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  • April 27, 2017 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF OHIO ("AGC of Ohio") has again partnered with Overland Park, Kan.-based Strategic Value Media — a leading nationwide provider of print and digital media solutions for national, state and local trade and membership associations — to produce the 2017 edition of Associated General Contractors of Ohio Buyers’ Guide (the “Guide”), the premier resource of relevant products and services for construction professionals. This will be the fifth year that the Guide will be produced.

    "We were thrilled with the 2016 Guide and are looking forward to the 2017 Guide. This comprehensive Guide offers access to a vast network of industry suppliers," said Richard J. Hobbs, Executive Vice President of the AGC of Ohio. "We’re pleased to offer such a needed resource, which will greatly assist industry professionals in making educated purchasing decisions throughout the year."

    Like the 2016 version, the 2017 edition of the Guide will feature updated and expanded company and product listings in addition to other valuable information relating to the construction industry. The Guide provides users with an efficient way to browse for goods and services and offers construction suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.

    The 2017 Guide will be accessible through the AGC of Ohio website at this coming Spring, and you can currently view the 2016 Guide there. We encourage you to take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to highlight your products and services in the Guide. To learn more about advertising your products or services in the Guide, please email

  • April 24, 2017 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AGC of America unveiled a new study designed to improve the safety of construction workers as it announced that two-thirds of metro areas added construction jobs during the past 12 months. The association commissioned this study with the goal of taking a deeper dive into existing information on fatalities with an eye towards learning new methods of preventing worker fatalities in the construction industry. The study, conducted by the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, involved analyzing detailed, confidential fatality reports from 2010-2012 because the industry wants to develop employer-employee strategies to reduce the risk of workers being injured.
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  • April 24, 2017 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Konecranes proprietary safety features are raising awareness about the value of improving the safety for inexperienced or infrequent operators when purchasing an overhead crane.

    Designed with your safety in mind. That's the new message that Konecranes, world leader in overhead crane design and operator of the world's largest crane service network, is communicating to the overhead crane industry. This concept is the driver behind the company's current outreach to educate crane buyers about the real value that a safer crane can bring to their operation.

    An analysis by the Konecranes Training Institute of OSHA-reported crane incidents provides a compelling background for this initiative. A study tracking 249 incidents over a 10-year period showed that the average cost to an employer from a major crane-related injury was $200,000. A crane-related fatality cost an average of $4 million. 

    The study identified being crushed by the load (caused by load swing, load drop or by an unstable load being placed and then immediately falling over) as the primary cause of these incidents. Operators being crushed by a load resulted in 33.8 percent of the fatalities and 36.8 percent of the injuries.

    As a result, Konecranes is committed to educating crane buyers about how its proprietary "safe" technologies address the issue of load swing, creating a safer crane that they believe will raise the bar for all overhead crane manufacturers. 

    Mark Ubl, senior vice president, industrial cranes, Region Americas, compared a crane equipped with these features to what consumers currently expect from today's automobiles.

    "You wouldn't buy an automobile today without anti-lock brakes or airbags. Once you own a car with a backup camera and sensors, you become accustomed to that margin of safety," says Ubl. "The safety technologies that we use in our automobiles have become so commonplace that we take them for granted. A similar shift in thinking is now occurring for overhead cranes."

    Together, Konecranes Active Sway Control and Hook Centering are features that are capable of dramatically reducing the number of crane-related accidents. Both require a PLC, variable frequency drives and Konecranes proprietary software to operate. 

    Active Sway Control stabilizes load movements in trolley traverse and/or bridge travel directions. It modifies the operator's speed commands so that the requested speed is reached with minimal load sway. If the rope angle exceeds a pre-set value, trolley and bridge travel motions respond to keep the load stable without swing. This system also dampens load sway generated by normal motion to help the load remain stable at all times and in all conditions, making load moving operations not only safer, but as much as 60 percent faster.

    Hook Centering is an innovation that was designed to automatically eliminate side pull situations and load swing caused by side pull.  Side pull occurs when the hoist lifts an object that is not directly beneath it, which can cause violent load swing. When Hook Centering is activated, the crane automatically positions the trolley and bridge over the load. At the same time, the hoisting-up movement is limited until the crane and load are vertically aligned. Then, lifting can continue normally.

