John Deere: Born In Vermont, Raised In America

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

John Deere is an American household word that began in 1837 when John Deere set up shop in Grand Detour offering his customers small tools which he manufactured himself. Deere & Company originally started selling pitchforks and shovels, but what secured the company for years to come was the self-scouring steel plow that made the Midwestern farmers job so much easier over the iron or wooden plows being used at the time. Today Deere & Company employees over 62,000 worldwide.

John Deere was not only a pioneer when it came to farm equipment, but he also was a pioneer when it came to business ideas. In the early 20th century it was normal for customers to order the equipment, wait for it to be manufactured, and then the product would be delivered. Deere saw this as slow and created a more viable business model where the product was manufactured first and then the customer made their purchase. This allowed business to be conducted quickly and the customer could see what they were buying ahead of time. To read more about the interesting and rich history of this American icon, you can click here…

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Construction Expected to Grow According to FMI’s Q2 Construction Outlook

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The growth in the first quarter of 2015 that the construction industry has been experiencing is going to continue into the second quarter says a report by investment bankers at FMI Corp. The outlook for the second quarter is a growth of 5 percent, and while that is still lower then anticipated last quarter, it is the highest total for construction since 2008. The report covered 17 construction sectors across residential, non-residential and non-building groups.

The strongest growth predicted is in the manufacturing sector which seems to be fueled by the increase in construction activity that began last year, and the least growth is expected in the power sector with many variables in play from changing fuel supplies and alternative energy sources. To read the complete breakdown of the 17 sectors, and to read how each one will be effected in the second quarter, you can click here…

Wild Well Expands Training Capabilities With New Well Control Certification Program

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Wild Well Control, Inc., is a global leader in firefighting and well control services, and having capped hundreds of well in a range of extreme conditions, the company is proud to be offering a well control training certification program. The program will meet the ever changing needs of the industry through action-oriented well control training curricula and team and individual well control simulator exercises. To date, Wild Well has a forty-year reputation as as an industry recognized leader and has trained more then 13,000 students at it’s well control centers in the US, UK and Middle East.

Always keeping ahead of the game, Wild Well training certification program can provide a Competency Report based on the individual simulator exercises, which can be sent to the company HR department to identify additional training and feedback. To learn more about Wild Well’s new well control certification program, you can click here…

5 Ways Equipment Financing Is Empowering Small Construction Businesses

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

It takes money to make money, and small construction businesses know very well how lack of funds for equipment is a make it, or break it scenario that is very real for their survival. Thankfully many of these small construction companies can often get 100% equipment financing and leasing options to remedy this equipment challenge. The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), shares in an article the top 5 benefits for small business equipment leasing and how equipment financing helps companies to succeed.

The freedom of not having to put any money down or lay out large sums of money, equipment financing helps free up a small companies cash flow and eliminates the risk of expensive equipment ownership – financing is a very good option for new and smaller businesses to manage their money and ROI. Smaller companies can also afford the latest technology by leasing, and often leases will include a maintenance bundle. To find out more how a company can benefit from equipment financing and leasing, you can click here…

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Equipment Telematics Riding On The Leading Edge

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Very few industries are untouched by technology, and construction equipment is one of those industries that is very much influenced by technology. Take for example the technology called ‘equipment telematics’ which is the term used for technology that can remotely track information about your equipment that includes safety and efficiency readings. From a management point of view, this technology improves on-site safety, reduces theft and equipment abuse problems, and helps the company to comply with local laws and regulations.

The information is transferred from the site to the main office via satellite or wireless connection called M2M which stands for ‘machine-to-machine’. The technology is actually very simple to explain and involves equipping on-site equipment with wireless-ready modules that can read and transmit information that is important to that particular job site. To read more details about this technology, and how it is improving the functionality of construction job sites, you can click here…

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5 Construction Industry Firms Score FAA Exemptions For Drones

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Commercial companies are waiting for the FAA to rule on regulations and laws concerning the commercial use of Drones – currently only hobbyist are allowed to fly the unmanned aircraft. There are, however; companies that are getting FAA exemptions and Danis Building Construction Co., is the most recent company to win such an exemption. The company plans on using drones to show clients what potential views will be like, photographs of future buildings, as well as inspect damaged buildings when it would be unsafe to send in a crew.

