Rome

Gehl Company, manufacturer of compact construction equipment, headquartered in West Bend, Wis., “chromed-out” a Gehl model 7810E skid loader to commemorate the company’s 150th anniversary. The 10,000-lb. (4,536 kg) unit is covered in chrome, making it a one-of-a-kind skid loader.

It happens more often than a contractor wants. Eventually, a hydraulic cylinder seal riding against a chrome surface day after day will fail, or the rod could be the victim of corrosion or an external impact. A leak develops and the problem must be fixed quickly.

WASHINGTON (AP) Where in the world is Rome? No, it’s not the Italian version Georgians are struggling to find. It’s the one just 70 mi. away from Atlanta. In a new highway bill, Congress is paying $22 million to finally simplify the confusing, illogical and sometimes even dangerous route commuters take from the largest city in the northwest corner of Georgia to Interstate 75, which runs from Atlanta to Chattanooga, TN.

The most recent Carolinas AGC Construction Barometer showed continued stability in the commercial construction industry. The index for fourth quarter 2004, unchanged at 2.93 (on a scale of 1 to 5), reflected a continuing balance of positive economic trends offsetting negative trends.

For the first quarter of 2004, the Carolinas AGC Construction Barometer posted a 1 percent decline from fourth quarter 2003, reflecting a tightening construction labor market and continuing fears of rising construction materials costs. This stability (at 2.92 on a scale of 1-5) reflects generally favorable conditions in the Carolinas commercial construction industry.

SmartConnect, the Las Vegas leader in Internet video and visual communications, announced today that it has established a remote monitoring and recording video system for Clark & Sullivan Constructors. The company will use the system to document and view over the Internet the progress at its Henderson Promenade project, now under construction for the City of Henderson, NV.

While many in America have nervously inspected their mail for the powdery white substance pointing to anthrax contamination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges the public to remain on guard against another toxic substance: mold. The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top four environmental risks facing Americans, a statistic compounded by the lack of regulations governing indoor air quality.