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Video: States Delaying or Canceling 2015 Highway Spending

Video: States Delaying or Canceling 2015 Highway Spending

Four states have already delayed or canceled highway spending with at least nine more threatening to follow suit; plus more construction industry news on the April 30, 2015, edition of Construction News Tracker

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Nonresidential Construction Spending Declines for Third Straight Month

Nonresidential Construction Spending Declines for Third Straight Month

May 1, 2015
From Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

While nonresidential construction spending fell 0.1% on a monthly basis in March 2015 the pace of spending is still 4.7% higher than at the same time one year ago

How to Ease & Improve Day-to-Day Operation

How to Ease & Improve Day-to-Day Operation

Tri-Valley Striping overcomes challenges of owner-focused management

Why Your Construction Company Needs to Create and Update a Buy-Sell Agreement

Why Your Construction Company Needs to Create and Update a Buy-Sell Agreement

Existing buy-sell agreements often go stale more quickly than most business owners imagine, especially when it comes to determining the value of their individual stake in their own business

AlturnaMATS Partners with Checkers Industrial Products

May 1, 2015
From AlturnaMATS

Checkers will now add ground protection products to its offering

New ARTBA Video Series Focuses on Road Worker Fatalities

May 1, 2015
From American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

Three-minute animated videos are based on federal government reviews of real incidents that resulted in the loss of life.

March Construction Employment Increased Amid Tight Labor Market Worries

March Construction Employment Increased Amid Tight Labor Market Worries

May 1, 2015
From Associated General Contractors of America

Construction employment expanded in 249 metro areas, declined in 56 and was stagnant in 53 between March 2014 and March 2015

Chinese Construction Firm Erects 57-story Building in Just 19 Days

May 1, 2015

It took 4.5 months to fabricate the 2,736 modules used to building the Chinese skyscraper

Today’s Utility Vehicles: Solving Problems, Opening Doors

Today’s Utility Vehicles: Solving Problems, Opening Doors

The old days of “throwing in” a few used UTVs or golf cars to transport jobsite superintendents and others around big construction and industrial sites are gone.

MEC Awarded Patent for Innovative Work Platform Design

April 30, 2015
From MEC Aerial Work Platforms

MEC Aerial Work Platforms announces the issuance of U.S. Patent number 8,678,135 for its innovative ‘Aerial Work Apparatus with Laterally Offset Work Platform’ design, featured on the Crossover 59 series and 69 series scissor lifts.

Industry Economists Indicate Bright Spots in 2015 Construction Forecast

Industry Economists Indicate Bright Spots in 2015 Construction Forecast

April 30, 2015

Multifamily and mixed-use commercial construction projects will help drive the construction economy in 2015

Kohler Co. Board Elects Herb Kohler Executive Chairman, David Kohler President and Chief Executive Officer

Kohler Co. Board Elects Herb Kohler Executive Chairman, David Kohler President and Chief Executive Officer

April 30, 2015
From Kohler Company

At its recent annual meeting, the Kohler Co. board of directors elected Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. to the new role of executive chairman effective June 1.

Rouse: March Auction Sales Up 5.2% from February

Rouse: March Auction Sales Up 5.2% from February

April 30, 2015
From Rouse Asset Services

March auction sales of rental and construction equipment tracked by Rouse Asset Services averaged 5.2 percent higher than Rouse February Forced Liquidation Values (FLV) values.

Are Americans Paying Enough to Support Our National Highway & Transit Network?

Are Americans Paying Enough to Support Our National Highway & Transit Network?

April 30, 2015
From American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

The average American only contributes 1.2% of the annual cost to own and operate a motor vehicle to fund federal investments in highway and transit capital improvements

TranSystems Names Vice President

April 30, 2015

TranSystems, an engineering and consulting firm that provides integrated solutions for transportation infrastructure challenges, is pleased to announce the addition of Greg Murphy to our Columbus, OH, office. Murphy brings 16 years of transportation...

Don Ahern Talks About What's Coming from Snorkel, Xtreme

Don Ahern Talks About What's Coming from Snorkel, Xtreme

We had the rare opportunity to pick the brain of industry veteran and celebrity Don Ahern, CEO of Ahern Rentals, operating manager/president of Xtreme Manufacturing and owner of Snorkel, so we asked about what he sees in his crystal ball.

Poll: Americans Support 10-Cent Gas Tax Hike

Poll: Americans Support 10-Cent Gas Tax Hike

April 30, 2015

A majority of voters would support a 10-cent increase in the federal gas tax if the money is used for specific transportation improvements, according to a new poll released

3M and Ryan Companies Collaborate on Fall Protection Safety Stand-Down

3M and Ryan Companies Collaborate on Fall Protection Safety Stand-Down

April 30, 2015
From 3M Building & Commercial Services

Joint Safety Stand-down event will educate Ryan's on-site employees and subcontractors on the importance of fall protection and prevention

NYC Construction Spending Jumped 26% in 2014

April 30, 2015

Residential construction led the 2014 surge with a 73% increase while nonresidential construction experienced a 20% increase

IronPlanet Names Military Vet as VP of Government Solutions

April 30, 2015
From IronPlanet

U.S. Army veteran Jeff Holmes brings a combination of military and corporate experience uniquely suited to the GovPlanet marketplace

Boston's Postponed Convention Center Expansion Could Affect Other Area Construction Projects

April 30, 2015

A proposed hotel and two parking garages could be scaled back or even canceled as a result of postponed convention center construction

US Office Construction Highest Since 2009

April 30, 2015

About 108 million sq. ft. of office space was under construction at the end of Q1 2015, up 17% from 92 million sq. ft. in the same period one year ago

Best Practices for Night Work

Best Practices for Night Work

Pavement maintenance contractors give insight on how they keep their crew safe in the dark.

Are You Prepared for Safety Week 2015?

Are You Prepared for Safety Week 2015?

Safety week aims to raise awareness of safety in the construction industry, inspire everyone to be leaders in industry safety

Trimble Teams with MicroSoft HoloLens to Revolutionize 3D Model Interaction

Trimble Teams with MicroSoft HoloLens to Revolutionize 3D Model Interaction

April 29, 2015
From Trimble Navigation Ltd.

HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change for complex projects

Fascan and V&H Inc. Auction Pink Boom Truck for Cancer Research

Fascan and V&H Inc. Auction Pink Boom Truck for Cancer Research

April 29, 2015
From Fascan International

Proceeds from the $312,000 Western Star 4700SB and Fassi wallboard crane will benefit a Wisconsin-based clinic's efforts to find a cure for breast cancer