How to Support the Hispanic/Latino Construction Workforce

Hispanics consisted of 30% of the construction workforce in the United States, according to 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, 46.7% of construction laborers in the United States are Hispanic. These statistics show that it is of ever-increasing importance to learn what is important and motivating to Hispanics/Latinos as they become a critical part of the construction industry and workplace.

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Four Tools to Transform the Jobsite With Construction Tech

Construction technology that increases equipment visibility, worker visibility and jobsite visibility is here now and ready to be deployed. Leveraging these tech tools is a smart way for contractors to achieve safety, productivity and performance improvements that help them stay at the top of their game.

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Celebrating Excellence in Construction

The Excellence in Construction awards honor every member of the construction team, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects are selected from entries across NH and VT and are judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost. A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges.
 

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Setting up for Success on your Tech Journey!

There are no doubts left about the benefits of management soft- ware for the construction industry. Cloud-based technology solutions are already helping your competitors save time, avoid mis- takes, and use their resources better. Now it’s up to you to decide to join their ranks.

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Vermont Governor Proclaims October Careers in Construction Month

Governor Phil Scott was joined by students and industry leaders, including ABC NH/VT CEO and President Josh Reap, at his weekly press conference today to proclaim October as Careers in Construction Month in Vermont, recognizing the many career opportunities within the construction industry.

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ABC NH/VT Endorses Governor Chris Sununu in His Bid for Re-Election

ABC NH/VT announced today their endorsement of Governor Chris Sununu in his bid for re-election for governor. The endorsement was announced at the building site of Red Oak at 409 Elm Street in Manchester, NH, a project to bring more housing to the city.  

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ABC’s 2022 Tech Report Features Real-World Journeys in Construction Innovation

Associated Builders and Contractors today released its second annual construction technology report comprised of case studies that spotlight specific technologies and innovation best practices that ABC member contractors are utilizing to strengthen their value proposition. The report also features safety technology survey data from ABC contractors.

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Monthly Construction Input Prices Dip in August, But Are Up 17% From a Year Ago, Says ABC

Construction input prices decreased 1.4% in August compared to the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 1.4% for the month as well.

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Shatter the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Issues

According to the CDC, the U.S. construction industry has one of the highest rates of death by suicide. We must shatter the stigma surrounding mental health issues with the goal of creating a zero-suicide construction industry.

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Hurdles and Hidden Opportunities for Women in Construction Tech

The challenges and misconceptions that hold women back from pursuing careers in AEC and technology are compounded when it comes to construction tech.

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Celebrating Safety and Future Leaders in Construction

ABC NH/VT was honored to host a celebration on June 2 recognizing the accomplishments of graduates and participants from the chapter's education and Safety Awards programs. "It’s great to see so many of our members invest in their workforce and be committed to creating a safety culture of excellence," said Joshua Reap, ABC NH/VT president.

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Offer Benefits for Fathers in Construction to Improve Employee Retention

The challenge of finding employees is real across all aspects of the economy, but is particularly severe for the construction industry, which has seen continued significant growth from low interest rates, stimulus monies, increasing real estate values and pandemic inspired projects. The challenge of finding employees, let alone skilled employees, is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Construction companies need to adapt to this new normal and offer what employees what they truly want.

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Have You Considered Running for Office?

ABC NH/VT members – Consider running for office! There is always room for a smart, accomplished and principled member of the construction industry to serve in Concord.

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Review Pre-Employment Screening Processes Amid the Great Resignation

After nearly two years of managing the workplace through the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, employers are being impacted by another significant challenge: the “Great Resignation,” which is the recent trend of workers voluntarily resigning from their jobs en masse beginning in 2021 and continuing today. Employers across a number of industries, including construction, are facing the pressure of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating job candidates in record speed to fill vacancies and meet the operational needs of the business.

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Promote a Culture of Safety With a Connected Workforce

Gary Clevenger, vice president-risk control at CNA, shares his insight on how to build a well-trained, connected workforce in order to promote a culture of safety and reduce the risk of injury.

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Workforce Recruitment Events - NH

Is your company looking for opportunities to connect with students interested in entering the trades? Browse this list of upcoming career fairs.

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ABC Members Invested $1.6 Billion in Construction Workforce Education to Upskill 1.3 Million in 2021

Associated Builders and Contractors member contractors invested $1.6 billion to provide more than 1.3 million course attendees with craft, leadership and safety education in 2021.

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ABC NH/VT Member Companies Are Six Times Safer Than the Construction Industry Average

ABC has studied how to improve construction jobsite safety through STEP since 1989. Participating ABC member firms measure their safety processes and policies on key components and criteria for best practices through a detailed questionnaire, with the goal of implementing or enhancing safety programs that reduce jobsite incident rates.