    "Hook Centering is one of the most important technologies offered in overhead cranes today," says Ubl. "The average crane is 30 feet in the air or more. If the load is not centered properly, as soon as you lift, the load begins to swing. Hook Centering positions the crane directly over the hook preventing sway before it ever happens. It is exclusively available from Konecranes."   

    These technologies are a small sample of what Konecranes offers to help operators work more efficiently while protecting people, products and equipment.

    "Most crane operators are infrequent operators," says Ubl. "They may be machinists or fabricators. Once they finish doing their real job they use the crane to pick up material or product and move it somewhere else. These technologies allow a part-time operator to control a load just like a pro."

    So, what is a safe crane worth?

    According to Edward Di Cesare, director of marketing, industrial crane products for Region Americas, employers should ask themselves a couple of hard questions. What value do you put on an employee? And as a corollary, how much is your equipment worth? 

    "We recently visited several tool and die manufacturers, and each of their machines was valued at least a million dollars. Damage to one of those would have an enormous impact on their production schedule and their bottom line. So we finally arrive at the heart of the matter," says Di Cesare. "Does it make good business sense to spend a few dollars more to improve safety? Of course it does."

    Mark Ubl had the final word. "Our goal is to achieve zero overhead crane incidents. We take this goal seriously as we want workers who operate cranes to return to their family at the end of each work day. That's why we ask crane buyers to consider the suite of safety technologies available when purchasing an overhead crane.

    Bottom line, if you can't afford the technology, then you certainly can't afford an accident," he said. "That's why our overhead cranes are designed with your safety in mind."

    Additional information:
    Edward Di Cesare, Director of Marketing, Industrial Crane Products or 289.983.0498

    About Konecranes, Inc.
    Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. The Group has 18,000 employees at 600 locations in 50 countries. Konecranes class A shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).

  • April 06, 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    US filter demand is forecast to rise to $14.7 billion in 2020 on yearly advances of 3.1%, below the global average. Growth will be largely supported by replacement requirements of the large installed base of filter-containing products, such as motor vehicles, industrial machinery, warm air furnaces, industrial pollution control equipment, and consumer air and water treatment systems. These and other trends are presented in Global Filters Market Forecast, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

    Factors fueling further gains in product demand include:

    • a positive economic outlook, including continued growth in manufacturing activity and construction expenditures
    • increasing consumer preoccupation with domestic indoor air quality and tap water purity
    • a trend toward higher value products, such as those with "smart" features or advanced media

    Air and fluid filters are expected to post more rapid gains through 2020, driven by their use in the manufacturing sector, such as purifying process industrial fluids, controlling pollution in air and water waste streams, and enabling hydraulic and pneumatic equipment to run properly.

    More information about the study is available at

    This brief summarizes the global market for filters, combining the data of two detailed Freedonia Group studies:

    About The Freedonia Group, a division of
    The Freedonia Group is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985, we have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Industrial Components studies can be purchased at, and

  • April 03, 2017 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2017 FMI/BIMForum Prefabrication Survey offers insights into key trends and drivers shaping today's  prefabrication environment in construction. 

    Study findings are based on almost 200 participants--a mix of both specialty trade contractors and  GCs/CMs--most of whom work in the commercial sector. The companies that participated in this study  collectively generate approximately $38 billion in industry revenue each year. 

    Key highlights of the report include: The amount of project work using prefab has almost tripled between 2010 and 2016. Almost 90% of respondents perceive their prefabrication process as ineffective or in need of improvement. Download the Prefab Survey here.

    About FMI Corporation
    For over 60 years, FMI has been the leading management consulting and investment banking firm dedicated exclusively to engineering and construction, infrastructure and the built environment. FMI serves all  sectors of the industry as a trusted advisor.  More than six decades of context, connections and insights lead to transformational outcomes for clients and the industry. FMI Helps you build your foundation for tomorrow and optimize your business for today. Industry Focus, Powerful Results.

