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“The Nation’s Best Read Construction Newspaper… Founded in 1957.” Your Ohio Connection: Ed Bryden, Strongsville, OH • 1-800-810-7640

Atlas Copco Opens ‘First of Its Kind’ Configuration Center Representatives of Atlas Copco Construction Equipment gathered for a ribbon cutting at its new configuration center in Independence, Ohio. The first of its kind, 150-ft.-long facility, was built across from the current Atlas Copco service center. Staff in the 9,000-sq.-ft. configuration center will assemble hydraulic attachments and WEDA submersible pumps. The “Placing the existing service center will configuration center continue to refurbish and provide other technical at the Independence services. location makes Rocky Stacy, Ohio operations manager of shipping sense.” Atlas Copco Construction Rocky Stacy Equipment, said that sepaAtlas Copco Construction rating configuration from Equipment service and repair means that “employees, practices, and logistics services can be assigned to configuration and to servicing, resulting in maximum efficiency for both. “Placing the configuration center at the Independence location makes shipping sense,” Stacy added. “One third of the U.S. makes up more than 59 percent of the market’s ‘weight footprint’ of hydraulic attachment customers, basically from Illinois to the Atlantic coast.” The densest distribution area includes Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Corporate dignitaries attending the event included Henk Brouwer, global division president of Atlas Copco’s Construction Tools division from Essen, Germany. (L-R): Rocky Stacy, Ohio operations manager; Matt Cadnum, vice president of Aftermarket; Kevin Loomis, The configuration center went into operation on May 1. Construction Tools division business line manager; Henk Brouwer, global division president of Atlas Copco’s (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)

Construction Tools division from Essen, Germany; Chad Kennedy, inventory logistics manager; Eric Sparby, president and general manager of Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, U.S.

Jobs, Transportation Plan to Include More Than 40 Projects Gov. John R. Kasich recently announced a jobs and transportation plan that includes more than 40 major road construction projects across the state that the Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build over the next six years. These projects will

improve motorist safety, reduce congestion on highways, add capacity and improve the state’s economy. All told, ODOT plans to spend nearly $3 billion on these projects. It is estimated that for every billion dollars spent on transportation infrastructure,

30,000 jobs are created. The Ohio General Assembly’s passage of the state’s $7.6 billion two-year Transportation Budget, which Gov. Kasich signed into law in April, allows the newly renamed Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission to

seek an estimated $1.5 billion in bonds backed by future revenues to finance additional transportation projects. The bill said the projects must have a “nexus” with the turnpike and must be within 75 mi. (120.7 km) of the turnpike. Projects considered for turnpike

funding must be approved by ODOT’s Transportation Review Advisory Council, or TRAC. The TRAC approves all major new capacity projects more than $12 million. Following TRAC approval, the projects must be see JOBS page 7


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Complete List of Projects Included in Kasich’s Jobs Plan Here is a complete list of projects across the state included in the governor’s Jobs and Transportation Plan: Northwest Ohio 1. Erie County U.S. Route 250 — Widen and improve U.S. Route 250 from U.S. 6 to Bogart Rd. Total project cost is $31.7 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. 2. Hancock County I -75 — Reconstruct U.S. 224 bridge and interchange with I-75. Total project cost is $12.5 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 13+ years. 3. Lucas County McCord Grade Separation — Rail grade separation at McCord Road (CR 73) to improve safety. Total Project Cost is $29.3 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2015. Time saved is one year. 4. Lucas County Interstate 75 — Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane along I-75 from Phillips Rd. to I-280. Total project cost is $51 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12 + years. 5. Lucas County Interstate 75 — Reconstruct interchange at I-75 and I-475 to improve safety and reduce congestion. Total project cost is $175.9 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. 6. Lucas County Interstate 475/U.S. Route 20 — Reconstruct interchange at I-475 and U.S. Route 20 to improve safety. Total project cost is $59 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. 7. Wood County I-75 — Four

