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New ARTBA awards program to honor construction firms who serve their communities

Posted by Amy Materson on September 19, 2014

New ARTBA awards program to honor construction firms who serve their communities

Construction firms intent on giving back to their communities may now be honored for their good works. The Transportation Development Foundation, an American Road and Transportation Builders Association foundation that promotes ...

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Home starts dive 14.4% in August but homebuilder confidence rises to nearly 9-year high

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 18, 2014

Home starts dive 14.4% in August but homebuilder confidence rises to nearly 9-year high

Another down month in August continued what has been a very up-and-down year for construction of new homes in the U.S., largely thanks to the volatility of new apartment starts. Despite ...

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Road builders, construction groups oppose bill to lower gas tax, surrender federal highway authority to states

Posted by Equipment World Staff on September 18, 2014

Road builders, construction groups oppose bill to lower gas tax, surrender federal highway authority to states

Construction groups and transportation interests have written Congress to express opposition to the so-called “devolution” of the federal highway program and the proposed Transportation Empowerment Act. The bill, introduced in the ...

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3 tips for boosting employee relations at your construction company

Posted by Amy Materson on September 17, 2014

3 tips for boosting employee relations at your construction company

For construction company owners and supervisors, managing a team can be tricky. Often there’s a distinct separation between “in the field” and “in the office”—a situation that can create opportunities ...

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BlueLine Rental acquires Alabama’s JustRuss Rental

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 17, 2014

BlueLine Rental acquires Alabama’s JustRuss Rental

BlueLine Rental, formerly Volvo rents,  is growing its presence in the state of Alabama. The small- to medium-sized construction rental equipment provider announced the acquisition of JustRuss Rental Inc. JustRuss is ...

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Is construction “dead in the water”? Greenspan comment highlights industry’s mixed feelings about recovery

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 10, 2014

Is construction “dead in the water”? Greenspan comment highlights industry’s mixed feelings about recovery

Despite many positives in the industry right now, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction's direction. According to a report from Bloomberg, Greenspan, who served as chairman of ...

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Tesla gigafactory will create 3,000 construction jobs in Nevada

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 10, 2014

Tesla gigafactory will create 3,000 construction jobs in Nevada

Tesla, the successful and growing American electric car company, has tapped Reno, Nevada as the site of its massive $5 billion gigafactory where it will make batteries for its vehicles. To ...

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Don’t mistake our Contractor of the Year program as just another giveaway

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on September 08, 2014

Don’t mistake our Contractor of the Year program as just another giveaway

Yes, our 12 finalists get a free weekend in Las Vegas. And it’s true they get VIP treatment from sponsor Caterpillar at the NASCAR Las Vegas race: tent hospitality, driver ...

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Construction industry extends employment streak, adds 20,000 jobs in August

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 05, 2014

Construction industry extends employment streak, adds 20,000 jobs in August

The U.S. construction industry extended its streak of job gains in August, adding 20,000 workers. It was the eighth-straight month of gains for the industry which now employs 6.068 million Americans—the ...

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Majority of skilled construction workers who lost jobs in wake of the recession have been rehired, but many are being paid less

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 03, 2014

Majority of skilled construction workers who lost jobs in wake of the recession have been rehired, but many are being paid less

As the U.S. construction industry faces a shortage of skilled labor, a new government study finds that the majority of skilled workers who lost their jobs in the wake of ...

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Nonresidential projects push construction spending to largest monthly gain in more than 2 years in July

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 02, 2014

Nonresidential projects push construction spending to largest monthly gain in more than 2 years in July

After seeing its first drop in one year during June, construction spending in the U.S. fully recovered and then some in July, with its largest monthly gain in more than ...

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Zeal for diversification, taking care of fleet key to Wm. Winkler Company’s success

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on September 01, 2014

Zeal for diversification, taking care of fleet key to Wm. Winkler Company’s success

"We love to do anything that involves concrete,” says Brian Winkler, 47, president of Wm. Winkler Company.  In fact, concrete has been Wm. Winkler Company’s material of choice since Brian’s grandfather ...

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Our 2015 Contractor of the Year contest is open for entries

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 28, 2014

Our 2015 Contractor of the Year contest is open for entries

Equipment World’s Contractor of the Year program—which  honors the forward thinkers, high achievers and just plain good people in construction—is now open for entries. Each year, the editors of Equipment World ...

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The LA Sheriff’s Dept. melted thousands of guns to recycle them as road construction material (VIDEO)

Posted by Equipment World Staff on August 28, 2014

The LA Sheriff’s Dept. melted thousands of guns to recycle them as road construction material (VIDEO)

Thousands of handguns, rifles and other weapons have been destroyed to eventually be used in construction of roads and bridges. Nearly 5,000 weapons were melted and converted into steel rebar as ...

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It’s time for contractors to turn the tables on Angie’s List with a website that rates clients

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 27, 2014

It’s time for contractors to turn the tables on Angie’s List with a website that rates clients

A lot of contractors in the residential arena are steamed about the website Angie's List, where homeowners can rate contractors on the quality of their work. A bad review can ...

