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Massachusetts Industrial Park to Be Distinguished by Three Wind Turbines

An industrial park in Gloucester, Mass., is set to be the home of three-wind turbines by December. Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates is installing a 2.5-megawatt turbine that is expected to generate about one-third of the company's power needs. Additionally, the city has signed a long-term deal for Equity Industrial Partners to build two, 2-megawatt turbines that should be able to supply the equivalent of all of the city government’s electricity. 

NLRB Reduces Backlog

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued 341 decisions in contested cases during Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012), tackling many of its oldest cases. In resolving nine of the 10 oldest cases it faced at the start of the fiscal year, the NLRB cut the median age of pending cases in half – from 219 days to 108 days.

Drivers and Carriers Asked to Weigh in on Navigation Units

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) launched a new survey on October 24 that explores the use of navigation systems by commercial drivers. This brief online survey, which seeks both commercial driver and motor carrier input, will capture information on the attitudes of both groups toward navigation systems including perceived benefits and risks.

DOT Makes First of Quick Release Funds Available to New York, Rhode Island

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on October 30 that it is making $13 million in quick release emergency relief funds immediately available to New York and Rhode Island to help begin repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, while assessments continue throughout the Northeast to determine the full extent of the damage. The announcement follows President Obama’s call for federal agencies to act quickly and bring all available resources to bear as quickly as possible. 

Discounts End this Week for Financial, Insurance & Risk Management Forum

Forum Session to Examine Financial Impact of CSA on Insurance Premiums

SC&RA Begins Planning for the 2013 Specialized Transportation Symposium

Planning is underway for the SC&RA 2013 Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Fla. On November 5, the Association will begin accepting registrations for the Symposium and room reservations can be secured through the hotel link provided on SC&RA’s website. The SC&RA Room Block will be open to those wishing to make reservations.

Buying Used Equipment: Financial Safety First Webinar-- November 7, 12 Noon EST

Most crane buyers understand that a great deal of money can be saved by purchasing the RIGHT used equipment.  What needs to be considered when making this large transaction, beyond a physical inspection and arriving at a price?  Ms. Fry will present information, steps and procedures to ensure the equipment you are purchasing is lien free, thus allowing for a smooth transaction.

Additionally she will cover:

SC&RA Welcomes Five New Members

A. J. Strasinger Trucking LLC: Andrew Strasinger
12199 Fite Hauck Rd Sardinia, OH 45171
P: (937) 446-1360, F: (937) 446-3797
, Website
Services: Specialized Transportation

Advanced Riggers & Millwrights LLC: Jerry Huffman
4698 Brookhollow Circle Riverside, CA 92509
P: (951) 361-9187, F: (951) 361-9188

Construction Material Costs Jump for Second Straight Month

Price spikes for several key construction materials in September threaten to push contractors out of business, according to an analysis of federal figures released on October 12 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The recent surge comes despite mild year-over-year changes in materials prices overall.

Kiplinger Says Housing Revival Will Boost Economy

“Hallelujah. Housing is firmly on the upswing,” according to an article in the September 28 issue of The Kiplinger Letter. “Next year, it will add half a percent to GDP. By 2014...once again a significant contributor to job creation, consumer spending and economic gains, bolstering this weak recovery.” Other housing forecasts by the editors included: