Chapter News

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Members and staff of NUCA of Colorado recently volunteered their Saturday to work on the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Colo. The highly motivated crew hit the day early performing various tasks to help the limited staff at the institution that provides families of critically-ill children with an inexpensive home away from home.

Chairman’s Message

Chairman’s Message

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With each edition of Utility Contractor magazine, I am given the opportunity to communicate to all NUCA members (and non-members) about the accomplishments of the association.

Climbing Out of Recession Canyon?

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NUCA welcomes you to its 2013 Convention in beautiful Phoenix! Since 1964, the association has helped CEOs, owners, presidents, senior executives, safety directors, estimators and managers run their businesses better. This year’s Convention, held Feb. 10-14, is designed to help the industry tackle its challenges as we climb out of “Recession Canyon.”

The Perfect Pairing

The Perfect Pairing

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Underground utility installations and repairs call for a lot of muscle, so it’s no wonder why an excavator fits the bill. These machines are large and in charge when the time comes to dig deep and pick and place materials around the jobsite. However, they can’t do it alone, so that’s where attachments come into play.

Productivity’s in the Air

Productivity’s in the Air

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Contractors need an arsenal of equipment to get their work done. And although the idea of these fleets include big machines such as excavators and backhoes, the supporting cast of equipment warrants attention too. Portable air compressors allow contractors to channel pressurized gases to drive their tools and crews into ever new applications (hammers, vacuums, nail guns, pumps and other new jobs).

Government Relations Is about Relationships

Government Relations Is about Relationships

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. As the new government prepares to tackle a number of issues challenging our country this year, more than 90 new members of the House of Representatives and Senate come to Congress. Our country faces a number of issues unique to this point in history.

Ladders Are  Inherently Dangerous

Ladders Are Inherently Dangerous

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Climb up, climb down. It seems simple enough. Then why are so many construction workers injured or killed while using ladders? It always amazes me how many construction workers do not know how to safely use a ladder. Anyone can climb a ladder, including my three-year-old grandson.

NUCA of the Carolinas Presents Ditch Digger Award

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NUCA of the Carolinas awarded its most prestigious award during its fall conference held in October in Pinehurst, N.C. Jerry Smith, Executive Vice President with T.A. Loving Co. (TALCO), was the recipient of Ditch Digger of the Year for his long-time leadership in many sectors of the Carolina construction industry as well as his community.