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Hudson’s Site Construction Reaches New Heights in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The Hudson’s Site commemorated a historic milestone as the final steel construction beam was raised, securing its place as Detroit’s largest ground-up development in the past 50 years. This feat would not have been possible without more than 3,500 tradespeople, who put in more than 2.7 million …

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Michigan Governor Announces $290M to Rebuild Water Infrastructure, Supporting 4,350 Jobs

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announce a $290 million expansion of the MI Clean Water Plan, utilizing existing authority from the bipartisan, voter-approved 2002 Great Lakes Water Quality Protection Bond. These resources will help communities across the state ensure …

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Matta Promoted to Business Group Director at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

OKEMOS, MI — Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) announces the promotion of Samir Matta, PE, Vice President, to Municipal Business Group Director. With more than three decades of experience in the civil engineering industry as a Practice Leader, Project Manager, and Design Engineer, Matta has led various municipal …

MacAllister Joins Magni's Dealer Network to Deliver Telehandlers Across Indiana and Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Magni Telescopic Handlers announces its strategic alliance with MacAllister, a Caterpillar dealer and provider of heavy construction equipment in Indiana and Michigan.

This partnership signifies a significant expansion in access to Magni's telehandlers throughout both states. Effective immediately, MacAllister becomes an authorized dealer for Magni's complete …

AIS Construction Equipment Adds Thunder Creek to Sales Lineup in Michigan

LANSING, MI — AIS Construction Equipment, a heavy equipment company, has added Thunder Creek Equipment to its new equipment sales lineup.

“We add equipment to our new sales lineup when it provides an advantage to our customers in a way that improves their business or helps them be more …

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Top Engineering and Surveying Projects Recognized at Annual ACEC/Michigan Excellence Awards Gala

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/Michigan) recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards Gala. Design professionals and guests gathered at Elevate at One Campus Martius in Detroit to recognize Michigan engineering and surveying projects …

Enbridge Chooses Contractors for Construction of Great Lakes Tunnel

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI — Enbridge has retained a joint venture partnership between Barnard Construction Company, Inc. (Barnard) and Civil and Building North America, Inc. (CBNA), two tunneling companies, to lead construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac.

Barnard, based in Bozeman, Montana, and CBNA, based in …

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Rogien Named Vice President and Michigan Business Leader for Gilbane Building Company

DETROIT, MI — Gilbane Building Company, a global builder with a track record of building in Michigan for over 45 years, announces that Lynn Rogien has been named Vice President and Business Leader of its Detroit office. In this new role, Rogien will oversee the business operations and growth …

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Fishbeck Receives 2024 Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award from ACEC/Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Fishbeck received an Engineering Honorable Conceptor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies Michigan (ACEC/Michigan) chapter for work on the City of Grand Rapids Lake Michigan Filtration Plant. The ACEC/Michigan 2024 Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards recognize the year’s most innovative and complex engineering achievements. …

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Ford International Airport Breaks Ground on $135M Terminal Enhancement Project

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority broke ground on its $135 million Terminal Enhancement Project (TEP) representing a significant investment in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

TEP will expand the west end of the terminal, aiming to increase capacity and incorporate sustainable elements to …

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MSU Mobility Adds Michigan DOT Executives to Advisory Council

LANSING, MI — Michigan State University has added several new faces to its MSU Mobility Advisory Council, including Alta eMobility’s Vice President Mike Bucci, Magna International’s Director of Research and Development Jim Quesenberry and Senior Director of Engineering for New Mobility Jake Dadd, as well as Michigan Department of Transportation …

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County Road Association of Michigan Announces New President and Vice President

LANSING, MI — Dirk Heckman, PE, Manager of the Mackinac County Road Commission (MCRC), has been elected 2024-2025 President of the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan. Heckman served as CRA Vice President for 2023-2024.  Heckman has worked for MCRC since 2008, serving as Engineer-Manager. A graduate of …

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Gilbane Building Company Welcomes Dishaw as Midwest Division Controller

PITTSBURGH, PA — Gilbane Building Company welcomes Mike Dishaw as Midwest Division Controller, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this role, Dishaw orchestrates and oversees the day-to-day functions of the finance and accounting teams in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Dishaw partners with local leadership to establish sales/gross profit, overhead, and …

I-94 Rebuilding Project in Berrien County Begins

COLOMA, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun rebuilding 8.5 miles of I-94 and four bridges, as well as repairing nine other bridges, between Puetz Road in Stevensville and Britain Avenue in Benton Township, Berrien County.

This year's work will consist of rebuilding eastbound and westbound I-94 …

ACEC/Michigan Presents Firm of the Year Honor to SME

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/Michigan) recently presented the 2024 member Firm of the Year award to SME at the Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala held in Detroit.

The Firm of the Year award is the highest ACEC/Michigan honor bestowed and the only …

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Transportation Grant will Support Redevelopment Efforts at Site of Former Palace of Auburn Hills

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces the award of a state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grant that will support critical redevelopment efforts at the site of the former Palace of Auburn Hills with the potential to create up to 963 new jobs and spark $278 …

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University Teams Compete at Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition

BIG RAPIDS, MI — Rosendin, an employee-owned electrical contracting company, recently challenged college students to come up with solutions to fix a commercial project during an electrical competition. Rosendin congratulates the top three teams as winners of the 2024 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regions 6 & 7 Student …

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Construction Association of Michigan Inducts New Chairman and Three New Members to Board of Directors

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – At the 138th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, the association's new Officers and Directors who will serve on the 2024 Board of Directors were installed. CAM's new Chairman for 2024 is Todd A. Moilanen …

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Braband Joins HNTB as Central Region Sales Officer

CHICAGO, IL — Libby Braband joins HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure solutions firm, as Central Region Sales Officer and Vice President. She will drive an increased focus on clients’ infrastructure needs and successful project development, aiming to maximize growth within HNTB’s Great Lakes Division and Central Division, encompassing an expansive …

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Roncelli Hits the Turf to Raise Funds for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

DETROIT, MI — Roncelli recently took to the field at Ford Field for the annual A Touch of Football event. As a Coach Sponsor, Roncelli joined forces with over 30 other teams, 465 players, all rallying behind the cause of combating Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality …

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Detroit's Second Avenue Bridge Wins NSBA Prize Bridge Award

DETROIT, MI — The HDR-designed Second Avenue Bridge in Detroit, Michigan, has been named the 2024 Prize Bridge (Medium Span) by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA).

The Second Avenue Bridge over I-94 is the first unbraced, network tied-arch bridge constructed on …

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Four Construction Projects Win 2024 Build Michigan Awards from AGC of Michigan

EAST LANSING, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) announces the winners of the 2024 Build Michigan Awards, which recognize excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Four projects and construction teams were bestowed awards during the AGC of Michigan’s Annual Meeting.

“The Build Michigan Awards …

Barton Malow's Baxa Selected as Chairperson for AGC of Michigan's Board of Directors

EAST LANSING, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) elects Jeffrey L. Baxa, a Senior Vice President at Southfield-based Barton Malow Company, as Chairman of the association’s board of directors.

“I am honored and humbled to help lead this great association over the next …

Nickel Joins Barton Malow to Lead the Mission Critical Market

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Veteran operations leader Joel Nickel joins Barton Malow to lead the firm’s Mission Critical market. In his role, Nickel will elevate and enhance Barton Malow’s presence in the mission critical and data center construction market. He will lead work acquisition, operations, and the development of future market …

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NAPA Announces 2023 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2023 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction (QIC) Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their award during the association’s Annual Meeting …

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Wolverine Building Group Promotes Garlock to Special Projects Supervisor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jamie Garlock has been named Special Projects Supervisor, leading the expanding Building Services and Facilities Maintenance team at Wolverine Building Group. The team has encountered rapid growth since 2020, more than doubling their workload in 2023.

Garlock joined Wolverine in 2021 as Project Manager for …

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TowerPinkster Names Groesbeck Director of Building Science

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — TowerPinkster, a full-service design firm, announces the promotion of Kelsey Groesbeck, PE, to the role of Director of Building Science.

The Building Science team provides expertise and strategies to reduce energy use and optimize holistic building solutions. This process evolves through energy modeling, daylighting …

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Wolverine Building Group's Dillard Appointed to Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group announces that Kaylee Dillard has been appointed to the City of Grand Rapids' Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The authority is responsible for overseeing the Brownfield Redevelopment Program and the Local Brownfield Revolving Fund. The program helps offset some of the costs that come …

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Granger Construction Announces Retirement of Hersch and Price

LANSING, MI — Granger Construction self-perform team members gathered in the Lansing Headquarters Yard and Shop to celebrate years of service and upcoming retirements for Concrete Finisher Superintendent Brian Hersch and Foreman Dave Price.

Hersch joined Granger in July of 2019, working with the Granger team for four and …

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County Road Association of Michigan Presents 2023 Engineer of the Year Awards

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan Engineering Committee presented its 2023 Engineering Awards at the annual County Engineers Workshop in Manistee, Michigan. Doug Mills, PE, Baraga County Road Commission, was presented with the Rural Engineer of the Year Award, and Tim Brown, Saginaw …

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Michigan DOT Supports Gov. Whitmer for Authorizing the Final $700M of the Rebuilding Michigan Program

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to continue the successful Rebuilding Michigan program with $700 million more in investments in some of the state’s busiest roads and bridges, which she announced during the 2024 State of the State Address.

"Since my …

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Schubert to Lead Big-D Construction Midwest as President

ST. PAUL, MN — Big-D Companies announces that Cory Schubert has been promoted to the role of President of the Big-D Construction Midwest office.

His promotion comes not long after the 10-year anniversary of the office’s opening, for which Schubert was an integral team member, then in the position of …

GLWA's Pump Station 1 Rehabilitation to Support Reliable Service in Metro Detroit

DETROIT, MI — To maintain aging infrastructure and minimize combined sewer overflows systemwide, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is implementing an array of rehabilitation measures at its Pump Station 1 (PS-1) raw sewage pumping station in Detroit. Located on the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) campus, the PS-1 project …

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Burns & McDonnell Names Janness to Lead the Detroit Office

DETROIT, MI — Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction firm, selects Lisa Janness to lead its Detroit office in the Great Lakes Region.

“Lisa has a bold vision for the continued growth of our Detroit office,” said Scott Newland, Senior Vice President and General …

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Road Machinery & Supplies Co. Promotes Schmidtlein to Vice President of Aggregate

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Ben Schmidtlein has been named Vice President of Aggregate for Road Machinery & Supplies Co. Schmidtlein joined the company in early 2020 and has been instrumental in guiding nearly four years of steady, substantial growth in aggregate sales and support for Road Machinery & Supplies Co.

Under …

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Barton Malow Promotes Tolbert, Schultz, and Garza to Vice President

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Barton Malow announces the promotions of Lisa Tolbert, Mindy Schultz, and Mario Garza to Vice President in their respective entities throughout the Barton Malow Enterprise.

Tolbert will serve as the Vice President of People Experience for Barton Malow Holdings, the core services entity of the …

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Seiler Instrument Remembers the Life and Legacy of Retired CEO Eric Paul Seiler Sr.

ST. LOUIS, MO — Eric Paul Seiler Sr., husband, father, and retired CEO of Seiler Instrument, passed peacefully in his home on January 7, 2024 at 95 years old. Eric was born to Eric H. and Dora Seiler on March 1, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. He loved …

CAM, HBA of Southeastern Michigan Present the Great Lakes Design and Construction EXPO 2024

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI — Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) and Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) have again joined forces to present Michigan’s largest construction industry event, the Great Lakes Design and Construction EXPO 2024 (EXPO). The EXPO is a one-day statewide event bringing together residential and commercial designers, …

Billions Committed to Grow the Economy, Create Jobs, and Enhance Shipping on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System

DETROIT, MI — The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) announces the release of an independent survey of public and private infrastructure investments to enhance marine shipping on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. These investments sustain 241,286 U.S. and Canadian jobs and help contribute to the …

Lee Industrial Contracting has Joined Forces with Heavy Civil Contractor, Johnston Contracting Inc.

PONTIAC, MI — Lee Industrial Contracting, an industrial contractor in the manufacturing space, announces the company has joined forces with Johnston Contracting Inc. (JCI), a heavy civil contractor servicing the Greater Mid-Michigan area.

For nearly seven decades, JCI has been a cornerstone in the heavy civil contracting sector in …

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Michigan DOT Receives USDOT Rural Transportation Grant for 2025 M-72/M-22 Project in Traverse City, Elmwood Township

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive a $14.4 million Rural Surface Transportation Grant under the Multimodal Discretionary Grants Program (MPDG) toward the planned 2025 rebuilding of M-72/M-22 in Traverse City and Elmwood Township.

"This project is …

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Michigan DOT, City of Detroit, and Electreon Unveil the Nation’s First Public EV-Charging Roadway at Michigan Central

DETROIT, MI — Detroit Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Brad Wieferich, and other partners celebrated a major milestone in the future of mobility and electrification at the Michigan Central innovation district in Detroit as crews have finished installing the nation’s first wireless-charging public roadway. …

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Maibach Inducted into Michigan Construction Hall of Fame

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Former Barton Malow Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors Doug Maibach was formally inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR at Ferris State University.

Selection for the Michigan Construction Hall …

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Wolverine Building Group Promotes Project Managers to Advanced Roles

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group, a commercial construction firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announces the promotions of Daniel Zilzer and Daniel Escobar-Bercini.

“Both of these men have been essential to the elevated profile of Wolverine,“ said Curt Mulder, President of Wolverine Building Group. “Each …

Degenkolb Engineers and Ruby+Associates Combine Firms, Expanding Geographic and Service Offerings

BINGHAM FARMS, MI — San Francisco-based structural engineering firm Degenkolb Engineers (Degenkolb) and Michigan-based structural engineering firm Ruby+Associates (Ruby) recently signed a Purchase Agreement and closed on an acquisition. Ruby’s 55 employees will join Degenkolb, which will now have more than 330 employees in 10 offices.

The Michigan-based team will …

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I-69 Rebuilding Project in Eaton, Calhoun Counties Wraps Up

MARSHALL, MI — After three years of barrels, lane closures, and bridge detours, the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) three-year, $210 million investment to rebuild I-69 between Island Highway in Charlotte, Eaton County, and I-94 in Marshall, Calhoun County, has wrapped up.

Crews will be returning in 2024 to …

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Brown Named Regional President for Gilbane Building Company

CHICAGO, IL — Gilbane Building Company announces that Michael C. Brown, PE, has been named Regional President overseeing Gilbane’s growing Midwest and Texas regions. With nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Brown began his career as a Project Superintendent and previously spent close to two decades …

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Detroit Music Hall Unveils Plans for $122M Expansion

DETROIT, MI — Detroit Music Hall announces an expansion project designed by architects, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA). Conceived as a central, accessible hub for music programming, production, education, and connectivity, this $122 million project heralds a new era of cultural enrichment for downtown Detroit and the region.

At …

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Michigan Governor Joins the Grand Opening of the Second Avenue Bridge Over I-94 in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined federal, state, and local officials on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit to celebrate the completion of the Second Avenue bridge over I-94. Officials on hand included Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Shailen Bhatt, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director …

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Pioneer-Barton Malow Joint Venture to Build Acrisure Amphitheater in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Pioneer-Barton Malow joint venture will lead construction on Acrisure Amphitheater, a 12,000-seat riverside outdoor concert and event venue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Schematic designs are being finalized by Progressive AE, the executive architect on the project.

The construction team, project partners, and …

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HGA and IDS Selected to Design MSU's New Engineering and Digital Innovation Center in East Lansing, Michigan

LANSING, MI — Interdisciplinary design firm HGA was selected to design Michigan State University’s (MSU) new Engineering and Digital Innovation Center in East Lansing, Michigan, with Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) as the architect-of-record. IDS is a fully integrated firm specializing in architecture, engineering, interiors, technology, energy, and sustainability.

The 270,000-square-foot …

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WSP Promotes Watz to Midwest District Transportation Leader

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — WSP names Patrick Watz as Midwest District Transportation Business Line Leader. WSP's Midwest district includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Watz, a Senior Vice President with the firm since 2021, brings nearly three decades of experience …

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Rodriguez Named Vice President of Strategy and Environmental Analysis at Barton Malow

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Gabe Rodriguez has been appointed the Vice President of Strategy and Environmental Analysis at Barton Malow. In this role, Rodriguez will support all Barton Malow entities by developing future strategies while supporting the execution of existing strategic work using data, analytics, and other tools to achieve …

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Wolverine Building Group Completes Construction of Custom-Designed Facility for Tooling Systems Group

WALKER, MI — Tooling Systems Group (TSG), an advanced manufacturing company, has recently completed the construction of a custom-designed facility in collaboration with Ada-based developer Honeycrisp Ventures. TSG's journey began with their commitment to the project in December 2022, and achieving occupancy of the 200,000-square-foot facility in October 2023, …

I-94 Expansion, Portage Road Interchange Project Reaches Substantial Completion

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project to widen I-94 to six lanes from Lovers Lane to Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo County, as well as to rebuild the Portage Road interchange, has reached substantial completion, clearing the way to reopen all three eastbound and westbound I-94 lanes, …

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Trotta Named Midwest District Leader at WSP

CHICAGO, IL — John Trotta has been promoted to Midwest District Leader at WSP, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy.

Trotta, a Senior Vice President who was recently interim Midwest District Leader, has assumed this role on a permanent basis. He will continue to serve as WSP National …

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Four Detour Bridges from Acrow Installed to Maintain Traffic During I-94 Modernization Project in Michigan

DETROIT, MI — Acrow, an international bridge engineering and supply company, announces it has designed and supplied four modular steel bridges to carry traffic during major highway construction in Michigan. Acrow’s structures were installed in Battle Creek to minimize inconvenience to travelers during the $160 million, multiyear I-94 Modernization …

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Shogan Named Michigan Office Leader for HNTB

DETROIT, MI — HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure solutions firm, names Scott Shogan Michigan Office Leader and Senior Vice President, overseeing offices in Detroit, Allen Park, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Jackson, and Sterling Heights. He succeeds former Office Leader Eric Morris, PE, who was appointed to HNTB Great Lakes …

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Chynoweth Joins RS&H as National Bridge Group Leader

DETROIT, MI — RS&H announces that Matthew Chynoweth, PE, has joined the national, employee-owned architecture, engineering, and consulting firm as its National Bridge Group Leader. Chynoweth will shape and coordinate RS&H’s bridge services and work across the company to elevate the firm’s recognition in the bridge engineering community.

“Matt …

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Wolverine Building Group Wins National Award for Sustainable Construction

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wolverine Building Group, a Michigan-based construction company, has received the 2023 Procore Excellence in Sustainability Groundbreaker Award, for the leadership showcased in construction of John Ball Zoo’s (JBZ) Pygmy Hippo Habitat.

The most ambitious sustainable construction project in the zoo’s history, the Pygmy Hippo Habitat …

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Seiler Geospatial Hosts Annual Customer Appreciation Days

LANSING, MI — Seiler Geospatial continued their annual tradition of hosting open houses and Customer Appreciation Days at their offices throughout the Midwest. Seiler has 10 offices to serve their geospatial customers. Executive Vice President Tom Seiler along with geospatial staff and vendor representatives from Trimble, Spectra Precision, …

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DSG Celebrates its Grand Opening in Livonia, Michigan

LIVONIA, MI — Dakota Supply Group (DSG) announces the grand opening of its location in Livonia, Michigan. The official Grand Opening included the following guests: Livonia's Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan, City Treasurer Lynda Scheel, Chamber of Commerce Vice President & COO Dawne Smith, and Greg Kenger of GMK Construction Company …

AECOM Joint Venture Awarded Contract with US Army Corps of Engineers to Improve Water Infrastructure Resiliency

CINCINNATI, OH — A joint venture between AECOM and Black & Veatch (AECOM-B&V Lakes and Rivers JV) has been selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide architectural and engineering services for infrastructure projects for the 17 states within the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, and …

FEMA Announces Nearly $3B Nationally and Over $176M Regionally in Funding Selections

DETROIT, MI — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, and Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu announce the project selections for nearly $3 billion in climate resilience funding as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The selections, …

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Ford Experience Center Wins Shaw Contract Design Award

DEARBORN, MI — The Ghafari-designed Edsel B. Ford II Experience Center won a Shaw Contract Design Award, which honors spaces that inspire new ways of working, learning, healing, and thriving. The Ford Experience Center was one of five projects recognized in the global awards program’s Best of USA category. …

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Gagnier to Lead Health, Safety, Environment and Quality at WSP in the U.S.

MADISON, WI — Jennifer Gagnier joins WSP, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy, as Senior Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality (HSEQ) for the U.S.

In her new executive leadership role, Gagnier is accountable for the strategic direction, development, and management of all HSEQ frameworks, metrics, …

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Barton Malow Appoints Morris as Chief People, Culture, and External Relations Officer; Booth as Chief Legal Officer

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Nerissa Morris, MBA, has been named the Chief People, Culture, and External Relations Officer and Brandon Booth has been named the Chief Legal Officer at Barton Malow. Both work out of the company's Southfield, Michigan, headquarters.

Morris brings more than 30 years of experience in …

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Macomb Community College Celebrates Grand Opening of Skilled Trades and Technology Center

WARREN, MI — Macomb Community College recently unveiled its reimagined Skilled Trades and Advanced Technology Center, transforming a 1968-era building into a 130,000-square-foot facility designed to foster educational and training experiences that replicate the synergies of today’s world of work. The center is home to programs that prepare students for …

AGC Michigan Organizes Construction Suicide Prevention Event at MSU Health and Wellness Project

EAST LANSING, MI — The Lansing-area construction community is aiming to help reduce the stigma of asking for help by hosting a Construction Suicide Prevention event at the new Michigan State University Student Recreation and Wellness Center project site.

“The construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicides …

Governor and Michigan DOT Announces Loans to Repair and Improve Infrastructure in Ontonagon and Oakland Counties

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announce the award of $4 million in Michigan State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) loans that will repair and improve roads and sidewalks for local communities.

“Michigan State Infrastructure Bank loans are a vital tool to help local communities …

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Michigan Medicine Celebrates Construction Milestone for the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion

ANN ARBOR, MI — Michigan Medicine recently celebrated the topping out of the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Health Care Pavilion with the placement of the final structural beam on the 12-story hospital. The $920 million, 264-bed facility includes a neurosciences center, specialty services for cardiovascular and thoracic patients, and …

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Miller Joins The Christman Company's Detroit Office as Project Executive

DETROIT, MI — Andrew Miller joins The Christman Company as a Project Executive, overseeing planning and construction projects for the firm’s office in Detroit, Michigan.

