August 2013

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Regional Snapshots How Do North American Contractors Spell Relief? RENTAL Even in markets where some sectors are growing again, end users rely heavily on the safety net of low-risk renting. This spring, 11 AED Directors contributed reports about their geographic regions for the May Board meeting – CED presents their summaries. Western U.S. "…You can't always get what you want... But if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need" Patrick McConnell AED Director, Western Region Clyde-West, Inc., Portland, Ore. The Fiscal Cliff, Sequester, Obamacare, Euro Crisis, and Boston bombings aren't what we want, but as with the Stone's hit song, the West Coast seems to be getting what we need." Business is rebounding across the region. And while it is hard to believe, the industry is now into the third year of the recovery. Most companies reported solid sales gains in 2012 led by growth in rental activity and product support sales. Not spectacular growth, but steady and widespread. Singlefamily housing, nonresidential construction, agriculture, forest products, and "green use" of construction equipment for recycling facilities, composting, and scrap handling are all contributing to the expansion. Looking at expansion statistics on a state by state basis: California: On a year-over-year basis, employment rose by almost 300,000 with a gain of 27,700 in construction and 32 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | August 2013 32_Directors_Feature_KP1.indd 32 7/25/13 12:46 PM

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