Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.
With an eye to reducing regulatory burdens on workforce development, one of President Donald Trump’s latest Executive Orders calls on the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with Department of Education and Commerce counterparts, to propose regulations promoting development of apprenticeship programs by industry, trade or nonprofit groups, unions and joint labor-management organizations. It also directs the Commerce and Labor departments to promote apprenticeships to business leaders in manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.
Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff
Owners or operators of heavy-duty trucks—including mixer, dump and boom- or knuckle-crane bearing models—can enter the “Win a Cat Truck” contest, August 1–September 30, by submitting a video, essay or audio recording to www.DriveCat.com. Entries are to convey how participants in concrete and aggregate hauling, plus other vocations, use trucks and how a new Cat CT660 will make them more successful.
Source: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.
Cat Vocational Trucks will open orders for its flagship CT660 model in April, with contract production commencing the following month at the Navistar severe service truck assembly plant in Garland, Texas. Company officials note the truck will be premium priced, and they will focus on cost of ownership.