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Obama Administration Announces Another Keystone XL Delay

CBO HTF Predictions Echo AED Warnings

Michigan DOT Explores Pothole Repair Process, Explains Repair Intent in Newest Reality Check Video

Kubota Tractor Corporation Named ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for Second Consecutive Year

United Rentals Announces Rental Revenue Increase of 9.7 Percent Over Last Year in First Quarter

US$46+ Million in Heavy Equipment and Trucks Sold at Ritchie Bros. Houston, Texas Action

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence at Two-Year High for Second Consecutive Month

March Construction Employment Increased in 38 States from a Year Ago

CNH CEO to Take on Added Role of Brand President

Builder Confidence Holds Steady in April

Fixed Mortgage Rates at Six Week Low

BMO 2014 Housing Confidence Report: Optimism Varies Across Canada Over the Next Five Years

Atlas Copco Announces Next Phase of Houston Service Industries Acquisition

Access Award Winners Announced in Windsor; 2015 Event to be Held in Washington, D.C.

Housing Starts Rise 2.8 Percent in March

Secretary Foxx Announces National Bus Tour to Highlight Importance of Transportation Investment

Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co. Awarded the 2014 Award for Excellence by the Balanced Scorecard Institute

OSHA Announces Final Rule for Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

Senate EPW Leaders Outline Highway Reauth Goals, Crises Looms

Construction Employment Increased in 175 Out Of 339 Metro Areas Between February 2013 and 2014

Forty-Five Percent of Highway Contractors Had Vehicles Crash Into Their Construction Work Zones During Past Year, New Study Finds

Toronto Area Poised to Generate 230,000 New Jobs by 2017 Says BMO Report

Canadian Business Owners' Optimism Drops Slightly From Six Months Ago

Titan Machinery Inc. Reports 2013 Results, Announces Construction Consolidation

Ritchie Bros. Prepares for Its Largest Canadian Auction of 2014

More than CA$40 Million of Equipment Sold at Ritchie Bros. Auction in Grande Prairie, AB

Vacuworx Honored with Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting

AED|EDA Dealer Marketing Report Reveals CE Dealers’ Most Effective Tactics

Tax Extenders Moving with Bonus Depreciation, Increased Expensing

Distributors Head to the Hill to Promote Equipment Policy Priorities

Latest NAHB Index Reading Shows Recovery Continues to Spread

HOLT CAT Executive Leadership Additions Announced

Lafarge and Holcim to Merge

Link-Belt Excavators Now Equipped with RemoteCARE Telematics System

United Rentals Completes Acquisition of National Pump

Volvo Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

Wacker Neuson Remains on Expansion Path in 2014

IronPlanet is Apparent High Bidder for U.S. Department of Defense Rolling Stock Surplus Contract

CNH Industrial Chooses Leica Geosystems as Global Strategic Partner for its Construction Equipment Business

Contractor Jobs Hit Highest Level Since June 2009

February Construction Spending Inches Higher, But Public Spending Slips

Manufacturing Expands in March for the 10th Consecutive Month

'Transportation Moves Wisconsin' Events in La Crosse and Madison

Atlas Copco Listed Among World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute for Second Consecutive Year

AGCO API Integration Available through Charter Software’s ASPEN Dealership System

AASHTO Announces New Information Tool Designed to Educate about Trust Fund Crisis

Coface Collections North America Announces Corporate Rebrand to Altus

Can’t Be at the AED Washington Fly-In? Take One Minute to be there in Spirit

EPA, Corps Propose Broadened Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

U.S. DOT to Provide $1 Million in 'Quick Release' Emergency Relief Funds for Roads Damaged by Mudslide in Washington State

U.S. Chamber Statement on Waters of the United States Proposed Rulemaking

Infor Partner Network Receives Five-Star Rating for Second Consecutive Year

Gorman-Rupp Again Named One of Forbes’ “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America”

TRIP Report Finds Key Transportation Projects Needed to Support Twin Cities Growth

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index in February Up 15 Percent Year-Over-Year

AGC Says Construction Employment Figures Reveal An Uneven Economy

Clean Water Act Expansion Not the Right Answer, NAHB Says

New-Home Sales Continue to Trend Relatively Flat in February

Construction Industry Testimony Critical of OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule

ICP Recruiting Dealers for Lonking Excavators, Loaders and Forklift Trucks

OSHA Announces National Stand-Down for Fall Prevention in Construction

John Deere Center at the University of Illinois to Double in Size

Thirty-nine National, State Organizations Join AED Call for White House Action on New Detroit-Windsor Bridge Project

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Reaches New Two-Year High

January Construction Employment Improved Over 2013 in 38 States

Construction Employment Increased in 195 Out of 339 Metro Areas Between January 2013 and 2014

