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DEWALT Expands Demo Tool Offerings With 10 New Products to Offer Wide Variety of Pry Bars and Short Handle Sledge Hammers

DEWALT increases its offering of demolition tools, including six new Short Handle Sledge Hammers and four new Pry Bars, coming soon.

The new Short Handle Sledge Hammers from DEWALT offer a concentrated strike face for precise striking power, overstrike protection to help prevent handle breakage, a durable handle created with lightweight fiberglass, a forged steel head, and rubberized grips help provide comfort and control. Each of these elements makes the new Short Handle Sledge Hammers from DEWALT strong and durable, key considerations for users investing in demolition tools.

 

 

   Precision Pry Bars and Flat Bars make up the new Pry Bar offerings from DEWALT. Features of the new Precision Pry Bars include precision-sharpened claws that expose the head of a flush nail so it can be pulled with minimal damage to the wood, an I-Beam Steel Shaft that provides strength without added weight, and an extra-wide strike surface that helps the user get under a nail or behind material for easy prying. The new Flat Pry Bars are made with strong and durable spring steel. A pointed, beveled end allows for penetration and nail pulling, an extra-wide prying end adds leverage, and finally, multiple nail-pulling slots offer multiple options for nail removal.

The full list of new Short Handle Sledge Hammers and Pry Bars is below. Available where DEWALT products are sold, DEWALT Short Handle Sledge Hammers and Pry Bars will come with a lifetime limited warranty.

 

SKU SLEDGES MSRP
DWHT56141 2lb. Fiberglass Drilling Sledge Hammer $14.50
DWHT56142 3lb. Fiberglass Drilling Sledge Hammer $14.99
DWHT56143 2.5lb. Fiberglass Engineering Sledge Hammer $15.99
DWHT56146 2.5lb. Fiberglass Blacksmith Sledge Hammer $16.99
DWHT56147 4lb. Fiberglass Blacksmith Sledge Hammer $18.99
DWHT56148 4lb. Fiberglass Engineering Sledge Hammer $20.99
SKU PRY BARS MSRP
DWHT55164 9” Precision Claw Bar $10.99
DWHT55166 12” Precision Claw Bar $17.99
DWHT55168 18” Precision Claw Bar $22.99
DWHT55160 15” Spring Steel Flat Bar $16.99

 

ARTBA Industry Leader Development Program Fellows Push Members of Congress for Permanent Highway Trust Fund Solution

Twenty-four emerging leaders in the transportation design and construction industry participated in an intensive May 13-15 Washington, D.C., “boot camp” introduction to the federal legislative and regulatory processes. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP) fellows visited Capitol Hill to urge their members of Congress to find a permanent revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and push for timely action on a new transportation infrastructure investment package.

The annual event was held in conjunction with the association’s Federal Issues Program and the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In.

There have been more than 700 graduates from over 200 industry firms since the ILDP’s inception in 1995 when it was known as the Young Executive Development Program.

The ILDP provides participants with a solid understanding of industry economics, how transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how they—and their company or agency—can become politically engaged.  Participants heard from House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) at a dinner event, where he discussed prospects for the next federal highway/transit investment bill.

The 2019 ILDP class included:

  • Julia Barker, vice president & area manager, Parsons Corporation, Denver, Colo.
  • Jerae Carlson, vice president, sustainability & public affairs, CEMEX, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • Mitchell Cooper, vice president, Cooper Engineering, Corona, Calif.
  • Tyler Farella, project manager, Parsons Construction Group, Inc., Westminster, Colo.
  • Keith Foxx, manager, transportation, RK&K, Baltimore, Md.
  • Victor Fricke, area manager, Gulf Coast, Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston
  • Travis Gates, project manager, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Cody Jackson, project manager, Jones Bros Contractors, LLC, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
  • Andrew Kitchen, senior project manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Glen Burnie, Md.
  • Sherina Lam, project manager, AECOM, Sacramento, Calif.
  • William Letchworth, assistant vice president, Raleigh Office Lead, WSP, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Howard Lubliner, department manager, Burns and McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Mark Luther, vice president, WSP, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Kim Maiolo, director of communications and outreach, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Zach McClellan, geotechnical design manager, Ferrovial Agroman US Corp, Austin, Texas
  • Christopher McGuire, Maryland surface transportation leader, AECOM, Baltimore, Md.
  • Eric Ogren, vice president of estimating, project management, Harrison Construction Division of APAC – Atlantic, Inc., Asheville, N.C.
  • Brett Paulk, vice president, H.O. Weaver & Sons, Inc., Mobile, Ala.
  • Brian Pourciau, senior engineer, Parsons, Washington, D.C.
  • Carrie Rocha, vice president, office leader, HNTB Corporation, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Kenneth Shovlin, director of engineering, American Bridge Company, Coraopolis, Pa.
  • Brian Smith, senior project manager, AECOM, Ontario, Calif.
  • Brian Teles, senior project manager, structures group manager, office principal, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Audubon, Pa.
  • Ryan Terry, project director, The Lane Construction Corporation, Virginia Beach, Va.

