Past year's project bidding increases

According to a new study by PinnacleOne, one of the nation's leading construction consulting firms, an overwhelming majority (92%) of public owners have experienced a price increase in construction project bidding during the past year. The average price increase for the 167 owners interviewed was 13.2%, more than four times the rate of inflation. A majority (60%) of the owners reported average price increases of 10% or more, with more than a quarter (27%) experiencing an average increase over 15% and almost a fifth of respondents (18%) saw their average bid price jump by more than 20%. The cost of both oil/gas and steel were viewed by the owners as the primary drivers of the project price increases.

Bosch and SkillsUSA align to support the future of the building trades

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure the development of America's skilled workforce through education. From students in the trades and industrial occupational training to technical, service, and health related fields, those involved with SkillsUSA come from all backgrounds. The organization's mission hits close to home for Bosch, which has supported trade-oriented education in various capacities for years. Bosch proudly continued its sponsorship of the annual SkillsUSA National Championship Competition held in Kansas City, Mo., June 21–25, 2005.

More than 4600 competitors participated in 80 skill and leadership contests designed to promote the advancement of skilled labor. Bosch was a main sponsor for the building-oriented TeamWorks competition, funded travel scholarships, title sponsored the opening ceremonies, and brought its Big Blue traveling road show. In all, the company donated more than $100,000 to this event.

Bosch plans to continue its participation with SkillsUSA and encourages others in the industry to evaluate their role in helping to develop tomorrow's talent. In addition to national involvement, industry players can also support SkillsUSA on a local level through the various chapters. For more information about SkillsUSA, visit

CIM program seeking equipment donations

The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program at Middle Tennessee State University is moving forward with exciting plans to raise funds for a new building specifically to house CIM. As a significant step in this fundraising effort, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the CIM program, the CIM patrons and staff, along with the World of Concrete (WOC) show management, Hanley Wood Publications, and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, are sponsoring a major one-time fundraising unreserved auction to be held during the 2006 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, January 17–20, 2006.

The auction will be held on Thursday, January 19 at noon. WOC participants and others are invited to participate in the bidding. All proceeds from the auction will go directly to the CIM patrons for use toward the building campaign. To launch the giving, McNeilus Truck Manufacturing has donated a brand new mixer (above), and Somero Enterprises has donated one of its innovative new PowerRakes.

Complete auction details can be found at For more information, or to make a contribution, please contact Austin Cheney, 615-904-8470 or

Reward's ICF discount to families rebuilding

Reward Wall Systems, manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs), is offering a $1-per-form discount to families who must rebuild in the wake of devastating storms like the tornados that ripped through Wisconsin recently. Homeowners can call Reward at 1-800-468-6344 for more information on the discount offer. This offer is not limited to families in Wisconsin but applies to anyone who must rebuild after destruction by hurricane, tornado, or flood and is available to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as well.

The ability of ICF homes to withstand hurricane- and tornado-force winds has long been known, but was made even more evident when a tornado destroyed most of the homes in one Stoughton, Wis., neighborhood.

When the air cleared, one home was still standing with almost no damage: a concrete home, currently under construction, built with ICFs from Reward Wall Systems.

For more information on this home and ICF technology, contact:

  • Brandie Allen-Rezac, Reward's director of marketing: 402-968-3052
  • Randy Settersten, home builder, Settersten Builders: 608-201-8612
  • Dave Zimmerman, ICF distributor, Wisconsin Insulated Forms: 608-921-0206

Increte opens Midwest training & distribution center

Increte Systems has opened its Midwest training and distribution center in Aurora, Ill. The 100,000-square-foot facility will serve as a distribution hub and training center for operations throughout the Midwest.

Increte Systems' commitment to quality starts with its contractor training program. As the only manufacturer to require training before using its products, it has trained thousands of contractors from all over the world in the proper installation techniques of decorative concrete.

Construction Go! Belts

The Construction Go! Belt is a construction-themed activity belt for kids, patterned after adult construction utility belts. Designed to be fun and an educational toy for kids and to foster and encourage interest in construction skills, it has various features including a play drill, tape measure, wrench, foreman whistle, and utility pocket. Made to be durable, the Construction Go! Belt is a long-lasting source of fun, creativity, and adventure for kids.

Construction Go! Belts retail for $24.95 and can be purchased online at or at retailers nationwide (full list available at