Here’s a round up of some top industry stories from this week:
CONSTRUCTION DIVE MODULAR BUILDER OF THE YEAR: SKENDER.
Chicago-based Skender, a traditional construction firm for 64 years that’s now primarily known as a modular builder, says it’s on the cusp of a proposition that is as efficient a business model as the industry can imagine. From Construction Dive’s point of view, Skender offers the most promising
model, heritage and leadership for modular’s next big step, and has gone out on a limb to recognize the firm’s potential. Skender focuses on three segments: hospitality, healthcare and housing, with the latter including affordable, senior, student and market-rate models. Six modular projects are underway and 25 others are in various stages of planning.
For a full list of Construction Dive’s Awards for 2019, click HERE.
CONTECH LEADERS MEET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP TO TALK TARIFFS, LABOR AND MANDATORY TECH
According to Construction Dive, on Dec. 6, a group of industry leaders met with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members to talk about the impact that government regulations have on their businesses. Topics ranged from the importance of apprenticeships, the need for deregulation, the effects of President Donald Trump’s steel tariffs and technology’s role in infrastructure projects.
MBMA ELECTS 2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DesignandBuildwithMetal.com reported this week, “The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) elected their 2020 Board of Directors at the association’s annual meeting held December 3-4, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2020 board members are: Steve Browning, Vulcan Steel Structures – Chair, Greg Pasley, Butler Manufacturing – Vice Chair, Ron Ambrosius, Inland Buildings – Past Chair, Ken Nichols, American Buildings Company, Dave Tomchak, Bay Insulation Systems, Tom Boal, Behlen Building Systems, Tim Schrock, Ceco Building Systems, Dave Koubek, Chief Buildings, Darren McGonigle, Konecranes, Mark Van Dyken, Nucor Building Systems, and Steve Sukup, Sukup Manufacturing.
2020 CONSTRUCTION ECONOMIC FORECAST
Construction Executive issued their forecast last week and expects that America’s economy will continue to expand. However, the biggest surprise has been the lack of inflation generated by the U.S. economy. There will continue to be a disparity between unemployment and job openings rates in 2020. “While construction spending is generally viewed as a lagging indicator of economic activity (among the last segments to be impacted by a downturn and among the last to begin to recover after one), the performance of the nation’s construction industry remains robust.”