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TRIP Report: DAVID KEARBY, CAE, TAPPED TO LEAD NATIONAL NONPROFIT TRIP

Dave Kearby, CAE,  has been named executive director of the Washington, D.C., based TRIP – a national transportation research nonprofit – effective January 24, 2020. Kearby succeeds Will Wilkins, who retires this year after 36 years of service at TRIP, 33 as TRIP’s executive director.

Dave Kearby, CAE

Kearby was named executive director after an extensive search process by TRIP’s succession task force. “We’re confident we’ve got the right person for the position,” said Ken Wert, 2020 TRIP Chairman of the Board. “Dave’s background in transportation and his familiarity in working with volunteer leaders will position him well as he takes the helm of this highly regarded nonprofit.” 

Kearby brings years of experience in the surface transportation field, having served as Central District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Washington for more than a decade. In addition, Kearby served as chair and board member of TRANSAction, one of Washington State’s first regional transportation partnerships.

”I’m excited to be chosen for this position and am looking forward to leading TRIP into the 2020s,” said Kearby. “This organization has been a credible, highly regarded source on all things surface transportation related for nearly 50 years and my goal is to continue and enhance that reputation.”

Retiring executive director Will Wilkins said, “I know I’m leaving TRIP in good hands. Dave’s experience in surface transportation and his qualifications as a certified association executive make him the perfect choice to lead TRIP.”

Kearby was raised in the Yakima valley and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University in Alabama, and is a Certified Association Executive. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife Sharon and daughter Alexis.

Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues.  TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.

2020: THE MANUFACTURING ELECTION

By Kip Eideberg, AEM Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Relations

A view from 2017 of the US Capitol after the recent restorations.

This year, Americans will head to the polls to decide which party controls state capitals, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. It’s something that happens only once every four years, and the outcome of the 2020 election will have a significant impact on equipment manufacturers, the manufacturing sector, and the U.S. economy for years to come.

Voters consistently rank the economy as a top issue when heading into the voting booth. It’s a trend that recent polling by national surveying group Morning Consult shows will continue this year. What’s also going to be important this year, according to this month’s poll, is how well 2020 candidates present their ideas on how to keep manufacturing strong in the U.S.

The vast majority of registered U.S. voters, 91 percent, say manufacturing is critical or important to keeping the economy strong. The recent survey also shows that more than three-quarters of U.S. voters believe presidential candidates should prioritize manufacturing as part of their 2020 platforms – and that number grows in manufacturing-heavy swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan.

2020 candidates must take note. They can position themselves as champions of manufacturing by outlining how they would protect and grow the sector through pro-manufacturing policies like infrastructure investment, free and fair trade, workforce development, and supporting farmers and working families by passing policies to keep rural communities strong. That will resonate with the 91 percent of registered U.S. voters who value keeping manufacturing strong. For example, the recent poll shows seven in 10 voters are more likely to support candidates running for office if they support efforts to bolster the economy of rural America and prepare students for careers in manufacturing.

However, from a policy perspective, the last several years have resulted in mixed results for manufacturers. On one hand, the 2018 tax reform bill, the 2018 Farm Bill, and a modernized North American trade agreement provided by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) are all policy wins for equipment manufacturers and our industry’s 1.3 million men and women. On the other hand, the ongoing trade war with China and the use of protectionist tariffs, as well as the failure by Washington lawmakers to reach across the aisle to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package, has offset those wins. Altogether, it’s resulting in a less certain future for manufacturers.

For example, two recent manufacturing indexes by IHS Markit and ISM show a sharp divergence when it comes to whether U.S. manufacturing is expanding or contracting. While ISM’s evaluation shows the worst manufacturing report in a decade, Markit shared a stable reading over 52. The mixed signals are being felt by U.S. voters. That same, new poll out this month shows 45 percent of registered voters believing manufacturing is in the decline and 47 percent believe there will be fewer manufacturing jobs in the future.

