And the Award Goes to…

And the Award Goes to…

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This past February, the 2012 Ditch Digger of the Year was awarded to Ryan Schmitt, NUCA’s Immediate Past Chairman of the Board and Owner and President of Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors. This is the second time Schmitt has received the award, previously earning the honor in 2010.

Bobcat Breaks Ground on $20 Million Bismark Acceleration Center

Bobcat Breaks Ground on $20 Million Bismark Acceleration Center

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Bobcat Co. has officially broken ground on its $20 million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D. When complete, the Acceleration Center will be a modern complex for advancing innovation where professionals utilize technology and modern design to ensure the position of Bobcat as a leader in the compact equipment industry.

Thompson Pump Hosts Its 2013 Pumpology School

Thompson Pump Hosts Its 2013 Pumpology School

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The three-day workshop included training sessions for sales and service-oriented professionals on pumping fundamentals, dewatering and bypass applications, selecting the correct pumping equipment, designing, installing and maintaining pumping systems, troubleshooting, pump maintenance and more.

Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

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Given the rapid increase in Internet usage and the growing number of handheld devices in use, it’s not surprising that fiber-optic networks are becoming inadequate. This was especially true for Jackson, Wyo., an area that welcomes millions of outdoor enthusiasts each year who come equipped with smartphones, tablets and other electronics ideal for travel.

Small but Mighty

Small but Mighty

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What type of vehicle offers fuel efficiency, compact size, load-carrying capability, the flexibility of optional attachments and the ability to easily travel both on- and off-road? The answer is a utility terrain vehicle. Because of that unique combination of features, utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are growing in popularity across a broad spectrum of industries and occupations.

Do as I Say not as I Do

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On March 29, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his Rebuild America Partnership at the Port of Miami. This plan, as a precursor for his Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) budget, aims to strengthen the financial investment in America’s infrastructure. In his speech, Obama outlined a very general but robust plan for the investment.

Job Hazard Analysis

JHAs Prevent Accidents and OSHA Violations

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A job hazard analysis (JHA) helps prevent accidents and OSHA violations by foreseeing and eliminating hazards. JHAs, also known as job safety analysis (JSA), may be used in different ways to analyze a project or a specific task. In this article, we will discuss the use of a JHA to prepare for a new construction project. We should probably call this a project hazard analysis.

SUCA Visits Lawmakers in Tallahassee

SUCA Visits Lawmakers in Tallahassee

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SUCA was very well represented in Tallahassee, Fla., last month, taking the utility construction industry’s message to lawmakers. The Underground Utility Contractors of Florida’s (UUCF) board meeting was held on April 1 in Tallahassee and included a legislative briefing for those who would be visiting the capitol.