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State DOTs Recognized for Community-Focused, Cost Saving, Innovative Projects

Congress Working to Undermine EPA Overreach

House Approves Trust Fund Patch, All Eyes on the Senate

Lojack Study Says Construction Equipment Theft Losses Approach Nearly $1 Billion

Chamber EVP: We're Not Out of the Woods" With Highway Funding

U.S. Chamber: EPA Attempts to Block Permits Before They're Filed

Construction Materials Prices Inch Higher in June

Construction Employment Recovery Remains 'Choppy'

South Pushes Nationwide Housing Starts Down 9.3 Percent in June

Builder Confidence Surpasses Key Benchmark in July

TRIP Highlights HTF’s Rural Impact

Congress Moves Toward Building Technical Workforce

House, Senate Move Forward on Highway Trust Fund Patch

House Votes to Make Bonus Depreciation Permanent

Congress Wades into Water Fight

Canadian Housing Starts Stable in June

Atlas Copco Chooses Cybercom for 'Smart' Compaction Equipment

Additional Federal Relief Funds Sent to Aid Minn. Flood-Damaged Roads

John Deere Releases 'Ultimate Uptime'

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Honored with Operations and Technology Award

Cummins Expands Leadership Team

Atlas Copco Appoints Nico Delvaux as President, Compressor Technique Business Area

Ritchie Bros. Names New Chief Executive Officer

TRIP Documents Deficiencies, Fatalities of America’s Rural Roads

Congress is Working (Slowly) to Build Technical Workforce

Highway Funding Remains Focus as Congress Commences a Busy July

CASE CE Joins Forces with Texas Good Roads and ASCO Equipment to Bring the Dire States Tour to Texas

Liebherr Delivers 30,000th Mobile Crane

Newly-Elected Ontario Premier Outlines Plans for Growth, Infrastructure

U.S. DOT to Cut Road Payments Starting in August

Quincy Compressor to Consolidate U.S. Operations

Q3 Investment Growth for Equipment and Software Predicted Smaller

Industry Unemployment Rate Declines in June

Construction Spending Inches Higher in May for Third Straight Month

Two-Thirds of Metro Areas Increase Construction Jobs in May YOY

Apartment Market Has Strongest Quarter Since 2000

Manufacturing Expands in June for 13th Consecutive Month

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Takes Effect Tomorrow, July 1

AED’s Watters Takes Congress to Task for Neglecting Highways

LiuGong Named One of Top 50 Best Performing Companies in China

U.S. Chamber Applauds Supreme Court Decision on EPA "Power Grab"

PCA: Gas-Tax Plan Would Generate $210 Billion More for Infrastructure

TRIP Reports on Oklahoma's Road Progress, Challenges

United Rentals Launches Online Training Center

Volvo Financial Services Appoints New President Scott Rafkin

Equipment Leasing and Financing Volume Slows in May

Volvo CE Inaugurates New Customer Center

New-Home Sales Up 18.6 Percent in May

Housing Markets Weak, Says Freddie Mac

Workforce Development Legislation Increases Focus on Training Needs

Foxx Begins Warning State DOTs on HTF Funding

Stepping on the Bipartisan Gas Pedal: Senators Have Plan to Save the Highway Trust Fund

GE Capital Premiers Nationwide Financing Program for Generac’s Commercial and Industrial Customers

Deere Offers GreenFleet Discounts to NHLA Members

Canada Overhauls Temporary Foreign Worker Program Ensuring Canadians are First in Line

Slow Construction Jobs Growth Continues from April to May

Canadian Contractor Association Industry Responds to Changes in the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Programs

Housing Production Falls 6.5 Percent in May

AED Applauds Senators' Gas-Tax Increase Proposal

Three Point Jump for Architecture Billings Index

Hoffman Equipment Earns Department of Commerce “E” Award

House Passes Legislation to Permanently Increase Sec. 179 Levels

EPA, Corps Extends “Waters of the United States” Comment Period

Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in June

AGC Joins Hiring Our Heroes Program

AEM Launches Online Training to Help Manufacturers Comply With Strict Global 'REACH' Regs

New Home Construction Needed to Match Job Creation, Improve Affordability in Majority of U.S.

Yard Club Offers Contractor-to-Contractor Equipment Rental

Cummins and Atlas Copco Ranked Among World's Best in Newsweek's 2014 Green Rankings

U.S. Labor Secretary Announces Proposed Rule to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

Sentry Again Rated as A+ Superior by Insurance Industry Authority

U.S. Construction Machinery Exports Drop

Highway Program Funding Discussions Heat Up

House Might Permanently Increase Sec. 179 Expensing Levels

New Developments on THUD Bill, Hours of Service

Habitat's 'Home Builders Blitz' Week Starts Today

Genie to Host Symposium on Hiring Vets

16% of Major Metro Markets Return to Above Normal Levels

April Construction Spending Rose Modestly, Helped by Housing, Public Construction

Built Green Canada Launches Challenge to Municipalities

Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne and AssetWorks Collaborate to Simplify Asset Disposal

Gorman-Rupp Subsidiary to Acquire Bayou City Pump

IronPlanet Launches New Way to Buy Used Equipment

Case, CNH Partner with Milwaukee Group to Plant 500 Veggie Gardens

GOP’s Proposed Short-Term Highway Band-Aid is Good News and Bad News

Obama’s EPA Unveils Climate Change Proposal

Bonus Depreciation Legislation Advances

Sale of Terex Truck Business is Finalized

Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Legislation Could Pour $6 Billion into Equipment Industry

U.S. DOT Awards $234 Million to Transit Agencies in New York and New Jersey

Caterpillar Announces Officer Departure

Construction Employment Increases in 220 out of 339 Metro Areas Between April 2013 and 2014

Yanmar America Announces Leadership and Management Changes

April New Construction Starts Advance 3 Percent

Apartment and Condominium Market Shows Positive Growth in First Quarter

Housing Markets Stalling

OSHA Releases 2014 Agenda

Peter Blake Appointed CEO of WesternOne

New Guidance for Inspecting Used Access Platforms

House Committee Approves DOT Budget for FY15

Water Bill Heads to White House, MAP 21 Must Follow

Ready for Canada's New Anti-Spam Law?

