MIDWESTERN

A new construction project on Interstate 75 in Ohio is scheduled to start this fall, adding to the frustrations of drivers. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the seven-phased Thru the Valley project will begin on 8 mi. (12.9 km) of I-75.

In conjunction with the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA), Efficiency Production Inc. is set to host its 11th annual Municipal Safety Day on June 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Efficiency Production's corporate headquarters in Mason, Mich. As in the past, participants at Municipal Safety Day will qualify for MDEQ continuing education credits.

Rayco Manufacturing Inc. held a customer appreciation open house at the company's headquarters location in Wooster, Ohio, on April 1. More than 275 attended the event from Ohio as well as Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia, and from as far away as Germany.

A new report shows South Dakota is employing more people in construction than ever before. The report by the Associated General Contractors of America found the state added about 1,000 construction jobs last month, the Argus Leader reported. That's more than any other state except Alaska and Delaware.

Don Smock conducted its 25th annual spring auction at the company's auction complex in Pendleton, Ind., on March 24. The auction drew enthusiastic crowds from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois while also attracting heavy online bidding as well. Staged in three rings, the auction included excavators, crawler tractors, loader backhoes, scrapers, skid steer loaders, attachments and various types of trucks, including service, utility and vacuum trucks.

RMS Rentals held its annual open house on March 21 in Savage, Minn. Guests had the opportunity to take advantage of special buying incentives, meet factory representatives and participate in product demonstrations. Manufacturers represented at the event included LeeBoy, Roadtec, Wacker Neuson, Edco and Chicago Pneumatic.

As the Chicago Cubs get ready to take the field for the first pitch of the 2017 season, the 1060 Project, a multi-year, $750-million renovation project of Wrigley Field, is in its seventh-inning stretch. According to the 1060 Project website, the work includes structural upgrades, improved player facilities, new fan amenities, outfield signage, two video boards, new premier clubs, expanded concessions, new and improved restroom facilities and more.

West Side Tractor Sales, the John Deere construction and forestry dealer for Illinois and Indiana, announces a new positioning division within the dealership. With the continuing implementation of technology products into the construction industry, it was time to delegate a full-time focus on the machine control business.

The construction season will bring a near-record of road projects in Ohio, costing more than $2 billion. The Ohio Department of Transportation will invest $2.3 billion into the state's bridges and roads, slightly less than the record $2.4 billion spent in 2014 and 2015.

Idaho lawmakers have approved the use of $90 million worth of bonds for the construction of two new buildings at a federal research facility in Idaho Falls. A resolution to fund the Cybercore Integration Center and the Collaborative Computing Center at the Idaho National Laboratory in passed the House on March 28 with overwhelming support, the Post Register reported (http://bit.ly/2mPQ947).

The Accelerated Bridge Construction method using detailed plans for Slide-In Bridge Construction has been announced as the method contractors plan to use to replace the twin three-span bridges carrying eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 traffic over State Road 121 / New Paris Pike in Wayne County.