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Building, flatwork contractor’s tab nears $60K for H-2B, FLSA violations

Source: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

In the wake of a Labor Department Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation, Loveland, Colo.-based building and flatwork contractor Coloscapes Concrete Inc. has paid $21,750 in back wages and $31,496 in civil penalties to settle H-2B non-immigrant visa program violations, plus $6,454 to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping violations.

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NRMCA spreadsheet quantifies ‘Cost of Poor Quality’ concrete

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The NRMCA Research, Engineering and Standards Committee has released a spreadsheet and guidance document with which producers can calculate the financial impact caused by deficiencies in raw materials, plant equipment and production.

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Report measures fiber cement market gains at vinyl siding expense

Source: The Freedonia Group, Cleveland

Fiber cement siding demand is forecast to grow 3.3 percent per year, to 2.1 billion square feet by 2022, and support sales volume that continues to outperform that of most other siding products. Led by Elementia, James Hardie and Nichiha, the market for fiber cement siding and companion building products will reach $1.6 billion in 2022, reflecting price increases and a shift to higher value offerings. These and other trends are presented in “Fiber Cement in the US, 3rd Edition,” a new study from market researcher Freedonia Group.

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CSI moves to solidify MasterFormat, BIM object connections

Sources: Construction Specifications Institute, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

To better integrate project specs, building products and technology tools, the Construction Specifications Institute has launched an initiative to expand its industry standard organizing principles to work more effectively with Building Information Modeling and support design and construction professionals’ digital needs.

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Federal agencies, industry officials sketch Apprenticeship Expansion roadmap

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

The 20-member Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, representing business, labor, trade and industry groups, plus educational institutions and public agencies, offers actions and policy recommendations in a report presented to President Donald Trump earlier this month. 

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