projects, the construction industry has been one of the hardest hit during the recession. Fortunately, recent economic ...
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McGraw-Hill Construction releases the Dodge Construction Outlook each year to help construction professionals make better decisions when it comes to placing competitive project ...
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Construction workers help create new infrastructure and maintain the buildings, roads, and bridges that keep our economy humming along. As times change, the skills needed in the ...
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For many construction-business owners, the early part of the new century brought with it a significant shift from manual labor practices toward mechanized production and building ...
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Finding work can be difficult for construction workers, especially in areas where stagnant economies have resulted in fewer new buildings being produced. Construction jobs ...
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People with green jobs produce environmentally friendly goods and services or actively find ways to use fewer natural resources. Because many consumers now understand how their ...
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With an expected growth rate of 76 percent for new commercial and industrial development by 2014, construction firms are worried about a shortage of qualified workers, especially ...
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Although construction professionals are working hard to recover from the recent economic downturn, there is still room for improvement in the industry. The number of available ...
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As someone who works in the construction industry, you probably already know that it isn't always easy to find new construction jobs. Job availability often depends on location, ...
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With homebuyer and homebuilder confidence on the rise, businesses can expect to see a boost in construction growth across the United States. Throughout June and July, local media ...
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Older workers in any industry look at younger or newer workers as unproven rookies. Younger workers often see experienced professionals as traditionalists who are stuck in old, ...
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If you work in the construction industry, you know that it isn't always easy to find new jobs. The availability of construction jobs often varies depending on location, so it's ...
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Construction is down in many regions of the country. Long lines of job applicants are common. Yet even now, many young people looking for a job in construction think all they ...
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Woodward, Oklahoma is facing an employment crisis but not like the rest of the nation. In the small town there are more job openings than people applying and that’s statring ...
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  Yes, we’ve all heard the dismal news about construction. That housing starts are down and the construction industry is reeling.  But according to the Bureau of ...
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  If you’re single, don’t mind moving and looking for a job in construction, Australia is hiring—big time. The call is out for American plumbers, ...
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 I am remodeling my basement, at least that’s what I call it.  It’s really just having a small carpet and a third of an interior wall put in; along with two ...
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A recent report on the site StateImpact, tells of an ex-convict, Lonnie Hunt, who is helping other former felons get back on their feet by hiring them to work for his construction ...
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 Warmer weather tends to cause a boom in the construction industry, obviously more so for jobs that take place outdoors. If you are just starting out in the construction ...
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If you are looking for manufacturing or construction related work, the place where plants and construction companies are hiring are down South and also in shale oil and shale ...
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  Here you are, with a fresh new diploma, ready to hit the streets and find your first job.  If you’re interested in getting in on the ground floor of ...
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My neighbor next door, Chris, is a professional contractor.  We have used him on several of our home projects, such as windows, roofs and miscellaneous repairs.  ...
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 So, you’re in high school and you want to be a general contractor one day.  You have big dreams and school is stupid.  I’ll never use this stuff they ...
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If you're a utilities engineer or just coming out of college with a civil engineering degree, you might want to learn more about California's ambitious plans to build a series of ...
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As the job market recovers, a persistent explanation for     the still high unemployment rate is that although there are  many companies that are trying ...
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It's important to concentrate all your energies on the right construction field and not go off in every direction. So where to start? Let’s look at some facts. If you're an ...
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It's now the dead of winter, a time of the year that construction workers dread because the number of available jobs fall off. Of course, there are jobs in construction if you ...
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So what qualifications do you need to be a general contractor? Well it is the kind of job that requires nothing and everything. Nothing because there's no formal education that is ...
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Since live in the Pittsburgh area, that makes the cartoon all the more appropriate for this blog. As Mark Twain's attributed with saying directly but actually only inferred ...
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If your construction trade is in fine kitchen cabinetry, you’d have been doing something else in the ancient world. Back then what we would think of as a kitchen didn't exist ...
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I wrote this blog during the twelve days of Christmas which have not yet passed as of its submission.Sleigh bells ringing and the deep cold of winter bring joy to the hearts of ...