Deere Among World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year

Housing Starts Hold Steady in February

Hertz Board Approves Separation Of Equipment Rental Business

Architecture Billings Index Shows Slight Improvement

Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Water Infrastructure Legislation

Builder Confidence Treads Water in March

Environmental Benefits of EPA’s New Tier-4 Final Standards Highlighted At CONEXPO CON/AGG 2014

JCB Equipment Comes to New Diggerland USA — Construction-Themed Adventure Park

Essex Rental Corp. Reports Disappointing Q4 2013 Results

Essex Rental Corp. Appoints Nicholas Matthews as President and Chief Executive Officer

Prompt Payment Act (Bill 69) Will Make Construction More Expensive for Ontarians

Statement from NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly on Johnson-Crapo Housing Finance Reform Deal

Associated Builders and Contractors Criticizes President’s Directive to Change Overtime Pay

Deficient Roadways Cost Washington Motorists $6.5 Billion Statewide

Congressional Passage of Flood Insurance Bill a Boost for Housing

Curry Supply Company and Reading Truck Body Announce Partnership

Wajax Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter Earnings

Rocky Mountain Dealerships' 2013 Results Reflect Its Challenging Year

AED Urges IRS to Clarify Obamacare Rental Income Tax

AED, Allies Object to Equipment Pooling, LKE Repeal in Senate Finance Tax Reform Plan

Obama Budget Proposal Fails to Offer Long-Term Infrastructure Investment

New App Helps Transportation Construction Professionals Connect with Their Leaders in Washington

CONEXPO Attracts Nearly 130,000, Second Highest Attendance in History

Ritchie Bros. Conducts Its Largest Las Vegas Auction Last Week

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Recommends $2.5 Billion to Expand Transit Options that Improve Access to Jobs and Opportunities

MIT Research Points to Importance of Road Design in Emission Reduction

Manitex International, Inc. Reports Record 2013 Results

Building Permits Rise 8.5 Percent in Canadian Municipalities in January

LiuGong Confident in Global Strategy

John Deere to Offer Engine Conversion Kit in 2015

National Coalition Launches "Hardhats for Highways" Campaign to Alert Congress to Highway Trust Fund Crisis

Construction Jobs Reach Highest Level Since June 2009

John Deere to Offer Engine Conversion Kit in 2015

Manufacturing Declines in February

Manitowoc and Kobelco Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership

JLG Quadruples Size of Customer Training Center at McConnellsburg, Pa.

Leading Markets Index Shows 59 Metros At or Above Normal Levels in March

ICP Offers Emerging CE Brands, Low Pricing and Support Along with a New Online Marketplace

AED, Construction Allies: Keystone XL Is Clearly in the National Interest

AED Weighs in Against IRS Proposal to Subvert Political Speech

Exclusive AED Analysis: What Would Camp's Tax Reform Plan Mean for Equipment Distributors

Congress, President Finally Wake Up to Highway Crisis

AED Urges Immediate Action to Ensure Highway Trust Fund's Long-Term Solvency

Construction Spending Posts Biggest Increase Since 2006

Construction Backlog Indicator Hits Post-Recession High

Rish Equipment Implements ERP Solution from e-Emphasys

Congressional Panel Told Clean Diesel Power Key to Efficient Goods Movement, Infrastructure Development & Economic Growth

Ritchie Bros. Sells More Than CA$57 Million in First Canadian Auction of 2014

President's Transportation Proposal Should Further the Debate on Long-Term Highway and Transit Bill

Wells Fargo 2014 Construction Industry Forecast Results

New Department of Transportation Report on Highway, Transit Conditions Points to Need for More Investment

New-Home Sales Rebound in January

Developer Confidence in Multifamily Market Shows Slight Decline in Fourth Quarter

Freddie Mac Releases 2014 Multifamily Economic Outlook

BOK Financial Closes on Deal to Acquire GTRUST Financial Corporation

Exports of U.S.-Made Construction Equipment Decline 25 Percent in 2013 to $20 Billion

AED Statement on House Ways & Means Tax Reform Proposal

Obama Orders Second Round of Heavy-Duty Trucking Regulations

House Gears Up for Tax Code Overhaul

Nebraska Judge Strikes Down Keystone Approval

AEM and AEMP Agree on a New Standard for Telematics Data

Montana Faces Deteriorated Roads and Bridges, High Traffic Fatality Rate and Potentially Stifled Economic Growth Without Increased Transportation Investment

Ritchie Bros. Sells More Than US$166 Million at Massive Six-Day Auction in Orlando, Fla.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Levels Near Two-Year High

Terex Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results and Provides 2014 Outlook