phases of reconstruction, widening and addition of a third lane along I75. Total Project Cost is $195.6 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 13 + years. Northeast Ohio 1. Cuyahoga County Innerbelt Bridge — Demolition of existing Innerbelt Bridge and construction of eastbound bridge. Total project cost is $340 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2016. Time saved is two years. 2. Cuyahoga County Cleveland Innerbelt — As part of the reconstruction of the Cleveland Innerbelt, reconstruct and reconfigure SR14 (Broadway) at I-77 to allow for future widening of I-77. Total project cost is $37 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is nine + years. 3. Cuyahoga County I-77 — Reconstruct, widen and add a lane along I-77. Total project cost is $47.5 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is nine + years. 4. Cuyahoga counties I-271 . Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane on I-271 from I-480 East to I480 West. Total project cost is $131 million. Construction st art date with Turnpike funds is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 11+ years. 5. Cuyahoga Opportunity Corridor — Construct a new road that provides access from University Circle to I- 490 and I-77 in two phases. Total project cost is $334 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 13+ years. 6. Cuyahoga County U.S. Route 42 — Widen and reconstruct U.S. Route 42 (Pearl Road.) from Boston Road. to Drake Road.

Total project cost is $9.3 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2015. Time saved is one year. 7. Lorain County U.S. Route 20/SR 113 — Widen Center Ridge Road. from three to five lanes in the city of North Ridgeville. Total project cost is $48.7 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 10 years. 8. Medina County U.S. Route 42 — Widen U.S. Route 42 to five lanes. Total project cost is $47 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016, which keeps the project on schedule. 9. Lorain County State Route 57 — Upgrade the existing I90/SR 57 interchange and improve access to the 49th Street bridge in the city of Elyria. Total project cost is $28.8 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 13+ years. 10. Mahoning/Trumbull counties I-80 — Widen I-80 to six lanes from I-680 to SR 193. Total project cost-$116.7. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. 11. Stark County Stark Mahoning Transit — Utility relocation to accommodate upgrades to the transit facility and route. Total project cost is $6.3 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule. 12. Stark County Stark Mahoning Transit — To improve transit facilities and route access. Total project cost is $18.6 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until 2024. Time saved is 9 years. 13. Summit County Main/Broadway Interchange — Reconstruct I-76 and 77 to improve safety and reduce conges-

tion on the Main/Broadway interchange. Total project cost —$96.4 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 11+ years. 14. Summit County I-271 — Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane on I271. Total project cost — $62.5 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. Central/Southeast Ohio 1. Franklin County North High St. (U.S. 23) — Add an express lane on U.S. 23 from Flint to Lazelle Road. Total project cost is $7.8 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule. 2. Franklin County U.S. Route 23/I-270/SR 315 Interchange — Reconstruct I-270/SR315, U.S. 23 interchange. Total project cost is $94.8 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule. 3. Franklin County U.S. Route 23/I-270/SR 315 —Construction of a noise wall at I-270/Linworth Road. Total project cost is $1,200,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2015. Time saved is one year. 4. I-70/71 Reconstruction a. Franklin County I-70/I-71 Interchange — Reconstruction and widening of SR315/I-70/I- 71 as part of the I-70/71 project to improve safety and reduce congestion in downtown Columbus. Total project cost is $86 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until 2023. Time saved is six years. b. Franklin County I -70/71 — Phase 2 (East Interchange) as part of the reconstruction and widening of I-70 and I-71 near Children’s Hospital. Total project cost is $235.6 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan

is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until 2019. Time saved is two years. c. Franklin County I-70 — Construct a new storm sewer along I-70. Total project cost is $4 million. Construction da te under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2019. Time saved is five years. 5. Fairfield County U.S. Route 33 — Add a new interchange on U.S. 33 in Carroll at Winchester Road. Total project cost is $48.7 million.Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. 6. Franklin County I-270/U.S. 33 — Phase 1 of the reconstruction of the I-270 and U.S. 33 interchange to increase safety and ease congestion. Total project cost is $93.8 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12+ years. 7. Scioto County Portsmouth Bypass — Construction of a new bypass around the city of Portsmouth. Total project cost is $440.5 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule. Southwest Ohio 1. Clark County I-70 — Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane along I-70 near Springfield. Total project cost is $19.1 million. Construction start date with Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 13+ years. 2. Hamilton County I-75 — Add an additional thru lane along I-75 at Glendale/Milford & Shepherd. Total project cost is $117 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016, which keeps the project on schedule. 3. Hamilton County MLK Boulevard — Construction of a new interchange along I-71 at MLK Boulevard. Total project cost is $107.7 million. Construction see PROJECTS page 5