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So how do you get into outside construction sales? Well a good first step is inside sales if you have no experience. Get a job with a company that has an outside sales ...
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Why I chose to write about landing a job in outside sales for construction is because it's a real sales job. The last thing you want to do in sales is to be involved in legal ...
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Thank goodness for North Dakota which is filling financial coffers and providing jobs nationwide in oil related areas. Because of the oil that is coming out of her too we now ...
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One part of construction that's interesting is the sales aspect. Supply companies are always trying to sell to big builders. Even during a housing slump there are people staying ...
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Etiquette used to be taught in school, and not just the folding a napkin kind. I'm referring to the etiquette which we once used in everyday life, at home and on the job, which ...
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We all want the best work done for the best price on our homes or businesses. So how do you do this? First off, don’t be shy in going about the process. A good contractor’s not ...
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I had the privilege of watching two work crews on the job repairing different roofs just today. It's a good time to repair a roof as roofers would rather do their job on a cool ...
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I am concluding a series about finding a career in the building supply industry with this blog on how to jump to a better job at a better company once you have found a job in this ...
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On October 10th Yahoo news http://news.yahoo.com/video/business-15749628/home-completely-made-in-america-26889271.html ran an interesting report about a house in Bozeman Montana. ...
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So what are the keys to advancement in the building supply industry; an industry which encompasses everything dealing with construction from shingles to insulation and siding to ...
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New home construction is way down and it’s hard to make money with wages being depressed by slap down crews who work cheap without benefits. I’m not knocking them; the workers ...
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You’re young and indestructible. You are on the top of the world and working in construction, or you want to work in the field. Well, let me give you some advice. Guard your ...
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If you are in construction and have technical skills or are interested in acquiring technical skills, this blog is for you. According to John Roberts appearing on the Fox ...
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If you are the owner of a construction company or you are looking for a job in construction, get ready for some good news. Despite the rumblings of an economy that is not ...
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Roger Bannister was the individual who made history when he did what many people thought was virtually impossible. What he did was run one mile in less than four minutes. Up ...
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Many times individuals in the construction field think that the only way to have a career is to work for someone else’s company. They don’t think that they are smart enough to ...
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Has it ever happened to you, where Sunday evening rolls around, and you start to get this dull ache in the pit of your stomach? You know you have to go to work the next morning, ...
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If you are between construction jobs or looking to change employers, it can be frustrating. Frustrating, because most times the job of your dreams just doesn’t fall into your lap. ...
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If a potential construction employer does not know about you, you don’t exist. As harsh as that sounds, it applies directly to you and your success in your search for a job in ...
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If you work in construction you know how the outdoor elements can play a significant role in how you experience your job. In the winter, wearing the right clothes to keep you warm ...
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The job market is constantly changing and so should you. The construction career of your dreams may be in the making as you read this article. Things are changing so rapidly ...
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Working with people today can be challenging to say the least. Different ethnic groups, age groups, and education levels all add to the conundrum of effectively managing people in ...
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According to North Dakota State University, “The construction industry is the largest industry in the country. It accounts for more than $10 billion annually; nearly 14%-of the ...
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February 3rd saw the Obama administration announce their Better Buildings Initiative; a new policy that focuses on innovation in the construction and energy sectors to help the ...
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At the tail end of the previous federal stimulus spending, the construction industry is still seeing a decline in construction employment. Between December 2010 and January 2011, ...
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Construction spending tumbled in December of 2010 to the lowest annually-adjusted amount in ten years, according to a press release form the Associated General Contractors of ...
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We’re all well aware of how hard the construction industry has been hit over the past few years, but with the end of stimulus spending, construction in the United States shrunk ...
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Haiti is a country with a lot on its plate right now, still rebuilding after the most powerful earthquake they’ve had in over 200 years, hurricanes, flooding, and an outbreak of ...
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China has completed construction of the Qingdao Haiwan bridge in Shandong province, and it’s significant not only for its length, but the way in which it was constructed.Measuring ...
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More bad news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, confirming what most of us already knew: Construction employment declined further into the month of December 2010.In that ...
