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Grenada, Miss. — Milwaukee Tool is excited to announce construction on their newest facility in Mississippi. Located in Grenada County, Mississippi, Milwaukee’s latest expansion will accommodate the company’s growing power tool accessories and power tool business, and will also serve as a centralized repair facility. The new location will create more than 800 new jobs, and Read more

Grenada, Miss. — Milwaukee Tool is excited to announce construction on their newest facility in Mississippi. Located in Grenada County, Mississippi, Milwaukee’s latest expansion will accommodate the company’s growing power tool accessories and power tool business, and will also serve as a centralized repair facility. The new location will create more than 800 new jobs, and is planned to open in mid-2023.

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“We’re thrilled to, once again, expand our footprint in the state of Mississippi, where we’ve been able to recruit some of the best talent in the country,” said Steve Richman, Milwaukee Tool Group President. “Our success is the result of our talented people and the culture we’ve created; it is unparalleled in the industry. We are committed to investing in new talent, and the right opportunities to continue meeting the needs of our distributor and user partners with the speed and agility that defines who we are as a company.”

Milwaukee® is investing more than $60 million into advanced technology and manufacturing equipment at their new 563,000-square-foot Grenada location. The facility will house critical accessory manufacturing capabilities, and will join the company’s other service hub in Greenwood, IN, as one of Milwaukee Tool’s main axis points for service operations.

Milwaukee Tool, which employs more than 10,000 people in the U.S., has continually expanded their footprint domestically and globally as their company experiences incredible double-digit growth. In Mississippi, the company has invested more than $209 million in domestic expansion projects over the last 5 years and employs 4,400 people.

More About Milwaukee’s Growth & U.S. Investments

Milwaukee Tool is a global company with manufacturing, distribution, and operations presences across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company has designed, engineered, and manufactured products in the United States for nearly 100 years.

In the last year, Milwaukee® has invested $216 million in domestic expansion projects. In addition to this new Grenada location, the company’s other domestic presences include Greenwood, Olive Branch, Clinton, and Jackson, MS, as well as in Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, West Bend, Mukwonago, and Sun Prairie, Wis., Cookeville, Tenn., Chicago, Ill., and Greenwood, Ind.

Students Receive Funds for Continuing Their Education in HVACR; Effort Supports Continued Development of the Skilled American Workforce Fieldpiece Instruments, a proven category leader known for delivering innovative and high-quality HVACR test tools for more than 30 years, has awarded $2,500 #MasteroftheTrade scholarships to 10 SkillsUSA students committed to studying for a fulfilling career in Read more

Students Receive Funds for Continuing Their Education in HVACR; Effort Supports Continued Development of the Skilled American Workforce

Fieldpiece Instruments, a proven category leader known for delivering innovative and high-quality HVACR test tools for more than 30 years, has awarded $2,500 #MasteroftheTrade scholarships to 10 SkillsUSA students committed to studying for a fulfilling career in the HVACR industry. The grant awarded by Fieldpiece is intended to support aspiring HVACR techs in their continued education and will be used to pay for college or postsecondary HVACR technology program tuition.

The Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship, in partnership with SkillsUSA, was designed to support the next generation of up-and-coming HVACR professionals, with a concurrent aim to close the skills gap in the U.S. labor market for the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration trade.

Through the partnership with SkillsUSA, Fieldpiece Instruments aims to give back to the industry as well as do its part to address 80,000 jobs that are currently vacant and in need of being filled. Without HVACR pros energy is wasted, food goes bad and people’s comfort and safety are at stake. HVACR is a stable, great-paying trade that offers freedom, hands-on work and the chance to make a big impact on the environment and the community.

“We thank Fieldpiece Instruments for supporting the HVACR industry and America’s future skilled workforce,” said Chelle Travis, executive director at SkillsUSA. “It is exciting to see these students pursue further education in HVACR. They have demonstrated a true passion for the industry, and we are thrilled they will receive these scholarships.”

