Team Rubicon, Case Begin Heavy Equipment Operations for Harvey Recovery

Veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon began the heavy equipment operations of “Operation Hard Hustle” on Thursday, Sept. 14, with equipment and on-site support personnel provided by Case Construction Equipment. Initial heavy equipment operations included debris removal and home demolition near Rockport and Aransas Pass, Texas, where the eye of Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August….

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Harrisburg Sought Support Before Ruinous Incinerator Retrofit

When former Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Stephen Reed (D) and his aides set out to retrofit the city’s aging incinerator in late 2000, the project spun out of control over the coming years, enlarging the debt the city owed on the facility to $300 million and sinking Harrisburg into financial ruin.

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Pittsburgh International Airport Set for $1.1B Upgrade | 2017-09-20

The Pittsburgh International Airport’s $1.1-billion proposed modernization recently received local approval but still needs the Federal Aviation Administration’s authorization. Green-lighted by the Allegheny County Airport Authority on Sept. 12, the renovation of the 25-year-old facility would include a new land-side terminal, adjacent to the renovated air-side terminal. The plans also call for an expanded security checkpoint and an improved baggage system, along with new roads and a new parking garage. The four-year project, which airport officials say will not be funded with local tax revenue, could start as early as 2019.

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Vegas Flood-Control District Starts First of 20 Projects | 2017-09-20

A flood-control project underway in southwest Las Vegas is just one of many planned for the metropolitan area over the next several years, says Erin Neff of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. The $3.8-million Duck Creek project should be finished in February, she says. Contractors are placing concrete box culverts to direct water to other parts of the system. In all, the district is overseeing 20 projects, costing $132 million. Those jobs include two locations of the Las Vegas Wash: a freeway channel on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Las Vegas and the Pittman North Detention Basin in Henderson. In 2018, the district will begin work on a $22-million, 170-acre detention basin, south of Silverado Ranch Boulevard and west of Arville Street in Las Vegas, according to fiscal planning documents.

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High-Speed Toll Lane Opens in Kansas :: Story ID: 36442 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 20, 2017 – Midwest Edition #19

The toll plaza in the westbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike's eastern terminal after one high speed toll lane was opened to traffic in August. 
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The toll plaza in the westbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike’s eastern terminal after one high speed toll lane was opened to traffic in August.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A lane that allows drivers to pass through tollbooths without slowing down has opened at the Kansas Turnpike’s eastern terminal.

The single, westbound fast-lane opened to traffic in August near Bonner Springs, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Drivers with a K-Tag transponder have their bank accounts automatically charged when they drive through a gateless toll lane and onto the turnpike without slowing down. Other drivers still can use tollbooths.

The speed limit through the fast lane is currently 55 mph due to the area’s ongoing construction, said Rachel Bell, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. The speed limit will be 75 mph when construction is finished, which is expected by November.

“This is a very big deal for our customers, and for [Kansas Turnpike Authority],” Bell said.

The project began in March and was budgeted at $16.5 million. Bell said the eastern terminal was the first of three high-speed toll lane projects funded by toll revenues.

The next place to get such a toll lane will be the eastern Topeka toll plaza, where traffic merges with Interstate 70. Construction is scheduled for 2018 and budgeted at $17.6 million, Bell said.

The third is the turnpike’s southern terminal, which is near the Oklahoma border. That project is scheduled for 2019 and budgeted at $15.6 million, Bell said.

Bell said the new fast-lane has caused some hesitation and confusion but that there have been no major problems.

“We know it’s kind of a new thing,’ Bell said. “Everybody’s trying to figure out where they need to be.’

She said the most important thing for everyone’s safety is that drivers who use the new fast lane heed the sign telling drivers to not slow down.

“Don’t stop,’ she said. “Keep moving.”

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Toy companies’ shares tumble on concerns of Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy

(Reuters) – Shares of U.S. toy companies Mattel Inc (MAT.O) and Hasbro Inc (HAS.O) fell on Monday on concerns that retailer Toys “R” Us, a major customer, could be filing for bankruptcy protection before the holiday sales season.

In the latest sign of distress that has ripped through traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, sources said late on Friday that Toys “R” Us was working to put together a loan to fund its operations in a potential Chapter 11 filing.

Reorg Research said a bankruptcy filing could be made in Virginia as soon as Monday.

Toys “R” Us declined to comment.

