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July 03, 2012

Posted by nahetsblog on July 3, 2012

LoJack Corp. just released their 12th annual Construction Equipment Theft Study, no surprises to speak of, in the United States their was about 300 million dollars worth of equipment stolen in 2011, out of that about 8.8 million was recovered.Their were 80 theft rings and chop shops raided and 40 arrests were made.For the third year in a row the number one piece stolen was a Ford light work truck, light utility trucks are the stolen at twice the rate of any other piece of equipment, followed by back-hoes, skid steers, and generators.These top four represent 87 percent of all the equipment stolen, the four manufacturers with the most stolen are Ford,John Deere, Caterpillar and Bobcat, these four account for 52 percent of the total.The states with the most pieces stolen did not change , they are CA number one followed by TX and FL, all three have access to international borders and international ports,

Washington D.C. the Conference Committee reached a tentative deal on the transportation bill they have been working on for two years,its a three bill package they sent to the President, this gives the congress bragging rights on what they say is their biggest economic achievement before the November elections, this package had bipartisan support , one of the sponsors was going to save or create 2.8

million jobs,that is what is known as Washington math, one thing missing from this is the Keystone XL project , this is a hot button issue that is going to have to wait until the November elections are in your review mirror , it is only a matter of time until is is approved and started but the sooner the better for anyone in the heavy equipment school business ,for anyone that has completed a heavy equipment training

program the Keystone XL project is going to open up tens of thousands of jobs, every person that leaves a job to go to work on the pipeline creates a job opening for someone who is just getting into the construction business.

Airbus has estimated that the new plant they are going to build in Mobile Alabama is going to create about 2500 jobs in the construction industry, this is going to cost about 600 million dollars and when finished it will need between 400 and 500 full time permanent employees, the European plane maker is owned by EADS. Construction employment rose in 164 of the largest 337 metropolitan areas in the

county,it decreased in 126 and remained unchanged in the rest.

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