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DEWALT announces four new knives

DEWALT announces four new knives, adding to the existing line of utility knives and pocket knives from the brand. The new knives include the Fixed Folding Lockback Knife (DWHT10916), the Premium Spring Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10912), the Spring Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10911), and the Pocket Knife with Ball Bearing Assist (DWHT10910).

Utility Knife

The Fixed Folding Lockback Knife (DWHT10916) offers a convenient push button blade change, integrated blade storage, as well as a lanyard hole and integrated belt clip. With its durable aluminum housing, it’s the right tool for even the toughest job sites.

Pocket Knives

The Premium Spring Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10912) includes a spring assisted opening for easy blade deployment. With a heavy-duty stainless steel blade for long-lasting sharpness, the bi-material grip offers comfort in cutting various materials. This pocket knife also features an integrated glass breaker and integrated belt clip, making it a must-have for any job site.

The Spring Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10911) offers many of the same features as the premium version, including spring assisted opening, heavy-duty steel blade, and an integrated belt clip. The main difference between the Spring Assist Pocket Knife and its premium counterpart is its durable, lightweight nylon composite grip.

Finally, the Pocket Knife with Ball Bearing Assist (DWHT10910) allows for one-handed opening for quick and easy blade deployment. In addition to its durable stainless steel blade, it features a piercing tanto tip blade, rubber grip, and integrated belt clip.

Each new knife in the line provides cutting and trimming of various materials, including rope, plastic lining, cables, heavy fabrics, everyday utility, and more. Available in summer 2018 where DEWALT® products are sold, the knives come with a limited lifetime warranty.

 

 

 

Fixed Folding Utility Knife (DWHT10916)

Premium Spring Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10912)

 

 

Spring Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10911)

 

Ball Bearing Assist Pocket Knife (DWHT10910)

About DEWALT

DEWALT  is relentlessly pursuing total job site solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the job site of the future. DEWALT products are GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

 *  Frances A. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. She is one of the international experts, influencing US maritime and oceanographic policies, participating in the oceans/climate change symposium next month in Washington.  Her paper: the “Geopolitical Implications of Arctic Warming.”  If you need a correspondent at this international event please advise; I will be attending.


*  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on a draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the potential issuance of a “take permit” for bald eagles linked to the operation of the Courtenay Wind Farm in Stutsman County, North Dakota.  The applicant is Northern States Power Company—Minnesota, doing business as Xcel Energy, which operates an approximately 200.5-megawatt commercial wind energy facility in Stutsman County. The 100-turbine project became operational on December 1, 2016.  The DEA evaluates risks to eagles versus the offsetting conservation measures within Xcel’s eagle conservation plan.  A “take permit” means a permit holder can avoid federal charges from eagle deaths if those deaths are truly accidental, occurring despite all reasonable efforts to avoid such deaths from otherwise lawful activities.  Comments are due June 18.

*  U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) for review and comment pertaining to environmental impacts that may result from the potential approval of a permit application for the environmental release throughout Florida of genetically engineered (GE) Citrus tristeza virus (CTV).  The purpose: to use GE CTV as a biological control agent to help manage “citrus greening disease” (also known as Huanglongbing – HLB) which presents devastating impacts: reducing yield, causing misshapen, bitter and small green fruit that is unmarketable and, if that’s not enough, causes the citrus trees to die. HLB is always preceded by the appearance of an insect known as the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), which introduces a disease-causing bacterium into the plant. Presently, tree removal and intensive insecticide applications are the only available management options for HLB. These options are unlikely sustainable, USDA writes.  Comments are due June 25.

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Red Wing Wall of Honor Recognizes J.V. Cannon, Ironworker

J.V. Cannon Ironworker

Poolville, Texas

These boots saved 10 toes.

“I am a 60-year-old American worker. I started out as a boilermaker and then got into ironworking, specializing in metal buildings, oilrigs and hospitals.

I bought my first pair of Red Wings for construction on the Ballpark at Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, in the early 90s. Those boots felt right on my feet that whole job. I hooked up cranes and did lots of welding, working way up high. Everyone who did construction signed a metal beam that now hangs above a main entrance. I didn’t follow the Rangers before that job, but I’m a fan now.

I also did construction and ironworking for two massive roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas: Mr. Freeze and Titan. The whole crew gave it 110 percent for six days a week until the job was done. We were thanked for our work with a day of endless rides on Titan before it opened to the public. My son got in at least 15, but four was enough for me.

But those rides were nothing compared to what happened to me about two years ago. I was doing welding work on a 1350-lb. metal curved yoke when it suddenly fell off the table, bounced off the concrete floor and landed on both my feet. It took a crane to get that yoke off them.

