AED News

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.

 

Balanced federal regs essential to ensure energy, environment, public health thrive

April 21, 2017 4:32 pm

Originally published in the Daily Energy Insider. Click here to find the original article.

Federal lawmakers must advance balanced national legislation and regulations in order to protect public health and the environment while also encouraging innovation and expansion in the energy industry, said business executive Michael D. Brennan, senior vice president of the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) board.

“The federal government must get out of the way and not place unnecessary, burdensome and duplicative regulations on energy companies,” Brennan told Daily Energy Insider.

In discussing the international trade association’s top legislative and regulatory priorities this year as they relate to mining and energy production under the Trump administration, Brennan pointed out a few positive steps that already have been taken on Capitol Hill.

For instance, President Donald Trump and Congress Feb. 16 used the Congressional Review Act to repeal the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Stream Protection Rule, which the Obama administration finalized in 2016 to stop mining companies from dumping mountaintop removal debris into nearby valleys and streams. Brennan called the rule “duplicative and unnecessary.” Others agree, saying the rule’s limits on coal mining near waterways conflicted with the Surface Mining Control and Reclamations Act, making the rule legally questionable.

Then on Feb. 28, Trump signed an executive order calling for a federal review of the Clean Water Rule, also known as the “Waters of the United States Rule”—an Obama administration 2015 regulation that reinterpreted and then extended federal protections under the Clean Water Act to smaller rivers and streams. Brennan called Trump’s action an important step; Trump called the rule “one of the worst examples of federal regulation.” A review from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forthcoming.

“Both [rules] were poised to curtail energy development and were particularly detrimental to the mining sector,” Brennan said.

AED, which represents some 500 member companies involved in the distribution, rental and support of equipment that’s used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications, believes its members can ensure the American people have clean air and water while developing the country’s abundance of natural resources, Brennan wrote in an email.

“To start, Congress and the administration must work together to open more federal land to energy development, including mining and shale oil extraction,” he said.

As a proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline project, Brennan said AED is excited about Trump’s March 24 approval of the cross-border permit needed to continue construction of the pipeline from Canada into the United States.

“However, our country is still lacking the infrastructure to efficiently transport developed energy resources. Consequently, modernizing the application review process for natural gas pipeline projects is necessary,” he added.

Restarting coal
Brennan is president and COO of Bramco Inc., a construction, mining and industrial equipment sales, rental and service networks company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky—known as Derby City because the Kentucky Derby is held there every year.

Louisville and the rest of the state also are known for something else: coal production. And during a visit to Louisville in March, Trump told supporters that he’s working on new executive actions designed to revive the coal mines.

For companies like Bramco, that’s great news.

“Our greatest challenge is the continuation of reinventing our company given the devastating demise of the coal industry in Kentucky,” Brennan said.

Coal production in Kentucky declined from 120.4 million tons in 2008 to 42.6 million tons in 2016—a 65 percent decline in production, according to Brennan. Eastern Kentucky was hit the hardest, he said, with coal production plummeting 82 percent from 2008 to 2016 to only 16.7 million tons.

“The impact to people’s jobs and lives in coal regions where they have lived for generations has been terrible,” said Brennan.

Bramco has been fortunate to have successful operations in many markets outside of “coal country,” Brennan said.

“For instance, the aggregates mining industry has been robust recently and we operate in three of the 12 largest aggregates-producing states in the U.S. (Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee). We have been very successful with diversification into non-coal markets [and] we plan to continue to put more emphasis on growth opportunities in our non-coal markets,” he said.

Nevertheless, coal will continue to be a cornerstone of Bramco’s business, especially considering Trump’s plans.

“We are excited about the new administration’s attitude towards the coal industry and are hopeful that no further damage will be inflicted on the coal industry. Also, we are hopeful that the new administration will quickly pass the much talked about $1 trillion infrastructure package as it will create jobs, grow the economy and restore our country’s aging infrastructure,” Brennan wrote in an email.

Details about the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan are supposed to be released before the year ends, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said last month in Washington, D.C. More information on infrastructure funding items may be included in the president’s full fiscal year 2018 budget, which he’s supposed to release next month.

