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SC&RA to Begin Development of the 2013 Membership Directory Soon

SC&RA members will soon be given the opportunity to review and update their current membership listings for the Association’s 2013 Membership Directory. Each member company’s representative should receive a letter with details next week. If you do not receive the letter please call the SC&RA office at 703-698-0291.

Dues Must Be Paid up to Secure Position in SC&RA 2013 Directory and Website

SC&RA members should keep in mind dues must be current in order for their companies to remain listed on the Association’s website and appear in the 2013 Membership Directory. Invoices for SC&RA 2013 dues notices went out at the beginning of October, and all members have been contacted via email, fax and phone. If your company has not received an invoice, or if you have any questions about dues, please contact Patrick Corr, SC&RA's Membership Manager, by phone at (703) 698-0291 or via email.

Products Fair Booths Expected to Sell out Soon

Only 18 of 90 booths are still available for the Products Fair at the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, Westin, Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz. The Products Fair will be the only official activity on Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Booth fees include one complimentary registration to the Annual Conference. Click here to learn more and to reserve space on a first-come, first-served basis.

SC&RA Webinars Set for January 22 and 24

There is still time to sign up for two SC&RA webinars in January:

SC&R Foundation Scholarship, Grant Applications Deadline Is End of Month

The SC&R Foundation would like to remind members and their families that applications for its 2013-2014 Scholarships and Grants must be postmarked by January 31, and received by February 15.

AGC Says Outlook for Construction Hiring Improves for 2013

Significantly more construction firms are planning to add new staff than plan to cut staff while demand for many types of private sector construction projects should increase this year, according to survey results released on January 11 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Computer Guidance Corporation. The survey provides a generally optimistic outlook for the year even as firms worry about rising costs and declining public sector demand for construction.

Michigan Legislation Restores Parts Exemption for Rolling Stock

Michigan legislation (H.B. 5444) signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder on December 22 rewords the state’s sales tax exemption so that it now covers “parts or other tangible personal property affixed to or to be affixed to and directly used in the operation of” rolling stock that qualifies for the exemption.

Gamesa USA Drops Wind Farm Project in Illinois

Gamesa USA is withdrawing plans to develop a 100-turbine wind farm across Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties in northern Illinois. The company informed landowners in the area that it was terminating its lease options with them because it no longer deemed the project to be economically viable.

Hilda Solis Resigns as Secretary of Labor

On January 9, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced to Department of Labor (DOL) employees that she had submitted her resignation, although she did not specify when she planned to leave. 

OSHA Issues Inspection Plan to Reduce Injuries and Illnesses

On January 8, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. The SST program is one of OSHA’s main programmed inspection plans for high-hazard, non-construction workplaces that have 20 or more workers.