Modular builder Skender Manufacturing closes, citing coronavirus challenges

Kennith Bogan

Dive Transient:

  • Chicago-dependent Skender Manufacturing, the modular-focused spinoff of normal contractor Skender Design, has announced it is closing its doors due to economic complications introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Skender Manufacturing CEO Mark Skender informed Design Dive that a coronavirus-induced downturn in lodge building experienced considerably impacted the company, which developed modular and prefabricated components for household and industrial initiatives. “A big section of our current market system was in hospitality,” Skender explained. “Clearly, hospitality is heading to just take a whilst to recuperate, so that put a big dent in our forecast and method.”
  • The company spun off in 2020 from Chicago normal contractor Skender Design, which is nevertheless in procedure. Enterprise officers, who experienced ambitions to increase the new company to far more than a hundred and fifty workforce at the Southwest Chicago manufacturing facility web-site, laid off about 25 folks final week, according to the Chicago
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Citing FIU bridge collapse, feds propose 10-year debarment for FIGG

Kennith Bogan

Dive Brief:

  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has suspended FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. from collaborating in any federally funded projects and has proposed a ten-year debarment period for the firm, according to U.S. Division of Transportation correspondence. The company’s suspension went into effect July 14.
  • The letter from USDOT Acting Inspector General Howard R. “Skip” Elliott to lawmakers said the FHWA was using the action versus FIGG “to safeguard the general public interest.” He said the agency’s decision was primarily based on FIGG’s conduct similar to the Florida Global College (FIU) bridge collapse in Miami in March 2018.
  • FIGG has 30 days to contest the FHWA’s action, at which issue it will be ready to argue versus debarment. If FIGG does not contest the action, then a Suspending and Debarring Official (SDO) will make a decision about debarment primarily based on offered details.

Dive Insight:

The FHWA prohibitions on contracting

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