“Andrew’s health care experience aligns with the needs of our company and clients,” said Joe Luther, Senior Vice President and General Manager for The …

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Henry Ford Health's Destination: Grand Project Outreach Event Makes Connections with Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

DETROIT, MI — The Barton Malow-Turner-Dixon (BTD) team recently began its community engagement efforts with Henry Ford Health for the health system’s Destination: Grand project with a contractor outreach event. The event, held at TechTown Detroit, drew significant attention with 117 participants. As the first of …

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Wolverine Building Group Names Fritz as Director of Construction

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group, a construction firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announces the promotion of Kurtis Fritz to Director of Construction, focused on the multi-unit residential market.

“Kurtis’ talent, experience, and leadership has been essential to our company as the multi-family segment escalates,” said Curt …

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GEI Announces Baron as Senior Construction Manager in Lansing, LaRose as Senior Water Resources Engineer in Traverse City

LANSING AND TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Cam Baron joins GEI Consultants in Lansing as a Senior Construction Manager, and Michelle LaRose joins GEI in Traverse City as a Senior Water Resources Engineer.

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Michigan Governor Signs 'Make it in Michigan' Budget

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed a bipartisan general government state budget for Fiscal Year 2024 to grow the economy, lower costs, deliver on kitchen-table issues, and help residents “Make it in Michigan.” The FY24 budget, when combined with the education budget previously signed by the governor, lowers …

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Midwest Transportation Leaders Join in Milwaukee for Infrastructure Talks

MILWAUKEE, WI — Milwaukee recently took center stage in the Midwest transportation world as Wisconsin hosted the annual meeting for the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO). Transportation leaders and industry partners across 10 Midwest states gathered to share best practices, learn about transportation innovations, and network with …

HNTB Further Extends its Footprint in Michigan with New Office in Allen Park

DETROIT, MI — HNTB Corporation announces the opening of a new office in Allen Park, Michigan. This expansion marks the company’s commitment to serving clients in the Detroit region and throughout the state of Michigan.

The new 12,500-square-foot office will house a team of professionals focused on delivering infrastructure solutions …

Clare County Road Commission Paving a Path to Sustainability with Ultra High-Performance Concrete

LANSING, MI — The Clare County Road Commission (CCRC) is receiving national attention for its use of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC), an innovative bridge material that could drastically extend the life of concrete. When Dewayne Rogers, Managing Director of CCRC, heard about UHPC at a conference six years ago, he …

Michigan Union Construction Apprenticeship Programs Outperform Universities on Training, Diversity, & Debt, While Delivering Comparable Wages for Graduates

LANSING, MI — Union apprenticeship programs in Michigan’s construction industry deliver more training hours, better diversity outcomes, and no student debt while delivering earnings for graduates that achieve near parity with comparable workers with four-year college degrees. Additionally, as the construction industry struggles with a historic labor shortage, union programs …

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Wolverine Building Group Announces Hunderman as Chief Operations Officer, Walters as Safety Director

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group, a construction firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announces that Derek Hunderman will be the new Chief Operations Officer of the 84-year-old company. The company also recently hired former Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOHSA) leader, Mike Walters, as Safety …

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Michigan DOT Names Brunner as New COO

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) names Gregg Brunner as Chief Operations Officer (COO), succeeding current MDOT Director Bradley C. Wieferich. Brunner has served as the acting COO since December 2022 and brings more than 24 years of experience and leadership with the state of Michigan …

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HED Receives National Recognition from ACEC for the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building Project

ROYAL OAK, MI — HED, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm, announces that it has been honored with a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the 56th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award recognizes HED for the …

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New Lock at the Soo Major Construction Continues

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New Lock at the Soo project remains on schedule as major construction continues with phases 2 and 3 this season.

Joint ventures Kokosing-Alberici (Upstream Approach Walls, Phase 2), and Kokosing, Alberici, Traylor (New Lock, Phase 3) …

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Roncelli, Inc. Announces Executive Leadership Team Changes, Names Gino Roncelli President & CEO

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — Roncelli, Inc. — one of Michigan’s largest construction services companies, with operations in the U.S. and Canada — announces recent changes to its executive leadership team.

Gino Roncelli has been named the company’s new President and CEO. He continues the family legacy created by his grandfather, …

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Construction Opportunities Abound for Health Care Facilities Throughout the US

Billions of dollars are available throughout the country for new health care facilities, and many of them will be designed to provide mental health services. The needs related to behavioral health are great in America, and the growing number of individuals waiting for services and support is escalating at alarming …

Winning Partnership Streamlines Historical Clearance for Local Road Projects

LANSING, MI –— Thanks to an innovative, collaborative partnership between county road agencies, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), county road projects this summer are moving forward more quickly while still preserving Michigan’s cultural and archeological heritage. Under the new process, spearheaded …

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BOMAG Americas Expands its National, Regional Rental Sales Force

AUSTIN, TX — BOMAG Americas announces a new National Accounts Manager plus a recent addition to its regional rental sales manager (RSM) team. Having a sales manager dedicated to national and larger regional rental chains plus RSMs serving smaller territories allows BOMAG to enhance the level of sales support it …

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Michigan Governor Announces First U.S.-Canada Electric Vehicle Corridor

DETROIT, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently joined U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, and Mayor Mike Duggan in Detroit to announce the first Binational Electric Vehicle Corridor between the U.S. and Canada. The new electric vehicle (EV) corridor will stretch from …

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American Concrete Institute Announces Grubbe as New Executive Vice President

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announces Frederick H. Grubbe, MBA, CAE, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA), has been named Executive Vice President of ACI.

Current ACI Executive Vice President, Ronald G. Burg, will retire from ACI …

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Wolverine Building Group, Robert Grooters Development Company Break Ground on Industrial Building in Gaines Township

GAINES TOWNSHIP, MI — Robert Grooters Development Company (RGDC) recently broke ground on a new, nearly 200,000-square-foot industrial building in Gaines Township. The new construction, slated to be completed in fall of 2023, is located close to M-6.

Plans for the building include multiple dock and grade level doors, Early …

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Wolverine Building Group Enhances Internship Program

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group, a commercial construction company in West Michigan, enhances its summer internship program with a group of interns. The program provides students with the opportunity to enter the field with practical experience in design-build, general contracting, and construction management.

“It’s a talented group …

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OHM Advisors President Kramer Named ACEC of Michigan Section President

LIVONIA, MI — OHM Advisors announces that its President Jon Kramer, PE, was named President of the Michigan Section of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Kramer joined the architecture, engineering, and planning firm as a 19-year-old intern and has held numerous leadership positions — including Vice President …

USSI Acquires Power Equipment Leasing to Increase Trade Area and Add Rental Business

APPLETON, WI — Utility Sales & Service, Inc. (USSI) announces the acquisition of aerial equipment rental specialist Power Equipment Leasing Company of Romeoville, Illinois. This gives Appleton, Wisconsin-based USSI, a provider of aerial vehicles and specialty trucks, a comprehensive sales, parts, service, and rental program capability with an expanded market …

Gresham Smith Announces Expansion into the Detroit Metropolitan Area

DETROIT, MI — Gresham Smith, a national architecture and engineering firm, expands its operations into the Detroit metropolitan area. The firm's office is located in the Southfield Town Center.

Gresham Smith is currently designing facilities for numerous automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturers and suppliers, including Ultium Cells, a joint venture …

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Michigan Governor Announces Wieferich as Director of Michigan DOT

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that Brad Wieferich will lead the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as its new Director.

“Brad is a smart, dedicated leader that has helped keep Michigan roads safe for nearly three decades,” Whitmer said. “With his expertise, I know that Michigan will continue …

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Burns & McDonnell Announces Pelletier as Construction Leader for Great Lakes Region

CHICAGO, IL — Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned engineering, architecture, and construction firm, names Doug Pelletier to lead the construction practice for the firm's offices in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Lexington, Kentucky. With over 28 years of experience across multiple construction verticals at various …

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Foley Lynx is like Hiring a Full-Time Service Technician for Cat Equipment

Foley Lynx is a support service that gives Foley Equipment customers access to a dedicated service technician right from their phone.

“The easiest way to explain it is to say it’s Siri for your equipment,” said Travis LaDuke, Lynx Consultant at Foley Equipment. “You have a question, and we …

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Veteran Utility Contractor Upgrades Infrastructure in Historic Downtown Grand Rapids with Help from Efficiency Production Slide Rail System

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In recent years, infrastructure upgrades in urban cities have been ongoing across the country. This is true for Grand Rapids, Michigan — the second largest city in the state. Directly in the historic section of the downtown area, veteran contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. (K&R) has …

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Wolverine Building Group Advances Team Roles

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group, a construction firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, announces the promotions of John Lafrinere, Brandon Bienhoff, and Francis Pytlowany.

“We’re thrilled to advance John, Brandon, and Francis to these new roles,” said Curt Mulder, President of Wolverine Building …

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US-131 Rebuilding in Kalamazoo County Begins

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently began work to rebuild and repave 13.4 miles of US-131 from the Rocky River in Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, to Shaver Road in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County. The two-year, $51 million investment will start this year at the Rocky River …

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Henry Ford Health Appoints Barton Malow, Turner, and Dixon Construction Services as Detroit Hospital Campus Building Team

DETROIT, MI — Henry Ford Health, an academic and integrated health system, has selected the architectural engineering and construction management firms it plans to use in the design and construction of its transformative one-million-square-foot-plus hospital campus expansion in Detroit. In total, three architectural engineering firms and three construction management firms …

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Wolverine Building Group Elevates Team Roles

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A group of construction professionals at Wolverine Building Group are taking on elevated roles. Jon Reimink, Chad Hall, and Kaylee Dillard will assume new roles in the growing commercial construction company.

“We’re thrilled to promote these talented individuals,” said Curt Mulder, President of …

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McLaren Greater Lansing Earns 2023 AGC Build Michigan Award

LANSING, MI — The McLaren Greater Lansing Replacement Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, has been named one of four Build Michigan Award winners, recognizing it as a top Michigan health care project. Built by a joint venture consisting of Barton Malow and The Christman Company, the nine-story, 562,000-square-foot, 240-bed hospital …

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County Road Association of Michigan Presents 2022 Engineer of the Year Awards

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan Engineering Committee presented its 2022 Engineering Awards at the annual CRA Highway Conference held in Lansing, Michigan. The annual CRA Engineering Awards recognize county road agency engineers across the state in both rural and urban areas, as well as project …

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Wade Trim Engineering and Surveying Projects Receive State ACEC Excellence Awards

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Two Wade Trim projects in Michigan were recently honored for excellence by the state chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). DTE Energy’s Traverse City-Alpena Reinforcement Project (TCARP) Natural Gas Pipeline Construction Survey received a Surveying Eminent Conceptor Award, and the City of Ann …

Michigan State University Selects HED and CannonDesign as Architect/Engineer for its future Plant Science Facility

EAST LANSING, MI — Michigan State University (MSU) has selected the HED and CannonDesign team to design its future Plant Science Facility. The estimated 150,000-square-foot building will support world-leading plant scientists in boosting agricultural productivity and sustainability, improving plant responses to environmental challenges, and furthering regenerative farming practices.

“This is …

Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan Dealership Awarded 2022 Crescent Club, the Highest Dealership Honor

HOWELL, MI — The Ditch Witch organization awarded Ditch Witch Sales of Michigan with its highest dealership honor, the 2022 Crescent Club award. This award recognizes the top Ditch Witch dealerships’ teams dedicated to providing customers the expertise, service, and products needed to help them be more productive with their …

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Construction Association of Michigan Inducts New Chair and Three New Members to Its Board of Directors

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI — The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) recently inducted a new Chair and three new members to its Board of Directors. At its 137th Annual Meeting, held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, the association's new officers and directors who will serve on the 2023 …

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Infrastructure Engineering Inc. and Affiliates Welcomes Ajegba as Senior Vice President

DETROIT, MI — Infrastructure Engineering Inc. and Affiliates (IEI) announces that Paul Ajegba, PE, has joined IEI as a Senior Vice President to oversee planning of the firm's national, corporate growth strategy and lead operations and business development in the Detroit, Michigan, office.

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SmithGroup's Design Concept for MSU Multicultural Center is Revealed

EAST LANSING, MI — Michigan State University (MSU) unveils the design concept for the university’s first free-standing multicultural center, located in the heart of campus and expected to break ground this spring. The new 34,000-square-foot center is designed by SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, to cultivate a culturally rich …

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The Austin Company Announces Promotions of Green and Reeves

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Austin Company announces two key promotions for members of its Western Michigan office.

Brian Green, formerly Project Manager, has been promoted to Operations Manager - Construction Management Services. Green has over 18 years of industry experience (11 years with Austin). His new responsibilities include managing …

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Minnich Manufacturing Announces Top-Performing Dealers of 2022

NOVI, MI — Minnich Manufacturing, a manufacturer of concrete dowel pin drills, concrete vibrators, and vibrator monitoring systems, announces its top dealers of 2022. Minnich has more than 90 dealers in North America.

The top Minnich dealers for 2022 in the Michigan Contractor & Builder area include:

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New Programs for Funding Assistance at the Local Levels of Government

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has a new funding and resource program designed to help communities launch large projects. It is called Thriving Communities, and it was created by passage of the Appropriations Act. The program will provide an abundance of funding, assistance, and other resources …

Dynapac North America Strengthens Dealer Network by Partnering with Alta Equipment Company in the Midwest and Florida

DETROIT, MI — Dynapac North America announces the expanded partnership with Alta Equipment Company to strengthen the product offerings and solutions to additional states across the United States. This partnership will provide customers access to Dynapac equipment, parts, and support to seven locations in Michigan, eight locations in Florida, five …

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SmithGroup Selected to Design New Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, has been selected to design the first children’s rehabilitation hospital in Michigan. The facility will be constructed on the Grand Rapids campus of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, internationally accredited rehabilitation system serving communities …

Michigan DOT Awarded Grant to Replace Vital Community Pedestrian Bridge over I-696

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive a $21.7 million award under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. The grant will provide funding to rebuild the Victoria Park Plaza Bridge along Church Street over I-696, which connects an Orthodox Jewish community …

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Giffels Webster Announces Leadership Transitions, New President and Treasurer

DETROIT, MI — Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm specializing in planning, land development, and infrastructure solutions, announces a leadership transition plan that includes the retirement of longtime partners Scott Clein, John Redash, and Scott Ringler in the fall. The plan also identifies the promotion of Mike …

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Webb Joins HNTB as Municipal Transportation Practice Leader in Michigan

DETROIT, MI — Kimberly Webb, PE, joins HNTB Corporation as the Municipal Transportation Practice Leader in Michigan and Associate Vice President, bringing more than 34 years of experience in managing and successfully delivering complex transportation projects. Webb, who is based in the downtown Detroit office, will focus on growing …

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Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Announces 2023 PCI Design Awards Winners

DETROIT, MI — The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute announces the winners of the 2023 PCI Design Awards. Three panels of jurors honored 25 winners and eight honorable mentions for the specials, buildings, and transportation categories.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the PCI Design Awards program, which recognizes creative and …

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Stantec Designs a Digitally Enabled Environment to Transform Social and Academic Life at Kettering University

FLINT, MI — Stantec was selected to provide architectural and interior design services for the Learning Commons at Kettering University located in Flint, Michigan. The new Learning Commons complements the Kettering curriculum with a facility that is focused on collaboration, ideation, and digital technology.

The new 105,000-square-foot Learning Commons incorporates …

NAPA Announces 2022 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

ADRIAN, MI — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2022 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction (QIC) Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement using less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their award at a ceremony during the association’s …

Steinert Named President of HDR's Resources Business Group

ANN ARBOR, MI — HDR names John Steinert, P.E., the new President of its resources business group, which includes power, waste, and industrial markets. He will succeed Darryl Shoemaker, who will become the company's Chief Talent Development Officer.

For the past four years, Steinert has served as HDR’s …

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Willhite Promoted to Central Region President at WSP USA

CHICAGO, IL — Joe Willhite has been promoted to Central Region President at WSP USA, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy. Willhite succeeds Rebecca Nolan, who recently assumed the role of WSP USA Chief Development Officer.

As Central Region President, Willhite is responsible for growth and oversight …

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Construction Underway on KRESCampusA Career Connect

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency is launching a new stand-alone career and technical educational center to serve high school students and adult learners in western Michigan. Kalamazoo RESA, an intermediary school district, selected DLR Group and local architecture firm Wightman to design the Career Connect Campus. …

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New Lock at the Soo Project Reauthorized in WRDA 2022 at $3.219B

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District's New Lock at the Soo Project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has been reauthorized in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2022. The project reauthorization amount is $3.219 billion.

An authorization sets how much money agencies …

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Barton Malow Promotes Three to Executive-Level Leadership Roles

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Barton Malow announces that Maryanne Foster and Marisa Varga, CPSM, LEED AP have been promoted to Vice President in their respective entities within the Barton Malow Enterprise. Additionally, Joe Benvenuto has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Barton Malow’s LIFTbuild division.

Foster has been appointed Vice …

Rapid Growth Continues in Barr Engineering's Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids Offices

ANN ARBOR, MI — To meet the needs of clients across the state of Michigan, Barr Engineering is further growing its Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids offices on the engineering and environmental fronts. Barr has added eight new staff members to its team of engineers, scientists, and support specialists who …

HNTB Corporation Expands into Detroit and East Lansing

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce that HNTB Corporation, a national provider of engineering services for transportation infrastructure projects, is expanding in Detroit and East Lansing with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.

The project is expected to generate …

Introducing DEVELON, the Next Evolution in Construction Equipment Innovation

SUWANEE, GA — The familiar brand of orange construction equipment known as Doosan will now be called DEVELON throughout the world. Under the new brand name, the company will continue providing innovative products and solutions, further cementing its status as a global leader in construction equipment and solutions for the …

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WACO Aircraft Facility, Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant Receive ALA Awards of Merit

BATTLE CREEK, MI — Two Ghafari projects were honored at the Association of Licensed Architects’ (ALA) 2022 Design Awards. The WACO Aircraft Corporation facility expansion and the Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant addition and remodel both received Merit awards at the ALA’s awards program.

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Barton Malow Wins 2022 Governor’s Service Award

DETROIT, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission announces 46 individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations as recipients of the 2022 Governor's Service Awards and applauded their commitment to volunteerism, service, or philanthropy. At the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Barton Malow was recognized with a Corporate …

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Belle Isle Multimodal Mobility Study to Develop Transportation and Circulation Improvements

DETROIT, MI — The historic Belle Isle Park, a 982-acre island located in the Detroit River, has realized increasing transportation network and parking demands due to a significant rise in visitors since it became a state park in 2014. To accommodate and enhance visitor access and travel throughout the park, …

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Four Join the Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor

LANSING, MI — A long-serving Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director, an MDOT leader and problem-solver, a supporter of railroad safety, and an advocate for transportation systems and improving career opportunities for minorities and women were among those inducted into the Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor.

The Hall of Honor, …

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New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 Contractor Mobilizes

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers kicks off Phase 3 construction for the New Lock at the Soo as the contractor mobilizes to the Soo Locks.

Kokosing Alberici Traylor, LLC (KAT), a joint venture headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, began moving major equipment to the site via …

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Michigan Started 1,252 Transportation Projects in Year-One of Infrastructure Law, New Report Shows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michigan leveraged $1.5 billion in federal highway and bridge formula funds in FY 2022 to help jumpstart 1,252 new improvement projects in communities across the state during the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a review of U.S. Treasury Department data through September …

CNH Industrial Opens New Electrification Center in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — CNH Industrial announces that it has opened a new technical center in the Detroit Metro area of Michigan. Designed to support its growing innovation in electrification, the center will enhance CNH Industrial’s technology capabilities. This is facilitated by its proximity to a nationwide hub for electrification OEMs …

Sunbelt Rentals Sets the Gold Standard for Recruiting, Employing, and Retaining Veterans

FORT MILL, SC — Sunbelt Rentals, an equipment rental company, has been recognized with three awards for its efforts to recruit and retain military veterans in North America and globally.

For the first time, Sunbelt Rentals has received the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE …

Bridge Bundling Pilot Program Wraps up with St. Joseph Project Completion

LANSING, MI — The Nottawa Road bridge in St. Joseph County, under repair since late August, recently reopened to traffic as the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling pilot project reached its successful conclusion for the year.

The Nottawa Road bridge over the Prairie River, built in 1963, was …

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McKissack & McKissack Appoints Jenkins Vice President of Operations for the Midwest and West

CHICAGO, IL — McKissack & McKissack, a Black- and woman-owned architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) company, announces that Girard Jenkins has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for the Midwest and West. The Chicago-based project executive, who has more than 35 years of experience leading public and private …

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Giffels Webster Announces Retirement of Arroyo and Polmear

DETROIT, MI — Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm specializing in planning, land development, and infrastructure solutions, announces the retirement of shareholders and full-time employees Rod Arroyo, AICP and Michael Polmear, LEED AP. Arroyo and Polmear will continue to work at Giffels Webster on a part-time basis, each …

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Kinchen Named National Construction Director for Water Projects at Burns & McDonnell

KANSAS CITY, MO — Dave Kinchen has been named National Director of Construction for Burns & McDonnell water projects. He will have overall responsibility for strategic positioning and growth of water construction projects throughout all 50 U.S. states.

Kinchen has nearly 35 years of experience working for self-perform national and …

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Michigan Governor Officially Reopens I-69 After Undertaking Historic Repairs

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently joined Congressman Dan Kildee, Senator Minority Leader Jim Ananich, and Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley to officially reopen all lanes of I-69 in each direction between Fenton Road and M-54 after construction crews completed work to fix the roads on this section of freeway. …

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AASHTO Honors Michigan DOT with 2022 President’s Transportation Awards in Equity and Partnerships

LANSING, MI — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) presented two 2022 President’s Transportation Awards to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for work in equity and building partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The awards were announced at the organization’s annual meeting.

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Barton Malow’s Supplier Diversity Efforts Receive Recognition from National Certifying Agencies

LIVONIA, MI — Barton Malow was recognized by several of the industry’s national certifying agencies for its efforts with minority- and women-owned businesses for excellence in supplier diversity.

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JLG’s All-New E18 Vertical Mast Lifts Now Available

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, introduces an all-new vertical mast lift series to the market. The new JLG E18MCL model is well-suited for construction and industrial applications that require outdoor and indoor …

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Cushing Terrell Awarded IDIQ Contracts to Support Interior Department Projects

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell and Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner Hollingsworth Pack have been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract for architecture and engineering (A/E) services with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in support of projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). …

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Trimble Changes Headquarters to Westminster, Colorado

WESTMINSTER, Colo. —Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that the company has changed its headquarters from Sunnyvale, California to Westminster, Colorado.