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Judge Awards Ohio Family $3.3M Ohio Speeds Up Over Fatal Pothole Crash in 2008 Projects With Turnpike Bonds CLEVELAND (AP) A judge has ordered the state to give an Ohio woman’s family $3.3 million for failing to fix the potholes that caused a fatal 2008 traffic crash. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported a Court of Claims judge issued the award to the husband and adult children of Pauline Miller. The woman was

killed when a truck crashed head-on into her vehicle after hitting potholes on Ohio state Route 165. Judge Patrick McGrath’s decision said the state Department of Transportation was negligent in failing to maintain the roadway in reasonably safe condition. Miller, of East Palestine, was on her

way to work at Youngstown hospital at the time of the crash. A transportation department spokesman said the decision is being reviewed. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)

By John Seewer ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Highway and bridge construction projects that likely would have been on the shelf for a decade or longer across Ohio are moving to the front of the line now that the state is going forward with Gov. John Kasich’s plan to use the Ohio Turnpike to raise money for roadwork. Money from the sale of bonds will jump-start 27 transportation projects in northern Ohio over the next two years and will free up cash for another 14 projects in central and southern Ohio. All told, it adds up to about $3 billion in road projects over the next six years, Kasich announced July 22. “The projects are all high-priority projects for each of the regions,’’ said Greg Murphy, chief of staff of the Ohio Department of Transportation. “Some they’ve been waiting on for decades.’’ The wide-ranging list of construction projects will touch all corners of the state and will include plans for adding lanes on several interstate highways and rebuilding several congested interchanges. Work is slated to begin in 2014 or the next year on most of the 41 projects. Final approval is still needed from a state panel that oversees funding for high-cost transportation work. Lawmakers signed off this year on the governor’s proposal to cash in on the turnpike. The state will raise about $1 billion through bond sales backed by future toll revenues. Kasich said Ohio will be able to move forward with a large number of road projects at a time when other states are raising taxes or struggling to keep up with needed work. He said improving the state’s infrastructure also will make it more attractive to businesses and will bring jobs to the state. “It means we’re going to be a much stronger economic artery for America,’’ he said. The projects include: • The addition of a third lane along Interstate 75 in Toledo and rebuilding an interchange at Interstate 475 and U.S. 20 in Lucas County. • Construction of a second inner-belt bridge near downtown Cleveland and widening Interstates 77 and 271 in Cuyahoga County. • Rebuilding the Interstate 70 and 71 interchange in Columbus and the Interstate 270 and U.S. 33 interchange in Franklin County. • Widening Interstate 75 in Hamilton County and building a new interchange at Interstate 71 and Martin Luther King Drive in Cincinnati. Nearly three dozen multimillion-dollar road projects slated for the coming years were put on hold or delayed in early 2012 because the state’s transportation department said there wasn’t enough money. The turnpike financing plan essentially erases a $1.6 billion highway budget deficit. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)


