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August 2016

Special Incentives Announced on Flextec Welders   


For a limited time, when you purchase  ANY Flextec® multi-process machine for construction, shipbuilding or general fabrication – whether one or many, in a package or rack system – each Flextec welder will be eligible for an extended factory warranty at no additional cost. That 5 year warranty translates to a lower overall cost of ownership. MORE

U.S. Non-Residential Construction Starts Drop 5 Percent in July

July starts were valued at $33.6 Billion, down 5.2 percent compared to June. The report, prepared by ConstructConnect, indicates there is normally a 3.5 percent increase from June to July. Also, July is typically the last month of the year with a seasonal lift in starts, as starts usually decline month-to-month for the remainder of the year. On the other hand, non-residential starts in 2016 are currently running 11.6 percent ahead of 2015. Bright spots include schools/colleges and hospitals, up 14 and 42 percent year to date. MORE

$500 Million Smart City In-a-Box Project to Begin Construction

A team has been selected to collaborate on a $500 Million Smart City In-a-Box to be constructed in Ashburn, Virginia.  The idea is to build a complete and easily repeatable neighborhood loaded with high technology to include a hotel, retail, business center, parking garages, plazas and open spaces. MORE

Job Site Safety: We Can Help    

Are you responsible for the job site safety of your workforce? Many contractors rely on Lincoln Electric for welders, wire and electrode, but did you know we offer a full suite of welding safety products, videos and support materials? Turn to Lincoln Electric for safety apparel, welding helmets and respiratory protection. MORE

Economists Predict Construction Growth in 2017

Economists representing three different construction industry associations predicted non-residential construction growth in the 3 to 4 percent range for 2017. Privately financed commercial construction will lead and energy-related construction will become ‘less of a drag’ in 2017. One leading indicator is that is revenue at architecture firms continues to grow in 2016. The three groups were Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), American Institute of Architects (AIA) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). MORE

Ohio Turnpike Approves Drone for Bridge Inspection reported last week that a drone will be used in September to complete inspection of the 970- foot Sandusky River Bridge. The goal is to reduce time and expense as well as safety for motorists and inspectors.  Drone flying will be handled by senseFly, a commercial drone services company. To evaluate the success of this trial, the results will be compared to an in-person inspection as well. MORE

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