Westminster is Trimble’s largest employment center in the U.S. and serves as a central business hub for several of Trimble’s core market segments including agriculture, construction and geospatial. In addition, …

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Vermeer Wisconsin Opens New Facility in Appleton

APPLETON, WI — Vermeer Wisconsin recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 26,000-square-foot facility in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event. The new building replaces the Little Chute location, which the business had been operating in for the last 20 years. The Appleton location, constructed …

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Michigan Governor Celebrates Completion of US-31 Project

BENTON HARBOR, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Representative Fred Upton recently celebrated the completion of the US-31 project in Berrien County linking the highway to I-94. For decades, the project was stalled, but is now getting done because of the governor’s $3.5-billion Rebuilding Michigan Plan and funding secured by …

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WSP USA Promotes Rome to Central Region Development Director

DALLAS, TX — Nolan Rome has been promoted to Central Region Development Director at WSP USA, an engineering, environment, and professional services consultancy.

In his new role, Rome will work with regional, district, and national business line (NBL) leaders to identify new business opportunities and expanded, multidisciplinary service offerings …

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HNTB Leaders Honored with National Ethel Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award and Leadership Impact Award

DETROIT, MI — HNTB’s Senior Vice President and Director of Infrastructure and Mobility Equity, Regine Beauboeuf, PE, and Michigan Office Leader and Senior Vice President, Eric Morris, PE, are recipients of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation’s 2022 Ethel Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award and …

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Michigan Governor, USDOT Secretary, Local Leaders Celebrate Michigan Winning Funding for Historic I-375 Project

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and local Detroit leaders announce that Michigan won a $105-million competitive federal grant to fund the I-375 modernization project in Detroit. The project will replace the outdated I-375 freeway with an accessible boulevard, spurring economic development and …

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Clark Construction Co. Expands Operations to West Michigan

LANSING, MI — Clark Construction Company is expanding its regional footprint with a new office in Grand Rapids located in the historic McKay Tower. The Grand Rapids office will be led by Clark Vice President Dan Korte and staffed by nearly 30 current employees, with plans to hire additional personnel. …

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Seiler Instrument Geospatial Hosts Customer Appreciation Days

LANSING, MI — Seiler Instrument Geospatial recently continued its annual tradition of hosting open houses and customer appreciation days at its many locations throughout the Midwest. In the Michigan Contractor & Builder area, the event was held in the Lansing and Wixom, Michigan locations.

Seiler President Eric “Rick” Seiler Jr. …

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Exyn Technologies and Trimble Collaborate on a Proof of Concept for a Fully Autonomous Surveying Solution for Construction

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble and Exyn Technologies, a pioneer in multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex, GPS-denied environments, announce a strategic collaboration to explore the use of autonomous construction surveying technology. The solution will integrate Boston Dynamics' Spot robot, the ExynPak powered by ExynAI, and the Trimble X7 total station. …

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Trimble and HP Collaborate to Explore the Use of Robotic Technology for Autonomous Indoor Construction Layout

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble and HP are collaborating on the integration of Trimble's latest robotic total station with HP's new SitePrint robotic layout solution. The solution focuses on transforming the layout process for indoor construction projects.

The announcement was made at the Trimble Dimensions+ Conference, where HP and Trimble …

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Trimble Construction Cloud Powered by Microsoft Azure Launches at Trimble Dimensions+ Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV — Trimble announces the launch of Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure, an industry cloud to streamline construction projects. Trimble Construction Cloud was developed as part of Trimble's collaboration with Microsoft to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture, and transportation …

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Richter Joins Atwell as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer

SOUTHFIELD, MI — David L. Richter, PMP, FCMAA, FCIOB, joins Atwell as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. In this newly-created role, Richter will work with Atwell’s senior management team to drive the strategic growth of the firm by leading the firm’s merger and acquisition efforts and strategic …

Takeuchi Launches New Line of Hydraulic Hammers

ATLANTA, GA — Takeuchi has added seven sound-suppressed hydraulic hammer models to the Takeuchi Attachment Program, helping compact track loader and compact excavator owners accomplish more with their machines.

“Hydraulic hammers are invaluable attachments for breaking up asphalt, concrete, rocks, and other hard materials,” said Lee Padgett, Product Manager …

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JLG Expands Authorized Service Provider Network to Support Customers’ Maintenance and Repair Needs

MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, is expanding its network of Authorized Service Providers in the United States to provide equipment repair, warranty, maintenance, inspections, parts, and other support services nationwide to JLG customers. …

Safe Site Check In and Procore Automate the Daily Log to Improve Labor Productivity and Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Safe Site Check In, a construction management software company for jobsite productivity, announces an integration with Procore Technologies, Inc., a global provider of construction management software. Safe Site Check In quickly and accurately integrates field data into the Procore Construction Platform to help boost …

Six State-Level Departments of Transportation Join Equity in Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) event, the leaders of the departments of transportation of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, and Michigan signed the EIP Pledge, which is aimed at leveraging infrastructure spending to build wealth in underserved communities. The event was hosted …

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Wilden Releases New 76 mm (3") Metal Equalizer Surge Dampener - Integrated SD Series

GRAND TERRACE, CA — Wilden, a brand of PSG, a Dover company, has extended its line of metal Equalizer Surge Dampeners - Integrated SD Series (ISD) with the addition of a new 76 mm (3”) model. Designed to integrate directly into the manifold of a Wilden metal air-operated …

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Majerczyk Receives Top Michigan DOT Employee Award

LANSING, MI — Traverse City-area resident Nathan Majerczyk is among four recipients of the 2022 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director's Award, the department's highest employee honor for outstanding service. MDOT established the annual award more than 30 years ago to recognize those who exhibit leadership and exemplary public service. …

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OHM Advisors Announces Promotion of Putala to Vice President

LIVONIA, MI — OHM Advisors announces the promotion of veteran team member, Board of Directors member, and shareholder, Vicki Putala, PE, to Vice President.

Putala is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan who joined OHM Advisors in 1993 and within six years created its Environmental & Water Resources Group …

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240,000-Square-Foot Industrial Facility Breaks Ground in Southwest Michigan

PORTAGE, MI — Industrial Partners USA, is a joint venture between Clark Logic, of Portage, Michigan, and Great Lakes Capital, of South Bend, Indiana. They have been working together since 2019 to deliver Speculatory Industrial Development to the I-94 Corridor in the greater Kalamazoo Marketplace.

Completing their …

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Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60B from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President …

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Trimble and ABI GMBH Offer Trimble Ready Option for Piling and Drilling Machines

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble and ABI Maschinenfabrik und Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH announce the introduction of a Trimble Ready factory option for new ABI MOBILRAM-Systems and DELMAG Drill Rigs. ABI piling and drilling machines shipped from the factory will be ready for the installation of the Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System, which …

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Junttan Oy to Offer Trimble Groundworks Machine Control for Piling Machines from the Factory

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble and Junttan Oy announce the availability of Trimble Groundworks Machine Control System for Piling Machines as a factory option on Junttan Oy foundation machines.

Trimble Groundworks is a 3D machine control system that improves efficiency and reduces downtime with stakeless navigation, productivity and quality monitoring, and …

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Trimble Introduces Horizontal Steering Control, Automatic Screed Width Control for Vogele Asphalt Pavers

WESTMINSTER, CO — Trimble introduces the Trimble Roadworks Paving Control Platform version 2.10 with Horizontal Steering Control for Vogele Navitronic asphalt pavers. The addition of Horizontal Steering Control and automatic screed width control for Vogele pavers is another step forward in Trimble's path toward machine control autonomy.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates TowerPinkster’s Grand Haven Office

GRAND HAVEN, MI — TowerPinkster, a multidiscipline design firm, recently celebrated the grand opening of its Grand Haven, Michigan, office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More than 50 clients, employees, chamber members, and community leaders were on hand to celebrate the firm’s newest office, the fifth location for TowerPinkster.

“We …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $52M in Funding for Four Projects in Michigan

LANSING, MI — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $52 million to support four projects in Michigan from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal …

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Ohland Begins Her Term as ASME President, Aims to Promote More Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

An active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1983, Karen J. Ohland has recently begun her term as the 141st President of the society. She is an ASME Fellow and the Associate Director for Finance and Operations at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Ohland has also …

The Future is Now: Examining Construction’s Power Alternatives

At the center of any construction alternative power discussion is diesel. Diesel remains the go-to power on jobsites. According to the Diesel Technology Forum, 98 percent of construction's energy use in the United States comes from diesel.

But with global initiatives underway to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by …

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Construction Workforce Shortages Risk Undermining Infrastructure Projects As Most Contractors Struggle To Fill Open Positions

Construction workforce shortages are affecting nearly all construction firms, undermining the industry’s ability to complete projects on time and on schedule and threatening the success of new federal investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and …

Burns & McDonnell Names New Principals Leadership Class Amid Record-Breaking Growth

DETROIT, MI — Burns & McDonnell promotes 35 employee-owners across the U.S. to the Principal Group after their contribution to a record year of sales and growth in 2021 for the 100 percent employee-owned engineering, construction, and architecture firm.

Last year, Burns & McDonnell supported 17,000 projects, grew by nearly …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District Welcomes New Commander

DETROIT, MI — Lt. Col. Brett Boyle recently assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, in a Change of Command ceremony. Boyle comes to Detroit after serving as a Chief Observer, Coach, and Trainer for the Protection Warfighting Function, at the Army’s Mission Command Training …

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Adds Holland Equipment Services to its Dealer Network

HOLLAND, MI — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announces a dealership agreement with Holland Equipment Services (HES), of Holland, Michigan, under which HES will sell and service Hyundai wheel loaders and excavators in western Michigan.

Aric Geurink, President of HES, said the agreement with Hyundai represents a major growth opportunity …

Three Michigan Airports Receive Award to Improve Infrastructure

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announce three Michigan airports were awarded $63 million through U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Nearly $1 billion in grants will expand capacity at the nation’s airport terminals, increase …

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Governor Whitmer Tours Mound Road After Delivering $32M in Recent Bipartisan Budget to Fix and Expand Roadway

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently toured road repair work on Mound Road in Sterling Heights. As part of the governor’s fourth bipartisan and balanced budget, she secured $32 million for the Innovate Mound project, which is reconstructing the high-traffic road between I-696 and M-59 and adding a fourth …

Voters Show Support for Road Millages on August Primary Ballot

LANSING, MI — Voters in local elections across Michigan expressed strong support for road millages again during the August 2 Primary Election. Voters passed 98 percent of the 114 millage renewals on the ballot and 81 percent of the 28 new road millages proposed.

“Voters continually demonstrate that road improvement …

Drones are Benefitting Earthmoving Operations

MILWAUKEE, WI — Drones — the aerial eye of the jobsite — have become a very versatile tool for earthmoving operations. Among the benefits: increasing efficiency, productivity, and accuracy on jobsites. In addition, drones help reduce unplanned costs and rework throughout a project by providing a steady stream of jobsite …

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Backhoes

MILWAUKEE, WI — Preventive maintenance “is a very broad term,” said George MacIntyre, Product Manager at CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibitor CASE Construction Equipment. “It can be as formal as the critical practice of performing regular service, as prescribed by the manufacturer of the machine, throughout the machine’s life. Or it …

Corps of Engineers Promotes Ryckeghem to Operations Manager, Soo Project Office

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District hires LeighAnn Ryckeghem to the newly named Operations Manager position at the Soo Locks.

The Operations Manager, formerly known as the Area Engineer, is responsible for overseeing all Corps of Engineers operations and maintenance activities as well …

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New Lock at the Soo Phase 1 Construction Nears Completion

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — With only closeout items remaining, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District’s New Lock at the Soo substantially completes its first phase of construction.

“We are waiting on final survey results and anticipate they will show the deepened areas as complete, really only …

Mackinac Bridge Construction Worker Now has his Own Part of the Bridge

ST. IGNACE, MI — Jack R. Thompson, 93, of Alpena, has always been a part of the Mackinac Bridge since 1956 when he worked on a construction crew that built it. Now he has a part of the bridge with him as well.

Thompson, who received a piece of …

PALFINGER Announces Daneluz as New Vice President Sales & Service NAM Region

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA — Ismael Daneluz joins PALFINGER’s North American Region in the executive capacity of Vice President of Sales and Service. Daneluz will be responsible for developing strategic sales plans, based on the company’s goals, that will promote sales growth and customer satisfaction for the organization as well …

Michigan Governor Kicks Off Grand Opening of Michigan Regional Carpenters and Millwrights’ Training Center in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — Governor Whitmer joined labor leaders and local elected officials for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights' (MRCC) new training center in northwest Detroit. The 145,000-square-foot training center is home to classrooms, training areas, and some of the most advanced methods …

Kilboy to Head Wolverine Building Group Southeast Office

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group announces that Cliff Kilboy will be the new General Manager of its Brighton, Michigan, office.

Kilboy has over 30 years of experience in construction. He has led high profile projects in health care, government, higher education, commercial offices, and historical restoration. He is …

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Kohler Engines Approves Usage of HVO in the USA

KOHLER, WI — All Kohler diesel-fueled engines are approved to use HVO in the United States, in line with ASTM D975 standard. This confirmation comes just a few months after European compliance was announced. In February, in fact, Kohler had announced approval to use HVO for all its diesel engines …

Kratofil Joins HNTB as National DOT Practice Consultant

LANSING, MI — Tony Kratofil, PE, joins HNTB as a National DOT Practice Consultant. In this role he will serve as a strategic adviser on complex projects throughout the Great Lakes. He will also support HNTB’s national DOT market teams and transportation clients nationwide in the oversight and delivery …

Efficiency Production, Inc. Hosts Municipal Underground Expo for Michigan DPW Personnel

MASON, MI — Efficiency Production, in conjuncture with the Michigan Rural Water Association (MRWA), recently hosted Municipal Underground Expo (formerly Municipal Safety Day) for Michigan communities’ Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Water Department personnel. Offering training sessions at the event were Efficiency Production, AIS Equipment Company, and …

Safety Culture in the Workplace: How Generational Differences Present Challenges, Opportunities

MILWAUKEE, WI — How do you create an effective safety culture in the workplace when you have an employee base that is so diverse?

It’s an important question for equipment manufacturers to ask and answer, and the latter can’t really be accomplished without a better understanding of what “culture” refers …

Tips for Minimizing the Impact of Rising Fuel Prices

No one in the construction industry needs to be made aware of rising diesel prices over the past year. They have felt the pain. Through the first week in July, the average price of diesel fuel was nearly 70 percent higher than the year prior. There is no single magic …

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Corps of Engineers Awards $1.068B of the New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 Contract

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District anticipates Phase 3 construction will start this summer with the recent awarding of the $1.068-billion contract of the New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 project.

Kokosing Alberici Traylor, LLC (KAT), a joint venture headquartered in Westerville, …

Leica Geosystems Launches New Safety Awareness Module in Leica ConX Cloud Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announces the launch of the new safety awareness module in the cloud-based collaboration platform Leica ConX. The integration of Leica Geosystems’ safety awareness solutions with ConX increases safety on construction sites by collecting and visualising data that enhances awareness, speeds up hazard response, …

Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act into Law, $5B in Funding to Drive Low-Carbon Procurement in Buildings and Construction

The largest federal climate investment in U.S. history was made on August 16, after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The act aims to fight climate change and address record inflation.

The IRA includes policies that will invest in U.S. energy production, reduce carbon emissions, …

American Institute of Architects Elects 100th President, Dowdell to Become First Black Woman President in AIA History

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently made history when the delegates at the 2022 AIA Annual Meeting elected Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, NCARB, SEED, LEED AP BD+C as 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect. As the 100th AIA President, Dowdell will be the first Black woman and first Millennial President. …

More than 40 Industry Organizations Support Extending Buy America, Build America Act Waiver

When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed back in November 2021, it expanded Buy America, Build America Act (BABAA) coverage to include certain construction materials used on federal-aid highway and transit projects. This was intended to strengthen Made in America requirements by ensuring projects use American-made iron, …

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Choosing Screen Media to Improve Production and Solve Screening Problems

With proposed infrastructure programs being discussed to offset the economic impacts of COVID-19, aggregate materials could see a spike in demand. This progression can lead to increased profits for mineral processing operations. However, maximizing efficiency to capitalize on this opportunity requires the right equipment. It is critical that operations evaluate …

Barton Malow Builders Inks Construction Safety Partnership with MIOSHA at University of Michigan Pavilion

ANN ARBOR, MI — Barton Malow Builders has signed on to help the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) meet its mission to help protect the health and safety of workers on the University of Michigan Pavilion health care project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The partnership between MIOSHA, Barton …

Commercial and Residential Construction Associations Partner to Present 2022 Mid-Year Economic Forecast Breakfast

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI — Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA), and the Apartment Association of Michigan (AAM) have partnered to present the 12th annual Mid-Year Economic Forecast and State of the Industry Breakfast. For the first time, the event included the Multifamily Rental Construction …

Detroit Begins $70M 2022 Road Improvement Program to Resurface 66 Miles of Major and Residential Streets

DETROIT, MI — The City of Detroit has begun its 2022 road improvement and construction season with plans to complete $70 million in road resurfacing. This year, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will repave 65 miles of major and residential roads. It also will build three new streetscapes along …

Yanmar Compact Equipment’s Largest Mini Excavators Provide Maximum Power in Tight Spaces

GRAND RAPIDS, MN — Yanmar Compact Equipment offers the ViO80-1A and SV100-2A, the largest models in their mini excavator line. The machines provide the performance, efficiency, technology, and reliability needed for tough jobs, allowing for maximum productivity in construction, landscaping, and utility applications. Both models feature Yanmar Compact Equipment’s four-year/4,000-hour …

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Michigan Governor Announces Herbison Road Bridge Fully Repaired in Clinton County Under Rebuilding Michigan Bridges Program

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces the reopening of the Herbison Road bridge over the Looking Glass River to traffic. This is the fourth, and largest, bridge repaired this year under the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Rebuilding Michigan Bridges program.

"The reopening of the Herbison Road bridge is …

Lt. Governor Gilchrist Tours Rebuilding Michigan Project in Lansing

LANSING, MI — Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II recently inspected the progress made on the I-69 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Lansing. This project is one of over 20 Rebuilding Michigan projects that invest a historic $3.5 billion into Michigan’s Infrastructure — without raising taxes.

“I wanted to come visit the …

BOMAG Americas Remembers Industry Leader, Long-Time Team Member Bert DeJong After his Passing

RIDGEWAY, SC — It is with deep sadness that BOMAG Americas announces the passing of Bert DeJong, a company leader and industry veteran for more than 30 years. DeJong is well remembered for being smart, honest, and fair and an industry pioneer, who helped drive success for both rental …

Vacuworx Appoints Tipton Executive Vice President, COO

TULSA, OK — Vacuworx announces that Robert Tipton has joined the company as Executive Vice President and has been appointed as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Tipton joins the team with decades of knowledge in production and supply chain management, including executive leadership credentials and more than 20 years of …

US Traffic Fatalities Surged 19 Percent from 2019 to 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. surged by 19 percent from 2019 to 2021. Traffic fatalities began to increase dramatically in 2020 even as vehicle travel rates plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Traffic fatalities continued to increase in 2021 as vehicle travel returned to …

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Michael C. Liptak, Co-Founder of ALL, Dies at 91

CLEVELAND, OH — The principal architect of the heavy lift equipment rental category and driving force behind The ALL Family of Companies has passed away. Michael C. Liptak was 91. Together with his wife, Marvine, and brothers Lawrence and Jake, Michael founded ALL Erection & Crane Rental in Cleveland, Ohio, …

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TowerPinkster Interior Design Team Brings Home Two IIDA Awards

DETROIT, MI — TowerPinkster announces two projects have been named the best in the state by the Michigan Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The large corporate campus of a global Medical Technology Company won in the 10,000+ Square Foot category, while Aquinas College’s Albertus Magnus Hall of …

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Internal Promotions at Wolverine Building Group Accelerate Growth

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A group of six construction professionals at Wolverine Building Group will assume Senior Project Manager roles as the company grows. Jim Chambers, Adam Groulx, Bryan Richardson, Ryan Supplee, Patrick Schrauben, and Drew Sorenson will take on additional responsibilities.

“Our team has …

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TowerPinkster Names Evens, Johnson, and Rinehart to Leadership Team

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — TowerPinkster, a multidiscipline design firm, announces promotions to its leadership team. Shane Evens, PE, has been named Manager of the electrical engineering team. Brian Johnson, PE, will serve as Supervisor of the electrical engineering team and provide support to Evens. Eric Rinehart, RCDD …

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First Bridge in Michigan DOT Bundling Project Open to Traffic

LANSING, MI — The Bentley Street bridge over Farmers Creek in Lapeer recently opened, the first bridge to be repaired under the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bridge bundling pilot project.

"We're very happy with the bridge," said Jeff Graham, Lapeer's Director of Public Works, whose office is …

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Telematics Expert Gives Industry Outlook

Most construction jobs run on tight timelines and margins, and to keep everything running on schedule and within budget, fleet managers use telematics to give visibility into their equipment’s location and operating condition any time of the day or night.

Telematics has been around for quite a while, however, it …

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Construction Salaries are on the Rise According to NCCER 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey

Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to NCCER’s 2022 Construction Craft Salary Survey. More than 135 commercial, industrial and residential construction companies across the U.S., representing over 337,000 employees, participated in the survey. The individual craft areas reported provide average annual salaries, not including overtime, per …

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Labor Shortage is a Universal Issue in the Construction Industry

The ever-growing labor shortage is a universal issue, affecting nearly every business sector that relies on the availability of a workforce. It’s an issue that was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic and has persisted.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 11.3 million job openings in the U.S., …

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Barton Malow Breaks Ground on Waterford School District’s Early Childhood Education Center

WATERFORD, MI — Barton Malow Builders’ K12 group joined Waterford School District (WSD) officials, community members, and students to celebrate the groundbreaking of the district’s new Stepanski Early Childhood Center. The early childhood education development is the first new construction build in Waterford School District in 55 years.

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Link Opens New Satellite Suspension Controls Engineering Center in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Link Mfg., Ltd. has officially opened its new Suspension Controls Engineering Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The location will help Link accommodate its recent growth in staffing, manufacturing capabilities, engineering, software development, and sales.

Link’s new 15,000-square-foot Suspension Controls Engineering Center will help focus a new …

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Voters Show Support for Road Millages on May Election Ballot

LANSING, MI — Voters in local elections across Michigan expressed support for road millages again during the May 3 Election. Voters passed 100 percent of the millage renewals on the ballot, including one increase.

Of the seven road millages proposed for renewal, there were five township and two city-wide on …

Understanding and Protecting Against Mold on Jobsites

Most hazards you’ll find on a construction site are big and generally obvious. It might be the inherent danger of certain power tools, the possibility of an electric shock, or the potential for a fall. Because workers recognize these hazards, they can take steps to avoid or minimize them.

