Tag Archives: construction

Finding Yourself in the Trades

IBEW’s 2019 apprentice of the year shows benefits of an often-unconsidered industry “Four years ago, my whole game plan was I was gonna become a pharmacist. I worked in pharmacy….it didn’t fit my soul. None of it fit my soul, none of it felt rewarding. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and […]

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Scrape Off The Rust

Small-town Minnesota company offering big-time metal maintenance While the world is slowly becoming active again, the financial implications of COVID-19 remain. In particular, construction projects have ground to a halt due to safety concerns for workers, supply chain issues, the tabling of state financing incentives, and rising municipal bond rates. Luckily, one American company makes […]

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Cat & Mouse

Caterpillar launches Tech-Link service for switchgear Caterpillar Inc., the construction machinery and equipment company based in Deerfield, Ill., introduced a new service this week called Tech-Link. The technology is said to offer secure, remote updates of Cat switchgear software designed to minimize set-up time and provide flexibility for operational changes while reducing service costs. “Tech-Link […]

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Steel Dynamics

EAF flat roll steel mill to be constructed in U.S. Steel Dynamics, Inc., the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based manufacturer, announced Monday that its Board of Directors has authorized the company to construct “a new state-of-the-art, electric-arc-furnace (EAF) flat roll steel mill in the United States,” per a company press release. This is big news—even before it […]

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Roll Out the Mountain Tarp

Multi-use company offers novel electric motor applications Looking for new applications for electric motors? Possibly, new markets to appeal to, in terms of repair or distribution? Consider flip tarp systems, which are often powered by smaller electric motors ranging from 1.1 hp up to 250. Flip tarps are used in the paving and construction industries, […]

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Silica Valley

OSHA’s stricter ruling on dangerous dust to take effect soon Silica is no laughing matter when it comes to its potential long-term effects. The sand byproduct can cause severe lung cancer, silicosis, COPD, and kidney disease. A recent OSHA rule—set on June 23 of last year but due to take effect September 23, 2017 in […]

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‘Pillars’ of a Rebuild

Caterpillar moving HQ to Chicago area Caterpillar’s saga continues with a headquarters relocation, the company announced Tuesday, as it plans to move its home base and current weight of burdens to the City of Big Shoulders. An exact site is yet undetermined. While the construction company has incentives aplenty for relocating by the lake—drawing from a […]

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No Butterfly Zone

Caterpillar lays off workers, maintains dividend A long, bleak march of downsizing began last fall for Caterpillar, Inc., and this month it swept through the midsize city of Peoria, Illinois. An undisclosed number of Caterpillar employees at the company’s Peoria plant received layoff notices the second week of December as part of a workforce reduction […]

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Higgins/IPS join forces

Longtime Alabama servicer will now be under IPS umbrella The Dothan, Alabama-based Industrial Repair Center of Higgins Electric has been acquired by Integrated Power Services, the companies announced Monday. Higgins’ in-house Industrial Repair Center services include industrial balancing, air compressor service, fan balancing, AC/DC drive testing, vibration analysis, generator repair, and plating. Technicians at the […]

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Sing, swim, and study – 2015 NECA Convention headliners

The National Electrical Contractors Association, which bills itself as the “voice of the electrical construction industry,” has chosen three voices to spearhead its annual convention, to be held October 3-6 this year in San Francisco. Educational pioneer Sal Khan, long distance swimmer Diana Nyad, and singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins highlight the convention’s guest list this year, […]

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