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Congress Must Follow South Carolina’s Infrastructure Leadership

May 18, 2017 8:56 pm

This article was published in the Palmetto Business Daily. View the original article here.

 

House Education Panel Advances AED-Supported Perkins Reauthorization Bill

May 18, 2017 4:58 pm

Earlier today, the House Education & the Workforce Committee unanimously approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). H.R. 2353 reforms, modernizes and reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Perkins Act, which hasn’t been updated in more than a decade, is the principal source of federal funding for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation.

AED has urged lawmakers and the administration to make workforce development a primary focus and Perkins Act reauthorization is one of our top legislative priorities for this Congress. In the association’s letter of support for H.R. 2353, AED’s president & CEO Brian P. McGuire emphasized a 2016 AED Foundation-commissioned study that found the shortage of qualified equipment service technicians costs equipment dealers $2.4 billion per year in lost productivity and foregone economic opportunity. He also discussed the latest report released by The AED Foundation in January, which concluded that while skills-based learning will increase student’s lifetime earnings, most states have work to do to better prepare students for technical careers.

Following the bill’s introduction, McGuire said, “By reflecting current workforce needs, empowering state and local entities and emphasizing work-based learning opportunities, the legislation is a great step to address the industry’s skilled worker deficiency, allowing AED members to better serve customers while growing their businesses and the overall economy. We look forward to working with the House and Senate to get this important legislation to the president’s desk in the near future.”

The legislation now awaits consideration by the full U.S. House, which is anticipated later this year.

To learn more about The AED Foundation’s recent research studies, visit here.

To read a fact sheet on the bill, visit here.

To read a more detailed bill summary, visit here.

To read the bill, visit here.

Sandy Springs Water Main Break, Sinkhole Highlights U.S. Infrastructure Crisis

May 16, 2017 6:32 pm

This article was published in the Sandy Springs Patch. View the original article here.

The recent water main break and sinkhole on Roswell Road highlights a major problem that localities across the country are facing due to a failure to substantially invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Whether it’s structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees or inadequate roads, airports and pipes, America’s infrastructure is insufficient, and our leaders in Washington can no longer forsake responsibility when it comes to much-needed maintenance and improvements.

Like the residents of Sandy Springs, every day Americans are affected because officials deferred necessary upgrades until a bursting pipe becomes an emergency as opposed to routine maintenance. When water mains break, school buses are forced to reroute, limiting students’ time spent in the classroom. Restaurants are unable to serve customers as water availability is affected. Businesses lose sales as detours divert traffic from main roads. Lost revenue and time wasted in traffic will never be recovered.

Our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. It impacts our quality of life, the competitiveness of our businesses, and the safety and security of our country. All this while spurring economic growth and creating well-paying jobs.

I urge Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. David Perdue and the next representative for Georgia’s sixth congressional district to work in a bipartisan manner with the Georgia congressional delegation, their colleagues and the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. Further delay is unacceptable to Georgians and the rest of the country.

 

Brian P. McGuire

President & CEO

Associated Equipment Distributors

AED’s McGuire: Perkins Reauthorization Essential to Equipment Industry Growth

May 4, 2017 9:03 pm

Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), issued the following statement in conjunction with the introduction of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act.

“AED congratulates the House Education & Workforce Committee’s leadership for introducing the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. By prioritizing technical education, Congress can help better prepare workers for well-paying careers, ensure that U.S. companies are able to seize new business opportunities and make the United States more competitive in the global economy. Businesses, schools and government officials must collectively commit to tackling the technical education crisis at all levels, and the legislation is a great step forward to enabling that commitment.

“The skilled worker shortage is costing construction equipment dealers approximately $2.4 billion per year in lost revenue and economic activity. By reflecting current workforce needs, empowering state and local entities, and emphasizing work-based learning opportunities, the legislation is a great step to address the industry’s skilled worker deficiency, allowing AED members to better serve customers while growing their businesses and the overall economy. We look forward to working with the House and Senate to get this important legislation to the president’s desk in the near future.”

Infrastructure Crisis Felt in Berkshires

April 27, 2017 1:47 pm

This article was published in The Berkshire Eagle. Click here to find the original article.

The Eagle’s April 4 article “Park Street Bridge, artery into Housatonic, closed indefinitely for safety” highlights a major problem that localities across the country are facing due to a failure to substantially invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Whether it’s structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees or inadequate roads, airports and pipes, America’s infrastructure is insufficient, and our leaders in Washington can no longer forsake responsibility when it comes to much-needed maintenance and improvements.

Like the residents in Great Barrington, everyday Americans are affected by the problem. School buses are forced to reroute, impacting students’ time spent in the classroom. Restaurants are left without customers as detours divert traffic from main roads. Lost revenue and time wasted in traffic will never be recovered.

Our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. It impacts our quality of life, the competitiveness of our businesses, and the safety and security of our country. All this while spurring economic growth and creating well-paying jobs.

I urge Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Richard Neal to work in a bipartisan manner with their colleagues and the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. Further delay is unacceptable to Bay Staters and the rest of the country.

Stone, of Dallas Center, receives MikeRoweWORKS Scholarship

April 21, 2017 4:59 pm

This article was published in the Dallas County News. Click here to find the original article.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Diesel Technology student Douglas Stone of Dallas Center receives congratulations from DMACC President Rob Denson for receiving a $1,000 MikeRoweWORKS Foundation 2017 Tools Scholarship. Stone was recognized for his superior performance in an academic course of study in an Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) accredited college program in construction diesel and equipment technology. Joining in the check presentation is DMACC Diesel Technology Professor Lon Moffitt.

