Business Roundup: America needs to reclaim its building legacy; Volvo opens registration for Road Institute; USDA offering $5.2B for rural water, sewer; Manitowoc expands crane sales thru Hayden-Murphy; Ridgid names new marketing director for underground

Ridgid names Dunphy marketing director of underground technologies

Tim Dunphy has been named marketing director of underground technologies for Ridgid in Elyria, Ohio.

Dunphy will manage new product development, partner relations and new business opportunities for the Ridgid line of diagnostics, inspection, locating and drain cleaning products.

The company says Dunphy possesses “global expertise in market and brand strategy, new product development, omni-channel marketing communications, and market research.”

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Manitowoc, Grove expanding cranes sales, service to North Dakota through Hayden-Murphy

Hayden-Murphy Equipment Company, a dealership in Bloomington, Minnesota, is expanding its coverage of Grove and Manitowoc cranes to include  North Dakota.

The company now offers full sales, rentals, aftermarket parts and service for the entire state of North Dakota. The move strengthens Manitowoc’s dealer network in the region, the companies say.

Len Kirk, president and CEO for Hayden-Murphy, says the dealership is well equipped to help increase Manitowoc’s success in North Dakota.

 

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USDA offering $5.2B in loans, grants for rural water, sewer system

The nation’s rural water and sewer systems are getting a $5.2 billion boost in loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The department has begun approving an increased amount of grants and loans to upgrade and rebuild drinking-water, stormwater-drainage and sewer systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. The funding comes from the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

Congress increased funding for USDA loans and grants from $1.2 billion last fiscal year to $5.2 billion this fiscal year. The funding includes $4 billion in loans, which the USDA is encouraging rural communities and systems to apply for.

 

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Need paving training? Register now for Volvo’s 2018-19 Road Institute

You can register now for Volvo’s 2018-2019 Road Institute, the paving industry’s premier training program.

Offering a mix of classroom and hands-on training on a variety of operations and maintenance topics, sessions start in late October 2018 and continue through May 2019, the Road Institute says.

 

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Opinion: America needs to reclaim its legacy of thinking—and building—big

In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that citizens of Nashville were worried that their city was growing too fast, that it was in danger of becoming the next Atlanta. Accordingly, they voted down a $5.2 billion mass-transit bill.

This may be news to the people of Nashville, but the fastest way to ruin a city is to stop it from growing. Austin tried it 40 years ago and turned that once sylvan city into Houston with hills. At Austin’s last SXSW music festival, a small plane flew over the city for days trailing a banner that advised the visitors to: “GO HOME.” Or take California, which pioneered the NIMBY (not in my backyard) movement and now suffers from the worst traffic and highest real estate prices in the country.

 

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