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AED continues to lobby Congress for highway deal, investment incentives

Associated Equipment Distributors is pushing leaders in Washington to accomplish several legislative priorities. Congress is attempting to reconcile the House and Senate versions of a transportation bill that would fund infrastructure and transit projects. The House's Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act would fund transportation projects up to six years, Read More »

Young branch manager finds opportunity, future in family business

At 29 years old, Kevin Barlet has been around Bejac Corporation most of his life. As he grew, so grew the company. Today, Bejac has six locations and offers custom demolition, construction, recycling and forestry equipment. But back in 1953, it was founded by Barlet’s grandfather and great-grandfather as an underground pipeline company in Southern California’s Placentia. Read More »

Incorporating best practices into retirement plans just makes sense

Starting a retirement plan for employees can benefit businesses in a number of ways, including reducing a company's tax burden and making it easier for them to attract and retain valuable employees. Several options are available when it comes to designing a defined-contribution plan. Using the following five strategies can help businesses craft and optimize retirement plans. Read More »

AED president says Keystone XL pipeline decision is a lost opportunity

President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the 1,170-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline Nov. 6 that would have brought a daily total of 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to American processing plants. The rejection of TransCanada's pipeline was a major victory for environmentalists, who lobbied the president during the past seven years of negotiations. Read More »

AED, industry leaders consider response to Canadian transition

Heavy equipment industry leaders met in Ottawa on Oct. 29 to develop their strategy as Canada prepares for a major transition under new Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Over a dozen speakers from Canadian agencies, businesses and colleges spoke at the event. There were also several panel discussions on topics like customer industries and dealer costs of doing business. Read More »

Trudeau’s election signals opportunity for infrastructure contractors

Winning a decisive majority of the vote, 44-year-old Justin Trudeau became Canada’s second-youngest prime minister Oct. 22, ending nearly a decade of Conservative Party rule and signaling transformation for the equipment industry and the economy. Perhaps of most significance to the construction industry is Trudeau’s intention to prioritize infrastructure investment. Read More »

House continues to seek funding for long-term transportation bill

The U.S. House's six-year surface transportation bill allotting $325 billion in spending on transit, roads and bridges was marked up in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday. The bill for large-scale, complex transportation projects would continue funding close to current levels, maintaining an 80/20 spending ratio between roads and bus/rail systems. Read More »

Court issues nationwide stay against EPA's new water rule

A nationwide stay against enforcement of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ new rule, which defined the scope of the “waters of the United States,” was issued by the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals. The Court ruled that it is in the nation’s interest to maintain the standards of the previous "waters of the United States" definition while challenges to the new rule are resolved. Read More »

AED lobbies Congress to reinstate bonus depreciation

Associated Equipment Distributors' employees in Washington, D.C. have walked back and forth in Congress trying to convince lawmakers to reinstate bonus depreciation and higher Section 179 expensing levels for 2016. The House and Senate tax committees are being urged by association members to adopt a minor modification to bonus depreciation to increase its impact this year. Read More »

Long-term transportation-funding bill unlikely amid House leadership impasse

The U.S. House is expected to unveil a multi-year highway-funding reauthorization bill next week, despite uncertainty as to who will be the next Speaker of the House. Capitol Hill lobbyists said the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will consider a surface transportation bill as early as next week, but that the proposal is expected to lack funding details because the House Ways and Means Committee hasn’t come up with the needed revenue to refill the Highway Trust Fund. Read More »