Welding machines are becoming another low-hanging fruit for jobsite crime. In January and again in March, thieves grabbed a 2006 Miller Big Blue 300 welder off a jobsite along Interstate 495 in Tysons Corner, Va. The machines are each valued at about $10,000, according to the National Equipment Register. Thieves snatched so many engine-driven welders and/or generators during the winter months that this category now ranks in NER’s top-10 list of most frequently stolen construction machines. Experts with the Jersey City, N.J.-based crime database recommend locking up welders, disabling trailers by removing the wheels and displaying company logos and phone
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.