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Vermeer names third-generation family member Jason Andringa incoming president, CEO

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 26, 2014

Vermeer names third-generation family member Jason Andringa incoming president, CEO

Vermeer Corporation has named Jason Andringa incoming president and CEO, taking over the position from his mother, Mary Vermeer Andringa, and continuing the Vermeer family's leadership of the company into ...

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These 3 changes to your day-to-day will make you a more productive worker on the construction jobsite

Posted by Amy Materson on August 25, 2014

These 3 changes to your day-to-day will make you a more productive worker on the construction jobsite

“Work smarter, not harder.” How many times have you seen that quote? Over time, the idea that your best performance is a result of how you work, not how long you ...

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Construction spending booming to record highs in Minneapolis

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 25, 2014

Construction spending booming to record highs in Minneapolis

The city of Minneapolis has issued a combined $1.2 billion in commercial and residential building permits so far this year and is on pace to break $2 billion by the ...

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

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 22, 2014

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

The Reason Foundation and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates recently traded jabs over a poll that purports to show Americans prefer toll roads as a solution to our declining transportation ...

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Master the art and science of telematics (and get inspired too)

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 20, 2014

Master the art and science of telematics (and get inspired too)

If you're trying to learn as much as you can about telematics you won't want to miss the closing keynote speaker for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals 2014 Asset ...

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

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 20, 2014

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

Following an "exceptionally strong" June, the dollar value of nonresidential construction starts fell 19.5 percent during July, according to data gathered by Reed Construction Data. "A surge of project authorizations at ...

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Home starts jump 15.7% in July as builder confidence strengthens

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 19, 2014

Home starts jump 15.7% in July as builder confidence strengthens

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

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

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 15, 2014

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

If you blinked you missed it, but yesterday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gave the country one of the finest examples of leadership we have seen in a long time. If ...

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

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 14, 2014

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

Briggs & Stratton announced today it will acquire Allmand Bros, manufacturer of towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar LED arrow boards. The Holdredge, Nebraska-based Allmand has sales of about $80 ...

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

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 13, 2014

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

Despite improving performance from its construction and forestry equipment division, John Deere reported a second-straight quarter of declines in profit and sales as the company continues to deal with a ...

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

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 12, 2014

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

Last week I wrote about how states that engage in public-private partnerships (P3s) and other types of debt and bond financing would create short term gains and long term disaster ...

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

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 12, 2014

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

U.S. total equipment rental revenue will grow 7.6 percent this year, reaching $35.8 billion, but the American Rental Association is even more bullish about rental in the coming four years. ARA ...

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Workforce development program gives teens a small paid job with classroom time; could be model for construction industry

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 11, 2014

Workforce development program gives teens a small paid job with classroom time; could be model for construction industry

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article Thursday describing how a wire factory in Georgia employed high school kids during the summer to help develop their work skills and ...

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

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 07, 2014

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

In 1958 Deere & Company's board of directors approving a radical and forward thinking design for it's new Administrative Center, now the company's world headquarters and one of the Midwest's ...

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

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 07, 2014

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

Taking cues from several tech companies, including Microsoft, Google and Sundog, Bobcat opened its $28 million Acceleration Center in Bismarck this week, designed to promote “chance encounters” among its employees, ...

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What contractors can learn from the fast-food business

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 06, 2014

What contractors can learn from the fast-food business

One of America's unique talents is a genius for logistics. We practically invented the concept and have put it to use doing more work in less time with better results ...

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Expansion of Oklahoma fertilizer plant could put more than 1,000 contractors to work

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 06, 2014

Expansion of Oklahoma fertilizer plant could put more than 1,000 contractors to work

The massive expansion of a fertilizer production plant in Oklahoma will likely have quite the impact on the construction industry well beyond its local community. The expansion of the Koch Nitrogen ...

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Case to move M Series dozer production to Burlington, Iowa plant in $24 million expansion

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 05, 2014

Case to move M Series dozer production to Burlington, Iowa plant in $24 million expansion

Case Construction Equipment has announced that it plans to move production of its M Series crawler dozers to Burlington, Iowa, following an expansion of a plant there. The dozers are currently ...

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The 6 signs of a bad construction boss

Posted by Amy Materson on August 05, 2014

The 6 signs of a bad construction boss

Managing employees can be one of the toughest jobs to face when running a company. Too often, contractors build their business without having any training, guidance or expertise in how ...

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Wages for construction workers and heavy equipment manufacturing workers are on the rise

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 05, 2014

Wages for construction workers and heavy equipment manufacturing workers are on the rise

We're now five years into the economic recovery following the Great Recession and pay raises, according to a report from the Associated Press, are uneven across U.S. industries. Overall, pay in ...

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Cummins sales, profit and expectations rise in 2Q due to stronger demand in North America

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 05, 2014

Cummins sales, profit and expectations rise in 2Q due to stronger demand in North America

Cummins has announced gains in both sales and profit during the second quarter. The company has raised its full-year forecast as a result. During the quarter, sales rose to $4.8 billion, ...

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