Fantasy League

| We’re not even halfway through the NFL season and I’m already growing weary of my friends who are immersed in their fantasy football leagues. I really don’t want to hear about who your quarterback is and how many points he earned for you in the last game or how if only your defense hadn’t picked ... READ MORE

Doosan Bobcat North America partners with SafeAI to begin advanced autonomous research for compact equipment

| (WEST FARGO, N.D. – October 2018) Doosan Bobcat North America has partnered with SafeAI – a startup company located in Silicon Valley – to explore how advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies could be incorporated into Bobcat® equipment. Through this pilot program, SafeAI plans to demonstrate how the latest AI technologies, Deep Neural Networks (DNN) and ... READ MORE

Buried Alive

| Nearly two years ago in the November/December 2016 issue of Grading and Excavation Contractor, we published an article called, “Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers.” In that article is the story of Eric Giguere, a man who was buried alive in a trench collapse. “As Eric Giguere left for work on the morning of October 4, ... READ MORE

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT RISES BY 23,000 JOBS IN SEPTEMBER AND 315,000 FOR THE YEAR

| Despite Above-Average Job Gains and Pay Increases, Industry Survey Finds Contractors Are Struggling to Find Craft Workers; Association Officials Call for Reforms to Immigration, Career and Technical Education Construction employment increased by 23,000 jobs in September and by 315,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry’s unemployment rate decreased more ... READ MORE

Loftness Introduces Battle Ax™ Mulching Attachment for Skid Steers

| HECTOR, Minn. — Loftness has introduced new models of its Battle AxÔ horizontal drum mulcher designed specifically for skid steers. Featuring a new rotor, tooth design and exclusive two-stage cutting chamber, the heavy-duty Battle Ax is designed for highly efficient vegetation management, including right-of-way maintenance, land clearing, forestry applications and more. The Battle Ax is ... READ MORE

Be Safe. Work Hard. Have Fun.

| Mike Hammes, the owner of RAM Construction General Contractors, first caught the construction bug at an early age – he was 12 years old and working for his uncle’s company. “I worked for my uncle when I was younger and decided construction was where I wanted to spend my career,” he said. “I started RAM ... READ MORE

Living the American Dream

| At 27, Jordan Zahlene, vice president of Miami-based Zahlene Enterprises, has more certifications and credentials to his name than many of his peers who are twice his age. He became a Certified Building Contractor at 18, a Certified Utility Contractor at 21 and received his General Contractor license at 22. Three years later he obtained his ... READ MORE

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks off October 8

| STEVENSVILLE, MD October 4, 2018 – Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced that the fifth National Lift Week® kicks off Monday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13. The six-day event showcases best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As part of the occasion, Stertil-Koni distributors across North America will ... READ MORE

AED Alert: U.S., Canada & Mexico Reach Trade Agreement

| After more than a year of tense negotiations, earlier this week, the United States, Canada and Mexico unveiled an updated trade agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new accord, which will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), must now be signed by all parties (expected before Dec. 1) and ... READ MORE

Solesbee’s Excavator Stump Puller Features Replaceable Wear Tips

| WINSTON, Ga. (Oct. 4, 2018) — Solesbee’s, a premier equipment and attachments manufacturer, offers its excavator Stump Puller for efficient stump removal and land clearing. Solesbee’s manufactures the attachment with high-strength alloy steel and replaceable wear tips for extended service life. The powerful attachment, known as the “Stumper,” fits 15- to 40-ton excavators and can ... READ MORE

John Deere Introduces Industry-Exclusive On-Board Grade Indication on G-Series Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders

| Moline, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2018) — John Deere continues to provide industry-leading job site solutions with the addition of an exclusive on-board grade indication option. Available as a factory or field kit option on the large-frame G-Series skid steers (330G and 332G) and the large-frame G-Series compact track loaders (331G and 333G), this new feature ... READ MORE

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