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Caterpillar to crunch even more data through acquisition of marine analytics firm ESRG

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015

Caterpillar to crunch even more data through acquisition of marine analytics firm ESRG

Just in case you didn't think Caterpillar was really serious about this whole Big Data thing, the company today announced it has completed the acquisition of a marine industry analytics company. Caterpillar ...

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Caterpillar doubles down on dedication to equipment data with new Analytics & Innovation division

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Caterpillar doubles down on dedication to equipment data with new Analytics & Innovation division

Following through on its March promise to work to begin rolling out predictive diagnostic improvements to its Produc Link telematics service "in the coming months," Caterpillar has announced the creation of ...

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Booming crane market a welcome sign to strengthening U.S. construction industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Booming crane market a welcome sign to strengthening U.S. construction industry

As one of the most expensive heavy equipment categories there is, when contractors and rental outfits are buying lots of cranes, you can safely conclude things are going pretty well in the ...

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Post-vacation pressure: How to return to the office and jobsite without missing a beat

Posted by Amy Materson on April 10, 2015

Post-vacation pressure: How to return to the office and jobsite without missing a beat

With long holiday weekends and the summer vacation season upon us, it’s easy to get behind in your work. If you often come back from vacations and long weekends overwhelmed, take a deep ...

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Lafarge, Holcim tap Olsen as CEO, effective when the companies merge

Posted by Kerry Clines on April 10, 2015

Lafarge, Holcim tap Olsen as CEO, effective when the companies merge

In a move the company hopes will please jittery shareholders, the Lafarge and Holcim boards of directors announced the appointment of Eric Olsen as the future CEO of the merged companies. Olsen is ...

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Caterpillar to cut 250 jobs from Indiana engine plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 09, 2015

Caterpillar to cut 250 jobs from Indiana engine plant

Caterpillar has announced that it will cut 250 workers from its Lafayette Engine Center in Indiana. According to a report from WLFI TV, the company will lay off 50 full-time workers from ...

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Construction employment fell in March, snapping a 14-month streak of job gains

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2015

Construction employment fell in March, snapping a 14-month streak of job gains

For the first time since December 2013, U.S. construction industry employment has fallen. According to preliminary data from the Labor Department, U.S. construction firms lost 1,000 jobs in March. The industry ...

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How a contractor pursued delay damages against the U.S. Navy using the Eichleay formula

Posted by Equipment World Staff on April 03, 2015

How a contractor pursued delay damages against the U.S. Navy using the Eichleay formula

In a recent case involving work for the U.S. Navy — Appeal of Alderman Building Company, Inc. (ASBCA No. 58082, December 9, 2014) — a contractor was allowed to proceed ...

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IronPlanet, Cat Auction Services complete merger

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2015

IronPlanet, Cat Auction Services complete merger

With the addition of access to late model, low-hour Caterpillar equipment, IronPlanet chairman and CEO Greg Owens said his company's merger with Cat Auction Services will "drive value and services to ...

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KHL: Construction equipment revenues down as manufacturers trade places in top 10 rankings

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 02, 2015

KHL: Construction equipment revenues down as manufacturers trade places in top 10 rankings

Caterpillar and Komatsu remain the no. 1 and no. 2 construction equipment manufacturers in the world, respectively, to no surprise according to the latest edition of KHL's annual Yellow Table study. However, ...

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Third-generation contractor manages company transition by merging old values with new opportunities

Posted by Amy Materson on April 02, 2015

Third-generation contractor manages company transition by merging old values with new opportunities

For James Tollestrup, running the family business has included mastering the ability to transition the company from one phase to another. The third-generation contractor has taken Lethbridge, Alberta-based Tollestrup Construction ...

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U.S. construction spending flat in February

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 01, 2015

U.S. construction spending flat in February

Construction spending in the U.S. was flat during February, the result of a slight increase in private construction and a decrease in government spending. Total spending fell 0.1 percent during the ...

