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Navistar to launch new line of severe duty work trucks once split with Cat is complete

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 28, 2015

Navistar to launch new line of severe duty work trucks once split with Cat is complete

With Caterpillar's announcement this morning that it would begin designing and building vocational trucks on its own, Navistar, Cat's partner in the work truck business up to this point, has announced plans ...

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Caterpillar’s call for engagement with Cuba more than just a sly business move

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 24, 2015

Caterpillar’s call for engagement with Cuba more than just a sly business move

Early this week Caterpillar sent out a press release calling for an end to the trade embargo against Cuba. This was in response to President Obama's easing of sanctions and ...

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Terex launches used truck website and more in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing Roundup

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 24, 2015

Terex launches used truck website and more in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing Roundup

Terex Trucks launches Used Trucks website Terex Trucks has partnered with Machinery Trader to develop a used trucks website which enables dealers to upload and advertise pre-owned trucks and construction equipment. Features on the ...

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Caterpillar profits fall 29% in 2Q as company cuts full-year forecast

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 23, 2015

Caterpillar profits fall 29% in 2Q as company cuts full-year forecast

A continued and severe lack of demand for mining equipment worldwide, coupled with lower construction equipment sales in China and Brazil brought Caterpillar sales and profits down during the second ...

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JCB at work on 3 more military projects following success of HMEE high-speed, armored backhoe

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 22, 2015

JCB at work on 3 more military projects following success of HMEE high-speed, armored backhoe

Ten years into a successful run of manufacturing a high-speed, armored backhoe for the U.S. Army, the machine's impact is still being felt at JCB, and especially at the company's ...

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Volvo CE profit jumps 80% in 2Q thanks to big sales increases in North America

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 20, 2015

Volvo CE profit jumps 80% in 2Q thanks to big sales increases in North America

Following two consecutive quarters of large losses, Volvo Construction Equipment saw a huge increase in profit during the second quarter, mainly supported by increased sales in North America. Sales increased to ...

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Home starts jump 9.8% as apartment construction reaches 28-year high

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 17, 2015

Home starts jump 9.8% as apartment construction reaches 28-year high

Thanks to a surge in new apartments, May's decrease in home construction starts was followed up by a sizable increase in June. Construction on new homes jumped 9.8 percent in June ...

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Former worker on Apple’s Campus 2 jobsite says tech giant expects iPhone-like level of detail from construction

Posted by Angela Thomas on July 16, 2015

Former worker on Apple’s Campus 2 jobsite says tech giant expects iPhone-like level of detail from construction

In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, a person who worked on the construction of Apple’s spaceship-like Campus 2 project tells the publication the tech giant expects the same level ...

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House Republicans say latest stopgap is best route to a long-term highway bill

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 15, 2015

House Republicans say latest stopgap is best route to a long-term highway bill

With just two weeks to go before the Highway Trust Fund expires, Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed yet another stopgap to fund transportation projects for another five months. The ...

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Holcim and Lafarge complete merger; LafargeHolcim to launch July 15

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 14, 2015

Holcim and Lafarge complete merger; LafargeHolcim to launch July 15

The merger of Holcim and Lafarge has been completed, and LafargeHolcim has emerged as the largest aggregate producer in the world. Holcim announced in a press release that all of the conditions ...

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Lincoln Electric endows welding fund, a new H&E facility and more in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing News Roundup

Posted by Amy Materson on July 10, 2015

Lincoln Electric endows welding fund, a new H&E facility and more in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing News Roundup

Lincoln Electric endows Ohio State welding engineering program Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric and David Lincoln have co-funded the first endowed professorship in welding engineering at The Ohio State University. In addition to ...

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Latest round of Caterpillar layoffs hits Pontiac fuel systems plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 08, 2015

Latest round of Caterpillar layoffs hits Pontiac fuel systems plant

After laying off nearly 200 workers at its East Peoria plant last month, Caterpillar has announced another wave of cuts, this time at its Pontiac, Michigan, plant. According to a report ...

