Carolina Cat Hosts Special Demo Day for Cherokee Indians

Carolina Cat hosted a three-day, hands-on event in Cherokee, N.C., from Oct. 23 to 25. Days one and two were for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians; the third day was for local contractors and other customers. About 75 companies came out to test the latest in Cat equipment over the event’s three days. The customers were able to get in the seat and operate many of the newest and latest Caterpillar machines. The machines included dozers, 30-ton excavators, mini-excavators, the 140 motorgrader and compact track loaders. The Next Generation of Cat excavators are built to increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs and improve operator comfort with unique combinations of purpose-built features designed to achieve productivity and cost targets. With the Next Generation Cat 140 motorgrader, options from the cab to controls are in the user’s hands, along with better fuel economy and maintenance costs to lower overall operating expenses. With a choice of levers and a steering wheel or joysticks, this model gives customers options to fit their needs. The Cat mini-excavators with new stick steer has easy-to-operate, user-friendly controls and an intui...

Construction Spending Totals $1.28 Trillion in January

Construction spending increased by 1.3 percent from December to January, according to data analysis by the Associated General Contractors. Spending totaled $1.28 trillion in January at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, and gained 0.3 percent over January 2018. “The data are consistent with general contractors’ reports that they were busy early in the year and expect to stay that way through 2019,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “These early figures fit with what contractors say they expect for the full year, as the association’s survey in January revealed.” 1 Ton Mini Wheel Loader Private residential spending lowered by 0.3 percent from December to January, and 5.6 percent compared to the January 2018 rate. Single family construction spending deceased by 7.2 percent, while multifamily construction spending jumped 12.8 percent. Private nonresidential spending grew 0.8 percent for the month, and 2.4 percent compared to January 2018. Power construction gained 2.5 percent year-over-year, commercial construction declined 4.7 percent, manufacturing construction increased 3.7 percent, and office construction rose 7.6 percent. Public construction spending increa...