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Tuesday, July 07, 2015 :: 3:43:12 PM

National

Lawsuit Set to Challenge EPA's 'Vague', 'Unwieldy' Clean Water Act

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has joined a broad coalition of national organizations challenging in federal court new Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations issued by the U.

Click to Read More | Lawsuit Set to Challenge EPA's 'Vague', 'Unwieldy' Clean Water Act

National

New Report Reveals More Americans Relying on Toll Roads

A new report released by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them, shows that as Americans take to the roads this summer they will more often choose toll roads to get them to their destinations than in year’s past.

Click to Read More | New Report Reveals More Americans Relying on Toll Roads

Northeast

Construction Crane Topples onto Pitt Campus Science Building

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Construction crews were working to straighten a truck-mounted crane which toppled sideways and came to rest against a science building on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Classes weren't in session due to the holiday weekend and nobody was reported injured in the construction accident about 9:30 a.

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National

John Fabick Tractor Company, FABCO Equipment Inc. Finalize Historic Reunion

Doug Fabick, dealer principal of John Fabick Tractor Company (Fabick Cat), Fenton, St. Louis County, Mo., and Jeré Fabick, dealer prinicipal of FABCO Equipment Inc., of Milwaukee, Wis., successfully finalized combining their two family-owned, independently-operated companies on July 1, 2015.

Click to Read More | John Fabick Tractor Company, FABCO Equipment Inc. Finalize Historic Reunion

National

Congress Urged to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

As many as 440,000 new jobs will be created by suppliers to shale oil and gas operations nationally by 2018 if the ban on US exports of crude oil were lifted this year, according to testimony to the U.

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National

How High Did U.S. Construction Spending Reach in May?

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. construction spending posted a solid gain in May, pushing total activity to the highest point since the fall of 2008, with the strength led by a big jump in non-residential projects.

Click to Read More | How High Did U.S. Construction Spending Reach in May?

National

Trench Collapses at Construction Site, Killing Worker

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Police say a 51-year-old construction worker has died after a trench collapsed and trapped him under heavy, wet soil in a Twin Cities suburb.

Lakeville Deputy Police Chief John Kornmann says authorities arrived at the residential construction site around 3:45 p.

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National

Crews Revitalize Franklin Hall Back to Hey-Day Status

In its heyday, the English-Gothic style Franklin Hall was the stately structure standing sentinel at the gateway to Indiana University Bloomington campus. Built in 1907, the building initially served as the campus library.

Click to Read More | Crews Revitalize Franklin Hall Back to Hey-Day Status

West

Watch Candlestick Park Being Demolished

The website of the San Francisco 49’ers is reporting that the teams former home of 43 seasons saw its last upper-deck section torn down on Monday morning.

The deconstruction process began earlier this year following the final event at the stadium, a Paul McCartney concert last August.

Click to Read More | Watch Candlestick Park Being Demolished

Northeast

Two Contractors Sentenced for Kickback Scheme at Fort Dix

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - Two contractors from a Pennsylvania construction company are going to federal prison for their roles in an employee extortion scheme while working on a project at Fort Dix.

A judge on Tuesday sentenced 68-year-old Leonard Santos of Yardley, Pennsylvania, to 85 months in prison.

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National

John Deere: Born in Vermont, Made in America

Deere & Company began when John Deere, born in Rutland, Vermont, USA on February 7, 1804, moved to Grand Detour, Illinois in 1836 in order to escape bankruptcy in Vermont.

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Northeast

Cog Railway Breaks the Mold of Traditional Train Design

A cog is defined as “one of a series of teeth, as on the rim of a wheel or gear, whose engagement transmits successive motive force to a corresponding wheel or gear.” The Cog Railway travels 2 .75 miles up to the 6,288 ft.

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National

Case Provides Skid Steer, Volunteers to Help Food Initiative

The Victory Garden Initiative held its 7th Annual Victory Garden Blitz from May 9 through the 23rd. With 300 volunteers, the Victory Garden Initiative installed more than 500 raised-bed gardens at homes and businesses throughout the greater Milwaukee area.

Click to Read More | Case Provides Skid Steer, Volunteers to Help Food Initiative

Northeast

C.N. Wood's Woburn Service Department Doubles in Size

C.N. Wood recently doubled the shop space at its Woburn branch with a new 10,000 sq.-ft. building that houses six large service bays, including one dedicated to accommodating compressed-natural gas vehicles.

Click to Read More | C.N. Wood's Woburn Service Department Doubles in Size

Northeast

Support Flowing in for $5B Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting that almost 110 energy companies, manufacturers, economic developers, labor unions and civic groups have joined the EnergySure Coalition to support the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Click to Read More | Support Flowing in for $5B Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project

National

Contractors Reap Benefits From Recycled Asphalt

Back in the 1960s to early 1970s the term “rap” meant to talk freely and honestly. There were rap sessions and “getting together with your old lady (or man) to rap about life.”

A decade later, rap became a genre of music spawned from various urban centers throughout the United States.

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National

Crews Unearth Old (And Really Old) Artifacts at Indy Job Site

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Construction on a $20 million transit center in downtown Indianapolis has unearthed artifacts that offer a blueprint of prior development at the site, according to archeologists hired by the city.

Click to Read More | Crews Unearth Old (And Really Old) Artifacts at Indy Job Site

Northeast

Governor Declines to Investigate Bridge Closure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday she won't order an investigation into a bridge closure near the state House speaker's law office in Cranston.

Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, a Cranston Democrat, wants to know why the state Department of Transportation didn't fix the Park Avenue bridge after it was marked structurally deficient in September.

Click to Read More | Governor Declines to Investigate Bridge Closure

Northeast

Hoffman Equipment Company Adds Liebherr Construction Equipment Line

Hoffman Equipment Company now offers the full line of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. earthmoving and material handling machines at all of its locations.

