Top 10 Hottest Construction Stories This Week: COVID-19 Deepens Construction’s Opioid Problem

Most-read construction stories of the week include legislation in 25 states to increase transport funding, Biden ties Chinese infrastructure spending to economies’ competitiveness, 2021 Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel battles for the top pickup efficiency spot

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Cu Finley CorpFinley Corp.10. Finley Asphalt & Concrete Creates a Culture of Giving

The company has donated over $50,000 to local community service efforts and for this they received the 2021 Good Neighbor Award from Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine

Cu Kioti Kioti TractorKioti Tractor9. Kioti Tractor Enters Compact Construction Market

Kioti Tractor announces its presence in the compact construction market with the development of its first-ever skid steer and compact track loader. This announcement was accompanied by Kioti's 2021 product line-up


Cu Jlg Batt Jlg Industries IncJLG Industries Inc.8. Oshkosh Corporation Invests in Microvast Battery Technologies

JLG Industries' parent company, Oshkosh Corporation invests in Microvast, a global provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty electric vehicles, advancing the development of industry-leading electrified solutions


Cu Big Data Real WearRealWear7. 7 Ways Construction Can Leverage the Power of Big Data

Today’s real-time collaborative technologies are mining large data repositories to get game-changing benefits from keeping all project decision makers on the same page


Cu Lee BoyLeeBoy6. LeeBoy Unveils Special Edition Raised on Blacktop 8520B Asphalt Paver

The special edition 8520B Asphalt Paver is custom-designed to honor the legacy of workers who have deep roots in the asphalt industry


Cu Bierlein Demo National Demolition AssocNational Demolition Assoc.5. Demolishing a Five-boiler Power Plant Recycles 80 Tons of Concrete and Masonry

Bierlein hits deadline and budget in a 2.5-year job abating, remediating and demolishing a five-boiler Michigan power plant


Cu Ram Hfe Ram TrucksRam Trucks4. 2021 Ram 1500 HFE EcoDiesel Battles for the Top Pickup Efficiency Spot with 33 MPG

Ram Tradesman HFE EcoDiesel delivers 23 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined fuel economy in nearly a tie with the most-fuel-efficient half-ton pickup on the market


Cu China Infra Lance Bower FacebookLance Bower, Facebook3. Biden Says Chinese Infrastructure Acceleration Threatens US Economic Competitiveness

President Joe Biden warned the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that China will “eat our lunch” if America doesn’t “step up” its infrastructure spending


Cu State Funding Artba’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center Artba TiacAmerican Road and Transportation Builders Assoc.2. Legislators in 25 States Introduce Transportation Funding Increases

With the federal gas tax at 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993, states have had to raise revenues to cover a more-than-125% increase in construction costs. 61 transport-funding measures started making their way through legislatures in January


Cu Opioids Vchal I Stock Getty Images@vchal, iStock/Getty Images1. Coronavirus Pandemic Accelerates Construction’s Opioid Addiction Problem

The COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption to daily life hit those with substance-use disorder hard, with deaths by opioid and methamphetamine overdoses increasing 38% and 35%. Construction is among three industries with the most abuse of the drugs