From the Associated General Contractors of America: Construction Spending Posts Strong Monthly and Year-Over-Year Advances

| Construction spending soared in January from a month earlier and all major segments posted hefty year-over-year gains, pushing the total to the highest level since October 2008, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new spending figures indicate that demand for construction remains robust amid broader economic ... READ MORE

Steady Increase in Sustainability of Asphalt Pavements

| Lanham, Md. — Nationwide, asphalt pavement mix producers continue to improve the sustainability profile of America’s roads through the incorporation of recycled materials and the use of energy-saving warm-mix asphalt technologies. According to the latest survey of asphalt mix producers conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration ... READ MORE

Fewer Than Half of the Nation’s Metro Areas Added Construction Jobs Between July 2014 & 2015 As Federal Infrastructure Measures Languish

| Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. and El Centro, Calif. Top Growth List; Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. Experience the Largest Declines for the Year Construction employment increased in fewer than half of the nation’s metro areas between July 2014 and July 2015, the weakest expansion since late 2011, according to a new analysis of federal employment data ... READ MORE

“Foamed Asphalt” Used As Base Course of New Travel Lane

| (July 17, 2015) – The new travel lane on US 29 in Columbia will have “green” asphalt pavement but drivers will not be able to see a difference.  The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is using 2,600 tons (5.2 million pounds) of recycled material on its $32.7 million widening project on northbound US 29 ... READ MORE

MMFX ChrōmX Line Fully Meets the Expanded ASTM A1035 Specification

| IRVINE, Calif. — June 17, 2015 — MMFX Steel Corporation’s ChrōmX concrete reinforcing steel (rebar) products can now be specified under one ASTM standard. MMFX offers a series of high-strength steel products with yield strengths in excess of 100 ksi that also provide varying levels of corrosion resistance. By utilizing these materials, designers can take ... READ MORE

Trimble Introduces New Laser for Interior Construction

| SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 10, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the Spectra Precision® LT58 Laser Tool, a new line laser for interior construction ideally suited for acoustic ceiling installations. The LT58 Laser Tool is an easy-to-use, automatic self-leveling laser that projects three 360-degree planes of ultra-bright laser light. The laser produces a bright green laser beam ... READ MORE

Grading & Excavation Contractors: How to Survive a Media Crisis

| Although no one plans for failure or catastrophe, you can be prepared for it.  Whether you’re a pubic official, contractor, manager or executive; accidents or disasters can strike at any time. At some point, most public figures find themselves in the hot seat. For public figures, that hot seat is likely in front of a media firing squad. Are you ... READ MORE

Let’s Militarize the Workforce … Sort Of

| According to the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment dropped by 1,000 in March but is still up by 282,000 compared to last year. This is being reported as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 9.5%. The current numbers may not immediately reflect the fact that construction employers are having a hard time filling ... READ MORE