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April 2016

New CrossLinc Technology Can Save You Time and Budget

Flextec 350X

CrossLinc Technology, currently available on our portable LN-25X wire feeder and Flextec® 350X compact multi-process welding power source, provides voltage control at the feeder without a bulky, expensive control cable. That means fewer cables underfoot on the site, fewer trips back to the welder to adjust settings and greater control at the feeder to compensate for voltage drop, different positions and other factors. Look into 4- or 6-pack racks systems for multi-operator construction sites. MORE

Ditch Box Madness! Only Through May 16!

We recently launched a line of WIRED and WIRELESS remote controls for select engine-driven welders. To kick off this introduction, we are offering a sizable $1000 cash end user rebate on our Cross Country and SAE-300 MP welders. Get up to 400 feet of full function wireless remote control range – engine start, amperage adjustments, idle settings and more. You also get 300 amps of multi-process welder power, up to 11 kW of 3-Phase AC auxiliary power and an optional textured stainless steel case. All $1000 OFF only through May 16.  MORE 

 Senate Approves $56.5 Billion THUD Infrastructure Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a fiscal-year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. As a result, the Department of Transportation will have $16.9B to make transportation safe and reliable and $44B from the Highway Trust Fund for state-level infrastructure projects. MORE

Diggerland XL Opens in New Jersey

After the success of Diggerland USA™, North America’s only construction-themed adventure park, the company just opened Diggerland XL™ for adults only. Here, grownups can purchase a 90 minute or 3 hour package of ‘unrestricted fun on giant pieces of construction equipment’. That’s one way to get more people interested construction careers! MORE 

Technology is Revolutionizing the Construction Industry

Here are six examples of how new technology is trickling into every area of the industry, including: data management, autonomous trucks, carbon fiber and other new materials, drones for job site analysis, inspection and security, smart roads, and even smart hardhats with heads-up displays. MORE

Unfilled Construction Jobs on the Rise

Unfilled jobs in the construction industry reached a high point in February not seen since July 2007, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).  Open jobs in the construction sector reached 193,000, up from 157,000 in January. MORE

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