This makes the 2020 election ripe for AEM and the entire equipment manufacturing industry to ensure the manufacturing and its current and future role the U.S. economy becomes a dominate theme throughout this year’s campaign season. That’s why AEM is engaging in several election-year activities promoting manufacturing issues with voters.

For example, next month on Sunday, February 16, AEM will co-host the “Moving America Forward” presidential candidate forum in Las Vegas, featuring the top Democratic presidential candidates for an opportunity to hear their ideas on how the U.S. can best address challenges facing America’s infrastructure. Infrastructure presents both an urgent challenge and a singular opportunity for any presidential administration to address since it’s an issue that affects every American. It’s also an issue that 90 percent of Americans believe should be a priority for the next administration.

AEM will also be leading the effort to engage and inform tens of thousands of the industry’s men and women across the country through the AEM 2020 Manufacturing Express, a national tour with over 50 stops over three months leading up to the November election. The bus tour will kick off directly following the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in July, and feature state and local officials, members of Congress, presidential candidates, and other elected officials, to highlight the issues facing U.S. manufacturers before Americans head to the polls in November this year.

It’s clear American voters want strong leadership on manufacturing. It’s up to us to make sure 2020 candidates pay attention. 

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3 Secrets to Hiring Top Construction Talent

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Top talent looks for career opportunities differently than they did a few years ago. This is largely attributable to technology. People have more access to information about job openings. There is also an increased level of employer transparency.

Websites like Indeed and Glassdoor have become quite influential. If you have a company with more than 100 employees, you’ll have an online presence whether you want one or not. Regardless of the size of your company, your online reputation has to be positive, which requires ongoing management. Some construction firms still don’t recognize this fact.

It’s also important to recognize the fact that traditional job postings aren’t as effective as they used to be. Studies have shown that job candidates often abandon the application process if it takes more than a few minutes. Part of that is because most postings are written from the employer’s point of view as opposed to the candidate’s, and we’re all moving at lightning speed today. The other part is that many employers fail to respond to job applicants in a timely fashion. As a result, people have been conditioned to distrust the traditional job posting and application process. Also, top performers no longer need to search job postings because industry connections contact them on a regular basis about solid career opportunities.

Construction firms can still attract top talent to their companies. They just need the right mindset and hiring process that accommodates today’s changes in candidate behavior.

We have assembled a list of top secrets to hiring top talent in the construction industry. Here’s a look at a few of them.

SECRET #1 – TREAT RECRUITING LIKE MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Think about all of the planning and effort you put into client acquisition and retention. The same should be done for your employees. This takes commitment and consistency in doing the right things, such as proper outreach and follow-up, maintaining a strong brand and company culture, and creating career paths your employees and candidates can see. Finally, treat candidates exactly like prospective clients during your interview process.

SECRET #2 – BUILD A TALENT PIPELINE

It’s not enough to just put up a job posting or help wanted sign when you have a position to fill. Construction companies should be constantly building their talent pipeline.

To build a pipeline of future candidates for general labor or trades positions, it’s important to establish relationships with local high schools, technical schools and colleges. It’s also helpful to participate in workforce development programs in your area. In non-union areas, it is wise to consider an apprenticeship program.

With respect to office and management positions, there is competition for top talent. The first thing companies should do is “mine” the contacts of their employees. For example, ask your estimators to identify who they know to be good estimators. Collect their information and enter it into an applicant tracking system, or something simpler such as a Microsoft Outlook database or Excel spreadsheet.

After the list is developed, create some sort of communication mechanism, such as a quarterly company newsletter you can email to prospective employees. Let these people know what is going on with your company and the great projects you are working on. The goal is to keep it newsworthy while also creating some excitement around your company and culture.

Another good tactic is to connect with people on social media. For construction companies, Instagram and LinkedIn seem to be the most effective. A company Facebook page is also worth considering. Establish company pages that are regularly updated with newsworthy, engaging posts. Again, this takes commitment. But once you build up a community, you can start to post job openings that generate interest from top talent.

