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    No stormwater work in Commerce Street and S. 9th St. intersection this weekend – soundtransit.org - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Because of weather conditions and other issues, the contractor will not do stormwater work in the Commerce St. and S. 9th St. intersection this weekend. This stormwater work will be rescheduled. Crews will start signals, electrical work and track installation on Commerce Street from S. 7th St. to I-705 on Monday, Feb 22. First, crews will do signals and electrical work at the S. 7th St. intersection and for the track and Old City Hall Station. Then, the contractor will install track from S. 7th St. to I-705. This work includes removing asphalt, moving rail into place, pouring concrete around the rail, and paving. Starting on Feb 22, the southbound lane on Commerce St. will be closed from I-705 to S. 9th St. Commerce St. will be closed to thru-traffic from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. Local access and access to driveways will be maintained. The detour route from I-705 is Stadium Way north to Broadway or St. Helens or take an earlier exit (City Center exit). Please allow extra time to reach your destination thank you.

    We will provide more information about the schedule and location of the stormwater work on Commerce St. This work is expected to start in the S. 9th St. and Commerce St. intersection during a weekend.

    COVID-19. The health and safety of all workers on Sound Transits construction sites are of utmost importance to us. Our contractors have primary responsibility for their wellbeing while working on our projects. Sound Transit is actively working with the contractors and construction management teams on all our projects to assure that public health guidelines are being followed.

    Construction and traffic restrictions on Commerce Street.

    As soon as Feb 22.

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    Pavement Maintenance Industry Urges a Stop to Maryland HB 77 – ForConstructionPros.com - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    In the pavement maintenance industry, the use of coal-tar sealer is vast. These materials are safe and provide the best benefit to end users. Still, environmentalists have been trying for years to ban the use of these sealers.

    In the state of Maryland, the legislature is attempting to pass a bill that will ban ALL coal tar and LP based sealers in the entire state. These sealers made up 85% of all sealer applied to parking lots and driveways in Maryland between 2019-2020. The ban would include:

    The bill has now passed the Maryland House. The next step is consideration by the Senate.

    "PCTC has been working in conjunction with the SealMaster franchisee in Maryland Tom Decker. The bill is an existential threat to Mr. Deckers business and everyone involved in the sealcoat business in Maryland," Anne LeHuray PCTC advisor says. "If you have colleagues/customers/supporters in Maryland, please ask them to contact members of the Committee asking them to oppose the sealant ban. If you are NOT in Maryland, you can still call and/or email your opposition."

    The Maryland pavement maintenance industry is also asking our vast network of contractors to sign a petitionto show lawmakers how many jobs this ban will eliminate and the devastating impact it will have on the economy.

    The fact remains, sealcoating with these products offers the very best protection and preservation, but local elected officials are wasting taxpayer dollars to enact bans on these safe products. Coal tar pavement sealer has been safely manufactured and applied on asphalt parking lots for over 50 years.

    It's up to the industry as the constituents, to educate our elected officials on the impact this will have on small businesses that complete pavement maintenance services and the sealcoating industry as a whole.

    Sign the petition here.

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    ACI Asphalt & Concrete named 2021 Contractor of the Year by Pavement Magazine – ForConstructionPros.com - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    I knew I could sell, but I didnt know how to manage my business.

    What a scary realization to come to especially after four fast-growing years in business when everything seemed to be going in the right direction. But that is the realization Jim Bebo, president of ACI Asphalt & Concrete Inc., faced after 1997.

    This is the story of how a concerted effort to rely on accurate job costing, focus on customer service, target specific markets, develop a turnkey CRM proprietary software system, and emphasize customer solutions instead of just bidding every opportunity enabled the Maple Grove, MN, pavement maintenance contractor to become a dominant force in the Minnesota and upper Midwest market.

    This is the story of how ACI Asphalt & Concrete became Pavements 2021 Contractor of the Year.

    When Bebo started ACI in 1993 he did not own any equipment. He survived by getting his general contractors license and focused not only on selling asphalt, but roofing, remodeling, and real estate, and he hired out subcontractors to get the work done. This, of course, brought a lot of challenges trying to juggle all the various businesses.