But …

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Michigan Governor Announces I-375 Modernization Project Advancing in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that the State of Michigan is moving forward with plans to replace the outdated I-375 freeway with an urban boulevard to spur economic development and provide easier access between adjacent areas of Detroit. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has concluded their environmental …

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Governor Whitmer Signs Building Michigan Together Plan, Includes Largest Infrastructure Investments in State History

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed the Building Michigan Together Plan, a bipartisan plan to invest nearly $5 billion in Michigan’s infrastructure, grow the economy, create jobs, and benefit families in every region of the state. The historic plan will improve transportation, water, and high-speed internet infrastructure …

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New App Forecasts Future Liquid Asphalt Prices Lowering Financial Risk for Asphalt Producers and Highway Contractors

KENNESAW, GA — Liquid asphalt must compete with other products that are refined from crude oil, and energy prices are currently soaring due to inflation. Imagine bidding today’s cash price and the cost of the hedge instead of guessing at some future price. The solution is a new app that …

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MSU's STEM Teaching and Learning Facility Named Best Construction Project of 2021 by AGC

LANSING, MI — Michigan State University’s STEM Teaching and Learning Facility was the most significant construction project of 2021, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently announced. As a result, the project’s contractor, Granger Construction Company, received the association’s top prize, Construction Risk Partners Build America Grand Award, …

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Michigan's Deficient Transportation System Costs the Average Michigan Household $4,845 Annually, According to New Report

LANSING, MI — The level of future investment in Michigan’s roads, highways, and bridges will have a significant impact on the quality of life of the state’s residents and the state’s future economic growth and competitiveness. According to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national …

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K-Tec and Ashland Acquire Metalcraft Scrapers

LOUISVILLE, GA — K-Tec Earthmovers and Ashland Industries, providers of pull-pan scraper earthmoving products, announce the acquisition of Metalcraft of GA, Inc., a heavy equipment manufacturer. This acquisition provides a facility presence in the Southeastern U.S. along with expanded product offerings from the Metalcraft brand. The Metalcraft facility, …

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Corps of Engineers Selects Enbridge Line 5 Tunnel Project EIS Contractor

MACKINAW CITY, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, expects the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for Enbridge Line 5’s tunnel permit application to begin soon following its selection of a contractor to prepare the EIS. The Detroit District, responsible for the tunnel project permit request …

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Transportation Advocates Gather to Mark TRIP's 50 Years of Serving the Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit. Delayed by a year due to COVID-19, TRIP is celebrating five decades as the only national organization devoted exclusively to generating news and social media coverage of …

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Giffels Webster Promotes Standish, Thomas, and Wakeland to Partner

DETROIT, MI — Giffels Webster, a Detroit-headquartered consulting firm specializing in planning, land development, and infrastructure solutions for public, private, and institutional clients, announces the promotion of three new partners in its practice.

“They bring energy and new ideas that, when coupled with the existing leadership, are an integral …

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Construction Association of Michigan Inducts New Chairman and Three New Members to Board of Directors

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI — At the 136th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, the association's new officers and directors who will serve on the 2022 Board of Directors were installed.

CAM's new 2022 Chairman of the Board is …

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Manriquez Elevated to Cultural Studio Leader at SmithGroup's Detroit Office

DETROIT, MI — SmithGroup announces that Rodrigo Manriquez has been elevated to serve as Cultural Studio Leader at the firm's Detroit office. In his new role, Manriquez will partner with colleagues across the firm’s Cultural Practice to expand SmithGroup’s portfolio of projects and strengthen its position as a cultural design …

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Burns & McDonnell Welcomes Weems as Director of Infrastructure in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — With more than 20 years of experience, Cyrill Weems joins Burns & McDonnell to lead and support infrastructure development in Michigan. Bringing with him an extensive background in transportation and water, Weems will be key to the firm’s continued success and service expansion into a number of …

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Michigan DOT Bridge Bundling Pilot Projects Starting

LANSING, MI — A Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) initiative to bundle bridge projects together to make them more cost-effective is getting underway.

A pilot project, the first of its kind in Michigan, encompasses 19 bridges owned by local agencies. MDOT expects bridge bundling, which covers several bridge locations under …

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Michigan Governor Announces I-96 Flex Route Project to Begin in Oakland County

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that work will begin to rebuild eastbound and westbound I-96 between Kent Lake Road and the I-275/M-5/I-696 interchange in Oakland County, as part of her Rebuilding Michigan program. When completed, this portion of I-96 will become the latest flex route in the state, …

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Mackinac Bridge Director Nowack Honored by Women’s Transportation Seminar Michigan Chapter

ST. IGNACE, MI — Kim Nowack, Mackinac Bridge Director, has been named Woman of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).

The award “honors a woman who is an outstanding role model and has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation.” …

JJ Curran Crane Opens New Location in Brighton, Michigan

DETROIT, MI — For over 72 years, the JJ Curran Crane Company has been a leader in the crane rental business. Today, the company announces the opening of a second location in Brighton, Michigan.

Located 50 miles from their headquarters, the second location will expand current coverage to better serve …

Wolverine Building Group Promotes Four Team Members

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group announces the promotion of four team members to their next levels of construction leadership within the company. Cyrus Brandenburg, Kurtis Fritz, David Paquet, and Kyle VanDeWeert will take on additional responsibilities as the scope of work expands.

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Why Ongoing Safety Programs are Critical

Most companies understand that safety is an important part of today’s workplace, but they may not realize why ongoing safety programs are critical to their organization’s well-being.

Some companies view safety as a “check the box” kind of activity, believing that once they’ve addressed safety topics, they’ve done what they …

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ABC and AFSP Announce Partnership to Address Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention announce a collaborative partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention throughout the U.S. construction industry.

The goals of the partnership are to improve the mental health of construction workers through effective suicide prevention education, intervention, …

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Yanmar Compact Equipment Honors Vermeer Midwest as 2021 Dealer of the Year

CHESTERFIELD, MO — Yanmar Compact Equipmentrecognizes Vermeer Midwest as its 2021 Multi-Location Dealer of the Year.

“Vermeer Midwest took it to a new level this year. Their dedication to representing the Yanmar CE brand and sharing its value with their customers really sets them apart,” said Jeff Pate Director …

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USGBC Detroit Region Announces Michigan Leadership Award Recipients

DETROIT, MI — On behalf of the Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB), the USGBC Detroit Region community announces the winners of this year’s leadership awards, which recognize individuals who have made outstanding commitments to their local communities and projects with outstanding achievement in the realm of green building design and …

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Corps of Engineers Receiving $561M from Infrastructure Bill for Michigan, Great Lakes

DETROIT, MI — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Detroit District is receiving $561 million in fiscal year 2022 of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (DRSAA) funds for work in Michigan and on the Great Lakes.

“The IIJA funding is for major …

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Rockford Construction Promotes Napper to Chief Operating Officer

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Rockford Construction announces that Shane Napper has been named the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

“Shane has been instrumental to our success at Rockford,” said Mike VanGessel, CEO of Rockford Construction. “Looking toward our future and continued growth strategy, it was critical we have someone overseeing …

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Michigan Governor's Investments in West Michigan to Bring Jobs, Housing, Economic Growth to Downtown Grand Rapids, Hastings

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce three revitalization projects in West Michigan have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). The projects are expected to generate a total capital investment of $35.9 million, bringing new economic activity to downtown corridors …

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Liebherr Appoints Gerhardt as Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Dr. Tim Gerhardt, a business executive within the Liebherr Group joins Liebherr USA, Co. as one of the new Managing Directors for the U.S. operations. Gerhardt shares Liebherr USA, Co. executive responsibilities with Kai Friedrich, Managing Director for Liebherr USA, Co. and Divisional Director …

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Additional Transportation Funding Provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Allows for Needed Improvements to US Roads, Bridges, and Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs. Fees on highway users continue …

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Gilbane Selected by Eastern Michigan University for $200M Partnership

YPSILANTI, MI — Gilbane announces that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has selected Gilbane Development Company to lead a three-year, $200-million campus housing initiative at the state’s second oldest public university. EMU’s “Welcome Home 2025 Plan” will completely transform existing on-campus student housing and create new housing. EMU and Gilbane Development …

NAPA Announces 2021 Larry H. Lemon Award Winners

GREENBELT, MD — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2021 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their awards during NAPA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, …

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Michigan Governor Announces Biggest Ever Investment in Michigan’s Bridges

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that the state of Michigan is expected to receive $563.1 million over five years to build, repair, or replace bridges. This is the biggest ever investment in Michigan’s bridges, made possible by passage of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Federal Highway Administration …

Michigan Governor Announces First-in-the-U.S. Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Road System Contract Awarded by Michigan DOT

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces the award of a contract to build a first-in-the-U.S. public wireless in-road charging system allowing electric vehicles (EV) to charge while in motion and stationary. Electreon was selected to build an electric road system (ERS) in Detroit as part of the inductive vehicle …

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K-Tec, Ashland Earthmoving Equipment Manufacturers Acquired by Kinperium Industries

ASHLAND, WI — Kinperium Industries (Kinperium) announces it has acquired K.A. Group, consisting of K-Tec Earthmovers (K-Tec) and Ashland Industries (Ashland). Kinperium partnered with the owners and management of K-Tec and Ashland to acquire a majority stake of the company. K-Tec & Ashland are manufacturers of pull-pan earthmoving scrapers …

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Oakland Community College Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for Science + Technology Building

AUBURN HILLS, MI — Oakland Community College (OCC) faculty and staff and Barton Malow team members recently convened to celebrate the completion of the college’s Science + Technology Building at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Auburn Hills, Michigan, campus.

Barton Malow managed construction services on the building that features computer …

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HED Sector Leader Drouillard Appointed to State of Michigan Construction Code Commission

DETROIT, MI — HED announces that Detroit Science & Technology Sector Leader Todd Drouillard, AIA, has been appointed to the State of Michigan Construction Code Commission, representing the architecture discipline. Drouillard holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture and Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan …

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Miller-Davis Company Announces Leadership Transition

KALAMAZOO, MI — Founded in 1909, Miller-Davis Company has served the construction needs of Southwest Michigan and beyond for over a century. A commitment to leadership growth has allowed the company to provide services to clients while standing the test of time — a commitment reaffirmed when Miller-Davis welcomed its …

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Michigan DOT Drives the Future of Durable Bridges

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is leading the way in carbon fiber reinforced bridge beams — an evolutionary step forward — with the goal of a 100-year bridge in sight.

"The aim is bridges that last a century with minimal maintenance,” said State Transportation Director Paul …

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Barton Malow Among First Michigan Contractors to Join One Gigawatt Club for Renewable Energy

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Barton Malow Company is among the first Michigan construction companies to enter the One Gigawatt Club. Entering the One Gigawatt Club signifies Barton Malow Company’s proven capacity to produce one gigawatt of renewable wind energy through wind turbine installations. According to the U.S Department of Energy, one …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces Over $241M in Grants for America’s Ports

ALPENA, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announces the award of more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid action on …

Proven Ways to Increase Worker Awareness of Safety Issues

Companies develop safety programs for reasons that may seem obvious: they want to prevent injuries of all kinds, so workers don’t suffer the physical effects and both workers and companies don’t endure negative financial or operational impacts. In addition, safety programs can also minimize the potential for damage to facilities …

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Michigan Governor Announces Funding to Fix Roads and Support 729 Jobs in Berrien and Wayne Counties

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have awarded two state Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) grants that will support a total of 729 new and existing jobs in Berrien and Wayne Counties. The grants will help fund infrastructure improvements related to an expansion …

Some Michigan County Roads to Benefit from New Federal Infrastructure Bill

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan recently released comments on the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which became law November 15.  While $10 billion in IIJA for Michigan sounds very large to the casual observer, the overall amount must be put in perspective, according …

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Stellantis Mack Avenue Paint Shop Earns LEED Silver Certification

DETROIT, MI — The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Stellantis Mack Avenue Paint Shop a silver certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

For a building to achieve LEED silver certification, it must earn between 50 and 59 points across various design and construction categories that …

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Proactive Approach Helps Michigan Communities Secure Funding to Replace Lead Water Service Lines

KINGSLEY, MI — With lead-contaminated drinking water making national headlines, older communities are struggling to determine the extent of lead pipes in their water systems and secure funding to address them. Use of lead pipe and joints in water systems ended in the 1950s, but records often lack detail about …

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O’Connor Elected to 2022 AEM Board of Directors, Construction Equipment Sector Board

LIVERMORE, CA — Topcon Positioning Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray O’Connor, has been elected to the 2022 Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). O’Connor has also been elected to the Construction Equipment (CE) Sector Board, where he previously served from 2014 through 2018. …

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TowerPinkster Projects Earn Top AIA Design Awards

PLAINWELL, MI — TowerPinkster announces that two of the company's projects have received 2021 design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Southwest Michigan chapter. Projects were juried by a selection of peers from the AIA’s Central Idaho chapter.

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Hy-Brid Lifts Announces Beimborn as Midwest Territory Sales Manager

RICHFIELD, WI — Hy-Brid Lifts announces JJ Beimborn’s transition from Service Manager to Midwest Territory Sales Manager. His new role will include promoting the growing Hy-Brid Lifts product line, establishing and maintaining customer relationships, and supporting customers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

“I’m looking forward …

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FHWA Selects Stantec-Led Joint Venture for Construction Management and Inspection Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) has selected the Stantec-Volkert-JMT Joint Venture to lead a five-year, $80-million shared capacity task order contract for construction management and inspection services. In this role, the team will support EFLHD in administering …

HNTB Joins Wayne County Community College, Michigan DOT, and ACEC to Create Civil Technician Bootcamp Program

DETROIT, MI — HNTB has joined forces with Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Wayne County Department of Public Services, and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) to create a training program that targets people seeking careers in construction technology, inspection, and testing.

The …

Recognizing and Addressing Worker Stress on Jobsites

Stress has been a part of human lives from the beginning. In the past year, we’ve seen additional attention placed on stress and its effects thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and highly publicized statements from top athletes and celebrities. Because stress can have a profound effect on the well-being of …

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SmithGroup Promotes Miller to Expand Midwest Business Development Team

ANN ARBOR, MI — SmithGroup promotes Jennifer Miller, CPSM to serve as Director of Business Development based at its Ann Arbor office. The move supports strategic initiatives to broaden the company’s network of clients and expand its service offerings in targeted markets across the Midwest and beyond.

Miller possesses 14 …

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Miller-Davis’ President Inducted into Michigan Construction Hall of Fame

KALAMAZOO, MI — Miller-Davis Company President Rex Bell was recently inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame at Ferris State University. The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan nominated Bell for his contributions to the construction industry and his community throughout his career.

"It is a great distinction to …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Welcomes Park as President

NORCROSS, GA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA), announces the appointment of Stan Park as President of the company. A 27-year veteran of Hyundai, Park previously held various field and executive-level leadership roles, most recently as the Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Development.

“Stan is a pillar of …

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Seiler Instrument Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

ST. LOUIS, MO — Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Co., Inc. recently marked its 75th Anniversary with a celebration at its main office in St. Louis, Missouri. The company also has seven additional geospatial sales offices in Lenexa, Kansas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Lansing and Detroit, Michigan; and Omaha, …

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City of Kalamazoo, City of Battle Creek Water Projects Receive Project of the Year Award from MI APWA

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Jones & Henry Engineers earned 2021 Project of the Year awards in two categories for projects with the City of Kalamazoo and the City of Battle Creek by the American Public Works Association, Michigan Chapter. The Annual APWA Great Lakes Expo event, along with the …

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With U.S. Vehicle Travel Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels, Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments, and New Federal Transportation Funding Reaching States, Additional Investment in U.S. Freight Network will be Needed to Improve Supply Chain Reliability

WASHINGTON, DC — As vehicle travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and federal transportation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to reach states, it will be critical that states make additional investments to improve the efficiency and condition of the nation’s freight network to minimize supply chain …

AECOM, Cavnue Announce Partnership to Deliver Connected and Automated Vehicle Corridor in Michigan

LANSING, MI — AECOM announces its partnership with Cavnue to deliver a Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Corridor in Southeast Michigan. AECOM will provide engineering planning and design services beginning with a CAV lane project in Michigan and expanding to other locations across North America. The partnership will also deliver …

STC Adopts Final Five-Year Transportation Program and State Long-Range Transportation Plan

LANSING, MI — The State Transportation Commission (STC) adopted the final versions of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) 2022-2026 Five-Year Transportation Program (5YTP) and the Michigan Mobility 2045 Plan (MM2045), also known as the State Long-Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP). Throughout the development of the documents, MDOT incorporated public …

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Dynapac North America Names Roush President/General Manager

CHARLOTTE, NC — Dynapac announces the appointment of Jamie Roush to President/General Manager of Dynapac North America.

Roush is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the equipment industry. Roush has been with Dynapac North America since the transition in 2017 and held various management positions at …

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HNTB’s Beauboeuf Among COMTO’s Women Who Move the Nation

DETROIT, MI — Regine Beauboeuf, PE, Director of Infrastructure and Mobility Equity and Senior Vice President at HNTB Corporation, was recognized by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as one of 13 Women Who Move the Nation.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by COMTO, and …

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Orion Construction CEO Announces New Leadership Team

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids-based Orion Construction’s CEO Roger Rehkopf announces he is “passing the baton” as Company President, while remaining CEO of the commercial construction contractor. Rehkopf has appointed VP of Pre-Construction Brad Walsh as the company’s President.

In addition to Walsh, Rehkopf made the following other …

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Automation and Warehouse Logistics Industry Leader Campbell Joins Burns & McDonnell

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — With two decades of engineering, project management, and automation experience, David Campbell joins Burns & McDonnell to lead design and construction solutions for distribution and warehouse facilities throughout the U.S. Campbell will manage projects for a wide range of clients across multiple industries.

“The need for …

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Michigan Governor Announces Initiative for Nation-Leading Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure in Michigan

PONTIAC, MI — While participating in the opening ceremony at Motor Bella, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new initiative to develop the nation’s first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road in the U.S. right here in Michigan. The development of a wireless dynamic charging roadway in Michigan is a …

Closing a Critical Gap In Utility Safety: Identifying Serious Injury and Fatality Potential

Most utility companies have stepped up their safety efforts in recent years, and the decline in safety events and minor injuries provides positive proof that safety programs are an effective way to protect workers.

However, there’s a disturbing trend underlying this success: despite all the progress in worksite safety, the …

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Next Gen Demolition

A nation’s buildings stand as a visual representation of its history. In New England, that history is written in stone and red-brick facades overlooking century-old neighborhoods. Recent trends are bringing people and businesses back to these urban centers, forcing developers and city managers to find ways to reimagine spaces to …

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Terex Trucks Becomes Rokbak

Articulated hauler specialist Terex Trucks rebrands as Rokbak and announces its vision for an exciting new future. The Scottish manufacturer unveiled the new brand at a digital launch event on September 1, attended by dealers, customers, media, and Volvo Group colleagues from around the world.

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Michigan DOT Gives Update on US-31 Connection and I-94 Rebuilding Project in Berrien County

BERRIEN COUNTY, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently gave an update on the three-year, $121.5-million investment to rebuild I-94 Business Loop (BL) (Main Street), connect US-31 to I-94, and rebuild I-94 between Britain Avenue and I-196 in Benton Township, Berrien County.

Work this year has included rebuilding …

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The Impact of BIM on Construction Projects

BIM (building information modeling) is an intelligent 3-D model-based process that gives architecture and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage projects.

Forgoing the traditionally siloed architecture, engineering and construction disciplines using BIM can develop more integrated workflows to improve collaboration through the …

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HED Breaks Ground on Children’s Treatment Center in Michigan

FLINT, MI — The Genesee Health System and the Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities Inc. have just broken ground on a new GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services building in Flint. The new mental and physical health treatment center will bring all of its children's programs under one roof. That …

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Treystar Announces Haymarket Plaza Opening and Dedication

KALAMAZOO, MI — Treystar announces the opening and dedication ceremony of downtown Kalamazoo’s newest outdoor space to enjoy community, arts, music, and social interactions: Haymarket Plaza.

Driven by the belief that downtown commercial spaces create opportunities for community and business, Kalamazoo-based Treystar partnered with Catalyst Development and the City of …

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Zimmer Receives Top Michigan DOT Employee Award

LANSING, MI — Port Huron native and Midland resident Kimberly Zimmer has received the 2021 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director's Award, the department's highest employee honor for outstanding service. MDOT established the annual award more than 30 years ago to recognize those who exhibit leadership and exemplary public service. …

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Delta College Cuts the Ribbon on New School

MIDLAND, MI — Spence Brothers recently celebrated with Delta College as they cut the ribbon at the new Delta College Midland Center. The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), the University of Michigan (UM), and Delta College (Delta) collaborated to develop an interdisciplinary innovation and education hub, dubbed the Delta Midland Center, …

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North Central Michigan College Celebrates Opening of New Borra Learning Center

PETOSKEY, MI — North Central Michigan College recently celebrated its new $7.4-million Borra Learning Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Formerly known as the Administration/Classroom Building, the Borra Learning Center has been extensively renovated and features seven new high-tech classrooms and a new 3,000-square-foot Student Commons, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking …

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Horizontal Directional Drilling Operator Training Pays Dividends

For over a decade, the team at Rays Electrical Services in Elgin, Illinois has worked diligently to earn the reputation of being a quality residential and commercial electrician for the greater Chicago area. Since Ray Sakolari opened the company in 2008, he’s made a commitment to employees, customers, and family …

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Preventing Heavy Equipment Theft

Heavy equipment theft of everything from forklifts, skid steers, and trucks to bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and wheel loaders can be a serious issue for business owners, whether at the rental yard or jobsite. Stealing batteries, catalytic converters, and entire vehicles can be a relatively low-risk, high-reward opportunity for thieves unless …

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For Workforce Wearables on Construction Sites, Comfort and Mobility Must Go Hand In Hand With Assistance

A few years ago, I worked with a warehouse stocker named John who had injured his back and was looking to get back to full duty. His job was important to him because he had a family to support, which included taking care of an adult son with special needs. …

US LBM Acquires Northern Building Supply

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — ‪‪‪‪‪‪US LBM, a distributor of specialty building materials in the United States, has acquired Northern Building Supply, a full-service building products distributor and retailer which operates two locations in northern Michigan.‬‬‬‬‬‬

‪‪‪‪‪‪Founded in 1904, Northern Building Supply offers lumber and a range of …

Construction Retrofit Opportunity

Construction professionals have a golden retrofitting opportunity as commercial facilities expand their precautions against viruses: an effective new type of “germicidal” LED fixture that can be quickly and easily installed in existing structures. This specialized, enclosed LED fixture draws in air and irradiates it with ultraviolet light (UV), significantly improving …

Safer Approaches for Excavating Around Underground Utilities

Few things bring construction projects to a sudden halt quite like the surprise discovery of a gas pipe, electrical line, sewer tile, or water pipe. While digging a trench, the backhoe crew makes an unfortunate discovery. If they’re lucky, they spot the problem before any damage is done, or are …

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Manhattan Construction Company Announces the Promotion of Cuddihee to Senior Vice President of Field Operations

DALLAS, TX — Manhattan Construction Company, a national construction services firm, announces the promotion of Jim Cuddihee to Senior Vice President of Field Operations. Cuddihee will provide executive oversight of the company's safety and quality programs, project team performance, project management, and craft education programs. Cuddihee previously served as …

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Michigan DOT Works with HBCUs to Recruit, Introduce Students to Transportation-Specific Career Opportunities

DETROIT, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has the opportunity to educate and inspire the next generation of transportation professionals through the Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program (TDRP).

