New product announcements: 11/25/2009 Balance the Load: Spread-Axle Trailer The Equalizer is a nitrogen-assisted dampening system now integrated into Talbert 55SA and 60SA spread-axle heavy-load trailers. The system is able to hydraulically transfer loads in all terrain conditions. It provides proportional weight distribution for each axle grouping to reduce stress on loads. Talbert Manufacturing, Inc.; 800-348-5232; www.talbertmfg.com Getting Down: Controlled-Descent Rescue Device The Miller SafEscape ELITE Rescue/Descent Device is a controlled-descent device that is rated for one or two users at a time. Designed for use in rescue situations from elevated heights, with custom-designed kits for wind-energy and tower-crane applications.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.