Top 10 Hottest Construction Stories This Week: City of Phoenix Test Drives RAP

Andreas Milano

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Construction can no longer stand still: a post-COVID industry outlook for the engineering, construction and infrastructure sector

@Vitalii, adobe.stock.com9. Republicans: Infrastructure Bill Means Funding for Roads, Bridges; Not Climate Change or Social Justice

Congressional Republicans are pushing back against the Biden’s ambitious infrastructure proposal, warning that any plan that strays from core transportation priorities to one that tackles climate change and social justice won’t get GOP support

 

Cu 2infrastruct Bills Matt Evans Facebook@Matt Evans, Facebook8. First Infrastructure Bill to Address Roads, Bridges; Second to Focus on Social Issues

White House confirms that the

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott names construction industry lobbyist to Public Utility Commission

Andreas Milano

Updated at 7:13 p.m.: to include Texas Association of Business chief executive Glenn Hamer’s reaction.

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday named to the embattled Public Utility Commission of Texas a construction industry lobbyist with strong ties to the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Will McAdams, president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, will take one of the three vacancies on the three-member PUC.

In the wake of February’s prolonged and devastating arctic blast, the regulatory agency for electricity and telecommunications is struggling to defend its oversight of a nonprofit board that runs the state’s competitive electric marketplace.

The

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Key Trends and Opportunities in the Construction Industry in Qatar to 2025 – Industry Forecast to Recover by 2.8% in 2021 Following COVID-19 Disruption – ResearchAndMarkets.com

Andreas Milano

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Construction in Qatar – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2025 (Q1 2021)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Qatar’s construction sector declined by an estimated 3.2% in real terms in 2020, due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, low global fuel demand and the continued economic blockade against Qatar, which was finally lifted in January 2021. The blockade had been in place since June 2017, when four Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, and imposed a sea, land and

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Manufacturing Economic Index Reaches Highest Number in 38 Years

Andreas Milano
  • In March, the economic report indicators increased from February. 
  • Analysis: In March, the manufacturing PMI® came in at the highest reading since December 1983.
  • The manufacturing sector grew in March and the overall economy experienced a 10th consecutive month of growth. 
  • Raw materials prices have gone up every month for nearly a year.

The Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) released its Manufacturing ISM Report on Business for March on April 1, which measures national economic activity in the manufacturing industry. According to the report, the manufacturing sector grew in March and the overall economy experienced

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Kerkstra Precast bought by Minneapolis construction company

Andreas Milano

GRANDVILLE — Kerkstra Precast Inc., a producer of precast and prestressed concrete products in Michigan, has new owners. 

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Grandville, Kerkstra Precast announced Wednesday that it had been acquired by private equity-backed Fabcon Precast LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minn.


Kerkstra serves the industrial, commercial, residential and infrastructure markets throughout the Midwest. The company’s product offerings include architectural wall panels, hollowcore planks, beams, columns, double tees and stairs. 

In addition to a Grandville location, Kerkstra also maintains a location just outside of Detroit. 

Carrying out the sale during the COVID-19 pandemic “made some areas more difficult,”

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Construction company merges with renewables contractor

Andreas Milano

Construction company McGill is set to merge with renewables contractor Alliance Electrical.

The companies, both owned by specialist building services investment group United Capital, have agreed to trade under the McGill name.

The business, which forecasts annual turnover of more than £15m for the coming financial year, is looking to take advantage of market demand for mid-tier contractors offering a broad scope of services.

Alliance Electrical managing director Errol Lawrie, who has run the business for the past 15 years, will be taking over as the managing director of McGill, having fulfilled this role for the past six months and

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