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ABC Forecast: Momentum Persists

Chief Economist Advises Overall “Wait-and-See” Approach Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu forecasts continued momentum for the construction sector next year but advised an overall “wait-and-see” approach based on leading and lagging indicators and economic uncertainties, according to a 2020 economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine. Although ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator—a …

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Have Issues with ITM?

Members Save Time and Money with Informal Interpretations The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) issues. Informal interpretations are prepared by the American Fire Sprinkler Association’s (AFSA) Technical Services Department— John August Denhardt, PE, FSFPE, vice president of Engineering & Technical Services; Jason Williams, CET, manager …

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Merit Shop Scores Released

Florida Tops Rankings for Second Year in a Row Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has released its 2019 Merit Shop Scorecard, an annual ranking based on state policies and programs that encourage workforce development, career and technical education, job growth, and promote fair and open competition for taxpayer-funded construction projects. Florida topped the list for …

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Headrick Wins National Apprentice Competition Top

Talent Competes During AFSA38 The stage was set. It was October 4, 2019, and hundreds of onlookers flooded into the bustling exhibit hall at AFSA38: Convention, Exhibition & Apprentice Competition in San Diego, California, to witness the 26th Annual National Apprentice Competition hosted by the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA). This annual competition gives seven …

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Industry Forecast Looks Good for 2020

Avoiding Recession… for Now It seems rumors about a pending recession were swirling as 2019 drew to a close and as forecasters gazed into their crystal balls for 2020. Those fears seem to have been held off for at least another year, according to construction industry experts and the contractor and associate members of the …

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Honor Those Who Have Made a Difference

Nominations Accepted Online for Top Fire Sprinkler Industry Awards The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is accepting nominations for its top honors: the prestigious Henry S. Parmelee Award, esteemed Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award, and the new yet highly regarded Young Professional of the Year award. The awards will be presented during AFSA39: …

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Construction starts to slip in 2020

Dodge Data & Analytics Releases Outlook Dodge Data & Analytics has released its 2020 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts will slip to $776 billion in 2020, a decline of 4 percent from the 2019 estimated level of activity. “The recovery …

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Chair’s Message
New Year Same Economy

As I look forward to this new year, I want you to know that I bring you both good news and bad news: Our economy is booming, and our economy is booming. No, that’s not a typo.  The good news? We are still on a record-setting pace for the number of installs in the foreseeable …

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