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March 20, 2017   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Big Equipment Gives the Economy Another Boost

As America's next generation of infrastructure gets underway, advanced diesel technologies are ready to build it and do the work smartly.


Infrastructure is in the news quite a lot these days. Congress and state legislatures are considering massive investments in maintaining and expanding the nation’s roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, ports and airports, telecommunications networks, the electricity grid and many more categories. These projects are sure to boost employment and economic growth as people and goods can be moved faster and work can get done quickly with fewer disruptions. A lot of big equipment will be needed to get the job done. Here, the diesel industry can provide an added economic boost.

When it comes to infrastructure projects, it takes a lot of heavy equipment, and equipment manufacturers are ready to make sure it is ready for the job. A recent report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers suggests that equipment will contribute much more than getting the job done. The manufacture of all of this heavy equipment supports 1.3 million jobs and $158 billion in economic value. In fact, the average wage in the industry exceeds the national average paying workers about $78,000 per year.

Powering most of this equipment is a clean diesel engine. Relative to previous generations of equipment manufacturers just two decades ago, these new technology engines are 90 percent cleaner. Still yet, advanced technologies have been developed and deployed recently that boost productivity and fuel efficiency of these machines. While we debate the future of autonomous cars, these advanced features are already at work in these machines that will get the job done on time, under budget while saving fuel for contractors and reducing emissions for all of us.

As America's next generation of infrastructure gets underway, advanced diesel technologies are ready to build it and do the work smartly. More projects means more equipment that will further boost economic growth and support high paying jobs around the country.



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