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Courtesy of IPDIndustrial Parts Depot (IPD), LLC and BU Drive USA, Inc. are excited to announce the creation of a joint venture (JV) company named IPD Turbocharging SystemsTM. This new organization will focus on sales and service for the distribution of BorgWarner, Holset, IHI and Mitsubishi turbochargers, and will provide IPD Remanufactured Turbos.

“Turbochargers are a core component for the servicing requirements of IPD’s global distribution network, and are an ideal complement to IPD’s growing product portfolio,” said Russell Kneipp, president of IPD. “IPD has been involved for decades in the turbocharging industry, and this new JV with BU Drive USA provides IPD with the opportunity to offer our customers a range of turbochargers with the level of service and quality that they demand.”

Jack Lorimer, CEO of BU Drive USA, added, “The combination of BU’s turbocharger and remanufacturing technical expertise worldwide, along with IPD’s sales, distribution, manufacturing and quality processes, is a recipe for success in the critical and complicated business of turbocharging.”

For information on IPD, please visit www.ipdparts.com.

The announcement by The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, that the new bridge for the St. Lawrence will be built as a public-private partnership (P3) recognizes the critical importance of the Champlain Bridge as a $20-billion annual trade corridor and vital transportation artery for Quebec and Canada. The Government of Canada has released the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) business case confirming that a P3 will provide the most cost-effective method to deliver the project within an accelerated timeline.

“The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) strongly endorses the government’s decision to move ahead with the project using the P3 model and expediting the process, given the pressing need for a safe, reliable, world-class crossing for residents and businesses in the Montreal area,” said Mark Romoff, president and CEO of CCPPP. “The project will also create thousands of jobs, stimulate the economy and provide long-term value to taxpayers.”

Over the last 20 years, jurisdictions across Canada have successfully used the P3 approach in 205 projects, with those in operation or under construction worth more than $60 billion: bridges, roads, urban transit, hospitals, airports, schools, social housing, courthouses, detention centres, water and wastewater. The vast majority of these projects have been delivered on time and on budget, generating significant cost savings for governments at all levels, while creating jobs and growing Canada’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness. Governments around the world are looking to replicate the Canadian “gold standard” approach, creating opportunities for Canadian companies with P3 experience and expertise. The new bridge for the St. Lawrence promises to be yet another in Canada’s long list of successes.

About CCPPP
Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national not-for-profit non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through P3s with all levels of government. CCPPP is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.

Major energy, resource, infrastructure and commercial projects will counterbalance reduced residential activity to deliver stable workloads and escalation in 2014, according to BTY Group’s annual Market Intelligence Report on construction costs across Canada.

Increased labour demand for skilled trades, due in part to a large number of retiring workers, will vary by region and sector.

“We expect fairly healthy levels of activity across Canada despite an anticipated general residential slowdown nation- wide, except [for] Alberta and British Columbia,” said Joe Rekab, managing partner at BTY Group. “Large – and often remote – energy and resource projects, with renewed infra- structure spending, will also spur increased labour demand in some regions.”

In Ontario, strong mining investment in the north, renewed horizontal and vertical infrastructure spending and sustained commercial construction in the GTA will keep workloads stable.

Still-strong oil sands investment, flood reconstruction, record high in-migration and a commercial building boom will help sustain Alberta’s robust construction activity and drive Canada’s strongest residential growth.

Continuing investment in transportation and healthcare infrastructure and multibillion-dollar mining and energy projects will help Quebec regain momentum.

Sustained investment in resource and energy development and continued high levels of in-migration will see Saskatchewan keep its place as a growth leader – with strains on labour supply.

Strong shipbuilding and commercial construction, and healthy in-migration that sustains residential activity, will keep B.C. humming as massive LNG and hydro projects get underway and propel the province to solid long-term growth.

BTY Group has been publishing its annual industry review of construction cost forecasts across Canada since 2003. Over the years, the Market Intelligence Report has earned a reputation in the development, property and finance communities for crucial insight on factors behind the changing marketplace and reliable unit rate cost projections for the coming year.

A full copy of the report can be accessed on BTY Group’s website at www.bty.com.

Courtesy of Junttan OyJunttan Oy is launching three “big brothers” in its modern X-Series pile driving rig family in addition to the smaller range PMx20, PMx22, PMx24 and PMx25 rigs launched a few years ago. The new models – carrying the nickname J-reX – are the PMx26, PMx27 and PMx28, and have maximum leader capacities of 20, 23 and 25 metric tons and maximum pile lengths of 24, 25 and 28 meters respectively. This makes the PMx28 the biggest and strongest complete, purpose-built pile driving machine ever built, with a full-scaled telescopic leader and other well-known Junttan features.

The whole basic structure and component layout of the PMx26 through 28 series has been redeveloped according to Junttan’s 35 years of experience in the field, which means effortless operation and maintenance, and uncompromising safety, stability, transportability and structural strength. The hydraulic system has also been completely overhauled and Junttan’s innovative X-control system for the PMx26 through 28 series has been further developed for the most convenient and productive operation and low fuel consumption. The PMx26 through 28 series utilizes the latest engine technology to conform to the toughest international emission legislation.

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