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Biden’s Union Giveaway is a Lose-Lose for Taxpayers and NH & VT Hardhats

President Joe Biden’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be celebrated by construction union bosses who stand to gain from controversial Biden administration policies. These overreaching policies will cost taxpayers a fortune while undermining critical taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure.

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Taxpayers Beware: Biden’s Union-Only Policies Undermine Infrastructure Investments

President Joe Biden’s visit to New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be celebrated by construction union bosses who stand to gain from controversial Biden administration policies. Yet these overreaching policies are and will cost taxpayers a fortune while undermining critical taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure.

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Governor Scott Sees the Big Picture: We Need More Skilled Construction Workers

In January, Gov. Phil Scott highlighted making historic investments to grow and strengthen the workforce and give young people more career development opportunities. This includes adding $1 million to the state’s internship program and $1 million to Vermont Student Assistance Corporation’s Advancement Grants, which help adults enroll in programs without a college degree; and investing $2.7 million to improve how to connect employers with career and technical education students seeking meaningful employment opportunities. 

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PLA Executive Order Is Bad Public Policy

Last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring project labor agreements on federal construction projects over $35 million. The White House claimed that the order will help ease management concerns and organization on large construction projects. ABC sent a letter to the White House highlighting concerns with President Biden’s efforts to require controversial government-mandated project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction contracts.

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Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program Welcomes New Students

NH's first Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship Program kicked off this spring with the inaugural class meeting at the Manchester Community College campus for orientation. The program welcomed two pre-apprentice students still in high school, and six apprentices working with North Branch Construction in Concord, NH. Read the rest of entry »

ABC NH/VT Members Honored as Top Safety Leaders by Associated Builders and Contractors

ABC NH/VT members Cianbro and Landry/French Construction were honored with 2021 National Safety Excellence Awards for their remarkable achievements in leadership, safety and innovation. 

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Methuen Construction Co. Inc. Earns National Excellence in Construction Awards

ABC NH/VT member company Methuen Construction Co. Inc. won a national Excellence in Construction® award for their work on the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade in Portsmouth, NH.

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ABC NH/VT Members Named Top-Performing U.S. Construction Companies

Associated Builders and Contractors NH/VT today announced 5 member companies were named to Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2022 Top Performers list, which ranks its commercial and industrial contractor members that build long-lasting, high-quality construction projects, based on work hours. The top performers are CIANBRO, DECCO, Inc., EMCOR Services New England Mechanical, Landry/French Construction Company and Structural Associates, Inc.

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Resources for WIC Week 2022

This year’s Women in Construction Week (WIC) will be observed March 6-12, 2022. How will you recognize the women in your company and our industry this year? We have a few ideas to share with you!

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Using Google to Attract New Talent

In today's digital world, most job hunts start with a Google search. Candidates search for open positions and what appears at the top of the results page is determined using their location and Google's search algorithms. If you want to lead potential candidates to your website, there are a few things you can do to try to push your page to the top of the search results.

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Inaugural Safety Symposium on February 10

The ABC NH/VT inaugural Safety Symposium, presented by Milwaukee Tools, will be held Thursday, February 10. The Safety Symposium will bring together industry professionals and members to discuss the many safety programs ABC NH/VT has to offer its members and other ways to improve safety culture. 

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Hybrid Construction Is the Future of the Industry

Hybrid or remote work in construction is here to stay, as cutting-edge tech capabilities are enabling contractors to manage jobsites digitally in tandem with in-person construction.

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An Update on COVID-19 Rulings

We are extremely disappointed that the 6th Circuit lifted the 5th Circuit’s stay of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which applies to employers with 100 or more employees. Since the news broke late last week, multiple emergency appeals have already been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Implementing Innovative Technology Can Attract Workers and Bridge the Skilled Labor Gap

By Rory San Miguel - CEO and Co-Founder, Propeller Aero  Republished from Construction Executive, November 30, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. The construction sector is knee-deep in a crisis. Like all industries, it has faced an acute labor shortage during the pandemic. There simply aren’t enough workers available to get roads built, buildings repaired and infrastructure refreshed. But while the pandemic may have turned a spotlight on the issue, the truth is the industry has been in a skilled labor drought for decades. According to Pew Research, STEM degrees grew by 68% from 2010 to 2018 alone, but the construction sector has not seen the proportional influx of skilled workers that today’s ambitious engineering and design feats demand. Now, as the bipartisan infrastructure bill sits poised to inject serious capital into the sector, fueling a wealth of new projects and contracts, companies that aren ... Read the rest of entry »

Beyond the Hammer - A Look at Careers in Construction

It’s not uncommon for people to envision construction as a building jobsite and the trades, however there are many other roles within a construction company that are just as important; roles you don’t see when you’re driving by a construction site. Hear from three professionals who have found their careers working behind the scenes in construction companies. 

