Las Vegas, NV | March 14-18, 2023
Caterpillar introduces two new large hydraulic excavators
The Cat 340 and Cat 352 feature more powerful engines to deliver up to 10% more productivity over previous models
Two leading construction-economy indicators just abruptly turned south
Architecture billings and nonresidential contractor backlog both showed their first recent weakening but it’s not all bad news
Pennsylvania pipeline contractor sees CONEXPO-CON/AGG as a yardstick for growth
Alicia Brentzel of Brex Enterprises tells why her company makes a point to attend the largest construction tradeshow in North America
AECOM-Fluor joint venture to manage California High-Speed Rail project
The rail project is currently under active construction and advanced design in California along 171 miles between the cities of Merced and Bakersfield
Merging Southwest Cat dealerships suggest consolidation season is upon us
Caterpillar dealer consolidation marches on, as Empire Southwest is expected to close its purchase of Cashman Equipment by year’s end
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Management
How to attract more young people to construction
The building trades are a solid career choice for those entering the work world, but the message is getting lost in the absence of effective education and mentorship programs
5 ways to increase used equipment resale values
It’s simple but true - making sure machines physically look good, are clean and in work-ready condition can go a long way toward increasing your resale value 
Will proposed project labor agreement rule help or hurt construction?
Industry leaders speak out against recent progress toward President Biden’s executive order requiring federal construction contracts over $35 million to be subjected to PLAs
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Equipment
10 new diesel-powered machines this year
Not every machine introduced is electric, equipment manufacturers are still putting research and development behind diesel-powered machines, as shown by recent product intros
Ignite Attachments offers accessibly priced attachments for compact equipment
New digital, direct-to-consumer storefront currently offers 56 attachments for construction and related fields
Volvo invests in e-hauler production, innovation
Volvo Construction Equipment plans nearly $37 million in facilities, automation and ergonomics upgrades to its articulated-hauler factory to allow for ‘a more sustainable construction future’
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Technology
New products and services announced at Trimble Dimensions
Trimble Construction Cloud, powered by Microsoft Azure, is one of several noteworthy introductions made during the annual user conference
Most Illinois voters support ‘Worker’s Rights’ amendment
With 90% of Illinois votes counted, a ballot measure guaranteeing workers’ right to collective bargaining was closing in on the needed approval votes
Trimble advances paver autonomy with steering and screed width control
Trimble Roadworks 2.10 automatically steers Vögele asphalt pavers and controls screed width to match the 3D design
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Projects
Taking carbon out of building construction just became today’s growth industry
Buildings and construction set carbon-output records in 2021 and contractors who lead halving that footprint by 2030 will tap more than $1.3 trillion in annual spending
Fluor breaks ground on I-35 Capital Express South project in Austin, Texas
The $548-million project is anticipated to see substantial completion by 2028
Gilbane and Turner to build another new NFL stadium
The two contractors have built more than 5.5 million square feet together over more than 25 years
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