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  • July 19, 2017 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) held a meeting on July 11, 2017, to discuss a proposed debt classification rule that is far-reaching and may have unintended consequences on bidding requirements for construction contractors.

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    McDonald Hopkins

  • July 18, 2017 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you look on a map for Mineral Springs, Ohio, you might have trouble finding it. So while people living in the area long knew they could use a place for gathering and socializing, it seemed unlikely this need would be met. Who would organize and build it? Who’d pay for it?

    In came the Ohio Contractors Association, or OCA, a trade association for heavy highway and utility construction companies in Ohio.

    Informed of Mineral Springs’ need for a community gathering space by a local church, members of the OCA’s Columbus chapter donated time, tools and materials to build a basketball court near the church where youth could come together. While those contractors might otherwise have been at odds competing for the same jobs, they collaborated on this project, doing the grading and putting in the hoops; one contractor with equipment for painting lines added the finishing touches.

    That’s the kind of community service work the nine OCA chapters do each year, say its senior staff and members of the nine chapters. And the extent of collaboration is among the reasons the OCA received the “AGC in the Community” award from the Associated General Contractors of America, or AGC, at the 98th Annual AGC Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.


    Article from US Builders Review - Written by: Christine Fisher

  • July 18, 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) brought its iconic yellow iron to the White House as part of a "Made in America" event to showcase products built in the United States. Companies from all 50 states were invited – Caterpillar solely representing Illinois as a top example of the power of American manufacturing. A 966M wheel loader, built in Aurora, Illinois, is adorning the South Lawn of the White House, standing out amongst other American-made products at the event. Kathryn Karol, Caterpillar vice president of Global Government and Corporate Affairs, and Jamie Alban, president of independent dealer Alban Cat, are attending the event on behalf of Caterpillar.

    "Caterpillar is proud to represent Illinois and showcase this wheel loader as just one example of the skill and craftsmanship of our employees," said Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby. "We appreciate the President's dedication to manufacturing industries and the men and women who build and deliver some of the finest products in the world. Caterpillar has a substantial presence across the country — operations in 19 states, approximately 70 facilities, a workforce of 48,500, the tremendous strength of the independent Cat dealer network supporting customers in all 50 states and a supplier base of more than 15,000 companies. We welcome the opportunity to continue working with the Trump Administration on policies that will increase economic growth."

    Caterpillar has been a strong advocate for comprehensive tax reform, enhanced infrastructure investments, energy solutions and open markets. Caterpillar is proof that you can compete based in the United States, and its leaders continue to work closely with policymakers to push forward an agenda that will revitalize American manufacturing.

    966M Wheel Loader Details

    This all-purpose machine represents the best-in-class earthmoving equipment that Caterpillar is known for – finding itself an integral part of many job sites, from construction and highway projects to mining sites – and anywhere in between. This wheel loader applies proven technologies systematically and strategically to reach high expectations for reliability, productivity, and long service life. It meets the U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards as part of Caterpillar's commitment to sustainability while providing enhanced fuel efficiency.

    About Caterpillar
    For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit To connect with us on social media, visit

  • July 13, 2017 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The How and Why of Employee Engagement: 6 Trends to Get You on Track

    What is your organization doing daily to engage your employees? Employees are the core of your company, so engaging them is critical. Higher engagement produces top quality work and means higher retention rates.

    Is your employee engagement strategy measuring up? 1 in 5 employers surveyed (18 percent) are unaware of employee engagement levels because they lack a formal measurement process. Engaging employees in their daily tasks is critical to productivity, job satisfaction and high retention.

    Feedback, company culture and collaborative relationships are all tools necessary for engaging employees in today’s workforce.

    If you want to engage a productive workforce, check out The How and Why of Employee Engagement: 6 Trends to Get You On Track whitepaper.

    Download The How and Why of Employee Engagement to:

    • Engage employees on day 1
    • Create an engaging company culture
    • Empower employees with regular feedback
    • Encourage employees to think outside the box with collaboration
    • Retain employees and prepare for succession through career development
    • Use measurements to identify engagement levels
  • July 01, 2017 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The July issue of the "Building Ohio Newsletter"

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  • June 23, 2017 9:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CLEVELAND, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Demand for plastic windows is forecast to rise 5.5% per year to $6.5 billion in 2021, outpacing wood and metal windows and accounting for half of total sales. Home and business owners will continue to specify vinyl windows for their energy efficiency, low cost, and low maintenance. Specialty plastic windows are projected to see above average gains, spurred by increased demand for skylights, roof windows, and customized shapes. Fiberglass and wood-plastic composite products are expected to gain share, although vinyl will continue to represent over 90% of sales. These and other trends are presented in Windows Market in the US, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

  • May 12, 2017 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator) recently published a 2017 guide to engineering degrees and careers. In addition to connecting prospective students with engineering programs, our guide provides current students with helpful tips on entering the engineering workforce.

    Open Education Database has been one of the most comprehensive collections of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online since 2007. We welcome learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new.  

  • 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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  • 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

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