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Winning new work is critical to a construction company’s survival, and the key to prevailing over competitors often comes down to providing the best cost estimate.
Winning new work is critical to a construction company’s survival, and the key to prevailing over competitors often comes down to providing the best cost estimate on which a bid is typically based. But even contractors that negotiate work with repeat clients must be able to justify their figures and make sure they are in line with the latest market pricing. Read More...
To  Charlie Schliebs , this year's Northeast U.S. Petrochemical Construction conference couldn't come at a more pivotal moment here in Appalachia.
Schliebs, managing director of Stone Pier Capital Advisors in Pittsburgh, is chairman of the conference and also its moderator. The first two events, also held in June the past two years, were dominated by the Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals plant that is being built in Beaver County. Just days before the first conference, in June 2016, Shell had made the final investment decision, and it was the first time its local leader answered questions about the project. Last year, Shell's plant still dominated conversation. Read More...
The Commerce Department has released April's construction spending data showing a surge of 1.8 percent, the largest increase since January 2016, after an unrevised 1.7 percent decline in March.
Total Construction Construction spending during April 2018 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,310.4 billion, 1.8 percent above the revised March estimate of $1,286.8 billion. The April figure is 7.6 percent above the April 2017 estimate of $1,217.7 billion. Read More...
The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in May, smashing expectations and driving down the unemployment rate to 3.8 percent — matching its lowest level in nearly 50 years. 
Going into the Friday report from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, economists had expected a 190,000 increase in jobs. Read More...
Productivity is the issue, and marketing to Generation Z is the challenge.
A little over three-and-a-half million kids are among the  graduates of America's public and private high schools  in 2018, and it's expected that just over 3 million will enroll in degree-granting post-high school institutions in the Fall, according to the  Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics . Read More...
Northeast US Petrochemical Conference
With the Ohio PTT cracker increasing in size (now a $10 billion project) with it’s new partner Daelim, the MOU of investment from China Energy of $84 billion into West Virginia and the DOE’s development of a plan to drive growth in North East Petrochemical development now is the time to capture your share of this fast-growing market.

Key Speakers confirmed for 2018 include:
  • Hillary Mercer, Vice President Pennsylvania Chemicals, Shell 
  • Senator Camera Bartolotta, State Senator, Pennsylvania Senate
  • Secretary H. Wood Thrasher, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce
  • Stacey Olson, President Appalachia, Chevron
  • Stefani Pashman, CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Frank Bakker, CEO, US Methanol LLC
  • Morgan O’Brien, CEO, Peoples Natural Gas
  • Sajjad Ahmed, Former Bechtel Project Manager on PTTGC Ohio Cracker Project, now Snr Project Manager at SABIC
  • Robert Richard, SVP of Major Enterprise Projects, DTE Energy
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters, along with its regional arms, has been working to attract more women to the trade through training programs and initiatives to encourage solidarity and community.
Although the United Brotherhood of Carpente rs has the word “brother” in its name, the group has a message for women: You’re welcome here.
In recent years, the trade union has taken step s to encourage more women to join the trade and has aimed to build support for women carpenters through  its Sisters in the Brotherhood program . Read More...
Welcome New Members
WallacePancher Group (WPG) is a multi-disciplined professional services firm employing 40+ individuals in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Primary services offered include Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies and Permitting, and Landscape Architecture and Planning. Typical client types include Commercial and Industrial Business Developers, Municipal and State Government Institutions, Public and Private Utility Companies, Coal Mining Companies, Oil & Gas Companies,and Architectural Firms.
The Steptoe & Johnson Construction Team includes business, litigation, labor, tax, project finance, environmental, real estate, and government relations lawyers to provide comprehensive solutions for construction industry clients. Our clients include architects, engineers, and other design professionals, as well as owners, developers, builders, and trade associations.
Quality Steel Erectors serving Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania owned and operated by Mark Paul.
Located in St. Clairsville, OH, Quality Steel Erectors, Inc. has been a trusted source for steel erection services and pre-engineered metal building erection. Businesses and industries in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and have relied on us since 1995. Quality Steel Erectors, Inc. has followed a commitment to professionalism and expertise for more than 20 years. 
Safety & Education
General Industry and Maritime Silica Standard Effective June 23
General industry and maritime employers must comply with OSHA’s  silica standard  by June 23, except for phase-in dates for medical surveillance and for engineering controls in the oil and gas industry. Visit the  silica webpage  for guidance on complying with the standard, as well as information on silica sampling and analysis, health effects of silica exposure, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Proposed Rule Clarifies Some Beryllium Standard Compliance Dates
OSHA issued a proposed rule to extend the compliance date for certain ancillary requirements of the general industry beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. OSHA’s Proposal would not extend the compliance date for permissible exposure limits, exposure assessment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, or medical removal protection provisions, or for any provisions for which the standard already establishes compliance dates in 2019 and 2020. This limited extension applies to all processes, operations, or areas where workers may be exposed to materials containing beryllium that fall under the scope of the general industry standard. The public may participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments during the 30-day comment period. Read the  Federal Register notice  for information on submitting comments on the proposed rule.
June 12 is National Forklift Safety Day
National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the  Industrial Truck Association  (ITA), will be recognized on June 12 in Washington, D.C., and workplaces nationwide. Throughout the day, forklift manufacturers will highlight the safe use of forklifts, the importance of operator training, and the need for daily equipment checks. ITA works with OSHA through an Alliance to provide training seminars for OSHA inspectors, and develop safety materials. For these and other resources to share on National Forklift Safety Day, visit OSHA’s  forklift webpage .
Safe + Sound Campaign: Register + Participate
Safe + Sound Week 2018, a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of workplace safety and health programs, will be held August 13-19. It is an opportunity for employers to show commitment to health and safety by launching or renewing efforts to identify and manage hazards before they cause injuries or illnesses.
  • Visit the Safe + Sound Week webpage to register your organization as a participant and get ideas on how to recognize the week in your workplace.
  • Join the June 26 webinar to learn more about Safe + Sound Week, the tools and resources available, and how to participate.
ICRA Training
The Carpenters are hosting a class
for Construction ICRA Best Practices.
* This class is for signatory contractor employees, management, or owners who are not members of a Building Trades craft

The Construction ICRA Best Practices 8-Hour Awareness program is designed to provide training to full-time and part-time construction professionals that are not current members of a local union trade. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be certified to ensure that they are familiar with all the proper ICRA protocols/procedures and why they have to be followed. Working with a greater awareness and compliance of Hospital infection prevention protocols, is a proactive approach that will directly affect patient safety and job site safety, in a positive way.
Our goal is to deliver a workforce of healthcare industry professionals and construction related professionals who understandwhy and how to protect the patients, visitors, hospital staff, and themselves, during maintenance projects and building projects in a healthcare environment.
Construction ICRA Best Practices is “Building The Bridge of Communication” to work in unison with healthcare facility ICRA protocols that will ultimately lead to Saving Lives and Lives Affected by construction-related Healthcare Associated Infections.

Class information:
Date:  June 8, 2018
Time:  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Location:  1995 East State St.
                  Salem, OH 44460

(Capacity 20)
Just press your keyboard Ctrl key and click on the Eventbrite link below to reserve your seat today!
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