Voters in 10 Utah Counties Elect to Pass Proposition 1
Ten counties in Utah passed a measure on Election Day raising sales taxes by a quarter of a percent to pay for road projects. But the state’s two most populous counties, Salt Lake and Utah, defeated the rate hike.
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Environmental Groups Protest Utah Loan to Coal Terminal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Several Utah environmental groups are asking the state’s attorney general to invalidate a pending loan that would give mineral lease money to a California coal shipping port.
The $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif.
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Sunbelt Agricultural Expo Boasts Nearly 100,000 Visitors
Known as “North America’s premier farm show,” this year’s 38th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Expo took place on Oct. 20 to 22 at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga. The expo boasted nearly 100,000 visitors to see more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services, with close to 200 first time exhibitors.
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Video: Excavator Operator Lucky to Be Alive After Smokestack Collapse
Local Alabama news affiliate WIAT is reporting that one man is lucky to be alive after an iconic smokestack in Pell City finally came down.
The man was buried under the bricks and walked away from the rubble just happy to be alive.
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Construction Drops Amid Restrictions on Home Building
SUDBURY, Mass. (AP) - After Raytheon Co. announced last year it would close its longtime research facility in Sudbury, town officials outlined their vision for redevelopment of the 50-acre site: a mixed-use project of retail, office space, and homes, including rental units to meet state affordable housing requirements.
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Pastor Uses Power Saw to Free Impaled Construction Worker
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Doctors say a central Florida laborer impaled by a piece of rebar from a concrete block is lucky to be alive after the object narrowly missed his vital organs.
Casey Zawojski, 20, was painting an Ocala home earlier this week when he fell backward off a ladder, landing on a partially constructed pillar.
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Thieves Abscond With $20K Worth of Tools
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Police in central Nebraska are looking for a construction trailer full of tools taken from the site of the new Kearney High School being built.
The Kearney Hub reports (http://bit.
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Haslam: Decide Road Priorities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on state lawmakers to decide on Tennessee’s priorities on future road projects before resolving the politically tricky issue of finding a way to pay for them.
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D-Mar General Expects Rise in Projects, Positions
Survey findings released by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in October illustrated the severity of the construction industry’s workforce shortage, with 86 percent of all firms reporting trouble filling hourly and/or salaried positions.
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Ismael Dominguez Joins GS as Product Support Rep.
GS Equipment Inc. announced that Ismael Dominguez has joined the company as product support sales representative. His primary responsibility is selling parts and service for heavy equipment throughout south Florida.
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World's First Flat-Rolled Flex Steel Mill Set for 2016
Designed to offer a variety of steels for energy, power and transportation markets, the new, $1.3 billion Big River Steel mill in Osceola, Ark., will be the world’s first flat-rolled flex mill when it opens in mid-2016.
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Knowles Joins GS Equipment in Sales Position
GS Equipment Inc. announced that Mike Knowles has joined the company as sales representative of the Jacksonville, Fla., branch. His primary responsibility is selling the equipment lines that the branch represents, which include Click to Read More | Knowles Joins GS Equipment in Sales Position
JCB Hosts 'Get in and Get Dirty' Customer Ride, Drive
JCB hosted “Get in and Get Dirty,” a customer ride-and-drive event at The Baker Factory in Center Hill, Fla., on Oct. 15. The event offered attendees the opportunity to test some of the most innovative construction equipment on the market on one of the Baker Factory’s five purpose-built motocross and supercross tracks.
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Jeff Martin Hosts Fall Public Auction
Jeff Martin Auctioneers Inc. held its Fall Public Auction in Brooklyn, Miss., Nov. 6 to 7. This was one of the largest auctions Jeff Martin Auctioneers has held to date. The next auction, in Brooklyn, Miss.
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United Crane & Rigging Appoints Mirabile Jr. as GM
United Crane & Rigging announced the appointment of Joe Mirabile Jr. to the position of general manager. Mirabile began his career at United Crane & Rigging in 1997 as an apprentice and was elevated over the past 17 years to positions including crane operator, sales and project management.
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Aid for Roads Won't Improve Highway System
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) An influx of federal money to repair hundreds of roads and bridges damaged by last month’s historic flooding will do little to improve South Carolina’s dilapidated highway system.
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City of Kannapolis Sees Smoother Roads With LeeBoy
When you have been successful and happy doing a construction job a certain way for a number of years, it is often difficult to see how it can be done even better.
But construction equipment technology from Leeboy always delivers on its promise to help get things done faster and more efficiently, and that is exactly what LeeBoy’s new Rosco RA-400 pothole patcher is doing for the streets and roadways of the city of Kannapolis.
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Guy M. Turner Invests in New Equipment
Guy M. Turner Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., has been in business since 1924. When Jimmy Clark purchased the company in 1985, it consisted of four or five cranes, a few trucks and about five rigging crews.
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The Five Year Outlook for the Equipment Rental Industry Is . . .