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Albert Einstein once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” When it comes to getting your new construction job, it is ...
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Shale gas reservoirs and the methods used to exploit the petrochemicals that are found in them have been in the news quite a bit recently. Most notably, there are serious ...
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Late last year, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) had announced plans to expand its line of mining shovels in accordance with an increased demand for large mining trucks. The plan had ...
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The Bobcat, when it was first introduced, was a bit of a revelation in construction equipment. For the first time, a small-capacity skid-steer loader was available for smaller ...
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Undergoing construction now -- and for the next two decades -- the Ozark Medieval Fortress, between Springfield, MO, and Little Rock, AR, will recreate as accurately as possible a ...
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The construction industry is seeing some growth nearing the end of 2010, but as expected, it’s mostly in the non-residential sector. New documents released by the U.S. Bureau of ...
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison reports that they now have 100 years of test data from concrete specimens cast in 1910. This marks the conclusion of one of the longest running ...
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Research undertaken at the University of Bristol seeks to quantify the advantages of using advanced composite materials in the construction of bridge decking and roadways. ...
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It’s not often you’ll see a heavy equipment manufacturer debut what can be called an entirely new piece of equipment. Much of the time, you’ll see minor, incremental improvements ...
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We’ve featured quite a bit of news here about new rail construction projects across the country and the federal money that’s available to make these infrastructure expansions ...
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This week, research conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Concrete Sustainability Hub was released, and contributes significant findings to the ...
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There are few architectural firms and construction companies that specialize in building skyscrapers, but those that do are finding that their services are being called upon in ...
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most recent publishing on employment in the construction sector shows that things are getting better in ...
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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have once again reflected on the state of employment in the construction industry, and although the U.S. Department of Labor’s ...
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Caterpillar, already the world’s largest vendor of mining equipment by total sales, is acquiring Bucyrus International for USD$8.6 billion. With interest rates so low, the ...
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Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in a press release this week stated rather plainly that builders, and the construction industry in general, are being squeezed by a ...
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Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) released their 2011 Construction Forecast, and the watchword would be, I suppose, “cautious optimism”. Nonresidential construction ...
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Gizmag reports on a University of Rhode Island research group attempting to harness all of the solar power that falls on the nation’s millions of miles of paved roads every day. ...
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Despite indicators showing what appears to be an overall improvement in the US economy, the number of open jobs advertised is still on the decline. US Department of Labor ...
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The month of September, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, showed an increase in the number of residential new-home ...
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After Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf coast, rebuilding in the region has been under severe scrutiny, with concerns being raised about prioritization and funding of ...
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The US Department of Transportation (DoT), in conjunction with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the 75 construction and planning projects that ...
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The Wall Street Journal ran an article on the 29th citing the McGraw-Hill Construction forecast, and what appears to be good news for 2011: A projected 8% increase in the value of ...
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Henry Gifford, owner of Gifford Fuel Saving, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the US Green Building Council (USGBC), alleging that their LEED program does not save the ...
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Engineering News-Record recently published an interesting article highlighting the impact that counterfeit goods are making on the US construction industry. What struck me most ...
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On Tuesday the 19th of October, Intel announced that they would be allocating USD$8 Billion for upgrades to existing factories, and the creation of a new facility in Oregon. This ...
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On the 18th of October, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced the winners of their Education Excellence Awards in Scottsdale, AZ. The awards were given to ...
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Presented at this year’s Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Conference and Trade Show are the results of their 11th Annual Survey of Owners, and the ...
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This week, CASE Construction Equipment revealed their new N-series front-end loaders and backhoes, touting them as being “Stronger Everywhere.” Though the N Series machines are ...
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Susan Taylor, of the Queen's University, Belfast, received a grant from the UK Department of Transportation to implement a large bridge span employing reinforcing members made not ...
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Why, yes, I do like to occasionally open with a terrible pun. It's nice that you care. The reason I went to such trouble is because this is easily the single most versatile ...
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 Monday, the Associated General Contractors of America released a report based on data from the US Department of Labor (DoL) indicating that 56 metropolitan areas -- out of ...