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Daimler says "Built in Detroit" is more than a marketing slogan for their company. Just last month Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced its intention to begin producing its new DD5 and DD8 medium-duty Detroit engines at a plant in Redford, Michigan, which is outside Detroit.
Just a year ago, the Associated General Contractors released results of a nationwide study that showed 83% of construction firms were understaffed in key crafts. Skilled workers such as carpenters, roofers, electricians and equipment operators are in severely short supply, as are laborers and even supervisory and management personnel. The AGC predicted the shortage in skilled construction workers would get worse in 2015.
Freightliner is on the move - no surprise, given the company's long history of successful growth in the trucking industry. In 2014, Freightliner Trucks posted an uptick in orders that set new records for the company and the industry as well. But that was last year. What's next?
No doubt you've been following the amazing story of Daimler's development of autonomous trucks. At the end of September, Daimler Trucks put their latest-version trucks to another test, this time on a real highway, under real-life driving conditions. They say their Mercedes-Benz Actros is the first series-production truck to advance to this level of testing.
When you need to break things up, you need Allied Construction Products' Rammer series hammers. Allied is widely recognized as the leader when it comes to manufacturing hydraulic breakers - no surprise since they invented the high performance boom-mounted hydraulic hammer and have been perfecting their products for more than 70 years.
Construction equipment is now able to work "smarter" and safer than ever, thanks to new technologies. You can, too. New mobile apps designed specifically for workers in the field enable you to increase construction jobsite safety in many ways. Safety managers are using these new tools to augment the traditional elements of their safety program such as morning toolbox talks and formal training sessions.
Remember last winter? You'd probably rather not. But if you're responsible for keeping roadways clear of snow and ice, it's time to lay in supplies for the coming season. Should you go with traditional rock salt, or would salt brine and anti-ice technologies be more effective? You need to think about your budget, too. But you have to think fast, because it's already October.
Need a new wheel loader? Hyundai says you can realize 5% greater productivity and up to a 10% reduction in fuel consumption with their updated Hyundai 900 Series machines. That's because all the Hyundai loaders in this line now come with Tier 4-Final engines. There are five models available right now, and by the end of the year you?l also be able to get a sixth version -- the HL935 -- plus Extended Reach (XT) models and a parallel-lift Tool Master (TM) configuration.
The discussion among truck owners and fleet managers continues: are natural gas trucks or diesel trucks the better choice for you? Years ago, you didn't have to consider this question. But with advancements in natural gas engine technology and increasing availability of natural gas fuels, you do have a choice. However, it's not simply an either-or decision; there are actually several factors that come into play when deciding which direction to go.
Do your people take their personal protection equipment for granted? PPE is a critically important tool on any type of construction jobsite. But just because it exists doesn't mean your crew members are using their gear correctly. And when they don't, that can actually create additional hazards on the jobsite rather than protecting people from harm.