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June 2016


Downsize your Jobsite Generator Using Flextec Welders

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When you specify a Flextec® 350X, 500 or 500P multi-process welder for your construction site, you’ll be able to consider downsizing your generator. Or, you could use the same size generator and increase the number of arcs (machines) or other electrical equipment running off that generator. Why? Because Flextec welders, using a high efficiency inverter platform, draw less current than traditional welding equipment.

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Construction Employment Increases Slow over Recent Months

Between May 2015 and May 2016, 39 states added construction jobs. However, from April to May 2016, construction employment increased in only 19 states. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, this Labor Department data indicates employment levels declined because of a shortage of qualified workers, not a shortage of construction job openings. For more detail, follow this story at forconstructionpros.com. MORE


 Innershield NR-555 All Position Construction Electrode

When you’re specifying a construction welding wire for your next job, consult with your local Lincoln Electric technical sales representative about the suitability of Innershield® NR®-555. This all-position wire exhibits welder friendly operability and a flat bead face even in out-of-position fillets and groove welds. NR-555 meets AWS D1.8 seismic lot waiver requirements for structural applications. It also is an excellent candidate for upsizing from 1/16 inch to 5/64 inch wire diameter for enhanced deposition and efficiency. MORE


 Five New Issues that WILL Impact your Construction Business

Becky Shultz, Editor at Equipment Today, recently wrote an editorial on 5 ‘Truths’ Destined to Impact Your Construction Business. All are issues that are changing the face of construction. All will require an investment in technology and related training. What are Becky’s Five Truths?

  1. Technology adoption will be essential to success
  2. Equipment is becoming more complex
  3. Jobsites will become more mechanized
  4. Efficient data management is crucial
  5. Education and training are a must to stay in the game

If you get started now, you can develop a plan, starting with education available from your partners. Contact Lincoln Electric anytime to learn more about welder and supervisor training on the latest in welding technology. MORE


Start Planning Now for New Overtime Rules

Economists with the National Association of Home Builders estimate that new overtime rules taking effect December 1 could affect 110,000 construction supervisors. Essentially, the salary threshold for most salaried workers guaranteed overtime has been doubled from $23,660 to $47,476 annually. The Department of Labor indicates the share of full-time workers qualifying for overtime based on their salaries had plummeted from 62% in 1975 to 7% today. The new law is meant to provide more economic buying power to the middle class. MORE


What If You Found a Ship in the Middle of Your Job Site?

What would you do if you found the remains of a sunken ship in the middle of your construction job site? Developer Skanska USA was excavating this spring for a new 17 story structure in Boston’s Seaport District when the team discovered what appeared to be the hull of a ship. Construction was temporarily halted as archaeologists investigated. After a brief pause, construction resumed. Learn more here. MORE


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