Mediocrities

Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff

It’s easy to be forgotten when there are so many that are better than you. So why exert the extra effort when you can get along by simply doing as little as possible.

Virtually everyone has heard of Confucius, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Aquinas, and Locke, to name only a few of the most notable. Many aspects of our personal and professional lives are influenced by the thinking, teachings and writings of one or more of these great minds. Yet there is one forgotten philosopher who is followed by more people than any other.

Mediocrities is the forgotten, and uncelebrated, but most followed philosopher’s who taught, “Do only enough to get by.” Why excel when it’s so much easier to easier to fail? Why make something perfect if good enough will do?

Strangely enough, many people even unknowingly adhere to his philosophy in raising their children. Do you remember being told that things should be done in moderation?

Think of all the people you know who go through life satisfied with doing just enough to get by when with a little more effort, they could do more. Usually when you say this people will tell you something like, “It’s not just a little more, it’s a whole lot more. If all it took was just a little more, everyone would do it.”

Not true. A little goes a long way.

In USA Gymnastics history, Peter Vidmar is the highest-scoring gymnast. At the 1984 Games, he collected a gold on the pommel horse, after earning a perfect 10, and a second place finish in the individual all-around, becoming the first American to secure an all-around medal at the Games.

After winning the Gold Medal, Vidmar was the keynote speaker at a National Utility Contractors Association annual meeting many years ago. During the banquet, the press was given the opportunity to sit at the table with him. I got super lucky and was seated next to him. While we talked during the meal, I asked him what he had done that gave him the edge to earn a perfect score 10. He commented that during his competition, he noticed that the one common denominator was that everyone who won, won by just a little bit more than the person to beat. It was a tiny point spread between the winner and number two. It was tenths of a point, tenths of a second, or millimeters.

He said that he figured he didn’t have to be a lot better, he just had to try to be a little bit better. To accomplish this, he said that he pushed himself and worked out 10 minutes longer than anyone else and that the added 10 minutes gave him the winning edge.

Mediocrities says, “Don’t do today what you can put off until tomorrow. Maybe someone else will do it and you won’t have to.” If you follow this advice you will not only never win the Gold, you’ll never get a shot at it.

We have (or will have in a few days) newly elected representatives in Congress as well as all other political offices on the federal, state, county and municipal level. We need these people to put in an extra 10 minutes a day so that we can move forward on all levels. There are so many pieces of legislation that need to be handled; so many things that need to be done that are pending, such as the highway bill. We too need to put in an extra 10 minutes a day communicating with the people who have recently been elected to represent us making certain that they remember what got them elected and why they have assumed the responsibility of representation.

Don’t worry about Mediocrities. He may be forgotten but his philosophy will prevail, just as it has for centuries.

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Warren Bennis

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.

Nelson Boswell

Mediocrities will appear in the November 2014 issues of the 13 ACP magazines.

Michelin Tweel Technologies Expands Line Up Of Skid Steer Airless Radials

MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL now available for hard surface and all terrain applications

578683f6-94af-440b-a480-6ccddeb647ce.HRMichelin announced today it will expand the market footprint for its airless skid steer tires with the launch of two new versions of the award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL airless radial tire: a 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain for a wide range of surfaces and a12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Hard Surface for pavement use.

Two years ago, MICHELIN Tweel Technologies introduced the first commercially available airless radial tires for skid steer loaders. This revolutionary tire offered a solution to the seemingly unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plague the millions of skid steer loaders relied upon by many commercial operations.

The new All Terrain, which is designed for more rugged off-road working conditions, will be a viable option for such industries as construction and landscaping, and the new Hard Surface tire, which provides more longevity on pavement and asphalt, presents an option for very high-use operations.

The development of Michelin’s Tweel technology is significant, since skid steer loaders equipped with traditional pneumatic tires, experience at least two or more flat tires per month. Desperate to find a solution to reduce flat-tire downtime, many users resort to using foam-filled, solid tires or other alternatives that result in diminished traction, handling and ride comfort. The 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL provides the advantages of no air pressure maintenance, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than pneumatic tires.

“Our newest versions of the 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL provide the benefits associated with pneumatic tires, but they don’t go flat. This is a breakthrough innovation for skid steers in the landscape, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “I urge everyone to stay tuned. This is just the beginning of exciting things to come.”

The MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL is now available in two different tread designs, the All Terrain design with a deep, open tread for off-road applications and the Hard Surface design which has greater wear life on pavement and asphalt. In line with Michelin’s commitment to lessen the impact on the environment, both MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL fitments are equipped with advancements that help save resources. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the tires’ durability and endurance. In addition, the tires have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded numerous times, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.

7d2aeab7-417d-492f-9874-cb3cae6d3be7.HRThe MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL is now available in two different tread designs, the All Terrain design with a deep, open tread for off-road applications and the Hard Surface design which has greater wear life on pavement and asphalt. In line with Michelin’s commitment to lessen the impact on the environment, both MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL fitments are equipped with advancements that help save resources. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the tires’ durability and endurance. In addition, the tires have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded numerous times, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.

The MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL is now available in two different tread designs, the All Terrain design with a deep, open tread for off-road applications and the Hard Surface design which has greater wear life on pavement and asphalt. In line with Michelin’s commitment to lessen the impact on the environment, both MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL fitments are equipped with advancements that help save resources. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the tires’ durability and endurance. In addition, the tires have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded numerous times, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.

The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain offers high strength, poly-resin spokes to carry the load, reduce machine bounce and provide excellent operator comfort. The spokes are engineered to be self-evacuating in muddy conditions. The tread is designed for maximum traction. The 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL Hard Surface has a smooth tread with a 100 percent contact surface ratio which provides the maximum tread life for pavement applications. With a solution for all surfaces, the 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL is the only commercial product available to offer the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime.

The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL has received several product recognitions during the past two years. These awards have included a Silver Award in the Transportation category from the 2013 Edison Awards; Equipment Today’s 2013 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products; Equipment World’s 2014 Innovations Awards as one of the “five game-changing” construction products of 2013; a 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards by the Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council and a top 25 Newsmakers of the Year by Engineering News-Record for Dr. Tim Rhyne as a 2014 recipient for his work on the revolutionary technology.

To learn more about the MICHELIN Tweel, visit www.michelintweel.com.

Michelin To Provide Airless Radial Tire For John Deere Ztrak™ 900 Series Line-Up

MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™ available exclusively on new John Deere ZTrak 900 B, M, R Series mowers

5714133b-7cf4-4bb2-bff1-6ae7cf9172bd.HRAt this year’s Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE), MICHELIN Tweel Technologies announced it has partnered with John Deere to equip its ZTRAK™ 900 Series line-up of zero-turn commercial mowers with the ground-breaking MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™ as original equipment to replace a standard 24x12x12 tire. Available on the 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes, the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF eliminates downtime and is maintenance free.

The newest version of this award-winning technology, MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF airless radial tire is available for landscape professionals who normally experience expensive and inconvenient downtime associated with flat tires. Using automotive rubber technology, the tread lasts up to three times longer than standard turf tires. Operators will experience greater performance than with a pneumatic tire, increased uptime, enhanced hillside stability, reduced operator fatigue, and improved productivity resulting in a lower cost of ownership.

“We have been working with the John Deere team for several years and the result is a partnership that has the potential to dramatically change the commercial mowing market,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “Our MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF provides the benefits associated with pneumatic tires, but it won’t go flat.”

“John Deere has consistently offered revolutionary technology to the professional landscape contractor and now, in partnership with Michelin, offers the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF on our 900 Series ZTrak,” said Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing. “The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF could very well be the last rear tire contractors will ever need for their zero-turn mowers.”

The new MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF offers high strength, poly-resin spokes to carry the load and absorb impacts while providing reduced machine bounce. This translates into excellent operator comfort and in turn, productivity. The proprietary design also resists damage. The multidirectional tread pattern is optimized for hillside stability and helps prevents turf damage. The proprietary Comp10 Cable™ technology allows the load to hang from the top, resulting in low contact pressure that mimics air filled tires. The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is the only 24x12N12 commercial product available to offer the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime. The four bolt pattern, heavy steel gauge steel hub fits a variety of popular zero-turn commercial mowers.

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Watters Campaigns for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act

Tim Watters, 2014 Chairman of the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) and President of Hoffman Equipment, is working hard to educate people about the importance of infrastructure investment. Watters is doing everything he can to encourage elected officials to take action and address long term needs for infrastructure funding across the country.
One of these measures is the proposed Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act.

The act would eliminate the volume cap on private activity bonds for water and sewage projects, which would be expected to increase private investments in the construction segment. It is anticipated that the passage of this act could generate as much as $6 billion in demand and could produce up to 1,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

“We are excited about this bi-partisan effort to address aging water infrastructure,” says Watters. “This bill will bring economic growth to the nation, create jobs in the construction industry and improve services around the country.”
The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act would bring small changes to the tax code in order to bring water infrastructure regulations in line with other infrastructure spending. An AED commissioned study shows that every dollar invested in water infrastructure generates $2.03 in tax savings over 20 years.

Another infrastructure crisis facing the country is the projected budget shortage of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The Congressional Budget Office originally projected the HTF would have ran out of money this summer, causing significant delays and work stoppages during the busy construction season. Congress recently passed a short-term package that would fund the HTF through next May, but a long-term solution is still needed.

At a recent press conference, organized by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-California), Watters said the looming crisis threatens 4,000 jobs at construction equipment dealerships across the country and 700,000 jobs in the broader construction industry.

“Every morning hundreds of thousands of hard-working men and women in the construction industry get up, go to work and build America’s transportation infrastructure. If they didn’t do their jobs, this country would come to a grinding halt,” Watters said.

Watters says that Boxer is someone who is working to address the problem, but he encourages people across the country to get in touch with their representatives to demand action. Watters demanded of legislators, “Do what we sent you here to do. Legislate. Govern. Give us a highway bill. And give us the infrastructure the U.S. economy needs to function.”

Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Tim Watters (to the right of Boxer) at a recent conference in Washington D.C.

Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Tim Watters (to the right of Boxer) at a recent conference in Washington D.C.

Tim Watters, 2014 Chairman of AED and President of Hoffman Equipment, speaking at a press conference in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Tim Watters, 2014 Chairman of AED and
President of Hoffman Equipment, speaking at a press conference in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Wells Fargo Reports: Existing Home Sales Bounce Back in September

Wells_Fargo_Securities_logoExisting home sales perked up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million, the highest in 2014. Gains were made in the single-family and condo market, but total sales are still lower than a year ago.

 

Sales in the South Reach a New High

  •  Sales of existing single-family homes gained 2.0 percent in September, although they remain 1.9 percent lower than a year earlier. Condo sales, however, rebounded by 5.2 percent and now match their year-ago number.
  •  Monthly gains were seen in the West (7.1 percent), the South (5.0 percent) and the Northeast (1.5 percent). The South is the only region where sales are above year-ago levels.

More Distressed Sales Over the Month

  • The number of distressed sales increased in the month to 10 percent of total purchases. Investors and all-cash buyers also accounted for more existing home sales in September relative to August. When comparing these types of sales to a year ago, the share of distressed, all cash and investor purchases are notably lower, showing that the broad trend is one where the housing market is becoming healthier.

Source: National Association of Realtors and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

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