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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers acquires AssetNation

May 16, 2012 Andrew Snook

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers recently announced the closing of its purchase of AssetNation, an online marketplace and solutions provider for surplus and salvage assets based out of Houston, TX, at a cost of approximately US$64 million. The Vancouver, B.C.-based, global leading

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Platinum Equity to acquire majority stake in Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC

May 15, 2012 Andrew Snook

Caterpillar Inc. will be selling its majority interest in Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC to Platinum Equity for approximately $750 million. The Los Angeles, Calif.-based global mergers, acquisitions and operations firm will acquire a 65 per cent equity stake in Caterpillar

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Construction employment up in April

May 14, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to Statistics Canada’s most recent labour force survey, employment in the construction sector climbed by 25,000 in April, to lead a gain of 58,000 jobs in Canada last month. Over the past 12 months, employment within the construction industry

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Western Star shows off new 4700, introduces tractor version for construction applications

May 11, 2012 By James Menzies

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – “The best way to sell a Western Star, quite candidly, is to give people the opportunity to drive them,” Michael Jackson, general manager of Western Star Trucks told a gathering of trucking industry journalists this week.

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Bird Construction Inc. announces $235M in awarded contracts

May 11, 2012 Andrew Snook

Bird Construction Inc. announced that it has been awarded seven construction contracts throughout western and eastern Canada, with a total value of approximately $235 million. The contracts awarded include the following: –  Work for the Early Works Civil Program at

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Golder Associates to lease majority of new LEED Gold building at Broadway Tech Centre

May 10, 2012 Andrew Snook

Golder Associates Ltd. is relocating its Greater Vancouver office to a building with a golden future. The employee-owned engineering, consulting, design and construction services firm recently finalized a lease agreement for three full floors of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation’s

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International Road Dynamics hires new CFO and VP of finance

May 8, 2012 Andrew Snook

Edward Mahood has been named the new chief financial officer (CFO) and vice-president of finance for International Road Dynamics Inc. (IRD). The Saskatoon, Sask.-based, highway traffic management technology company made the announcement on May 8. Mahood will start his new

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WorkSafeBC flash mobs Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, B.C.

May 7, 2012 Andrew Snook

Members of WorkSafeBC decided to kick off North American Health and Safety Week (NAOSH Week) by flash mobbing the Lansdowne Centre. Approximately 50 people descended onto an unoccupied piece of the Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, B.C., where they took part

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Building permits jump 4.7 per cent in March

May 7, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, increased construction intentions in institutional and commercial buildings helped push building permit values up to $6.8 billion in March, up 4.7 per cent from February. The non-residential sector was up 13.9 per

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Ontario College of Trades seeking comments regarding proposed membership fees

May 7, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

The Ontario College of Trades has sent out a request for comments on its proposed membership fees for the following classes: –       Apprentice –       Journeyperson –       Tradesworker (Voluntary and Compulsory)* –       Employer/Sponsor * Proposed additional classes of membership The deadline

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Taking advantage of Canada’s aging workforce

May 4, 2012 Andrew Snook

Canada’s workforce is getting older. To remain competitive on the international stage, Canadian companies will need to learn to harness the knowledge, experience and talents of its aging workforce. Ian Howcroft, vice-president, Ontario Division, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, discussed the

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Federal Government accepts recommendations on nuclear project

May 3, 2012 Corinne Lynds

The Government of Canada has accepted recommendations from a Federal Joint Review Panel on the new nuclear project at the Darlington site. The project will provide up to 60 years of base load electricity for the people of Ontario and

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SNC-Lavalin awarded contract to provide EPC to AltaLink

May 1, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by AltaLink L.P. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for portions of upcoming transmission infrastructure projects in Alberta. Previous to this award, SNC-Lavalin was providing EPC services to AltaLink under a Master Services

B.C. Premier Christy Clark announces the approval of the North Island Hospitals Project in Budget 2012 on April 26, 2012. The project involves the construction of new hospitals in Comox Valey, B.C., and Campbell River, B.C., at an estimated cost of $600 million.  (From left) Don McRae, Minister of Agriculture and MLA Comox Valley, Alan Dack, practical nursing instructor at North Island College, Alice Grasby, maternity nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital, and Premier Clark.
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B.C. approves $600M hospital construction project

April 30, 2012 Andrew Snook

British Columbia’s North Vancouver Island residents will be receiving improved health care services in the form of two new hospitals. The province’s budget for 2012 includes the approval for the North Island Hospitals Project – the building of the Comox

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Bridge linking Port Renfrew, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. to be replaced by October

April 28, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of British Columbia will be replacing the Sombrio No. 1 Bridge, an important link between Victoria, B.C. and Port Renfrew, B.C.  The $12.6-million project will involve replacing the 55-year-old, single-lane structure for a two-lane concrete and steel bridge

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Construction sector leads 12-month average weekly earnings increases

April 26, 2012 Andrew Snook

The construction sector is leading year-over-year average wage increases for non-farm payroll employees in Canada. According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.8 per cent, over the 12 months leading

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B.C. commits to 18 infrastructure improvement projects in northwest

April 25, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of British Columbia recently announced it is investing $25.8 million to improve various highways in northwestern B.C. The highway infrastructure funding will be spread across 18 different projects, with the largest one being the resurfacing of approximately 34

Glenn Case, the Port Hope Area Initiative's manager of project engineering, speaks at the site of the new long-term waste management facility in Port Hope, Ont. during a media day on April 18, 2012. The facility is expected to have a containment capacity of 1.9 million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste.
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Port Hope water treatment plant bidding begins in May

April 24, 2012 Andrew Snook

Bidding for Port Hope’s new water treatment plant, one of several multi-million dollar contracts for the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI), is set to kick-off this May. According to Glenn Case, PHAI’s manager of project engineering, the contract for the

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Bot Construction Group wins ORBA Green Leadership and Sustainability Award

April 22, 2012 Andrew Snook

Bot Construction Group has likely made other construction companies within Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry green with envy. The Oakville, Ont.-based company was recently named the 2012 Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Green Leadership and Sustainability Award winner. The award is

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Non-residential construction up 0.7 per cent in Q1 2012

April 20, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to Statistics Canada, non-residential building construction investment rose by 0.7 per cent to $11.1 billion in the first quarter of 2012, when compared to the previous quarter. The increase follows two consecutive quarters of decline, driven by increases in