Spider Hires George Martin as District Sales Representative

George Martin - emailSpider, a division of SafeWorks, LLC, announces George Martin has joined its Portland operation center as District Sales Representative. In this role, George is responsible for solving the suspended scaffolding and fall protection challenges of contractors and facility owners throughout Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and southwestern Washington.

George brings over fifteen years of experience in Portland’s construction and scaffold industries, holding various sales and project management positions with companies including Brand Construction, Waco Scaffold, and Sunbelt Rentals. He is also skilled in leading scaffold training courses. Continue reading


ICUEE 2015 Exhibit Space Sales Open May 1, 2014

ICUEE-Button-ColorExhibit space sales open May 1, 2014 for the next ICUEE – The Demo Expo, to be held September 29-October 1, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition is held every two years and focuses on the job needs of utilities and utility contractors. Attendees can test-drive the latest equipment, watch live demonstrations of new products and technologies, and take advantage of best-practices industry education. Continue reading

Robust Demand in End-User Markets Drives the Global Steel Wire Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Steel Wire markets. Global market for Steel Wire is projected to reach US$34 billion by 2020, driven by growing demand in major end-use markets such as construction, machinery manufacturing, automotive, oil & gas, telecom, and power, among others.

Produced from wire rods, a finished long steel product, steel wire finds use in several end-use sectors. Construction, machinery and automotive markets especially present significant opportunities for use of steel wire. Steel wires are also used in a range of infrastructure constructions such as suspension bridges, which are hung using steel ropes spun with thousands of steel wires bound together. Steel wires also find use for general engineering applications in machinery and heavy equipment. In the automotive industry, steel wires are used for reinforcing tires to add to their strength and durability. Continue reading


Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that the pool of available workers is declining rapidly, raising the prospects for significant labor shortages if demand continues to expand. Continue reading

World’s Largest Observation Wheel, Las Vegas High Roller Now Open

cables holding linkArup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, celebrated the opening of the world’s largest observation wheel, the 550-foot-tall Las Vegas High Roller, on March 31, 2014. Engaged as the prime design consultant by Caesars Entertainment, in collaboration with venue consultants and architects the Hettema Group, Arup provided the structural, geotechnical, mechanical and electrical engineering design, and acoustics and fire life safety consulting for this project.

As the focal point of Caesars new $550 million outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district The LINQ, located on the 50-yard line of the world famous Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller can accommodate 1,120 people across 28 cabins for a 30-minute ride that features sweeping views of the Vegas skyline and valley. Continue reading

CONEXPO-CON/AGG Continues Momentum with 2017 Dates, Chair Announced

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG international exposition will be held March 7-11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

Named CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 chair is Richard M. Goldsbury, President Bobcat/Doosan North America & Australia/Oceania for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, West Fargo, North Dakota. He will lead the triennial show’s management committee, a group of volunteer manufacturers and other industry stakeholders who oversee show planning to ensure the event meets industry needs. Continue reading

Construction Adds 20,000 Jobs in September

Construction employment rose by 20,000 in September and the industry’s unemployment rate fell to a six-year low of 8.5 percent, while construction spending increased for the fifth consecutive month in August, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that the data does not address any potential impacts from the recent federal government shutdown. Continue reading

Construction Spending Reaches Four-Year High in July, Census Bureau Says

Construction spending in July reached a four-year high of $901 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.6 percent from June and 5.2 percent compared to July 2012, the Census Bureau reported this week. Private residential spending increased 0.6 percent for the month and 17 percent year over year. Private non-residential spending rose 1.3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
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Port of Seattle Commission approves funding for Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

The Port of Seattle Commission on August 6th approved $267.7 million for the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. The funding agreement between the State and the Port fulfills the memorandum of agreement (MOA)(pdf 307 kb) between the two agencies that was adopted in early 2010. Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson was on hand to voice her support for the Port’s contribution to the $3.1 billion program. Continue reading

IMT Announces New Distributor in Pennsylvania

Iowa IMTMold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK), is pleased to announce that National Truck Body Solutions, based in Greencastle, Pa., has extended its product offering by becoming a distributor of IMT products. National Truck Body Solutions will serve IMT customers in the western halves of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, as well as Eastern West Virginia. Continue reading

‘Who Makes America’ Contest Extends Entry Deadline

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) I Make America campaign has extended the entry deadline for its “Who Makes America” contest to March 18, 2013. The contest is seeking the individual who best “makes America” through hard work, dedication to their community and devotion to American manufacturing. Continue reading

IMT Introduces New Customer Support Manager

L.Johnson_IMTIowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK), is pleased to announce the promotion of Laurie Johnson to the position of customer support manager. Johnson has served as the company’s manager of global procurement and supply chain, and has worked at IMT for more than 13 years, gaining invaluable experience with the company’s products and processes.

“Ensuring our focus is always on the customer is instrumental to our continued success,” said Jim Hasty, general manager of IMT. Continue reading

OSHA Posts Letter of Interpretation about Crane Operator Recertification

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has posted on its website a letter of interpretation, clarifying whether or not a practical test is required for recertification of crane operators. The letter from James G. Maddux, OSHA’s Director of the Directorate of Construction, was in response to a question posed by James Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Continue reading