Doug Oberhelman

Doug Oberhelman, chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc., was named the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the “ARTBA Award.” It was presented to Oberhelman Oct. 6 during the association’s national convention, held in Tucson, Ariz. Established in 1960, the “ARTBA Award” recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced…

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New Construction Starts Make Huge Jump

New construction starts in August soared 21 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $711.2 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics, following lackluster activity in July. The August rise for total construction starts featured an especially elevated amount for nonresidential building, which was helped by the start of a $3 billion petrochemical plant in Louisiana, the $1.7 billion…

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Industry Urges Congress to Tackle Worker Shortage

Construction employment slipped from July to August for the fourth time in five months. Year-over-year job gains and recently released spending data suggest the recent weakness is due to firms having a hard time finding workers rather than lack of demand, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said its recent survey that found…

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ConExpo-Con/Agg to Give You the Boot

June 27, 2016 – With summer construction work in full swing, ConExpo-Con/Agg has launched a social media sweepstakes that gives the hardworking men and women of the construction and aggregates industries a chance to win a new pair of work boots. Any eligible individual who likes ConExpo-Con/Agg on Facebook or Twitter and provides their email address on the sweepstakes page will…

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Construction Industry Unemployment at Nine-Year Low

Construction firms added 45,000 jobs in April and 280,000 over 12 months, as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to a nine-year April low of 7.5 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that even as the industry continues to expand, growth has been erratic and inconsistent.

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JCB Steps Up

March 5, 2015 – At a special media event in Savannah, Ga., JCB introduced a number of new products for the quarry and construction industries, including the new JCB 457 front-end loader (pictured, being introduced by Peter Gallagher). Rock Products’ Associate Editor Josie Smith is on-hand at the event. Also being displayed at the event is the JS 220 Excavator and a variety…

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