"This program, its structure, the fact that it's been around for eight years and it's only getting bigger and better, is …

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NIX Contracting Realizes Impressive ROI with Help from Trimble Technology

For over two decades, Fenton, Michigan-based NIX Contracting has been a provider of excavation and demolition services for the commercial and residential markets. They also have a 24-hour emergency service hotline to assist with underground utility work. Founded in 2000 by then 20-year-old Nick Stilson, the company has gone …

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Michigan CAT Raises Funds for Cancer Research by Hosting Annual Big Dig Event

HOWELL, MI — Michigan CAT recently teamed up with MacAllister Rentals, SITECH Michigan, and the Operating Engineers Local 324 to host the American Cancer Society’s 3rd annual Big Dig event at the Construction Career Center in Howell, Michigan.

The Big Dig gives children and families the opportunity to …

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Optimizing Self-Cleaning Screen Media to Reduce Blinding and Plugging

In the aggregate industry, efficient screening is critical to achieve not only high production but also accurately sized product for particular applications and projects. However, two of the most common production bottlenecks – screen blinding and plugging – must be minimized to run an effective, profitable operation.

Blinding occurs when …

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Liebherr USA, Co. Announces Friedrich as New Managing Director

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Liebherr welcomes Kai Friedrich as Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. and Divisional Director of Construction Equipment.

In his role as Managing Director, he will provide leadership and guidance necessary to oversee and implement the corporate and strategic plans for the nine product segments under Liebherr …

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Rokbak Revealed: The New Name for Terex Trucks

Rokbak is the new name for Terex Trucks, with the new brand representing the continuation of its strong hauling heritage with a future-focused vision. Throughout the last four decades, the company has never wavered in its promise to customers to deliver powerful and reliable articulated haulers — and that …

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How Innovative Technology Can Support the Response to the Infrastructure Damage Caused by Wildfires

As California concludes another hot, dry summer, the state faced another historic wildfire season. Not only are residents subject to unhealthy levels of smoke and significant property destruction as a result of the wildfires, but they must also face damage to public infrastructure caused by the fires or other related …

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Heavy Equipment Dealers Increase Profitability with GPS Tracking

Heavy equipment dealers’ profitability depends on efficiently renting out their assets and keeping it in good working order for the long term, whether that involves tractor trailers, semi-trailers, or moving trailers; buses or RVs; backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, excavators, scrapers, graders, dump trucks, or all-terrain forklifts.

To maximize profitability, dealers need …

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Why Smart Roads are Just as Important as Autonomous Vehicles

There’s no doubt that self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), are much safer than the average person-manned vehicle. In fact, more than 90 percent of serious crashes are due to human error, which means autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce the number of collisions and save lives.

However, …

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Weekly News and Year-Round Value

When David Gordon joined the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) as Executive Director in December 2020, he focused on one main goal.

“As we continue to grow our membership, we have to continue providing year-round value,” he said. “Our mission is to help our members be more profitable and successful …

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BIM Industry Standards Create Predictability and Cost Efficiency

The adoption of technology in the construction industry in 2020 hit a record high, outpacing even the most aggressive forecasts and there are no signs of this momentum slowing. In fact, the annual Global BIM Industry Report has projected the global building information modeling (BIM) market will grow from $4.5 …

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CTS Maintenance Tips to Extend Equipment Life

Landscapers and dedicated green industry professionals know that the key to success lies in their machines. Whether operating a ride-on trencher or walk-behind machine, it’s the performance parts – the chain, teeth and sprockets (CTS) – that often determine the productivity of an operation. In other words, when faced with …

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Six Tips for Selecting the Right Traveling Axle Trailer

Finding a level surface with plenty of room to load a trailer on today’s congested jobsite is challenging. Towing and recovery operators have it even worse – struggling to move dead equipment, often singlehandedly, while also contending with traffic, poor visibility and soft shoulders. Operators in the towing and recovery, …

Michigan Battle of the Buildings Announces 2020 Awardees

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan Battle of the Buildings announces the awardees for 2020. Commercial Building Owners and Managers have had to balance changes in energy, water, health, and safety measures since the onset of the pandemic. This year, the Michigan Battle of the Buildings recognizes six local organizations who …

Budgeting Ahead for Safety is Critically Important

When companies try to predict costs for projects, they tend to concentrate on visible items such as materials. All too often, less tangible items – such as worker safety – become an afterthought and may not be budgeted adequately.

There are two primary ways in which safety affects the bottom …

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Atwell’s Ann Arbor Office Hires Williams as Project Manager

ANN ARBOR, MI — Atwell welcomes Jeff Williams to the team as a Project Manager in the environmental group. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Williams is responsible for promoting and expanding Atwell’s Power & Energy operations, managing project resources, leading his team’s project quality control, and maintaining project budgets and …

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Michigan DOT Gives Update on I-69 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Eaton and Calhoun Counties

CHARLOTTE, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation recently gave an update on the three-year Rebuilding Michigan project to rebuild 25 miles of I-69 in Calhoun and Eaton counties.

Work this year includes rebuilding northbound and southbound I-69 from Ainger Road in Olivet to Island Highway in Charlotte, Eaton County. …

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DTE, Ford Central Energy Plant Named Union Project of the Year

DETROIT, MI — As a testament to the efforts by union trades and collaboratation on site, the Ford Central Energy Plant is the Joseph R. La Rocca Union Project of the Year.

The national award is presented annually by The Association of Union Constructors. It recognizes outstanding work under …

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New GRPS School Earns LEED Certification, Helps with Community Needs

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A focus on community input and sustainability drove the design and construction of Grand Rapids Public Schools’ (GRPS) new Southwest Community Campus, a project that will allow many bilingual students to stay in the GRPS district through middle and high school.

The project is at the …

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Grand Rapids Airport Breaks Ground on $7.7M Operations Center

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport broke ground on a new $7.7-million operations center that will streamline and improve efficiencies for day-to-day management. Pioneer Construction is serving as the project general contractor with DLZ serving as architect.

The new facility will consolidate key teams such as …

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Michigan Governor Announces Historic $150M Investment in Local Parks and Trails

LANSING, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a historic investment in community parks and recreation facilities, proposing $150 million in federal relief dollars from President Biden's American Rescue Plan be dedicated to addressing critical needs in local park systems. This investment will create good-paying, blue collar jobs across the state. …

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Electrical Safety Awareness for Non-Electrical Contractors

Electrical safety awareness isn’t just for electricians. Believe it or not, non-electrical workers actually run the largest exposure to electrical hazards. Without the electrical training that licensed electrical professionals receive, one careless mistake can turn into a big accident – or worse.

By paying attention to the small details, you …

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The Risks of Not Knowing Who’s On Your Job Site

The pandemic has driven general contractors (GCs) to diligently record who is at their job sites and headquarters. This primarily includes workers, subcontractors, developers, realtors, and property managers. With so many different people coming onto a job site and staying anywhere from 30 minutes to several weeks or months, it …

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The Simple Keys to Vacuum Excavation Success

Vacuum excavators are one of the fastest growing machine segments in the underground construction industry. Originally popularized by their role in daylighting existing utilities on directional drilling jobs, these machines are now being used for irrigation installation, landscaping, and even nursery tasks.

One reason for this growth is that vacuum …

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Tier 3 Nozzles Optimize Sewer Crew Efficiency and Profitability

For contractors responsible for sewer, storm and sanitary line cleaning, hose nozzles are an essential tool that directs pressurized water to clear out obstructions such as silt, sludge, grease, mineral buildup, and tree roots as part of required maintenance or to prepare pipes for re-lining. In this way, the nozzle …

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Instant Concrete Moisture Measurement Ensures Construction Quality and Speed

In the construction industry, the quality of cast-in-place concrete foundations, superstructure, slabs, stairs, and architectural features, along with the speed of project completion, can largely depend on getting moisture measurement right – and the same is true with the masonry mortar used to build brick, block, or stone walls.

Water …

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Proper Care Pays Off Over Time

It’s become a fact of life: When you need to work for extended periods of time in high, hard-to-reach places, you turn to mobile elevated work platforms, or MEWPs (also known as aerial work platforms). Over the years, two of the most popular MEWPs – scissor lifts and boom lifts …

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Integrated Precision

Hitachi continues to provide customers with efficient, reliable and durable equipment featuring advanced technology – the newest being factory-integrated Solution Linkage 2D and 3D Grade Control.

“We gave a sneak peek of Hitachi’s grade control technology at CONEXPO-CON/AGG last year,” said Justin Steger, Solutions Marketing Manager, Site Development and …

Barton Malow and Walbridge Recognized by General Motors as a 2020 Supplier of the Year Winner

DETROIT, MI — General Motors (GM) has named Michigan-based companies Barton Malow and Walbridge as GM Supplier of the Year winners in General Motors’ 29th annual Supplier of the Year awards.

GM recognized 122 suppliers across 16 countries with the award. The annual awards highlight global suppliers that distinguish themselves …

National Association for Business Resources Announces Roncelli a 2021 Best and Brightest Winner

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — For the third year in a row, general contracting firm Roncelli, Inc. was named a Metropolitan Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For award winner.

Conducted by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) and assessed by an independent research firm, the Best and Brightest …

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Fleet Cost & Care Hires Scheck to Lead Sales & Business Development

DETROIT, MI — Fleet Cost & Care (FCC) announces that long-time construction executive Rick Scheck has joined the company as Senior Director of Sales and Business Development. Scheck has more than 25 years of work experience in large construction and engineering firms focusing on cultivating client and industry relationships, construction, …

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Superior Materials is the First to Bring Sustainable Concrete Solutions to Jobsites in Southeast Michigan

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — Superior Materials, a supplier of ready-mixed concrete for Southeast Michigan, announces that it will now provide more environmental alternatives for designers and contractors than any other producer in the area. Relying on decades of experience and knowledge, Superior Materials is the first ready-mixed concrete producer …

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Michigan Governor Visits I-75/M-46 Project in Saginaw and M-185 Project on Mackinac Island

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently visited the I-75/M-46 construction project in Saginaw and the M-185 construction project on Mackinac Island.

At the I-75/M-46 project, Whitmer discussed her Rebuilding Michigan plan to rebuild state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. …

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Making the Right Choice with Terex Trucks

Terex Trucks comes from a strong hauling heritage: with over 70 years of experience in building robust, reliable and tough articulated haulers, the Motherwell, Scotland-based manufacturer knows how to design machines that are trusted by customers to deliver a powerful performance in all conditions. Its two models, the 30.9-ton payload …

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Cooke Joins Takeuchi as Midwest Regional Product Manager

THOMPSONS STATION, TN — Takeuchi-US hires Shann Cooke as its new Midwest Regional Product Manager. Cooke will now be responsible for supporting all of the company’s dealers and national rental accounts in the Midwest region, which includes the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He will …

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Thunder Creek Fueling Efficiency in the Big Woods for H2Dig LLC

Tucked away amongst wide swaths of agricultural fields and small, rural communities the Big Woods private waterfowl preserve is being developed by H2Dig LLC. The company specializes in premium outdoor recreational development and oftentimes is working in remote areas without great access to service stations, fuel, or equipment maintenance …

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IEDA Welcomes Phelan as New Marketing Director

WESTCHESTER, IL — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) hires Kim Phelan as its new Marketing Director. An association publishing professional, Phelan has a history in the construction equipment industry and the rental business. For 15 years, she has created or curated written and live content on business subjects ranging …

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Why Tank Chances?

Water is an essential component of any construction or roadbuilding project. From dust control to site prep and compaction, thousands of gallons of water are required every day. How it is hauled and applied can significantly impact overall productivity and safety. Though water tanks appear basic, certain factors can have …

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Hooklift vs Cable Hoist, What’s the Best Choice for Me?

When it comes to loading containers or truck bodies onto a truck chassis, regions around the world have traditionally opted for different equipment. The North American waste and recycling market usually favors the cable hoist, while the hooklift has been more prominent internationally.

One trend that all customers are impacted …

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NETA Shares Outlook for the Work Truck Industry

The work truck industry includes some of the largest motor vehicle businesses in the world supplying truck chassis (incomplete vehicles) that will be completed by upfitters, using specialized bodies and equipment. These companies are all part of the complex process of producing work trucks, which starts with vocational fleets ordering …

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Succeeding with Standardization

For fleet owners looking to standardize their operation, selecting a trailer manufacturer might feel more like picking a favorite sports team than a strategic move to maximize hauling equipment investments. To some extent, it is. Teams with dedicated fans play smart and deliver results year after year. Similarly, original equipment …

Safety When Working On Geothermal Energy Projects

As debates about global warming get more intense and energy prices climb, there is growing interest in the advantages of geothermal energy. Such energy involves using heat generated by the Earth itself to condition spaces and generate electricity. While geothermal energy has not caught on in a big way in …

ACEC/Michigan Elects Cook as New President

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan (ACEC/M) announces Christopher Cook, PE, from Abonmarche Consultants as its 2021-2022 President.

Cook has been the President of Abonmarche for the past 15 years and has been with the company for 28 years. Abonmarche is a civil engineering, architecture, surveying, …

Michigan County Road Investment Plan Concludes $1.84B Additional Annual Investment for County Road and Bridge Network

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan recently released its 2021 Michigan County Road Investment Plan, developed to give a comprehensive overview of the financial needs and investment necessary to maintain and restore Michigan’s county road and bridge network. Michigan has the nation’s fourth-largest local road system, …

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SmithGroup Awards 2021 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarships

ANN ARBOR, MI — SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, has named the recipients of the 2021 SmithGroup Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scholarships. Now in its fourth year, this program was established to support and mentor students from historically underrepresented demographics in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture, and …

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Volvo Construction Equipment Names 2020 Dealer of the Year

DETROIT, MI — Volvo Construction Equipment names Alta Equipment Company its 2020 Dealer of the Year in North America. The Dealer of the Year award recognizes the North American dealership that best promotes the Volvo brand and the company’s core strategies: to provide the highest uptime in the industry, offer …

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Heavy Equipment Underground Waste Disposal Systems

Heavy equipment dealers, rental companies, and service centers with underground waste disposal systems – floor drains or sinks in service bays that connect to a septic system or dry well (i.e.- catch basins) – are regulated by the EPA.

During normal vehicle repair and maintenance, fluids such as engine oil, …

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Utility Inspection Systems and Their Benefits

It is obvious that knowing the condition of underground sewer and water infrastructure is necessary to properly maintain essential services, and today’s CCTV (closed circuit television) inspection systems visually identify structural and maintenance issues like cracks, broken or collapsed pipe, infiltration, grease, and roots, as well as other issues.

Mainline …

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Michigan Governor Visits Three Rebuilding Michigan Construction Sites

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently visited three Rebuilding Michigan projects: the M-59 Hall Road project in Clinton Township, the US-131/M-179 Interchange project in Wayland Township, and the US-127 project in Clare.

M-59 Hall Road Project
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Congressionally Requested Report Finds That Most of Interstate System Needs to be Reconstructed and Modernized, Requiring More Than a Doubling of Current Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Interstate Highway System reaches 65 years old, it is congested, carries significant levels of travel — particularly by large trucks — and lacks adequate funding to make needed repairs and improvements. America’s most critical transportation link will need to be rebuilt and expanded to …

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Vacuum Excavators Help Maryville Municipality Expand and Maintain Its Underground Infrastructure

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the City of Maryville, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee, is going through a growth spurt. With a population of nearly 30,000 people and climbing, the town has experienced a big spike in utility development within the last two to three years. …

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Cutting Inefficiency, Not Corners

Demolition, like every industry, is constantly evolving. To keep ahead of the curve, contractors seek out the machines and methods that increase productivity while decreasing the physical toll on workers.

Concrete sawing is viable option for fast, effective removal. However, savvy contractors are finding that adding remote-control demolition robots to …

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Improving Efficiency in Roadbuilding

Let’s face it, road widening, aggregate placement, backfilling, and other road construction tasks have always been messy, backbreaking operations. Busy road construction seasons, limited budgets, and a number of other elements have constrained equipment innovation for decades. This has left road crews in the dust, relying heavily on traditional methods …

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Eight Factors to Consider When Selecting an Exosuit for Your Workers

A construction site can be a bad back waiting to happen.

Whether it’s a brick mason, concrete finisher, roofer, or any other necessary occupation for a job site, workers are at risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) because of the nature of the job – the awkward postures, repetitive lifting, …

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Top Three Technologies That Drive Preconstruction and Streamline the Build

There’s been considerable excitement and energy around machine control and autonomous operations in the construction space in recent years. And rightfully so – big machines that can grade a site to centimeter tolerances on the first go without operator assistance is worthy of celebration.

But what about the tools and …

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Komatsu Introduces Expanded Range of Hydraulic Breakers

CHICAGO, IL — Looking for a hydraulic breaker attachment that is simple to use, powerful, and compatible with your Komatsu excavator? Take a look at the high-performance efficiency and unique variable energy technology incorporated into Komatsu’s expanded line of JTHB-G and JMHB-H hydraulic breakers.

Designed and tested for compatibility with …

Sakai America Names Talley New Midwest Regional Sales Manager

CHICAGO, IL — Sakai America has added Linden Talley as a Regional Sales Manager to their heavy equipment sales team, focusing on soil and asphalt rollers. He will work with new and current Sakai dealers in the Midwest United States. Talley will cover the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, …

Iowa Mold Tooling Celebrates 60 Years

GARNER, IA — Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc. (IMT), an Oshkosh Corporation company, is commemorating its 60th anniversary by celebrating its team members and the local community.

IMT products have now been a part of the building supply, construction, tire service, public works, mining, railroad, rental, and propane markets for …

Underground Water Infrastructure Investment Prioritized by a Bipartisan Coalition of Michigan’s Legislative, Industry Leaders

LANSING, MI — Through a bipartisan package of bills, the Michigan legislature is moving forward on a historic $500-million investment to rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure. Sponsored by Senators Rick Outman and Paul Wojno, and Representatives Jim Lilly and Kevin Hertel, this legislation comes as Michigan enters construction season.

“As elected …

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Terex Trucks Articulated Haulers Are Strong Performance for Recycling Centers

As the circular economy ramps up, waste management facilities are gaining in importance. To optimize their operations, these sites need productive, cost-efficient machinery. Delivering high performance, fuel efficiency and excellent productivity, Terex Trucks articulated haulers are well-suited to meet the demands of recycling and resource management facilities.

Every year, Terex …

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Modjeski and Masters Hires Rampersad as Regional Director in Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Modjeski and Masters recently announced the hire of Laura Rampersad, PE as Regional Director of the firm’s new office opening in Michigan.

In her role, Rampersad will be responsible for managing Modjeski and Masters’ operations in the state and surrounding region. Her experience includes overseeing conventional …

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Gov. Whitmer Reviews Progress of I-196 Rebuilding Michigan Project in Allegan County

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently traveled the I-196 construction project in Allegan County to discuss her Rebuilding Michigan plan to rebuild state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic.

"We are rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges to keep our families …

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Curry Supply Appoints Brun as Regional Sales Manager

MARTINSBURG, PA — In a strategic move to strengthen Curry Supply’s footprint in its Great Lakes sales territory, the company announces John Brun, West Virginia resident, as a Regional Sales Manager. Brun will personify Curry Supply’s corporate values while applying his experience in the heavy equipment industry to …

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Pivotal Machines

Skid steer and compact track loaders are pivotal machines on any jobsite, offering compact convenience and robust power to operators of all skill levels. With the ability to tackle a variety of jobs and applications, adding the versatility of an attachment can make all the difference in the capabilities of …

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Hitachi Construction Machinery Announces Two New Programs to Increase Productivity

Hitachi Construction Machinery recently announced two new programs aimed to help customers increase productivity and cost-savings. Dedicated to providing customers with efficient, reliable, and durable machines, Hitachi Construction continues to provide the latest technology and product offerings to help customers get the most out of their Hitachi machines.

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Turn One Machine into a Multi-faceted Workhorse with Stand-on Skid Steer Attachments

As we transition into the warmer months, demand for a variety of landscape, hardscape, tree care, utility installation, and overall construction-grade tasks begin to rise. While stand-on skid steers have been used primarily as loaders in the past, they are becoming more popular in a wider array of jobs in …

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Six Tips to Optimize Compact Track Loader Forestry Performance

Spring is just around the corner and that means land clearing contractors will be out in full force. While many jobs can be fulfilled using a standard compact track loader (CTL) with a simple bucket, overgrown areas with thick brush and trees require heavier-duty forestry attachments. And powering these attachments …

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Big Iron, Attachments, and Technology Come of Age

For many highway and heavy contractors, it’s not only the machines used on-site that drive project productivity – it’s also the attachments.

From buckets, hammers, and cutters to rippers, brooms, and grabbers, these heavy equipment accessories are designed to enhance the use of big (and little) iron while driving productivity …

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The Right Attachment for the Job

Telehandlers are a popular choice for a wide range of material handling applications on job sites due to the variety of attachments they can be equipped with. The versatility of these machines allows operators the ability to perform a variety of job site tasks. Unlike forklifts, which rely on a …

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Rise of the Machines

Change has always been a constant in the construction and demolition industry. Contractors, workers and project managers pushing for safer, more productive solutions have transformed the modern jobsite from a buzzing hive that relied predominantly on manual labor to a streamlined operation dominated by hard-hitting machines.

In today’s competitive market, …

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Equipment Evolution

Demolition and recycling equipment is evolving and is going to change quickly in the next five to 10 years. Manufacturers are leading this effort with input from their customers.

Advances are happening in wireless technology, microchips, machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation, cameras, sensors, touch screens, and batteries. These technologies are …

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The Sound of Silence

Like the air we breathe, sound is an important, yet often overlooked, part of our daily lives. And, just as air quality and its effects on health have become an important part of the safety conversation, the negative effects of sound exposure on employees and the public are a growing …

Getting on Top of Tower Safety

Communications towers have long been a part of the landscape, but if you think you’re seeing many more of them, you’re not mistaken. The rapidly increasing demand for wireless communication and private communication networks has triggered a significant increase in the construction of towers.

