Category Archives: Construction

Makita Introduces Two Cordless Top Handle Chainsaws

Makita U.S.A. launched the 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless 14-inch and 16-inch Top Handle Chainsaws (models XCU08 and XCU09). With the addition of these two chainsaws, Makita now offers a comprehensive cordless chainsaw portfolio. Makita’s LXT Cordless Top Handle Chainsaws are compact in size, making them ideal for professional arborists and utility companies. Built for […]

Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Around 72 percent of New York City’s land is covered in an impervious layer of concrete, living up to its hype as the “concrete jungle” that Alicia Keys and Jay-Z sang about in “Empire State of Mind.” This city might be “where dreams are made,” but unfortunately a lot of sewage and pollution are made […]

Can Louisiana handle $32B of industrial construction?

When all projects are in full swing, though, it is doubtful that the local workforce will be able to support them all, according to the 10-12 Corridor report, forcing contractors to look outside of the region and the state for skilled workers.  Also, an extension of construction schedules is something the industry has been requesting of […]

Concrete Contractors Can Expect an 8% Increase in sales

survey results released by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Virginia, gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the U.S. and Canada increased by 8% during 2018. While experiencing strong growth, four of every five contractors reported difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees. The 2019 ICPI Contractor Industry Report tracked business trends from 206 segmental concrete pavement […]

Next Generations Ready to Tackle The Hole Left by “Silver Tsunami”

The Silver Tsunami (also known as Grey Tsunami, Gray Tsunami, Silver Wave, Gray Wave, or Grey Wave) is a metaphor used to describe population aging. the phrase has also been used to refer more specifically to health and economic implications associated with population aging. It seems that the efforts, over the past few years, of manufacturing companies showing up […]

Exemplary Safety and Health Practices Earn Phoenix Sintered Metals Prestigious OSHA Distinction

BROCKWAY – Exemplary safety and health management practices have earned Phoenix Sintered Metals LLC a prestigious distinction from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA certified Phoenix Sintered Metals in its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Acceptance into SHARP singles out a company among its peers as a model for worksite safety and […]

County Materials’ Donation Supports Inclusive Community Playground

Several community groups, county organizations, and many families in Salem, IL were dreaming of constructing a special need, sensory playground in their community. In July 2018, this much-needed playground took a step towards becoming a reality when the Salem City Council unanimously approved the location for the playground in Bryan Memorial Park. The planning, development, […]

OSHA Silica Rule Compliance & Instructions

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone. Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might find […]

Increasing Material Cost

Building material costs have increased between the end of December 2017 and now. An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data proved that there is an increased cost. To be specific there was a 9% increase in building materials since this time last year. It comes at about 1% a […]

Persistent Labor Shortage

One of the most noticeable construction trends for the past few years has been an alarming labor shortage. We are at a moment in the construction cycle when labor is expensive and competitive. Robots may pick up a lot of the slack, though there appear to be few human replacement workers in the pipeline. However, […]