Demand for Qualified Heavy Equipment Operators More Than Supply

According to the Associated General Contractors of America (ACGA) 74% of construction companies answering a survey reported that they are facing worker shortages. The ACGA represents more than 30,000 companies and results of the survey revealed that the three fields lagging the most behind demand are; laborers, carpenters and equipment operators. Heavy equipment operators are… Read more »

Heavy Equipment Auction Attracts Global Bidders and Sets Records with $46 Million in Sales

With an uptick in the overall construction industry and a positive outlook over the next few years, heavy equipment and construction companies are both looking to purchase equipment to meet demand and/or sell used equipment to make room for newer equipment. Such was the case at a recent Ritchie Brothers auction in Houston, Texas, which… Read more »

Komatsu America Corp. Launches Third Generation Powerful, Hybrid Hydraulic Excavator

Heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu America Corp., after years of investment in research and development, has launched the latest hybrid hydraulic excavator (the HB215LC-2) and it meets their continual goal of reliability, quality, and environmental stewardship. And – of course – it will dig and excavate with the best of ‘em. Komatsu was the first to… Read more »

Construction Heavy Equipment Used to Move Million-Year Old Mammoth

Could proper training on a piece of heavy equipment ever be more important than when an operator is involved in an operation to preserve a million-year old Mammoth? One wrong move and a part of the earth’s history could be gone forever, literally. Fortunately for project managers of an excavation in Serbia, all appears to… Read more »

Training the Brave on Heavy Equipment Is a Prudent Thing to Do

Today we salute the leaders of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for thinking a bit outside of the box and offering special heavy equipment training to interested firefighters. Several volunteers have begun the training regimen and once complete they will be eligible to apply for a CDL license. While we here at the North American… Read more »