Construction Industry News: March 28, 2019

Pentagon hands over $1 billion for border fencing

The Pentagon transferred $1 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wednesday to support construction of 57 miles of 18-foot pedestrian fencing as well as road and lighting improvements along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, regions, according to a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) release.

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Fluor, peers could lose big on military projects if funds go to border wall

Fluor Corp., Clark Construction Group and RQ Construction Inc. could take a hit if the Pentagon follows through with President Donald Trump’s plan to tap military construction funds in his quest to find $3.6 billion for a southwestern border wall.

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Prior to Tragic Bridge Collapse, Contractor MCM Piled Up Losses

The prime contractor in last year’s Florida International University bridge collapse ran into financial trouble and piled up losses in the two years before the accident. The March 15, 2018, accident killed six motorists and has now sent Munilla Construction Management (MCM) into federal bankruptcy court in Miami to file for protection from its creditors.

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From Around The World: China’s Global Construction Boom Puts Spotlight On Questionable Labor Practices

A Brooklyn jury heard testimony earlier this month of virtual slave labor — 14-hour days without pay and threats of physical violence — for Chinese laborers constructing Chinese government buildings in the United States.

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