SkillsUSA students and recipients of the Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship are:

  • Alabama:          Josh Parson, Bevill State Community College, Hamilton Campus
  • Florida:                 Johnny Hammonds, Pinellas Technical College
  • Maryland:            William “Billy” Coughlin, Career and Technology Center
  • Missouri:           Cole Hamby, Northland Career Center
  • Minnesota:          Becca Thorstad, Hennepin Technical College
  • Oklahoma:          Josh Parish, Kiamichi Technology Center
  • Oklahoma:          Leslie Plemons, Moore-Norman Technology Center
  • Tennessee:           Jack Ely, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Chattanooga Campus
  • Texas:                   Dave Jentis, Western Technical College
  • Texas:                   Manuel Ramirez, Western Technical College

“Selecting the ten winners was no easy task, as we received many applications from promising, talented and committed individuals,” said Fieldpiece Instruments Director of Marketing, Rachel Newport. “Fieldpiece is proud to support the next generation of HVACR professionals. We congratulate this year’s winners and hope to continue empowering industry professionals by providing scholarships, training resources like our innovative Fieldpiece University program and the most advanced and cutting edge tools available on the market today—developed by HVACR industry pros for HVACR industry pros—to keep them ahead of the curve as masters of their trade.”

Healthy growth in building construction offsets infrastructure weakness Total construction starts rose 3% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $945.8 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts rose 6% and residential starts increased by 4%, while nonbuilding starts fell 4%. Year-to-date, total construction was 6% higher in the first four Read more

Healthy growth in building construction offsets infrastructure weakness

Total construction starts rose 3% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $945.8 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts rose 6% and residential starts increased by 4%, while nonbuilding starts fell 4%.

Year-to-date, total construction was 6% higher in the first four months of 2022 compared to the same period of 2021. Nonresidential building starts rose 19%, residential starts gained 3%, while nonbuilding starts were 2% lower. For the 12 months ending April 2022, total construction starts were 12% above the 12 months ending April 2021. Nonresidential starts were 24% higher, residential starts gained 11% and nonbuilding starts were down 1%.

“The construction sector is seemingly shrugging off the fear of higher interest rates and a potential recession,” said Richard Branch, chief economist for Dodge Construction Network. “Many building sectors have made the turn from weakness to recovery as underlying economic growth and hiring are solid. With the pipeline of projects in planning continuing to expand, this trend should continue in the months to come. However, the concern that the Federal Reserve will force the U.S. into recession later this year may thwart the momentum in construction starts. While recession is not our baseline forecast, it can not be fully discounted.”

Below is the breakdown for construction starts:

  • Nonbuilding construction starts fell 4% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $187.1 billion. Starts in the environmental public works category rose 8%, while utility/gas plant starts moved 10% higher. Starts for highway and bridge projects fell 14% and miscellaneous nonbuilding starts dropped 2% during the month. Through the first four months of the year, total nonbuilding starts were 2% lower than in 2021. Highway and bridge starts gained 28% through four months and environmental public works projects were 2% higher. At the same time, miscellaneous nonbuilding and utility/gas plants starts dropped 37% and 39% (respectively) through four months.

For the 12 months ending April 2022, total nonbuilding starts were 1% lower than in the 12 months ending April 2021. Environmental public works starts were up 10%, and street/bridge starts gained 6%. Miscellaneous nonbuilding starts were 33% lower and utility/gas plant starts were down 3%.

The largest nonbuilding projects to break ground in April were the $531 million Gross Reservoir Expansion in Golden, CO, the $450 million Seven Cowboy wind project in Washita and Kiowa counties, OK, and the $338 million Great Pathfinder wind farm in Boone and Hamilton counties, IA.

  • Nonresidential building starts rose 6% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $295.9 billion. In April, commercial starts rose 2%, institutional starts gained 8% and manufacturing starts increased 16%. Through the first four months of 2022, nonresidential building starts were 19% higher than during the first four months of 2021. Commercial starts advanced 11% and institutional starts 1%, while manufacturing starts soared 189% on a year-to-date basis.

For the 12 months ending April 2022, nonresidential building starts were 24% higher than in the 12 months ending April 2021. Commercial starts grew 19%, institutional starts rose 11%, and manufacturing starts swelled 163% on a 12-month rolling sum basis.