    So, in 1995, ACI bought the subcontractor that had been doing his asphalt work, and in 1996 he bought his first self-propelled paver, and focused solely on asphalt. He called his company ACI Asphalt.

    In 1997, Bebo quickly realized he was good at providing his customers with quality service, but he was barely staying afloat in his business. So he looked toward the National Pavement Expo to get the knowledge and networking he needed.

    I remember buying the pass and sitting in every single class and leaving NPE with a long list of what to do when I got back, he says. I remember listening to Jeff Stokes in class and thinking Boy do I have a lot of work to do. I called him the Monday after the show and had him in here on Tuesday and the first two things we did were look at our job costs and start an estimating system based on job costing.

    Accurate job costing is the difference between making a profit and not making it at all. Its as simple as that, he says. Contractors need to realize that if youre going to be in business today, you have to understand your job costs and bid your work accordingly. There is no room for fluff in bids if you want to remain competitive.

    When Stokes and Bebo analyzed ACIs job costs, they learned not only why they needed to make some changes but also what some of those changes should be including focusing on different markets and changing the sales culture from old school bidding to a new consultative customer approach.

    ACI realized that when they had trouble collecting payment, the problematic customers were almost always either a home builder or a small general contractor.

    We were at the mercy of all these other people and all these other things that we couldnt control, and we were bidding so close that we couldnt afford any errors on our part or on anyone elses part. We couldnt afford delays or anything, he says. So ACI ran a tight ship for a couple of years.

    In 1997, after focusing strictly on asphalt and making those changes, ACI and its 15 employees generated $1.4 million in paving and pavement maintenance work ranging from patching and repair to overlays and construction of new driveways and parking lots.

    But despite the nice gross sales number, the company barely made a profit that year. However, ACI continued to grow at a successful rate, eventually reaching $5 million in sales with a payroll of 30 fulltime people in 2000. That same year ACI acquired strategically located property and built a new building. The new location featured a bigger yard, enabling the contractor to add bulk storage tanks and house more equipment, meaning it could perform almost all its own services rather than subcontract them out.

    Then came 2002. We really amped it up that year, but we lost a ton of money, Bebo says. We did a lot of work for general contractors, and we lost money because we were running a driveway crew and a mainline crew, and the margins were terrible. I tried to compete where I couldnt, and we got ourselves into some real trouble.

    He says he came to that realization in June 2002. But we had no choice but to play out the season and we did. That year was an MBA from Harvard. What I learned that year was its got to make sense or dont do it, Bebo says. It happens to all of us. Learning to say No was good. That year woke me up, pissed me off, and made me realize we cant be everything to everybody. I realized I had to figure out what were good at and do a lot of that.

    So, in 2002 ACI revamped again, scaled back residential, eliminated most builders and general contractor work, no longer serviced small driveways, and started to focus on specific commercial markets, large HOAs and large residential jobs. We got rid of any customers who had a motive to squeeze us, started to build a sales team, and we dug ourselves out of a hole, Bebo says.

    ACI retained quality accounts and built from there, focusing on how best to serve those customers, improving job costing, and growing no less than 10% each year.

    Another improvement was a change in compensation for the sales team. That was essential to our growth, Bebo says. Compensation was now based on how well they managed the job and keeping the customer happy instead of just a percentage of the gross sale.

    He says this allows them to focus solely on the customer solution and meeting customer needs not just bidding everything. ACIs business actually shrunk the first year they implemented the change, but then business improved soon after.

    Like most businesses, ACIs revenue declined and business went down 25%. So, in 2009, ACI acquired its first infrared repair machine. Bebo says that single addition to its service offering has generated constant work for the company while providing a less-intrusive, short-term solution that is more cost-effective for the customer.

    The main reason we bought an infrared machine was because the economy was tough for many of our customers, he says. It got to the point where I couldnt tell a property manager it was going to cost X dollars for three patches because I knew they couldnt spend that amount of money. Now, however, we can do those same patches for one-third the price in half the time with infrared. Thats another move we made with our customer in mind. Now ACI runs 4 infrared units.

    By 2010, ACI completed about 900 jobs, and the companys growth was increasing. They bought a six-acre site in Maple Grove, MN -- now the main headquarters -- to help propel them to the next level. The company employed more than 40 people, with twice as many field personnel as sales or administrative employees. ACI was sending between three and seven crews into the field each day, with about 70% of revenue generated from paving and patching, and 30% from sealcoating and cracksealing.

