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AEM: Trump Infrastructure Plan Good Starting Point

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement following statement following the introduction of President Trump’s $1.5

Dennis Slater, AEM President

trillion infrastructure plan:

Equipment manufacturers welcome the introduction of President Trump’s infrastructure proposal today. It should serve as an important starting point for serious debate in Congress, given that an overwhelming majority of Americans wants for Washington to act on infrastructure this year.
The White House plan includes a number of important elements. Equipment manufacturers applaud the “One Agency, One Decision” initiative to reduce permitting time on projects to 24 months, as well as their request to create designated funds to support rural infrastructure development and transformative infrastructure projects. The industry is also encouraged by the inclusion of a proposal to help train our manufacturing and construction workforce in charge of building America’s infrastructure.
However, the Trump administration’s proposal does not solve our nation’s underlying infrastructure issues, including the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and other programs to support our utility, water and aviation infrastructure.
We hope that Congress will take up and build upon the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal on a bipartisan basis to help America reclaim its infrastructure advantage over our global competitors.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.

Will 2018 Meet Expectations?

Will 2018 Meet Expectations?

By Greg Sitek

The future of the U.S. is shrouded in confusion, hostility, distrust, threats, uncertainty, criticism, discord, disasters, failing infrastructure, and an almost endless list of problems. But even so, we are experiencing a growing economy high employment rates, low inflation rates, strong housing market and an equally long list of positive things.

The U.S. ended 2017 with having a string of hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria – that caused around $200 Billion dollars in damages only to be followed by a season of fires that destroyed thousands of homes, building, thousands of acres of forests and intensified the stress on an exhausted infrastructure.

Thanks to the thousands of people who have and continue to pitch in with physical help, equipment, materials and supplies hurricane recovery and rebuilding is underway but will take years to accomplish. Groups like Team Rubicon and other veteran organizations along with donations of money and equipment by manufacturers, trade association, dealers, individuals and so many others have made it possible to push ahead with what is an overwhelming task. Healing is always a slow process.

In addition to the tests thrown at us by Mother Nature, we have had a cascade of political and social speed bumps adding hazards as we travel our road into the future slowing the forward momentum and intensifying the risk.

We know what 2017 was like. What can we expect for 2018 and beyond?

Economic forecasting is always tricky and unlike weather forecasting more critically important, especially for the forecaster. We’ve all heard the comment, “Being a weather forecaster is the only job where you can be wrong most of the time and not get fired.” This doesn’t apply to the economists who look at the conditions that are, that were and that will be.

Predictions for 2018 tend to be positive with most economists confident that we will sustain continued and improved national economic growth. I haven’t heard any of them forecasting a recession in the immediate future – the next six months and beyond.

We have included construction industry forecast from leading resources: Wells Fargo Economics Group, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). There are many others who do an excellent job of industry forecasting.

On that I wish we could have included but didn’t have room is:

Dodge Data & Analytics (https://www.construction.com/) recently released its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2018 will climb 3% to $765 billion.

“The U.S. construction industry has moved into a mature stage of expansion,” stated Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “After rising 11% to 13% per year from 2012 through 2015, total construction starts advanced a more subdued 5% in 2016. An important question entering 2017 was whether the construction industry had the potential for further expansion. Several project types, including multifamily housing and hotels, have pulled back from their 2016 levels, but the current year has seen continued growth by single-family housing, office buildings, and warehouses. In addition, the institutional segment of the nonresidential building has been quite strong, led especially by transportation terminal projects in combination with gains for schools and healthcare facilities. As for public works, the specifics of a $1 trillion infrastructure program by the Trump Administration have yet to materialize, so activity continues to hover around basically the plateau for construction starts reached a couple of years ago. Total construction starts in 2017 are estimated to climb 4% to $746 billion.”

