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James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 - August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott May 03, 1922 – August 04, 2016

James Joseph Elliott passed away August 4, 2016 at the age of 94. James was born in Hastings, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children born to Joe and Anna Elliott. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp with the 7th Regiment 1st Division while attending Hastings College. James was in the landing invasion of Okinawa and active in combat with the Japanese for the 86 day fight to secure the island. He then served in China for 9 months and was honorably discharged in 1946. James married Leitha Seberg and they shared 27 years together. After the passing of Leitha, he later married Jeannie Markert and they resided in Visalia for 28 years. Jeannie passed away on January 10, 2007. He leaves behind his companion of ten years, Betty Peters of Visalia. James is also survived by his children, Anne Hickman and Gregory Elliott and wife Mary, all of Bonanza, Oregon. James leaves the Elliott grandchildren, Teri Torres and husband, George Torres and Daniel Hickman and wife, Pamela; three great grandchildren Austin Torres, Hunter and Bryce Hickman. James was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jeffrey Hickman and granddaughter Leanna Torres. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Visalia for 27 years where he served as an usher for many years. James’ greatest love was for the Lord. He was a very spiritual man. He was a member of Avenue of the Flag, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. James volunteered at Kaweah Delta District Hospital as a Blue Boy and was a member of Lifestyle Center for 18 years. James worked as an advertising/public relations executive for over 60 years. Baseball was his passion. Our Dad had a great sense of humor; loved his family and loved life. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1111 S. Conyer Street in Visalia. Remembrances may be made to Grace Lutheran Project “The Next 100 Years” or Avenue of the Flag, PO Box 1261, Visalia, CA. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.

Jim will be missed and remembered by his numerous friends in the construction industry where he plied his skills as an advertising and public relations executive for the Associated Construction Publications (ACP) from 1972 to 1990. Jim was ACP’s Western Regional representative responsible for all 14 ACP magazines (California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Bulletin [no loner with the ACP magazines],Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder) – a big territory, from Oregon to the Dakotas all the way to Texas. After leaving the ACPs Jim was an independent rep for several publications including the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) association magazine.

Jim really was an industry icon.

Greg Sitek

AED Reports on FAST Act Impact on Industry

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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.

Toby Mack, President & CEO of AED Opens 92nd Annual Meeting With On-Target Remarks

Associated Equipment Distributors

January 2011

Good morning, and may I be one of the first to officially welcome you to the 2011 AED Summit, in this 92nd year of AED’s long

Toby Mack, President & CEO of AED

distinguished history of service to equipment distribution since our founding in 1919. Thank you for coming. We wish you a very productive couple of days, but more important, a year of growth and profitability.

Achieving that will be a challenge, and most if not all of you will prevail and succeed. But while some signs of optimism and increased activity are finally appearing, the path to real recovery remains somewhere in the distance. The reason of course is that many of the key markets that drive our businesses – notably residential housing, commercial construction, and infrastructure investment – remain depressed with little near-term improvement in sight. Since residential and commercial construction are mostly driven by supply-demand economics over which AED has little sway, let me focus for a moment on the one big driver that depends primarily on government policy decisions, and which AED can affect. I’m referring of course to infrastructure investment.

This past Monday, the advance teaser releases on the President’s State of the Union content suggested that the speech would be all about “innovation, education, infrastructure and jobs”. I got excited. I got on a plane for Orlando Tuesday night and couldn’t tune in, so I downloaded the text to read on the plane ride down here. I learned that what infrastructure investment primarily meant in the address is that 80% of Americans will have access to high speed rail. And although we need to repair our decrepit roads and bridges – in ways that are “fully paid for”, and with private investment, and with project priorities picked by someone in the Administration (not Congress), who knows best which projects are good for the economy.

That was it. And by the way, anything with an earmark will get vetoed. So much for infrastructure investment lifting your business and bringing back countless construction jobs, unless you happen to provide equipment to the railroads. Not a word about investments in expansion of surface transportation and water infrastructure capacity to meet the needs of a growing economy and provide the physical foundation for productivity and global competitiveness. We did hear that other countries are investing more than we are, and that our infrastructure gets a “D”, and that we need to “redouble” the efforts of the last two years. I’ll take these statements as encouragement that the Administration is thinking about highways and water, but with no commitment or specifics. At least some infrastructure support made it into his address.

