Mechanical industry enthusiastic about Trump infrastructure proposal

President Donald Trump has proposed investing $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements in the coming years, with approximately $200 billion of that being direct federal funding.

President Donald Trump has proposed investing $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements in the coming years, with approximately $200 billion of that being direct federal funding, with the balance coming from cities, states and private funds. That kind of investment can have a huge impact on the businesses of readers of CONTRACTOR and many other Penton publications. This past spring, Penton surveyed more than 550,000 of its readers and received responses from 6,861, a response rate of 1.2 percent. Those surveyed included a wide variety of readers from more than 20 publications, including American City & County, CONTRACTOR, Contracting Business, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Foundry Management & Technology, Machine Design, and The Energy Times.

Nineteen percent of the survey respondents said they were involved in engineering, 11 percent in construction and seven percent in mechanical systems.

When asked on which of his campaign promises President Trump should focus, 49 percent said infrastructure.

Of the survey respondents involved in mechanical systems, 40 percent said the President should focus on infrastructure, 29 percent said tax reform, 17 percent said healthcare reform, nine percent said immigration policy and five percent said building a wall on the Mexican border.

The respondents were pessimistic about the ability of the President and the political parties to work together to effectively work on their top priority. Half said either no or “probably not.” Thirty percent said “possibly,” 14 percent said probably, while only five percent said “definitely.”

The vast majority of respondent said that the proposed $1 trillion investment would have a positive impact on their businesses. Forty-six percent said the proposed initiative would have a “moderate impact” and 20 percent said it would have a “significant positive impact.” For those involved in mechanical systems, 62 percent said that the effort would have a positive impact.