Companies are expecting the FAA to have it’s full rules and regulations for the commercial use of drones in about two years, but in the meantime commercial companies can apply for an exemption and currently the FAA is giving out approximately twenty exemptions a week. To read more about drones and the FAA giving exemptions for commercial use, you can click here…

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Golf Pro’s Try For Hardest Hole-in-one Ever

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Caterpillar’s Built For It Trials, a series of short videos show how CAT’s equipment is capable of large jobs with precision and high performance, has just released it’s latest installment called ‘Driving Range’. The video features twin sisters Erimo and Marimo Ikeuchi, members of the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Japan, and a golf course made up of moving CAT’s Off-Highway Truck, Wheel Loader and the On-Highway Truck. The film was shot at the Caterpillar Tinaja Hills Demonstration & Learning Center in Arizona.

The short video shows the skills of both the professional golfers, but also of the equipment operators as they haul full loads of dirt turned into green, while they expertly maneuvered the trucks around each other as sisters Ikeuchi, take aim and hit golf balls attempting a hole-in-one. To view the latest video in this promotional series CAT has been producing over the last two years, you can click here…

New Children’s Book Highlights the Demolition Industry

Friday, July 10th, 2015

A new book geared towards children ages five to eight, called “My Dad Does Demolition” is hitting the book market in hopes of introducing young kids to the possibility of a career in Demolition. The idea came to John Woodward, former Institute of Demolition Engineer’s president, when he wanted to find a way to show children what demolition was about, how materials can be recycled, and most important – how safety is a priority. To help him get his ideas across, Woodward hired Mark Anthony, founder of and editor of the Demolition magazine to write the book.

One of the biggest challenges was creating content for the book that would inspire kids to further explore the possibilities of a career in the demolition industry, while at the same time – keeping kids at arms lengths so they don’t decide to explore a demolition or construction site on their own. To read more about this new kids book you can click here…

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Meisner: Prevailaing Wage Is A Smart Investment

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The prevailing wage law is a smart law that protects people and communities from hiring practices that include low wages for unskilled laborers. The prevailing wage law also ensures that employees that adhere to employment rules and regulations, and have the skills and certifications needed will get paid fairly which only helps the local economy. Prevailing wage has proven in states like Florida, which has not prevailing wage laws, that when untrained and undocumented workers are working at job sites that require skilled labor, usually the results are tragic – for example; a 19 year old boy was killed by a falling beam the first week on the job in Florida due to lack of training and safety measures.

Unfortunately, Republicans in Lansing Michigan, are trying to do away with the Prevailing Wage law, and if they succeed, they will also be doing away with many safety training programs that come with the law. Getting rid of the law will also mean an open market for cheap unskilled labor that will be responsible for the intrigity of many of our public buildings. To read more about this law, you can click here…

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Building the Next Generation of Safety-Related Reinforced Concrete Structures for Nuclear Power Plants

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Twenty percent of the electric power produced in the USA comes from nuclear power plants, and one of the challenges to build and maintain the 100 operating units required to meet this production is to create reinforced concrete nuclear power plant structures that are time and cost effective to build while maintaining a high level of safety. A program being funded by The Department of Energy (DOE), and presented by professor Yahya Kurama, will help this challenge as the program will explore over three years and $800,000, high-strength concrete and steel rebar.

The work will be preformed by graduate, undergraduate students and research associates at Notre Dame which will include tasks such as design optimization and analysis, construction, and large-scale testing. The information gathered will be used to design the next-generation safety-related nuclear power plants. To read more about this research, you can click here…