São Paulo officials debate breaking billion dollar metro contracts
São Paulo state prosecutor Marcelo Milani and state metropolitan transport secretary Jurandir Fernandes are debating whether or not to maintain metro-car maintenance contracts for state capital São Paulo worth a total of 2.5bn reais (US$1.06bn).
December 6, 2013 – BNamericas
Construction employment rises again; Fed, IHS surveys find worker-shortage worries
Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 203,000, seasonally adjusted, in November and 2,293,000 (1.7%) over 12 months. Informal soundings of businesses in the 12 Federal Reserve districts “indicated that the economy continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace from early October through mid-November.”
December 6, 2013 – AEM
Earl Blumenauer tries to break highway funding gridlock
Rep. Earl Blumenauer has had enough. With some of the top players in next year's transportation bill stuck in a staring contest over how to raise billions of dollars, the Democrat introduced two simple bills on Wednesday to address what he calls the upcoming "infrastructure cliff."
December 5, 2013 – Politico
New tunnel between Argentina and Chile proves strong attraction for contractors
Interest is strong in the project to build the 14km tunnel link between Chile and Argentina, with reports stating that 23 firms having expressed an interest in the work.
December 4, 2013 – World Highways
Dem: 'Time to face up' to gas tax hike
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) defended his proposal to nearly double the tax that is paid to the federal government by drivers when they buy gas, saying it was "time to face up" to a transportation funding deficit that has been allowed to grow for 20 years.
December 4, 2013 – The Hill
N.C. bridge shut down by scour concerns
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on N.C. 12 along the Outer Banks due to immediate safety concerns.
December 4, 2013 – Roads & Bridges
NSSGA to sponsor NIOSH underground safety seminar
Underground safety is the subject of an upcoming seminar sponsored by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and presented by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
December 4, 2013 – Pit & Quarry
H&E Relocates to New Facility in Post Falls, ID
H&E has relocated its Coeur d'Alene, ID operation to its newly constructed facility in nearby Post Falls. The Post Falls store provides full-service coverage throughout northern Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana.
December 4, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Foster Announces Terex Finlay Initiative in Southern Africa
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Terex Finlay is strengthening its position in Southern Africa.
December 4, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Higher
Nonresidential construction spending increased 1.6 percent on a monthly basis in October after declining 1.3 percent in September, according to the Dec. 2 release by the U.S. Census Bureau.
December 4, 2013 – Compact Equipment
New-Home Sales in U.S. Rebound From One-Year Low
Purchases of new U.S. homes rebounded in October from the lowest level in more than a year, signaling buyers are starting to take higher mortgage rates in stride.
December 4, 2013 – Bloomberg
US trade gap narrows in October as oil exports surge
The US trade gap narrowed in October, as rising sales of oil pushed US exports to a record high, the US Commerce Department has said.
December 4, 2013 – BBC News
Canada Crops Shatter Nearly All Records
Canada will produce record-large crops of wheat and canola-as well as many other crops-and average yields for most crops were also larger than they have ever been-by a long shot.
December 4, 2013 – AgWeb
Researchers say 'modify' the RFS, don't repeal it
Two University of Illinois researchers say any modifications Congress might make to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) should be minimal.
December 4, 2013 – AgriPulse
Agri-Marketers Encouraged to Vote for National Ag Day Poster
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has started the voting process in the National Ag Day Poster Art Contest. Young artists from across the country submitted artwork for the contest and it is down to six finalists. Your vote will choose the winning entry of the official 2014 National Ag Day Poster.
December 4, 2013 – AgriMarketing
USDA Issues "Farm Sector and Household Income Forecast" Report
Net farm income is forecast to be $131 billion in 2013, up 15.1 percent from 2012's estimate of $113.8 billion.
December 4, 2013 – AgriMarketing
Intense lobbying threatens farm bill
As House-Senate talks resume Wednesday, the bad blood among rival commodity groups is becoming an embarrassment for farm bill advocates and a threat to getting legislation through Congress this winter.
December 4, 2013 – Politico
Brazil's economy shrinks 0.5% in the third quarter
Brazil's economy fell into contraction in the third quarter, with output shrinking by more than analysts had forecast, according to official state figures.
December 3, 2013 – BBC News
Wacker Neuson's "targeted measures" fuelling success in 2013 and beyond
Wacker Neuson's (WN) "targeted measures" are said to be expanding the German construction equipment manufacturing group's presence in Europe and the Americas which, coupled with a greater reach into other markets, has left WN well placed for success in 2014.
December 3, 2013 – World Highways
Art's Way's Marc McConnell Elected President of Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn.
During the 63rd Annual Fall Convention held in October, in Indianapolis, the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (FEMA) elected Marc McConnell, Art's Way Manufacturing Co., as the 61st president of the association.
December 3, 2013 – Farm Equipment