Infrastructure spending promises boost for construction companies | Business

Plans to pump money into rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure could give companies with ties to the construction industry a solid foundation for growth.

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that a bipartisan agreement had been reached on a $973 billion infrastructure plan. The pared-down plan calls for $559 billion in new spending over five years.

Companies such as Caterpillar, with its heavy machinery, and construction materials company Vulcan Materials could see years of additional business as roads and bridges are rebuilt and buildings are modernized. Both companies’ shares rose Thursday after the bipartisan deal was struck. Smaller construction-related companies benefitted as well: Dycom, which provides contractor services to construction companies, rose nearly 6%.

The infrastructure plans are long overdue, economists and business leaders have said, as the nation’s roads, bridges and…

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