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ABC Wins Key Nationwide Challenge Against Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Associated Builders and Contractors today applauded a federal court for granting a nationwide preliminary injunction order against the federal contractor vaccine mandate. The ruling came from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

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The Power of Mental Health Awareness in the Construction Industry

Despite advances in awareness, prevention, intervention and treatment, talking about mental health conditions and suicide prevention is a difficult topic among construction workers.

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Human Resource Training Series For Any Industry

If you are an HR professional, then you are in the business of managing all matters related to employees. Our Employment Law Management Series is a great program for HR professionals!

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ABC NH/VT Announces New Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship

Workforce development is one of the biggest challenges facing residential and commercial construction companies. A new Registered Carpentry Apprenticeship will help address a shortage of carpenters in the state. 

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Letter to City Councilors and Burlington, VT Mayor Weinberger

The New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) represents hundreds of merit shop construction contractors and industry-affiliated firms that are committed to workforce development, safety training, and promoting fair and open competition. On behalf of the ABC, I write regarding the proposed amendments to Burlington’s “Prequalification of Construction Contractors-Responsible Contractors” ordinance.

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ABC NH/VT Announces New Vermont Regional Director

Associated Builders and Contractors New Hampshire/Vermont (ABC NH/VT) is pleased to announce that it has hired Bryan Kent as regional director for the state of Vermont.

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Is There More to Drone Data Than Meets the Eye?

The construction industry is ripe for AI applications and automation of complex processes. With more and more engineering and construction companies incorporating drone programs, the data needed for 100% coverage of the construction site in all three dimensions is already there. The only question is: Will project owners and general contractors continue to use inadequate site analytics products, or will they embrace new technologies that aid in streamlining processes, minimizing mistakes, ensuring compliance and saving money? 

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Mitigate the Crisis of Unskilled Construction Workers

Years spent building a business could be gone in a flash from one unfortunate failure to look carefully at what is necessary. Don’t take shortcuts in a tight labor market. Although many projects are done on a strict schedule, proof of insurance is one area contractors do not want to skimp on. There are simply too many instances when “getting around to it” happens too late (or never happens at all) and then, inevitably, it is too late.

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ABC NH/VT Celebrates Chairman Award and Excellence in Construction Projects for 2021

ABC celebrated the EiC award recipients and announced Methuen Construction as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Chairman Award for their outstanding work on the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade in Portsmouth, NH.

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Stars Align for Salem High School Student and Legacy Mechanical Services

George Boudreau was a senior at Salem High School carpentry program (formerly the building trades program). With graduation not far off, he knew that he wanted to be in the construction industry. His family encouraged him to pursue plumbing, but he needed hands-on experience. With the help of his school's work based learning coordinator and I Build NH, he is now happily working with Legacy Mechanical Services. 

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How Your Company Can Get Involved in Careers in Construction Month

October is Careers in Construction month and a great time to look at career options. With a variety of opportunities for people with all backgrounds and education levels, the construction industry allows for zero barriers to entry, infinite opportunities for growth and competitive salaries.

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ABC NH/VT Announces Award Winning Construction Projects for 2021

Associated Builders and Contractors of New Hampshire and Vermont (ABC NH/VT) is pleased to announce this year’s Excellence in Construction (EiC) Award winners. The EIC awards program is the construction industry’s leading competition that honors general and specialty contractors for world-class, safe and innovative construction projects.

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Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors to Increase Jan. 1, 2022

According to a DOL news release, the increase is a result of the DOL’s 2014 final rule, which implemented Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, and raised the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers on covered federal contracts to $10.10 with annual increases thereafter.

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Construction Must Build a Bridge for Support to Prevent Suicide

The complex problem of suicide affects the entire country, though some industries such as construction are disproportionally impacted. Our industry can build a bridge to offer hope and encourage help-seeking across the nation. Read this Construction Executive article for more on this topic. 

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Jennifer Landon Sworn in as Vice President of NAWIC

Jennifer Landon, vice president of education and workforce development at the Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT (ABC NH/VT), was sworn in as vice president of the Granite State Chapter of National Women in Construction (NAWIC) for the 2021-2022 term at their 46th Annual Meeting held in September.

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NH and VT Business Relief Programs

Associated Builders and Contractors September 2021 update on NH and VT Business Relief Programs. 

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NHPBS Video Series Designed to Explore Careers in the Trades

Partnering with Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT, NHPBS and I Build NH created a series of instructional videos launched this month that will tell the story of the trades through the voice of local tradespeople.

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