The growing presence of towers means …

Wolverine Building Group Acquires Southeast Michigan Construction Firm

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group has acquired Contracting Resources Inc., a construction firm based in Brighton, Michigan.

Contracting Resources Inc. was founded in 2001 by Jim Barnas. Barnas, a 40-year veteran in the construction industry, started the firm after he spent time working for large construction …

National Trench Safety to Merge with Trench Plate Rental Company

HOUSTON, TX — National Trench Safety (NTS) and Trench Plate Rental Company (TPRC), two pure-play providers of trench safety solutions in the U.S., announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge. The combined company will be majority-owned by Tailwind Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. …

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Equipment Manufacturers Report Positive Outlook for 2021

MILWAUKEE, WI — As the industry emerges from a full year under the COVID-19 cloud, a clear majority (88 percent) of equipment manufacturers report a positive outlook for 2021, according to a new survey released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. More than half (55 percent) of the respondents …

EPA Announces $18M Loan to Support Affordability and Essential Water Infrastructure Upgrades in Wayne County, Michigan

WAYNE COUNTY, MI — At a virtual event with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib, and local elected and administrative officials, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced an $18-million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to …

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Five Tips for Maintaining Low-Level Access Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Even though preventive maintenance can be the single most crucial factor in keeping an equipment fleet operating in peak condition, while lowering a machine’s total cost of ownership, it is easy to have an “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. Especially in lean years, maximizing each piece of …

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Top Commercial Construction Projects in Michigan Honored by AGC

LANSING, MI — The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan announces the winners of the 2021 Build Michigan Awards, recognizing excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Five projects and construction teams were bestowed awards during the AGC of Michigan’s virtual Annual Meeting.

“The Build Michigan Awards represent the most …

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Two Roncelli Projects Reach LEED Status

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — Construction services company, Roncelli, Inc., announces that two projects received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The two projects were Beacon Park and the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Berry Administration Building.

Roncelli was a partner member of the Tooles-Roncelli LLC …

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Performance-Based Smoke Detection Reduces Cost and Enhances Safety

Today, the owners of a growing number of non-standard building designs like museums, arenas, stadiums and structures with atria or large open spaces are turning to performance-based design for substantial cost savings and enhanced safety while maintaining architectural concerns.

As an International Code Council (ICC) accepted alternative, performance-based design allows …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Getting the Most From Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders are an increasingly vital part of contractors’ businesses. The sheer versatility of these machines allows them to thrive in a variety of working conditions, and – thanks in part to growing attachment diversity – CTLs can be used for more applications than ever. A strategic purchase of …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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Enhancing Safety in the Heavy Equipment Rental Industry

Renting heavy machinery has become increasingly popular in the construction and mining industries with many companies now opting to rent instead of purchase equipment. In fact, market analysts predict that the heavy equipment rental industry is set to grow by 11 percent over the next three years as construction companies …

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How to Maximize Bridge Repair Productivity with Hydrodemolition Attachments

For decades, road and bridge repair contractors have relied on the power and precision of hydrodemolition robots to increase efficiency for concrete removal and surface preparation applications. Traditional methods of bridge deck repair took hours of manual labor using handheld water jetting equipment or handheld pneumatic tools. By switching to …

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Towers of Tomorrow

Despite COVID-19’s tumultuous toll on urban living, there will come a day when normalcy returns to large metropolitan areas. Human beings are resilient; they will continue to work, learn, live, and play following economic downturns and unprecedented times that temporarily rid cities of normal activity. Downtowns have a future, and …

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Using Technology to Solidify a Unified Team Culture in 2021

Whether it’s on the front lines of a battlefield, a supply chain or a construction site, culture is a fundamental aspect of human existence. Culture keeps us bonded to groups of people – whether it’s within the context of our families, our communities or even our workplaces – and allows …

NAPA Announces Michigan Project as 2020 Larry H. Lemon Award Winner

GLADSTONE, MI — The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) announces the winners of its 2020 Larry H. Lemon Quality in Construction Award for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement utilizing less than 50,000 tons of asphalt. The winning companies received their awards during NAPA’s virtual Annual Meeting.

The Larry …

Michigan’s Top Engineering and Surveying Projects Recognized at ACEC/M Excellence Awards Gala

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) recently honored firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s annual Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards Gala. Design professionals and guests gathered virtually to recognize Michigan engineering and surveying projects from the past year, as well as …

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Thorough Accident Investigations Require Seven Steps

While there’s a big difference between investigating a workplace incident and finding someone to blame for it, companies frequently confuse the two concepts. When something goes wrong, they work hard to identify those at fault, and that’s where the investigation ends.

Most workplace incidents are not that clear-cut. An individual …

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Holsen to Lead Michels’ Midwest North Pipe Rehabilitation Efforts

BROWNSVILLE, WI — Marc Holsen joins Michels Corporation as Midwest North Region Senior Manager of its Pipe Services operations. He will be responsible for all operational aspects in the Midwest North region, which includes Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.

Pipe, culvert, and utility manhole rehabilitation services in the region include cured-in-place …

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HNTB in Michigan Grows Management Team with New Leadership Positions

DETROIT, MI — HNTB Corporation announces new leadership positions in Michigan, growing the office’s leadership team and positioning the firm for continued growth in the state’s burgeoning transportation infrastructure market.

Regine Beauboeuf, PE, was named Senior Vice President and Detroit Location Leader. In this role, Beauboeuf ensures that HNTB’s …

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JJ Curran Crane Welcomes New Manitowoc MLC 300 to Its Fleet

DETROIT, MI — JJ Curran Crane Company, a company in the crane rental business since 1950, added a Manitowoc MLC 300 to its fleet to further enhance its role as a source for crawler crane rentals in Michigan.

As an innovator in the crane rental industry, JJ Curran offers …

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Henry Ford Cancer Institute Opens New Pavilion in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — SmithGroup recently celebrated the opening of the new Henry Ford Cancer Institute pavilion, connected by skywalk to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. The 187,000-square-foot, $155-million cancer pavilion has welcomed its first patients.

The new pavilion is a global destination for integrated cancer care, and the anchor …

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G2 Consulting Group Offers 2021 Michigan Construction Outlook

TROY, MI — 2020, the anticipated ‘year of perfect vision,’ was anything but for most of the world. Will 2021 be any better?

While his crystal ball can’t specifically answer that question as it relates to the pandemic, Mark Smolinski, PE, a Principal at G2 Consulting Group in Troy, …

Using Good Catches to Increase Worker Ownership of Safety

There’s an old adage that says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s applicable to many situations, but especially so when it comes to workplace safety. Safety professionals have long recognized the value of prevention, and the well-known Heinrich model clearly illustrates that value. For every …

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HED Welcomes Drouillard as Science & Technology Sector Leader in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — HED announces Todd Drouillard, AIA as Associate, Science and Technology Sector Leadership in the Detroit office, bringing over 21 years of experience in the delivery of complex government and institutional projects as well as a variety of corporate, automotive, aviation, advanced testing and development laboratories, and industrial/manufacturing …

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Walbridge Names Rakolta President

DETROIT, MI — Walbridge, a full-service construction company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, announces the appointment of John Rakolta III as President. In addition to the promotion, he will continue his role as Chief Administrative Officer.

“JR has a proven ability to deliver high levels of sustained results, and we …

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Imlay City High School Performing Arts Center Breaks Ground

IMLAY CITY, MI — The Imlay City Community Schools Board of Education, district administrators, students, and construction professionals recently gathered at the south end of Imlay City High School to officially mark the groundbreaking of the district’s forthcoming Performing Arts Center.

The $14.2-million, 500-seat Performing Arts Center — which was …

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Michigan DOT Announces New Office of Rail Director

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announces Peter Anastor as the new Director over the MDOT Office of Rail.

Having more than 25 years of state service, Anastor most recently worked with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). He began his career at the State …

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Sustainable Construction Waste Management and LEED

There was an estimated 600 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) waste generated in the United States in 2018 alone, which is more than double the amount of Municipal Solid Waste (i.e. normal garbage). Concrete accounted for the largest portion of this C&D waste (67.5 percent), followed by asphalt …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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Finding a Snow-Worthy Track Loader

What’s better for clearing snow, a skid steer or a compact track loader? The common perception is that a wheeled machine would fare better, and it’s often true with many track loaders. It’s why many compact track loaders are parked for the winter while their wheeled counterparts keep working. However, …

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Elon University Puts Vacuum Excavator to Work in a Wide Range of Applications

Traditionally, vacuum excavators have been used by contractors for daylighting buried utilities, minimizing disruption to the impacted area, and leaving behind a negligible mess. Today, the benefits of soft digging – the process of using a combination of suction and high-pressure water and air to remove dirt and other materials …

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Four Strategies for Construction Companies to Rebound from COVID-19

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and unfortunately, we don’t have an answer as to when life will go back to normal, or even what the “new normal” will look like. Disruptions in the hard-hit construction industry – such as supply chain shortages and …

Have You Fallen for These Common Safety Myths?

Safety sounds like a simple concept, but when it comes to workplace safety, that isn’t always the case. As our professionals interact with companies and workers in many industries, they frequently hear things that may sound plausible, but that really aren’t true. We’ve collected several of the most common here. …

U.S. DOT Launches New Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a new demonstration program to establish several Regional Infrastructure Accelerators (Accelerators), which will expedite delivery of transportation infrastructure projects through finance and delivery methods. The department’s Build America Bureau (the Bureau) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to solicit applications …

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USGBC Detroit Region Announces Recipients of the Green Building Leadership Awards

DETROIT, MI — The USGBC Detroit Region community announces the winners of this year’s leadership awards, which recognize individuals who have made outstanding commitments to their local community and projects located in the state of Michigan with outstanding achievement in the realm of green building design and construction.

USGBC Detroit …

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Mack Trucks Names Oldham Regional Vice President, Central Region

KANSAS CITY, MO — Mack Trucks names Jeff Oldham Regional Vice President of the U.S. Central Region. In this position, Oldham will be responsible for increasing Mack market share and profitability in the region.

“Jeff’s industry knowledge and extensive OEM and dealer experience will serve as an advantage in this …

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2020 Michigan DOT Projects Put Focus on Safety

LANSING, MI — Using targeted technology as well as low-cost, system-wide improvements, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across the Upper Peninsula in 2020 have been designed to make roads safer.

MDOT safety projects are part of a larger effort to help move the state Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). MDOT's …

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SmithGroup Hires Hill to Expand Business Development in the Midwest

PITTSBURGH, PA — SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, has hired Carla Hill to serve as Director of Business Development for its Detroit and Pittsburgh offices. As a regional resource, Hill will support the company’s Higher Education and Health Practices, expanding the firm’s opportunity pipeline and connecting clients in need …

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McCarthy Building Companies Partners with Adaptive Construction Solutions in Support of Veterans

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announces a new partnership with Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. (ACS) to recruit and train veterans for careers in the construction trades, addressing a national workforce shortage. Together, the two organizations will identify and enroll veterans with military occupational specialties in an apprenticeship program that can lead …

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Roncelli Marks 5M Man-Hours with Zero Lost Time Injuries

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — Construction company Roncelli, Inc. announces that it achieved the distinction of compiling more than 5 million hours worked without a lost-time injury since 2007. Roncelli reached the milestone during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing further confirmation of its commitment to workplace safety.

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Wells Fargo 2021 Economic Outlook

The longest U.S. economic expansion since the end of the Second World War came to an abrupt end earlier this year as the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down the economy. Following an unprecedented plunge in Q2-2020 – real GDP nosedived at an annualized rate of 31.4 percent – economic activity …

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How AGC of America is Making Sure Politicians Learn the Right Lessons from the Election

The 2020 elections appear to have delivered simultaneous rebukes to both President Trump and the liberal agenda. While he performed better than most polls predicted, as of writing, the President’s ongoing efforts to contest the election appear to have little chance of success. Yet enough down ballot elections broke Republicans’ …

The Power of Where Symposium Puts Spatial Intelligence at Your Fingertips on January 26

DENVER, CO — Process innovation specialist to the AEC industry, MG AEC Technology Partners (MG), invites the industry to The Power of Where, an online symposium illuminating the intersection of BIM and GIS technologies. Sponsored by Autodesk and GIS industry leader, Esri, the January 26, 2021 virtual conference will …

Equipment Leasing & Finance 2021 US Economic Outlook

Equipment and software investment growth fared better than overall GDP growth in 2020 as businesses invested to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and growth should remain well into positive territory in the beginning of 2021. Annual equipment and software investment growth of 7.8 percent is forecast for 2021. Annual U.S. …

County Road Association of Michigan Introduces New County Road Seasonal Weight Restrictions App and Updated Website

It seems like there’s an app for everything these days, from quirky games to productivity tools. But the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan has created an app with an important purpose: preserving Michigan’s roads.

Partnering with the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA) and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals …

Michigan DOT Chief Bridge Engineer Honored by National Bridge Institute for Career Contributions

LANSING, MI — Matt Chynoweth, the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Chief Bridge Engineer, has been named one of the American Segmental Bridge Institute's (ASBI) 2020 Leadership Award recipients for outstanding career contributions.

Chynoweth, a 17-year veteran of the department, is Director of the department's Bureau of Bridges …

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County Road Agencies Take Winter Maintenance to a New Level with Innovative Technology

LANSING, MI — What if residents could track the progress of county road agency snowplows in their areas? What if snowplows could plow multiple lanes at once? What if trucks could combine three operations into one simple process?

At county road agencies across Michigan, these “what ifs” aren’t just speculation …

ARTBA 2021 US Transportation Construction Market Forecast

Transportation construction activity is forecast to decline 5.5 percent in 2021, as transportation authorities, state, city, county, and local governments face unprecedented revenue shortfalls, budget pressures and lower demand for travel and freight services, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) model shows. The 2021 market will reflect the …

Do Your Workers Truly Understand HazCom?

Workers in all sorts of industries use, or may become exposed to, various types of hazardous chemicals and other substances on a regular basis. Sometimes those hazards are part of a production process, while in other instances it may be something used to clean a worksite.

That’s why OSHA requires …

2021 Manufacturer Forecast

After a difficult 2020, many of us are looking for things to turn around with the new year. Significant progress on a vaccine and the possibility of new funding for infrastructure projects has many in the construction industry optimistic that 2021 will put the U.S. economy back on track. We’ve …

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Quinn Evans Promotes Seven Professionals in Ann Arbor and Detroit

ANN ARBOR, MI — Quinn Evans announces the promotions of seven architects and designers in the firm’s offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. The professionals possess expertise in a range of the firm’s key markets, including the design of museums and cultural facilities, schools and higher educational facilities, commercial …

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High Efficiency ‘Shaped’ Wire Screens are the Way to the Future

For aggregate producers, efficient and accurate sizing of material during processing is essential to profitability. One renowned screening expert has termed plant screening stations as the "cash box" of the operation. Square opening, woven wire screen is still the media of choice in most aggregate operations. However, carryover of prime …

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Governor Whitmer Visits I-96 and 196 Interchange Rebuild Project in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited the newly completed interchange of three routes on the east side of Grand Rapids. The I-196, I-96, and M-44 rebuild was built to last 50 years or longer, taking away the need to disrupt thousands of travelers with frequent construction.

“This is …

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Governor Whitmer Visits the Rebuilding Michigan I-496 Improvement Project in Lansing

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently visited I-496 in Lansing to see the nearly completed construction of the first project in her Rebuilding Michigan plan.

“Every Michigander deserves to drive to work and drop their kids at school without popping a tire or cracking a windshield. This transformation, made …

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Demolition Doctors

Like many cities with a long history, the skyline of San Diego, California, has changed significantly over the centuries. Even in the modern era, demolition and construction continue to transform California’s second-largest city. However, with growing populations and congested urban environments, demolition contractors are forced to find safer ways to …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Welcomes Kim as President

NORCROSS, GA — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc. (HCEA), welcomes J.Y. Kim as President. 28-year Hyundai veteran Kim began his career as part of an overseas sales team to support North American Operations, and later worked at HCEA’s Chicago office from 2004 to 2008.

He was instrumental in establishing a …

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Roncelli, Inc. Named One of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Metro Detroit

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — For the second consecutive year, Roncelli, Inc. was named one of Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. The award recognizes companies that promote innovative human resource approaches and foster a company culture that encourages employee enrichment.

“This has been a unique year for …

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Unlocking the Full Potential of Construction Fleet Physical Security Integration

For construction firms with significant fleet vehicle and equipment assets needing to be protected from theft or vandalism, fully integrating the latest capabilities of physical security and access control systems can drive down costs significantly.

This “virtual” approach combines video surveillance, access control, and information technology (IT) integration to replace …

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The Role of Rental in 2020 and What It Teaches Us for 2021

If there is any one thing to be said about 2020, it’s that uncertainty ruled the day in many ways and in many aspects of life. The construction industry was no exception, as contractors in all segments juggled the unknowns of an election year, a global pandemic, and everything else …

Albert Kahn Associates Celebrates 125 Years of Design and Engineering

DETROIT, MI — 125 years and 45,000 projects later, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., is still designing and engineering facilities today. Founded as one of the first integrated architecture and engineering firms, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

From its headquarters in Detroit, Kahn has designed and …

LTU Professor Receives Grant to Train Small Construction Firms on COVID Safety

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is offering free COVID-19 safety training to construction firms with fewer than 100 employees under a grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The training will be offered on the east side of the state by Ahmed Al-Bayati, Assistant Professor …

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Construction Industry Companies Putting Employee Well Being at the Forefront

No one can argue that 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic have created major stressors in our personal and professional lives and have caused many of us to experience greater levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. Even before COVID-19, one in five Americans suffered from a mental health condition and …

Improving Contractor Interactions Through the SCARF Model

It happens on nearly every jobsite and nearly every day. A worker performs a task without using the proper safety procedures and a safety professional walks up to correct him. The mood becomes tense, the worker’s resentment is obvious, and the safety pro becomes defensive in return.

The safety professional …

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Quinn Evans Promotes Austin Redding and Neubauer to Associate

ANN ARBOR, MI — Quinn Evans, an architecture firm focusing on design, historic preservation, and sustainability, announces the promotion of Stephanie Austin Redding, ASLA, and Karin Neubauer, AIA, in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, office.

Austin Redding has been promoted to Associate. She is a Landscape Architect with …

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Avoiding Costly and Potentially Deadly Shortcuts in Netting System Selection

Construction managers, general contractors, and building owners are certainly familiar with safety netting systems and the reasons to install them, which include protecting workers and debris from falling from structures, as well as façade and ceiling containment. They also believe these passive systems create and maintain a safe work environment. …

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M-30 Reopens Over the Tittabawassee River to Local Traffic in Edenville

EDENVILLE, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently reopened M-30 over the Tittabawassee River in Edenville following the completion of two federally funded emergency contracts to repair extensive damage. A video news release has been posted on MDOT's YouTube channel featuring the repaired crossing, along with comments by …

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Wolverine Building Group Expands Team

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group announces the addition of six new team members. Michael Van Schelven joins the team as a Senior Project Manager, Alan Bussey as a Superintendent, Matthew Moilanen as a Carpenter, Travis Wierenga as an Iron Worker, and Donald Norton and Kristopher Bostic as a …

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Making the Whole Person Matter

The construction worker offers much for which to be celebrated. They transform blank canvasses of earth to create spaces for work, education, or play and build structures to cross bodies of water that connect communities. Bottom line, the construction worker helps to build a country’s future.

Driving this ability is …

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Manitou Group Names Nartish as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Manitou North America

WEST BEND, WI — Manitou Group announces the appointment of Ilmars Nartish to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Manitou North America, effective immediately.

“We are excited to welcome Ilmars to Manitou North America. With more than 13 years working with Manitou Group, his knowledge …

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HDD Training Teaches More Than Just Basic Skills

When it comes to horizontal directional drilling (HDD), simple training is not enough – it needs to be the right training. Because HDD is an art and a science, the right training, education, and experience is a critical combination in knowing the right balance between the two.

As HDD expands …

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Tire Tales

Tires are witness to everything that goes on in a truck and are filled with information that can tell you a great deal about your fleet.
There are many reasons tires are removed from service outside of normal wear – ranging from driver- related behavior, to running the wrong type …

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Advanced Water Treatment to Increase Efficiency and Meet Environmental Standards

More and more, concrete repair contractors are turning to robotic hydrodemolition, and the reasons why are simple. The method provides faster, safer, and more efficient removal than traditional means. Recent technological advances have also made hydrodemolition machines more versatile, compact, and durable than ever before. But, one important question still …

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Mortenson Pushes the Boundaries With Large-Scale Modular Projects

The construction industry has proven to be one of the most difficult industries to revolutionize. Many aspects of constructing a building have not changed for centuries. It is becoming increasingly difficult to build in downtown urban settings where sites are tight, streets are crowded, and skilled labor is difficult to …

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Bomanite Cares

Humanitarian, hero, and three-time heavyweight champion of the world, Mohammed Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Revered for his accomplishments in the ring and beloved the world over for his sharp wit and big heart outside of it, Ali’s …

CII, CURT, and ECC Explore Formation of Official Alliance to Streamline Service and Support for the Capital Projects Industry

AUSTIN, TX — Leaders from the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), and the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association (ECC) are exploring the establishment of a unified, industry alliance to capture benefits of increased content collaboration, better sharing of research, and benchmarking learnings to improve application, diversifying …

Caterpillar Signs Agreement to Acquire Weir Oil & Gas

DEERFIELD, IL — Caterpillar Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire the Oil & Gas Division (Weir Oil & Gas) of the Weir Group PLC, a Scotland-based global engineering business. Headquartered near Fort Worth, Texas, Weir Oil & Gas produces a full line of pumps, flow iron, consumable parts, …

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Governor Whitmer Announces Historic $500M Investment to Rebuild Michigan’s Water Infrastructure

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer, along with bipartisan and bicameral partners, announces MI Clean Water, a $500-million comprehensive water infrastructure investment in Michigan's water systems from source to tap. The MI Clean Water plan marks a significant investment after decades of under-investment in Michigan's infrastructure.

“Since the first day …

Michigan DOT Receives Federal $15.6M Grant for Safety Improvements Along Rail Corridor

LANSING, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) awards a $15.6-million Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements program grant to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for trespass prevention and pedestrian safety enhancements along the Michigan Line accelerated rail corridor.

The grant will allow MDOT …

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Adds United Truck Sales to Growing North American Distribution Network

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI — Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announces the expansion of its North American authorized dealer network with the addition of United Truck Sales. United Truck Sales is a tractor, trailer, and heavy truck dealership located in Clinton Township, Michigan, and will be focusing specifically on Hyundai compact …

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Enprotech Industrial Technologies Expands Manufacturing Operations

LANSING, MI — Enprotech Industrial Technologies (EIT) will complete an expansion project at its facility in Lansing, Michigan. The expanded facility will add 43,500 square feet of manufacturing space to the existing 35,000-square-foot building, more than doubling the size of the Industrial Parkway operations.

