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GAO calls upon SC&RA for help with bridge safety survey

SC&RA has been providing assistance to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as part of the agency’s survey of the bridge safety portion of Public Law 113—76, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. Specifically, GAO sought input from SC&RA about “the treatment of oversize loads, including the permitting process and oversight regime.”

SC&RA offers second look at Annual Conference presentations

A number of participants at the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 22-26, in Boca Raton, Fla. have praised the powerful presentations by strong speakers during the educational sessions. For those wishing to revisit the presentations or learn more about the speakers and their topics, SC&RA is pleased to provide the following links:

Longevity Awards go to 43 SC&RA Member Companies

In recognition and appreciation of loyal membership, SC&RA presented 43 Longevity Awards for continuous membership ranging from 25 to 65 years during its 2014 Annual Conference, April 22-26, at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Fla.:

65 Years

  • Hennes Services, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis. 

55 Years

  • Rogers Brothers Corporation, Albion, Pa.
  • Underwood Machinery Transport, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind. 

50 Years

SC&RA Governing Committees move ahead during Annual Conference

The Governing Committees (GCs) of SC&RA’s Transportation, Crane & Rigging, and Allied Industries Groups reviewed progress and advanced on ambitious agendas in an array of areas during the Association’s Annual Conference, April 22-26, in Boca Raton, Fla.

SC&RA welcomes six new members

Please join us in welcoming the following new members:

A Plus Industrial Installation: L. Dean Simonek
2440 N. Interstate 35E
Lancaster, TX 75134
Phone: (972) 224-9592
Fax: (972) 224-8726
Services: Crane & Rigging, Millwrighting

Construction unemployment rate drops to seven year low

The unemployment rate in construction dropped to the lowest April level in seven years as contractors added 32,000 workers to payrolls in April, bringing industry employment to 6 million, the highest level since June 2009, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “It is heartening that all categories of construction employers added workers, not only in April but over the past 12 months,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “Moreover, contractors have been adding to workers’ hours as well as hiring more employees,”

World economy strengthens but significant risks remain

The global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, but urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the crisis, according to a new report from the latest Economic Outlook issued by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). “Advanced economies are gaining momentum and driving the pick-up in global growth, while once-stalled cylinders of the economic engine, like investment and trade, are starting to fire again,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.    

Roadcheck 2014 set for June 3-5

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz undertaken by through the joint efforts of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other organizations throughout North America, will take place June 3-5. Approximately 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the U.S. to do roadside inspections of trucks and buses during the 72-hour period, according to CVSA.

New program expedites truck traffic between U.S. and Mexico

A public-private partnership between the City of El Paso, Texas and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is significantly reducing delays at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an article in the April 28 issue of the Journal of Commerce (JOC). Truckers who earn “Project 21” decals after receiving a higher level of security move through the various border checks between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso in an average of 22 minutes, compared with the average 76 minutes wait time before the project began in January 2013.

Illinois auditors looking to narrow rolling stock tax exemption

Illinois Department of Revenue sales tax auditors have been attempting to narrow the long-standing sales tax exemption for the rolling stock of for-hire carriers, according to an article in the April 18 issue of the State Laws Newsletter. To be eligible for the exemption, the equipment must be used in interstate commerce that begins and ends in the state for more than half its trips or miles in each consecutive period of twelve months.