As far as the highway program goes, that was all. A year and a half after the expiration of the last highway bill, we’re starting from scratch, or more appropriately, we’re starting from down in the hole. The hole is about $10 billion a year deep. That’s the difference between annual gas tax revenues going into the Highway Trust Fund, and the annual dollars needed to fund even the last program – SAFETEA-LU – which was enacted in 2004 and expired in September 2009, and which has been running on a series of short-term extensions ever since.

Up until now the difference has been made up by transferring money from the Treasury’s general fund to the HTF. But now the majority party in the House has made no secret that it is not disposed to continue to make these transfers under the current fiscal austerity climate. And the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is floating the thought that maybe we need to do a new highway program that only spends what the trust fund takes in – in other words about $10 billion a year less on highways that what has been spent annually since 2004. In other words, if gas tax revenues shrink further, so will highway spending. And most members of Congress will tell you to forget about raising the gas tax. That’s no way to do multi-year transportation project planning.

Making matters even more difficult, yesterday the Congressional Budget Office dramatically upped its projection of the current fiscal year federal deficit – to about $1.5 trillion, up from last August’s estimate of about $1.1 trillion. That will be the biggest deficit in American history, in a year already being heralded as bringing us “the great recovery”.

Now the reason I’m sharing all this good news is simple: you need to know, if you didn’t already, that our job in Washington just got a lot harder. And by “our job”, I mean not only AED’s job, but your job as business people and constituents. Just about everyone in this room has at least one congressman and two senators. If you have facilities and employ people in more than one state or congressional district, multiply that by X. If we are to prevail, you have got to get in this fight – personally.

AED can have the best lobbyists in Washington to represent you, but we can’t get the job done unless we are talking to your members of Congress with you in the conversation. AED will take the initiative – but you must too. Don’t wait – we can arm you with all the background information and talking points you need. Knock down your congressman’s door – walk in and tell him what he or she needs to do to put construction people to work in the district and stop losing businesses to competitor states and countries that understand how important infrastructure is to competitiveness.

Big budget cuts are in the wind, and now the term “investment” is being demonized by some as a code word for “spend”. We must counter that catchy sound bite with the truth – that spending on infrastructure is an absolutely necessary investment in the American economy’s capacity to grow, to compete globally, and to put Americans to work.

So long story short, AED is not rolling over – instead we’re going to double down on our efforts. Never in my 20-plus years in the industry has there been more at stake for anyone who makes a living on the infrastructure market, nor has there been a tougher job ahead of us. That’s why AED has moved some of its headquarters operations to Washington – including a much bigger share of my own time and presence – to augment our already top-notch legislative office staffed by Christian Klein and his people.

But I’m calling on you to make this fight your own personal business. You can’t delegate it, or let others pull your load, and expect to prevail. If you join in this battle with AED, and with your colleagues and competitors, prevail we will.

America Needs Action From President And Congress On Infrastructure Investment

Editor’s Note: For nearly two years Site-K Construction Zone has been blogging about and posting information on our infrastructure needs, the highway bill and the need to put people back to work. Leading construction industry associations such as the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a host of others, have posted and published hundreds of articles on our infrastructure needs and how a concentrated, serious, honest infrastructure program would start the repair and much-needed updating of our infrastructure while putting thousands of people back to work. Several things about infrastructure construction: it can’t be shipped offshore; it requires unbelievable amounts of domestically produced and generated materials and supplies; it results in the employment of thousands. ON Monday, October 11, 2010 the president once again advocated the implementation of a $50 billion infrastructure program. It’s a great idea. If we do that why don’t we pass the Highway Trust Fund Bill that’s been on hold for more than a year? Had that bill been passed in September 2009, as scheduled, our unemployment problems might not be as bad as they are and our economy could well be in a real recovery mode. Hats off to AEM for it’s following comments.

Statement by AEM President Dennis Slater

Association of Equipment Manufacturers President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s meeting about the infrastructure spending October 11 and a recent report by the Department of the Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers:

“For the second time in as many months, President Obama has appeared before the press and the public to announce his commitment to a 6-year plan to rebuild and modernize America’s infrastructure for the 21st century – putting Americans back to work and investing in our future.  America’s equipment manufacturers have urgently been making this case for nearly two years, so we are pleased to see the White House focus on this critical issue.  Now we need action. President Obama and Congress should reconvene immediately after the November elections and pass a surface transportation bill that will put thousands of Americans back to work repairing and rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Continuing to put off this fundamental responsibility of the federal government keeps unemployment rates high and makes a bad problem worse.  Enacting a long-term surface transportation plan will benefit all Americans, revitalize our economy and strengthen our global competitiveness.”

AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 800 companies and 200-plus product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels.