The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Construction industry can’t shake jobless doldrums

U.S. construction employment fell to from 20.1 percent to 17.3 percent between June and July 2010 – but despite that seemingly good news, the number of workers in the industry actually decreased by 11,000, according to an Aug. 6 analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. The third month of construction employment declines, despite the stimulus, reflects overall weak demand for private, local and state funded construction, association officials noted. ..

Fresh terra cotta faces to adorn Detroit library

DETROIT – One of Detroit’s architectural jewels is getting a facelift – actually, a bunch of facelifts – as well as a number of other mechanical and cosmetic improvements that will keep it looking good and operating properly well into the future. ..

Labor Day already? Here’s what’s happening…


Big top is well placed on Marathon coker drums

DETROIT – The topping-out of the 360-foot-tall coker drum tower at the Marathon Petroleum Co. on Aug. 6 wasn’t your typical ceremony with an evergreen tree and an American flag lashed to a final, single steel beam. ..

Can’t say PLAs increase or decrease costs, study says

The anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors “strongly oppose” project labor agreements in the construction industry, because they “prevent taxpayers from getting the best possible product at the best possible price,” according to their national website. ..