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Striking concrete workers halt work at 30 NYC construction sites

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 03, 2015

Striking concrete workers halt work at 30 NYC construction sites

Concrete workers belonging to the New York City District Council of Carpenters have gone on strike, bringing work to a halt at an estimated 30 jobsites around the city. According to a ...

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U.S. construction spending continues climb; up 0.8% in May

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 02, 2015

U.S. construction spending continues climb; up 0.8% in May

Nonresidential projects again led to a sizable gain in U.S. construction spending during May, according to preliminary estimates from the Commerce Department. Spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.035 trillion, the ...

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New Holland taps Lieberman as new VP of North America

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 02, 2015

New Holland taps Lieberman as new VP of North America

Bret Lieberman, a 25-year veteran of CNH Industrial is the next vice president for North America at New Holland equipment. “I am excited for this new opportunity to lead the brand as ...

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Refocused by military service, New Jersey contractor rebuild’s company culture, transforms his business

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 02, 2015

Refocused by military service, New Jersey contractor rebuild’s company culture, transforms his business

While most people deal with work as one of life’s harsh necessities, Jason Ciavarro not only puts in the hours, he relishes them. "Work is where I find my joy and passion,” he says ...

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New Labor Dept. regs require employers to pay overtime to additional 5 million workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 01, 2015

New Labor Dept. regs require employers to pay overtime to additional 5 million workers

In an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, President Obama revealed his administration's plan to raise the wages of millions of American workers through new Labor Department regulations. "We've got to keep ...

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Liebherr to take over production of Claas Scorpion ag telehandlers under new deal

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 30, 2015

Liebherr to take over production of Claas Scorpion ag telehandlers under new deal

Under a new agreement between the two companies, Liebherr will begin manufacturing the Scorpion agricultural telehandlers for fellow European manufacturer Claas in 2018. Liebherr will take over manufacturing of the Scorpion ...

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Carolina Cat Power Systems completes construction of 10-acre solar farm

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 30, 2015

Carolina Cat Power Systems completes construction of 10-acre solar farm

The construction of a 10-acre solar farm, led by Carolina Cat Power Systems, is nearing completion. Scheduled to open within the next few days, the farm, located in the city of ...

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Illinois DOT chief meets with group to discuss lack of minority contractors hired

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 30, 2015

Illinois DOT chief meets with group to discuss lack of minority contractors hired

An Illinois group recently met with Illinois Transportation Secretary Randall Blankenhorn to discuss the lack of minorities hired for construction contracts. KWQC reported that the group, led by the Rev. Dwight Ford ...

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Is the golden age of underground construction upon us?

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on June 25, 2015

Is the golden age of underground construction upon us?

During the Great Recession, one phrase reached cliché status: “this is the new normal.” In other words, suck it up, things will never be as good as they once were. Get ...

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John Deere to call back some laid off workers to Waterloo plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 25, 2015

John Deere to call back some laid off workers to Waterloo plant

John Deere has announced that it will ask between 50 and 60 workers laid off earlier this year at its Waterloo, Iowa, plant  back to work. According to a report from the Waterloo ...

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Caterpillar to lay off another 170 workers at East Peoria plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 24, 2015

Caterpillar to lay off another 170 workers at East Peoria plant

Caterpillar has announced it will lay off an additional 170 workers at its East Peoria, Illinois, plant where the company manufactures mining and construction equipment. According to a report from Peoria Journal ...

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JCB, Douglas Dynamics earn honors; Kenworth, Fecon add locations in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing News Roundup

Posted by Amy Materson on June 23, 2015

JCB, Douglas Dynamics earn honors; Kenworth, Fecon add locations in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing News Roundup

Skyjack machines tee up for charity in Miami Skyjack scissor lifts and booms were on hand at the BEA and Action Rentals’ Second Annual Golf Tournament, held on March 16 in ...

