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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Keep Playing Around

Keep Playing Around

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When my kids were small, I remember wanting to get them their first set of Legos. It turned out to be a fairly difficult purchase because the Lego sets being sold in toy stores were much more sophisticated than the simple set of bricks of various sizes that I had  … Read More

Employee Engagement: The Key to Closing Construction’s Skills Gap

Employee Engagement: The Key to Closing Construction’s Skills Gap

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“In the US, 46% of employers are having difficulty filling jobs… For the seventh consecutive year, skilled trades vacancies are the hardest jobs to fill in the US. And for the fifth consecutive year, skilled trades are the hardest to fill globally.”  — Manpower Group 2016/2017 US Talent Shortage Survey

If  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

This Seriously Can Kill You

This Seriously Can Kill You

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I usually try to get to this subject at the very start of summer and at this point, I feel I’m a couple of weeks late. But since it is the 4th of July, I’m assuming most of you have the day off and will be enjoying cold beverages and  … Read More

The Threat is Real, They Said So on TV

The Threat is Real, They Said So on TV

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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has been talking to the press. The Association has recently spoken to The New York Times, the Financial Times, and Politico expressing the dire circumstances that would be brought on to equipment manufacturers as a result of retaliatory tariffs to Trump administration trade policies.  … Read More

The Kobayashi Maru

The Kobayashi Maru

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I’ll openly admit it. I’m a Star Trek nerd. My wife knows it. My children know it. My friends know it. And now you do too.

If you’re not a Star Trek nerd and unfamiliar with the Kobayashi Maru, here’s some Star Trek Universe knowledge. The Kobayashi Maru is a training  … Read More

How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects

How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects

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Trenching operations are never “ordinary.” Accidents are never expected. But they can be anticipated and prevented. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Geotechnical investigation of the soil to be excavated during the trenching operation provides the first warnings that there could be a problem with trench stability. Engineering analysis  … Read More

Hold the Anchovies

Hold the Anchovies

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I like my pizza with extra cheese, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Every now and then I go for a meat lover’s pizza. Once at a birthday party that was held at a winery, they had a wood-fired pizza oven and we baked our own mini pizzas with gourmet cheeses, meats, and  … Read More

The Young and the Jobless

The Young and the Jobless

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The construction industry is booming—according to MarketWatch, spending was 1.8% higher in April than March, the fifth increase of more than 1% in the last six months. But despite that, companies continue to struggle to find the workers they need.

We’ve heard a lot about the labor shortage in construction  … Read More

Stuck in the Mud Again

Stuck in the Mud Again

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In response to a question during a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, “We’re going to continue to look at ways to improve the nation’s infrastructure, but in terms of a specific piece of legislation, I’m not aware that that will happen by the  … Read More



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