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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.

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 ...

Reputation built upon speed, technology and old school skills makes Jeremy Hiltz our 2014 Contractor of the Year

Reputation built upon speed, technology and old school...

Posted on May 01, 2014

Although Jeremy Hiltz started his own company in 1996, his roots in construction go much deeper. When he was just ...

5 tips for hiring military veterans at your construction company

5 tips for hiring military veterans at your...

Posted on May 01, 2014

The economy is growing and construction contractors are scrambling for new employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction ...

LOADER SHOWDOWN: Skid steer loaders vs. compact wheel loaders: Which is the better buy?

LOADER SHOWDOWN: Skid steer loaders vs. compact wheel...

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

Although the skid steer loader is one of the most popular and versatile construction machines of all time, some contractors ...

Earth Day is dead: the EPA’s fall from a scientific organization to a manipulable political tool

Earth Day is dead: the EPA’s fall from a...

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

I don't see why people feel compelled to celebrate Earth Day—which was yesterday if you were fortunate enough to avoid ...

VIDEO: Watch our 2014 Contractor of the Year box a guy who outweighs him by 100 lbs. in the Golden Gloves

VIDEO: Watch our 2014 Contractor of the Year box a guy...

Posted on Apr 22, 2014

You don’t get very far in the construction business without a competitive spirit, the ability to duke it out, to ...

CARB to hold public hearing on proposed adjustments for work truck DPF requirements

CARB to hold public hearing on proposed adjustments for...

Posted on Apr 09, 2014

If you have a diesel powered, heavy construction truck that gets less than 20,000 miles a year and are concerned ...

Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for contractors and newbies looking for success in the construction business

Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for...

Posted on Apr 08, 2014

We received quite a response from a couple of recent editorials, "The newbie's guide to surviving your first week in ...

Fort Hood shooting shows why kinship is key to great leadership

Fort Hood shooting shows why kinship is key to great...

Posted on Apr 04, 2014

I spent the early part of this week writing about our 2014 Contractor of the Year for the May issue ...

Radio Shack and the construction workforce are disappearing for the same, sad reason

Radio Shack and the construction workforce are...

Posted on Apr 03, 2014

Despite a very funny Super Bowl ad and an attempt to catch up with the times by remodeling a few ...

Can Texas make high-speed rail work? California can’t

Can Texas make high-speed rail work? California can’t

Posted on Apr 01, 2014

For the last few years, I’ve been critical of California’s attempts to link Los Angeles to San Francisco with a ...

How to save money and protect equipment by creating an anti-idling policy at your construction company

How to save money and protect equipment by creating an...

Posted on Apr 01, 2014

In construction bids, nobody likes to leave money on the table. Yet the biggest controllable expense—fuel cost—is rarely scrutinized for ...

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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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