This project is the largest capital …

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Ready to Roll

Near the Kansas City International Airport lies a well-traveled stretch of road that connects NE Cookingham Drive to I-435. A 20-mile jaunt separates the airport from downtown Kansas City, and while some drivers might make their way via the direct I-29 route, others choose the I-435 route that might take …

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Michigan DOT Research into Carbon Fiber Bridge Components Gains National Recognition

SOUTHFIELD, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and university researchers have subjected a high-tech material to trial by fire and ice in a quest for better bridge components.

Steel has historically been the go-to material for reinforcing and pre-tensioning concrete for highway bridges. Steel adds strength, but it …

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Virtual Reality Leaps Forward, Providing New Value to Stakeholders

The AEC industry has been experimenting with the use of virtual reality (VR) for well over 20 years, and the medium has successfully provided value and Return on Investment (ROI). However, for many projects, the form factor, technical requirements and user friction for delivering walkthroughs has prevented the medium from …

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John Deere Power Systems Announces Leadership Changes

WATERLOO, IA — John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) announces a change to its leadership team in response to the planned retirement of David Hoffman, who acted as Director of Worldwide Marketing, Sales, and Customer Support.

After more than 41 years of service at John Deere, Hoffman has announced his …

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Don’t Get Caught in the Cold

When we think winter maintenance, we start thinking about cooling systems and antifreeze, fuel systems and fuel storage, engine oil, Hydraulic oil and systems, batteries and all the fluids, components and systems that suffer the ravages of cold and freezing temperatures. If its equipment, it needs winter maintenance. If operates …

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Pulling Augers No Longer Needed

One of the most time-consuming tasks while auger boring is pulling augers to check line and grade and adjust steering constantly,” said Walter Keyes, a 25-years auger boring veteran and Team Leader/Superintendent with S.J. Louis Companies. “Typically, on large-diameter sewer jobs, crews will pull augers every 20 feet, …

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Technology Enables Construction Continuity

As we look ahead and try to make predictions about the future of construction, some aspects are murky. No one would have predicted the situation we found ourselves in during 2020, with a global pandemic bringing the economy to its knees, delaying construction projects nationwide, and changing the way we …

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Living on the Cutting Edge

Mining and quarrying are deep-rooted businesses. The oldest known mine is located in Southern Africa and was active, quite appropriately, during the Stone Age – an astounding 43,000 years ago. Possibly even more incredible are the ancient mines that are still producing.

Fast forward to today, where we find an …

USGBC Detroit Region Announces Winners of the Inaugural Student Design Competition

DETROIT, MI — To encourage Michigan students to become familiar with the LEED rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Detroit Region community launched the 2019–2020 Student Design Competition in August 2019. Students had to be enrolled in a Michigan higher education institution during the time frame of the …

What Contractors Need to Know About EMR

It’s a small number that carries a huge impact for a contractor’s business. It affects their ability to stay competitive and maintain profitability, and it gives owners and construction managers powerful insights into the contractor’s business philosophy. It says so much that owners and CMs use it to decide whether …

Sale Closes for First $800M in Rebuilding Michigan Bonds

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently closed on an $800-million bond issue that marks the first installment in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5-billion Rebuilding Michigan program.

The bonds will cover the cost of rebuilding some of Michigan’s most highly traveled freeways, including a $60-million project in progress …

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Quinn Evans Promotes Henriksen and Anderson

ANN ARBOR, MI — Quinn Evans, an architectural, planning, and historic preservation firm, announces that Jennifer Henriksen, AIA, has been promoted to Principal, and Devan Anderson, AIA, has been promoted to Senior Associate. The promotions are among nearly two dozen recently announced throughout the firm’s six offices. …

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Restoring the Interstate Highway System

At 64 years old, an age at which many Americans are approaching Medicare eligibility and reduced workloads, the Interstate Highway System is deteriorating, its traffic load of cars and trucks continues to increase, and the system lacks an adequate long-term care plan.

The Interstate Highway System remains the workhorse of …

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Clark Announces Promotions of Suchan and Hewitt

DETROIT, MI — Clark Construction Company announces two strategic promotions to their executive leadership team: Janice Suchan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP and Laurelyn Hewitt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP.

Suchan is promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy, …

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Point and Measure

Traditionally, moisture tests require laborious effort and are slow to return results from the laboratory.  The risk of damage increases during transit of the materials potentially altering or destroying the entire sample, making this option much less practical for construction sites.  Industry innovators have developed a simplified approach with testing …

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Treystar and Catalyst Development Announce Haymarket Plaza Project in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI — Driven by the belief that downtown commercial spaces create opportunities for community and business, Kalamazoo-based Treystar, with its partners Catalyst Development and the City of Kalamazoo, is creating the Haymarket Plaza. Running along the north side of East Michigan Avenue, between the Main Street East buildings …

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Rebuilding Michigan: I-496 Improvement Project in Lansing Continues

LANSING, MI — The first project in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program continues near Lansing. Now that reconstruction on the eastbound side of I-496 has been completed, crews are clearing old, deteriorating pavement on westbound I-496 in Eaton County so a new freeway can take shape. The Michigan Department …

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Curry Supply Adds Hendricks as National Account Manager

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — Curry Supply welcomes Forest Hendricks to the sales team as National Account Manager. Hendricks joins Curry Supply’s national account, bringing a focus on heavy machinery and the railroad industry. With his experience in rail, he will work toward further developing Curry Supply’s presence in the top …

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Morbark Announces Boehler as Successor to Herr

WINN, MI — Morbark, a manufacturer of equipment used in forestry, recycling, tree care, landscaping, sawmill, and biomass markets, announces the appointment of Bradley Boehler as the successor to former Vice President of Alamo Group’s Forestry and Tree Care Business Unit and President of Morbark Holdings, Dave …

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Hilti Exoskeleton Improves Performance and Safety

In construction there’s always a couple of major concerns on the jobsite – performance and safety. Strangely, as performance slips so does the on-the-job safety factor.

Any job function that requires a construction worker to keep their arms raised up and over their head is where this risk is a …

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Leadership Through Extreme Circumstances

When Robert “Bob” Lanham, Jr., P.E., started his tenure as 2020 President of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), he set three main goals: expand member engagement, increase federal investment in construction, and reduce and reform federal regulations on construction and development.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. …

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Ten Equipment Trailer Maintenance Tips

Heavy-haul trailers trek thousands of miles during their service lives and encounter many challenges – from rocks and ruts to bumps and jolts, no trailer gets out unscathed. To get the most from trailers, here are some tips to prevent costly damage and keep your trailers in top shape.

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Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Grants to Villages and Small Cities for Road Repair

LANSING, MI — Twenty-three villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 will receive road funding grants awarded through the Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program. Established by the state Legislature in 2018 and administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the CSIF is a stop-gap …

The AED Foundation’s Construction Career Aptitude Test Soon to Launch

SCHAUMBURG, IL — As the AED Foundation (AEDF) continues to address the industry's skills gap through its Vision 2024 plan, the soon-to-launch Construction Career Aptitude Test aims to help address the workforce shortage starting at the high school level. More specifically, the Construction Career Aptitude Test is designed for students …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Over $273M in Grants to 184 Airports in 41 States, Six Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall …

CII and AGC Bring Together a Panel of Industry Leaders for COVID-19 Webinar

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently held a webinar called “Roundtable on Perspectives and Best Practices in Owner-Contractor Collaboration During COVID-19” to provide updates on a variety of industry topics concerning the virus. The panel for the webinar featured two CII owners, …

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We Only Get to the Stars by Starting from the Ground

Given the excitement with SpaceX and NASA’s recent historic manned launch, many people are looking to the stars. To many, space means rockets and satellites. However, every major component of these missions are built, designed, tested, launched, and controlled in one or more ground-based facilities. And every one of those …

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Gundlach Champion Announces Kaczmarek as New President

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI — Stanley C. Kaczmarek has been promoted to President of Gundlach Champion, Inc. (GCI). He began his career at GCI 22 years ago as an Estimator. Kaczmarek was promoted to Chief Estimator and was responsible for all preconstruction services. In 2019, he was promoted to Senior Vice …

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OHM Advisors’ Stidam Wins 2020 ACEC National Scholarship

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Alisha Stidam, an Engineer in OHM Advisors’ Municipal Engineering group, won the $10,000 Jim Kleinfelder Scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) alongside eight other general scholarship winners across the nation. These scholarships are awarded annually to students pursuing their bachelor’s or master’s …

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Veoneer Wins AIA Michigan SMACNA Sheet Metal Award

SOUTHFIELD, MI — HED announces that the Veoneer North American Technical Competence Center (NATCC) in Southfield, Michigan, has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Michigan SMACNA Sheet Metal Award. This award recognizes design excellence through climate control/system design, fabrication of duct work, metal architectural roofing, and ornamental metal.

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The Complex Made Simple

The history of the construction excavator goes back quite some time. The very first excavator is said to have been built in 1882 by Sir W. G. Armstrong & Company in England, where it was used in the construction of Port of Hull docks. Unlike today's excavators that use hydraulic …

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Vacuworx Welcomes Cunningham as Senior Director of Sales

TULSA, OK — Vacuworx welcomes Charlie Cunningham to the North America sales and leadership teams as Senior Director of Sales.

Cunningham brings more than two decades of experience with sales, marketing, and business development activities. He recently spent 15 years with Astec Industries, Inc. As Vice President of Sales with …

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Fluid Bridge Repair

Infrastructure repair is a hot topic today, and rightfully so. From potholes to deteriorating bridges, keeping up with repairs – and finding the money to do so – is a constant struggle. In an effort to complete jobs faster and win more bids, contractors are always looking for ways to …

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Construction Business as Project Business: Project Business Automation

All project businesses essentially operate the same way. Whether you are in the construction, engineering or architecture industry, the overarching commonality is that your company delivers goods and services to your customers through projects, making your company a project business.

Only by recognizing your company as a project business are …

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Accelerator for America Introduces New Partnership on Infrastructure Playbook

Accelerator for America recently hosted a webinar with some of the country’s most determined mayors to discuss the organization’s New Partnership on Infrastructure (NPI) initiative.

Founded by CEO Rick Jacobs, Accelerator for America is an organization led by an advisory council of mayors and other local leaders from across …

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The Importance of Safely Purchasing, Handling and Storing API Certified DEF

As restrictions are being lifted across most states in the country and with warm weather upon us, it is important for truck drivers to consider proper management of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in most diesel-powered trucks.

DEF is made from a mixture of technically pure urea and purified water …

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Preventative Maintenance Creates Longevity for Drills

It’s a common situation: Your equipment isn’t working as effectively as it was the day it came off the manufacturing line. With most tools and machines, regular maintenance and replacement of worn-out parts can be the key to restoring it back to maximum power. Earth drills are no exception. Knowing …

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Modular Design Trends, Challenges, and Increased Construction Liability Risks

Once again, the U.S. economy has hit a crossroads. Even before the current COVID-19 outbreak, the predictions for the coming year were mixed at best.

On the one side, the Association of Equipment Managers (AEM) said that “Steady and solid growth is likely to continue for the construction sector. As …

CII and MIMOSA Join Forces to Move Interoperability Forward for Capital Projects

AUSTIN, TX — CII and MIMOSA announce their collaboration to adopt and progress the standards for an open, vendor neutral digital ecosystem supporting data and systems interoperability in capital projects, operations, and maintenance enabling digital transformation of the full asset lifecycle.

The MOU establishes the basis for a CII/MIMOSA Joint …

Walbridge Recognized by General Motors as a 2019 Supplier of the Year Winner

DETROIT, MI — Walbridge was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors (GM) during a virtual ceremony honoring the recipients of the company’s 28th annual Supplier of the Year awards.

During the event, GM recognized 116 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Economic Development Grant that will Support 4,950 New Jobs in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state transportation economic development grant to the City of Detroit that will support 4,950 new jobs on the city's east side. The grant will help fund infrastructure improvements related to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) new and expanded …

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USDOT Awards $5.5M to Michigan’s Intelligent Woodward Corridor Project in Downtown Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awards a $5.5-million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Michigan Department of Transportation for its Intelligent Woodward Corridor Project. The ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $43.3 million to 10 …

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Komatsu Commits to Supporting Feeding America as National Partner in COVID-19 Response Efforts

CHICAGO, IL — More than 37 million Americans face hunger each year and as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes an additional 17 million Americans into food insecurity, Komatsu’s North American business units are partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to donate up to $250,000 to support …

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Ghafari Associates Joins Forces with Eview 360

DEARBORN, MI — Global architecture and engineering firm Ghafari Associates (Ghafari) announces its investment in experiential design agency Eview 360.

This investment formalizes the long-standing alliance of two Michigan-based companies that are jointly committed to delivering forward-thinking, user-centric spaces and cutting-edge technology applications. The union bolsters Ghafari’s capabilities in experiential …

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Detroit Announces Plans to Resurface 93 Miles of Roads in 2020 Using New Safe Work Protocols

DETROIT, MI — The City of Detroit has begun its first road improvement program in the era of COVID-19, with plans to repave 93 miles of major roads and residential side streets, all under strict work safety rules announced by Mayor Mike Duggan.

This year, city workers and contracted work …

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Deere Board Elects Stone as President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems

MOLINE, IL — Deere & Company (DE) announces that its Board of Directors elected John Stone to the position of President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems. He will be responsible for the overall management and performance of the company's construction and forestry operations throughout the world and for …

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Roncelli, Inc. Appoints Gino Roncelli as Vice President

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI — Roncelli, Inc. appoints Gino Roncelli as the construction company’s new Vice President. Before being named Vice President, Gino served in executive positions for Roncelli, Inc. as Principal and General Counsel, building business opportunities in the Detroit construction market.

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PALFINGER Appoints Cavaggioni as New Vice President Sales and Service for North America Region

TIFFIN, OH — PALFINGER announces the official appointment of Alberto Cavaggioni as the company’s new Vice President of Sales and Service for the North America Region.

Cavaggioni has been appointed Vice President Sales and Service for the North America Region as of March 23, 2020. He will be a member …

ACEC/Michigan Announces Board of Directors and Wheatley as New President

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan (ACEC/M) announces Jack Wheatley, PE, from ROWE Professional Services Company as its 2020-2021 President.

Wheatley is Vice President and Director of Corporate Marketing at ROWE Professional Services Company, and he has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Michigan State University …

Hilti Among Industry Leaders to Launch 2020 Construction Startup Competition

PLANO, TX — “You are the missing piece.” With this slogan five global players of the construction industry invite all entrepreneurs worldwide with innovative construction solutions to participate in this year’s edition of the Construction Startup Competition. Startups willing to play a crucial role in the transformation of the construction …

Eaton RESA Gains AED Foundation High School Recognition

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation (AEDF) announces the recognition of the Heavy Equipment Technology Program at Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) located in Charlotte, Michigan.

“We are pleased that Eaton RESA has chosen to demonstrate its commitment to academic excellence and continuous improvement through the process …

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CSDA Elects 2020 Officers and Board of Directors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) announces new Officers and Board Members. The election took place via email and mail-in ballots and results were announced at a recent board meeting, which took place through Zoom, as the association’s planned 48th Annual Convention was cancelled due …

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RP Develops Square Sided Water Tank

Creative thinking and the willingness to take a new approach is often what sets innovators apart from their peers. These qualities are also the fuel that propels industry forward. Construction is one of the oldest industries, but thanks to continuous advancements in technology, techniques and materials, today’s structures have come …

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ACEC/Michigan Member Cooper Elected to ACEC National Position

DETROIT, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies announces Michael Cooper, PE, from Harley Ellis Devereaux, as its 2020-2022 Executive Committee Vice Chair.

Cooper is President and Managing Principal of Harley Ellis Devereaux, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm. He has been involved in complex building …

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Construction Industry Veteran Lumpkins to Retire from KOBELCO USA

KATY, TX — KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA announces that George Lumpkins, General Manager of Marketing, General Service Manager, and Product Developer Manager retired at the end of May 2020. Lumpkins is a professional with a 45-year career in the construction equipment business, with over 26 years with KOBELCO.

“George …

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$37.4M Needed Currently for Great Lakes Road Restoration Work

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association of Michigan recently released estimated damage figures to county road infrastructure caused by high water levels on the Great Lakes. CRA compiled the data after surveying the 41 county road agencies with Great Lakes shoreline. County road agencies are responsible for 75 percent …

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Roncelli Provides Meals to Health Care Workers

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — Macomb County-based Andiamo Italia partnered with Roncelli Inc. Construction Services and SVS Vision Optical Centers to provide a catered meal to the health care workers at Mount Clemens-based McLaren Macomb hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andiamo brought their authentic Italian cuisine to the hundreds of front-line …

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Steering Through Sandy Soils

The economy in Garden City, Kansas, is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers make its way to the dairy plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To …

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Going the Distance

The hardest part of a project for most contractors is the bid. Balancing customer specs with overhead costs to produce a number both sides are comfortable with takes skill and a deep understanding of an operation’s capabilities. Partnering with industry-leading OEMs to provide efficiency-optimizing equipment can give contractors an edge …

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Why Productivity in Construction is Flatlining

Let’s face facts, the construction industry does not do well when it comes to completing projects on time and within budget. Approximately 98 percent of megaprojects suffer cost overruns of more than 30 percent and 77 percent are at least 40 percent late, according to a McKinsey & Company report. …

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Cloud-Based Employee Time Tracking

There is no doubt that technology has increased project management efficiency and safety in the construction industry. Case in point: construction worker illnesses and injuries went from 10.9 incidents (in 1972) to 2.8 incidents (in 2017) per 100 people, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But, there are …

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How Technology is Advancing One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in America

Construction was recently listed in the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America by CNBC. So when it comes to day-to-day operations, what can construction managers do to ensure workers receive the information they need to produce quality work and stay safe on the job? One company, MindForge, is …

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Receives $3M Gift from NABTU to Fund Cell Therapy for COVID-19

MIAMI, FL — The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) announces a donation of $3 million from North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), to support specific and urgent research on the use of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells to treat COVID-19-related inflammation. The gift will accelerate needed clinical trials.

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Quinn Evans Joins AIA Large Firms Roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Quinn Evans, a planning and design firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Virginia, joins the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Large Firm Roundtable. Founded in 1984, the Large Firm Roundtable is an independent entity composed of 60 of the nation’s largest architectural …

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Burns & McDonnell Foundation Announces $1.5M in COVID-19 Relief Funding

HOUSTON, TX — As organizations and community members face significant challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, Burns & McDonnell is providing additional resources and services to communities, clients, and employee-owners throughout the U.S.

To bolster the support of those on the front lines providing critical resources to those who need it …

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Construction Association of Michigan Inducts New Chairman, Three New Members to its Board of Directors

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI — At the 134th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), the association's new Officers and Directors who will serve on the 2020 Board of Directors were installed.

CAM's new 2020 Chairman of the Board is Samuel J. Ruegsegger III, Project Executive, The Christman …

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Knibbe, Principal at Quinn Evans, Retires

DETROIT, MI — Elisabeth Knibbe, FAIA, LEED AP, a Principal with Quinn Evans, announces her retirement after a 40-year career in architecture. Knibbe is recognized as a pioneer in the practice of historic preservation, noted in particular for her work in the repurposing of aging, underutilized buildings in order …

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Dynapac Names Hyland Director of Sales for Key & Governmental Accounts

FORT MILL, SC — Tim Hyland returned to Dynapac recently as the Director of Sales for Key & Governmental Accounts, working with those customers on sales of the entire Dynapac lineup that includes pavers, feeders, and compaction equipment. He is be based at Dynapac’s North American headquarters in Fort Mill, …

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Pitzer Hands Over Responsibility of Liebherr US Market to Bilgeri

Newport News, VA — On April 1, 2020, Daniel Pitzer changed position and moved to the Liebherr headquarters for mobile and crawler cranes in Ehingen, Germany, becoming Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the mobile and crawler crane division. His successor in charge of the U.S. market for the mobile and …

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Michigan’s Top Commercial Construction Projects Honored

PLYMOUTH, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) announces the winners of the 2020 Build Michigan Awards, recognizing excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Six projects and construction teams were bestowed awards during the AGC of Michigan’s Annual Meeting in Plymouth.

“The Build Michigan Awards …

1970s Detroit Building Undergoes Revitalization Into Downtown Complex

DETROIT, MI — Updates to City Club Apartments Lafayette Park designed by McIntosh Poris Associates will create the illusion of an 18-story tree growing in Downtown Detroit. The 1974 multifamily residential building modernization will include 202 reconfigured apartment units and a façade enhanced by abstracted tree imagery.

The renovation entails …

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M.C. Smith Associates, Inc. Certified as a Women Owned Small Business

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI — M.C. Smith Associates, Inc. announces it has received national certification as a Women Owned Small Business granted by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

M.C. Smith Associates provides architectural and landscape architectural services specializing in the following types of projects: public housing, park and recreation architecture, …

AGC of Michigan Names 2020 Apprentices of the Year

PLYMOUTH, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) awarded six construction skilled trades apprentices and their mentors with the Apprentice of the Year Awards and Outstanding Construction Mentor Awards, respectively, and two contractors with the Cornerstone Award for Construction Training Excellence at the association’s Annual Meeting …

AGC of Michigan Recognizes Outstanding Safety Performance

PLYMOUTH, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) presented the 2020 Michigan Outstanding Safety Performance Awards during its Annual Meeting in Plymouth. Fifty commercial construction organizations were recognized for their continued commitment to employee and workplace safety.

“AGC of Michigan is committed to empowering our members …

Saginaw Contractor To Lead Statewide Construction Association

PLYMOUTH, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC of Michigan) recently elected Trace Hendrick, Project Director of Saginaw-based R.C. Hendrick & Son, as Chairman of the association’s board of directors.

“I am honored and humbled to follow in the footsteps of both my grandfather and father …

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MDOT Receives $1M Innovation Grant for Second Avenue Bridge Project in Detroit

DETROIT, MI — The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that they have awarded the State of Michigan a $1-million Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) grant for the ongoing replacement of the Second Avenue overpass above I-94 in Detroit. Over the next 18 months, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) …

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E3M Solutions, Catalyst Partners Receive Awards at USGBC West Michigan Annual Party

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM) presents E3M Solutions with the 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award and Catalyst Partners with the 2019 Outstanding Green Building Award for the 502 Second Street project.

