CEDMag.com - April 2013 Articles
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APRIL 2013
  • U.S. Member Tax Survey Results Help AED Establish Tax Reform Priorities
    Research
    By Christian A. Klein
    Findings will also be used to demonstrate distributors' role in the broader economy.
    More than 100 members responded to our recent tax survey, making it a very successful AED research project and providing a highly reliable industry sample. The data you provided has allowed us to complete one of the most comprehensive analyses of equipment distributor tax issues ever. The association's lobbyists are putting the data to good use advocating for dealers on Capitol Hill as the tax reform debate heats up this spring.
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  • The Best Dealers Are Team Players
    Contractor Connection
    By Giles Lambertson
    URS EC's top fleet decision-maker reflects on what makes for a successful dealer-customer relationship.
    Though the new engine technician was fresh out of diesel mechanic school and not long off the farm, management saw something a little extra in the young man and quickly moved him up to front-line supervisor of six mechanics. It was a good move. Forty years and many promotions later, Bob Merritt is the global director of equipment for the Energy and Construction (EC) division of URS Corp. The international engineering, construction and technical services company had revenues in 2012 of nearly $11 billion.
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  • U.S. Developing Taste for a New Construction Market: Desalination
    Sector Check
    By Joanne Costin
    The billion-dollar desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif., may be the beginning of a wave of desalination projects in the U.S.
    After 12 years of planning and more than six years working through the state of California's permitting process, the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere finally broke ground in December 2012, in Carlsbad, Calif. There's a lot riding on the success of the $1 billion project, which will turn seawater into high quality drinking water. The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) has agreed to a 30-year purchase agreement for more than 50 million gallons of water a day – about 7 percent of its water supply. It will pay about $2,000 per acre-foot or per 326,000 gallons. The Authority is banking on the fact that the costs – which are now double those of the most readily available alternative – will eventually be competitive.
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  • Can Safety Be Bought?
    Operations
    By Maria Vomiero
    Thoughtfully planned safety incentives can work when you understand what behavior you really want to motivate, and – separately – what results you want to achieve long term.
    Safety incentive programs may seem simple on the surface, or even necessary, such that no self-respecting safety director would consider a safety program complete without a good incentive program. Yet implementing a safety incentive program that effectively sustains positive cultural change is no small feat and requires a thorough understanding of both the individual organization as well as the science behind incentive programs as a mechanism in behavioral motivation.
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  • Transportation: Lifeblood of the U.S. Economy
    View from the Hill
    By Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.)
    Ensuring the smooth movement of people and products is a collaborative necessity between local, federal governments.
    Transportation is the lifeblood of the American economy and our way of life. It is about how we get to work, take our children to school, visit with our family and friends, and get to the store to buy food, clothing and other necessities. Transportation is also about business. It is a critical part of how the supply chain functions, how raw materials get to factories, how finished products get to markets, how food gets from farms to our kitchens, and how energy products move from production areas to consuming areas.
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