Chicago City Hall: Joel Kennedy Constructing, which got $295 million in city contracts, lied to get deals

Andreas Milano

Over the past three decades, a family-owned construction company got 32 contracts from the city of Chicago to repair sewers and install water mains — work that cost taxpayers more than $295 million.

Now, in a federal lawsuit against the company that was initiated by a whistleblower, City Hall accuses Joel Kennedy Constructing Corp. of lying and cheating to get six contracts since 2013, including falsely claiming to be a Chicago company when it’s actually headquartered in Waukegan.

According to the lawsuit, the company also submitted phony paperwork showing 50% of the work was done by Chicago residents, as required

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Berea construction company says new hires aren’t showing up for work

Andreas Milano

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The pandemic has been hard enough on Devere Construction, and now hiring is proving to be another challenge.

“We’ve tried to hire people since December,” said Shannon Devere, president of Devere Construction.

Devere said there’s no shortage of applications, or hires, but the problem is that those people never actually show up for the first day.

“Most people are even giving me their information, all their Social Security numbers, and all that stuff and we’re spending the time filling it all out and getting them ready for taxes and everything and they’re not even showing up,”

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State College-Based Construction Company Accused Of Stealing Millions In Wages

Andreas Milano

Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a State College-based construction company, was accused Thursday of allegedly stealing more than $20 million in wages from its employees, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro said the charges come after a three-year investigation into Hawbaker’s business practices. In a statement, the attorney general claimed it’s the largest prevailing wage criminal case in state history.

Hawbaker was awarded $1.7 billion

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Featured Story: Optimism Continues to Build in Construction – Lane Report

Andreas Milano

By Shannon Clinton

Tates Creek High School Construction, Tuesday March 23, 2021 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia

Though the construction industry was deemed an essential service and given a green light to keep working early in the pandemic, some of its clients were alarmed and delayed or even canceled projects until the virus’ impact on their finances became clear.

Still, Kentucky construction firms are reporting that overall, work came in steadily and most projects are moving forward as planned, even in the hard-hit restaurant industry.

“I think we’re going to have our best year ever,” said

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Topcon Podcast Looks at Current State of Construction Industry, Opportunities for Growth and More

Andreas Milano

LIVERMORE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The latest installment in the podcast series “Topcon Talks Constructionis now available. Hosted by Murray Lodge, senior vice president of Construction for Topcon Positioning Group, the podcast covers a number of topics ranging from the current state of economic recovery in the U.S. and North America to building tomorrow’s construction workforce.

Guests for the newest installment include Kate Fox Wood, Washington-D.C.-based senior director of government relations for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Dariana Tani, economist for the Americas for GlobalData LLC, headquartered in London. Together with Lodge, they discuss ways in which

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April 8 – West Construction Company receives two Build Georgia Awards for local projects | Business Buzzzzzzzz

Andreas Milano

April 8, 2021 – West Construction Company was recently recognized by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) with two Build Georgia Awards for the construction of local projects, the Tybee Island Marine Science Center and the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.

The Tybee Island Marine Center received a prestigious first place honor from the AGC. A state of the art 10,000 square foot facility, the center was designed to “bring the outside in” with 270 degree panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Built for the City of Tybee Island, the center features hands-on exhibits and galleries, an amphitheater, and

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