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Contractors ramp up headcounts anticipating private, public market growth

Seventy-one percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2016 as contractors expect increased activity in a range of public and private market segments, according to results of an Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction & Real Estate survey. Conducted as part of AGC’s “The Challenges Facing a Growing Industry: The 2016 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook,” the survey indicates contractors foresee a positive year despite tight labor conditions, regulatory burdens, and information technology security challenges.

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Survey finds company vision, work-life balance draw millennials to construction

An FMI Corp. report based on a national survey of nearly 400 individuals in the construction industry—half born between 1980 and 2000—contends that millennials are dedicated and loyal to their employers and, in terms of career aspirations, attitudes and goals, share similar values with Baby Boomers and Generation Xers.

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Post-EPA rule fly ash consumption eclipses pre-recession level

The volume of coal fly ash used in concrete production increased to 13.1 million tons in 2014, exceeding the 12.6 million ton utilization mark set in 2008, according to the American Coal Ash Association’s (ACAA) “Production and Use Survey,” released in late 2015. Increases in the use of synthetic gypsum from power plant emissions control equipment also helped to push the recycling rate for all types of coal combustion products (CCP) to a record 48 percent.

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Webinar delineates RM producer, contractor responsibilities in pumping operations

In conjunction with insurance provider NBIS Inc., the American Concrete Pumping Association has produced a 55-minute webinar, posted at www.concretepumpers.com, to help ready mixed producers, concrete pumpers and contractors navigate the American Society of Mechanical Engineers “Material Placement Systems” safety standard.

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Major Boeing grant reinforces heavy-duty permeable pavement research

30 Fiber 150Aerospace giant Boeing Co. is teaming with Washington State University (WSU), and the Washington Stormwater Center to develop stronger permeable concrete or asphalt pavement through the use of carbon fiber composite material recycled from a Seattle aircraft assembly line. A $212,000 grant and material donation is funding investigations at the WSU Research and Extension Center, Puyallup, and WSU Pullman campus.

 

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