In the meantime, to anyone considering a job in mining, Brennan offered some advice about what he calls an “exciting, fast-paced and always changing” industry.

“The mining industry has always been driven by entrepreneurs and risk-takers. For those considering a job in mining, I would encourage their involvement as innovation and entrepreneurship are critical for the industry and individuals with those skills will create new opportunities,” he said.

And though the coal industry faces challenges, Brennan said, coal is and will be a major source of electricity in the United States and around the world.

“Also, metallurgical coal is a backbone for industry as steel cannot be made without it,” he added.

Barletta awarded leadership award

April 21, 2017 4:31 pm

Originally published in The Standard-Speaker. Click here to find the original article.

Associated Equipment Distributors, a group representing companies in the construction, mining, energy, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications industries, presented its 2017 Legislative Leadership Award to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton.

A news release from Barletta’s office says he was nominated because of his commitment to investing in the nation’s infrastructure, lowering taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens, and supporting career and technical education training.

“Whether it’s pushing for increased infrastructure investment, promoting lower taxes on our country’s small businesses, leading efforts to roll back burdensome regulations or seeking solutions to solve the nation’s skilled worker shortage, Congressman Barletta is always backing the interests of our industry and our country,” Brian McGuire, the group’s president and CEO, said.

AED Presents Rep. Barletta with 2017 Legislative Leadership Award

April 21, 2017 4:24 pm

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) presented Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) with its 2017 Legislative Leadership Award during a luncheon on Capitol Hill today held in conjunction with the AED/Equipment Dealers Association 2017 Washington Fly-In.
In his fourth term representing Pennsylvania’s eleventh congressional district, Barletta is a leader in Congress for robust infrastructure investment, lower taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens and educating the next generation of skilled workers. Barletta is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management. He also serves on the House Education & the Workforce Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.

During the award presentation, AED’s President & CEO Brian McGuire said, “The construction equipment industry has no stronger advocate in Congress than Lou Barletta.” McGuire continued, “Whether it’s pushing for increased infrastructure investment, promoting lower taxes on our country’s small businesses, leading efforts to roll back burdensome regulations or seeking solutions to solve the nation’s skilled worker shortage, Congressman Barletta is always backing the interests of our industry and our country.”

“As someone who grew up in the road construction industry before starting my own line-painting business, I am honored to receive this award,” Barletta said. “Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, and AED members supply the equipment that will help to rebuild it. But as I learned with my own company and as mayor of Hazleton, no small business or local government is going to hire workers, purchase million dollar pieces of equipment, and plan projects without long-term security in government contracts. I am committed to making sure that members of both parties come together to find a sustainable funding source for transportation infrastructure investments. Doing so will allow businesses to create jobs, boost our economy, and make America globally competitive again.”

Prior AED Legislative Leadership Award recipients include:

  • Rep. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) (2004)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) (2005)
  • Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) (2006)
  • Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.) (2007)
  • Rep. James Oberstar (D-Min.) (2008)
  • Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) (2009)
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) (2010)
  • Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) (2011)
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okl.) (2012)
  • Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) (2014)
  • Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) (2015)
  • Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) (2016)

Brian McGuire: Lanesboro Dam Highlights U.S. Infrastructure Crisis

April 20, 2017 7:23 pm

The Winona Daily New in Winona, MN published this article from Brian P. McGuire, president & CEO Associated Equipment Distributors.

The Winona Daily News’ recent article documenting the 150-year-old Lanesboro dam’s deteriorating condition (Legislators look at leaky Lanesboro Dam, April 14) 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 dams, levees and bridges 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 Lanesboro, all Americans are affected because officials deferred necessary upgrades, putting lives and the local economy at risk. Each day parents leave for work or drop off their children at school worrying that the dam’s imminent failure could shatter the community.

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. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Tim Walz to work in a bipartisan manner with the Minnesota congressional delegation, their colleagues and the Trump administration to immediately address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. Further delay is unacceptable to Minnesotans and the rest of the country.

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