More from 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.

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 ...

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 ...

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