Luckily my Red Wings had both steel toes and metal guards over the top of my feet. I thought I was going to lose my toes, but I’m walking today. And to my amazement, my boots were no worse for the wear.”

For more information visit: http://www.redwingshoes.com

For more information on the Red Wing Shoes Wall of Honor visit:

http://www.site-kconstructionzone.com/?p=15546

 

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

In its Sixth Assessment Cycle, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is producing three Special Reports: Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, Global Warming of 1.5°C and Climate Change and Land as well as the main Working Group Assessment Reports. This session will start with reports focusing on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability.  Much of this session will be devoted to open discussion with participants regarding oceans and climate and the Working Group II Assessment Report, including topics such as what literature does IPCC assess, how were authors selected and how does IPCC review process work, as well as ocean knowledge gaps highlighted in previous reports and emerging knowledge of climate change impacts and risks for ocean ecosystems and human communities.   I will be attending this Symposium.  Advise if you need a correspondent or someone to work with your team reporting on this complex set of issues.

  •  My how time flies!  Last week EPA proposed withdrawing four proposed rules dealing with groundwater and pesticides and plant genetics.  But don’t worry too much about public safety and environmental decline.  There’s a lot of cobwebs here.  Two rules were proposed in 1994.  Uh, that’s 24 years ago.  Bill Clinton was President.  One proposed rule did have more recent action, at least partially – in 2001, just 17 years ago, you remember, about the same year as that space odyssey.  The most recent rule? 1999, dealing with pesticide registration requirements; left in the dust as other laws changed, leaving the proposals, yes, still proposals, stranded by the regulatory roadside.  I wonder if the typewriters still work that were used to draft those rules?  I do need a new ribbon for my Selectric…  Imagine all the things that don’t happen as people wait and wait and wait for answers, direction, approvals…
  • Last week was the deadline for a DOE request for comments on the development of a Solid State Power Substation (SSPS) Roadmap.  An SSPS is defined as “the strategic integration of high voltage power electronic converters in substations to provide enhanced capabilities and support the evolution of the grid.” SSPS technology can overcome some of the current limitations within substations by enabling control of real and reactive power flows, management of voltage transients and harmonic content, and the ability to increase the flexibility, resiliency, and security of the electric power system.  Deployment of SSPS technology within substations can enable better asset utilization, increasing system efficiency, enhancing security and resilience, and easing the integration of distributed energy resources and microgrids.  This is important stuff, note the reference to distributed energy, or microgrids –  two big issues as renewable and storage technologies (e.g., electric vehicles) work to get mainstreamed
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Are You Tuned In? CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio Podcasts Top 110,000 Downloads

Are You Tuned In?
CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio Podcasts Top 110,000 Downloads
Listen to Learn the Latest Construction Trends & Technologies

 Interest in staying ahead of the latest construction industry trends and technologies has propelled CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast downloads to more than 110,000 since its launch prior to the 2017 exposition.

With an average of 1,200 downloads per episode, the CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast is in the top 25 percent of all podcasts, according to Libsyn podcast hosting service. Downloads have come from 184 countries.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcasts feature discussions with world-class experts exploring innovations in the construction industry and the opportunities they create.

Topics cover construction, technology, occupational health and safety, regulations, and education, with tips and trends to help construction professionals optimize their businesses and job sites. Guests include original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), tech companies, academia and leading industry organizations.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio is brought to you by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

“Our audience has grown rapidly, and reaching over 110,000 downloads reinforces how much interest there is in the construction technology space and in exploring innovations that will change the industry in the next 20 years,” said Nicole Hallada, AEM vice president marketing, and communications. “I’m excited at the opportunity this medium brings for busy professionals to conveniently access cutting-edge information that helps them succeed.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio host is Peggy Smedley, an internationally known and award-winning author, radio/TV host, and speaker who focuses on educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances that are shaping our everyday lives.

“I’m a firm advocate in all things construction technology and the response to our interviews have been phenomenal; people want that reassurance that they’re headed in the right direction and as the host of CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio, I believe it’s doing just that,” said Smedley.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio currently airs two new episodes each month. Listeners can choose episodes via the CONEXPO-CON/AGG website or through their mobile devices (apps include iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play).

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio is complemented by AEM’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 industry-trends articles.

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the international gathering place every three years for the construction industries, spotlighting the latest technologies, products and best practices. The next show is set for March 10-14, 2020 in Las Vegas USA.

AEM is the Milwaukee-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. AEM’s world-class exhibitions include CONEXPO-CON/AGG and ICUEE-The Demo Expo.