Scranton, PA Booming

It’s difficult to detect a construction slump from downtown Scranton’s skyline. More than $260 million in building development is progressing at projects in Central City and at its fringe, creating work for more than 1,400 people in the building trades. "It’s incredible," Mayor Chris Doherty said of the biggest development boom in downtown Scranton in… Read more »

Heavy and civil engineering construction employment grew for the sixth straight month

Written by Associated Builders and Contractors Friday, 03 December 2010 "Today’s employment report is perfectly consistent with ABC’s prior statements regarding the still moderate pace of economic recovery in America." —ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. The nonresidential construction sector lost 300 jobs in November, according to a Dec. 3 employment report by the U.S. Labor… Read more »

Caterpillar Engine Plant in China

Caterpillar says the $300-million Tianjin, China, plant it is building to manufacture 3500 Series diesels for the Asia-Pacific market will not expected to affect workers at the company’s Lafayette, Ind., large-engine plant. Once operational in 2013, the Tianjin facility will be Cat’s third source for 3500 Series engines. It is Cat’s largest engine- facility investment… Read more »

Can High Speed Trains Boost Economy?

Will heavy equipment operators get a boost from a high speed train project? A new study from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) shows that high-speed rail can boost our economy, save energy, curb pollution and provide a popular alternative to congested roads and airports. The report, A Track Record of Success: High-Speed Rail… Read more »