The company is one of the three largest customers for both Mattel and Hasbro, according to the companies’ most recent annual reports. The other two are Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) and Target Corp (TGT.N).

Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, said in its annual report that it typically makes sales on credit, without collateral, and it warned that a bankruptcy filing by any major customer could significantly affect revenue and profitability.

FILE PHOTO: Consumers leave a Toys R Us store with full shopping carts after shopping on the day dubbed “Black Friday” in Framingham, Massachusetts, U.S., November 25, 2011. REUTERS/Adam Hunger/File Photo

“If there is any kind of bankruptcy filing, it will have a major disruption for all of the toy suppliers,” said Lutz Muller, chief executive officer of toy retail consultancy Klosters Trading Corp. “Toys ‘R’ Us needs to have money in place to get merchandise on the shelves ahead of the holiday season.”

The company’s cost of sales for the fourth quarter is estimated at $3 billion, he said. Toys “R” Us is the second-largest U.S. toy retailer behind Inc (AMZN.O), according to data compiled by Muller.

File Photo – The mostly empty shelves of a Toys “R” Us flagship store in Times Square are seen after it closed permanently in the Manhattan borough of New York December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Shares of Barbie maker Mattel closed down 6.2 percent to $14.87, extending recent losses after disappointing results and a slashed dividend payout to fund a turnaround strategy.

Shares in No. 2 U.S. toymaker Hasbro, which sells Nerf and Transformers and has outperformed Mattel this year, ended down 1.7 percent at $93.24.

“Mattel and Hasbro are in the same boat in terms of the amount of inventory that goes to Toy ‘R’ Us, but a filing by Toys could potentially delay Mattel’s turnaround,” said Morningstar analyst Jaime Katz.

Jakks Pacific Inc (JAKK.O), a smaller U.S. toy company that also relies on Toys “R” Us for its business, fell 6.6 percent to $2.85.

Mattel, Hasbro and Jakks did not respond to requests for comment.

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago; Additional reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware, and Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Leslie Adler

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China will step up supervision of overseas investment risks – insurance regulator

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will strengthen its supervision of overseas investment risks and capital flows from insurance funds, the insurance regulator said on Monday, adding that it will urge companies to improve their risk monitoring systems.

China has cracked down this year on “irrational” overseas investment which it suspected was one way of disguising capital flight as the yuan currency weakened.

While the yuan has staged a sharp turnaround in recent months and outflows have dwindled, authorities have shown no signs of easing their campaign. The state council said in August that China will limit overseas investment in property, hotels, entertainment, sports clubs and film industries.

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) will step up supervision over the use of insurance funds, with focus on “chaos” such as irrational stock market fundraising and overseas acquisitions, said Guo Jing, vice head of the finance and accounting department of the CIRC.

“The regulator will prevent risks stemming from an excessively rapid growth in overseas investments, via window guidance from authorities and stepped-up information disclosure,” he said.

Some overseas investments have been derailed due to heightened official scrutiny. Dalian Wanda Group said last month that it had scrapped plans to buy Nine Elms Square in London, the latest setback for the Chinese conglomerate.

The insurance regulator will also urge insurance companies to conduct self-checks on their property investments, said Guo.

It will continue to strictly control insurance money from flowing into property markets and prohibit funds to directly or indirectly invest in commercial buildings, added Guo.

Guo also said CIRC will prevent risks stemming from peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and internet finance from spilling over onto the insurance industry.

Peer-to-peer platforms help link up individual or institutional investors looking to invest their cash with borrowers including small- and medium-enterprises, students and other individuals that need funding.

Reporting by Ma Rong and Beijing Monitoring Desk; Writing by Stella Qiu; Editing by Michael Perry and Kim Coghill

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Toys ‘R’ Us mulls bankruptcy filing: Wall Street Journal

(Reuters) – Toys ‘R’ Us Inc could file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks as pressure from skittish suppliers intensifies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company and its restructuring advisers are considering filing for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia, according to the WSJ report. (

The privately-held toy retailer had previously said it was working with investment bank Lazard Ltd to help address its approximately $5 billion in debt, of which roughly $400 million comes due next year.

The potential Chapter 11 filing could be a result of the company’s suppliers tightening trade terms, including holding back on shipments unless the toy retailer is able to make cash payments on delivery, the newspaper reported.

Toys ‘R’ Us declined to comment on the report.

The move by Toys “R” Us to potentially file for bankruptcy comes at a time when more and more consumers increasingly make purchases from online retailers like Inc (AMZN.O) and avoid visiting brick-and-mortar shops.

