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ICUEE 2017 Exhibit Space Sales Open
The Demo Expo showcases utility construction’s newest products and technologies

PrintExhibit space sales are open for ICUEE 2017, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition. Visit the show website www.icuee.com for details on the space assignment process and deadlines for priority exhibit space selection.

ICUEE 2017 will take place October 3-5, 2017 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The biennial exhibition, also known as The Demo Expo, is the largest event for utilities and utility contractors, owned and produced by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

“ICUEE is where the utility construction industry meets to see and experience ‘hands-on’ the newest product innovations; exhibitors and attendees cite ICUEE as a high-quality show where they can easily connect with qualified companies,” said Tricia Mallett, show manager.

ICUEE 2017 will feature specialized exhibits pavilions for fleet management and green utilities, Ride & Drive test track for on-road equipment and technologies, and indoor Demo Stage complementing extensive in-booth product demos outdoors and indoors.

As a value-added service, ICUEE provides exhibitors with free electronic and print marketing materials to help reach customers and prospects and increase booth traffic. A variety of sponsorship and other marketing opportunities, including customized options, are also available.

What the Industry Is Saying

AEM exhibitions are industry-run with a focus on superior customer service and event technology that results in measureable ROI and a positive show experience.

A sampling from attendee and exhibitor surveys from the last ICUEE:

Exhibitors:

  • “ICUEE has always been a good show for us. Very good customer and potential customer base. The show is very well run.”
  • “Our company is new to this industry, but we were able to make some strong leads and contacts to help us in the future.”

Attendees:

  • “As a first-time attendee, I found the show was very well organized. All the (exhibitors) were very helpful in presenting their different products.”
  • “Just being at the show was a success. Being able to interact with new people and get the latest greatest information on equipment and technology.”

Attendees talk buying decisions:

  • “Made final decision on purchase (of equipment from exhibitor).”
  • “Saw several products that are very useful in our line of work … and we are likely to purchase some or all of them.”
  • “It was very beneficial in helping us with purchasing decisions for the upcoming year.”

Visit www.icuee.com for the latest show information on exhibiting and attending.

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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. 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 850 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.

Wells Fargo Reports: Home Builder Sentiment Remains Unchanged in May

Wells_Fargo_Securities_logoThe NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) held steady at 58 in May. While the overall index was unchanged, the outlook for future sales rose, which bodes well for home sales in the coming months.

Builder Sentiment Holds Steady

  • ·  The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) HMI remained unchanged in May at 58, marking the fourth consecutive month that it remained at that level.
  • ·  Gains in the Midwest and South were offset by a 5-point drop in the Northeast. The slide in sentiment in the Northeast may be payback from earlier highs brought about by unseasonably mild weather.

Outlook for Future Sales Strengthens

  • Home builder sentiment was supported by a 2-point rise in the future sales component. Both the present sales and buyer traffic components remained unchanged in May.
  • May is one of the most important months for homebuilders. While the overall NAHB HMI was unchanged, the improvement in the leading future sales component is encouraging.

ABC Reports: Construction Material Prices Rise Month-to-Month, Remain Historically Low

Construction input prices expanded on a monthly basis for the second consecutive month in April, increasing by 0.5 percent according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Producer Price Index released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The two-month growth streak follows nine consecutive months during which construction input prices fell and construction input prices remain 2.9 percent below their April 2015 levels.

Prices have now decreased on a year-over-year basis for seventeen consecutive months. Nonresidential construction inputs behaved similarly, expanding 0.5 percent month-over-month but falling 3.1 percent year-over-year.

“Despite the end of month-to-month materials price decreases, prices remain low by historic standards and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Commodity prices, including oil prices, have been edging higher lately in response to a number of potentially temporary phenomena, including a weakening U.S. dollar. Coming into the year, the presumption among many market participants was that U.S. interest rates would rise meaningfully, thereby increasing the value of the dollar. Contrary to expectations, interest rates have not risen significantly, and the dollar has been weakening in response.

“That has helped to set the stage for the recent bounce-back in oil and certain other commodity prices,” said Basu. “Other factors have not been as supportive, including a still-weak global economy. Global economic weakness is likely to persist, and the dollar may begin to strengthen again. This means that construction firm managers should not assume that oil and other prices will rise steadily. In fact, reversals in commodity prices remain quite possible. While oil prices have risen sharply since lows achieved earlier this year, copper, natural gas and other prices have expanded only modestly. The next materials price report could easily show further inflation. The story of inexpensive materials will continue to be told.”

Eight key input prices rose in April on a monthly basis:

Crude petroleum prices expanded 17.6 percent from March 2016 but are down 22.4 percent from April 2015.

