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In Memory of Duane Arthur Wilder — February 3, 1953 – August 13, 2015


UnknownDuane Wilder, 62, passed away on August 13th while resting in his home in Williamsburg, VA. Born in Alpena, MI, he was the oldest son of Shirley (Keetch) and the late Arthur Wilder, and the brother of Darwin and Dennis Wilder. He is survived by his wife, Jackie (Morris) and their 3 children: Samantha Wilder, Cody Wilder, and Nicole Maaguo, along with her husband and their 3 children, Nadia, Olivia and Greyson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was the first person in his family to graduate college, completing his degree at Briar Cliff College.

Duane was a respected businessman who started his career as a young co-owner of Alpena Ford Tractor, before marrying and moving to Iowa to launch a career with J.I. Case Corporation in their Manager Training program. Duane’s work ethic, business sense and friendly nature led to the first of many promotions in his career when he became Retail Operations Manager, North America for J.I. Case in Racine, WI. He would continue to rise and lead multiple agricultural and heavy equipment companies to significant growth, including his 11-year term as President of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.

Duane took great pride in his ability to provide jobs and would surprise employees with handwritten cards after an illness or birthday. His approachable nature earned him many friends and respect within the industry, serving roles as Board Member and Treasurer for AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturers), Board Member and Vice Chair for CE Sector, Board Member for AED Foundation (Association of Equipment Distributors), Member of AED Industry Roundtable, Life Member of and past State and National Judge for Future Farmers of America, President of Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair Industrial Development Commission in Ida Grove, IA.

Always a proud father, Duane recently gathered with his family and grandchildren to celebrate his youngest daughter’s law school graduation in May. Arrangements are by the Nelson Funeral Home with Green Funeral Home assisting. Friends and family are invited for a ceremony to celebrate Duane’s life beginning with visitation at 9:30am on Wednesday, August 19th at Hillman Free Methodist Church, followed by a Service at 11:00am. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Alpena Community College Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students, in lieu of flowers (http://discover.alpenacc.edu/about_acc/donate.php)

Editor’s note: I was fortunate to have had the privilege of knowing Duane during his days at CASE, AEM and his leadership role at Liebherr. His contributions to the industry made a difference and the void his passing leaves will never be filled.

Register by August 21 for ICUEE 2015 to Save Time, Money

Preview the Utility Industry’s Future at ‘The Demo Expo’

Register by August 21 for the 2015 ICUEE-The Demo Expo to save 50 percent off the badge fee plus receive discounted education fees. You can now register via any mobile device.

ICUEE 2015 will feature extensive hands-on equipment demonstrations in job-like conditions, best-practices education from leading industry organizations and unparalleled industry networking opportunities.

“This is where our industry gathers to see what’s new and what’s coming that will affect their jobs and their businesses, and it’s a showcase for the technology that will benefit the industry through safer operations and increased efficiencies,” said Tim Ford, ICUEE 2015 chair and president of Terex Cranes for Terex Corporation.

“The show also serves as an industry platform to explore issues such as workforce development and the need for a more comprehensive infrastructure strategy,” said Ford.

ICUEE 2015 will be held September 29-October 1 in Louisville, Kentucky USA (Kentucky Exposition Center).

ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, is also known as The Demo Expo and is the largest event for the utility industry, owned and produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The show brings together industry professionals to gain comprehensive insights into the latest technologies, innovations and trends affecting their industry.

No other event offers the number and scope of hands-on and live demonstrations for the utility industry.

Past attendees overwhelmingly cite the demo feature as a factor in their decision to attend and an influence on their buying decisions. More than 97 percent of attendees at the last ICUEE said the show value was good to excellent.

ICUEE 2015 will feature specialized exhibit pavilions for fleet management, safety, and green utility, plus a Ride & Drive test track (for on-road equipment and technologies) and indoor Demo Stage, in addition to the extensive in-booth exhibitor product demos.

Attendees will find an enhanced show experience:

More transportation options with improved shuttles and new express vehicles to help navigate the show and find new products faster
More places to take a break, including the Fuel Stop outdoors in Area Q with refreshments, Wi-Fi and mobile device charging stations
More Details: Benefit Auction to Connect Military Veterans with Jobs (Heroes Day)

At ICUEE 2015, a special Heroes Day on October 1 will recognize the importance of utility professionals and salute our military heroes with a benefit auction and other events.
The Heroes Day auction will benefit military veteran job placement services with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Call of DutyTM Endowment. Heroes Day will also feature Lunch on Us and a Toast to Our Heroes bourbon tasting.

Click here to learn more about the ICUEE Benefit Auction and The Call of Duty Endowment.

Visit www.icuee.com for the latest show information.