    In 2012, ACI added a concrete division and added concrete to its name, becoming ACI Asphalt & Concrete. They had been subbing out concrete work for many years but realized they didnt have control over quality or continuity of the projects, which was not in the best interest of the customer.

    ACI started its concrete division with five employees; it now has 20 employees representing 15% of the business. Managing quality control ourselves was the only way we were going to provide concrete services, Bebo says. If we cant do it the right way for our customers, were not going to do it at all.

    In 2018, as demand for ACIs services continued to grow, ACI made the strategic decision to acquire the people and assets of Asphalt Associates of Roberts, WI, and Minnesota Asphalt Maintenance, St. Paul, MN. You cant just add equipment to grow, you need the right people too, Bebo says. We saw an opportunity to make these strategic acquisitions, and we focused on bringing the best parts of each of our cultures together to make ACI stronger and better positioned to serve our customers.

    There are two big challenges in this business, as far as employees go. One is the seasonality of our business and the second is getting the right can do people on our team, Bebo says. Weve always kept a few people on during the offseason, and when the company was smaller, we were able to keep more people on. But with 100-plus employees we cant do that anymore. We cant keep that many employees on 12 months even though were only working nine months.

    To balance the seasonality aspect, ACI seeks fulltime workers who are willing to work seven to nine months with the other months working another job or on unemployment. Through our unions and our benefit programs, our employees are able to get year-round benefits which helps balance the seasonality of most of our jobs, he says.

    After our reawaking back in 2003, we evolved our approach to hiring and focused even more on getting the right people on the team to fit our mission, vision and the skills we need to be successful, Bebo says. He says that for years he would hire skilled people and throw money at them and hope they work out. Now, however, ACI hires people for cultural and skill fit and lets them work their way up in the company, promoting from within wherever possible.

    This way, they learn the business the way we want to do business he says. Its much less risk for ACI, offers the right people the opportunity to succeed and its been much more successful for all parties, adding that ACIs retention rate is 85%.

    Also enabling ACIs growth has been the consistent development of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. For years, ACI scheduled its jobs on a white board, but starting in 2010, ACI added scheduling to its software system, managed by a fulltime scheduler.

    Then in 2016, ACI developed a full-service CRM system and turned it into a turnkey software system that integrates virtually all aspects of the business including CRM, sales, management, and operations. It is more of a workflow and business operation system incorporating everything from job costing to scheduling to reporting equipment costs and even gross profit. All in real-time. This has helped ACIs growth exponentially. The software, PROcru, is used by ACI and several customers and is also available to all other contractors across the country.

    Additionally, the development of the PROcru App has improved business greatly as it provides immediate job costing results. Weve eliminated all the job costing paperwork and we are no longer waiting on the foreman to manually enter in all of the information every night, Bebo says. Each field employee manages their own time and equipment costs on their own App. This gives them accountability, and no one needs to be micromanaged.

    Bebo says ACI has always made a concerted effort to lower its operating cost and overhead so the company could be more flexible with its proposals and better able to add or upgrade equipment when needed.

    He says tighter management of labor contributed significantly to lower direct costs of the project. When crews are in the field, ACI works to make sure crew members are being cost-effective on the jobsite, making them aware of the choices they make during the day and on the job and the impact those choices have on the job and on the bottom line.

    We try to drive home the fact that they dont work for me and they dont work for ACI. Ultimately, we all work for the customer and the customer pays the bills and pays our salary. ACI just signs the checks, Bebo says.

    When we drive operating costs down, we can provide a better service and the same high-quality work as we always have and we do that because thats what our customers have told us they want, Bebo says. We never want to be the company with the lowest price as that requires a business to cut corners and we would never do that.

    We are the most cost-effective producer out there for the value given and property managers and owners understand what that means for them. Add our constant communication, professionalism and following through on all our commitments and choosing ACI as a top vendor is a no-brainer.

    Even with all its attention on reducing operating costs and job costing, ACI still carries a lot of overhead.

    Overhead is tricky because you can only spend so much money on it before you get into trouble. But if you dont have the overhead you just cant give to the customer the service they need and want.

    Bebo adds that ACI does not believe in massive borrowing to finance equipment, so the company carries very little debt. That philosophy was key to surviving recent economic downturns because ACI has been able to borrow where other contractors couldnt because their debt load is too high.

    Our financial strength and fiscally conservative nature have enabled us to weather the storms and not miss a beat, Bebo says. The quality of our people, our investment in our equipment fleet, the quality of the work we do and the way we approach our business, and our customers helps us get through. But one of the biggest things is our willingness to change. We adapt as the economy and market conditions change -- that is essential in this business.

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    The Snow Angels Of West Allis Help Elderly And Disabled Property Owners – WUWM - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    WUWM's Chuck Quirmbach reports on the Snow Angels program in West Allis.

    The snow depth in Milwaukee is now the deepest it's been in about 20 years as snow shovelers with sore backs or shoulders can well attest. In most cities, it's up to the property owners to hire a plowing service. Or, they buy a snowblower or a good shovel, and do pavement clearing themselves. But West Allis recently joined the ranks of snowy North American cities that match older, or disabled, homeowners with volunteer shovelers.

    West Allis has about 60,000 residents. Some people live in older, tightly-packed neighborhoods. Others live in areas developed after World War II, where the homes are more spread out.

    It's in one of those newer neighborhoods where Nate Meyer was at work on a cold and windy night recently, pushing a snow shovel.

    Meyer was clearing a 50-foot long driveway of about three inches of newly fallen snow. The snow looked heavy and wet, but Meyer, so to speak, brushed off that notion.

    "Ah, it's actually not too bad tonight. I thought it was going to be worse, Meyer says.

    Meyer is one of about 40 West Allis residents who have volunteered for a new city program called Snow Angels.Unpaid shovelers are matched with homeowners who are 55 or older, permanently disabled or otherwise unable to shovel their sidewalks, driveways or alleys.

    Meyer is an energetic 30-something who says, no, he has not lost his marbles, not completely.

    "Maybe a little bit, he says. I was actually like, looking for a way to volunteer in my community, and I happened to see this posted on Facebook, and I'm like, 'Why not, I'll give it a shot, you know?' I'm younger, able to do the shoveling."

    Meyer signed up to shovel two homes that night. One belongs to Jane Adams, who's wearing a cast on her left foot due to a recent surgery. Adams has a snow blower and says she normally does her own driveway. But not this winter, and she says her relatives and friends are out of the picture.

    "I have family and friends, but they also have a lot of medical things going on right now. So, I was kind of in a bind, and when I saw the Snow Angels program, I thought, 'I'm going to sign up,'" Adams says.

    She's not alone. West Allis reports 50 people quickly signed up for the program. And with demand for shovelers currently outpacing the supply, the city has stopped taking applications, for now.

    Shoveling snow or doing other work on someone else's property can betricky, since homeowners often want things done just so. But Adams praises her Snow Angel Nate Meyer.

    "I'm like, he's meticulous, he doesn't leave piles. I mean, he does a perfect job, she says.

    West Allis says it modeled Snow Angels after similar programs in Pittsburgh, Denver and Canada.

    West Allis Mayor Dan Devine says his community does have neighborhood associations and church groups that offer snow shoveling. But Devine says demand is typically unmet, and he wanted the city to do its part.

    "We know that we have to salt, we have to plow. We have to pick up garbage. We have to recycle, and people are happy with those services. But when it goes to the extra steps, we did look at other cities offerings and just thought it would be a good idea for our population, he says.

    Devine says there's little cost to the city. And to reduce liability concerns, homeowners have to sign a waiver saying West Allis is not responsible for any injuries.

    The mayor, who is pushing 50, notes he's not quite eligible for shoveling help from the Snow Angels program. "Not yet, not yet. I hope it's still in place when I am," he says.

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    Road crews battle the weather to keep the city moving – YourErie - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Road crews battle the weather to keep the city moving while cleaning up in the wake of Winters mixed mess.

    Here is how the Erie City Streets Department is working during a snow storm.

    Its hard to drive through a snow storm or to shovel snow to clear your driveway.

    Erie City Streets Department is doing their part by working around the clock to plow the streets.

    Keeping safe during a snow storm is hard to do especially if you have to travel in your car or shovel your driveway.

    Im 64 at the end of this month so I dont need to be pushing heavy snow. I dont need to have a heart attack out here, said Mark Andrews, Erie Resident.

    Once you get out of the driveway, theres another challenge.

    Its kind of bad out here, but I think the ice is more bad than the snow. Its what is under the snow thats bad, said Drewey Williams, Erie Resident.

    Its that mix that has made the latest storm unique. Its also forced the Erie Streets Bureau to work around the clock.

    The bureau allowed us to ride along as one of the citys plows cleared the roads on Tuesday night.

    Weve prepared for this storm. We had the trucks in and we serviced them all, checked all the fluid levels, the blade bolts, sprains and everything. We made sure all the spreaders were working properly. Everything was maintained and ready to go, said Steve Sornberger, Bureau Chief of Streets.

    The Erie City Streets Department uses trucks such as this one to plow through the streets to not only let people drive through safely, but also for first responders.

    This plow is actually 12 feet wide, and this is eight. So we can cover a 20 foot sloth of road going one way and we use this on main runs so we can go down the road and clear a big sloth with one shot, said Sornberger.

    The interesting thing about those big plow trucks is that they have a mixture called brine. So what is it?

    Brine is a condensed liquid of salt and water. This is then released while salting the roads.

    Once on direct pavement it will create a barrier between any new fresh coating of snow, so the next time they replow the same spot it is easier to remove.

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    Nascar Rookie Brings Another Major Sponsor To The Cup Series – Forbes - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 10: Chase Briscoe, driver of the #14 HighPoint.com Ford, sits in ... [+] his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Chase Briscoe may have just started in Nascars Cup series, but the rookie is already making an impact. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver made the move into the Cup series this season after a successful 2020 Nascar Xfinity series campaign that saw him score nine wins and make the Championship 4.

    Briscoe was tapped to take over the No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas for outgoing driver Clint Bowyer late last year. Not only did Briscoe bring his helmet to the Cup series with him, he also brought his primary sponsor HighPoint, an IT integration services company that joined him in the Xfinity series and is new to Nascar.

    While HighPoint might not be recognizable to all Nascar fans yet, another sponsor, also new to the sport, is along for the ride. And this one has a great deal of brand name recognition.

    The Huffy Corporation is widely known across America. The bike manufacturer began its sponsorship of Briscoe last season during the virtual racing league iRacing and that virtual became reality starting with last weeks Daytona 500. For Briscoe, the sponsorship is a homecoming of sorts.

    Growing up, I had a Huffy bicycle. I had imaginary races in my driveway on that thing, he said chuckling. I wasn't out there with anybody else, but I would set up cones in my driveway and I was imagining I was racing other people.

    For me, a lot of my childhood, I remember truthfully being on a Huffy, I'm not saying that because they're associated with me now. Like that's a true honest thing. And, you know, it's pretty neat.

    With Huffy, Briscoe has now brought in two high-profile sponsors to the sport. The latest, as he points out, is also very involved in racing.

    For me to be able to be the guy that has brought them into NASCAR is a huge honor and very humbling, he said. It's really neat to, to see those guys be so involved like they are, and they're so interested in it.

    Yes, they're on two wheels and we're on four wheels, but you know, they still have a racing division like BMX and all these other things. It's really a good tie in, and hopefully we have a relationship that will last a long time, because it's, it's great on my end.

    The sponsorship couldnt have come at a better time for Briscoe, coming just as COVID-19 put the world in a lockdown last year. Especially when that sponsorship included a bike of his own.

    It was really a great way to get out of the house, Briscoe said. When COVID first started, training wise, I was on a stationary bike. So, when Huffy and I lined up at the beginning of COVID, it allowed me and my wife to go out and do something outside finally. And it was just a huge thing to be able to get out of the house and have something every day to look forward to.

    Chase and Marissa Briscoe love getting out of the house and riding.

    Jimmie Johnson, the 7-time champion who recently left the sport could be seen riding his bike with crewmembers, other drivers and people who work in the industry during race weekends. That seems to be one of the legacies he left behind.

    Its something that, truthfully the Nascar garage ever since Jimmie, Briscoe said. I would say a large, large majority of the, not only the industry, but specifically at Stewart-Haas, almost half of our guys on their lunch break, go and ride bikes. I mean, that's what they do.

    And all that riding has helped in the racecar as well.

    My crew chief just yesterday went and rode 25 miles, Briscoe said. Man, it's a huge thing in Nascar. And I think it's just because it is relatable to what we do. You know, it's a team kind of aspect. You can go out and ride with your buddies you can still talk and communicate. The drafting is very similar what we do on the racetrack.

    Unlike Jimmie Johnson who spent most of his time riding on pavement, Briscoe prefers going off-road.

    Huffy actually sent me an off-road bike, he said. It was something that last year, one of the guys on the Xfinity team was really big into. So just picking his brain and trying to go do it. It reminds me kind of, of growing up. I rode a little bit of dirt bike stuff just for fun and it's kind of like that. It's intense because you're going on these trails that are narrow, there's some jumps it's, it's really, really exciting.

    So while other drivers might be gulping energy drinks or eating fast food, Chase Briscoe is riding his bike just like he did when he was a kid winning imaginary races in his driveway.

    It's a great thing for me to be tied in with Huffy, he said. And then, you know, all of the things they've been doing from the Chase the Ride deal to help other people go and get bikes at 20% off. And then also, you know, every time we won a race last year, they would donate a thousand dollars a children's hospital.

    There's just so many things they're doing to try to bridge that gap to the racing crowd. it's been really neat for me to be tied to a brand that we're just so well known, and it's such a great company from top to bottom.

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    No stormwater work in Commerce and S. 9th St. intersection this weekend. Track install starts on Commerce on Feb. 22 – The Suburban Times - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Because of weather conditions and other issues, the contractor will not do stormwater work in the Commerce St. and S. 9th St. intersection this weekend. This stormwater work will be rescheduled. Crews will start signals, electrical work and track installation on Commerce Street from S. 7th St. to I-705 on Monday, Feb 22.

    First, crews will do signals and electrical work at the S. 7th St. intersection and for the track and Old City Hall Station. Then, the contractor will install track from S. 7th St. to I-705. This work includes removing asphalt, moving rail into place, pouring concrete around the rail, and paving. Starting on Feb 22, the southbound lane on Commerce St. will be closed from I-705 to S. 9th St. Commerce St. will be closed to thru-traffic from S. 9th St. to S. 7th St. Local access and access to driveways will be maintained. The detour route from I-705 is Stadium Way north to Broadway or St. Helens or take an earlier exit (City Center exit). Please allow extra time to reach your destination thank you.

    We will provide more information about the schedule and location of the stormwater work on Commerce St. This work is expected to start in the S. 9th St. and Commerce St. intersection during a weekend.

    COVID-19.The health and safety of all workers on Sound Transits construction sites are of utmost importance to us. Our contractors have primary responsibility for their wellbeing while working on our projects. Sound Transit is actively working with the contractors and construction management teams on all our projects to assure that public health guidelines are being followed.

    Construction and traffic restrictions on Commerce Street.

    As soon as Feb 22.

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    Getting to the nut of the jobs market | What’s Working | unionleader.com – The Union Leader - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    HERE ARE a few things I learned about squirrels, breadcrumbing and the search for work while waiting for baseball season to start. ...

    One benefit from working from home has been discovering how many neighbors you have living around you and Im not talking about the human ones.

    Take the gray squirrels that scurried across the ice-crusted snow in my front yard last week. They have been my co-workers over the past 11 months I have worked from home. Turkeys and deer sometime stop by, too.

    Recently, I did play-by-play from my dining room office tracking one squirrel bounding across my yards natural area and retaining wall, up one tree and then another, across the driveway and out of sight. It went something like this:

    He grabs the nut. Oh no! The nut is rolling down the hill. Saves it at the cliff. Climbs up the hill. Up the first foot of the tree. Recalculate. To the second tree, No third, fourth tree. Down the hill. Over the pavement...Out of sight. Oh, were going to miss the squirrel.

    Not sure if I amused my wife or scared her. Maybe both.

    So I decided to check in with the squirrel experts at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

    Theyre taking in the view as well.

    All day long I have the opportunity to observe wildlife in my back yard, which if I wasnt basically quarantining at home, I wouldnt have that opportunity, said wildlife specialist Matt Tarr.

    I think it provides a unique opportunity to maybe slow down a bit and just observe whats going on around them and begin to appreciate their yard is home to a lot of other critters other than themselves, Tarr said.

    He rattled off a roll call of bird species, including blue jays and goldfinches, along with at least five squirrels he was staring at from his house in Gilmanton Iron Works as we talked last week.

    Thats more than the 15 human co-workers he would see if he werent working from home.

    But none of them are begging me for food, said Tarr, who maintains a bird feeder.

    The squirrel population is benefiting from a pretty mild winter, he said, providing them with more opportunities to gather nuts and seeds.

    And squirrels like to mate in January and February, so expect to spot a few more starting next month.

    Waiting game

    Since the flip of the calendar to 2021, one staffing agency is fielding more job openings to fill in New Hampshire.

    Theres definitely some good optimism there, said Barry Roy, regional president at Robert Half, with offices in Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth.

    And more workers both new and old are being told to head back to their workplaces, he said.

    He thinks the jobs market will improve as the year proceeds and vaccinations become more widespread.

    The jobs picture still doesnt match a year ago when the market was very, very hot before COVID hit us, Roy said.

    Hes right. New Hampshire isnt back to where it was pre-pandemic. For December, the state reported there were 37,330 fewer Granite Staters employed compared with December 2019. There were 10,020 more unemployed people and another 27,310 who left the labor force.

    Still others were working part-time or in a job paying less than before the pandemic hit last March.

    His firm also released a national survey showing one-third of senior managers surveyed said their company was taking longer to hire new workers, known as breadcrumbing.

    Its stringing folks along, right? Roy said.

    Boston ranked second among 28 U.S. cities in drawing out hiring.

    Its a competitive area with competitive companies with competitive talent with Boston home to larger companies that typically take longer to hire, Roy said. If you have someone you like and want to hire, dont wait too long.

    Thats because 62% of professionals surveyed said they would lose interest in a job if they didnt hear back within two weeks of the initial interview.

    New jobs site

    People looking for a more outdoorsy lifestyle can scan the job openings on a website featuring the Mount Washington Valley area.

    The site, workinthewhitemountains.com, already has received more than 9,200 unique visitors as of last week. About two-dozen employers have posted about 50 jobs on the site, which went live Oct. 30.

    The main purpose of the website is to be a comprehensive resource for employers and potential employees for 2021 and beyond, said Charyl Reardon, president of the White Mountains Attractions Association.

    Her organization joined a group of chambers of commerce in the effort, spending about $20,000 in CARES Act money to develop and support the website.

    Folks from California, Florida, Virginia and New York have visited the site, showing the widespread geographic interest in the North Country.

    Workforce realignment

    You can earn a degree as a licensed nursing assistant at White Mountains Community College in Littleton, but you cant snag college credit for skiing.

    I wish, college president Charles Lloyd said the other day.

    Lloyd, who also oversees locations in Berlin and North Conway, is looking to create a higher profile for the Littleton location, which shares space with New Hampshire Employment Security and is within walking distance of Littletons charming Main Street. Hes pushing to get funds to construct a $7 million building out back that could offer classes as soon as spring 2023 in repairing blades for wind turbines an industry, Lloyd said, that could flourish under President Joe Biden.

    We will be bringing diesel heavy equipment technology from Berlin, IT, foundational manufacturing, and industrial mechanics/energy technology (including electric vehicles, generations, and turbine maintenance), he said in an email following my recent visit to the colleges Littleton Academic Center.

    And for those skiers, Cannon Mountain is only about a 20-minute drive south.

    In the meantime, Lloyd is seeing more people over age 25 attending classes there, including workers displaced by the pandemic who previously worked in area hotels and restaurants now seeking a new career.

    Theres really a workforce realignment, Lloyd said.

    There are people that have either lost their jobs or had hours reduced that can be reskilled to align with open positions while we still need to work collaboratively with employers to recruit a workforce to the North Country and train them accordingly, he said. It is truly a team approach.

    Lloyd also has been talking with Jim Kisch, president and CEO at Passumpsic Bank and chairperson of the Vermont Bankers Association, about lecturing at the college or out in the community.

