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$3.00 ® Published 4 Nationally “The Nation’s Best Read Construction Newspaper… Founded 1957.” Midwest Edition February 2, 2013 • Vol. IXX • No. 3 • 470 Maryland Drive • Ft. Washington, PA 19034 • 215-885-2900 • Toll Free 800-523-2200 • Fax 215-885-2910 Inside Miss. River Span Job Sees Finish Line Ahead Brenda Ruggiero Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation photo CEG CORRESPONDENT Northern Green Expo Attracts Thousands...10 AED Hol ds Annual Summit, CONDEX Show…16 A huge project involving the Mississippi River Bridge is headed toward completion next year. While the project owners are the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation, the lead is the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), under project director Gregory Horn. The project is actually made up of nearly 40 smaller projects. “This helps us to manage the overall cost of construction and allows us to schedule construction around the main span [the bridge],” said Andrew Gates, customer relations representative of the MoDOT St. Louis District. The full dollar amount of the overall construction project is reportedly about $700 million. The cost of the main span is $239 million. Construction began in Feb. 2010, and the bridge and associated construction is scheduled to be open to traffic by early 2014. With a main span of 1,500 ft. (457 m), the bridge will be the third largest cable stayed bridge in the United States. see MODOT page 52 Outlook for Construction Improves for 2013 Broc e. Wald on Join For ces.. .28 Table of Contents ................4 Recycling Section ........29-43 Attachment Section ....47-49 Business Calendar ............62 Truck & Trailer Section ........ ......................................63-73 Parts Section ....................75 Auction Section ..........79-85 Advertisers Index ..............86 Significantly more construction firms are industry should be larger, healthier, more tech- He said that 31 percent of firms plan to add staff planning to add new staff than plan to cut staff nologically savvy and more profitable by the this year, while only 9 percent plan to make laywhile demand for many types of private sector end of 2013 than it is today.” offs this year. The scope of those staff additions construction projects should increase this year Sandherr noted that significantly more firms are likely to be modest, however, with 79 peraccording to survey results released Jan. 15 by are planning to add staff this year compared to cent of firms reporting they plan to hire 15 or the Associated General Contractors of America the number of firms expecting to make layoffs. see OUTLOOK page 84 and Computer Guidance Corporation. The survey, conducted as part of Tentative Signs of a Recovery: The 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, provides a generally optimistic outlook for the year even as firms worry about rising costs and declining public sector demand for The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association ment this year will consider numerous end-user beneconstruction. (ELFA), which represents the $725 billion equipment fits while weighing continued uncertainty related to “While the outlook for the confinance sector, revealed its Top 10 Equipment economic conditions and fiscal policies. struction industry appears to be Acquisition Trends for 2013 on Jan. 14. Given that ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton said, heading in the right direction for every year U.S. businesses, nonprofits and govern- “Equipment acquisition plays a critical role in driving 2013, many firms are still grappling ment agencies spend in excess of $1.2 trillion in cap- the supply chains across all U.S. manufacturing and with significant economic headital goods or fixed business investment (including service sectors. We have distilled recent research data, winds,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, software), financing more than half of those assets, including the Equipment Leasing & Finance the association’s chief executive these trends impact a significant portion of the U.S. Foundation’s 2013 Equipment Leasing & Finance officer. “With luck and a lot of economy. Businesses considering acquiring equipsee ELFA page 84 work, the hard-hit construction Equipment Leasing, Finance Group Reveals 2013’s Trends in Acquisition

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