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Caterpillar profit rises 5% in 1Q due to surge in construction equipment sales

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 24, 2014

Caterpillar profit rises 5% in 1Q due to surge in construction equipment sales

After a rough 2013 that saw profits drop 33 percent, the momentum Caterpillar gained during a strong fourth quarter appears to have remained in tact in 2014 and the company ...

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Another worker shortage compounded by the energy boom could delay construction of $1.3 billion Dallas hospital

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 24, 2014

Another worker shortage compounded by the energy boom could delay construction of $1.3 billion Dallas hospital

Construction officials with a Dallas area hospital say their project is losing workers and bidders to stiff competition from the oil and gas industry as well as higher paying construction jobs ...

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Obama prepares to send $302 billion highway bill to Congress, but will it be enough?

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on April 24, 2014

Obama prepares to send $302 billion highway bill to Congress, but will it be enough?

President Barack Obama is preparing to present his proposed $302 billion, four-year transportation reauthorization bill to Congress. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on the DOT’s Fast Lane blog that the president ...

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Earth Day is dead: the EPA’s fall from a scientific organization to a manipulable political tool

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 23, 2014

Earth Day is dead: the EPA’s fall from a scientific organization to a manipulable political tool

I don't see why people feel compelled to celebrate Earth Day—which was yesterday if you were fortunate enough to avoid the phony phenomena of a day of brainless, bumper-sticker sentiments. For ...

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VIDEO: Watch our 2014 Contractor of the Year box a guy who outweighs him by 100 lbs. in the Golden Gloves

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 22, 2014

VIDEO: Watch our 2014 Contractor of the Year box a guy who outweighs him by 100 lbs. in the Golden Gloves

You don’t get very far in the construction business without a competitive spirit, the ability to duke it out, to hang in there for the count, give as good as ...

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The top 5 best-selling new and used construction equipment during 1Q 2014

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 22, 2014

The top 5 best-selling new and used construction equipment during 1Q 2014

Almost 28,725 new and used machines in the top 11 types of construction equipment* were financed during the first quarter of 2014, according to Equipment Data Associates. This compares to ...

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February brings typical downturn for number of new, used construction machines sold

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 21, 2014

February brings typical downturn for number of new, used construction machines sold

As is typical during the month of February, financed sales of new and used equipment took a dip from January figures, according to information released by Equipment Data Associates. EDA, a ...

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Ohio DOT embarks on its largest construction season ever with 936 projects

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2014

Ohio DOT embarks on its largest construction season ever with 936 projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that the 2014 construction season will be its largest ever. ODOT says the season is made up of 936 projects statewide totaling $2.5 billion. ...

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Why Cummins is bringing next-gen engine, truck technology to China before the U.S.

Posted by Jack Roberts on April 18, 2014

Why Cummins is bringing next-gen engine, truck technology to China before the U.S.

I hate math. And math hates me. But I’m going to put aside my loathing of this particular discipline for a moment to illustrate why it seems like every company ...

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Transportation Sec. Foxx asks taxpayers to call Congress, demand long-term highway bill in road tour stop (VIDEO)

Posted by James Jaillet on April 18, 2014

Transportation Sec. Foxx asks taxpayers to call Congress, demand long-term highway bill in road tour stop (VIDEO)

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says a short-term solution won’t do this go-around for transportation funding, and he’s on the road this week pushing the Obama administration’s four-year $302 billion plan and ...

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Despite slow start to 2014 and concerns, top construction economists forecast growth in spending and jobs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 17, 2014

Despite slow start to 2014 and concerns, top construction economists forecast growth in spending and jobs

The outlook from respected economists in the construction industry continues to be mixed as all the elements for growth are there but several factors could limit or hurt the industry's ...

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How the latest Obamacare update affects your business

Posted by Tina Grady Barbaccia on April 17, 2014

How the latest Obamacare update affects your business

The employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)—a.k.a. Obamacare—originally required companies with 50 or more full-time employees to offer affordable health care coverage to employees and ...

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United Rentals cites strong start for 1Q, will add $750 million in fleet this quarter

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 17, 2014

United Rentals cites strong start for 1Q, will add $750 million in fleet this quarter

United Rentals says it will bring in $750 million in fleet in the second quarter, the result of a strong 2014 start, with “notable year-over-year growth in rates, time utilization ...

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Obama, Biden announce $600 million initiative to close skills gap through job training and apprenticeships

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2014

Obama, Biden announce $600 million initiative to close skills gap through job training and apprenticeships

Today, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced a $600 million initiative that seeks to equip more workers with the skills needed to fill thousands of open but ...

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Home starts up 2.8% in March, builder confidence up slightly

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2014

Home starts up 2.8% in March, builder confidence up slightly

Home starts rose 2.8 percent in March due to an increase in single-family homes, signaling what many analysts hope to be an end to construction slowdowns caused by the harsh ...

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DOT now predicts Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by end of August

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on April 16, 2014

DOT now predicts Highway Trust Fund will run out of money by end of August

In its latest update of the Highway Trust Fund Ticker, the U.S. Department of Transportation predicts the HTF to run out of money by the end of August. In the ticker update, ...

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Construction workers design and open coffee house filled with reclaimed wood

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2014

Construction workers design and open coffee house filled with reclaimed wood

As Brooklyn sees more and more of the development and renovation that come  with gentrification, one new coffee shop in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood was inspired by and will focus on serving the ...

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Senators reach bipartisan agreement on plan for long-term highway bill

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on April 11, 2014

Senators reach bipartisan agreement on plan for long-term highway bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday that she and three other top transportation committee senators have “reached an agreement in principle on a transportation bill.” During a press conference, Boxer, who is ...