Volunteer of the Year Award: E3M Solutions
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Governor Whitmer Appoints Alade to the International Authority for Gordie Howe International Bridge Project

LANSING, MI — Governor Gretchen Whitmer appoints David Alade to the International Authority for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

“David is bringing his extensive professional background and skillset to the International Authority for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project,” Whitmer said. “His expertise will be crucial, and I know …

A.Z. SHMINA Completes University of Michigan Medical Simulation Center

ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan and A.Z. SHMINA have officially opened a second Clinical Simulation Center location, more than doubling the number of physicians, nurses and students who will be able to practice their skills in the new learning environment. The 7,500-square-foot space, located in Med Sci …

CAM, HBA Present Great Lakes Design and Construction Expo 2020

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI — Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) and Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) recently joined forces to present Michigan’s largest construction industry event, the Great Lakes Design and Construction EXPO 2020 (EXPO). This two-day, statewide event brought together residential and commercial designers, contractors, designers, suppliers and …

Governor Whitmer Announces Administrative Action to Fix Roads

LANSING, MI — Governor Whitmer recently delivered her second State of the State address to the Michigan Legislature, where she announced a series of administrative actions. In her speech, the governor announced plans to ask the State Transportation Commission to issue state road bonds, financed without an increase at the …

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Mackinac Bridge Painting Project Wins Second Award

ST. IGNACE, MI — The Mackinac Bridge tower painting project, now entering its fourth and final year, has won a second national award.

Representatives of Seaway Painting of Livonia, the contractor performing the work on the bridge, accepted the E. Crone Knoy Award this week from the Society for …

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Manitowoc Appoints All State Crane and Rigging as Potain Self-Erecting Crane Dealer

HOLLAND, MI — Manitowoc Cranes has appointed All State Crane and Rigging (All State) as the newest Potain self-erecting crane dealer in the U.S. Based in Holland, Michigan, the company will sell and rent the entire range of Potain self-erecting cranes, as well as offer parts, service and training. All …

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Bridge Deck Warning System, Roundabouts Highlight a Year of Michigan DOT Safety Projects

LANSING, MI — From roundabouts at major intersections to a new bridge with a built-in warning system, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects across the Upper Peninsula last year were designed with safety in mind.

MDOT safety projects are part of a larger effort to help move the state Toward …

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President of HED Elected as a Vice Chair of the ACEC National Executive Committee

SOUTHFIELD, MI — HED President Michael Cooper, PE has been elected to serve as a Vice Chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Executive Committee.

A federation of 52 state and regional groups, ACEC is made up of more than 5,600 engineering firms and affiliate members, employing over …

Highest Structural Beam Placed on Fiat Chrysler’s New Detroit Plant

DETROIT, MI — The Ghafari Associates project team recently celebrated the topping off of the paint shop building on the site of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) first new assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan, in nearly three decades. The top-most steel beam of 299 was put in place with a Christmas …

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EPA Region 5 Honors Chevy Commons Redevelopment

FLINT, MI — The conversion of a 70-acre, former Chevrolet plant site in Flint, Michigan, from a brownfield zone into a destination urban open space has been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 5 with a Brownfields Recognition Award. The EPA recognized the project, the Genesee County Land …

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Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Economic Development Grants

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding state transportation economic development grants in Wayne County, Detroit and Calhoun County.

Wayne County Grant – Ford Research and Engineering Center
This grant will support more than 11,000 existing jobs in Wayne County. It will go toward infrastructure improvements …
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Gilbane Development Company Selected as Developer of Western Michigan University’s Hilltop Village Project

PROVIDENCE, RI — Gilbane Development Company, the real estate development, financing, ownership and management arm of Gilbane Inc., has been selected by Western Michigan University (WMU) with the intent in the next six months to enter into a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate and maintain some …

Stantec’s Water System Improvements in Burton, Michigan Win EPA’s AQUARIUS Recognition Program

BURTON, MI — Stantec’s Water System Improvement Project for the City of Burton, Michigan, has been awarded the honor of Recognized Project by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) AQUARIUS Recognition Program.

The program honors outstanding achievements in innovation, sustainability and public-health protection for projects funded by the EPA’s Drinking …

Wolverine Building Group Expands Team with Addition of Seven New Employees

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group announces the addition of seven new team members. Cliff Kilboy joins the team as a Senior Project Manager, David de Velder and John Lafrinere as Project Managers, Timothy Thome as Preconstruction Manager and Mitchell Japowicz, Lee Purches and Timothy Clogg as Superintendents. …

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Dynapac North America Announces New Vice President of Operations

FORT MILL, SC — Dynapac North America LLC, a manufacturer of high-tech rollers for asphalt and soil applications, pavers and feeders, welcomes Jason Ammon back to the Dynapac team as Vice President of Product Support & Operations.

Ammon is based in the Fort Mill, South Carolina, office reporting to …

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Folds Grand Rapids Receives Final Donation in Egan $100k Community Giveaway

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. (Egan) presented the final $10,000 in the Egan $100k Community Giveaway to local veterans’ organization, Folds Grand Rapids. With the donation, Egan completed its commitment to donate $100,000 to West Michigan charities during the company’s 100th anniversary year. …

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Trimble Announces Painter as New President, CEO

SUNNYVALE, CA — Trimble announces that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Robert G. Painter to succeed Steven W. Berglund as President and CEO of Trimble effective January 4, 2020, the first day of Trimble's 2020 fiscal year. Painter will also join the Trimble Board of Directors on January …

Barton Malow Earns Award for Community Initiatives at Best and Brightest Ceremony

DETROIT, MI — Barton Malow was recognized as one of 13 Elite winners at the annual Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards celebration at The Henry Autograph Collection in Dearborn, Michigan. Barton Malow was also recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work For.

Metro …

HNTB’s Barbaresso Elected to ITS World Congress Hall of Fame

DETROIT, MI — Jim Barbaresso, HNTB National Practice Leader ITS and Emerging Mobility Solutions, Senior Vice President and HNTB Fellow, has been elected to the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame as the 2019 Americas winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the award at the ITS World …

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Quinn Evans Expands Staff in Michigan

DETROIT, MI — Quinn Evans, an architecture and design firm, has expanded its staff in Detroit and Ann Arbor. The new employees will support the firm’s growing practice in architecture, planning, urban revitalization and infill, adaptive use, landscape architecture and historic preservation. Currently, the firm has close to 60 …

Heart of Walbridge Awards Showcase Dedication, Hard Work, Innovation

DETROIT, MI — The Heart of Walbridge Awards are a chance to celebrate project dedication, hard work and innovation on job sites and offices throughout the country.

This year awards were given to a record-number of 13 employees and subcontractors for their benefit to Walbridge, a global construction company headquartered …

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Announces New Name and Brand

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTC&H), an engineering, architecture, environmental and construction management firm, announces its new company name and brand. Moving to a name more embraced by its staff and clients — Fishbeck — reflects the current expansion and progression of the company. With locations …

Roundabouts Open at US-41/M-28 Marquette Township Project

LANSING, MI — The winter traffic configuration for the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) US-41/M-28 reconstruction and roundabouts project in Marquette Township has begun. Both lanes of the new roundabouts at Brickyard Road and Marquette County Road 492 have recently opened.

The project is suspended for the winter when …

Local Road Agencies Benefit from New Statewide Wetland Mitigation Program

LANSING, MI — What does a five-mile road project in Washtenaw County have in common with a cedar swamp and a Lake Superior-ravaged road at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula? The answer is a new statewide collaboration among local road agencies to mitigate wetland impacts resulting from road projects. …

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Neph Promoted to Chief Engineer at Mackinac Bridge

ST. IGNACE, MI — The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) has found its new Chief Bridge Engineer: longtime Assistant Bridge Engineer Julie Neph.

Neph, who has been with the MBA for the majority of her career, will begin her new role on November 3.

"I'm thrilled to see Julie in …

Construction Input Prices Unchanged in October, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices remained unchanged on a monthly basis in October but are down 2.2 percent year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.1 percent for the month and are …

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McCann Industries is Named a Case Diamond Dealer for Second Consecutive Year

ADDISON, IL — McCann Industries, Inc. announces that the company has been named a Diamond Dealer by CASE Construction for the second consecutive year. The award was bestowed on only 13 dealers and recognizes organizations in North America for excellence in five categories: sales performance, marketing and communications, product support, …

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Susan Mast ALS Foundation to Fund Voice Preservation Program with Donation from Andy J. Egan Co.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Mechanical contractor and fabricator Andy J. Egan Co. (Egan) announces that the Susan Mast ALS Foundation is this month’s $10,000 recipient in the Egan $100k Community Giveaway. The donation continues the company’s commitment to celebrate its 100th Anniversary by donating $100,000 to West Michigan charities in …

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Ojibwa Casino Expansion Expected to Open in December

MARQUETTE, MI — The $34-million Marquette Ojibwa Casino expansion project, being constructed by Gundlach Champion, is on-schedule to open its doors before 2020, officials say.

“The project is moving along very well, and we are actually slated to open most of the new facility in December of this year. …

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MGIA Hosts Michigan Snow Conference & Expo

NOVI, MI — Kicking-off the 2019-2020 winter season, snow plow professionals came together for the Michigan Green Industry Association’s (MGIA) Michigan Snow Conference & Expo, held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

“The show was a great place to discover new products, get the latest ideas for …

State Transportation Economic Development Grant to Improve I-496/Creyts Road Interchange

EATON COUNTY, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state transportation economic development fund grant that will support 297 new jobs in Eaton County. The Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant totaling $502,443 will help leverage nearly $115 million in private investment.

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Mumble Strips are the New Rumble Strips in Macomb County

LANSING, MI — Residents of Macomb County have not heard the latest “mumbling” on their county roads because the quieter sinusoidal rumble strips — a.k.a. mumble strips — are taking the place of traditional rumble strips technology.

Rumble strips on the edge and centerlines of roads and highways have been …

Barton Malow Honored with Pair of Awards for Commitment to Supplier Diversity

NOVI, MI — Barton Malow’s Community Engagement team was recently honored with a pair of awards recognizing its commitment to supplier diversity.

Barton Malow was recognized as the “Best in Class” winner at the 19th Annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Council Excellence in Supplier Diversity Awards Ceremony Luncheon, held …

HED Completes Design for Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital

ROYAL OAK, MI — HED, a national integrated design and engineering firm, announces the completion of the new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital, in Royal Oak, Michigan, in the Detroit metro area. The firm led the architecture, engineering and interior design for the 14,000-square-foot hospital …

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USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation …

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Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire

ARLINGTON, VA — Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the …

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SmithGroup Adds Attarian to Leadership Team as Urban Design and Mobility Specialist

DETROIT, MI — SmithGroup, an integrated design firm, has hired Urban Design and Mobility specialist Janet Attarian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C at its Detroit, Michigan, office. A nationally recognized authority in transportation policy creation, neighborhood development and sustainable infrastructure, Attarian will work closely with multi-disciplinary team members within the …

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Mackinac Bridge Painting Project Earns Engineering Award

LANSING, MI — Industrial painting requires advanced equipment, from removal and collection to providing working conditions safe from wind and rain. Add that to the challenge of performing that work on the 552-foot towers of the Mackinac Bridge, and some creative engineering is required. The movable scaffold system designed by …

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Contractors Expect to Increase Rental Activity, According to ARA Survey

MOLINE, IL — Among professional construction contractors who rented equipment in the past year, a majority expects to increase reliance on rental in the year ahead, according to a comprehensive survey of contractors released by the American Rental Association (ARA).

The “Rental Customer Needs Study,” conducted by RSG, an independent …

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Pettibone X-Series Service School Offers Hands-On Training for Dealers

BARAGA, MI — Pettibone/Traverse Lift, LLC has launched a new X-Series Service School program to provide live, in-person machine training opportunities for members of its dealer network. Hosted by Pettibone dealers at various regional locations, the service school is specifically focused on Pettibone’s next gen X-Series Extendo and Traverse telehandlers. …

Seiler Instrument Geospatial Hosts Annual Open Houses

MILWAUKEE, WI — Throughout the summer of 2019, Seiler Instrument continued their tradition of hosting open houses and customer appreciation days at their locations throughout the Midwest. Seiler’s Geospatial and CAD staff, along with several vendor representatives from Trimble, Spectra Precision, Autodesk and more were on hand at …

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ACEC/Michigan Elects New President and Board of Directors

LANSING, MI — The American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan (ACEC/M) announces that Steven Gravlin, PE, PS, of Michael Baker International, as its 2019-2020 President.

Gravlin was born and raised in Michigan and is a product of Michigan Lutheran Seminary, University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University and California State …

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IEDA Announces Launch of Revamped Website, Hosted by Sandhills Global

VICTOR, NY — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) is a self-regulating organization dedicated to advancing the goals of independent used equipment dealers and related businesses worldwide. The IEDA's website is a vital part of its mission to help equipment dealers build more profitable relationships, and to provide its members …

Construction Jobs Increase by 4,000 in May as Unemployment Rate Falls to Record-Setting Low

ARLINGTON, VA — Construction employment increased by 4,000 jobs in May and by 215,000, or 3 percent, over the past 12 months, while the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience fell to a record low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of …

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Seiler Instrument Asset Purchase Expands Survey and Technology Services to Michigan

DETROIT, MI — Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Company Inc. acquired the assets of Midwest Survey Supply and Michigan Surveyors Supply operations in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan. The offices in Detroit and Lansing will add to the existing geospatial offices Seiler operates in St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Milwaukee and Indianapolis. …

Somerset CPAs and Advisors Launches 2019 Construction Industry Survey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Somerset CPAs and Advisors will be launching their 2019 Construction Industry Financial Performance and Salary & Benefits Survey. This industry-specific survey provides information about the financial standing of the national construction community, outlining salaries and benefits by position, balance sheets, statements of operations and other information as …

Michigan Students Take Top Honors at National Bridge Event

LANSING, MI — Michigan middle and high school students recently competed against budding engineers from around the United States at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) 17th Annual TRAC Bridge Challenge competition in Park City, Utah. The Michigan teams took six of the top nine …

Michigan County Road Investment Plan Concludes $2B Additional Investment Needed for Roads, Bridges

LANSING, MI — More than three decades have passed since the last state-sponsored Highway Needs Study was completed on Michigan’s total road and bridge network. Taking up responsibility for aggregating the investment needed and creating the vision to restore the county road infrastructure, the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Grants to Villages, Small Cities for Road Repair

LANSING, MI — Twenty-three villages and cities across the state with populations less than 10,000 will receive road funding grants through a second round of funding awarded through the new Community Service Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) program. Established by the state Legislature in December 2018 and administered by the Michigan Department …

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Efficiency Production Hosts 12th Annual Municipal Safety Day for Michigan DPW Personnel

MASON, MI — Efficiency Production recently hosted Municipal Safety Day for Michigan communities’ Departments of Public Works (DPW) and Water Department personnel. Offering training sessions at the event were the Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA), FallTech, AIS Equipment Company, F.D. Lake and Jack Doheny Companies; …

FRA Announces More Than $326M in Grants to Support Railroad Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announces the recipients of more than $326 million in grant funds under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program and the Special Transportation Circumstances Program, for a variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects. …

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Southeastern Equipment Hires Burket as New Regional Sales Manager


CAMBRIDGE, OH — Southeastern Equipment Company announces that Brian Burket is the new Regional Sales Manager for Southeastern’s Michigan branches. Burket’s responsibilities include managing the regional sales team, overseeing the branches’ parts and service departments and ensuring that customers receive excellent service.

“We are extremely excited that Brian joined the …

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I-75 Road and Bridge Repairs Begin in Northern Oakland County


PONTIAC, MI — Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contract crews recently started a bridge and road repair project in northern Oakland County. Initial work will focus on the section between Baldwin Road and M-24 (Lapeer Road). Two lanes will be open on northbound and southbound I-75 during peak travel times. …

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HNTB Celebrates Projects Recognized at ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala

KANSAS CITY, MO — HNTB Corporation recently joined clients and partners in celebrating project collaborations, coast to coast, that earned recognition at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The winning projects reflect outstanding engineering achievement and are delivering mobility benefits that strengthen …

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Longtime Executive Secretary Sweeney Retires

LANSING, MI — While he grew up in St. Ignace seeing the Mackinac Bridge nearly every day, Bob Sweeney couldn't have known that one day he would be responsible for the operation and maintenance of it. And yet, as the former Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA), that's …

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Liebherr’s Mining Equipment Division Adds American State Equipment to Dealer Network

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Liebherr USA, Co. Mining Equipment Division has added American State Equipment to its dealer network. American State holds the distinction of being the longest tenured Liebherr equipment dealer in the United States. The company will serve Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and parts of Illinois and Indiana.
“We …

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Buck & Knobby Hosts Customer Appreciation Day

OTTOWA LAKE, MI — Buck & Knobby Equipment Company and its Outdoor Power Equipment division were hosts for the annual Customer Appreciation Day at the Ottawa Lake location in Michigan this spring. The event gave the employees of Buck & Knobby a chance to say thank you to their customers …

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State Transportation Director Ajegba Receives Pioneer Award from COMTO

SOUTHFIELD, MI — State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba was recently honored by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) at its annual Pioneer Award Dinner in Southfield. Ajegba received COMTO's highest honor, the 2019 Pioneer Award, for his work in encouraging and promoting diversity in the transportation industry and …

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National Demolition Association Elects Godek as New President

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Demolition Association (NDA) announces that Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction, LLC, in Milford, Connecticut, has been elected the new President of NDA for the 2019-2021 term. The National Demolition Association is an association for demolition professionals, representing nearly 500 demolition companies throughout …

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TowerPinkster Adds Four New Shareholders: Adamczyk, Iseminger, VanWormer and Verhulst

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — TowerPinkster, an employee-owned multi-discipline architecture, engineering and interior design firm, announces the advancement of four employees to join the shareholder group at the firm as Associates. The four team members include Greg Adamczyk, Shelbi Iseminger, Yvonne VanWormer and Zach Verhulst.
“Greg, Shelbi, …

Modjeski and Masters Awarded Five Michigan-Based Projects

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Modjeski and Masters, which designs, inspects, and rehabilitates bridges, including long-span and movable structures, announces its recent selection for five projects in Michigan, including four projects with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Modjeski and Masters was selected by MDOT for two bridge rehabilitation projects, one …

US-131 Reconstruction Begins in Three Rivers

THREE RIVERS, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun reconstructing 2.3 miles of US-131 between William R. Monroe Boulevard and Hoffman Road in Three Rivers, St. Joseph County. The two-year, $20-million project includes new intersections at M-60 and Hoffman Road, construction of a boulevard, bridge repairs over …

Ritchie Bros. Appoints Jeter as President of Upstream & Emerging Businesses, Taylor as Chief Sales Officer

VANCOUVER, BC — Ritchie Bros. announces an organizational realignment in North America. Jeff Jeter is appointed President of Upstream & Emerging Businesses, and Kari Taylor is appointed Chief Sales Officer, U.S. Regions.
Jeter’s responsibilities will include driving the Upstream business by rolling out RB Asset Solutions in the U.S., …

Tubelite Completes Facility Expansion in Walker, Michigan

WALKER, MI — Tubelite Inc., a distributor of architectural aluminum products, has completed a 30,000-square-foot expansion at its facility in Walker, Michigan. This location includes the company's corporate office, fabrication, warehouse and shipping operations. The addition will utilize standardized work and assembly line techniques to improve overall quality and …

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Caterpillar Appoints Younessi as Lead of Construction Industries


DEERFIELD, IL — Ramin Younessi will replace Tom Pellette to lead Caterpillar’s Construction Industries segment. Younessi is currently the Group President of Energy & Transportation, and he has more than 30 years of leadership inside and outside of Caterpillar. He will now be responsible for the company’s earthmoving, excavation, building …

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Volvo CE Names Alta Equipment 2018 Dealer of the Year

DETROIT, MI — Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) North America has named Alta Equipment Company (Alta Equipment) the 2018 Dealer of the Year. The Detroit, Michigan-based company demonstrated outstanding performance over the last year, when it intensified its efforts to improve customers’ experiences and entered a new market, Illinois, reinforcing …

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State Transportation Director Ajegba Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

DETROIT, MI — State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba was recently honored by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with the very first "Transportation and Infrastructure Special Interest Group Lifetime Achievement Award." He earned the recognition at the NSBE's 45th annual convention held in Detroit.
The new award celebrates …

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Wolverine Building Group Appoints Guyton as New Vice President of Human Resources

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wolverine Building Group announces the addition of Deborah Guyton, Vice President of Human Resources, to its team. Guyton is the second woman that Aaron Jonker and Curt Mulder have added to their leadership team since becoming owners in January 2018.
Guyton has more than 30 …

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County Road Association Hosts Annual Highway Conference and Road Show

LANSING, MI — The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan welcomed more than 1,200 people to the Lansing Center for its three-day annual Highway Conference and Road Show. The road show saw record numbers of attendees and exhibitors in the Lansing Center’s exhibit halls, which were filled with heavy machinery …

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Minnich Manufacturing Announces Top Dealers of 2018

MANSFIELD, OH — Minnich Manufacturing, a manufacturer of concrete dowel pin drills, concrete vibrators and vibrator monitoring systems, announces its top dealers of 2018 according to sales performance.
Top Minnich dealers for 2018 include:

  • Top Overall Dealer and Midwest Region Top Dealer: Logan Contractors Supply, Inc. (Des Moines, Iowa) …
Caterpillar Announces Officer Changes of Bluth, Weiss and Hoenes


DEERFIELD, IL — Caterpillar Inc. announces officer changes to further support execution of the enterprise strategy, including an emphasis on the company’s focus on services. All changes became effective on May 1.
Tom Bluth, who was most recently Vice President of the Innovation & Technology Development Division (ITDD), has …

AGC of Michigan Raises Over $11,000 to Support Healthy Sleeping Habits

FARMINGTON, MI — The Associated General Contractors of Michigan’s Construction Leadership Council hosted its 16th annual event in support of Sweet Dreamzzz, a nonprofit organization committed to improving children’s health, wellbeing and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Just …

Two Major Michigan DOT Projects Begin in Grand Rapids

LANSING, MI — The 2019 construction season is in full swing in the Grand Rapids area with two major Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects recently beginning.
"These two significant projects will greatly improve the system as west Michigan continues to grow," said MDOT Grand Region Engineer Erick Kind. …

Gov. Whitmer Announces Transportation Economic Development Grants

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded two state transportation economic development fund grants that will support 66 new jobs in the city of Beaverton and 62 new jobs in the city of Coldwater. The Beaverton grant totaling $484,956 will leverage more than $17 million in …

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County Road Agencies Report Back on Progress with 2015 Transportation Package

LANSING, MI — Two years after receiving the first new state road funds in 20 years, Michigan county road agencies have reported back on how they invested the new revenue in roads and bridges and township matching funds for road projects.

Denise Donohue, County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan …

ABC Honors Contractors Leading the Industry in Safety Performance

LONG BEACH, CA — Associated Builders and Contractors announces the winners of the 2018 National Safety Excellence Awards during the 29th annual Excellence in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. A total of 42 ABC member companies were recognized for their safety performance.
The National Safety …

USDOT Announces $705.7M in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and …