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Labor Department organizes Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has appointed Associated Builders & Contractors President Mike Bellaman to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, stemming from an executive order President Donald Trump issued earlier this year with an eye to strengthening the U.S. labor force.

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Vacuum does Park Service’s heavy lifting for steps to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) deployed a lifting system from Oklahoma-based Vacuworx to set 46 new Missouri limestone slabs, topping out at 2,400 lbs., during the recent White House South Portico stairway reconstruction.

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STATE DOT-SEASONED TROMBINO TO HEAD FHWA

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Concrete interests gain share in growing, evolving bridge market

Higher volumes of vehicles on the road over the next 25 years stand to spur a 5 percent gain in cement shipments for bridges above present consumption levels. A new Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence report estimates the U.S. will need as many as 140,000 new or substantially reconfigured bridges by 2040, nearly 60 percent or 81,200 of which will be concrete.

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Agencies move on border wall, crane operator certification

Eyeing large scale installations along the Mexico border, the federal government has awarded Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Ala., Fisher Industries of Tempe, Ariz., Texas Sterling Construction of Houston and W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia, Miss., contracts to cast prototypes of 18- to 30-ft. high reinforced concrete walls. The structures will be built in San Diego and allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials to assess their potential to deter illegal crossings and complement wall and barrier designs used along the border in recent years.

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