“For 2018, there are several positive factors which suggest that the construction expansion has further room to proceed,” Murray continued. “The U.S. economy next year is anticipated to see moderate job growth. Long-term interest rates may see some upward movement but not substantially. While market fundamentals for commercial real estate won’t be quite as strong as this year, funding support for construction will continue to come from state and local bond measures. Two areas of uncertainty related to whether tax reform and a federal infrastructure program get passed, with their potential to lift investment. Overall, the year 2018 is likely to show some construction project types register gains while other project types settle back, with the end result being a 3% increase for total construction starts. By major sector, gains are predicted for residential building, up 4%; and nonresidential building, up 2%; while nonbuilding construction stabilizes after two years of decline.”

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has posted a radio link on its CONEXPO-CON/AGG New update. To hear it you can do so at:

http://www.conexpoconagg.com/visit/conexpo-con-agg-radio-podcasts/

ARTBA Reports Modest Growth for 2018 Transportation Construction Market

National Equipment Dealers, LLC Acquires Three Independent Equipment Dealers in Fastest Growing Regions in the USA

National Equipment Dealers, LLC Acquires Three Independent Equipment Dealers in Fastest Growing Regions in the USA

In a multi-faceted transaction that closed on Friday, January 5, National Equipment Dealers acquired Four Seasons Equipment, May Heavy Equipment, and Earthmovers Equipment, as well as some assets of International Iron.

This is a truly exceptional opportunity for NED to expand in what is recognized as the three fastest growing economic areas in the US: Texas (Houston and Dallas), the Carolinas (Raleigh, Lexington, Charlotte, Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg, Charleston) and Florida (Orlando).

Financing for the merger and ongoing operations was supplied by a syndication of four banks led by BOK Financial. The other participating banks are Fifth Third Bank, Bank of the West and First Tennessee Bank.

Mitch Nevins, CEO, and Kerry Vickar, Chairman, state that employees of each company are expected to continue their respective jobs in the same previous manner as no operational changes will be made upon bringing these businesses together. They believe collective success will be realized by all employees working together, sharing best business practices and equipment fleets, and benefitting from the synergies of a larger company footprint.

Collectively NED represents 10 major manufacturers across a three-state territory, each embracing the combined operations in NED. It is expected that there will be a significant growth in size, both in terms of the number of locations and employees, as well as by geographic diversification, that will provide substantially enhanced opportunities for them as well as NED.

Industry Professionals from 34 States on Roster of “Safety Certified” Transportation Project Professionals

Industry professionals from 34 states, representing 43 companies and state agencies have earned the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential between the September 2016 launch and December 2017, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation announced today.  The certification is valid for three years.

The SCTPP program is aimed at the thousands of transportation project workers, supervisors, foremen, inspectors, managers, manufacturers and materials suppliers, designers, equipment operators and owners who could make a huge, industry-wide safety impact by learning core competencies necessary to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening on-site risks.

The list of “Safety Certified Transportation Project Professionals” includes:

  • Juan Abrigo, Area Safety Manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, TX
  • Jes Allen, Superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Cornelius, NC
  • David Asselin, Safety Director, Ranger Construction Industries, Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Harvey Baggett, Corporate Safety Director, J. F. Shea Construction, Inc., Stephens City, VA
  • Mannie Barnes, Construction Manager, Atkinson Construction, Kent, WA
  • Tyler Bean, HSE Regional Manager, Allan Myers, Worcester, PA
  • Trenton Beeler, Safety Manager, Austin Commercial, Sherman, TX
  • Tim Beguin, Corporate Safety Director, Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc., Decatur, AL
  • Raymond Berrios, Safety Director, Ranger Construction Industries, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Peter Berrios, Safety Director SE Region,  OHL Community Asphalt, Miami, FL
  • Jason Boland, Project Engineer II, Allan Myers, Virginia Beach,  VA
  • Robert Boyle, Construction Manager, MBP, Shawboro, NC
  • Tyler Bradford, Senior Construction Engineer, Parsons, Fresno, CA
  • Josh Brown, HSE Manager, Allan Myers, Williamsburg, VA
  • Travis Browning, Field Safety Manager, Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Kenneth Burge,  Area Safety Manager, J.D. Abrams, L.P., Santa Fe, TX
  • Dennis Burks, Safety Director, HNTB Corporation, Kansas City, MO
  • Ruben Canales, Sr., Safety Manager, Zachry Construction Corporation, Richmond, TX
  • Javier Cano, Safety Coordinator,  Zachry Construction Corporation, San Antonio, TX
  • Mickey Carr, Safety Director, Chemung Contracting, Mitchells, VA
  • James Deacon, Safety Manager, Allen Myers, Coopersburg, PA
  • Robert Clark, Project Manager, Superior Construction Company Southeast, LLC., Jacksonville, FL
  • Keith Clay, Safety Manager, John R. Jurgensen Company, Hamilton, OH
  • Sean Conard, Fleet Safety Director, Allan Myers, Williamsburg, VA
  • Brian Connolly, Regional Equipment Manager, Superior Construction Company, Frankfort, IL
  • David Cope, Environmental Manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Rockwall, TX
  • David Dostaler, Corporate HSE Director, Kraemer North America, LLC,  Castle Rock, CO
  • Bruce Drewes, Instructional Consultant, 3T Group, Boise, ID
  • Steven Durbin, Area Safety Manager, The Lane Construction Corp, Follansbee, WV
  • Arthur  Emerson, Safety Director, Bryant Contracting INC., Toano, VA
  • Charles Esmacher, Field Representative, HNTB Michigan, Grosse Pointe Park, MI
  • Daniel  Estry, SR Safety Supervisor, LANE, Lakeland, FL
  • John Farrell, Regional HSE Manager, Allan Myers, Pottstown, PA
  • Colin Faulkner, Safety Director, ATS Construction, Lexington, KY
  • Michael Ferry, Safety Director, O&G Industries, West Hartford, CT
  • William French, Sr., Safety Manager, Austin Commercial, Dallas, TX
  • Christopher Frum, Safety Manager, Wagman Heavy Civil, Petersburg, VA
  • Alfred Garcia, Project Safety Manager, Zachry Construction Corporation, Port Lavaca, TX
  • Cory Gaye, Corporate Safety Director, Wagman, York, PA
  • Christopher Gilsdorf, Safety Engineer, Kraemer North America, Madison, WI
  • Christine Goins, Assistant Resident Engineer, RK&K, Wake Forest, NC
  • Pastor Gonzalez, Project Administrator, RK&K, Cutler Bay, FL
  • David Graham, Corporate Safety Director, B.A.T.S. Traffic Solutions, Anaheim, CA
  • Jennica Greffe, Project Manager, Superior Construction, Jacksonville, FL
  • Michael Grisko, Instructor, Local 172 SET, Folsom, NJ
  • Seth Hall, Field Safety Manager, Superior Construction, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Brody Hambright, Survey, Wright Brothers, Charleston, TN
  • Jeff Hanson, Vice President HSE & Risk, United Infrastructure Group, Inc., Great Falls, SC
  • Tony Hemmerly, Assistant Project Manager, Superior Construction Company SE, Jacksonville, FL
  • Randy Henson, Division Safety Manager, Zachry Construction Corporation, Grand Prairie, TX
  • Adam Hill, Safety Coordinator,  Road-Con Inc., West Chester, PA
