Category: Construction

Diesel, Lumber, And Staffing News – February 21, 2018

      National Average Price Per Gallon: $3.027   President Trump is eyeing a hike in the gas tax as a way to pay for his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. According to Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), the president proposed raising the gas tax “repeatedly” during a bipartisan meeting last week. Conservative group Freedom Partners …

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Can Self-Healing Concrete Fix Our Crumbling Bridges?

During his State of the Union address on January 30, President Trump announced a $1.5 trillion proposal to fix “crumbling infrastructure.” His comments came just two days before the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) reported that 54,259 of the nation’s bridges are “structurally deficient.” It’s clear that something needs to be done.   …

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Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – February 13, 2018

      National Average Price Per Gallon: $3.063   U.S. oil producers are having an extraordinary year so far. “We are seeing United States production rising very, very dramatically before our very eyes and that’s likely to continue in 2018,” said Neil Atkinson of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Due to high global demand, oil …

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Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – February 6, 2018

      National Average Price Per Gallon: $3.086   Crude oil prices fell globally. Brent crude traded at $67.07 per barrel today (down 0.8%), while U.S. crude traded at $63.62 (down 0.86%). But instead of showing concern, analysts felt that the petroleum market is “rebalancing” itself after many oil producers agreed to limit their output. …

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Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – January 30, 2018

      National Average Price Per Gallon: $3.070   The International Monetary Fund announced its forecast for world economic growth on Monday. The group predicts growth of 3.9% for both 2018 and 2019. Because increased economic growth means more oil consumption, the announcement pushed crude prices up to $70 per barrel. The United States …

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How To Retain & Recruit Construction Workers

Industry optimism is high going into the 2018 construction season. The President has discussed plans for a big funding push for infrastructure, and warehouse construction is set to boom thanks to e-commerce. But a big question remains: ts there enough skilled construction labor to go around?   The Construction Labor Shortage Goes On…And On… According to the …

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Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – January 23, 2018

Diesel News National Average Price Per Gallon: $3.025 According to Majid Jafar, the CEO of Crescent Petroleum, global oil prices could soon “soar” to $80 per barrel. Jafar blames the potential rise in gas prices on falling output in Venezuela. In the U.S. market, the International Energy Agency is predicting a “record-setting” year for energy production. …

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Diesel, Lumber, And The State Of Staffing – January 17, 2018

The weekly changes in the price of diesel and lumber give a quick snapshot into the state of staffing in the construction and distribution industries. Diesel Price Tracker National Average Price Per Gallon: $3.028 Tighter supplies and strong global demand have continued to push oil prices upward. Crude futures have risen by about 13% from …

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