The largest nonresidential building projects to break ground in April were the $500 million Caesar Virginia hotel and casino in Danville, VA, the $430 million Aggie Square Life science building in Sacramento, CA, and the $400 million The Rose Gaming Resort in Dumfries, VA.

  • Residential building starts rose 4% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $462.9 billion. Single family starts gained 1% and multifamily starts rose 13%. Through the first four months of 2022, residential starts were 3% higher than in the first four months of 2021. Multifamily starts were up 16%, while single family housing slipped 2%.

For the 12 months ending April 2022, residential starts improved 11% from the same period ending March 2021. Single family starts were 6% higher and multifamily starts were 27% stronger on a 12-month rolling sum basis.

The largest multifamily structures to break ground in April were the $420 million 2-10 54th Avenue apartments in Long Island City, NY, the $400 million Civic Square condominiums in Seattle, WA, and a $300 million mixed-use building in Long Island City, NY.

Regionally, total construction starts in April rose in the Northeast, South Atlantic, and South Central regions, but fell in the Midwest and West.

Recent monetary donations to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels will help provide children, seniors and other Americans with reliable access to nutritious meals. Rooted in the company’s heightened desire to do more, Saniflo USA, a division of Group SFA, has donated to Feeding America to provide 6000 meals to families in need. One dollar Read more

Recent monetary donations to Feeding America and Meals on Wheels will help provide children, seniors and other Americans with reliable access to nutritious meals.

Rooted in the company’s heightened desire to do more, Saniflo USA, a division of Group SFA, has donated to Feeding America to provide 6000 meals to families in need. One dollar helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. The company also donated to Meals on Wheels providing 100 meals to those in need.

“We believe in the power of food to nourish communities across the United States,” says Regis Saragosti, CEO of SFA Saniflo North America. “With millions of Americans without access to nutritious meals, we must help however we can.”

Meals on Wheels America, a leadership organization supporting more than 5,000 community-based programs across the United States, is dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. Their network serves virtually every community in the country. Along with more than two million staff and volunteers, it delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) recently released the Technicians Manual for Liquid Heating Fuels, replacing the previous instruction manual, Oilheat Technicians Manual -Silver Edition. The new manual is the most comprehensive and up-to-date learning resource for understanding the principles and practices of today’s liquid heating fuel, controls, systems and service. It is the basis Read more

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) recently released the Technicians Manual for Liquid Heating Fuels, replacing the previous instruction manual, Oilheat Technicians Manual -Silver Edition.
The new manual is the most comprehensive and up-to-date learning resource for understanding the principles and practices of today’s liquid heating fuel, controls, systems and service. It is the basis for NORA’s Technician Certification program and serves as the textbook for Bronze certification classes.
NORA’s President, Michael Devine said, “This new edition of NORA’s widely popular technicians manual is important as if offers students, instructors and technicians in the field the most current information available. Since one of NORA’s primary missions is technical education, we are pleased to offer this resource to ensure a well-trained workforce as well as the most reliable and efficient systems for the public.”
The manual is just under 300 pages with hundreds of illustrations, diagrams and tables making the content easily accessible to students and technicians. Each chapter concludes with a QR link to NORA’s recently created online Technical Resource Center where technicians can access videos, documents and technical bulletins that NORA has either created or curated from equipment manufacturers and other reliable sources.
NORA’s Technicians Manual for Liquid Heating Fuels is divided into 17 chapters, each covering specific areas of interest:
  • Liquid Heating Fuels & Its Properties
  • Introduction to Burners
  • Storage Tanks & Piping
  • Nozzles & Combustion Chambers
  • Draft & Venting
  • Combustion
  • Basic Electricity
  • Limit Controls & Thermostats
  • Primary Controls
  • Motors
  • Ignition Systems
  • Heating Systems
  • Annual Maintenance
  • Service Procedures
  • Energy Conservation
  • Customer Service
According to NORA’s Director of Education, Bob O’Brien, “This manual is the product of years of research, writing and design. We hope all technicians and students get a copy and stay on top of the surge in technology within our industry. We are pleased that we have been able to significantly reduce the cost of the manual making it even more accessible to all.”