IronPlanet Surpasses 1 Million Registered Users

Prices for Construction Materials and Nonresidential Buildings Each Rise by 0.6 Percent in January

Poor Weather Puts a Damper on Builder Confidence in February

Cummins Supports Government Efforts to Develop Next Phase of Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Slight Rebound for Architecture Billings Index

Cold Weather Drives Housing Starts Down in January

Housing Affordability Holds Steady in Fourth Quarter

Infor and Caterpillar (CAT) Dealers Collaborate to Develop CAT-Dealer Specific Equipment Solution

Toromont Earnings Grow 3 Percent in 2013

U.S. Chamber President Calls for Federal Investment in Transportation Infrastructure

ACEC and CCA Welcome Federal Announcement on Policy Framework for New Building Canada Fund

Construction Industry Safety Coalition Urges U.S. Department Of Labor to Withdraw "Significantly Flawed" Silica Proposal

Deere Announces Record First-Quarter Earnings of $681 Million

Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems Announces Plans for New Headquarters

Treasury and IRS Issue Final Regulations Implementing Employer Shared Responsibility Under the Affordable Care Act for 2015

Senate Hearing Examines Surface Transportation Reauthorization

AED Encourages Members to Comment on Crane Operator Certification

Harper Unveils "Historic" Building Canada Plan

AED Urges Immediate Action to Ensure Continued HTF Solvency

Kubota and ECHO Announce U.S. Dealer Alliance

CBO Report Highlights HTF Shortfall, Need to Find Alternative Revenue Streams

OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

Genie Introduces Telematics-Ready Connector for Flexible "Plug And Play" Capability

Ritchie Bros. Reports on EquipmentOne Results in Its First Year

Gorman-Rupp Reports Solid 2013 Results, Improving Markets Ahead

Small Business Owner Optimism Hits Highest Level in Five Years

Construction Employment Increased in 192 Out of 339 Metro Areas Between December 2012 and 2013

Construction Industry Adds 48,000 Jobs in January Despite Continuing Severe Winter Weather as Sector's Unemployment Rate Declines to 12.3 Percent

Demand for Multifamily Housing will Continue to Rise in 2014 and Beyond

Industry Experts See Continued Improvement Going Forward in the 55+ Housing Market

Manufacturing Expands in January for the Eighth Straight Month

Canadian Chamber Unveils Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2014

New Owners Rebrand Volvo Rents Blueline Rental

Leading Markets Index Edges Higher in February as More Markets Recover

Heavy Equipment Services' Greg Peet Offers Equipment Management Seminar at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

State Dept. Releases Final Keystone Environmental Analysis

AED Joins New Coalition to Advance Mining Interests

New Re-Rentals Website Generates Revenue For Distributors While Helping Rental Houses Find Needed Equipment

CNH Industrial Reports 2013 Results

Komatsu and GE Transportation to Establish Joint-Venture to Develop Mining Equipment

Cat Financial Announces 2013 Year-End Results

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Volvo Rents

Is Your State Doing All It Can? New Report Offers Menu of Transportation Financing, Funding Options

Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Cold Weather May Factor Into Construction Employment Declines in 32 States

House Republican Plan to Proceed with Immigration Reform Should Provide Needed Reforms to Broken and Dysfunctional System

Freddie Mac Multifamily Loans Approach $26 Billion in 2013

Architects Forecast Nonresidential Building Activity to Accelerate in 2014

OSHA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Silica Rule to Feb. 11

Puckett Rents Joins SMARTEQUIP Network

LiuGong North America Announces Record Breaking Year

AED President Comments on the State of the Union Address

Caterpillar Sales and Revenue Down 16 Percent at Year End Due to Mining Market Woes

New-Home Sales Down 7 Percent in December; Up 16.4 Percent for the Year

New AED State-By-State Analysis: Federal Highway Program "Year Zero" Puts $2.4 Billion in Equipment Market Activity, 4,000 Dealership Jobs at Risk

Vote on the New CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 Innovation Awards

Volvo CE Production Facility is First to Be Powered by Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $886 Million to New York MTA for Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

U.S. Chamber President Joins International Business Association Leaders to Release Global Business Outlook

IronPlanet Forms Strategic Alliance with Mascus

Equipment Lease Finance Industry Shows Higher Confidence in January

Optimism Rises Among Contractors, 75 Percent Plan to Buy New Equipment in 2014

New Construction Starts in December Improve 5 Percent; 6 Percent for the Year

Senators Press President Obama to Deliver Answer On Keystone

Atlas Copco Ranked Among Top Sustainable Companies

U.S. Equipment Finance Market to Grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate of 5.6 Percent 2012-2016

Better Reporting of Access Platform Accidents Boosts Statistics

ADI Agency Purchases Loyalty Bound

Event Calendar

The AED Foundation Financial Symposium
May 8-9, 2014
Burr Ridge, Ill.

