The Construction Writers Association listed the rising cost of steel and other construction materials as the top construction story of last year. Rounding out the top five stories are: 2) Congress' failure to enact a successor to the Transportation Enhancement Act for the 21st Century; 3) the four hurricanes that battered Florida and the Southeast; 4) continued strength of the residential construction market; and 5) the looming threat of labor shortages for U.S. construction projects.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.