  • James Hinkle, Lead Engineer, MBP, Salem, VA
  • Justin Hobson, Safety Director, Talley Construction, Chattanooga, TN
  • Christopher Hughes, Project Engineer, Ohio Department of Transportation, Delphos, OH
  • Chris Iungerich, Safety Manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., San Antonio, TX
  • Elisha Johnson, Field Manager,  Allan Myers, Richmond, VA
  • Gunnar Johnson, Field Engineer, Zachry Construction Corporation, Houston, TX
  • Nick Kaminer, Engineer, Key Constructors, LLC, Madison, MS
  • Peter Kaplan, Project Safety Manager, Wagman Heavy Civil, Baltimore, MD
  • Bruce Kay, Vice President of Construction Services, AECOM, Sewell, NJ
  • Edward Kernaghan, Vice President/General Manager, J F Shea Construction, Red Bluff, CA
  • Lucas Kessling, Project Manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Shorewood, IL
  • Mindy King, EHS, RK Hall, LLC, Texarkana, AR
  • Matthew, Koss, HSE Manager, Allan Myers, Baltimore, MD
  • Joseph Landino, Safety Director, Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., Troy, MI
  • Billy Laney, Safety Manager, Wiregrass Construction, Double Springs, AL
  • Evan Lawrence, Project Manager, Superior Construction Company, Panama City Beach, FL
  • Don Lindert, Jr., Safety Manager, Austin Commercial, Ovilla, TX
  • Gregory Linenfelser, HSE Professional, Transurban, Alexandria, VA
  • Matt Lunzman, Superintendent, Hawkins Construction, Lincoln, NE
  • Thomas Maier, Risk Advisor, IMA Inc., Raymore, MO
  • Francis B. Maline, Project Safety Manager, Lane Construction Corporation, Westchester, IL
  • Jose Manzano, Safety Inspector, CW Roberts Contracting, Tallahassee, FL
  • Thomas  Markle, Area Safety Manager, Lane Construction, Windsor, ME
  • Eli Martinez, Safety Manager, Austin Commercial, Dallas, TX
  • Timothy Maxwell, Project Engineer, Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc., Asheville, NC
  • Edward Mays, Field Safety Coordinator, Barriere Construction LLC, Metairie, LA
  • Tobias Mazzoni, Project Manager, Superior Construction, Jacksonville, FL
  • Russell McElroy, Senior Safety Supervisor, Lane Construction, Charlotte, NC
  • Joel McGlothlin, Area Safety Manager, Austin Commercial, Mansfield, TX
  • Matthew McMillan, Project Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure South Co, Peachtree City, GA
  • Robert Medina, Safety Officer, Hellman Electric Corporation, Bronx, NY
  • Seth Medwick, Department Head, HNTB, New York City, NY
  • Sue Mendoza, Senior Safety Supervisor, The Lane Construction Corporation, Justin, TX
  • James Milner, Project Manager, Superior Construction Company Southeast, LLC., Jacksonville, FL
  • Mason Mimnaugh, HSE Manager, Allan Myers, Philadelphia, PA
  • Robert Montel, Safety Manager, Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., Goshen, IN
  • Mauricio Montoya, HSE Specialist, Allan Myers, Richmond, VA
  • Robert Munoz, Senior Safety Supervisor, The Lane Construction Corporation, Lakeland, FL
  • John Calvin Myers, RK&K, Richmond, VA
  • Anthony Nanfro, Superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Magnolia, TX
  • Frank Nesbitt, Senior Safety Supervisor, Lane Construction, West Columbia, SC
  • Gregory Nowak, Safety Representative, J.F. Shea Construction, Valparaiso, IN
  • Frank Ortega, Safety Manager, Superior Construction Company, Orlando, FL
  • William Pedigo, Safety Director, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, TX
  • Timothy Penrose, Senior Civil Engineer, PA Department of Transportation, Bethlehem, PA
  • Todd Pfeiffer, VP Safety, Preferred Materials, Inc., Land O Lakes, FL
  • Ron Phillips, Sr. Safety Supervisor, Lane Construction Corporation, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Joseph Polansky, Director of HSE, Fred Smith Construction, Raleigh, NC
  • Stephanie Powers, Area Safety Manager, Lane Construction Corporation, Falls Church, VA
  • Darrell Pruitt, Regional Safety Director, Superior Construction Company, Montezuma, IN
  • David Putnam, HSE Manager,  Allan Myers, Havre de Grace, MD
