Military Construction Opportunities
This past February, the Department of Defense released its budget request for the 2013 fiscal year. Of particular note was the allocation for Military Construction (MilCon). According to the DoD, MIL-CON accounts "provide funds for new construction, construction improvements, planning and design, and host nation support." Additionally, "projects funded by these accounts include facilities for operations, training, maintenance, research and development, supply, medical care and force protection, as well as unaccompanied housing, utilities infrastructure and land acquisition."
The DoD's proposed request for MilCon in the FY 2013 budget was approximately $11.2 billion, a decrease from the enacted FY 2012 budget of approximately $13.6 billion and the enacted FY 2011 budget of approximately $17.4 billion (see table 1). The comptroller stated that the FY 2013 MilCon investment is "less than investments in prior years until the Department reassesses its investment strategy next year, when the impacts of forced structure changes on infrastructure requirements has been assessed."
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Wheatland Tube recently developed its first smartphone and tablet app, EMT Calc, for contractors and engineers in the field. This new savings calculator - available for Android smartphones and tablets or iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad® devices - makes it possible to estimate savings from choosing 20' electrical metallic tubing (EMT) over traditional 10' lengths. Available for free at Google Play and the App Store, as well as on our website, EMT Calc is a powerful tool to help users win more jobs and secure greater profits.
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2012 Construction Industry Outlook Tied to Energy Trends
The main factor in the 2012 construction market is the economy. With experts citing a 40% risk of another recession, 25 million Americans either underemployed or unemployed, and consumer spending continuing on a conservative track, the outlook for the overall construction industry this year does not look promising.
However, there is a bright spot — in the form of alternative energy. The renewable energy sector has the most growth potential for electrical contractors in 2012. In fact, thanks to tax incentives from energy bills, alternative-energy projects will be the strongest players in the construction market this year.