About ICUEE – www.icuee.com

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE), also known as The Demo Expo, is held every two years and focuses on the job needs of utilities and utility contractors in the electric, telecommunications/cable, natural gas, water and wastewater sectors. With 25 acres of exhibits to explore, attendees can test-drive the latest equipment, watch live demonstrations of new products and technologies, and take advantage of best-practices industry education.

About AEM -www.aem.org
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (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 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

Highway Bill Soaps…

No Highway Bill, Another Extension?

By Greg Sitek

Tired of seeing this comment when anything relative to the highway bill comes up for discussion? You should be. Since 2009, Congress has passed 34 short-term bills to fund transportation programs.

On July 18, 2015 the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said, during the Thursday hearing, that his preference is for lawmakers to pass a long-term extension to avoid repeats of the upcoming “highway cliff.”  He thinks a six-year transportation funding bill sought by infrastructure advocates is “a great goal” and said he is “committed to working to get us as close to that goal as possible.”

The current transportation funding legislation includes about $50 billion in annual spending on road and transit projects. With the current gas tax at (which has not been increased since 1993) 18.4-cent-per-gallon, Federal Gas Tax revenue is only about $34 billion per year. Other pockets of the federal budget have been tapped to fill the gap in recent years. Transportation advocates have pointed out that the resulting temporary patches prevent states from completing long-term construction projects. These short-term extensions negatively impact all transportation related improvements, repairs and maintenance on all levels — regional state, municipal and local.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated it will take somewhere around a $100 billion to close the gap long enough to pay for a six-year transportation funding bill.

Hatch added, “Right now, when it comes to highways, we find ourselves caught in a familiar dilemma, between raising taxes or cutting back on the highway program.”

Why the delays, why the problems with passing a six-year bill? Hatch stated “First of all, neither party should point fingers and try to lay blame when it comes to the now-common practice of passing short-term highway extensions. ” He added, “Between the 110th and 113th Congresses, when the Democrats controlled the Senate, we enacted 11 short-term highway extensions.”

Highway and transportation advocates, industry associations and the industry all believe that without a long-term bill, be that six years or more, our national highway system is at risk. According to CBO, a six-year highway bill that maintains the current spending baseline will cost at least $92 billion.

The needed improvements, repairs, updates, maintenance can’t happen without funding. Funding can’t happen without some form of revenue collection — fuel tax, vehicle mileage tax, etc. – and right now fuel tax is the most realistic way to cover these costs. The extension that sits waiting for the Senate rewrite will take us to the end of the year. Will the House accept the Senate rewrite? Your guess is a good as anyone’s. Meanwhile we continue to drive on rapidly deteriorating roads, causing endless dollars of damage to our vehicles and reducing the safety factor in driving.

You really have to sit back and ask yourself, if congress couldn’t come up with a long-term bill over the course of 6 years and 34 failed attempts can they get the job done in 5 months with an election year coming? Or, will we be looking at extension 35?

Now Comes the Senate

The following comments by:

Michael O’Brien

Public Affairs Manager, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

 Welcome back to your favorite intermittent email series, “Where are we on a highway bill?” Below is a brief recap of today’s action, and some perspectives on where we go next.

We have a bill. We don’t have a bill.

Senators McConnell, Inhofe and Boxer announced a deal on a bipartisan, six-year highway bill late Tuesday morning after a weekend full of negotiating over ways to pay for it. But the legislation hit a procedural snag after Democrats blocked proceeding to the agreement because the text of the bill hadn’t been released until a few minutes before the scheduled cloture vote.

The vote was 41-56, after which Sen. McConnell (who voted no for procedural reasons) immediately entered a motion to reconsider, setting up another attempt at a Motion to Proceed (MTP) as soon as tomorrow. McConnell further suggested the Senate may work into the weekend to complete its work on highways.

But we do have pay-fors.

The agreement includes about $45 billion in funding offsets, good enough to finance about three years (or half) of the six-year bill. Some of the biggest offsets include:

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]$16.3 billion from cutting the dividend rate paid by the Federal Reserve to large banks

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]$9.0 billion from selling off a portion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR)

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]$4.0 billion from indexing customs user fees to inflation (Funny how indexing certain user fees is now so popular in Congress…)

You can find a full summary of the offsets, courtesy of our friend from the Senate Finance Committee, here.

Where do we go now?

 Senator Reid said that Democrats will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the specifics of the highway bill. Senator Boxer urged fellow Democrats to vote yes on cloture tomorrow: “I hope that tomorrow we’ll be able to join with our friends and vote to proceed.”

And though House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that the Senate should take up the House bill, Senator McConnell – who hardly ever offers offhanded comments – said he expected the House would take up a long-term bill if it is passed out of the Senate: “If we can get this bill over to the House, it is my belief they will take it up.”

What’s business doing?

AEM joined 67 other groups in signing a letter in support of today’s agreement. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among other groups, also urged senators to support cloture.