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Contractors face charges for defrauding PennDOT’s female/minority-owned business program

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 22, 2015

Contractors face charges for defrauding PennDOT’s female/minority-owned business program

The top executives at a Pennsylvania highway construction company are facing charges they defrauded the U.S. Department of Transportation to the tune of about $18.7 million. A federal court levied conspiracy to ...

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Nashville may soon require contractors to hire significantly more local workers on metro projects

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 19, 2015

Nashville may soon require contractors to hire significantly more local workers on metro projects

An amendment that will be presented to Nashville voters in August is drawing the ire of some members of the local construction industry there. According to a report from Nashville Public ...

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NYC’s Nordstrom Tower will at least have the tallest roof in the U.S.

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 18, 2015

NYC’s Nordstrom Tower will at least have the tallest roof in the U.S.

Following up a May report, New York Yimby has uncovered documents that confirm the Nordstrom Tower will become the tallest building in the U.S.—the tallest roof, at least. Citing documents recently submitted ...

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Home starts tumble 11.1 percent in May following April’s big jump

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 16, 2015

Home starts tumble 11.1 percent in May following April’s big jump

Large ups and downs in the rate of new home construction have become somewhat of a trend halfway through the year as U.S. home starts fell 11.1 percent following the ...

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The Final Piece: Design of 1,340-foot-tall Two World Trade Center revealed (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 11, 2015

The Final Piece: Design of 1,340-foot-tall Two World Trade Center revealed (PHOTOS)

In an interview with Wired that dives deep into the genesis of Two World Trade Center, Bjarke Ingels, the founder of the architecture firm BIG, has unveiled his design for the ...

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DPR/Skanska to walk away from construction of Apple’s new campus

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 11, 2015

DPR/Skanska to walk away from construction of Apple’s new campus

Though DPR Construction Inc. and Skanska USA have been the lead builders on Apple's much-talked-about Campus 2 since construction began last year, they will cease involvement on the estimated $5 ...

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St. Louis construction firms help establish $10 million Contractors Loan Fund for minority- and women-owned businesses

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 04, 2015

St. Louis construction firms help establish $10 million Contractors Loan Fund for minority- and women-owned businesses

Aiming to boost the number of construction companies owned by minorities and women in the St. Louis area, a group of firms and banks joined forces to establish the Contractors ...

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Palm Beach high school construction academies seek to fill Florida’s skilled worker shortage

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 02, 2015

Palm Beach high school construction academies seek to fill Florida’s skilled worker shortage

The Palm Beach County school district has opened three construction academies that are equipping students from ninth through 12th grades with valuable construction skills through real-world, hands-on experience. According to a ...

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This “crazy diverse” Iowa contractor thrives on doing work that other companies shun

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on June 02, 2015

This “crazy diverse” Iowa contractor thrives on doing work that other companies shun

"I knew from high school I wanted to be a contractor,” says Jeff Pettiecord. So he started doing small remodeling jobs shortly after graduating, and eventually started his company in 1984. But ...

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Construction spending up 2.2% in April to $1 trillion, 6-year high

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 01, 2015

Construction spending up 2.2% in April to $1 trillion, 6-year high

Big gains in nonresidential boosted total construction spending in April 2.2 percent, according to preliminary estimates from the Commerce Department. Spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.006 trillion, the highest figure in more ...

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Construction lending is outpacing that of completed buildings with rates at their lowest since 2007

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 28, 2015

Construction lending is outpacing that of completed buildings with rates at their lowest since 2007

It's OK. You can call it a comeback. Though much of the talk around whether or not the construction industry has truly rebounded or not has died down in the last ...

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John Deere sees slight uptick in construction sales but profits fall 30% as ag slowdown continues

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 26, 2015

John Deere sees slight uptick in construction sales but profits fall 30% as ag slowdown continues

Construction and forestry equipment sales are the only bright spot for John Deere, albeit a dim one, as the heavy equipment manufacturer continues to see profit and sales declines due ...

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