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Proposed apprenticeship enlists associations, sidesteps construction

A Labor Department Notice of Proposed Rulemaking calls for empowering agency staff to advance development of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAP), and a trade association or other not-for-profit organization to function as a Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) that sets standards for IRAP training, structure, and curricula in relevant industries or occupational areas—excepting construction.

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Unpacking divestiture packages in antitrust case settlements

Editor’s note: The Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition’s Angelike Andrinopoulos Mina sheds light on a review and order process the cement and concrete industry observed with the 2015-16 sale of Lafarge North America, Holcim (US), Essroc Cement and Lehigh Portland Cement assets attending the Lafarge Group + Holcim Ltd. and HeidelbergCement AG + Italcementi SpA mergers.

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Panel weighs election scenarios, allied material groups’ critical mass

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association sampled the current Washington, D.C. and overall market climate as part of a National Industry Leadership panel, staged last month at the Gaylord Texan resort near Dallas during the group’s 65th annual meeting.

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Developer shows the promise of tax reform-ushered Opportunity Zones

A prime example of urban development spurred by tax reform President Trump signed in 2017 is taking shape in southern California. Newport Beach real estate developer and investment manager Primior staged groundbreaking late last month on First Harbor Plaza, a 40,000-sq.-ft. restaurant, retail, office and medical property located in one of the busiest areas of Santa Ana, south of Los Angeles. The population within a five-mile radius of the property exceeds 750,000.

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Top health hazards in construction: Dust, heat, material handling, noise

A guidance booklet from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Construction Committee highlights the significant impact that four workplace hazards have on employees and employers, along with practical steps that can be taken to control exposure:

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