AEM and its coalition partners are going to continue to enlist our respective memberships to call and email Congress to urge work toward advancing a multi-year transportation bill. In the last 24 hours alone, AEM’s grassroots supporters have sent 1,400 emails to Congress in support of a long-term highway bill.

We’ll continue to impress the importance of providing our nation’s highway programs with critical certainty in the coming hours and days.

Leading Industry Groups ARTBA & AEM Issue Statements on the 
Senate’s Surface Transportation Proposal

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Senate’s Surface Transportation Proposal 

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane issued the following statement regarding the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s “Developing a Reliable & Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act”:

“Getting beyond the gridlock that has been strangling federal investment in the nation’s mobility is going to take bipartisan cooperation and leadership. Senators Inhofe, Boxer, Vitter and Carper have stepped up and done their job by outlining a multi-year highway and public transit program that will make America more competitive.

“Now it’s time for the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees to do theirs and provide the path forward with a sustainable revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund. Transportation investment is a core federal responsibility. It’s time to transcend politics and do the right thing for America.”

AEM_logo_wo_cmykAEM’s Dennis Slater Speaks out on the 
Senate’s Surface Transportation Proposal 

AEM welcomes the introduction of legislation from Senators Inhofe and Boxer that would meet our nation’s surface transportation needs at robust levels for a full six years. The DRIVE Act represents a serious and bipartisan attempt at breaking the cycle of borrowing just to fund the Highway Trust Fund every few months at a time.

Equipment manufacturers look forward to Senate consideration of this important legislation in the Environment and Public Works Committee and sincerely hope that other relevant committees – including the Senate Finance Committee – soon follow suit.

With another deadline on the horizon, it’s imperative that Congress takes action both swiftly and purposefully to address the Highway Trust Fund. The equipment

New Wave of TV, Print, Radio & Digital Ads Target Members of Congress & General Public on Highway Trust Fund Fix

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The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) and industry allies have launched a new television, radio, print advertising campaign to put increased pressure on Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), and boost federal highway and public transit investment.  The TCC is also utilizing digital ads asking commuters in key states to contact their congressmen and senators on the issue.

The effort highlights how conservative and tax-cutting champion President Ronald Reagan got it right when he said that “common sense” tells us that it’s less expansive to keep our transportation infrastructure in good repair than to let it crumble and have to rebuild.

Reagan also was on the money when he added that, wherever possible, assessing a fee on the people who benefit from a public service is “good tax policy” to pay for that service.

“Our highways were built largely with such a user fee – the gasoline tax,” Reagan said in a November 1982 radio address to the nation. “I think it makes sense to follow that principle in restoring them to the condition we all want them to be in.”

The 60-second television ad, sponsored by the TCC and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), airs June 16-18 on Fox News and CNN inside Washington, D.C., and is scheduled to coincide with this week’s House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committee hearings on the future of transportation financing.  Watch the ad.

The latest funding authorization for the highway and public transit program supported through the HTF expires July 31.  Congress continues to struggle in reaching agreement on a sustainable funding solution.

The TCC is also rolling out a 60-second radio ad featuring Reagan, which airs June 16-18 during morning and afternoon drive time on WTOP, D.C.’s top news-talk station.  Listen to the spot.

Complimentary, full-page TCC print ads will appear this week in Capitol Hill publications.  The ads call for an increase in the federal gas tax and note that nearly 90 percent of Republican and Democratic state legislators who voted to increase their state’s gas tax or equivalent during the last election cycle to fund transportation improvements were re-elected.  The TCC has also placed companion digital ads targeting congressional staff.

The TCC initiative extends beyond the Nation’s Capital and features digital advertising targeting voters in the states of these congressional and tax committee leaders:

  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
  • House Speaker John Boehner
  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
  • Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
  • Tom Price Price (R-Ga.) Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)
  • Todd Young (R-Ind.)
  • Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
  • Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

When clicked on the digital ads will take voters to a petition  that they can sign and have sent to their respective members of Congress.

The TCC says it plans to continue a wide-range of advertising and grassroots activities in the run up to the July 31 deadline to keep the pressure on Congress to fix the HTF and then pivot to passage of a long-term surface transportation bill.

Established in 1996 and co-chaired by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Associated General Contractors of America, the 31 associations and labor unions that make up the TCC have a direct market interest in the federal transportation program.  TCC members include:

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (co-chair); Associated General Contractors of America (co-chair); American Coal Ash Association; American Concrete Pavement Association; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Council of Engineering Companies; American Subcontractors Association; American Iron and Steel Institute; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association; Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association; Associated Equipment Distributors; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; International Slurry Surfacing Association; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; International Union of Operating Engineers; Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust; Laborers’ International Union of North America; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Association of Surety Bond Producers; National Electrical Contractors Association;  National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Steel Bridge Alliance; National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; National Utility Contractors Association; Portland Cement Association; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; The Road Information Program; and United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.