Tudor Van Hampton U.S. machinery exports rose 43% last year as construction starts remained sluggish. Sany America Inc. Sany late last month assembled its first excavator in the U.S. at its Peachtree City, Ga., plant. Related Links: Cat Shifts Some Production Back to U.S. While U.S. construction starts slipped slightly last year, machinery exports grew by double-digit percentage points, with shipments to Canada, Australia and Latin America leading the way.This 43% export increase, reports the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, follows a 28% rise in 2010 after a steep 38% decline in 2009."Export sales continue to help U.S. construction equipment manufacturers
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.