Today’s construction headlines say it all….
“…Firms Line Up for Stiumulus Funds for Transmission Projects…” April 20, 2009
“…1.7B Power Line Project Crisscrossing Minnesota is OK’d…” April 17, 2009
- source engineering news record – a McGraw Hill publication, New York , NY
$5 Billion Funded for Transmission Tower Projects
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the Economic Stimulus Package is starting to impact various segments of the construction industry. One of the primary industries targeted is Energy and Electrical Power Generation.
With the focus on expanding the power utility grid, funding is being rapidly approved – and made readily available for many power transmission projects across the USA. Two such projects are $3.25 Billion for the Western Area Power Administration, based in Colorado, and $1.7 Billion for three new Power Line projects in Minnesota.In today’s challenging marketplace, lean fabrication is mandatory for not only winning the project, but also making a profit.
Peddinghaus Corporation, Bradley, IL has manufactured the perfect machine for transmission tower fabrication. The Towermaster Model APS 2063 can process any sized angle up to 8x8x1” (200x200x25mm) in stock lengths up to 60 ft (18 M). Designed for 24/7 operation, this machine can automatically load a stock length, punch accurately located holes, high speed mark the piece part, single cut shear the part to length, and exit the part into a designated bin area.
The entire CNC process is automatic with only one operator monitoring production. The Towermaster is an industry benchmark for transmission tower manufacturers.