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U.S. Air Force Museum…

New $46 Million Aircraft, Space Gallery Open for Bid DAYTON (AP) A new $46 million air- to Mona Vollmer, the foundation’s chief craft and space gallery at the National development officer. Bids for the construction are due Oct. 2, Museum of the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to open in late 2015, with five companies with the work scheduled to begin next year. “The bottom line is we’re moving forcompeting to build it. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will ward and we’re on track with our plans for select the winning bid for construction of the the fourth building,” said Hudson. The lowest priced 224,000 sq. ft. (20,810 bidder may not be the sq m) building for the museum at Wright- “The bottom line is winning contractor, according to the newsPatterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The build- we’re moving forward paper. “The award will be ing, to house rare presi- and we’re on track with made to the contractor dential and research and development aircraft, our plans for the fourth whose proposal has been determined by spacecraft and cargo the source selection planes, is expected to building.” evaluation board to promote tourism, John Hudson have provided the best according to museum National Museum of the U.S. Air Force value to the governDirector John Hudson. ment,” the Corps of “We know it will boost attendance,” said Hudson, a retired Air Engineers said in an email to the newspaper. Four presidential planes and numerous Force lieutenant general. “We are confident research and development aircraft will be that is going to be a big attraction.” Museum officials did not release esti- moved to the main complex from a hangar mates on how much the expansion is expect- on Wright-Patterson that is temporarily off ed to increase attendance, the Dayton Daily limits to museum visitors. A tough fundraising environment and News reported. More than 1.2 million peoenvironmental studies forced officials to ple visited the museum last year. Hudson said the exact cost of the building push back earlier plans to have the new won’t be known until the contract is award- building open in mid-2014. (This story also can be found on ed later this year. The Air Force Museum Foundation has raised $38 million to pay for Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site the expansion, and will continue raising at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) money after construction begins, according

All of Ohio to Reap Benefits of Jobs, Transportation Plan PROJECTS from page 2

date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 13+ years. 4. Hamilton I-75 (Mill Creek Expressway) — Reconstruct and widen I-75 from Hopple Street to Mitchell (Phase 5). Total project cost is $205.2 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until 2021. Time

saved is 4 years. 5. Hamilton I-75 (Mill Creek Expressway) — Add a fourth lane to Mitchell both northbound and southbound (Phase 7). Total project cost is $41.1 million. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2018 and without this plan would not have started until 2021. Time saved is three years. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)


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‘Buckeye State’ Highway Lettings

The Ohio State Department of Transportation received bids for transportation-related improvement projects. The following is a list of some of the projects let. Project No: 130058 Type: Bridge repair. Location: LUC-SR-2-18.62. State Estimate: $28,975,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • E S Wagner Company, Oregon, Ohio — $28,694,795 • Ruhlin Company, Sharon Center, Ohio — $29,165,964 • Kokosing Construction Company Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $30,647,119 • C J Mahan Construction Company LLC, Grove City, Ohio — $33,478,209 • Walter Toebe Construction Company, Wixom, Mich. — $34,265,690 • American Bridge Company, Coraopolis, Pa. — $42,705,015 Completion Date: Oct. 31, 2015 Project No: 130174 Type: Four lane resurfacing. Location: WOO-IR/LUC-280-3.73/0.00. State Estimate: $7,889,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly Company, Thornville, Ohio — $8,449,495 • Gerken Paving Inc., Napoleon, Ohio — $9,102,801 Completion Date: Sept. 30, 2014 Project No: 130184 Type: Bridge repair. Location: CUY-IR-77-9.50. State Estimate: $31,390,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Ruhlin Company, Sharon Center, Ohio — $27,373,448 • J D Williamson Construction Company Inc., Tallmadge, Ohio — $28,614,225 • Mosser Construction Inc., Fremont, Ohio — $30,522,204 • Great Lakes Construction Company, Hinckley, Ohio — $32,735,244 Completion Date: June 1, 2017 Project No: 130198 Type: Two lane resurfacing. Location: GEA-SR-87-15.89. State Estimate: $1,529,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Kokosing Construction Company Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $1,428,199 • Ronyak Paving Inc., Burton, Ohio — $1,466,835 • Chagrin Valley Paving Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio — $1,474,085

• Karvo Paving Company, Stow, Ohio — $1,488,216 • Burton Scot Contractors LLC, Newbury, Ohio — $1,513,543 • Barbicas Construction Company Inc., Akron, Ohio — $1,549,098 • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $1,635,958 Completion Date: Oct. 31, 2013 Project No: 130223 Type: Interchange. Location: FRA-IR-270-10.16. State Estimate: $9,247,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $10,652,444 • Kokosing Construction Company Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $10,664,193 • Complete General Construction Company, Columbus, Ohio — $11,570,291 • Hi-Way Paving Inc., Hilliard, Ohio — $11,926,315 Completion Date: May 31, 2014 Project No: 130224 Type: Miscellaneous. Location: LIC-IR-70-15.30. State Estimate: $2,496,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Double Z Construction Company, Columbus, Ohio — $2,342,257