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North Dakota oil boom causes huge demand for construction workers, hiring difficulty for South Dakota contractors

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 10, 2014

North Dakota oil boom causes huge demand for construction workers, hiring difficulty for South Dakota contractors

The oil boom that has pulled in construction workers and contractors from across the country to the sparsely-populated state of North Dakota has led to a building boom that now ...

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Americans would rather pay more taxes to fund infrastructure over national defense or health care

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on April 10, 2014

Americans would rather pay more taxes to fund infrastructure over national defense or health care

If given the choice, more Americans would be willing to designate taxes to infrastructure than to national defense or health care, according to the results of an April 2014 Reason-Rupe ...

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Three-alarm blaze does $2 million in damage at Anaheim construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 09, 2014

Three-alarm blaze does $2 million in damage at Anaheim construction site

In Anaheim, California 88 firefighters fought for more than an hour to contain a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex construction site. The fire, which did not spread to surrounding structures, ...

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Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for contractors and newbies looking for success in the construction business

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 08, 2014

Mailbag: Readers add criticisms, more advice for contractors and newbies looking for success in the construction business

We received quite a response from a couple of recent editorials, "The newbie's guide to surviving your first week in construction," and "The six habits of highly successful construction company ...

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Alabama backs dual enrollment for high school students to boost skilled workforce

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2014

Alabama backs dual enrollment for high school students to boost skilled workforce

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley recently detailed a plan he hopes will increase the number of skilled workers in the state by allowing high school students to learn a trade before ...

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Rise in unemployment snapped as construction industry adds 19,000 jobs in March

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 04, 2014

Rise in unemployment snapped as construction industry adds 19,000 jobs in March

The U.S. construction industry added 19,000 jobs in March, the third straight month of gains and a welcome sign as demand continues to grow. March's gains bring the total number of ...

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Fort Hood shooting shows why kinship is key to great leadership

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 04, 2014

Fort Hood shooting shows why kinship is key to great leadership

I spent the early part of this week writing about our 2014 Contractor of the Year for the May issue of Equipment World. So when the news came that a ...

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Bobcat, Sany add locations, ICP recruits for Lonking in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Posted by Brittany Johnson on April 04, 2014

Bobcat, Sany add locations, ICP recruits for Lonking in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Welcome to the Dealer News Roundup, your one-stop shop for all the moves going on inside the heavy equipment distributor industry. We post a new edition just about every week ...

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Technology is still not a top priority for most construction firms, but improving economy could change that (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2014

Technology is still not a top priority for most construction firms, but improving economy could change that (INFOGRAPHIC)

A recent survey indicates that while technology is not a top priority for the majority of construction firms in North America, that may change as the economy and industry continue ...

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Joplin, Missouri has seen more than $1 billion in construction since devastating tornado

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2014

Joplin, Missouri has seen more than $1 billion in construction since devastating tornado

In the wake of the EF-5 tornado that devastated the community of Joplin, Missouri on the afternoon of May 22, 2011, it was hard for most to know where to ...

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VIDEO: Mike Rowe’s “I am a Woodshop” supports protesting students whose building trades class was cut

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 02, 2014

VIDEO: Mike Rowe’s “I am a Woodshop” supports protesting students whose building trades class was cut

Recently, TV star and former host of Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe gave some national attention to a story that likely wouldn't have made it out of the small Illinois town it originated ...

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“Netflix model” for online construction safety training makes implementing programs a no-brainer

Posted by Amy Materson on April 02, 2014

“Netflix model” for online construction safety training makes implementing programs a no-brainer

Efforts to reduce construction accidents and injuries are slowly but surely having an effect, as each year OSHA’s tally of construction-related fatalities drops in number. Perhaps it’s a matter of more ...

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Republican Senators turn tables on investigation in vocal defense of Caterpillar during tax hearing

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 01, 2014

Republican Senators turn tables on investigation in vocal defense of Caterpillar during tax hearing

Though a U.S. Senate report written by Michigan Democrat Sen. Carl Levin concluded that Caterpillar had done nothing illegal in offshore tax strategy, most expected a Tuesday hearing before the Permanent ...

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CNH Industrial taps Leica Geosystems to provide machine control solutions for Case, New Holland equipment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 01, 2014

CNH Industrial taps Leica Geosystems to provide machine control solutions for Case, New Holland equipment

CNH Industrial announced this morning that it has chosen Leica Geosystems to provide its construction equipment brands with machine control. Leica will provide both factory-installed and aftermarket machine control solutions for ...

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Homebuilding declines but construction spending up 0.1% in February

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 01, 2014

Homebuilding declines but construction spending up 0.1% in February

Construction spending in the U.S. ticked up 0.1 percent in February despite a decline in homebuilding, according to preliminary data from the Commerce Department. Total spending rose in February to a seasonally ...

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Can Texas make high-speed rail work? California can’t

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 01, 2014

Can Texas make high-speed rail work? California can’t

For the last few years, I’ve been critical of California’s attempts to link Los Angeles to San Francisco with a high-speed rail line. It’s not that I’m reflexively against passenger rail. ...

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How to save money and protect equipment by creating an anti-idling policy at your construction company

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 01, 2014

How to save money and protect equipment by creating an anti-idling policy at your construction company

In construction bids, nobody likes to leave money on the table. Yet the biggest controllable expense—fuel cost—is rarely scrutinized for savings. That’s unfortunate, given that the average idle time for heavy ...

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South Dakota contractor’s work in his small town’s moment of crisis provides framework for growth

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 01, 2014

South Dakota contractor’s work in his small town’s moment of crisis provides framework for growth

Each February, Gale Nitteberg, his wife Sandy and their grandchildren pack up and head south for about a month to escape the harsh South Dakota winter for the warm beaches ...

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