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Displaying items tagged: Associated Builders and Contractors

Friday, 16 September 2022 16:28

Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan presents annual construction awards

GRAND RAPIDS — The Associated Builders and Contractors West Michigan chapter (ABC/WMC) recognized several contractors and projects as part of its annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

Thursday, 16 September 2021 22:00

West Michigan contractors recognized in ABC’s 2021 Excellence in Construction Awards

NORTON SHORES — Kentwood-based First Companies Inc. and Zeeland-based Town & Country Group Inc. have been recognized by a regional trade group as the top companies in West Michigan for jobsite safety and instilling values throughout their corporate culture.

Monday, 30 August 2021 16:43

West Michigan Construction Institute facility slated to open in 2022, aid in construction labor shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — A hub for talent recruitment, skills development and job placement is expected to open early next year in Grand Rapids in hopes of filling the workforce pipeline for West Michigan construction jobs.


Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:15

Evolving technology melds generations in skilled trades, though talent gap looms

Ryan Bennett used to be bothered by apprentices staring at their phones while on the job. Now, he lets it slide.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 20 December 2020 19:10

Construction leaders face a mixed bag of concern, hope heading into 2021

Recent year-end reports on non-residential construction activity softening and a plunging average project backlog are giving West Michigan construction leaders some reason for concern going into 2021.

Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:00

Pandemic amplifies talent shortage, lack of diversity in construction industry

West Michigan’s construction industry has long faced a talent shortage fueled by a worker exodus during the 2008 recession, stigma around going into skilled trades, and firms failing to recruit a diverse workforce. 


Sunday, 08 November 2020 19:00

Construction firms see project delays, high materials costs

West Michigan construction firms are reporting dramatic increases in the cost of materials and project delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the restaurant, office and retail sectors. 

Monday, 23 March 2020 16:38

Construction companies assess what stay-home order means for projects

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction companies and contractors are figuring out what a shelter in place order for Michigan means for their projects.

Sunday, 23 December 2018 18:35

Crystal Ball 2019 Real Estate & Development Outlook: Despite talent crunch for contractors, development firms expect strong 2019

Even with a number of large-scale projects being built, West Michigan developers say they’re still thinking big for 2019. Multiple real estate and construction executives say they see no sign of the industry slowing down in the new year, although many believe companies’ focus could shift away from market-rate housing in downtown Grand Rapids. 


Sunday, 23 December 2018 17:40

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Anirban Basu, Associated Builders & Contractors

More so than many other areas of the country, West Michigan has experienced tremendous growth in 2018, according to Anirban Basu, who serves as the chief economist of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade group. His outlook is less rosy for 2019, which could be a transitional year for the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, he thinks 2020 could be the beginnings of the next economic downturn. 

Friday, 07 December 2018 13:55

ABC Economist: 2019 shaping up strong for construction, but worker shortages persist

HUDSONVILLE — With a significant number of available jobs in the U.S. and persistently low national unemployment, companies looking for workers will struggle in 2019.

Friday, 03 August 2018 23:09

West Michigan construction industry remains bullish as costs surge

The rising price of steel and other building materials might cause sticker shock for some developers, but the costs are doing little to curb building activity around West Michigan.


Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:21

Finding talent remains challenging for West Michigan contractors

Despite ongoing concerns about a talent gap, employment in West Michigan’s construction industry continues to rise. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:23

West Michigan contractors unconcerned about mixed economic indicators

West Michigan’s construction executives hold to the notion that the region’s industry will continue to accelerate for the foreseeable future, despite increasing concerns of a broader economic slowdown. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:37

Contractors avoiding ‘fallout’ from global market turmoil

Despite a number of recent global and national industry reports pointing to potential slowdowns in the construction sector, West Michigan contractors say they remain busy and confident for the foreseeable future.