The American Rental Association’s (ARA) latest forecast calls for equipment rental industry revenue growth in the United States of 6.7 percent in 2016 and 2017, 6.2 percent in 2018 and 5.8 percent in 2019 to reach $48.
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You've Heard of 'Trainspotting?' How About 'Constructionspotting?'
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - ``They call me the `Bayport foreman.''
So says Marvin Friedrich when asked how carefully he tracks construction of the St. Croix River bridge.
Twice a day, in every kind of weather, the retired banker drives to the bridge site south of Stillwater to check on its progress.
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Crews Unearth Time Capsule . . . a Bit Too Soon
The website The Blaze is reporting that the excavation for a new building to focus on nanoscale research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is in the early stages of construction, but during the excavation for this something new, construction crews found something old.
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JCB Raises $85,000 at Lady Bamford Center Golf Tournament
JCB, the world’s largest family owned heavy equipment manufacturer, hosted its ninth Lady Bamford Center Golf Tournament on Oct. 17 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.
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AEM Honors Members for Longtime Support
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has recognized 13 companies for achieving “milestone member” status in 2015, a designation that highlights their industry support through longtime and continuous participation in AEM.
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Hydrema Breaks Ground for New U.S. Headquarters in Georgia
Oct. 12 turned out to be a picture perfect day for the staff of Hydrema as the company held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of its new U.S. headquarters in Cumming, Ga. A great turnout of local dignitaries and representatives of the architects and subcontractors of this project turned out for the ceremony and an opportunity to welcome Hydrema to the location.
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Raycom Sports, Kioti Tractor Launch ACC QB Challenge App, Plus Sweepstakes
Raycom Sports in partnership with Kioti Tractor has launched the ACC QB Challenge Presented by Kioti Tractor. The football gaming app, now available for free download through Apple and Google Play app stores, allows fans to compete in passing challenges as their favorite school.
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McCossin Takes Delivery of new HC 80
McCrossin recently took delivery of a Terex HC 80 crawler crane from Terex authorized distributor American Contractors Equipment Company. The crane was immediately put to work at a jobsite in Erie, PA mid-October.
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New Cat 325F Brings Right Size & Performance to Close Quarters Work
The new mid-size Cat® 325F is a reliable, durable, highly efficient compact radius excavator built for all your close-quarters work. The machine features a powerful C4.4 ACERT U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final engine that’s miserly on fuel paired with a state-of-the-art hydraulic system that’s responsive to your every command.
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Star Equipment Introduces Demaray as Member of Sales
Star Equipment introduced the newest member of its sales team, Mike Demaray. He will be handling sales for southwest Iowa.
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West Side Tractor Expands CWP Line
West Side Tractor Sales, the authorized John Deere construction and forestry dealer in Illinois and Indiana, announced the expansion of the John Deere compact equipment line in the Indiana market. John Deere’s Commercial Worksite Products (CWP) include skid steers, track loaders, compact excavators and compact loaders.
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Isuzu Introduces 2016 High-Capacity GVWR NPR Diesel
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. introduced the 2016 NPR Diesel. The truck features a 13,000-lb. (5,897 kg) GVWR and a 33.5-in. (85 cm) frame to offer more capability than previously available in an entry-level Isuzu diesel truck — while still providing legendary Isuzu durability and fuel economy.
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GIE+EXPO Attracts Record Number of Attendees
The 2015 GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo), co-located with Hardscape North America, attracted a record crowd of an estimated 20,000 attendees in Louisville, Ky. The combined events kicked off with a dealer day for dealers, retailers and distributors only on Oct.
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Has Lawyer Bilked Construction Accident Victim for $500M?
New York City ABE Affliliate WABC is reporting that a construction worker from Bensonhurst who was injured on the job says he is getting stiffed out of half a million dollars in settlement money, not by the company, but by his attorney.
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Erb Equipment Celebrates Grand Opening of New Facility
Erb Equipment Company held a grand opening celebration Nov. 6 for its new seven-acre facility in Owensboro, Ky. The new building, which was designed and built by Hartz Construction, a division of Scott & Murphy, is 16,800 sq.
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Ohio Forestry Association Hosts Paul Bunyan Show in Cambridge, Ohio
The Ohio Forestry Association held its annual Paul Bunyan Show from Oct. 2 to 4 at the Guernsey County Fairground in Cambridge, Ohio. Billed as “The Original American Forestry Show,” and first held in 1957, the annual event is said to be the oldest forest industry trade show in the United States.
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How to Make Facebook Work For Your Construction Business
At first blush, the idea that a construction contractor should have a Facebook page may seem ridiculous.
Isn’t Facebook the place for selfies, photos of drinking parties, vacation brags, photos of cute babies-puppies-kittens and everything else that has nothing to do with business and construction? That may have been true years ago, but Facebook has evolved and changed.
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OSHA Fines Could Increase Over 80 Percent Next Year
According to the National Law Review, Congress recently passed the budget agreement which contained a provision which permits OSHA to raise fines significantly starting in August 2016. The law permits a one-time “catch up” increase up to 82 percent, since fines have not been raised since 1990.
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