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Shawmut Construction Firm Names New Vice President

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 7:36 pm    

The Boston-based company, Shawmut Design and Construction, has just appointed a new vice president of community relations. The new vice president of community relations will be Mr. Bill Walczak. Mr. Walczak was a co-founder of the Codman Square Health Center, and has also been the president of Carney Hospital.

Mr. Walczak was the president of Carney Hospital for 14 months before choosing to leave the hospital in April. He has also founded a public school and a nonprofit organization in the state of Massachusetts. At his new position for Shawmut Design and Construction he will be responsible for “enhancing Shawmut’s profile within the community, expanding existing client relationships, developing new relationships, and making recommendations on philanthropic endeavors.”

Shawmut Design and Construction company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, but also has offices located in Las Vegas, New York, New Haven, and Providence. The construction company has a long list of clients that include Boston College, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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Construction Industry Sees Growth in Employment

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 4:12 pm    

In the month of October, the U.S. construction industry added 17,000 jobs meaning that the unemployment rate in the industry fell by nearly 11.4 percent. This data comes from an analysis of federal information that was released on Nov. 2 by the Associated General Contractors of the United States.

Officials with the association have stated that despite the gains in the past five consecutive months, there have been little changes in the past year. They went on to state that employment in the industry is stuck in the same area with the exception of small, monthly increases.

For the industry overall, the month of October had a 0.4 percent increase. Although this is a slight increase, the overall numbers remain 2.2 million lower than where they were six years ago. This is when construction employment peaked at nearly 7.7 million workers.

Also seen in the month of October was the increase in both residential and nonresidential employment. Residential construction alone added nearly 4,700 jobs in the month of October. Employment in the residential industry is now up by 12,300 compared to last year at this time.

In the nonresidential business sector, nearly 12,200 jobs were added in October. This increased the overall total to 6,700 new workers. There were some losses during the month of October and this was seen in heavy and civil engineering construction firms.

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University expansion results in job growth in construction industry

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012 at 2:19 pm    

The plan to expand Pace University in order to create a distinct campus area in Downtown Manhattan is creating a boost in the New York construction industry.

The plan to expand the university includes the development of a 24-story residence hall and nearby retail space. The building will include kitchens, fitness centers, pool table areas, and lounges for recreational use.

Pace University has been growing in the region since 1906, but it is often still thought of as a commuter school. Officials have stated that this is no longer the case and that the development of these two buildings will help more students live on campus as enrollment at the university continues to increase.

In New York, the overall construction industry made $27.4 billion in 2011, which was a 3.5 percent decrease since 2010. However, other construction projects are under way that will also add to job growth in this industry, including Columbia University’s Mahattanville expansion and NYU’s development in Greenwich Village.


Job recovery progressing slowly in most states

Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at 2:40 pm    

Three years ago, the United States lost nearly 8.8 million job positions in what is now called the Great Recession. Today, many states are still trying to recover from this severe economic downturn.

Only four states have returned to their pre-recession employment rates: Alaska, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Texas. The reason for this success is largely attributed to the global energy boom.  Additionally, Washington, D.C., has seen an increase employment as well. However, 23 states are not expected to reach these pre-recession levels until 2015 or later.

Areas where the housing market crashed completely (Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and California) are facing an uphill battle in increasing their employment rates. This is in turn affecting the construction industry, in which many payrolls were cut in half.  These construction jobs have yet to return to pre-recession levels, but hopefully other industries, such as travel and tourism, can help these states continue to increase jobs.


Is the construction industry on the way to recovery in 2013?

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 4:36 pm    

A national online conference with the Associated Builders and Contractors have stated that they are unsure whether or not the construction industry will make a recovery in 2013.

The chief economist for ABC has stated that he is not convinced that the industry will recover by 2013. He went on to state that the construction industry lost more jobs in the recession than any other industry.

Since December 2007, the construction industry has lost more than five million jobs. He continued to add that the industry has added more jobs recently and think that they will continue to experience some growth in upcoming months.

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Arizona construction industry makes steps toward recovery

Posted on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 1:55 pm    

The construction industry in Arizona is now beginning to recover as home prices have started to increase along with consumer spending in the region.

Beyond buying new homes, residents in Arizona are also making upgrades and repairs on their houses in order to stay in their homes longer. The state’s economy relies heavily on the construction industry and with the increase in spending, more jobs have been created.

The industry lost over 74,000 jobs in 2009 and 2010, so there is much rebuilding that needs to be done. In 2011, there was a gain of 200 jobs and officials in the industry have estimated that it an additional 5,900 positions will be added this year.

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RoadSafe Traffic Systems names new executive chairman

Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 8:48 pm    

This week RoadSafe Traffic Systems, the country’s largest provider of traffic safety products and services, appointed David L. Myers as the company’s executive chairman.

Myers, who has more than 35 years experience in the construction, engineering, and logistics industries, will oversee RoadSafe’s strategic growth and performance and will serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

RoadSafe Traffic Systems provides services such as temporary traffic control and pavement markings. Working in the private as well as public sector in the heavy highway industry, RoadSafe also provides barricade rentals, traffic control, pavement marking and removal services, and sign manufacturing/installation.

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Changes and growth for Caterpillar, Inc.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 7:05 pm    

Last week Caterpillar, Inc., the largest heavy machinery maker in the world, announced that its vice president, chairman, and CEO of Caterpillar Japan Ltd. will retire this year after 32 years of service.

Ali Bahaj, who has been Caterpillar’s vice president since 2002, will step down officially on May 1st. Noriyuki Takeuchi will fill his shoes as country manager and president for Caterpillar Japan Ltd.

The Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar in the United States, Douglas Oberhelman, announced this week that the company expects to have another record year in 2012. In January 2011, it had a forecast profit of 25 percent. Peoria will invest $4 billion in capital expenditures, up from $2.6 billion in 2011.

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Construction spending falls by 0.1%

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at 6:27 pm    

Spending in the United States construction industry fell by 0.1 percent in January 2012. This is the first time that the spending has dropped in more than six months.

The overall spending in January, adjusting for seasonal changes, was recorded at $827 billion. Although, the spending in January had declined, the December spending in the industry rose by 1.4 percent. The drop in federal and nonresidential construction are two reasons why the amount of spending in the first month of 2012 saw a decline.

Even though the spending is down, employment in the construction industry is rising. In January, there was an increase of 21,000 job opportunities. There are slow signs of improvement across the board in the industry, with residential real estate markets on the incline as well.

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