Junttan Oy acquires Canadian Pile Driving Equipment

Junttan Oy recently announced its acquisition of Canadian Pile Driving Equipment Inc. (CPDE).  CPDE, established by Bruce Patterson, is based in Lacombe, Alta., and has been Junttan’s authorized distributor since 2007. CPDE has a strong position in Western Canada and an excellent reputation among its customers.


This acquisition was planned for a long time and took place in excellent co-operation and consensus and will benefit both parties in the future. By combining the resources and expertise of the two companies, Junttan will have a stronger team, serving Canadian customers even better and further developing operations and services in Canada.


There will be no visible changes immediately for customers. The time for some changes will come later this year once all the details have been determined.


“We warmly welcome Canadian Pile Driving Equipment and its skilled employees to our organization,” said Pasi Poranen, CEO of Junttan. “This acquisition is an important step in our North American growth strategy, and we will now be in an even better position to serve our customers in Canada.”



CZM North American headquarters now open

CZM Foundation Equipment, a manufacturer of foundation, utility, piling and landfill drilling equipment, is now open in a new 48,000-square-foot headquarters in the Interstate Centre II industrial park in Ellabell, Ga.


CZM broke ground on the new facility that allows more room for the production of drilling rig machines and after sales inventory in September 2019. The new factory is on 16 acres and has two main production bays, eight overhead cranes, four jib cranes and a 4,000-square-foot paint booth. CZM has also introduced new technology within the building for stock parts and engineering. The company anticipates increasing its workforce by 25 per cent over the next two to three years with this expansion.


The previous factory, located in Pembroke, Ga., will now be the East Coast hub for after sales and service with five full time employees. That location will be for service and repair of machines and Kelly bars according to Giuliano Clo, president CZM US.


“We are extremely excited to be open and producing machines from our new headquarters. It is great to have so much space to expand our production capabilities, sales and personnel. We will be able to double our production output with the goal of reaching 100 machines per year within five years. We will keep on expanding our product line to fit every need the American foundation market has, and with the added infrastructure, our service personnel will have even more resources to keep up with customer demands. This facility shows our commitment to servicing the North American market,” said Clo.


Since 2012, CZM Foundation Equipment has operated in Pembroke in the Dixie Harn Industrial Park. They offer a comprehensive line of machines engineered for a variety of foundation applications. CZM Foundation Equipment is the American division of CZM Corp., a leading foundation equipment manufacturer in South America, founded in Brazil in 1976. For more information, visit www.czm-us.com.



JD Fields & Co. acquires Alameda Pipe & Steel Co.

JD Fields & Company, Inc. – a leading U.S. oil and gas pipeline and civil infrastructure steel products distributor – announced the acquisition of Alameda Pipe & Steel Company, a steel products manufacturer based in Gardena, Calif. The purchase of the newly branded Alameda Pipe and Fab enables the 35-year-old JD Fields & Company to continue its evolution into a one-stop, vertically integrated supplier and manufacturer of its own steel products.


“We are moving quickly to adapt to changing global dynamics so that steel products can be distributed and manufactured by one company,” said Jay Fields, president and COO of JD Fields & Company. “Our acquisition of Alameda Pipe and Fab is the first major step in a strategic growth plan to move into the steel manufacturing industry as we continue to expand on the West Coast. I am excited about the opportunity to absorb Alameda’s plants and bring on their top-level executives, who have the right connections and deep industry knowledge in the field to rival any competitor.”


The acquisition of the 85-year-old Alameda Co. will allow JD Fields to maintain the same revenue as well as provide added value to customers who are looking to buy top quality niche steel products with better options for contractors looking for specific products and services that meet their unique needs.


In addition to its path to vertical integration with production of rolled and welded casing as well as pipe and structural fabrication, JD Fields is breaking ground in Houston on a new state-of-the-art spiral weld pipe mill that will produce unique heavy wall structural pipe to serve DOT highway, USACE marine and private port/civil sectors. The downstream value-added capabilities of R&W casing, coatings, pipe and specialty beam fabrication will firmly position the mill as a low cost, high quality producer.


With 120 years of combined experience, the Fields and Alameda companies have each earned their reputations in the industry as leading steel suppliers and manufacturers, respectively, by investing in industry experts with unique skillsets. The merger will only drive value to their new and existing customers in the steel, oil and gas, infrastructure and transportation industries with diversified construction products and oilfield service divisions as well as combined financial and human resources.


The merged entity will continue operating privately as one of the leanest and highest revenue per employee distributors, fabricators and manufacturing companies in the industry. Chris Risso, the former president of Alameda, will join JD Fields as senior vice-president of regional sales. Risso will work in tandem with the company’s highly specialized and technically versed sales income producers who will continue managing their own divisions.


This acquisition is the start of the professed goal of the Fields companies to be one of the top material resources in the world for domestic and international infrastructure projects.



ALL Crane announces Shared Equipment Program

Today’s construction jobsites are evolving, and project owners demand partner companies that embrace new methods to drive down costs without negatively impacting quality. It is with this in mind that the ALL Family of Companies announces its Shared Equipment Program (SEP), a new approach to equipment rental that can shave millions of dollars and many months off construction projects.


Here’s how it works: a project’s general contractor acts as the primary renter of all lift equipment for the job and then rents it to the subcontractors – a method that helps to eliminate waste, cut costs, improve productivity and create positive outcomes. More than just equipment, the project also gets support from the ALL team, including mechanics who conduct regular maintenance to keep machines in “rent-ready” condition as they change hands between subcontractors.


