Business Roundup: Contractors expect 2018 growth; National Trench Safety restructures; Hyundai, Atlas Copco, iQ Power Tools name new VPs

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Hyundai CE Americas promotes two managers to VP roles

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has promoted two managers to vice president roles.

Stan Park is now vice president of distribution and marketing. Park will lead teams in charge of building and supporting Hyundai’s growing dealer network and marketing.

Tom Owen has been appointed vice president of national construction equipment sales. He will lead the team that reaches and supports equipment customers whose jobsites and business scope extends across North America, the company says.

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Defoe appointed VP for Atlas Copco’s north region

Eudes Defoe has been named vice president of Atlas Copco Power Technique North America’s north region, which covers 23 states.

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iQ Power Tools names Mackall VP of sales

Power tool manufacturer iQ Power Tools has named Jim Mackall to the firm’s newly created position of sales vice president. Mackall will lead the national sales team, as well as expand existing markets and develop new business.

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Positioning for more growth, National Trench Safety restructures with key promotions and a new hire

National Trench Safety (NTS) has announced three promotions as well as the hiring of an industry veteran as the Houston-based company restructures. NTS specializes in the rental and sales of trench and traffic safety equipment, trench and traffic safety engineering, and OSHA-compliant training classes.

“These are important moves for NTS as we position the company for our next wave of growth expanding our domestic footprint, as well as our international branch network, in 2018,” says Ron Chilton, NTS president.

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Contractors expect growth in 2018 – along with worsening labor shortage

Anticipating that the economy will be better than last year for the industry, a majority of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2018. But their optimism is tempered by concern over a growing shortage of skilled workers.

That’s according to a survey released today by Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate, which surveyed more than 1,000 firms nationwide.

“Construction firms appear to be very optimistic about 2018 as they expect demand for all types of construction services to continue to expand,” says Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO.

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