Click to Read More | Hoffman Equipment Company Adds Liebherr Construction Equipment Line

Northeast

PWC Welcomes Ellen Greiper to of Board of Directors

Professional Women in Construction (PWC) President Barbara Armand, president and CEO of Armand Corp., has welcomed Ellen Greiper a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Garden City office, to the PWC board of directors.

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National

Steel Erection Projects Win Awards

Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) announced the winners of its annual Project of the Year competition. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges. Projects are recognized for their complexity, and companies are awarded the Project of the Year for overcoming challenges while maintaining safe work standards.

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National

Court Affirm Jobsite Safety Trumps Drug Legality

Construction industry employers everywhere exhaled with relief when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled pot-smoking employees can be fired even if they live in a state where marijuana use is legal. It was a victory for safe workplaces.

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Northeast

Earthborne Announces Addition of Fixed Operations Director

Earthborne, located in Warrington, Pa., recently brought on Steven Endress as its fixed operations director.

Earthborne has been servicing local and national truck fleets for nearly 40 years and is also a dealer of JCB construction, New Holland agricultural, Rayco forestry and Toro and Avant landscaping equipment.

Click to Read More | Earthborne Announces Addition of Fixed Operations Director

Northeast

The Shauger Group: An Evolution of Service, Success

The Shauger Group (TSG), a diverse property services contracting company, works out of a 30,000-square-foot building on 4 and a 1/2 acres in East Orange, N.J. The property used to be home to a large Shop-Rite grocery store.

Click to Read More | The Shauger Group: An Evolution of Service, Success

Northeast

Specialized & Recognized

Some contractors believe that diversifying their construction applications is the route to success because it enables them to compete for a broader range of work.

Keith Konkus, owner of Konkus Corporation of Chester, N.

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West

Kirby-Smith Promotes JD Young as its New CFO

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. recently promoted JD Young as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Young came to Kirby-Smith in April 2015 as a Controller.

Click to Read More | Kirby-Smith Promotes JD Young as its New CFO

National

KDI Power Unit: Ready-To-Use Power

Cutting-edge, efficient and with low running costs: The KDI Power Unit range of engines developed by Kohler Engines for the power generation market represents a ready-to-use, versatile, high-output solution for both end users and OEMs alike.

Click to Read More | KDI Power Unit: Ready-To-Use Power

West

SmartEquip Welcomes PDQ Rentals

PDQ Rentals, Santa Fe Springs, CA, has entered into an agreement to access the SmartEquip Network.

By utilizing SmartEquip’s Enterprise application, in conjunction with their existing rental management software by Point-ofRental, PDQ will be able to streamline their service process, eliminate parts order errors and increase their rental fleet’s utilization.

Click to Read More | SmartEquip Welcomes PDQ Rentals

National

Terex CC 8800-1 Twin Crawler Crane Completes Qatar AGR Lifts

Al Jaber Heavy Lift and Transport recently used its 3,200 tonne capacity Terex CC 8800-1 TWIN crane to help complete a series of super-heavy lifts on a petrochemical development in Qatar.

The project involved a total of 143 lifts, 31 of which were carried out using the 1,600 tonne capacity Terex CC 8800-1 crane and two lifts - installing two AGR (Advanced Gas Reactor) absorbers each weighing 1,300 tonnes - with the crane in its TWIN format.

Click to Read More | Terex CC 8800-1 Twin Crawler Crane Completes Qatar AGR Lifts

National

Feds Defend 'Burning Man' Housing Construction

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal Bureau of Land Management officials are defending their request for special housing accommodations during the annual Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada, disputing comments by Sen.

Click to Read More | Feds Defend 'Burning Man' Housing Construction

National

U.S. Cities Stress Over Skyrocketing Commutes

At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Click to Read More | U.S. Cities Stress Over Skyrocketing Commutes

National

Lift Certification Program Condenses Yearlong Certification Process Into One Week

Participants in the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) Lift Inspector Certification Program can fast-track their certification by attending the “Five Days to Victory” training, testing and practical inspection event sponsored by ALI member manufacturers at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nov.

Click to Read More | Lift Certification Program Condenses Yearlong Certification Process Into One Week

Northeast

Northeast Extension Work Continues in Pa.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is currently working on a $2 billion statewide total reconstruction initiative, which entails rebuilding sections of the nearly 75-year-old mainline Turnpike facility from the ground up.

Click to Read More | Northeast Extension Work Continues in Pa.

National

Fisher Engineering Approves HT Series and Homesteader Snowplows for use on 2015 Ford F-150 Truck Models

Fisher Engineering, manufacturer of FISHER brand snow removal and ice control equipment, proudly announces that its 7' 6" HT Series™ snowplow and 7' 4" Homesteader™ snowplow are now officially approved applications for the 2015 Ford F-150 truck.

Click to Read More | Fisher Engineering Approves HT Series and Homesteader Snowplows for use on 2015 Ford F-150 Truck Models

West

Protesters Roll Boulders to Block Work Crews, Equipment

HONOLULU (AP) - Hundreds of protesters on a Hawaii mountain road erupted in cheers Wednesday after construction crews turned around and retreated from the site for what would be one of the world's largest telescopes.

Click to Read More | Protesters Roll Boulders to Block Work Crews, Equipment

West

Hlavinka Equipment, JCB Celebrate Grand Opening With Ribbon Cutting

Hlavinka Equipment and JCB officially joined forces in December 2014, and on June 12 and 13, the Texas dealer held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event at its location in Angleton, Texas.

Vice President and General Manager Terry Hlavinka, with help from the Angleton Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon to get the event rolling.

Click to Read More | Hlavinka Equipment, JCB Celebrate Grand Opening With Ribbon Cutting