One other good tactic is to connect with your vendors, suppliers and consultants. They likely know people with the expertise you seek and can help you spread the word when you are looking for top talent.

SECRET #3 – CREATE BETTER JOB DESCRIPTIONS

When I speak to construction company leaders, I usually tell them to ditch the traditional job description. Most are fraught with “hiring bias” and prevent companies from attracting the best candidates for a given job.

For example, we had a client who was looking for a staff accountant to handle accounts payable, as well as prepare union payroll and reporting. The person writing the job description wanted to ask for at least three years of accounting experience, as well as an accounting degree from a top university. I immediately saw a disconnect.

I talked with the client about the most important performance outcomes of this position. The client cited the ability to meet deadlines, accurately enter information into the system, create accurate reports, and obtain the necessary approvals in a timely fashion. None of those essential performance outcomes really required three years of accounting experience, much less an accounting degree. So why did we want to limit our candidate pool to that? We could be missing out on some very detail-oriented people with great clerical and time-management skills.

I always advise clients to make a list of the top five or six performance outcomes a new hire must deliver in order to be successful. This is a road map to not only making a good hire, but attracting top performers to your company in the first place.

WANT TO LEARN MORE SECRETS TO SUCCESSFUL HIRING?

Be sure to attend my session at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, North America’s largest construction trade show. It’s being held March 10-14 in Las Vegas. Visit CONEXPO/CON-AGG for more information.

AEM Elects 2020 Officers, New Directors

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its 2020 officers as well as directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards at its recent annual business meeting. 

Chair Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver

2020 AEM Officers are:

  • Chair Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
  • Vice Chair Steven Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Inc.
  • Ag Chair Jerry Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International Inc.
  • CE Chair Rodney Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.
  • Treasurer Todd Stucke, Sr. VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.
  • Secretary Dennis Slater, President, AEM

AEM officers and directors come from an industry cross section and work on behalf of all member companies to provide strategic direction and guidance for the association’s initiatives in areas including public policy representation, market information and equipment statistics, trade shows, product safety and technical support.

“AEM benefits from the support of our member companies and the leadership talents of our Board members, and we greatly appreciate their active participation,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Their engagement and contributions help ensure that we deliver quality results as we continue to build momentum for the equipment manufacturing industry and offer the best possible services and programs for members.”

Directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors: 

  • Ted Bojanowski, VP Sales and Marketing, Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Grant Godbersen, VP Manufacturing, GOMACO Corp.
  • Michael Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.
  • Jerry Johnson, President Farm Ranch & Agriculture Division, Blount International Inc.
  • Philip Kelliher, VP Americas Distribution Services Marketing, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Leif Magnusson, President, CLAAS of America Inc.
  • Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.
  • Brad Olson, Vice President, Two Rivers Marketing 
  • Austin Ramirez, President & CEO, Husco 
  • Jeffrey Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
  • Todd Stucke, Sr. VP Marketing, Product Support & Strategic Projects, Kubota Tractor Corp.

Directors elected to the AEM AG Sector Board:

  • Grant Adolph, COO, Buhler Industries Inc.
  • Kim Boccardi, VP Marketing, Titan International
  • Fernando Cuccioli, Exec. VP Cluster Americas, DeLaval Inc.
  • Charlene Finck, Div. President Producer Media, Farm Journal
  • Gene Fraser, VP Global Sales & Marketing, MacDon Industries Ltd.
  • David Gilmore, Senior VP Global Marketing, Ag & Turf Div., Deere & Co.
  • Jerry Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International Inc.
  • Darryl Matthews, Sr. VP Natural Resources, Trimble Inc.
  • Brian Nelson, President & Chairman, HCC Inc.
  • Viren Popli, President & CEO, Mahindra USA Inc.
  • James Wessing, President, Kondex Corp. 
  • Jeremy Yoder, COO, DISTek Integration Inc.

