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Construction spending booming to record highs in Minneapolis

Construction spending booming to record highs in...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Aug 25, 2014

The city of Minneapolis has issued a combined $1.2 billion in commercial and residential building permits so far this year ...

Recent toll road poll proves nothing; private financing of public roads is still a bad idea

Recent toll road poll proves nothing; private financing...

Posted by Tom Jackson on Aug 22, 2014

The Reason Foundation and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates recently traded jabs over a poll that purports to show Americans ...

Nonresidential construction starts fall 19.5% during July as builder outlook shrinks due to increased labor, materials costs

Nonresidential construction starts fall 19.5% during...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Aug 20, 2014

Following an "exceptionally strong" June, the dollar value of nonresidential construction starts fell 19.5 percent during July, according to data ...

Home starts jump 15.7% in July as builder confidence strengthens

Home starts jump 15.7% in July as builder confidence...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Aug 19, 2014

It would appear that despite a couple of rough months, homebuilder confidence in the U.S. housing market was not misplaced. Following ...

Swift change in Ferguson a lesson in leadership: America needs more Andy Griffiths, fewer Jack Bauers

Swift change in Ferguson a lesson in leadership:...

Posted by Tom Jackson on Aug 15, 2014

If you blinked you missed it, but yesterday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gave the country one of the finest examples ...

Briggs & Stratton to acquire Allmand Bros. for $62 million

Briggs & Stratton to acquire Allmand Bros. for $62...

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Aug 14, 2014

Briggs & Stratton announced today it will acquire Allmand Bros, manufacturer of towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar LED ...

John Deere cuts outlook as low demand for farm equipment drops profit 14% in 3Q

John Deere cuts outlook as low demand for farm...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Aug 13, 2014

Despite improving performance from its construction and forestry equipment division, John Deere reported a second-straight quarter of declines in profit ...

Bursting bubble of big tobacco financing gives glimpse of road building’s future without a gas tax increase

Bursting bubble of big tobacco financing gives glimpse...

Posted by Tom Jackson on Aug 12, 2014

Last week I wrote about how states that engage in public-private partnerships (P3s) and other types of debt and bond ...

ARA: U.S. equipment rental will grow 7.6% in 2014, exceed $51 billion in 2018

ARA: U.S. equipment rental will grow 7.6% in 2014,...

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Aug 12, 2014

U.S. total equipment rental revenue will grow 7.6 percent this year, reaching $35.8 billion, but the American Rental Association is ...

PHOTOS: Tour John Deere world HQ; an engineering feat not unlike the company’s equipment

PHOTOS: Tour John Deere world HQ; an engineering feat...

Posted by Tom Jackson on Aug 07, 2014

In 1958 Deere & Company's board of directors approving a radical and forward thinking design for it's new Administrative Center, ...

What it’s like to work at Bobcat: New office gives equipment giant a tech startup feel (PHOTOS)

What it’s like to work at Bobcat: New office...

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on Aug 07, 2014

Taking cues from several tech companies, including Microsoft, Google and Sundog, Bobcat opened its $28 million Acceleration Center in Bismarck ...

What contractors can learn from the fast-food business

What contractors can learn from the fast-food business

Posted by Tom Jackson on Aug 06, 2014

One of America's unique talents is a genius for logistics. We practically invented the concept and have put it to ...

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