Category Archives: Op-Ed

Just where was your employee injured and why it matters: Workers’ comp and the “Coming And Going” rule

Just where was your employee injured and why it matters: Workers’ comp and the “Coming And Going” rule

On the Front Lines with Fisher Phillips by Jerry Cline Think of the typical office employee who commutes to their job by driving to and from work every day. Say this unfortunate employee gets into a motor vehicle accident on the way to or from work. Is this a compensable workers’ compensation claim? Typically, the […]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes significant changes to the forgiveness provisions of PPP Loans

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes significant changes to the forgiveness provisions of PPP Loans

Getting to the bottom line with Dannible & McKee, LLP Michael J. Reilly, CPA/ABV, CVA, CFF, CDA Managing Partner The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), enacted as part of the CARES Act, is a lending program designed to provide funds for small businesses to hold on to current employees and bring back workers who have been […]

VOLVO CE Dealer Cowin Equipment Company weighs in on short-term outlook: “We’re coming back”

VOLVO CE Dealer Cowin Equipment Company weighs in on short-term outlook: “We’re coming back”

MILWAUKEE, WI — “All things considered, we’re confident we’re coming back out of it.” The way Matt McGowan sees it, there’s really no overstating the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on Cowin Equipment Company over the course of the past few months. No aspect of the organization went unaffected, forcing the Volvo CE dealer and Birmingham, Alabama-based company, which […]

Four things that do not change for recruiting and hiring during a crisis

Four things that do not change for recruiting and hiring during a crisis

by Jeremy Eskenazi Unfortunately, there will always be another “crisis” to deal with.   Whether it’s a health concern, a business concern with vendors, customers and/or employees, or an economic concern– it looks like these crises may be here to stay for a while. While companies spend time in their ‘war rooms’ making important decision about […]

Taking command of your internal controls

Taking command of your internal controls

Dannible and McKee LLP by Benjamin A. Sumner, CPA Internal controls are an essential part of every business to help reduce misstatements in finances due to fraud or error. Companies throughout the construction industry are vulnerable to this threat because they are often reactive to incidents that occur, as opposed to proactive in putting controls […]

9 tips to make working remotely work for you and your employer

9 tips to make working remotely work for you and your employer

by Jill J. Johnson The concept of remote working has been around for a long time. Many entrepreneurs have mastered the ability to work virtually, but it is often a major challenge for those who normally work in a busy office setting to shift to working outside their traditional office environment. Working remotely can feel […]

NSSGA Member Alan Parks’ op-ed on water rule published in Bloomberg News

NSSGA Member Alan Parks’ op-ed on water rule published in Bloomberg News

INSIGHT: Trump’s clean water rule will bolster local infrastructure The new Waters of the United States rule released Jan. 23 by the Trump administration is a big deal for the economy and many industries like mine that deal with infrastructure, development, and agriculture. Sand and gravel, also known as aggregates, are the most mined materials […]

Mini machines, big business: The electrifying rise of compact equipment

Mini machines, big business: The electrifying rise of compact equipment

At the center of some of the most influential technological transformations in recent years, compact machines have proven to be a breeding ground for innovation and application versatility. The product experts at Volvo CE explain why they continue to be the most popular segment on the market. The global compact construction equipment market — consisting […]

Beyond workforce development — workforce solutions

Beyond workforce development — workforce solutions

Are you tired yet of pulling from the same employment pool? If the answer is yes, then you are ready to explore the new world of veteran recruitment. If you think that you’ve tried it, it doesn’t work for you or there is no one to recruit in your area, then you simply aren’t up […]

Five trailer sizing tips for excavators

Five trailer sizing tips for excavators

Selecting the right excavator isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. Research is required to find the machine that fits an operation’s needs. It’s a long process, but the end result is (hopefully) a machine that will safely increase productivity for years to come. Selecting a trailer to transport an excavator is an equally important […]

Merging traditional trade-in fundamentals with current trends to maximize the power of equity

There are core fundamentals to optimizing heavy equipment trade-in value that construction business owners typically operate under. However, in today’s environment of varied warranties, catered payment programs and innovative technology, there is a balance to considering many trade-in factors when it comes to maximizing the value of your equipment. The fundamental building blocks First and […]

Can the government blacklist contractors for safety violations?

