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Harbor Freight Supports the Trades

RR042419 HarborFreightApril 24, 2019 – If you do not get the Harbor Freight tool catalog in the mail, you are probably a minority. Heck, 10 million people get it each month, with many using the always available 20% off coupon, and free gift coupons. I know I have about a dozen of those little flashlights they give away all over the house. Kudos to Harbor Freight for its desire to support skilled trades education in American public high schools via to the creation of the annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The company recently awarded more than $1 million in prizes to high school skilled trades teachers and their high schools across the country, and they want to identify more teachers so they can reward yet another $1 million in prizes. Three first-place winners receive $100,000, and 15 second-place winners receive $50,000, with the awards divided between the teacher and the school's skilled trades program. Excellent work, Harbor Freight.

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It's Electric

MF021119 CatlogoApril 22, 2019 – Caterpillar said its electrification strategy will match the right product to the application, and a press release distributed at bauma outlined the ways the company will do this.

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Turning the Corner

RR041819 roadApril 18, 2019 – Maybe we have turned the corner in 2019. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, highway and bridge construction starts in March grew 4%, showing improvement after declines in January (down 5%) and February (down 6%). According to Robert A. Murray, the organization's chief economist, the passage of federal appropriations for fiscal year 2019 in mid-February seems to be helping the public works sector. The top five states for highway and bridge construction starts in March, ranked by dollar volume, were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

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Telsmith Welcomes Vereb Back

RR041619 Telsmith2April 16, 2019 – Telsmith Inc. recently welcomed back one of its Southeastern field service technicians, Matthew Vereb, from a year-long mission in Germany. Vereb started at Telsmith in 2016 as a field service technician for the Southeast territory including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Extinguishing the Fire

RR041519 FireApril 15, 2019 – Reports of progress on infrastructure funding last week may have been, shall we say, premature. Instead of stoking the fire, hopes are now extinguishing. In the House, leadership reportedly wants to move forward with a big infrastructure bill, hyping up the idea at a Democratic retreat last week, but details are scarce, according to Politico's Morning Transportation report. House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is making plans for a six-year surface transportation bill, and wants to raise the gas tax. It's still an open question about whether his leadership will get behind him.

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