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520 Laborers Shorted Millions in Alleged Payroll Scam

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office charged Parkside Construction and Affinity Human Resources for allegedly underpaying 520 laborers working on a Billionaires’ Row condo. So reports AM New York.

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Labor Shortage Drives Employment Rates Up

High demand for skilled workers helped drive a 1% dip in the national construction unemployment rate. However, rising material costs continue to present a large obstacle to the industry, according to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

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Manufacturing Slows As Material Costs Rise

Material costs continued to rise amid tariff and supply concerns while manufacturing in the U.S. expanded at its slowest pace since July. So reports Investor's Business Daily.

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Asphalt Paver Crushes Worker in Florida

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker who was killed by a paving machine in Florida. So reports The New York Post.

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Ox Truck Gets Green Light From Shell

The Ox, a specially designed flatpack truck slated to be used in outreach programs in developing nations, will begin pre-production for use in India. So reports The Verge.

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New, Stronger Concrete Could Reduce Carbon Footprint

Adding graphene to concrete can make it substantially stronger, reducing the amount needed for projects and, ultimately, cut down on greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of concrete. So reports NBC News.

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Skilled Worker Shortage Prompts Lowe's, Home Depot HR to Adapt

A major shortage of U.S. skilled workers and an increasingly tight labor market has pushed home improvement giants to start new development programs.

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Home Depot Foundation Donates $50M to Construction Training

The Home Depot Foundation is giving a financial boost to the construction industry in hopes of curtailing the trade workers most needed and invaluable to construction work. So reports Green Building News.

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Disaster Mitigation Saves Money and Lives: Study

A recent study from the National Institute of Building Sciences shows that federal funds spent on mitigating hazards yields fewer dollars spent on disaster recovery and related costs. So reports Building Green

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The Relationship Between Prefab and Energy Efficiency

A construction marriage made in heaven is how some describe prefabrication and energy efficiency. So reports The Huffington Post.

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