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Inaugural ‘Commercial Construction Index’ highlights healthy sector

Source: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York

Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the industry trajectory, according to the quarterly USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which premiered this week and is based on Dodge Data & Analytics research.

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Contractors welcome Trump’s take on apprenticeship, vocational training programs

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

With an eye to reducing regulatory burdens on workforce development, one of President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders calls on the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with Department of Education and Commerce counterparts, to propose regulations promoting development of apprenticeship programs by industry, trade or nonprofit groups, unions and joint labor-management organizations. It also directs the Commerce and Labor departments to promote apprenticeships to business leaders in manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

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ASTM C09, C15 confer top honors on Vulcan’s Graves, WDP’s Whittlock

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has named Vulcan Materials Corporate Manager of Technical Services Robin Graves this year’s Award of Merit recipient and companion title of fellow. The committee’s top award recognizes leadership in C09 activities, plus contributions to improving standards for aggregate materials and concrete durability, along with those supporting sustainability initiatives.

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Colas-minted executive to lead Caterpillar Construction & Infrastructure

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

Caterpillar has appointed two new division vice presidents—Damien Giraud, Global Construction & Infrastructure and Chris Snodgrass, Product Support & Logistics—in conjunction with major organizational changes.

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Lehigh Hanson solidifies New York footprint in Saunders asset deal

Sources: Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson has reached an agreement to acquire the 13 ready mixed concrete and nine aggregate operations of Saunders Companies, whose roots trace back more than a century in central New York. Set for a third quarter closing, the asset transaction will be effected through subsidiary Hanson Aggregates New York LLC, which has 14 ready mixed, 19 asphalt and 23 aggregate sites—many along the Interstate 90/New York Thruway corridor. 

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