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Construction employment increased by 36,000 jobs in January to the highest level since November 2008 as employers increased pay in an effort to address a chronic worker shortage, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

According to the AGC of America (The Associated General Contractors of America), 73 percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate.

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2016 Chairmans Awards are given to the year’s most exceptional building projects involving MCA member companies.

GAF, a roofing manufacturer, shared that their EnergyGuard™ Polyiso insulation board has been certified for recycled content by GreenCircle Certified, which verifies the percentage of pre- and post-consumer recycled content in the product.

USA Insulation expanded its presence into Toledo, Ohio in the beginning of February.

Exports of U.S. made construction equipment fell 25 percent overall for the first three quarters of 2016 compared to 2015 January – September, for a total $8.2 billion shipped to global markets.