Sandvik Completes Acquisition

Equipment and Finance New Business Volume Rises 7 Percent Year Over Year in April

New-Home Sales Rise 6.4 Percent in April

Year-to-Date Apartment Rent Growth Best of Recovery Period

Architects Endorse Amendment on Defense Act

Contraction in Architecture Billings Index Continues

WRRDA Passage Shows Congress Can Still Work

Construction Equipment Dealers See Double-Digit Growth in Rentals

LiuGong Chairman Zeng Guang’an Honored

'Tax Extenders' Bill Hits Snag, Future Uncertain

Altus Endorsed for Cost Reduction Program by AED

Overwhelming Demand for TIGER Grants Underscores Urgency for Transportation Investment

Construction Jobs Increased YOY in 39 States, D.C.

Multifamily Surge Propels Starts Over 1 Million

Builder Confidence Remains in Holding Pattern

Cummins Unveils Plan to Reduce Environmental Footprint

New Study Assesses the Benefits of Existing Coal-Powered Plants

U.S. Cement Consumption Growth Continues in 2014

AED President Urges Continued, Swift Progress for Senate Transportation Bill

Industry Associations Unite on More Resilient Planning, Materials for Safer Built Environment

Get Dealer Service Techs and Customers to "Stand Down for Fall Prevention"

Wacker Neuson Launches Certified Dealer Award

Highway Bill, WRDA Conference Report Moving Forward

Canadian Forest Sector is a Productivity Powerhouse

Diggerland USA Announces Grand Opening Date

AED President Praises Completion of WRDA Conference Report

Komatsu America and North Dakota State Partner on Diesel Technology Program

Single-family 55+ HMI Rises to Highest First Quarter Reading Since 2008

Healthy Housing Industry Spurs Job Growth

Economic Index Shows Metro Markets Continuing on Path to Normalcy

Supply Executives Expect Economic Growth to Continue Throughout 2014

AED Mourns Death of Former T&I Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar

Senate Highway Bill, WRDA Conference Report Nearing Introduction

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Keystone XL Approval Bill

IPAF Reports U.S. Aerial Work Platform Rental Market Rebounding

Secretary Foxx Sends Transportation Bill to Congress

U.S. Chamber Statement on the Obama Administration’s MAP-21 Proposal

Terex Announces First Quarter 2014 Results

Ontario Builders Support Infrastructure Investment: Province Must Focus to Improve Business Environment

Manitowoc's Crane Sales Drop 14 Percent in First Quarter

Atlas Copco Finalizes Acquisition of U.S. Compressor Distribution

Ritchie Bros. Announces Fort Worth, Texas, Auction

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Announces First Quarter Results

Construction Unemployment Rate Declines to Seven-Year Low of 9.4 Percent

Construction Spending Edges Higher in March as Housing and Private Nonresidential Categories Rise but Public Outlays Drop to Seven-Year Low

2014 Ontario Budget Encouraging for Construction Employment

Manufacturing Expands in April for 11th Consecutive Month

Cummins Named a Top Company for Diversity

Cummins First Quarter Results Show Improving Demand in North America

Disappointing GDP Report Shows Nonresidential Fixed Investment Declines 2.1 Percent

LiuGong Shares Experiences on Globalized Operations at World Economic Forum

Strongco Announces First Quarter Results

AED Statement on White House Draft Surface Transportation Bill

Tiberi Introduces Legislation to Permanently Increase Sec. 179 Levels

Hardhats (and Baseball Caps) for Highways Webinar: How You Can Get Involved

Manitou Unveils Its New Business Strategy and Organizational Alignment

Caterpillar Raises Its 2014 Profit Outlook Despite Continued Mining Market Woes

Cat Financial Announces First-Quarter 2014 Results

Gorman-Rupp Reports Record First Quarter 2014 Revenue

Sandvik Group Appoints New General Counsel and New President of Sandvik Mining

Edmonton Auction Breaks Multiple Ritchie Bros. Records

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

Volvo Construction Equipment Sales Jump 10 Percent in First Quarter

Komatsu Projects Sales to Increase 3.8 Percent in 2014

CNH Industrial Announces New Licensing Agreement with Sumitomo Construction Machinery

OSA Demolition Equipment Enters The North American Market

Ditch Witch Dealerships Awarded 2013 Crescent Club Top 10 Membership

New-Home Sales Down in March

More Than Half of States Show Improving Housing Markets

Architecture Billings Index Mired in Slowdown

EPA and Army Corps Propose to Expand Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

Housing and the Economy to Continue on an Upward Path, Economists Say

Event Calendar

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

Webinar: Creative cost saving strategies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
September 17, 2014
2 p.m. CDT
Moderated by Brian Wohlfeil

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™

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.

The Four Pillars Of The Sales Profession™ For Dealers
Presented by Don Buttrey
November 11-13 2014
Dayton, OH

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