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Are Freight User Fees an Option?

artbaJuly 25, 2011 ARTBA President Peter Ruane, in an op-ed that appeared in the July 25th edition of  Roll Call, floated the idea that a solution for infrastructure funding could include the implementation of a new "federal freight user fee" to help finance transportation investments and leverage private capital, particularly for the "critical commerce corridors" that the nation so desperately needs to compete.

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Protect Your Copper

copper_scrap200x117July 22, 2011 – Nothing is safe in your quarry, especially copper. According to news reports, thieves made off with more than $20,000 worth of copper wire from two Illinois businesses sometime between Monday afternoon and early Tuesday. The theft happened sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Monday and 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday at 10501 Joliet Rd. in the village of Lisbon, according to a report from the Kendall County Sheriff’s office. Employees of Macklin Inc. of Rochelle and Lafarge Aggregates, of Morris, reported to sheriff’s police that more than $20,000 of copper wire from their equipment was taken. There are no suspects and the theft remains under investigation. At about $3.50 per lb., scrap copper is easy cash. So protect your copper.


405July 18, 2011 – By now you have certainly heard about "Carmageddon" – the closure of a 10-mile segment of frighteningly busy Interstate 405 in Los Angeles ("The 405" for you locals). The highway was closed for a 53-hour period over the weekend due to the removal of a bridge.  There had been dire predictions of traffic gridlock for L.A., which frankly failed to materialize.

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AEM ofrece nuevas en español Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora

aem213 de julio 2011 - La Asociación de Fabricantes de Equipos (AEM) anuncia una nueva versión en español de su Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora en un conveniente formato "flip-estilo" Español / Inglés. El manual describe la operación segura de la máquina y las directrices de mantenimiento en un diseño conciso y bien ilustrado para una fácil comprensión. AEM ha actualizado su Manual de seguridad hidráulica Excavadora el año pasado con materiales nuevos y más amplios que reflejan las prácticas actuales de la industria.

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