There have been more than a dozen significant retail bankruptcies this year, but none for retailers as big as Toys “R” Us, which has more than 1,600 stores worldwide.

Toys tapped restructuring attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, CNBC reported this month.

The company has been saddled with debt since buyout firms KKR & Co L.P. (KKR.N) and Bain Capital LP, together with real estate investment trust Vornado Realty Trust (VNO.N), took Toys “R” Us private for $6.6 billion in 2005.

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South Korea’s Hyundai launches new Genesis sports sedan in SUV-driven market

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) will launch its first new sedan under the premium Genesis marque in Seoul on Friday, hoping to cement the brand’s place in the luxury segment and make up for its lack of a strong SUV line-up.

U.S. pop singer Gwen Stefani will perform for about 10,000 people at a gala event to launch of the G70, the third sedan to carry the Genesis name but the first to be marketed exclusively under Hyundai Motor’s (005380.KS) fledgling premium brand.

Starting from $33,000, the sporty four-door offers bang for the buck as it takes on rivals including affiliate Kia Motor’s (000270.KS) Stinger sedan and BMW’s (BMWG.DE) 3 series.

But analysts say the G70 will not solve Hyundai’s troubles in the United States, where sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are all the rage and the two previous Genesis-branded sedans failed to take off.

“Look at Cadillac, with just one crossover, the brand is struggling in the U.S. It will be much the same story for Genesis until they can get a crossover to market,” said Dave Sullivan, product analysis manager at U.S. consultancy AutoPacific.

“It’s not because the G70 will be a bad product … The sedan lineup just doesn’t match consumer demand.”

The G70 debuts in South Korea on Friday followed by the United States next year. Hyundai has not said when it would enter China and Europe, which are dominated by German premium brands.

Hyundai’s China sales tumbled more than 60 percent in the second quarter due to its lack of a strong SUV line-up and political tensions between China and South Korea over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

In the United States, SUVs made up 35 percent of Hyundai’s total U.S. sales from January to August this year, far lower than the industry’s 62 percent, according to U.S. researcher Autodata.


The Genesis project is being closely watched by Hyundai Vice Chairman and heir apparent Chung Eui-sun, as he prepares to take over the world’s No.5 auto group from his father, 79-year-old Chairman Chung Mong-koo.

As the first Genesis model which was not previously sold as a Hyundai, the G70 will be a key test of the two-year-old marque’s ability to survive in a fiercely competitive field.

Its chief rival will be Hyundai affiliate Kia’s slightly cheaper Stinger, which shares the same platform as the G70 and launched in late April. Other rivals include BMW’s 3 series, Audi’s (NSUG.DE) A4 and Mercedes-Benz’s (DAIGn.DE) C-class.

Hyundai has said the Genesis line-up will grow to six by 2020, with the addition of a sports coupe and two SUVs.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Miyoung Kim and Stephen Coates

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UH researchers discover new form of stretchable electronics, sensors and skins — ScienceDaily

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A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.

Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering and lead author for the paper, said the work is the first to create a semiconductor in a rubber composite format, designed to allow the electronic components to retain functionality even after the material is stretched by 50 percent.

The work is the first semiconductor in rubber composite format that enables stretchability without any special mechanical structure, Yu said.

He noted that traditional semiconductors are brittle and using them in otherwise stretchable materials has required a complicated system of mechanical accommodations. That’s both more complex and less stable than the new discovery, as well as more expensive, he said.

“Our strategy has advantages for simple fabrication, scalable manufacturing, high-density integration, large strain tolerance and low cost,” he said.

Yu and the rest of the team – co-authors include first author Hae-Jin Kim, Kyoseung Sim and Anish Thukral, all with the UH Cullen College of Engineering – created the electronic skin and used it to demonstrate that a robotic hand could sense the temperature of hot and iced water in a cup. The skin also was able to interpret computer signals sent to the hand and reproduce the signals as American Sign Language.

“The robotic skin can translate the gesture to readable letters that a person like me can understand and read,” Yu said.

The artificial skin is just one application. Researchers said the discovery of a material that is soft, bendable, stretchable and twistable will impact future development in soft wearable electronics, including health monitors, medical implants and human-machine interfaces.

The stretchable composite semiconductor was prepared by using a silicon-based polymer known as polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, and tiny nanowires to create a solution that hardened into a material which used the nanowires to transport electric current.

