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The Building Tradesman Newspaper Editions

How to contact your member of Congress

Date Posted: April 2 2004

If you live in a district that’s represented by a Republican member of Congress, it can’t hurt to let your representative know that there are people suffering because Republicans are...

Irked by terminated jobless benefits? Inform Republicans

Date Posted: April 2 2004

Before the stock market went in the tank a few years ago, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan warned of “irrational exuberance” by people buying stocks, wrongly thinking that the...

Mackinac Bridge construction commemorated

Date Posted: April 2 2004

At 1 p.m. on Friday, May 7, the Mackinac Bridge Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation will host a special ceremony and unveil a new coin honoring those responsible...

New entry plaza will be the end of Renaissance Center renovation

Date Posted: April 2 2004

The process of transforming the Renaissance Center into the global headquarters of the General Motors Corp. is approaching completion. Turner Construction, its subcontractors and the building trades are in the...

News Briefs

Date Posted: April 2 2004

Hunter safety program scheduled The 8th annual Hunter Safety Program hosted by state Sen. Deborah Cherry in conjunction with the Flint Area Building Trades is scheduled this year in early...

Price jumps for steel, other materials bite construction

Date Posted: April 2 2004

“Nobody saw it coming,” the Engineering News Record reported last month. “After more than a decade of relative price stability, contractors have been blind-sided by the largest price hikes for materials since...

Soo Locks - ever dependable through the ups and downs of Great Lakes shipping

Date Posted: April 2 2004

SAULT STE. MARIE – The 21-foot drop in water levels from Lake Superior down to the lower Great Lakes vexed British, French and native fur traders in the 1600s and...

Trades flock to Michigan Tech for new work and renovations

Date Posted: April 2 2004

HOUGHTON – Michigan Technological University has sponsored major construction projects in recent years, but two ongoing simultaneous jobs are twice as nice for the building trades. The U.P. university is...

A better way to burn coal introduced to Erickson Station

Date Posted: March 19 2004

One of the largest capital improvement projects at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Erickson Station powerhouse in the last two decades is now taking place, and the building...

Construction industry, say hello to your new trend: Outsourcing

Date Posted: March 19 2004

Outsourcing jobs in the U.S. construction industry is now officially a trend. The Wall Street Journal, which pays attention to these things, said so earlier this month. Under the headline,...

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