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Holcim shareholders threaten merger plans with Lafarge…again

Posted by Kerry Clines on March 31, 2015

Holcim shareholders threaten merger plans with Lafarge…again

Shares in Lafarge fell by approximately 2 percent Monday after two Holcim shareholders voiced their discontent with the revised merger terms that were put in place on March 20 to ...

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Contractors on Milwaukee’s Northwestern Mutual tower claim largest continuous concrete pour in Wisconsin history

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 30, 2015

Contractors on Milwaukee’s Northwestern Mutual tower claim largest continuous concrete pour in Wisconsin history

Workers with C.G. Schmidt and Choice Construction, among other contractors, have completed what they claim is the largest continuous concrete pour in Wisconsin state history. According to a report from WITI ...

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More than half of heavy/highway contractors see bid volume increase for private work, HCSS survey finds

Posted by Chris Hill on March 30, 2015

More than half of heavy/highway contractors see bid volume increase for private work, HCSS survey finds

HCSS, a construction estimating software developer, has released the findings from its “2015 Heavy Civil/Infrastructure Estimating Survey,” an annual review that looks at issues affecting the job estimating side the ...

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Caterpillar to cut 230 jobs from Illinois plant in move of 2 production lines to Mexico

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 23, 2015

Caterpillar to cut 230 jobs from Illinois plant in move of 2 production lines to Mexico

Caterpillar has announced that it will cut hundreds more manufacturing jobs, this time at its Joliet, Illinois facility as part of its continuing efforts to cut costs. According to a report from the Joliet Herald-News, ...

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How to de-clutter your construction office into a (nearly) paperless, more efficient work space

Posted by Amy Materson on March 23, 2015

How to de-clutter your construction office into a (nearly) paperless, more efficient work space

Spring is the time of year when everything is new and fresh, so now that the season has officially arrived, people turn their attention to cleaning and organizing tasks. It’s ...

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Navistar sued by federal government for withholding documents from investigation

Posted by James Jaillet on March 23, 2015

Navistar sued by federal government for withholding documents from investigation

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed in December a lawsuit against Navistar International Corp. claiming the truck and engine maker improperly redacted and withheld documents the Commission attempted to subpoena. The ...

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IronPlanet taps Stillings as new head of marketing

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 23, 2015

IronPlanet taps Stillings as new head of marketing

With the company's second executive hiring announcement in the past few weeks, Susan Stillings has been named Chief Marketing Officer at IronPlanet. Stilling comes to the online heavy equipment auctioneer with more ...

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Associations rally for long-term highway funding bill during World of Asphalt

Posted by Chris Hill on March 23, 2015

Associations rally for long-term highway funding bill during World of Asphalt

Leaders from five road and bridge building-related trade associations held a rally for World of Apshalt and AGG1 attendees pushing for more support and activism for a long-term highway funding ...

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Friendship morphs into a successful business venture between asphalt, concrete contractors

Posted by Amy Materson on March 18, 2015

Friendship morphs into a successful business venture between asphalt, concrete contractors

Sean McDowell knows the ins and outs of asphalt. As the owner of McDowell Construction, a 17-year-old paving company in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, he has handled a range of asphalt ...

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Holcim board delays Lafarge merger over terms

Posted by Chris Hill on March 18, 2015

Holcim board delays Lafarge merger over terms

Holcim’s board of directors has determined that its merger with Lafarge will be delayed due to a disagreement of terms on the deal. The merger was announced last year. In a ...

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Home starts plunge 17% in February as cold weather and worker shortage drop builder confidence

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 17, 2015

Home starts plunge 17% in February as cold weather and worker shortage drop builder confidence

With spring right around the corner, U.S. home builders are certainly looking forward to the warmer temperatures and the official start of the construction season as starts on new homes ...

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After 40 years in business, Savannah firm J.T. Turner Construction to cease operations

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 16, 2015

After 40 years in business, Savannah firm J.T. Turner Construction to cease operations

In announcing that Savannah-based firm J.T. Turner Construction Co. Inc. is closing its doors, founder Jim Turner said his company is the latest victim of the recent economic recession. According to a report ...