“We foresee that this strategy of enabling elastomeric semiconductors by percolating semiconductor nanofibrils into a rubber will advance the development of stretchable semiconductors, and … will move forward the advancement of stretchable electronics for a wide range of applications, such as artificial skins, biomedical implants and surgical gloves,” they wrote.


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DHS Awards Contracts for Border Wall Prototypes | 2017-09-13

The Dept. of Homeland Security has awarded eight contracts to companies to develop prototypes for the Trump administration’s proposed wall along sections of the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. The contracts are divided evenly between concrete and nonconcrete options. DHS’s Customs and Border Protection agency didn’t specify what sort of materials would be used in the nonconcrete barriers. Both types of walls would be 18 ft to 30 ft high. DHS announced the concrete-prototype awards on Aug. 31 and the “other than concrete” wall awards on Sept. 7. The cost of each prototype contract is in the $300,000-to-$500,000 range, said Carlos A. Diaz, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, in an email. Caddell Construction Co. LLC, Montgomery, Ala., and W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Philadelphia, Miss., each was awarded one concrete and one nonconcrete wall contract. The agency also awarded concrete-prototype contracts to Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., Tempe, Ariz., and Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston. The other nonconcrete selectees are KWR Construction Inc., Sierra Vista, Ariz., and ELTA North America Inc., Annapolis Junction, Md. Customs and Border Protection said both sorts of prototypes will enable it “to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs” that could complement its recently used designs. 

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Texas-Based Dealers, Manufacturers Discuss Surmounting Hurricane Harvey :: Story ID: 36298 :: Construction Equipment Guide

Southeastern Texas contractors, equipment manufacturers and dealers will ultimately be on the front lines of this massive rebuilding effort. But first, they had to overcome the initial disaster.

📅   Wed September 13, 2017 – West Edition #19
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Southeastern Texas contractors, equipment manufacturers and dealers will ultimately be on the front lines of this massive rebuilding effort.
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Southeastern Texas contractors, equipment manufacturers and dealers will ultimately be on the front lines of this massive rebuilding effort.
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Texans are tough. As Hurricane Harvey slowly spun toward southeastern Texas, its residents and businesses, particularly those in the Corpus Christi and Houston areas, hunkered down, poised to brace against the storm that would make landfall on Aug. 25.

While many were fortunate, not all were: At press time, Harvey was responsible for approximately 70 fatalities. Those immediate tragic losses coupled with what may prove to be hundreds of billions of dollars-worth of structural and infrastructure damage. Texas will be recovering and rebuilding for several years to come.

Southeastern Texas contractors, equipment manufacturers and dealers will ultimately be on the front lines of this massive rebuilding effort. But first, they had to overcome the initial disaster.

“We were out of power in Victoria about a week,” said Grant Bradshaw, sales manager of Corpus Christi and Houston-based Nueces Power Equipment. “For the most part, all of our people were safe. We never lost power at our Houston operation, but there were a lot of people who couldn’t drive to the office because of the flooding. Basically, we missed a full week in Victoria and Houston.

“Overall, though, we were very blessed; it could have been a lot worse,” he added. “We can’t complain. There are a lot of people who are a lot worse off than we are. Trust me, we have a lot of flooded equipment there in Houston, but we still don’t know the extent of the damage, yet.”

Mike Andrews, general manager of construction equipment, of Darr Equipment, said, “We had water up to the electrical receptacles, however, there was no significant damage. We had a lot of mud and debris.”

Darr Equipment has branches throughout Texas, including five in the Houston area. Its facility in Beaumont, as of Sept. 6, had not yet reopened.

“Flooded roadways are preventing people from getting there,” he said. “But we are already renting equipment for cleanup; that started almost when the rain stopped.”

LiuGong/Dressta, based in Katy, Texas, began preparations as soon as it could.

“Before the hurricane, we decided for the safety of our employees and their families to cease operations on Friday, August 25,” said Marcus Menough, director of sales and marketing of LiuGong/Dressta. “The storm didn’t hit [Katy] until the wee hours of Saturday [Aug. 26] morning. This gave them time to get home, get supplies, get hunkered down, leave town and do whatever was necessary.”

Four Seasons Equipment President Dave Keim considered his company lucky in the immediate aftermath of Harvey.

“We were very fortunate where our facility was that we didn’t sustain any real damage or flooding,” he said.

Four Seasons has a branch at 8111 Mills Road in Houston.