• Complete General Construction Company, Columbus, Ohio — $2,396,007 • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $2,433,324 Completion Date: Oct. 31, 2013 Project No: 130230 Type: Spot patching. Location: FRA-VA-SP-FY2013B. State Estimate: $1,539,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Kokosing Construction Company Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $2,604,419 • Shelly Company, Thornville, Ohio — $2,725,000 • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $3,299,361 Completion Date: Oct. 15, 2013 Project No: 130244 Type: Miscellaneous. Location: WAY-SR-83-10.81; WAY-3-14.73. State Estimate: $2,742,000 Contractors and Bid Amounts: • Smith Paving & Excavating Inc., Norwalk, Ohio — $2,801,715 • Karvo Paving Company, Stow, Ohio — $3,087,453 • Becdir Construction Company, Berlin Center, Ohio — $3,113,303 • Shelly & Sands Inc., Columbus, Ohio — $3,182,047 • Harper Company, Hebron, Ky. — $3,660,745 Completion Date: Oct. 15, 2013


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ODOT Plans to Gibson Tapped for GE Capital Event Spend Nearly $3B on Road Projects JOBS from page 1

approved by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission before they move forward. Under the plan recently unveiled by Governor Kasich, all of the projects that will be funded by this revenue stream will meet that definition. As a result of this legislation, projects that were once delayed for more than a decade will be built in the next few years. Examples include Cleveland’s $324 million Opportunity Corridor that will link the city’s University Circle business district with Interstate 490. In addition, it will fund the second $340 million Innerbelt Bridge project on Interstate 90 over the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland. Other projects that will move forward include:

Gibson Machinery was recently nominated and selected to be part of GE Capital and Slate’s 2013 Roadshow for Growth as part of a six‐month, 20‐city tour that will address the issues of middle market businesses, a sector that generates $9 trillion in annual revenue and accounts for nearly 34 percent of total U.S. employment. Traveling in a branded bus, the Roadshow for Growth visited middle market businesses in Cleveland, Detroit, Charlotte, Dallas, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, among other cities. On June 13, Gibson Machinery was honored to be one of the few select businesses chosen to be interviewed and filmed as a stop on this tour.

In the video on the Roadshow for Growth Web site, “Selling Construction Equipment and Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” Lee Gibson, Larysa Gibson, and Meredith Gibson share their insights on Gibson Machinery’s success during the economic downturn. Larysa Gibson also explains how she meets the challenges of being a female owner in a heavily male‐dominated industry. To view the video, visit http://roadshow.slate.com/selling‐construction‐equipment‐and‐breaking‐the‐glass‐ ceiling/ or www.gibsonmachinery.com. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)

The projects are critical to the state’s recovering economy and will help Ohio continue to create and maintain jobs. • Two projects to widen I-271 in Summit and Cuyahoga counties totaling nearly $200 million • Adding lanes to I-80 through Mahoning and Trumbull counties at more than $115 million • Reconstructing portions of I-76 and I-77 in Summit County at nearly $100 million • Reconstructing parts of I-75 at I-280 and I-475 in northwest Ohio at more than $250 million • Widening and reconstructing the I-71/I-70 interchange in Franklin County for more than $325 million • Construction of a new interchange on I-71 at MLK Boulevard in Hamilton County for $107 million These are just a few examples of the more than 40 major new capacity projects recently announced by Gov. Kasich. All of them will improve Ohio’s transportation system. Together, the projects should create business and jobs. The improvements are designed to improve safety and help reduce congestion. This is the largest investment in the transportation system Ohio has ever made. Many of these projects would wait for decades to get built, or not get built at all. The projects are critical to the state’s recovering economy and will help Ohio continue to create and maintain jobs. This article was written by Jerry Wray. Wray is the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.)

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