by Joe Parzych
On March 2012, Northern Construction of Palmer, MA, began replacing the Factory Hollow Bridge, a bridge built in 1931 to bypass Factory Hollow, once a beehive of manufacturing. During those years, there was a water powered fulling mill where woolen cloth was cleaned and beaten to thicken it. The mill also wove wool, cotton and a combination of the two and there was a dye shop and clothing factory. As part of its history, the town was home to a shoe factory that turned out shoes and boots dating back to the Civil War. [Read more…]
by Jon M. Casey
With bridge construction projects heading the list of DOT construction items across the nation, the replacement of one of the most deteriorated bridges in Pennsylvania comes as a welcomed event for the travelers on PA State Route 345 over the Schuylkill River and adjacent Norfolk and Southern rail tracks between Birdsboro and Exeter Township in Berks County. With the work beginning in March 2012, the $14.5 million project is well under way with completion set for June 2014.
According to GTS Technologies information, the old, 1,100-foot long bridge will be replaced with a 536-foot long, four span, composite pre-stressed concrete bulb tee beam bridge. The new bridge will have an expected service life of 75 to 100 years.
While the old bridge remains open during construction of the new span, the 8,400 vehicles per day that routinely travel across this roadway will be able to continue using the structure until the new bridge is completed. The reduced, 15 ton weight restriction on the old bridge, has changed the driving habits for commercial vehicles that once used this bridge that was built in the late 1920’s. Typically, today’s bridges of modern design are rated at 40 tons plus. [Read more…]
Don’t delay your Diamond Commendation applications any longer. To ensure that your company is recognized before the industry as an exemplar of best practices and high quality work, submit your application by November 1. [Read more…]
by Jon M. Casey
Richard McMillan and John Scharffbillig posed that question to attendees at the APWA Snow Expo training session on April 9 in Charlotte, NC. Co-hosting a seminar entitled Preparing Staff and Equipment for Winter. Together, the two explained how municipalities could plan for snow events, irrespective of where in the U.S. their communities might be located. Both provided experienced insights into effective preparedness as winter approaches.
Yes, there’s snow in the south!
McMillan, director of Public Services for the City of High Point, NC began with a brief historical recount of recent snow events in North Carolina were anywhere from 12 to 48-inches of snow fell in the central Carolina region with as much as 60-inches falling in the mountainous regions of the state, causing problems similar to those in northern states. He said that while it might not be a regular ongoing experience for the entire state, depending on the snow event, any part of his state is capable of experiencing snowfall that can bring the entire area affected, to a halt. [Read more…]
Our 2013 APWA North American Show Conference tour group arrived at the Freightliner Mount Holly, NC assembly plant on April 10, where company hosts awaited our arrival. As we disembarked the busses in front of the administration building, Jim Giesey, a Product Improvement staff member, welcomed us. His promise of an interesting and informative tour of the 630,000-square-foot production plant was more than met with great satisfaction after spending nearly three hours touring the plant. It was evident from what we saw, that each vehicle assembled at this facility is built with the kind of attention to detail and quality control that makes the Freightliner truck line an industry leader.
After a brief welcome from Director of Production, Janine Wright, who spoke on behalf of Mark Hernandez, plant manager, who was unavailable on this day, we assembled in groups of four or five with each group having their own tour guide. Ed Wise, a TOS/Quality Assurance production technician with nearly 30 years of service with Freightliner, hosted our group. [Read more…]
by Jon M. Casey
While it might seem to have been held out of place, the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) 2013 North American Snow Conference convened in Charlotte, North Carolina’s Convention Center April 7-10, where municipal representatives from across the U.S. came together to learn more about how to manage snow removal on city streets and highways across the nation. Dealing with emergency snow removal and the traffic issues that go along with winter’s snowfalls, lead the way during an opening session panel discussion, hosted by moderator, David L. Bergner, PWLF, Monte Vista Associates, LLC, Mesa AZ.
In this discussion, panelists, Capt. J. Thomas Martin, Operations Program coordinator, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Williamsburg, VA; Brian R. Usher, PWLF, director of Public Works, City of Largo, Largo, FL; Kimberly C. Vasconez, MPA, team leader, DOT/FHWA, Washington, DC and Christine Walsh, director of Operations, City of Beloit, Beloit, WI recalled how they, in the past, have prepared and responded to emergencies of various kinds, including snowfall events. Walsh said that because they consider themselves first responders, they work to protect people in their community, and they help the other disciplines in their community by keeping the roadways open so that those first responders are able to do their jobs more effectively as well. [Read more…]
by Jon M. Casey
According to the late former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” In the case of Albany’s MAC Equipment, Inc., the same might hold true as well. If you are looking for the latest in construction equipment rentals, talking about it is not enough. Asking MAC owner, Janice Miller, is the right move! When it comes to aerial equipment like scissor lifts, boom lifts or forklifts Miller, and MAC Equipment has what contractors need.
“We moved the business to here in Albany, from a location in Troy, NY that we were renting. That was in April, 2013,” Miller said. “This is a more accessible location for the contractors that we serve.”
The new location
As we toured the facility, Miller said that their new location is in a more business friendly area than where they previously were renting their building. Here, there is more room for growth because it is an industrial area. The new facility has room for office space, a rental showroom area and an expansive garage that can accommodate several pieces of equipment for service and repair as the need arises.
“We carry Genie and Snorkel lift equipment and we are looking to include some dirt equipment like excavators, skid steers and smaller equipment of that kind,” she said. “We’ve taken steps to expand our product offerings the benefits of which should be realized within the very near future. We will offer rentals and purchases, but many of the contractors prefer just to rent the equipment as they need it.” [Read more…]