Mike Rowe is the creator and host of the show “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel and the CNN series “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”. Rowe is dedicated to promoting the skilled trades, including construction-related industries, in an effort to address image and workforce issues. Rowe continues to provide resources to help make informed choices as to career and technical job options, and information as to where they may find schools and financial aid to help them achieve their goals.

LATI students earn Mike Rowe Foundation scholarships

April 21, 2017 4:56 pm

This article was published in the Watertown Public Opinion. Click here to find the original article.

Lake Area Technical Institute students Nathan Timmerman of Lennox, and Trysten Studemann of Ivanhoe, Minn. are each the recipients of a $1,000 mikeroweWORKS Tool Scholarship.

Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on academic and skill performance in the Caterpillar ThinkBIG program. Students who receive the scholarship must also be enrolled an AED-affiliated school.

Timmerman and Studemann are both enrolled in the Caterpillar ThinkBIG program and are sponsored by Butler Machinery. The two students will graduate from Lake Area Technical Institute in May of 2017 with Associate of Applied Science degrees in Diesel Technology, with Caterpillar endorsements. They have both been secured for employment by Butler Machinery, with Timmerman in Sioux Falls and Studemann in Aberdeen.

The scholarships are distributed by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).

The scholarships have been established by Mike Rowe, the creator and host of the TV show “Dirty Jobs.” These scholarships are representative of his unique “boots on the ground” approach to technical workforce development.

In a time when jobs for many college graduates are hard to come by, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is working to make students aware of and align them with the excellent opportunities in professional technical occupations. Rowe helps students receive financial resources they need to pursue these occupations in career areas where there is great employer demand.

Donald Trump Green Lights Keystone XL

April 21, 2017 4:55 pm

This article was published in the U.S. News & World Report. Click here to find the original article.

What Happened:

President Donald Trump on Friday approved Calgary-based TransCanada to finish the construction of the $8-billion Keyston XL pipeline, which upon its completion will carry oil from Alberta, Canada all the way to the Gulf Coast, running through half a dozen U.S. states.

Only days into his administration, Trump signed an executive order aimed at fast-tracking the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota pipeline projects. But the permit he signed Friday will formally allow TransCanada to complete construction of the project that for years had been held up by ethical, legal and environmental disputes.

Trump called it a “great day for American jobs,” saying that the project will be “an incredible pipeline” and that his permit will allow the company to build “with efficiency and with speed.”

What It Means:

The pipeline still isn’t technically a done deal, as its route is still being debated in certain states by Native American tribes, landowners and environmental activists.

“Keystone was stopped once before, and it will be stopped again,” Annie Leonard, executive director of Greenpeace USA, said in a statement Friday, according to The Associated Press.

Those in the construction and energy industry, meanwhile, welcome Trump’s signature as a sign that the president will open up more business opportunities in the near future.

“The construction equipment industry hopes the Keystone XL pipeline project is just the beginning,” Brian McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors, said in a statement Friday. “Whether it’s the pipelines required to move energy resources to market, structurally deficient bridges, dams, and levees or inadequate roads, airports and water systems, America’s infrastructure is insufficient and our leaders in Washington can no longer forsake responsibility when it comes to required maintenance, upgrades and investments.”

Old Lincoln Highway bridge closure highlights U.S. infrastructure crisis

April 21, 2017 4:37 pm

The Daily Nonpareil  published this article from Brian P. McGuire, president & CEO Associated Equipment Distributors. Click here to find the original article.

The recent closing of County Bridge CR20 on Old Lincoln Highway over Simon Run Creek north of Crescent highlights a major problem that localities across the country are facing due to a failure to substantially invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Whether it’s structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees or inadequate roads, airports and pipes, America’s infrastructure is insufficient and our leaders in Washington can no longer forsake responsibility when it comes to much-needed maintenance and improvements.

Like the residents in Pottawattamie County, everyday Americans are affected because officials deferred necessary upgrades until shutting down an important bridge was the only option.

First responders are forced to reroute, delaying emergency services. Businesses are left without customers as detours divert traffic from main roads. Lost revenue and time wasted in traffic will never be recovered.

Our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. It impacts our quality of life, the competitiveness of our businesses, and the safety and security of our country. All this while spurring economic growth and creating well-paying jobs.

I urge Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. David Young to work in a bipartisan manner with the Iowa congressional delegation, their colleagues and the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis.

Further delay is unacceptable to Iowans and the rest of the country.

Lock and dam upgrades part of broader infrastructure plan

April 21, 2017 4:35 pm

The Alton Telegraph published this article from Brian P. McGuire, president & CEO Associated Equipment Distributors. Click here to find the original article.

As the Chicago Tribune recently pointed out (Illinois rivers project could get new life with Trump infrastructure push) (March 13, 2017), Western Illinois will benefit enormously if our elected officials in Washington maintain their commitment to substantially invest in our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure.

Whether it’s structurally deficient bridges, dams and levees or inadequate roads, airports and pipes, America’s infrastructure is insufficient and our leaders in Washington can no longer shun obligations when it comes to required upgrades.

Locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, which carry tons of commodities to major cities in the Midwest, would receive a major overhaul. Farmers, manufacturers, and businesses throughout the region and the country would benefit from delivering goods to distributors, store shelves, and consumers, faster and more efficiently.

Our infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy. It impacts our quality of life, the competitiveness of our businesses, and the safety and security of our country. All while spurring economic growth and creating well-paying jobs.

I urge Sen. Richard Durbin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and representatives Cheri Bustos, Mike Bost and Darrin LaHood to work in a bipartisan manner with the Illinois congressional delegation, their colleagues, and the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. Our nation must not continue to forsake responsibility when it comes to the maintaining and improvement of our infrastructure. Continued delay is unacceptable to Illinoisans and the rest of the country.

 

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