By Equipment World Staff
CONEXPO-CON/AGG adds to show lineup
Start your planning early with an online database showcasing the latest technology and equipment updates you’ll see in Las Vegas. The database, which can be accessed by visiting www.conexpoconagg.com and clicking on the new products and technologies link, is searchable by industry, equipment manufacturer and sustainability features.
This year’s show also includes an event focusing on green highway construction. The “Green Roads Summit” will be held March 24 and will cover topics including recycling and reuse, stormwater management, climate issues and more. For more information on the event, visit the CONEXPO website and click on the Education section.
For more information on products you’ll see at the show, check out our CONEXPO-CON/AGG products section on page 65. And in February, look for our Show Planner, which will be polybagged with the magazine.
What do snowstorms that shut down our highways really cost? Hundreds of millions of dollars a day, according to the American Highway Users Alliance and IHS Global Insight, which produced a study last year estimating the economic impact of snowstorms in 16 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.
Worst hit? Hourly workers are the most harshly impacted by such shutdowns, says the study.
“Lost wages of hourly workers account for about two-thirds of the direct economic impact of a major snowstorm,” says James Gillula, managing director of Global Insight and the principal researcher of the study.
Greg Cohen, Highway Users president and CEO, says: “The shocking losses estimated by this study should light a fire under state and local authorities nationwide to get serious about investing in quicker and more effective snow and ice removal. When roads are left unsafe or impassible, it is like money being thrown down the drain.”
The study further examined the indirect economic impacts caused by snow closures, including lost sales tax revenue and significant losses in the restaurant, general merchandise and gasoline industries. These indirect impacts more than doubled the initial direct impact of each storm.
44 Percent of nonresidential contractors said the ARRA stimulus funding had not helped the construction industry in a survey conducted in November by FMI.
The top 5 states and provinces covered by the study include:
New York, $700 million lost per day
Ontario, $474 million lost per day
Illinois, $400 million lost per day
Pennsylvania, $370 million lost per day
Ohio, $300 million lost per day.
– From Better Roads
Number of financed skid steers, 2004-2010
*As of December 15, 2010
Source: Equipment Data Associates, a division of Randall-Reilly
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