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Construction in the time of Covid: How two contractors are adjusting
Contractors from Missouri and Florida share their struggles with materials shortages, vaccine mandates
New Ditch Witch ride-on trencher designed for better visibility, comfort
Operators of the RT70 get a full view of the machine – from front tire to back tire and the attachment – making it easier for those with less experience to be productive
eBay partners with bidadoo to improve online buying of used construction equipment
eBay will work with heavy equipment auction house bidadoo to enhance the online buying experience for its 159 million users
Two new autonomous 3D scanning sensors join Hexagon’s ranks
The BLK2FLY, which scans structures from the air, and the BLK ARC, which scans spaces on Boston Dynamics’ Spot, were just introduced by Leica Geosystems
88% of contractors experiencing project delays; 93% say rising materials prices have affected jobs
Of the 2,100 surveyed in construction, about half report their volume of business matches or exceeds the level in 2020
10 don’t-miss construction stories from the summer of 2021
Need to catch up on the news? Here’s a rundown of the big stories you might’ve missed while you were busy gettin’ it done
Volvo awards electro-hydraulic system for excavators
The innovative Common Pressure Rail System improves performance while reducing emissions
Metallica, Carhartt team up for skilled trade worker recruitment
Harkening back to the metal band’s formation, the Labor Day employment drive was focused on combating the U.S. labor shortage in construction
Construction still waiting on strong recovery as July nonresidential spending plateaus
Amid a slow bounceback, the month’s total spending of $786 billion is down 4.2% from July 2020, with those surface numbers not showing how weak construction’s recovery has been
Case parent company CNH buys Italian equipment supplier Sampierana
Move will allow CNH Industrial to integrate Eurocomach mini and midi excavators, as well as Sampierana undercarriages and spare parts into its product lineup
Infrastructure plan could create one million new jobs for construction, other fields
A new report said the $1-trillion bipartisan spending package is expected to result in 883,600 new middle-class jobs if the measure passes in the coming weeks
OSHA, industry partners combine forces against suicide in construction
With the weeklong Suicide Prevention Safety Stand-Down from Sept. 6-10, the task force is sharing resources with contractors and other workers
Case’s new attachment turns compact track loaders into grading solutions
The Case Precision Grader Blade is also compatible with both 2D and 3D machine control features
Will Ford F-150 lose the title of topselling truck?
Production of the popular icon is disrupted as a global shortage of semiconductor chips forces Ford to make adjustments at two factories 
OSHA imposes $1.3M in penalties on Massachusetts firm after 2 workers’ deaths
A Labor Dept. investigation cited Atlantic Coast Utilities for 28 total health and safety violations
Hitachi to pursue rental market in North America under Premium Rental brand
The Japanese manufacturer will continue to expand its ACME wholesale rental business after the joint venture with Deere ends in February 2022
Nonprofit leads construction relief efforts after Haiti earthquake
Following this month’s 7.2-magnitude Haiti earthquake, Build Health International has mobilized contractors, electricians, plumbers and more to provide emergency relief efforts for the peninsula
Equipment sales reach record highs despite supply chain challenges
Forecast says North America will see a 13% jump in the sale of construction equipment
There were problems with construction of Keystone Pipeline, report said
Government watchdog group finds multiple issues with the transcontinental oil conduit validate President Biden’s decision to revoke the permit for the XL extension
John Deere and Hitachi end manufacturing, marketing agreements
With new agreements in place and effective in early 2022, Deere will continue sourcing, manufacturing and distributing the current lineup of Deere-branded excavators in the Americas
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