Sam Tucker, vice president of Mustang CAT’s machinery division, said that his company had to temporarily close some facilities.

“We lost Monday [Aug. 28]. People who were able to get to the office showed up. We lost a portion of our rental fleet in Houston due to the flooding and possibly in Beaumont … we’re not exactly sure what the total is, yet. We’re still trying to assess that.”

He added that Mustang CAT is now open at close to full strength, but there are still some employees who have water in their houses who cannot make in, yet.

Opening for Business, Helping Out

Harvey not only thwarted some businesses from opening but also from mobilizing equipment to where it was needed. But many tried.

“It’s going to take a little while to play out,” Keim said on Sept. 1. “We had some wheel loaders on standby for the fire department, but they were never required. Down the road, we’ll probably see a spike in equipment needs, but right now, it’s still a rescue operation and everyone is assessing what will be needed.”

The storm impacted LiuGong/Dressta’s operations at first, specifically, from a parts perspective.

“Our plan was to come back to work bright and early Monday morning [Aug. 28] and be back at full operational speed, depending on the storm,” said Menough. “But the storm changed that, with the flooding in Houston and all of the roads being closed, as well as some of our employees being impacted with water in their homes or by evacuation orders by their neighborhoods.”

LiuGong/Dressta employees were not able to return to work until Thursday, Aug. 31, and at that, it was a limited basis for those that could even reach the office.

“I was one who could not,” said Menough. “I had to evacuate my home. I had nothing but my computer and cell phone, which is enough to do business, but not enough to get the technical and parts support for our end users and dealers. So, we’re able to handle technical questions, manning the phones, and on [Thursday], we were able to drop some parts off manually. But none of the carriers were available for pickup. And most of them weren’t able to ship the parts out anyway. So, Harvey definitely put a hurting on our day-to day parts support operation.”

By Friday, Sept. 1, LiuGong/Dressta was back to approximately 95 percent of its workforce and returned to what Menough said was a normal day-to-day operation for his company at that time.

“We were full force after Labor Day on Tuesday [Sept. 5],” he said. “But because of the flooded streets and the west side of town being hit so hard and the roads being shut down and impassable, our commute times for us and for many people in the Houston and Katy area have gone from minutes to hours. All the major arteries in and out of town were impassable, except for one. As a result, the costs of van and truck lines to get in and out of town have caused freight costs to go up. The flooding for the most part on the major roadways has gone down and things are pretty much back to normal. The good thing for us, too, and this was a huge positive, we essentially kept power throughout the storm and the aftermath.”

LiuGong/Dressta partnered with its dealers in the area to assist in getting needed equipment out to help.

“We made our equipment available through a local first response organization,” said Menough. “But I’ll be honest, one of our major issues with equipment mobilization was that we have quite a bit of our equipment here in Texas and we utilize a local storage facility that’s closer to the ports and you really couldn’t even get to those yards for some time. So, even if we wanted to mobilize local equipment at the start, quickly, we could not.”

Menough said that LiuGong/Dressta has been offering packages to its dealers at what the company is calling “Hurricane Harvey pricing,” so that it can assist its dealers and contractors in the affected areas, as well as offering up equipment free of charge.

“We’ve received a lot of calls,” Menough said. “But believe it or not, it’s been for forklifts. I assume the heavy construction pieces will gain traction as they really start to do the heavy clean up. Right now, it’s really just ripping things out of homes and cleaning up minor debris. The forklifts have been in demand to move mobile kitchens, to move pallets around, supplies and materials, etc.

“First and foremost, our people at LiuGong and Dressta were safe,” he added. “From our perspective, we want to take care of our people and we need to take care of our customers, who are our lifeblood. Without them, without our dealers, we have no purpose. So, getting our operations back up where we could provide them with the proper technical data and help, getting parts to them on an emergency basis, making sure that they were running and working and ready to do their jobs, whether it was cleanup here in Houston or Corpus Christi or for a normal bridge job in New Jersey, we wanted to make sure we got back to take care of those customers.”

Nueces Power Equipment has been involved with AEP [Texas] in providing emergency response equipment.

“We’re tied in with a good contractor here that does all of that,” Bradshaw said. “Texas DOT called us for some equipment, but they were pulling equipment from everywhere. We have lots of generators and skid steers in Port A [Aransas] that people are using to help provide power and help clean up debris with. We were just trying to help provide power and get people back up and going. The coastal towns got hit the hardest. If you go to the Rockport area and all the way down to Houston, all those little towns got hit hard. It wasn’t so much the wind damage… it was the water surge.”

