Michigan

Only hours after parts of Michigan experienced what is described as a 500-year flood, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) engineers were preparing emergency inspection and repair contracts. The floods damaged dozens of bridges, caused the failure of two privately owned dams and closed roads, as well as impacting infrastructure throughout Midland County.

The AED Foundation (AEDF) announced the recognition of the Heavy Equipment Technology Program at Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) located in Charlotte, Mich. "We are pleased that Eaton RESA has chosen to demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process of recognition," said Jason Blake, AED Foundation executive vice president and COO.

The 75th Annual Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo is set for Sept. 10 to 12, 2020, at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Escanabe, Mich. The event is co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA) and Fabick CAT.

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) published Michigan's 2019 Roads and Bridges Annual Report and distributed it to the Michigan Legislature, State Transportation Commission and Michigan Infrastructure Council (MIC) as directed under Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 247.659a(9).

Twice-daily blasting is required at the site of a 12-story hospital bed tower, which is part of Essentia Health's $800 million Vision Northland project on its medical campus in downtown Duluth, Minn. The construction project began on Sept. 25, 2019, with the interior demolition of the two-story Amendola Building; two other smaller structures; and a parking ramp -- the Blue Ramp -- a 60 to 70 ft.-tall structure.

On May 1, at a press conference with leaders in health care, business and labor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-70 as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The executive order allowed the May 7 resumption of some types of work that present a very low risk of infection, including construction, real-estate activities and work that is traditionally and primarily performed outdoors.

GOMACO Corporation recently recognized ALTA Construction Equipment LLC of Michigan as a Top Ten Distributor for sales in the 2019 fiscal year. The award was presented in recognition for outstanding sales and distribution of GOMACO equipment in the United States.

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.

Lake Pleasant Recycling and Demolition (LPRD), located in Michigan's beautiful Irish Hills, 2.5 hours southwest of Detroit, seems an unlikely location for a flourishing scrap operation. This is a rural area most notably home to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) and Hillsdale College.

DETROIT (AP) A wealthy real estate developer announced in a statement that he is donating $100 million to help kickstart a fundraising campaign for construction of the University of Michigan's Detroit Center for Innovation. Stephen M. Ross said the center will help usher Detroit "into a new era of leadership in technology." The Detroit-born Michigan graduate is chairman of The Related Companies and also majority owner of the Miami Dolphins.

The Michigan Aggregates Association (MAA) Annual Conference and Trade Show was held on Feb. 5 to 7 at the Fire Keepers Casino in Battle Creek, Mich. The event kicked off with updates from MAA, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, followed by a series of educational sessions that were offered throughout the event.