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Steelworkers cap Power Precast unit contract through virtual means

Source: United Steelworkers District 6, Ottawa, Ontario

A bargaining unit at Ottawa-based Power Precast Solutions ratified an agreement that contains what United Steelworkers Local 8327 officials describe as significant wage increases, opportunities for skills training, better winter clothing, improved sick day provisions and control over mandatory overtime. The unit's first contract through the union calls for a minimum 7.5 percent wage increase over three years, with several job classifications receiving special adjustments—the highest equating to a 13.9 percent pay bump. 

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Hard hat-mounted device promotes social distancing, contact tracing

Sources: Triax Technologies, Norwalk, Conn.; CP staff

A new Internet of Things-styled wearable device provides distancing alerts and contact tracing capability for construction, heavy industrial and manufacturing workers. Triax Technologies' Proximity Trace offers added workplace protection during the Covid-19 pandemic, developers note, and helps companies get crews back to work safely while addressing recommended social distancing practices.

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Tindall Utility Division expansion budget approaches $30 million

Sources: South Carolina Department of Commerce, Columbia; CP staff 

A fixture in architectural and structural precast from Mid-Atlantic to Southeast to South Central markets plans a major capacity expansion in its home base. In conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Tindall Corp. has outlined a $27.9 million investment for a new Utility Division production facility in Spartanburg. 

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Dodge economist measures residential, commercial market declines

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York City; CP staff

“We are in recession. Full stop. No question about it," says Dodge Chief Economist Richard Branch, addressing immediate and potential impact of Covid-19 response measures on North American construction activity. "We need to figure out the depth of this recession and what a potential recovery looks like.”

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QC ahead of dispatch in technology adoption; chats beckon

Source: BCMI Corp., Bellingham, Wash.

An analysis of ready mixed producers' leveraging of the mobile device ecosystem that has evolved since the iPhone's 2007 debut tracks widely adopted changes in functions like quality control, gradual reshaping of dispatch methods through cloud-based platforms, and advanced chat systems fostering productive team member collaboration. BCMI Principal Craig Yeack makes his case for "Industry is perfectly poised to deploy a mobile workforce" here.

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