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NLRB ponders terms of bargaining relationships in construction

Sources: National Labor Relations Board; CP staff

The NLRB is weighing construction industry bargaining relationship provisions as defined in National Labor Relations Act Sections 8(f) and 9(a), and invites interested parties to file briefs through October 26 on whether it should revisit policy dating to the Casale Industries (1993) and Staunton Fuel & Materials (2001) cases.

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Precast makes the grade on “spend management” scale

Sources: SpendEdge, London; CP staff

A new report, “Global Precast Construction Category – Procurement Market Intelligence,” documents how public and private sector buyers are increasingly wise to manufactured-concrete components’ low lead times, assurance of consistent quality, higher volume discounts, low labor requirements, and conformity to sustainability goals. Such advantages are accelerating the spend growth momentum for the precast market, according to global procurement advisor SpendEdge.

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AGC: Materials cost increases outpace contractor bid adjustments

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Prices for goods and services used in construction climbed 6.2 percent over the past year, intensifying a cost squeeze on contractors coping with widespread labor shortages, according to an AGC analysis of new Labor Department data, including Producer Price Index (PPI) figures tracking a August 2017–August 2018 trajectory.  

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ICFs meet EIFS as Dryvit Systems closes on Nudura

Sources: Dryvit Systems Inc., West Warwick, R.I.; CP staff

Expanding its scope of energy-efficient building solutions for commercial and residential markets, Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) leader Dryvit has acquired Nudura Corp., a major insulating concrete form manufacturer and distributor. Ontario-based Nudura will be a stand-alone unit of Dryvit, which along with EIFS has developed NewBrick, an insulated clay brick-styled veneer product. Both businesses are part of RPM Specialty Products, one of three groups under Medina, Ohio-based RPM International—parent of admixture producer Euclid Chemical (RPM Industrial). 

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NRMCA affiliate launches Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification

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

The Volumetric Mixer Manufacturers Bureau has finalized certification criteria aimed at building operator professionalism and providing proof of industry-specific knowledge. The Volumetric Mixer Operator Certification Program can be used to provide a career path while improving customer service skills, along with company and industry image.

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