Photos by Tudor Van Hampton for ENR Born in the USA Volvo now builds wheel loaders in the U.S. to reduce lead times, which previously were four to six weeks. Photos by Tudor Van Hampton for ENR Highway administrator Victor Mendez (left) speaks while Volvo's Pat Olney looks on. Related Links: Volvo Finds Smooth Sailing by Going Offshore Q&A: Ten Minutes With Volvo's Pat Olney The year's outlook for construction machinery is essentially flat: Equipment sales in the U.S. are expected to fall slightly in the first half of the year, followed by a modest uptick in the second half.The
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.