Bradshaw said that Nueces had been helping every first responder it could.

“In Houston, we have a sales representative, Kevin Schuette, who has an airboat,” Bradshaw said. “He [Schuette] spent four days out there literally rescuing people. There’s a business person we know in Port A and we were trying to help him get back and running, and there’s another person we know there … and we had to laugh … he was running a bed & breakfast out of his house, basically. They actually got power back today [Sept. 5]. I brought a bunch of kids from the high school near here by my house and we were cleaning out senior citizens’ houses; people that could carry things out.”

“A number of our employees have been volunteering and assisting others in need, whether that be debris removal in their homes and at shelters, as well as donating perishable and nonperishable goods,” LiuGong’s Menough said.

The Houston police department connected with Mustang CAT in the immediate aftermath of Harvey.

“We had some [Caterpillar] 740 articulated trucks out driving and picking people up,” Tucker said. “That was on Sunday [Aug. 27] and Monday [Aug. 28]. There also have been some instances where we helped with pumps.”

Mustang CAT, according to Tucker, also has donated $250,000 to the Red Cross and $100,000 to the United Way.

“There were a total of seven trucks we had out helping and some of them were used to take supplies to the Red Cross,” Tucker said. “We’re also helping out our employees with some of the damage they received from the hurricane … some people still have some standing water in their houses.”

A Massive Rebuilding Effort for Years to Come

At press time, southeastern Texas was slowly beginning to see some of the extent of the damage Harvey caused, but only in some areas.

“There’s no telling right now what infrastructure and other needs are going to be,” Bradshaw said. “The problem is, if you drive around Port Aransas and the buildings that you think are OK, aren’t because they have so much water damage. And here’s the worst thing I’ve heard: of everyone’s house that got flooded, only 15 percent of them have flood insurance.”

All the jobs from southeastern Texas to the Louisiana state line shut down for two weeks, said Keim of Four Seasons Equipment.

“Now customers are getting back to work, but there are still some who can’t access their jobs,” he said. “There’s a lot of devastation in the area; there are still neighborhoods and roads that are flooded. But as usual, the people in Texas are making the best of it, rolling up their sleeves and getting back to work. It’s going to take years to rebuild, though. We’re starting to have customers looking for equipment as the cleanup process gets nearer.”

Mitch Nevins, who is CEO of Four Seasons, also is CEO and president of Bell Trucks and many of those trucks were spotted being used by contractors in the area as rescue vehicles.

“There’s a lot of commercial and residential damage,” said Tucker. “The most I’ve seen up close is residential damage. There are streets with a lot of trash. You go through some of these neighborhoods and there’s trash all lined up as far as you can see. We’ve been going to houses and helping to remove some of this, whatever they need.”

There are still streets that are flooded, though, Tucker added.

“When they released some water from the reservoirs [because of concerns that the reservoirs could collapse], that’s the water that’s still standing on some places … on the west side of Houston,” he said. “Some people at first didn’t experience flooding, but after they did the release, that’s when they flooded out. It’s going to take a while, unfortunately.”

How many years will it take to recover?

“Oh, my gosh, I don’t know … I think it’s going to be maybe five years,” Tucker said. “I’ve heard two years and I’ve heard five years. One situation right now is that all the landfills are starting to get filled up. All the waste companies are concerned because they’re running out of space for all this trash and debris that we have right now. Also, a lot of the sand pits where raw material comes from for streets contruction, those were all flooded.”

From a housing perspective, it’s devastation like we’ve never seen before, said Menough.

“Hundreds of thousands of homes have been impacted and for many, they won’t be able to get back into their homes, for six months or more, if ever,” he said. “I was born and raised in Houston and have spent my entire life here, and I’ve never seen this widespread devastation here. The only other time was what I saw in New Orleans after Katrina. But I’ll call this a miracle: the loss of life is minimal at 50 to 60 people [70, as of press time]. And that’s not trivial, that’s a horrific number to even comprehend, but it’s not hundreds or thousands like what was experienced in Louisiana.”

Many roadways have been impacted and sinkholes have developed because of the water weight.

“Entire roads have been washed out, some are still covered by water from the Buffalo Bayou overflowing,” Menough said. “Besides the billions of dollars of homes and businesses that were damaged, the roadways and infrastructure could take years to get back to what this city is used to, which has been a very strong, thriving, growing city; it’s going to be a long-term impact.