Webinar: Creating Profitable Customers for Life
May 13, 2014
10-11 a.m. CDT
Presented by Ryan Condon

Webinar: The 8 Most Common Mistakes Made By Leaders
May 15, 2014
10-11 a.m. CDT
Presented by Ryan Morrison

Webinar: Industry Financial Updates for CEOs/CFOs
June 4, 2014
2 p.m. CDT
Moderated by Garry Bartecki

Webinar: How to Create a "Sales-Service Excellence" Culture
June 12, 2014
10-11:30 a.m. CDT
Presented by Christine Corelli

Parts Management Unit II: Performance Excellence (PE)
Presented by Ron Slee
June 16-17, 2014
Dallas, TX

Service Management Unit II: Performance Excellence (PE)
Presented by Ron Slee
June 18-19, 2014
Dallas, TX

The Four Pillars Of The Sales Profession™ For Dealers
Presented by Don Buttrey
August 5-7 2014
Dayton, OH

2014 AED Leadership Academy
August 26-28, 2014
Itasca, IL

Webinar: Industry Financial Updates for CEOs/CFOs
September 17, 2014
2 p.m. CDT
Moderated by Garry Bartecki

Webinar: Techniques For Creating Effective E-mails
Sept. 18, 2014
10-11 a.m. CDT
Presented by Barry Himmel

Webinar: Run Your Territory Before it Runs You: Time Management for Sales Professionals
September 23, 2014
10-11:30 a.m. CDT
Presented by Don Buttrey Sales Professional Training™

Webinar: Protecting Your Dealership's Data
Sept. 25, 2014
10-11 a.m. CDT
Presented by Ed Becker & Jim Foote

Test Drive: The Business War Game for Distributor Operations
October 1-2, 2014
Burr Ridge, Il
Presented by PriSim Business War Games

Webinar: Delivering an Exceptional First Impression for Receptionists and Others
October 7, 2014
10-11 a.m. CDT
Presented by Barry Himmel

Webinar: Service Management - Inspection
October 21, 2014
11 a.m.-Noon CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Service Management - Work Order Processing
October 21, 2014
2-3 p.m. CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Service Management – Labor Rates
October 22, 2014
11 a.m.- Noon CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Service Management – Service Organization
October 22, 2014
2-3 p.m. CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management - Basic Inventory Control
October 28, 2014
2-3 p.m. CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management - Tele-selling
October 28, 2014
11a.m.-Noon CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management - Pricing
October 29, 2014
2-3 p.m. CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management - Warehousing
October 29, 2014
11a.m.-Noon CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: The Customer of the Future - Will They Be Loyal to You?
October 30, 2014
10-11:30 a.m. CDT
Presented by Christine Corelli

Webinar: Purposeful and Productive Team Meetings: A Workshop for Sales Managers
November 04, 2014
10-11:30 a.m. CDT
Presented by Don Buttrey Sales Professional Training™

AED's CFO Conference: Financial Issues for Distribution Executives
November 6-7, 2014
Burr Ridge, Ill.

Webinar: Developing an Effective Marketing and Strategy Plan Through Research
November 6, 2014
10-11 a.m. CDT
Presented by Debbie Frakes

Parts Management Unit I: When It's Right (WIR I)
Presented by Ron Slee
November 10-11, 2014
Chicago, Ill.

Service Management Unit I: When It's Right (WIR I)
Presented by Ron Slee
November 12-13, 2014
Chicago, Ill.

Parts Management Unit III: Realizing Market Potential (RMP)
Presented by Ron Slee
November 17-18, 2014
Palm Springs, CA

Service Management Unit III: Realizing Market Potential (RMP)
Presented by Ron Slee
November 19-20, 2014
Palm Springs, CA

Webinar: Parts Management - In-store Merchandising
December 2, 2014
11a.m.-Noon CDT
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management - Purchasing and Expediting
December 2, 2014
2-3 p.m. CST
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management – Best Practices
December 3, 2014
11a.m.-Noon CST
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Parts Management – Standards of Performance
December 3, 2014
2-3 p.m. CST
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Industry Financial Updates for CEOs/CFOs
December 5, 2014
10 a.m. CST
Moderated by Garry Bartecki

Webinar: Service Management – Flat Rating/Standard Jobs
December 9, 2014
2-3 p.m. CST
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Service Management – Labor Efficiency
December 9, 2014
11 a.m.-Noon CST
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Service Management – Shop Floor Scheduling
December 10, 2014
11 a.m.-Noon CST
Presented by Ron Slee

Webinar: Service Management – Standard of Performance
December 10, 2014
2-3 p.m. CST
Presented by Ron Slee