When multiple subcontractors arrange for their own equipment, depending on the job site, the ALL Family of Companies’ SEP can eliminate redundancy and waste, which can be as much as one-third of total project costs. Equipment redundancy does more than add costs – it adds a level of congestion to job sites where space is a premium, which can affect everything from traffic to safety. The SEP addresses all of these concerns, as ALL works with the general contractor to maximize efficient usage of lift equipment.


ALL developed SEP to reinforce its unique blend of resources afforded to general contractors, including a broad continental footprint and an extensive and varied fleet. The program works best when all subcontractors have ready access to equipment that meets their needs, from steelworkers who may require hefty all-terrain equipment to painting and electrical contractors whose finishing work requires access equipment like scissor lifts. ALL’s equipment lineup includes crane types as small and versatile as mini/spider cranes or as large as 900-ton ATs and 1,000-ton crawlers, plus tower cranes, boom lifts/aerials/MEWPs and boom trucks.


Beyond these extensive equipment resources, the company has the experience and willingness to collaborate both initially and then ongoing, which helps make the equipment-sharing process successful. ALL has already executed projects using SEP, saving project owners tens of millions of dollars and helping to complete projects months ahead of schedule.


To find out how ALL’s Shared Equipment Program can help your jobsite, visit www.allcrane.com/sharedequipmentprogram.



COVID-19 economic shock will cause global construction output to shrink by 1.4 per cent in 2020

As a result of the severe economic shock caused by the lockdown measures imposed by governments around the world to contain the spread of COVID-19, global construction output is expected to contract by 1.4 per cent in 2020, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.


Danny Richards, lead economist at GlobalData said, “Although the construction industry has in some cases been exempt from restrictions on business activity, few major markets will manage to record an increase in construction output in 2020.”


Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the global construction industry had been expected to grow by 3.1 per cent. This was initially revised down to just 0.5 per cent in late March based on a review of the impact of COVID-19 at that point. However, in view of the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the more drastic measures being taken to contain the spread, GlobalData has further adjusted the outlook for the 91 countries covered.


Richards said, “In the short term, there is a high risk of projects in execution being halted because of lockdowns, a lack of materials and other supply chain disruption. Projects at pre-construction stages will be severely delayed, given likely disruption in processing building permits, tendering and awarding contracts.”


Based on the latest updates of mega projects being tracked by GlobalData, global construction momentum has slowed considerably – GlobalData’s Global Construction Projects Momentum Index (CPMI) score (adjusted) dropped to 0.39, from 0.46 in Q4 2019. The unadjusted score plummeted to a low of 0.22, reflecting the severity of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on construction projects.


Richards said, “Given the extent to which the crisis intensified across the world in March, with many major markets in effect shutting down, the Global CPMI score dropped into negative territory, falling to -0.05.”



Construction industry examining ways to improve subway-building costs

A push to expedite shovel-ready transit projects promises to be a major part of government efforts to kick-start the economy in the wake of COVID-19. However, maximizing the value created by such infrastructure investments will be essential when governments are revenue constrained, says the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).


Subway-building costs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) remained flat in real dollars per kilometre through the second half of the 20th century, but they have increased well beyond the rate of inflation in the past two decades, says a new independent report commissioned by RCCAO and written by transit researcher Stephen Wickens.


Among the findings in “Station to Station: Why Subway-building Costs Have Soared in the Toronto Region,” Wickens provides in-depth, inflation-adjusted comparisons based on projects in the GTA, and other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally.


As building more cost-effective projects is of even greater importance during these unprecedented times, Wickens examines ways in which total costs can be reined in. Of the 11 factors reviewed, highlights include:


Expand the cost-crisis conversation beyond the usual transit experts.


Plan for and protect transit corridors.


Rethink factors that can make stations special. While maximizing utility is paramount, designs that aim to be uplifting need not result in monuments to an architect’s ego.


Approve long-term transit plans based on evidence. Politicians have the most important role in the process: choosing which projects get approved and funded from a menu of options prepared by transit experts who have been freed to exercise their professional independence and speak truth to power.


Minimize the use of tunnels and keep tunnels as shallow as possible when there is a need to go underground. Best practice from around the world is to build using shallow box tunnels and, in less-dense suburban areas, at-grade and above-ground corridors.


Create tools and processes to ensure stations and their catchment areas deliver full returns on investments.


The report also assesses the effectiveness of current project planning and evaluation models, as well as the public-private-partnership (P3) procurement approach used for the under-construction Eglinton Crosstown LRT.


Wickens said, “Early experience by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario with transit projects should not be a reason to hastily abandon the P3 model. To improve the process, however, everyone needs access to better information to vigorously assess P3 effectiveness.”


RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan said, “In a COVID-19 world, I hope this research will jumpstart an urgent debate on how to improve all aspects of delivery for complex transit-infrastructure projects. The Ontario government deserves praise for prioritizing the Ontario Line and for considering innovative at-grade and above-grade designs. But this project must be built with sufficient future capacity to move people properly into and out of the core. Even though physical distancing measures have impacted transit ridership, adding to the Toronto region’s subway system remains an important goal and will ultimately help to reboot Ontario’s economy.”



Jeffrey Machine Inc. welcomes Cindy Liles as outside sales representative

Jeffrey Machine Inc. announces the appointment of Cindy Liles as an outside sales representative for the South-Central region for the company. Liles will work in all aspects of sales including business development and attending industry meetings and events. Liles has been part of the construction industry for 25 years and specifically the drilling industry for eight years.


For more information visit, www.jeffreymachine.com.





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