Monthly Archive for February, 2011

CONEXPO-CON/AGG And IFPE 2011 Advance Registration Extended Through March 11

Advance registration has been extended through March 11 for the CONEXPO-CON/AGG and co-located IFPE 2011 expositions for the convenience of attendees, who can save time onsite and take advantage of lower pre-show entrance fees. Advance registration has also been extended for the shows’ education programs. Go online for details and to register – www.conexpoconagg.com and www.ifpe.com. One registration allows access to both shows as well as the co-located ICON Expo for the concrete products industry.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 will be held March 22-26, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

Education is a valuable component of the show experience and attendees will have access to a wider variety of industry-focused learning opportunities than ever before, both CONEXPO-CON/AGG education programs and IFPE education.

The number-one reason attendees go to trade shows is to see new products and innovations and they won’t be disappointed at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011, with 2.2 million net square feet of the latest technologies and product innovations for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries.

For attendees who have not registered in advance, streamlined onsite registration processes will include self-registration kiosks and online registration during show days. If attendees do not receive their badge prior to leaving for the shows, they should bring their bar-coded email confirmation to show registration for scanning and printing of badge and applicable tickets (at either express badge pick-up, exhibitor or attendee pre-registered counters or international badge pick-up counters).

Hotel rooms are still available, and hotel reservations made through the show-housing program receive the discounted rates. Call 1-800-424-5247 to check availability. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the shows is provided for attendees who have secured hotel accommodations through the CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE show-housing program.  Attendees with reservations made through other sources may also ride the shuttles by purchasing a shuttle bus pass.

Paladin Construction Group Expands Its Line Of Quick Couplers

Paladin Construction Group (PCG) is unveiling two new quick coupler systems at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 in the North Hall, Booth 1849. Adding the new JRB PowerLatch and Bradco Mini-Excavator Coupler to PCG’s extensive line of quick couplers provides customers with one single-source solution when searching for simple, yet safe ways to quickly change attachments on most excavators, mini-excavators, wheel loaders and loader backhoes.

Well respected as a quick coupler manufacturer for more than 25 years under the JRB brand, Paladin Construction Group has teamed with Miller UK Limited in North America to offer customers the industry’s most extensive quick coupler line for all carriers in combination with its eight leading attachment brands—many with histories dating back 30 to 50 years. These brands are: JRB, Bradco, Sweepster, CP, CustomWorks, FFC, Harley and McMillen. In addition to these brands, all JRB and Bradco couplers are compatible with most attachment and machine brands.

The new JRB PowerLatch, designed by Miller, is one of the safest, most advanced quickcouplers available for excavators and loader backhoes. Engineered with the patented Automatic Blocking System (ABS), it features backup mechanical locks on both the front and rear attachment pins that are independent of the machine’s hydraulic locking and operating system. The ABS mechanical backup safety system automatically locks both pins so coupler engagement is maintained even if a hydraulic failure occurs. Attachments can only be removed under operator control when they are in a safe, curled position. It has the most features and is one of the lightest, yet strongest excavator and loader backhoe quick couplers available today and features minimal offset.

The Bradco Mini-Excavator Coupler maintains the same unique Miller design features as the JRB PowerLatch and is available in two versions, featuring a compact design that is lighter, yet stronger than most mini-excavator couplers. The cost-effective manual version uses a manual locking pin to maintain attachment engagement and worker safety on all mini-excavator models. For five-ton mini-excavators and above, the fully automatic version replaces the manual safety pin with hydraulic operation and includes hydraulic check valves that prevent attachment disengagement if hydraulic failure occurs.

In addition to these new couplers, Paladin Construction Group will also display its new CP Scoop Bucket and new Bradco Mini-Excavator Buckets at the show. The CP Scoop Bucket features a unique design that allows operators to cut through the ground more efficiently and hold more material for a higher payload. The Bradco Mini-Excavator Buckets provide the reliable, proven performance Bradco attachments have provided on skid steers and tractors for years.

Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor Cited In National Engineering Competition

The Milburn, N.J.-based team of Hatch Mott MacDonald; STV; HDR, Inc.; and Anderson & Associates is a finalist in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 45th annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition for the Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Heartland Corridor Project at locations in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

To help Norfolk Southern meet the growing need for rapid transport of consumer goods, the project team undertook a multifaceted upgrade of rail infrastructure along a 1,031-mile route between Norfolk, Va., and Chicago, Ill. By increasing height clearances at 28 tunnels and seven through-truss bridges, trains will be able to transport double-stacked container cars, thereby increasing their capacity and speed.

Nearly six miles of tunnels were modified by excavating roofs and entryways, and lowering track levels. A variety of innovative construction methods were applied to expedite construction with minimal disruption to current train traffic. Along with improving the rail infrastructure, the Heartland Corridor project opens the door to economic development opportunities for communities along the route.