Established in 1985, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt entity designed to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, management and education programs, roadway work zone safety training, special economic research and reports, American National Standards Institute-accredited transportation project safety certification, and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  Now here’s something you don’t hear too much about anymore: Ozone, you know – O3, the weird molecule that includes 3 oxygen atoms and was the primary focus of air pollution policy for, oh, I don’t know, 45 years?  (Not to be confused with Ozone Park, in Queens, where “Ozone” was used in the neighborhood’s name to refer “to a park-like area with cool ocean breezes, an archaic definition” ((Ohhh…Ya think?)).  Ozone is the primary component in urban smog, summertime haze that plagued America’s urban areas for decades, and still does in LA and some other cities.  Ozone is a major regulatory focus for US and state EPAs.  The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) and the MidAtlantic Northeast Visibility Union (MANE–VU) will hold their spring meeting on June 11, in Wilmington, DE.  The purpose of the OTC is to address ground-level ozone formation, transport, and control within the Ozone Transport Region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, parts of Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Ozone policy is linked to every commercial and industrial activity in the modern world – from fuels to combustion to coatings to forest fires to transportation to manufacturing.  But still, not in the news too much anymore.
*  NOAA’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) meets June 4 in Washington.  ACCRES was established in 2002, to advise the Secretary of Commerce “on matters relating to the U.S. commercial remote sensing space industry and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s activities to carry out the responsibilities of the Department of Commerce set forth in the National and Commercial Space Programs Act of 2010.”  The agenda includes a report on regulatory affairs and a Nanoracks overview.  Nanoracks, of course, is the deployment system for launching CubeSats, miniaturized satellites used for space research which can be launched really by anyone who has the money – and the smarts, of course!
*  National Marine Fisheries announced the availability of the “Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan 2 and Environmental Assessment: Fish, Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, and Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities.”  The draft describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Open Ocean TIG (Trustee Implementation Group) to restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which occurred, of course, 9 years ago on April 20, 2010, discharging millions of barrels of oil for a period of 87 days.  The Deepwater Trustees include nine state and federal agencies.  NMFS wants public comments on the plan; comments are due by July 1.
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ARTBA Honors William D. Toohey with Its Highest Award

William D. Toohey, Jr., a long-time American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) senior executive, is the 2018 recipient of the organization’s highest honor—the “ARTBA Award.”  It was presented May 14 during the Federal Issues Program in the Nation’s Capital.

Established in 1960, the ARTBA Award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Over the years, recipients have included several governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. secretaries of transportation and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the private sector of the transportation construction industry.

Toohey, who retired in April as ARTBA executive vice president and COO, was recognized for 34 years of leadership and executive management of the government relations, policy, member services, and marketing functions. Over the years, he was the architect of innovative policies such as the Critical Commerce Corridors goods movement program.

Toohey was the driving force behind the “Transportation Makes America Work” grassroots lobbying and communications advocacy program; National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse (www.workzonesafety.org); Dr. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop; and Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (www.transportationinvestment.org).

Toohey also spearheaded the development of the industry’s surface transportation reauthorization policy proposals—and the task forces that produced them—dating back to the late 1980s. Because of his efforts and ARTBA’s leadership in framing the policy debate, nearly a dozen federal transportation investment bills have become the law of the land.

Bill and his wife Mary reside in Maryland. They have three adult children, Bridget, Bill and Mike, and one grandson, Drew.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media, and the general public.

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