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Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson is the executive editor of Equipment World magazine and has been writing about construction and related fields for 26 years. A 1979 graduate from the University of Alabama, Jackson is also a U.S. Army veteran and a father of two.

Documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” shows how valuable the intersection of the arts and technology is to a nation re-learning how to make things

Documentary “Tim’s Vermeer” shows how...

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

If you are any kind of craftsman, if you've ever had to build your own tools, jigs or fixtures to ...

GEAR: Blaklader intros high-visibility line of construction clothing

GEAR: Blaklader intros high-visibility line of...

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

If you've been to the World of Concrete or Conexpo shows, you've probably seen the distinctive Blaklader line of workwear—super ...

Ohio concrete specialist wins the Equipment World Contractor’s Dream Package including a brand new Ford F-550 Super Duty

Ohio concrete specialist wins the Equipment World...

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

Andrew Van Pelt of Ohio Valley Concrete, Leetonia, Ohio, has been named the winner of Equipment World’s 2013 Contractor’s Dream ...

Managers of largest heavy equipment fleets in America voice frustrations with telematics: torrents of data, unintuitive software

Managers of largest heavy equipment fleets in America...

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

Last week I attended the Association of Equipment Management Professionals annual retreat and strategy session.  As chairman of the AEMP's ...

What the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq, big data, telematics and reverse mentoring can teach you about running a construction company

What the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq, big data,...

Posted on Jun 06, 2014

About a third of the way through retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal's new biography My Share of the Task  it becomes apparent ...

How 3 diesel-electric and hybrid construction machines are waging war on wasted energy

How 3 diesel-electric and hybrid construction machines...

Posted on Jun 01, 2014

For the past decade the drive to reduce diesel exhaust emissions has dominated the headlines. But with the last EPA ...

How to survive your first month working in construction

How to survive your first month working in construction

Posted on May 30, 2014

In a previous post, I described the attitudes and behavior newbies need to survive their first week on a construction ...

42,000 construction jobs lost for a lie: Billionaire green activist flashes cash, democrats put off Keystone decision until 2016

42,000 construction jobs lost for a lie: Billionaire...

Posted on May 23, 2014

Funny how good people with good intentions wind up doing bad things when they enlist politicians to their cause. In February, ...

Global warming: There is no solution…as long as we look to Washington to provide it

Global warming: There is no solution…as long as...

Posted on May 16, 2014

There was panic all around this week with reports of ice sheets breaking up in Antarctica and usually dependable journalists ...

Burning buildings, collapsing freeways: Is our lousy education system to blame for the recent uptick in construction accidents?

Burning buildings, collapsing freeways: Is our lousy...

Posted on May 09, 2014

Lately there's been a rash of fires, collapses and accidents at projects "under construction," all over the country. Here are ...

EPA opens applications for DERA grants, drastically cuts emissions reduction program to $9 million

EPA opens applications for DERA grants, drastically...

Posted on May 02, 2014

Government fleets will have to make due with drastically reduced funding for diesel emissions reduction grants, as the Environmental Protection ...

Despite being among the only jobs that can’t be outsourced, U.S. is largely blind to construction industry’s worth

Despite being among the only jobs that can’t be...

Posted on May 01, 2014

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about the need for more apprenticeships. Sure enough, it contained a misconception ...

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Hauling headaches: Know your load limits when trailering equipment

One-man machines: The operator should be the only person on a wheel loader

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