“I’ll say this, and I’ll use our local J.J. Watt as an example, the humanity, the people, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion have come together in an unprecedented way to support those that are in need,” he added. “It warms your heart, especially after it was broken by the storm. It makes you proud to be a Texan.”


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Crews Set Final Steel Girders on Colorado Bridge :: Story ID: 36318 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Wed September 13, 2017 – West Edition #19

Crews began setting nine steel tub girders for the new Grand Avenue Bridge.
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Crews began setting nine steel tub girders for the new Grand Avenue Bridge.
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Crews began setting nine steel tub girders for the new Grand Avenue Bridge. The bridge closed on Aug. 14 and is scheduled to reopen later this fall.

The bridge is the main connection for motorists from Interstate 70 to Colorado Highway 82. A two-lane detour will be in place while crews construct the new bridge. There will be no access to CO 82 from I-70 Exit 116, and there will be one-lane in each direction at the Exit 116 (Main Glenwood) interchange. I-70 Exit 114 (west Glenwood) and Exit 116 (Main Glenwood) will remain open.

“During the GAB closure and detour, the contractor will deconstruct the current Grand Avenue Bridge, build the new traffic bridge connection over the Colorado River and Union Pacific Railroad, complete the south abutment, build a new roundabout at the intersection of Sixth and Laurel streets, construct the wing walls on the south side of the river and complete the connection to Grand Avenue,” said Tracy Trulove, communications manager for CDOT’s Northwest Colorado region. “Our communications team launched a public information campaign in February of this year. We have held [more than] 65 meetings with stakeholders and produced several printed materials. We want everyone to know that Glenwood Springs is still wide open for business and to enjoy all the amenities that this town has to offer.”

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Wall Street up 1 percent as Irma, North Korea fears ease

(Reuters) – Three major U.S. indexes rose more than 1 percent on Monday as Irma’s downgrade to a tropical storm eased concerns about its impact on economic growth, and as North Korea refrained from any missile tests over the weekend, as feared.

All the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, led by gains in technology and financial stocks, with insurers advancing as Irma’s fury petered out.

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricane recorded in the Atlantic, was downgraded to a tropical storm in the morning, but still caused severe flooding in many Florida cities and left more than 6 million homes and businesses without power.

However, Irma’s weakening meant its impact on economic growth would not be as much as expected. That came as a relief, especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose devastation is estimated to dent third-quarter economic growth.

Geopolitical tensions also eased as North Korea held a massive celebration on its founding day on Saturday, instead of another long-range missile launch as the United States and its allies were bracing for.

“It is a risk back on situation, people are going back into the market,” said Neil Massa, senior equity trader at Manulife Asset Management in Boston.

“For now, it is a relief rally for things on both ends – geopolitical and weather wise – as it did not come in too bad.”

At 12:32 p.m. ET (1632 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 247.18 points, or 1.13 percent, at 22,044.97 and the S&P 500 .SPX was up 25.11 points, or 1.02 percent, at 2,486.54.

The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 68.80 points, or 1.08 percent, at 6,428.99.

World stocks .MIWD00000PUS climbed to a record high and the dollar gained, while gold retreated from Friday’s 13-month high.

The CBOE volatility index .VIX, a widely followed measure of market anxiety, fell more than 12 percent to 10.80, on track for its biggest percentage decline since Aug. 22.

The financial sector .SPSY was up 1.69 percent. Goldman Sachs’ (GS.N) 1.8 percent rise led the Dow higher, followed by insurer Travelers (TRV.N), which rose 2.94 percent.

Other insurers, especially the ones with exposure to Florida, also gained. Universal Insurance Holdings (UVE.N) and HCI Group (HCI.N) surged more than 15 percent, while Heritage Insurance (HRTG.N) soared 23 percent.

The technology sector .SPLRCT jumped 1.46 percent. Apple (AAPL.O) rose nearly 2 percent a day ahead of the launch of the new iPhone, providing the biggest boost to the Nasdaq and S&P.

Tesla (TSLA.O) rose 4.6 percent to $359.42 on news that China is studying when to ban the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels.

Teva (TEVA.N) jumped 22 percent after the generics drugmaker named a new chief executive.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 2,298 to 529. On the Nasdaq, 2,062 issues rose and 790 fell.

Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D’Souza

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