Private Sector Appears Poised to Increase Construction Activity in 2014 But Highway and Transit Outlays May Plunge Unless Trust Fund is Renewed This Summer, Association Officials Warn
Total construction spending in February edged up from January despite adverse weather in much of the nation, as private residential and nonresidential components posted solid growth compared with early 2013, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials noted that the construction spending figures would have been stronger if not for declines in public sector construction and infrastructure investments.
“Overall construction spending in the first two months more »
Residential and Nonresidential Employment Both Increase but Ongoing Exodus of Experienced Workers Raises Urgency of Strengthening Public Measures to Attract and Train Workers, Association Officials Warn
Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that the pool of available workers is declining rapidly, raising the prospects for significant labor shortages if demand continues to expand.
“The rate of construction hiring more »
AGCO dealers using Charter Software’s popular ASPEN dealership management system can now access the new AGCO electronic transactions using the ASPEN AGCO Communications Interface. The latest enhancement to the program includes Phase I of AGCO Parts Integration (API) a new, voluntary AGCO dealer program with multiple benefits.
Currently, the API integration provides participating dealers with an automated process for submitting parts data from ASPEN to AGCO’s D2D Exchange, a program that makes parts inventory visible between AGCO dealers to assist them with selling parts. The second phase the API integration with ASPEN will allow dealers to submit data to AGCO for analysis to more »