Around the Globe: May 2018
For the third year in a row there have been no accidents at ALLU’s Finland manufacturing plant. This achievement is due to the ALLU team embracing the concept of total health and safety in the factory, with the well-being of the ALLU staff being paramount to the production process, according to the OEM.
The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a Safe + Sound Week for Aug. 13 through 19. It’s a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. To participate, begin by visiting here.
Professional engineers, planners, Florida DOT policymakers and consultants are encouraged to attend the 2018 ACEC-FL Transportation Conference May 30 through 31 in Orlando. Get more information from Cherie Pinsky at email@example.com.
The American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Illinois, and TechForce Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona, are collaborating in an effort to raise the profile of trade and technical careers. ARA announced its support of the FutureTech Success™ campaign as an association partner during The Rental Show in New Orleans. The campaign is an industry-wide initiative to inspire, support and connect middle- and high-school students (and their influencers) with resources to support their technical education and career development.
The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) partnered with the Future Farmers of America, Indiana chapter, to host #Ag2Asphalt Day May 2 at the chapter’s leadership center in Trafalgar, Indiana. The goal: to let FFA members know of the great job opportunities in the asphalt industry. There are additional ideas for involving youth, including FFA chapters in your state, in the December issue’s “Bring New Workers to Your Company” article. Read it online.
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design presented a GOOD DESIGN® Award for design excellence and innovation to the John Deere 310E articulated dump truck in February. A jury of 14 designers, architects, journalists and critics identified the 310E due to its strong chamfers, color breakup and stout overall proportions. The 310E is manufactured at the John Deere facility in Davenport, Iowa.
- Northern Tool + Equipment, Burnsville, Minnesota, is adding another tool to its belt to support the building professionals with a new construction department. The new area is now in all 101 stores and features 275-plus tools and accessories. The new construction department focuses its products on the business customer and features tools for construction site prep, rebar cutting, and more.
- The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, has elected Rusty Fowler, president and CEO of Krone NA, to the AEM AG sector board; and Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works, and Bryan Rich, chairman & CEO of SmartEquip, to the AEM CE sector board.
Your AsphaltPro staff, Fayette, Missouri, has teamed up with hall-of-famer industry consultant John S. Ball III of Top Quality Paving & Training, Manchester, New Hampshire, to bring you an online training course for each member of your asphalt paving crew. Check out free previews of lessons here.
The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors. Michael Cole from Cole Equipment, Ada, Oklahoma; Kiki Brignoni from Heavy Equipment Inventory, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Mike Pentz from Calvin Group, Loveland, Colorado, were inducted into the association’s board of directors during IEDA’s February 18 through 20 annual meeting and expo in Orlando.
Dynapac North America, Fort Mill, South Carolina, has announced partnerships with seven independent manufacturer representative agencies to provide sales and service to rental customers. Each of the seven partnerships has formed since The FAYAT Group acquired Dynapac in Q417.
Bridgestone Americas Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, announced Marisa Blank as the executive director of sales, commercial off-the-road (OTR) tires, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). In this role, Blank will lead and develop sales growth strategies for the mining and construction industries and related segments. Blank joined Bridgestone in 2010, most recently serving as director of original equipment (OE) account management for the company’s consumer tire business in North America. Over the last seven years, she has helped advance the OE consumer business.
Construction software developer HCSS, Sugar Land, Texas, awarded $50,000 in college scholarships to students in construction-related fields earlier this year. The Intern of the Year scholarship of $10,000 went to Keith Krass, who interned as an assistant health, safety and environmental specialist (HSE) with Allan Myers, Worcester, Pennsylvania, from May to August of 2017. He is a safety management major at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
AsphaltPro extends a huge congratulations to Krass, the four finalists and 12 honorable mentions from this year’s competition. You can get a complete list of these outstanding students (and their dates of graduation) from HCSS. To learn about submissions for the 2018 Construction Intern Awards, visit here.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Milwaukee, has launched The AEM Thinking Forward Podcast that explores, each month, a different topic along the lines of potentially disruptive technologies. Episodes will be posted on aem.org/think.