Directors elected to the AEM CE Sector Board:

  • Brian Bieller, President & Regional GM, Dynapac
  • Mary Erholtz, VP of Marketing, Superior Industries Inc.
  • John Grote, Global VP, Sales & Marketing, Grote Industries Inc.
  • Willie Harbert, VP Sales, Eaton 
  • Robert Mortensen, President Off Highway Div., Husco 
  • Frank Nerenhausen, President, JLG Industries Inc. 
  • Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems
  • Rick Rodier, Group VP, Construction Businesses, The Toro Company
  • Ingo Schiller, President North America Operations, Tadano America Corp.
  • Johannes Schulze Vohren, Exec. VP Sales & Marketing, Wacker Neuson Corp.
  • David Thorne, Sr. VP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Construction & Forestry Div., Deere & Co. 
  • Patrick Weiler, President, Weiler

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year.

Learn more about AEM at www.aem.org.

DEWALT® Introduces ToughSystem® 2.0 Radio & Charger

DEWALT® announces the ToughSystem® 2.0 Radio & Charger (DWST08820), delivering powerful 360° sound and durability. Available in November 2019, it’s the first product in an upcoming relaunch of the original ToughSystem product line, first announced in 2011. More information will be available on the rest of the line in early 2020.

Features of the ToughSystem 2.0 Radio & Charger include Dynamic Range Control that gives users the optimal sound for indoor or outdoor use, via selectable settings. It incorporates four integrated, high-performance full-range speakers, an active subwoofer, and passive bass resonator, all driven by a 55W RMS amplifier to provide audio clarity. Compatible with all existing ToughSystem and future ToughSystem 2.0 modular storage solutions, the radio interface is intuitive and with robust stacking and locking side latches it’s easy to assemble and disassemble.

Integrated Bluetooth® connectivity enables the radio and music from mobile devices to be controlled remotely via the DEWALT Sound Systems Android™ / iOS® operating system mobile apps. A 2.1A USB port is included on the radio for mobile device charging while a large compartment on top provides storage and protection for a battery, phone and the included AC power cable. The radio is also fully compatible with DEWALT 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® battery platforms (batteries are sold separately). Not only can the radio run off DEWALT batteries for cordless operation, it can also charge DEWALT batteries when it’s plugged in via the optional AC power cable.

With a wide top handle, the radio is engineered for the jobsite. It’s IP54 rated for dust and water resistance and its construction is reinforced to withstand daily use in tough conditions. The radio also features a large, full color LCD motion-flipping display, rubberized keypad, and touch-sensitive buttons. Available where DEWALT products are sold in November 2019, the ToughSystem 2.0 Radio & Charger (battery and charger are sold separately) is the perfect solution for jobsites, workshops, and vans.

*With respect to 12V MAX – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 12 volts. Nominal voltage is 10.8. With respect to 20V MAX – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. With respect to 60V MAX – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by DEWALT is under license. Android is a trademark of Google LLC. IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license to Apple Inc.

FEATURES & SPECS

FEATURES

  • Listen to live radio or stream music from your Bluetooth® enabled device
  • Color LCD display and touch screen capability
  • Works with and charges DEWALT 12V MAX*, 20V MAX* and FLEXVOLT® batteries. Batteries not included.
  • IP54 rating
  • 55W RMS amp, 4 Full Range Speakers, 1 Active Subwoofer and 1 Assisted Bass Resonator for loud, high quality sound
  • Large compartment to store your mobile devices
  • USB charger (2.1A) and AUX port
  • ToughSystem® Compatible
  • Dynamic range control for indoor and outdoor environments
  • App gives you full remote control

SPECIFICATIONS

  • HEIGHT 15.21 IN
  • SYSTEM 12V MAX* , 20V MAX*
  • TOOL WEIGHT 15.2 LBS
  • WIDTH 21.645 IN