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June 21,2012

Posted by nahetsblog on June 22, 2012

Caterpillar Inc. has entered into an agreement with Westport Inc.who is a global leader in natural gas powered engines to offer natural gas engines in their line of heavy equipment and specialized mining equipment,the company is going to absorb all R and D costs and production is expected to begin in about five years,Caterpillar feels that by offering natural gas as an option it will give them a large advantage over their competitors.The five largest heavy equipment manufacturers ,first quarter sales was 14% more than the first quarter of 2011,2011 was not a real good year but any increase is better than not.

One bright spot of our slowing economy is the price of gasoline at the pump is going down,currently the average from coast to coast is $3.47,that is not what the experts predicted,if you recall everyone was saying that the price of gas was going to slowly climb through the summer month,s and it was predicted that we might be paying $5.00 by the time the November elections were here,for what ever reason or reasons that did not happen,the thirty day spot price right now is $80.00 per barrel and the average price of gas never got over $4.00 per gallon,with production at high and consumption waning and the reserves are at a twenty one year high their is no reason to expect the price to go up,but as the speculators and ourselves have found out in the past it is extremely hard to predict the price of a gallon of gas more than a week into the future.

Last month TX had an six percent increase in their heavy equipment ,heavy construction and mining,that is 48,300 jobs that was the largest increase of any state,out of the largest 337 metropolitan areas 171 of them had an increase in their employment ratio ,119 saw a decrease and the rest stayed about the same.The Fed chairman said that he did not see any hope of it getting much better in an election year,especially a presidential election year,this is the last four months of a four year election cycle and every house member,one third of the senate and the President are out campaigning and if they are not out campaigning then they are in campaigning,but regardless right now they are all in reelection mode all of them, As a side note the Fed did lower the 10 year Treasury note and the thirty year fixed mortgage rate runs about the same,they are currently at 3.71% that is the lowest its been since1957

Calgary Alberta is still in dire need of qualified employees,the oil fields are not even running at fifty percent capacity,all skilled labor is needed graduates from a heavy equipment school or an employee who worked through an approved on-the-job training program is considered skilled labor ,currently the lowest skilled labor is earning between $50,000 and $100,000 per year and that does not include any overtime.

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June 2012

Posted by nahetsblog on June 5, 2012 has released new safety signs,as safety tools on how to operate cranes,crane accidents cause about 80 fatalities per year,according to US Labor Department a vast majority of those are caused by human error,but according to the New York Times 99.9 % of all crane accidents with a fatality are caused by equipment failure, who is right I cant say for sure,they cant both be right.

Phoenix AZ,experts on the Economic Club of Phoenix are cautiously optimistic regarding the recovery of AZ,based on reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics AZ has gained 47,000 jobs back this year,but that is not even one third of what was lost in the last three years.At a luncheon put on by J P Morgan and ASU it was reported that since July of 2007 the state of AZ has lost a total of 314,000 jobs most of them were caused by the housing problems,as a percentage of the total working population AZ ranked third in job loses,now during the recovery they rank 8th.

Buffalo,NY the construction employment in Buffalo is still as robust as it was before the housing collapse,it was reported that Buffalo has had a 12% increase in construction employment in 2011,that percentage is higher than any other metropolitan area that is not in the oil fields,the oil fields are now Americas new gold rush.The jobs are there,the pay is great,but the living conditions are terrible,just like the gold fields back in the old days,experience in the oil field is not needed but graduating from a heavy equipment school or heavy equipment training is a huge plus,huge.And women are just as welcome as men,that is on top of the pay scale which is hovering around prevailing wage.

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June 2012

Posted by nahetsblog on June 4, 2012

May 2012 was the second time in the last seven months with an increase in unemployment,their was 28,000 jobs lpst in May 18,000 in specialty trades and 11,000 in construction,this was the worst decline since August 2011,The Hill Blog has said that if the Highway and Transit bill gets passed this year it will soften the blow caused by the reduction in construction demand.This shortfall was caused by a decrease by 3.0 % in public construction and about the same percentage in private construction.

The Associated General Contractors of America said that out of the 337 largest metropolitan areas only sixty of them saw an increase in construction employment the rest of them saw a small decrease or no change at all. Rueters News said they expected the rebound to happen quickly due to the increase in residentual construction permits that have been issued but have not started the construction yet.

Houston, TX their was an employee killed last Thursday that the Houston police have ruled a freak accident and that no charges were going to be filed.

These jobs were posted as of June 1,2012 RJ Corman Derailment Services Kansas City, KS 913-371-1537,,,Heavy Equipment Operators fax 724-444-1305 Aevenia Inc. 218-284-9500 ask for Gina ,Arkansas Aggregates email; bobby.moore

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