  • February 21, 2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With only 17 state capitals being also the largest cities in their respective states but not necessarily offering the best quality of life, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to determine 2017's Best State Capitals to Live in.

    To identify the most livable seats of state government, WalletHub’s data team compared all 50 across 42 key metrics, ranging from “cost of living” to “K–12 school-system quality” to “number of attractions.”
    Livability of Columbus (1=Best, 25=Avg.):

    • 13th – Housing Affordability
    • 19th – Median Household Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
    • 22nd – Unemployment Rate
    • 12th – % of State- & Local-Government Employees
    • 27th – % of Adults with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
    • 20th – Health Conditions
    • 10th – % of Millennial Newcomers
    • 9th – Number of Attractions
    For the full report, please visit:
  • February 20, 2017 10:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Estimates of water consumption in large (greater than 200,000 square feet) commercial buildings from the 2012 CBECS are now available in this report: Water Consumption in Large Buildings Summary. Included in the report are annual water consumption estimates (Table W1) and daily estimates (Table WD1). Additionally, a public use microdata file is available for users to perform custom analysis. For information on how the data were collected, see How was water usage information collected for commercial buildings?

    “U.S. Energy Information Administration”

  • February 20, 2017 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Through education and product innovation, Hilti is supporting customers as they develop and implement compliancy plans for the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Standard for construction.Because of Hilti’s commitment to helping contractors provide a safe working environment, the company has scheduled a series of webinars and has a whitepaper about the OSHA RCS Standard. Companies can also speak with their local Hilti sales representative for more information. 

    Details on the OSHA §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Standard
    First introduced in March 2016, the OSHA RCS Standard introduces more stringent “permissible exposure limits,” moving from approximately 250 micrograms/m3 averaged over an 8-hour day to 50 micrograms/m3 averaged over an 8-hour day. All companies that engage in silica-generating applications, such as cutting, grinding, drilling or breaking concrete and/or masonry, have until June 23, 2017 to fully comply with the new standard and have a written exposure control plan on file. 

    In the new standard OSHA provides companies with three different options for compliance:

    1. Table 1: A table of pre-defined applications and approved control solutions available in the market today. (Table 1)
    2. Performance or ‘Objective data’: Providing objective data proving exposure associated with the control method used.
    3. Scheduled air monitoring program: Establishing frequency of exposure monitoring activities.

    OSHA will also require companies to offer medical surveillance (exams) to employees that are required by the standard to wear a respirator for more than 30 days per year. 

    Hilti Addresses the New Standards
    Hilti’s U.S. team has been diligently researching the new guidelines, as well as the impact it will have on customers. As part of these efforts, Hilti enlisted the help of a third-party consultant to arrange a workshop for OSHA executives, industry experts and more than 30 large U.S. construction company representatives. The workshop helped to clarify details about the new standards and provide answers to common questions. This white paper, “Understanding New OSHA Standards for Silica Dust in the Construction Industry”, summarizes all the information covered during that seminar. 

    Hilti employees that engage with contractors have also received training on the new standards, so they can help address the needs of contractors who are reviewing their compliancy options. 

    In addition, Hilti is hosting two webinars (Feb. 28, March 15, and March 29) to help educate and answer customer questions about the new OSHA RCS Standard. 

    Hilti currently has an extensive dustless product portfolio that will help companies comply, and the company is committed to developing additional innovative products, as well as creating objective data (outlined in Option 2: Performance Option), to help customers comply with the OSHA §1926.1153 Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) Standard. 

    To attend a webinar, download the white paper and other documents related to the new standard, please visit Hilti online. OSHA information about the new standard can be found at

    Click here to download the whitepaper
    Click here to register for a webinar
    Click here for Table 1

  • February 14, 2017 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FMI executives share their retrospectives on how 2016 shaped up for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry and give valuable insights into what’s ahead for the next 12 months.

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  • January 13, 2017 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    In 2017 top performers will have choices. Will they come to your company, stay or leave? If you don’t have a solid plan and process in place to attract, engage and communicate with your best employees, your company could suffer.

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