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bidadoo is expanding its sales team to meet the surge of online remarketing demand and activity. Spreading deeper into new regions and markets, bidadoo announced the contributions and appointments of several key people in strategic sales channels. Key in driving customer success with bidadoo are Len Rodriguez and Brent Birdsong.

The city of Chicago has found itself needing $2.7 billion to meet its goal of having $4.4 billion to spend on upgrading its streets, bridges and other infrastructure over the next five years. That was the word from Susie Park, budget director, and other city infrastructure department leaders that spoke Aug.

To upgrade the processing line at a Chicago-area metals-handling plant, a truss bridge supporting a conveyor needed to be removed to make way for its eventual replacement. The conveyor feeds a kiln where material is heated to remove impurities. Brandenburg Industrial Services was in charge of demolition, contracting with Dearborn Engineers & Constructors to perform site analysis and Central Contractors Service, a member of the ALL Family of Companies, to provide cranes for the bridge removal.

Lansing, Michigan-based Christman Constructors was named the most innovative construction firm in the country for developing an iOS-based application that brings job-placement logistics into the 21st century. The new application, CopperWorks, was created to meet the need to modernize manpower management in the building trades industry while addressing industry-wide workforce shortage.

Urban settings can be tough environments in which to operate a crane. A recent project in downtown Chicago highlighted seemingly every conceivable hardship inherent to city work, yet each was overcome due to diligence, teamwork and careful planning. It began when managers of a 44-story office building in the city's central business district needed to add two new generators to the building to accommodate a new tenant.

Terex Trucks is bringing its TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers to even more customers in the United States now that the company has signed Thoesen Tractor & Equipment as its new dealer for the Chicago area. This expansion comes amid a thriving construction industry in North America.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, will undergo a $1.2 billion expansion of its Terminal 5 starting in 2020 that not only will upgrade and improve services and amenities at airport, but prepare it for a further $8.5 billion investment targeting a 2023 completion date — with the bulk of the Terminal 5 expansion to be delivered in 2021.

Chicago's Ujamaa Construction was named as the 2019 Diverse Business of the Year award winner by the Associated General Contractors of America, association officials announced April 9. The association also awarded Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards to Austin Commercial, Shoemaker Construction Company, Central Builders, United Rentals and the AGC of Missouri.

A 48-page report issued March 14 by a 20-member Chicago transportation task force called for an increase in the Illinois state fuel tax to provide more funding to help both the Windy City and Illinois adapt to future mobility challenges. "Chicago has a world-class transportation system, and we must continue to modernize our mobility services and transit infrastructure to better serve residents, businesses, and visitors," noted outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a statement.

An ambitious and controversial $6 billion development on Chicago's north side cleared its first municipal hurdle Jan. 24, but it still has a long way to go before it becomes a reality. The Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved the planned Lincoln Yards project over the objections of neighboring residents, who expressed concern about the height and density of the buildings, as well as the potential impact on the traffic, transportation and nearby schools and businesses.

In the past few years, no American city has seen more tower crane construction than Chicago. On any given day, dozens of towers dot the horizon — evidence of a building boom totaling in the billions of dollars, with no signs of slowing. The current king of the landscape, a Potain MD 485 tower crane, was provided and erected by Central Contractors Service, Inc.