California Power Outages Hit Small Businesses—but Bolster Generator Companies

California’s power woes are making things worse for small business owners—but business is booming for the makers of backup generators. Across the state, hundreds of thousands of small businesses lost power in multi-day outages during the month of October. The most recent widespread “public safety power outages,” aimed at preventing wildfires in northern California, took place last […]

Snow Thrower Usage: Keep Safety in Mind This Winter, Get Ready Before the Snow Flies

In an unusually early winter season, large sections of the country have already experienced snow, ice, and inclement weather, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) encourages home and business owners to ready their snow throwers and other winter equipment. Clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots is no small job. You rely on your outdoor […]

Husqvarna Invests In Yeti Snow Technology

Husqvarna, together with the original investors, Semcon and Øveraasen, now hold equal parts in Yeti. The collaboration in Yeti is aimed at further exploring autonomous solutions for airports, including robotic grass cutting. For Husqvarna Group, the collaboration means entering a brand-new market but evolving on solutions the company has been involved with for many years. […]

Makita Introduces Two Cordless Top Handle Chainsaws

Makita U.S.A. launched the 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless Cordless 14-inch and 16-inch Top Handle Chainsaws (models XCU08 and XCU09). With the addition of these two chainsaws, Makita now offers a comprehensive cordless chainsaw portfolio. Makita’s LXT Cordless Top Handle Chainsaws are compact in size, making them ideal for professional arborists and utility companies. Built for […]

Benefits of Green Infrastructure

Around 72 percent of New York City’s land is covered in an impervious layer of concrete, living up to its hype as the “concrete jungle” that Alicia Keys and Jay-Z sang about in “Empire State of Mind.” This city might be “where dreams are made,” but unfortunately a lot of sewage and pollution are made […]

How to Attract A New Generation of Metal Fabricators

Aging, and inevitable retirement, of the industry’s skilled workforce, has been an encroaching problem for several years. Technical advances and automation from OEMs have reduced the number of tradesmen needed to accomplish many tasks and the reintroduction of vocational programs in some high schools and community colleges are helping to a certain extent, but the […]

Can Louisiana handle $32B of industrial construction?

When all projects are in full swing, though, it is doubtful that the local workforce will be able to support them all, according to the 10-12 Corridor report, forcing contractors to look outside of the region and the state for skilled workers.  Also, an extension of construction schedules is something the industry has been requesting of […]

SUNY Canton Inventor Gets Patent for New Chainsaw Oiling Method

CANTON — SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney is known for creating innovative solutions to complicated problems. The Canino School of Engineering Technology staff member was recently notified that his lubricating device designed for commercial chainsaws had been assigned U.S. Patent No. 10,307,931. While building a firewood processing machine, Haney came up with […]

Concrete Contractors Can Expect an 8% Increase in sales

survey results released by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, Chantilly, Virginia, gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the U.S. and Canada increased by 8% during 2018. While experiencing strong growth, four of every five contractors reported difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees. The 2019 ICPI Contractor Industry Report tracked business trends from 206 segmental concrete pavement […]

Next Generations Ready to Tackle The Hole Left by “Silver Tsunami”

The Silver Tsunami (also known as Grey Tsunami, Gray Tsunami, Silver Wave, Gray Wave, or Grey Wave) is a metaphor used to describe population aging. the phrase has also been used to refer more specifically to health and economic implications associated with population aging. It seems that the efforts, over the past few years, of manufacturing companies showing up […]