The project is among 161 engineering projects from throughout the nation recognized by ACEC as preeminent engineering achievements for 2010.  Judging for the Engineering Excellence Awards—known as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”—took place in February, conducted by a panel of more than 30 engineers, architects, government representatives, media members, and academics. Criteria for awards include uniqueness and originality, technical, social and economic value, complexity, and success of the projects in meeting goals.

All winners, including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the “Grand Conceptor Award” for best overall engineering achievement, will be recognized at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, to be held Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the business association of America’s engineering industry, representing more than 5,000  independent engineering companies throughout the United States engaged in the development of America’s transportation, water and energy infrastructure, along with environmental, industrial and other public and private facilities.   Founded in 1909 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ACEC is a national federation of 51 state and regional organizations.

AEM Report: U.S. 2010 Construction Machinery Exports Gain 28 Percent To Top $16.4 Billion:

The market for exports of U.S.-made construction machinery closed out 2010 with a gain of more than 28 percent compared to the previous year, for a total of $16.4 billion dollars’ worth of equipment sold worldwide, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM North American-based international trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Department data with other sources into a quarterly export trends report.

“Global trade is extremely important to our industry and export sales continue to sustain many companies as we still face a fragile domestic upturn,” stated AEM Senior Vice President Al Cervero. “While these numbers are positive we have to remember they follow a 2009 decline of more than 38 percent.”

“It’s important to pass the pending free-trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama to help manufacturers create more U.S. jobs by selling their products to international buyers,” he added.

Export business to Europe gained 23 percent for a total $1.88 billion, and exports to Asia grew 10 percent and totaled $2.2 billion. Construction machinery exports to South America increased 31 percent in 2010 for a total $3.1 billion; and exports to Central America came in at $1.6 billion, a 24-percent increase.

The largest gain was to Australia/Oceania with a 66-percent increase for a total $1.6 billion. The only decline was to Africa with a 5-percent drop for $934 million worth of purchases. Construction machinery exports to Canada gained 39 percent and totaled $5.1 billion.

The top countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery in 2010 were:
(1) Canada – $5.1 billion, up 39 percent; (2) Australia – $1.5 billion, up 62 percent; (3) Mexico – $1.2 billion, up 25 percent; (4) Chile – $920 million, up 21 percent; (5) Brazil – $758 million, up 48 percent; (6) Colombia – $588 million, up 50 percent; (7) China – $499 million, up 2 percent; (8) Peru – $437 million, up 37 percent; (9) Belgium – $399 million, up 11 percent; (10) South Africa – $396 million, up 12 percent; (11) Russia – $333 million – up 60 percent; (12) Singapore – $299 million, up 40 percent; (13) Saudi Arabia – $227 million, down 4 percent; (14) Arab Emirates – $197 million, up 38 percent; (15) Germany – $197 million, up 34 percent.

New Legislation Will Guarantee Fair And Open Competition On Federal Construction Projects

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today voiced its strong support for the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 735), a measure introduced by Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) that will “promote and ensure open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects.”

“It’s a matter of fairness,” said 2011 ABC National Chairman Michael J. Uremovich, president of Great Lakes Energy Consultants, LLC, Manhattan, Ill. “This legislation will guarantee that all qualified contractors and skilled workers, regardless of labor affiliation, have an equal opportunity to bid on and construct federal and federally assisted construction projects. In the end, this bill will help taxpayers get the best possible construction project at the best possible price by increasing competition, reducing waste and eliminating favoritism in federal contracting.”

“Almost two years ago, President Obama signed Executive Order 13502 which encourages federal agencies to require PLAs on federal construction projects exceeding $25 million,” said Uremovich. “The executive order was designed to steer lucrative federal contracts to union construction contractors that employ only 13 percent of the construction workforce.”

A government-mandated PLA is a contract that requires construction projects to be awarded only to companies that agree to recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on that job; use the union hiring hall to obtain workers; obtain apprentices through union apprenticeship programs; follow archaic and inefficient union work rules; and pay into union benefit and multi-employer pension plans.

Studies indicate that government-mandated PLAs increase the cost of construction projects in numerous markets up to 18 percent compared to similar non-PLA projects.

“Government-mandated PLAs unfairly discourage competition from merit shop contractors and their employees. Today, 87 percent of the U.S. private construction workforce chooses not to belong to a labor union,” Uremovich said. “This legislation puts an end to these special interest handouts and will result in more federal contracting opportunities for small businesses and more construction jobs for an industry suffering from an unemployment rate of 22.5 percent – more than twice the national average.”

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act is identical to legislation (S. 119) introduced Jan. 25 by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that now awaits action in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.