Unprocessed energy material prices rose 9 percent on a monthly basis but fell 18.2 percent on a year-ago basis.

Prices for steel mill products are up 2 percent on a monthly basis but down 11.3 percent on a yearly basis.

Iron and steel prices expanded 4.9 percent month-over-month but declined 8.6 percent year-over-year.

Softwood lumber prices grew 2.7 percent for the month and 1.8 percent from April 2015.

Concrete product prices expanded by 0.7 percent month-over-month and are up 3.1 percent year-over-year.

Natural gas prices increased 8.4 percent for the month but are down 25.7 percent from the same period one year ago.

Fabricated structural metal prices products rose 0.2 percent month-over-month but decreased 2 percent year-over-year.

Three key input prices declined on a monthly basis:

Prices for prepared asphalt and tar and roofing and siding products fell by 1.9 percent from March 2016 and are down 1.5 percent from April 2015.

Prices for plumbing fixtures and fittings fell 0.1 percent for the month but are up 0.1 percent from the same time last year.

Nonferrous wire and cable prices fell 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 6.1 percent on a yearly basis.

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Additional ABC Economic Analysis:
Construction Spending
Construction Employment
Producer Price Index
Economic Growth (GDP)
ABC Economic Reports:
Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI)
Construction Confidence Index
State-Level Reports

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Trip Report Identifies 125 California Transportation Projects Needed To Support Economic Growth

TRIPTrip Report Identifies 125 California Transportation Projects Needed To Support Economic Growth,But Many Face A Funding “Red” Or “Yellow” Light; State Needs To Complete Critical Transportation Projects To Improve Highway And Transit Network

Forty-two of the 125 transportation improvements identified by TRIP as being the most needed in California have Trip Report Identifies 125 California Transportation Projects Needed To Support Economic Growth, received a red light because they are unfunded and 69 of the projects have earned a yellow light because they only have partial funding available, jeopardizing the region’s future quality of life due to an inadequate transportation system.   These transportation projects would support the state’s future development by improving access, safety and conditions according to a new report released recently by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization.

TRIP rated each needed transportation improvement as either having a green light, a yellow light or a red light in terms of the availability of funding, with a green light indicating that adequate funding was available. The report finds that more than one-third of the 125 most needed transportation projects in California have earned a red light because funding is not currently available and, under current funding, is not anticipated to be available through 2020. More than half of needed transportation projects in the state have earned a yellow light because only a portion of needed funding is anticipated to be available by 2020 or the funding is uncertain. Only 14 of the state’s most needed transportation projects have a green light, to signify that full funding is likely to be available or is anticipated to be available by 2020.

“The TRIP Report highlighting important unfunded transportation projects in the San Francisco Bay area underscores the vital need for legislative action on a transportation revenue package to support a growing population and a robust economy,” said Will Kempton, executive director of Transportation California.

TRIP has identified needed projects in the Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco urban areas, as well as projects outside those urban areas. The transportation improvements outside the state’s largest urban areas, as determined by TRIP, which are the most needed to support quality of life and development goals, and their funding status are listed in the following table. Information on projects can be found in the report’s appendices: Appendix A – Los Angeles, Appendix B – San Diego, Appendix C – San Francisco, Appendix D – Sacramento and Appendix E – projects outside largest urban areas .

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The TRIP report also found that California continues to experience significant growth, with the state’s population increasing by 16 percent since 2000 to 39 million, Gross State Product increasing by 27 percent since 2000, when adjusted for inflation, and statewide vehicle miles of travel increasing by 5.3 percent from 2014 to 2015. More than half – 51 percent – of major urban roads in California have pavements in poor condition, eight percent of bridges in California are rated structurally deficient and the traffic fatality rate on California’s rural non-interstate roadways is nearly four-and-a-half times higher than on all other roads and highways in the state, the report found.

Turning the red and yellow lights, which many of the region’s most critically needed transportation improvements currently face, to green lights, will require increased transportation investment at the local, state and federal levels.

Signed into law in December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, provides modest increases in federal highway and transit spending available to states, allows states greater long-term funding certainty and streamlines the federal project approval process. But the FAST Act does not provide adequate funding to meet the nation’s need for highway and transit improvements and does not include a long-term and sustainable funding source.

“Giving a green light to critically needed transportation projects in the Los Angeles area and throughout the state is going to require increased funding from all levels of government,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Unfortunately, too many of these transportation projects are facing yellow or red lights and potential state funding cuts could slow their progress even more.”
To review the entire TRIP California report or the various segments visit http://www.tripnet.org

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