Business Roundup: AED chief: “infrastructure talk must become action”; Construction adds 36k jobs; Trail King adds dealers; RDO now a Wirtgen dealer; Cat dealer teams with HDA Truck Pride
Don McLoud | February 7, 2018

Construction adds 36,000 jobs in Jan.

The U.S. construction industry began 2018 with a bang, adding 36,000 jobs in January.

Total industry employment increased for the fifth consecutive month in January and now stands at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 7.1 million workers, according to the Labor Department. The January total is 3 percent higher than the January 2017 total.

 

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Trail King adds 12 new dealers in U.S. and Canada

North American trailer manufacturer Trail King Industries continues to expand its global dealer network. Based in Mitchell, South Dakota, Trail King recently announced a dozen new dealers to its network.

 

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RDO Equipment Co. is now a Wirtgen dealer in Ariz.

RDO Equipment Co. in Arizona is now a Wirtgen dealer – an expansion that adds to the dealer’s current Wirtgen territories in North and South Dakota.

RDO, a provider of John Deere and other construction equipment, parts, and service in Arizona, now adds Wirtgen’s compaction, milling, mixing, paving, processing, and rehabilitation equipment to enhance offerings for the roadbuilding industry. The industry is a growing area of focus for RDO Equipment Co.

 

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Kan. Cat dealer Foley Equipment teams with HDA Truck Pride

Foley Equipment says it is now partnering with HDA Truck Pride to enhance and expand quality parts and services for customers throughout Kansas and northwest Missouri.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Foley Equipment now operates 19 locations in 14 cities across Kansas and northwest Missouri. The family-owned business employs nearly 1,000.

 

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AED leader: ‘infrastructure talk must become action’

In response to President Donald Trump’s brief discussion of a plan for U.S. infrastructure during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the head of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is calling for more than talk.

“While AED commends President Trump for continuing to focus on infrastructure investment, the time is long overdue for words to become action,” Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of AED, says in a statement released January 31.

Trump called on Congress to produce a bill that generates at least $1.5 trillion for his new infrastructure investment. To fund his plan, Trump says federal appropriations should be “leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and, where appropriate, tapping into private sector investment.”

 

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