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IronPlanet taps Schleicher as new CFO

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 13, 2015

IronPlanet taps Schleicher as new CFO

A veteran of the financial industry with stints at several prominent accounting firms, Deborah Schleicher has been named the next Chief Financial Officer at IronPlanet. Schleicher's resume includes roles at Arthur ...

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Plunging yen has boosted Komatsu sales; Caterpillar dealers report “aggressive” pricing

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 12, 2015

Plunging yen has boosted Komatsu sales; Caterpillar dealers report “aggressive” pricing

With profit and sales declines in full effect for competitors Caterpillar, John Deere and CNH Industrial, Komatsu earnings reports been the lone bright spot among construction equipment manufacturers. Even Terex, ...

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Akron mayor, city council butt heads over $2 million in equipment for proposed city-owned construction company

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 10, 2015

Akron mayor, city council butt heads over $2 million in equipment for proposed city-owned construction company

Discussion of a proposed city-owned construction company turned heated within the chambers of the Akron City Council Monday night over $1.9 million in heavy equipment purchases. According to a report from the ...

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Contractor optimism reaches historic high in annual construction industry forecast

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 09, 2015

Contractor optimism reaches historic high in annual construction industry forecast

The last time contractors were this optimistic, the economy tanked and went into the longest and deepest recession since the Great Depression. That was ten years ago. Today's optimism is reported ...

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Succession planning: How one future contractor takes preparation to assume the family business seriously

Posted by Amy Materson on March 05, 2015

Succession planning: How one future contractor takes preparation to assume the family business seriously

In the past, second- and third-generation contractors often assumed the helm of the company because it was all they’d known, and what they were expected to do. They had years ...

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PHOTOS: Google to build greenhouse-like HQ defined by movable construction housed in see-through canopies (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 02, 2015

PHOTOS: Google to build greenhouse-like HQ defined by movable construction housed in see-through canopies (VIDEO)

With construction of competitor Apple's new spaceship-like Campus 2 well underway, Google has announced its own plans for a revamp to its headquarters in Mountain View, California. And while Apple's project ...

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CNH Industrial to lay off more than 200 factory workers at Nebraska, North Dakota plants

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 02, 2015

CNH Industrial to lay off more than 200 factory workers at Nebraska, North Dakota plants

CNH Industrial has confirmed indefinite layoffs at two plants in response to, "market conditions," as the farm and construction equipment manufacturer continues to deal with a global agricultural slowdown. According to ...

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Nonresidential pulls down U.S. construction spending 1.1% in January

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 02, 2015

Nonresidential pulls down U.S. construction spending 1.1% in January

U.S. construction spending fell 1.1 percent during January due to nonresidential construction decreases in both the public and private sectors. Overall spending fell to $971.4 billion, according to preliminary estimates from the ...

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U.S. construction equipment exports fall 13.2% in 2014 with decreases in shipments to all regions

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 27, 2015

U.S. construction equipment exports fall 13.2% in 2014 with decreases in shipments to all regions

Exports of construction equipment made in the U.S. fell  are down 13.2 percent in 2014, according to an Association of Equipment Manufacturers analysis of Commerce Department data. Construction equipment exports fell to ...

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China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. used during the entire 20th Century

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2015

China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. used during the entire 20th Century

So you've probably heard at least a little bit about the wildly expanding middle class in China and the extremely rapid growth of once-rural and tiny cities into giant metropolises ...

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Construction company expands into the crime scene/meth lab cleanup business

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 25, 2015

Construction company expands into the crime scene/meth lab cleanup business

In construction, it's always good for business owners to explore diversification, to look into new ways their outfit is equipped to quickly flex and serve another need in their area. Some ...

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PHOTOS: Caterpillar unveils new 3-tower HQ campus spanning 6 city blocks in Peoria (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 23, 2015

PHOTOS: Caterpillar unveils new 3-tower HQ campus spanning 6 city blocks in Peoria (VIDEO)

Caterpillar will make major, but very welcome, changes to the Peoria skyline with the construction of a three-tower company headquarters building along the city's riverfront. RELATED: PHOTOS: Tour the Caterpillar Visitors Center, ...

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