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Supply Post Industry News - August, 2018

  • Canada’s Building Trades Unions Welcomes Familiar Faces In Trudeau’s Cabinet Shuffle

    Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) is looking forward to working with the new Ministers, following Justin Trudeau’s latest Cabinet shuffle.

    CBTU is pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau kept familiar faces within areas that are important to the Building Trades Unions.  “We have been big advocates for pipeline construction, protection of Canadian jobs within negotiated trade agreements, community benefits and project labour agreements with public infrastructure projects.  So, to have familiar faces in these ministries are welcomed,” says Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for Canada’s Building Trades Unions.  “Minister Sohi, Minister Champagne, and Minister Carr have been tremendous supporters of our causes within the Trudeau Government and we are looking forward to moving files collaboratively in their new respective department,” says Blakely.

    CBTU is extremely pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau has kept Minister Patty Hadju in the portfolio of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.  “Minister Hadju has been a champion for organized labour and we couldn’t be more delighted to continue building our relationship with her in this ministry,” says Blakely.

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    Aug 24, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Challenges & Benefits of Using GNSS-Based 3D Machine Control

    The global construction sector is one of the world’s largest manufacturing industries. However, it is also one of the least automated. Smarter technologies and automation, including 3D positioning and guidance, is a key factor to automating the industry, to increase productivity and deliver incredible ROI for contractors.

    Traditionally, when a construction site was ready for grading, a surveyor would first stake grade level points. Afterwards, heavy machinery would come in and grade to the levels of the stakes, oftentimes accidentally removing stakes along the way. Although this method worked, technology has evolved to make the process simpler, safer, and more efficient.

    With the advent of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)-based (3D) machine control & guidance technology, heavy machinery can be equipped with all of the required components on the machine itself. A machine equipped with an entire system eliminates guesswork between stake points and cut/fill can be performed in real time, increasing job accuracy, productivity, and efficiency.

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    Aug 24, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Finning Signs Agreement To Become Exclusive Dealer Of MultiDocker

    Finning Canada, a division of Finning International Inc. (TSX: FTT), has signed an agreement to become the exclusive dealer of MultiDocker in western Canada.  MultiDocker is the leading manufacturer of hydraulic material handlers for the forestry, scrap recycling and bulk handling industries.

    "We are delighted to be the exclusive dealer for MultiDocker, a company with over 30 years' experience in manufacturing and distributing cargo handlers world-wide and a recognized leader in the customization of these products to meet individual industrial sector needs," says David Primrose, EVP core industries, Finning Canada. "The addition of the MultiDocker to our product offerings will enable us to provide our customers with a complete array of industry-specific solutions to meet all their material-handling needs."

    This partnership with MultiDocker is a natural fit given the base machine is produced by Caterpillar and many of the parts are standard Cat components that complement the Cat product portfolio. The products are also compatible with Finning's sales and service network. In addition to meeting demand in western Canada for the full line of rubber and track handlers, customers will also benefit from the exceptional after sales support, parts and service Finning provides.

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    Aug 24, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Farm Families Honoured At Ukrainian Village

    Alberta families who have farmed the same land for 100 years or more were recently recognized with Century Farm and Ranch awards.

    Recipients of the award received a bronze plaque to commemorate this significant milestone. A total of 96 families were recognized across the province, including 17 families who were honoured at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Aug. 2nd.

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    Aug 24, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Withstanding Extreme Wear In Bulk Material Handling Equipment

    Urethane provides greater wear resistance than steel or rubber, with better cleanability, and can be customized to meet individual specifications

    Bulk material handling equipment for rock, stone, aggregate, gravel, and sand can experience extreme wear, whether for mines, quarries, or plants for concrete batching or highway and construction material processing. 

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    Aug 22, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • All Three Assembly Plants Producing Kenworth Trucks Earn ISO Certification For Environmental Management Systems

    All Three Assembly Plants Producing Kenworth Trucks Earn ISO Certification For Environmental Management Systems

    In United States and Canada

    All three assembly plants that produce Kenworth trucks in the United States and Canada have now achieved the prestigious ISO14001:2015 certification for their environmental management systems, which support the production of trucks in an environmentally responsible manner.

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    Aug 16, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Straightpoint Load Shackles Monitor Weight of Flying Ship

    A series of 12t and 25t capacity wireless Straightpoint (SP) load shackles are monitoring loads on wire ropes supporting a 2t steel ship, suspended above the city of Linz in Austria, to symbolise the water-themed Höhenrausch cultural project, which runs from May to October this year.

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    Aug 16, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Oil is by far the biggest money-generating commodity Canada exports

    Millions and millions of dollars in taxes and royalties are being lost because of delays in twinning the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Second in a series on the economic impacts of the project.

    By Don Hauka

    Nothing else comes close to generating large economic benefits for Canada the way crude oil does.

    The revenues generated by crude oil exports helps pay for the services we expect like health care and education. They also offset economic sectors where we’re in a trade deficit, such as the $34.7 billion black hole in electronic equipment – our iPhones and all other hi-tech gear at the heart of modern life.As noted economist and commodities guru Patricia Mohr says, the trade figures speak for themselves. They're not a political issue, they're economic facts. The fact is that according to national trade data for 2016, net exports of crude oil alone created a trade surplus of $33.1 billion for Canada.

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    Aug 16, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Cleanup of LNG site in Squamish underway

    Work has begun in Squamish to dismantle the remnants of an old pulp mill site to make way for the Woodfibre LNG project.

    Multi-million dollar remediation includes removal of thousands of creosote pilings, docks and a warehouse.

    The cleanup is being done by Sukwi7 Contracting – a subsidiary of Nchu7mut Contracting, a Squamish First Nation business unit – and Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.The cleanup will involve the removal of thousands of old creosote-soaked pilings, an old warehouse, docks and other infrastructure from an old pulp mill – a job that is expected to take about six months and employ roughly 25 people.

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    Aug 16, 2018 - 3 months ago

  • Protecting Construction Workers from Long-Term Health Hazards

    Safety protocols and accident-related statistics are typically well documented and understood by construction companies, but this is not always the case for long-term health hazards.

    While exposure limits for risk factors like respirable silica dust are very low and breathing in dust over a short timespan can cause lasting damage, long-term exposure-related health effects on construction works are too often overlooked, according to Tim Turney, technical product manager, Casella Solutions.“To avoid these problems, construction companies must be proactive in protecting workers against exposure to dust and other hazardous construction byproducts,” he stresses. “A proactive approach to limiting risk factors, controlling exposure, and continual monitoring will reduce long-term health effect.”

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    Aug 16, 2018 - 3 months ago

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