Volvo H-Series wheel loaders deliver lower emissions and fuel consumption in the 18-22 ton class

The L110H and L120H wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment, featuring a powerful Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-certified engine, meet strict emissions legislation, while improving fuel efficiency by up to 18 percent with the OptiShift transmission.

New Volvo L110H and L120H wheel loaders are among the company’s most environmental and fuel-efficient machines to date. The company’s latest generation of machines for the 18-22 ton class, they are powered by an 8-liter Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-certified engine ...

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In a July 10 opinion article headlined, “Congress must move on the Highway Trust Fund,” Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman outlined the risks to U.S. competitiveness if Washington’s leaders can’t fix short and long term infrastructure funding issues.

“American companies implement just-in-time inventory and on-demand supply chains. We produce vehicles and machines with greater fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions. We lead the world in innovation, inventing better products and better processes,” Oberhelman wrote. “We unleash all this creativity, and ...

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5 Tips for Hiring Military Veterans at Your Construction Company

by: Tom Jackson l Source:

The economy is growing and construction contractors are scrambling for new employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction employment is expected to grow by 1.84 million jobs or 33 percent by 2020.

At the same time there are thousands of technically proficient people exiting the military every year and their numbers are expected to swell over the next five years as budget cuts reduce the size of ...

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Volvo CE honored with Annual Pennsylvania Governor’s ImPAct Awards

Governor Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded Volvo Construction Equipment the Jobs First Award for the company’s consistent job growth and retention over the past two years.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) was honored with the annual Pennsylvania Governor’s ImPAct Award on May 30. The construction equipment company was among the 50 companies Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett recognized for developing ideas, reaching new markets and making positive contributions in local communities at the 2014 Governor’s ...

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New financed construction equipment sales up 19% in April

The number of new construction equipment units financed in April totalled 8,000, gaining a nearly 2-percent edge over the 7,846 used units financed last month, according to the latest data from Equipment Data Associates.*

The monthly total represents the highest new financed equipment total so far this year, but lags about 17 percent behind the largest monthly total seen within the past year, December’s 9,614 units.

Compared with April 2013, the number of new financed units sold this April rose 19 percent ...

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Built Assets Added $27.1 Trillion to Global GDP in 2013, New Study Says

By: By Debra K. Rubin l Source:

Built assets in 30 countries generated $27.1 trillion in global income to the world’s gross domestic product, according to a study released May 14, which says the nations studied make up 82% of global GDP.

The research—which tracked income generated by buildings, infrastructure and other fixed assets—notes that the dollar total amounted to 40% of GDP, on average, in the countries studied, which are both developed and emerging economies.

The Global Built Asset ...

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Fourteen Teams Eye $4.4-Billion Mumbai Metro Job

By: Neelam Mathews l Source:

Fourteen teams are vying for prequalification for the $4.4-billion Mumbai Metro-Line 3 project, which will entail $2.6-billion in civll work, including potentially complex tunneling through coastal and cultural areas of Mumbai.

Afcons-KMB, CEC-ITDCEM-TPL, CTCEG-PIIPL, Dogus-Soma, IL&FS-CR25G, J Kumar-CRTG, L&T-STEC, Mosmetrostroy-HCC, OHL-SKE&C, Pratibha Industries-GDYT, Sacyr CMC ESSAR, Salin Impregilo-Gammon, STRABAG-AG-Patel and Unity-IVRCL-CTG submitted prequalification bids in Februrary. The tender is scheduled for release by July with the contract to be awarded by January 2015, according ...

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Fulfill the Promise of Building Energy Performance

By: Guest Contributor Cindy Regnier

Energy-efficient buildings are not living up to their promise. The problem is serious, yet somewhat puzzling. Efficient building technologies are becoming more and more available; government regulations and company policies are supporting a drive for energy efficiency more than ever and building energy performance targets remain low. Yet when high-performance buildings are delivered they are not matching expectations

The reasons for the performance deficit can be attributed to multiple issues. Building system and ...

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Construction April Jobless Rate Dives as Industry Adds 32,000 Jobs

By: Tom Ichniowski

Construction’s employment picture continues to brighten, as its April jobless rate fell to 9.4% from March’s 11.3% and its workforce expanded by 32,000 jobs.

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly employment report, released on May 2, also showed that construction’s unemployment rate last month was much better than its April 2013 level of 13.2%.

April’s construction-jobs growth spanned all industry sectors, led by buildings construction, which gained 11,000.

The heavy and civil engineering segment wasn’t far ...

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New Study Says Infrastructure Already Feels Climate Change’s Impact

By: Pam Hunter

A new White House-sponsored report concludes that climate change already is having an impact throughout the United States, with infrastructure feeling some of the effects, and says urgent action is needed to ensure that catastrophic results don’t materialize.

The third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), which the White House released on May 6, says that rising sea levels, heavy downpours and extreme heat are damaging infrastructure of all types—including roads, rail lines and airport runways. ...

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