This article was written by Construct-Ed, an online learning community geared toward the construction industry. The opinions in this, and any other post written by our network of bloggers, do not necessarily reflect those of Construction Equipment Guide. It seems like everyone is talking about the “skilled labor” shortage these days. If you're an employer reading this, you've probably felt the pain first hand as you struggle to keep your workforce at the right number. For the few reading this that may not be aware of this issue, this basically means that there are large job openings in skilled trades industries waiting to be filled.
Forget tough! Today competition is fierce! And although the equipment distribution business is finally improving, it's always smart to plan for the future. Even if you are having your best year ever, you can never get too comfortable where you are. You still need to find new ideas and strategies that will put you ahead of your competition and keep you there. If you know how to drive smart, your result can be well worth the long trip to increased business, higher levels of customer loyalty, improved productivity, and increased profitability.
The Caterpillar Foundation – well known for supporting and empowering women and girls in developing countries – was founded in 1952 and transforms lives by awarding global development grants to alleviate poverty. Through initiatives that focus on education, disaster relief and the environment, the foundation has a huge positive impact on the world. These philanthropic efforts have also positively impacted the company's dealers and the communities they serve.
Hauling Dirty Heavy Equipment Is Hazardous to Your Reputation
The job is wrapping up and your driver is picking up a dozer to haul back to the yard. The tracks are caked with dried mud and stones following grading after an extended period of rain. It's a Friday afternoon and he's barreling down the streets of a high rent district to get the machine delivered so he can start the weekend. As luck would have it, a local transportation executive is pulling out of his driveway just in time to watch a lowboy leaving a trail of earthen waste on his meticulously paved street.
Opinion: How Regulation Rollbacks Could Affect Construction Equipment
Regardless of whom you voted for in the recent election, there's no arguing the fact that our new president is considering some regulatory rollbacks that will have steep implications for the U.S. for years to come. Although many of the new administration's proposals are innocent at first glance, it is the indirect consequences that have some experts worried. Equipment EmissionsOne of the biggest and most obvious dangers of reducing regulations is the increased carbon emissions we'll likely see in the coming years.
Construction Contractors Can Help Build Better-Designed Airports
Construction contractors may not care about an airport project's final design. Generally speaking, the bigger the contract, the better. But with billions of dollars in the balance for airport infrastructure in this country, contractors should be aware that people who use these public aviation facilities do not want to build more of them. This is pertinent because unhappy airport customers also are taxpayers.
Building Blocks to a Better Infrastructure in America
With the recent infrastructure issues and an upsetting D+ grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the need for innovative solutions to resolve our nation's bridge, tunnel and road issues is greater than ever. Ideas such as BioConcrete and Recycled Roads are being introduced to the European market already but what about North America? The answer to that could be based on something as easy as the construction blocks most children play with.
The Secret to Taking down the 800-Pound Gorilla
How do we take down the 800-pound gorilla that dominates our market segment? It's the question that keeps many construction executives awake at night. The short answer, which we will unpack here, is that you need to start building a legacy brand. Perhaps “take down” is a bit dramatic so let's reframe it. Whether you're a contractor, construction equipment dealer, or material supplier, your goal is to expand market share for your firm and/or product or service.
G.I. Bill: The Degrees and Certificates That Can Get You Employed in Construction
Originally created in 1944 and known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, the G.I. Bill's primary purpose was to provide access to academic services, affordable mortgages and hospitals throughout a post-World War II country. Recent military veterans who are interested in joining the construction industry can take advantage the G.I. Bill to pursue education or training in a number of areas that relate to the field.
Opinion: Contractors Should Work Hard to Make Thieves Wannacry
The worldwide web. Contractors beware. The web is where companies open their arms wide to a world of bad guys. When we connect to the internet, we expose ourselves to something not unlike what a spider spins for a fly. It makes you wannacry. The “wannacry” ransomware epidemic last week victimized hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries. The malicious software infects a site, encrypts data, and holds it hostage.
CEG Exclusive Guest Blog: 6 Heavy Equipment Accessories You Should be Buying Used
Being in the construction business is hard work. This is especially true if a crew is presented with a task and doesn't have the proper equipment to carry it out. After all, digging, lifting, and drilling all require very specialized tools. If you find your heavy equipment is going to require an extra accessory in order to finish a particular job, the cost of purchasing the new part will cut into your profits.