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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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Wacker Neuson achieves revenue, profit goals for 2013, expects to continue growth in 2014

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on March 31, 2014

Wacker Neuson achieves revenue, profit goals for 2013, expects to continue growth in 2014

Releasing 2013 financial results, German manufacturer Wacker Neuson says its group revenue rose 6 percent to just under $1.6 billion over the previous year, a result dampened somewhat by currency ...

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The 6 habits of highly successful construction company owners

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 28, 2014

The 6 habits of highly successful construction company owners

In our recent special report, “The Future of Your Construction Company”, we focused so much on contractors retiring or transitioning out of the business that it almost begs a question. What ...

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JLG tapped United Rentals Supplier of the Year, Doosan adds a dealer, Terex Cranes taps new VP in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Posted by Brittany Johnson on March 28, 2014

JLG tapped United Rentals Supplier of the Year, Doosan adds a dealer, Terex Cranes taps new VP 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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Report: Senate panel investigating Caterpillar for avoiding taxes

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 27, 2014

Report: Senate panel investigating Caterpillar for avoiding taxes

A U.S. Senate panel that has investigated Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Apple for avoiding paying federal taxes has now turned its attention to Caterpillar, according to a report from Bloomberg. The panel ...

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Construction expected to grow 8% this year with “groundhog”-like growth from nonresidential

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 27, 2014

Construction expected to grow 8% this year with “groundhog”-like growth from nonresidential

Construction industry consultant FMI has released what it calls a "cautiously optimistic" outlook for the industry in 2014 in its latest quarterly report. The report predicts construction put-in-place to grow 8 ...

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Spending of state DOTs places priority on new road construction over repairs

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on March 25, 2014

Spending of state DOTs places priority on new road construction over repairs

State departments of transportation spend more each year on new road construction than on road repairs, according to a new report from Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense. The ...

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Dearth of women in construction deprives industry of good workers, women of good jobs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 24, 2014

Dearth of women in construction deprives industry of good workers, women of good jobs

Recently, Barbara A. Res penned an insightful column for the Baltimore Sun examining why there are so few women in the construction industry and detailed why and how this should be ...

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Want to boost your construction business? Put a woman in charge

Posted by Amy Materson on March 21, 2014

Want to boost your construction business? Put a woman in charge

I saw something this week that caught my eye: A Tweet linking to a Harvard Business Review post said a study in Italy found naming a woman as CEO improves ...

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Peterbilt and Peterson name dealers of the year, Bobcat and JCB add dealers in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Posted by Brittany Johnson on March 19, 2014

Peterbilt and Peterson name dealers of the year, Bobcat and JCB add dealers 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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DOT says Highway Trust Fund could face shortfall by late July

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on March 18, 2014

DOT says Highway Trust Fund could face shortfall by late July

The U.S. Department of Transportation has updated its Highway Trust Fund Ticker to show that the fund could shortfall as early as the end of July. The DOT notes that the ...

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Divergence of construction spending and employment could point to “fundamental change” in the industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 17, 2014

Divergence of construction spending and employment could point to “fundamental change” in the industry

Recently, the folks at Business Insider put together a nicely done and comprehensive article on the skilled labor shortage affecting the construction industry and the impact it's having on homebuilding. There ...

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Contractors urged to send hardhats to their Congressmen in campaign to fix Highway Trust Fund

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on March 14, 2014

Contractors urged to send hardhats to their Congressmen in campaign to fix Highway Trust Fund

A group of associations and labor unions is working to alert Congress to the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF)—the main source of highway infrastructure funding, which could run ...

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Wisconsin contractors are having a hard time making quality hires as demand grows

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 14, 2014

Wisconsin contractors are having a hard time making quality hires as demand grows

Like their peers across the country, Wisconsin contractors are preparing for a sizable increase in work in 2014. According to Associated General Contractors of America chief economist Ken Simonson, construction ...

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