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July 24, 2017 - Unmanned Systems Canada has announced that the Government of Canada has released draft regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) operations for public comment in Canada Gazette Part One.
July 21, 2017 - CRS Contractors Rental Supply Limited Partnership (CRS) has entered into a unit purchase agreement to sell CRS to Sunbelt Rentals (Sunbelt), the North American business of Ashtead Group plc, for C$275 million plus a potential earn-out. 
July 21, 2017 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Philip Kelliher, vice-president of Americas and Europe Distribution Services Division for Caterpillar Inc., and David Thorne, senior vice-president of worldwide sales and marketing, Construction & Forestry Division of Deere & Company, to the AEM CE Sector Board to fill unexpired terms.
July 18, 2017 – As a part of a comprehensive strategy to transform the construction industry through improved digital process in all phases of the project lifecycle, Viewpoint has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Dexter + Chaney, a market leader in cloud-based construction enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The addition of Dexter + Chaney’s product suite will be a powerful component of Viewpoint’s strategy to drive further the adoption of technology in construction.
July 18, 2017 - Investment in non-residential building construction totalled $12.4 billion in the second quarter, up 0.3% from the previous quarter. This increase follows three consecutive declines. Nationally, the gain was the result of an increase in spending on the construction of industrial and commercial buildings. The institutional component declined for a second consecutive quarter.
July 14, 2017 - Despite growing supply-side concerns, housing demand continues to be sustained by healthy job creation and optimistic consumers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 220,000 jobs were created in June, with the unemployment rate increasing slightly to 4.4%. Moreover, home builders and remodelers added almost 116,000 jobs over the last 12 months.
July 12, 2017 - Volvo Trucks recently surprised three-year-old Joel by letting him unbox the new Volvo VNL, allowing him to set a new world record together with Volvo Trucks North America and Guinness World Records.
July 7, 2017 - Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in June to the highest level since October 2008, signaling a new burst of hiring after three months of pause, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged federal, state and local lawmakers to enact measures to make it easier for school officials, local associations and construction firms to set up construction training programs.
July 5, 2017 - On June 28, 2017, WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors (BOD) approved changes to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Penalty Amounts Policy (D12-196-6).
July 5, 2017 - Melker Jernberg has been appointed president of Volvo Construction Equipment and member of the Volvo Group Executive Board.
June 27, 2017 – LiuGong Machinery is pleased to announce Kevin Thieneman as chairman of LiuGong North America and senior chief director of Guangxi LiuGong Machinery.
June 26, 2017 - There is now just a year to go until the U.K.’s largest and best attended construction show opens for business again.  Exhibitor rebooks for Hillhead 2018 are already 30 per cent ahead of where they were at the corresponding period two years ago. This follows on from a record-breaking 2016 event which attracted over 18,600 visitors* and more exhibitors (476) than ever before.
June 20, 2017 - Vaughan Paving Ltd. pleaded guilty and was fined $125,000 after a worker was struck by equipment and later died from the injuries.
June 19, 2017 - Aerium Analytics is the latest Alberta business to go international thanks to support from the Alberta Export Expansion Package (AEEP). 
June 19, 2017 - Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., announced a strategic investment in Alight, Inc., a San Francisco-based SaaS (software as a service) technology company that develops industry-specific solutions for financial forecasting and scenario analysis. The unique software has modules that are designed specifically for different industries, with mining and mortgage banking as the first two target industries.
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