  • Roger Rister, Safety Manager, Parsons Construction Group, Crown Point, IN
  • David Roberson, Building Division Safety Manager, Zachry Construction Corporation, Seguin, TX
  • Emmett Russell, Safety Training Consultant, Safety Training Consultant, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • Richard Salcido, EHS Manager, The Ashton Company, Tucson, AZ
  • Mark Sanders, Safety Manager, HDR/ICA, Barlow, KY
  • Mike Scarborough, Senior Safety Director, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL
  • Doug Schultz,  President, Herlihy Mid-Continent Company, Romeoville, IL
  • Michael D. Scolforo, Area Safety Manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Lee, MA
  • John Scurek, Safety, Health & Environmental Manager, Parsons, Georgetown, TX
  • Jacob Selby, Field Engineer, Zachry Construction Corporation, North Richland Hills, TX
  • Khanjan Shah, Construction Project Engineer, RK&K, Laurel, MD
  • David Sherwood, CEO, Sherwood Construction, Tulsa, OK
  • Jeffrey Sienkiewicz, Project Manager, Zachry Construction Corporation, Flower Mound, TX
  • Sean Simpson, HSE Specialist, Allan Myers, Baltimore, MD
  • Erick Smith, Project Manager, The Lane Construction Corporation, Shorewood, IL
  • Bruce Sparrow, Project Engineer, Ooltewah, TN
  • Randy Spurlock, Safety Manager, Allan Myers, Bel Air, MD
  • Clay Stark, Project Manager,  Austin Bridge & Road, Midlothian, TX
  • Terry Stephens, Area Safety Manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, TX
  • Don Stephens, Safety Manager, Zachry Construction Corporation, San Antonio, TX
  • Alissa Sternagle, Area Safety Manager, Lane Construction, Charlotte, NC
  • Bryan Stone, Safety Director, Superior Construction Company, Jacksonville, FL
  • Chad Stone, EH&S Manager, RK Hall LLC- Summit Materials, Paris, TX
  • Michelle Teets, Mid-Atlantic Regional Safety Manager, Lane Construction Corporation, Norfolk, VA
  • Justin Templet, Safety and Claims Coordinator, Barriere Construction, Metairie, LA
  • Nathan Terry, Structures Superintendent, Zachry Construction Corporation, Porter, TX
  • William Tyson, Director Labor Relations, General Contractors Association of NY, New York, NY
  • Cheyenne Urban, Safety Representative, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Frisco, TX
  • Steven Ward, Safety Director, Advanced Workzone Services LLC, Muskogee, OK
  • Joseph Warren, HSE Specialist, Allan Myers, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Douglas Westervelt, Director of Safety Operations, Crossland Construction Company, Columbus, KS
  • Justin White, Senior Project Manager/Estimator, Barriere Construction, Covington, LA
  • Derek  Yeckel, HSE Specialist, Allan Myers, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Steven Yeckel, HSE Manager, Allan Myers, Stafford, VA
  • Joseph Yuhas, Technical Consultant, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Minneapolis, MN
  • Todd Zimmerman, General Superintendent, Crossland Heavy Contractors, Columbus, KS

The two-and-a-half hour exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in assessing project risks, creating project safety plans, implementing and conducting on-going evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan, and conducting incident investigations.  It has been designed to meet the rigorous protocols required for accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17024: “Conformity Assessment: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons.”

Eight courses to help prep for the exam are available via the ARTBA Online Learning Center (OLC).

Additional information about the SCTPP credential and the OLC can be found at www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

The ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity established in 1985, supports a wide portfolio of programs and activities, including educational scholarships, awards programs, professional development courses, safety training, a national exhibition on transportation and a facility dedicated to improving safety in roadway construction zones.