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Construction Financial Management Association CONFINDEX Results Slip to Lowest Level Since Late 2012

January 23, 2018 - The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) announced the results of its quarterly CONFINDEX survey. The Overall CONFINDEX fell during the fourth quarter to 114, down 7.3 percent from the third quarter’s reading of 123. The Business Conditions Index, which reflects how well matters are progressing presently, fell during the fourth quarter by nearly ten percentage points to 113. This reading is down 13 percent from a year ago.

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Mammoet Moves Largest Load Ever on an Alberta Highway

January 23, 2019 - On the evening of January 6, Mammoet began transporting a giant 800-ton splitter vessel, reportedly the largest load ever moved on any highway in Alberta, Canada.

The vessel left Dacro Industries, where it was constructed, and began a three-day journey from Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

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Two Demag All-Terrain Cranes Shine at Boston Bridge Job

January 15 - Heavily congested construction sites like the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge spanning the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston pose a problem for planning agencies.

Conventional bridge construction projects can take years to complete and impede traffic throughout construction. An alternative, accelerated bridge construction (ABC) affects traffic more significantly, but for a much shorter time.

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Link-Belt Names Top Distributors of 2018

January 16, 2019 - Link-Belt, Lexington, Kentucky, has named its top five distributors for 2018. The leaders were announced by Mike Ogle, Link-Belt’s manager of North American Sales. They were selected for their overall performance in marketing and selling Link-Belt cranes.

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Dana Buys SME, Expands Electromobility Capability

January 15, 2019 - Dana Incorporated, Maumee, Ohio, has completed the acquisition of the SME Group, headquartered in Arzignano, Italy.

The global SME Group designs, engineers, and manufactures low-voltage AC induction and synchronous reluctance motors, inverters, and controls for a wide range of off-highway electric vehicle applications, including construction, material handling, agriculture, and automated-guided vehicles.

SME's low-voltage motors and inverters are designed primarily to meet the evolution of electrification in off-highway equipment. Adding them significantly expands Dana's range of electrified products.

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Association of Equipment Manufacturers Unveils New Logo

January 14, 2019 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, has unveiled a new brand identity to reflect how its more than 1,000 members build momentum for the industry.  

“The launch of our new logo embodies the spirit of AEM to move the off-road equipment industry forward,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “It reflects what we are doing at AEM in the thought-leadership space – with our Thinking Forward events and Annual Conference, as well as our advocacy, market information, shows, and other services we offer our members.”

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NCCCO Leader Brent to Step Down, Head New Foundation

Graham Brent

January 10, 2019 - Graham Brent will step down as CEO of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), effective July 1, in order to lead the recently formed NCCCO Foundation.

Brent has led the NCCCO, a non-profit certification body, virtually since the inception of NCCCO certification programs in 1996.

He will be succeeded as CEO by NCCCO board member and immediate past president, Thom Sicklesteel, who is currently general manager, USA, of Leavitt Cranes, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.

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Worker Hospitalized After Crane Collapse in Fort Lauderdale

May 3, 2018 - Emergency crews rushed a worker to the hospital after a crane fell on him in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning.

Officials say the piece of equipment fell just after 9 a.m. at a building located at 1850 South Ocean Lane.

Crews were able to get the man free and take him to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert, but would not release details about his injury or how the crane fell.

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2 workers die when crane topples on dock in Southeast Texas

,Authorities say two workers were killed and another hurt when a crane fell on a marine dock in Southeast Texas.

Jaree Fortin, a spokeswoman for the city of Galveston, says investigators are trying to determine the reason the crane toppled over at Pelican Island on Wednesday morning. Fortin says foul play is not suspected.

The two were already dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Authorities have not released the names or other details about the victims.

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