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Travis Vance and Patrick Dennison Dr. David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, recently tweeted a suggestion that the government ban a construction contractor from work on public lands after the company pleaded guilty on charges related to the death of a worker. This is […]

The real reason construction companies fail

The real reason construction companies fail

The Small Business Administration (SBA) identifies a huge failure rate among start-up companies: Roughly 20 percent fail in the first year Roughly 50 percent fail within five years Roughly 66 percent fail within 10 years Construction companies have an even uglier track record. Roughly two-thirds go out of business within five years. The owners of […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg Why in the world would I need a magnet in my mining or aggregate producing operation? Is this a spoof or something serious I need to look further into? What kind of magnet(s) would I be looking at to install? Where would I use such a thing and for […]

Haver & Boecker portable and washing equipment Q&A

Haver & Boecker portable and washing equipment Q&A

Answers by Duncan High, processing equipment division manager, Haver & Boecker and Michael Honea, process engineer, Haver & Boecker Q: What’s taking place in the market that’s driving some of the current innovation in the arena of portable plants? DH: We’ve seen increased interest in portable equipment, with more of our customers asking about it […]

New truck scale instrument helps meet increased product performance expectations

Companies are looking to increase profitability and efficiency by increasing the number of weighments they can make over a given time. One way to achieve this is by integrating weighing functions more closely with daily production and business activities. New truck scale instruments are being developed that fit in with today’s culture and business environment, […]

Preventive maintenance servicing for vehicle scales saves time and money

Preventive maintenance servicing for vehicle scales saves time and money

The goal of any vehicle scale service program should be to ensure that equipment stays in working order with minimal downtime between service visits or the life of the product. The losses to revenue due to a scale failure can exceed the cost of maintenance. Adopting a comprehensive preventive maintenance program ultimately saves money over […]

Should I lease or should I buy?

Should I lease or should I buy?

Getting to the bottom line With Dannible & McKee, LLP by Brian W. Johnson CPA, CFE, CCIFP One of the age-old dilemmas a company faces is whether it makes more sense to lease construction equipment or to purchase it outright. The answer depends on your individual circumstances, as both directions have distinct advantages and disadvantages. […]

Seven things construction companies can do to improve employee retention

Seven things construction companies can do to improve employee retention

MILWAUKEE, WI – Today’s workforce is different. The society they live in is different. With low unemployment and worker shortages in many occupations, today’s workforce has a lot of leverage in the job market. And in most cases, it takes more than good pay to get employees to stick around. “Employers have to view the […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk wash plant maintenance.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk wash plant maintenance.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg, DEMI Equipment What do you do to maintain a materials wash plant? Do these plants require only minimal maintenance since they aren’t being used to crush rock down to size? Do they require little housekeeping to keep them clean and clear of rogue material and debris? Does utilizing a […]

A ten-year global view

A ten-year global view

Electric machines, emission regulations and market domination in the construction, agriculture and mining sectors  With the advent of electric vehicles entering the construction, agriculture and mining sectors (CAM) what does the future hold for the industry and what effect will this have on the used machinery market globally. Peter Clarke, founder and CEO of heavy […]

Cowden: State attorneys general declare opposition to proposed DOL overtime ruling

Elliot N. Dinkin: State-level opposition to a proposed Department of Labor overtime ruling leaves employers uncertain about current and future labor costs. PITTSBURGH,PA —The attorney general (AGs) of 14 states and the District of Columbia have announced their opposition to a proposed Department of Labor (DOL) ruling that would increase the number of workers eligible […]

The Trump economy vs. the Obama economy

The Trump economy vs. the Obama economy

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. Mark W. Hendrickson Recently, a student came to me in a state of perplexity. His liberal friends were insisting that President Obama deserves much credit for today’s favorable economic news of higher GDP […]

Ending Section 232 tariffs for Canada and Mexico a step in the right direction

Ending Section 232 tariffs for Canada and Mexico a step in the right direction

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. WASHINGTON, DC – Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s decision to end tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico: “We are encouraged […]

Clarion Ledger: Out-of-state interests mobilizing against Mississippi’s working forests

Editor’s note: The opinions and views expressed in the association’s commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Lee Newspapers Inc. and RockRoadRecycle. by Andy Gipson Should out-of-state interests decide what’s best for a rural Mississippi town of about 3,000 people, or should the local community decide? You’d think the answer to that question would be obvious, but […]