In addition to a semiconductor shortage, automakers are facing a potential bottleneck in the production of lithium-ion batteries because of supply chain problems. US production can't currently keep pace with the increasingly growing demand.
Pizza lovers who ordered from a certain Domino's in Houston this week may get their order delivered by a fully autonomous pizza-delivery vehicle. Customers who prepay will be selected at random to get a visit from the Nuro R2 -- a PIN will be required to retrieve the order from the vehicle.
Companies' procurement departments can further diversity and inclusion by diversifying supplier networks, writes Stephen Day, chief procurement officer at Kantar. "There is evidence that companies with diversity-focused suppliers experience a much higher ROI in terms of procurement while simultaneously spending less," Day writes.
The Ohio Department of Transportation's summer construction season will cover more than 950 projects worth a combined $1.92 billion. The state will leverage revenue from a 2019 gas tax increase to repave nearly 4,600 miles of pavement.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's 2021 construction program covers more than 200 road and bridge projects and 51 multimodal projects. "Although Minnesota's transportation needs greatly outnumber available resources, this year's construction program demonstrates [the department's] commitment to making smart investments in our system to better serve all people," Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher says.
New York is allocating $800 million for a $2 billion project to rebuild the interstate system in the central part of the state. The project includes Interstate 81 running through Syracuse, which has a route considered poorly designed and obsolete.
Industrial Builders has received a $67 million contract to elevate 4 miles of Interstate 29 to keep it dry when a $2.75 billion flood control system is operating during intense floods in the area of Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. The project's Red River inlet and Wild Rice control structure are halfway finished, and the Army Corps of Engineers will receive bids April 23 for a 30-mile diversion channel.
After a pandemic-induced "historic collapse" last year, the construction industry is likely to see 5% growth this year, according to GlobalData. Spending is projected to increase 2.5% compared with 2019, although the estimated total for 2021 is lower than the amount it would have been had the pandemic not occurred, GlobalData says.
Barton Malow used a 300-foot-tall luffing jib crane with a bespoke double spreader bar to remove precast seating units during a $47 million makeover of Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The company also deployed 1,600 feet of event-ready engineered partitions to ensure safety as the stadium continued operations during the project.
Building owners and developers are attracted to architecture, engineering and construction firms that offer more than cost-cutting solutions, but a survey from Building Design+Construction suggests innovation is subjective. Appetite is strong for ideas regarding energy efficiency, product delivery and occupant health, but the market for prefabrication or modular design and construction is tepid.
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