    I see like a workshop series or guest speakers; something fun, Lloyd said.

    Whats Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshires workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education.

    Contact reporter Michael Cousineau at mcousineau@unionleader.com. To read stories in the series, visit unionleader.com/whatsworking.

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    Brick Pavers Market 2020 Global Overview By Size, Share, Trends, Growth Factors and Leading Players With Detailed Analysis of Industry Structure The… - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Brick Pavers Market Data and Acquisition Research Study with Trends and Opportunities 2019-2024,The study of Brick Pavers market is a compilation of the market of Brick Pavers broken down into its entirety on the basis of types, application, trends and opportunities, mergers and acquisitions, drivers and restraints, and a global outreach. The detailed study also offers a board interpretation of the Brick Pavers industry from a variety of data points that are collected through reputable and verified sources. Furthermore, the study sheds a lights on a market interpretations on a global scale which is further distributed through distribution channels, generated incomes sources and a marginalized market space where most trade occurs.

    Along with a generalized market study, the report also consists of the risks that are often neglected when it comes to the Brick Pavers industry in a comprehensive manner. The study is also divided in an analytical space where the forecast is predicted through a primary and secondary research methodologies along with an in-house model.

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    Key players in the global Brick Pavers market covered in Chapter 12:,Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC,Redland Brick,Endicott,Watsontown Brick Company,Glen-Gery Corporation,GAULT STONE,Pine Hall Brick,Mansfield Brick & Supply,The Belden Brick Company,Taylor Clay Products,Interstate Brick,Bharat Bricks Industries,GENERAL SHALE,Acme Brick Company,Wienerberger,Belgard,Ibstock

    In Chapter 4 and 14.1, on the basis of types, the Brick Pavers market from 2015 to 2025 is primarily split into:,General Brick Pavers,Wall Brick Pavers

    In Chapter 5 and 14.2, on the basis of applications, the Brick Pavers market from 2015 to 2025 covers:,Patio,Walkways,Driveway,Civic plazas,Others

    Geographically, the detailed analysis of consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, historic and forecast (2015-2025) of the following regions are covered in Chapter 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14:,North America (Covered in Chapter 7 and 14),United States,Canada,Mexico,Europe (Covered in Chapter 8 and 14),Germany,UK,France,Italy,Spain,Russia,Others,Asia-Pacific (Covered in Chapter 9 and 14),China,Japan,South Korea,Australia,India,Southeast Asia,Others,Middle East and Africa (Covered in Chapter 10 and 14),Saudi Arabia,UAE,Egypt,Nigeria,South Africa,Others,South America (Covered in Chapter 11 and 14),Brazil,Argentina,Columbia,Chile,Others,Regional scope can be customized

    For a global outreach, the Brick Pavers study also classifies the market into a global distribution where key market demographics are established based on the majority of the market share. The following markets that are often considered for establishing a global outreach are North America, Europe, Asia, and the Rest of the World. Depending on the study, the following markets are often interchanged, added, or excluded as certain markets only adhere to certain products and needs.

    Here is a short glance at what the study actually encompasses:,Study includes strategic developments, latest product launches, regional growth markers and mergers & acquisitions,Revenue, cost price, capacity & utilizations, import/export rates and market share,Forecast predictions are generated from analytical data sources and calculated through a series of in-house processes.

    However, based on requirements, this report could be customized for specific regions and countries.

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    Some Point of Table of Content:

    Chapter One: Brick Pavers Introduction and Market Overview

    Chapter Two: Executive Summary

    Chapter Three: Industry Chain Analysis

    Chapter Four: Global Brick Pavers Market, by Type

    Chapter Five: Brick Pavers Market, by Application

    Chapter Six: Global Brick Pavers Market Analysis by Regions

    Chapter Seven: North America Brick Pavers Market Analysis by Countries

    Chapter Eight: Europe Brick Pavers Market Analysis by Countries

    Chapter Nine: Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Market Analysis by Countries

    Chapter Ten: Middle East and Africa Brick Pavers Market Analysis by Countries

    Chapter Eleven: South America Brick Pavers Market Analysis by Countries

    Chapter Twelve: Competitive Landscape 12.1 Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC 12.1.1 Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC Basic Information 12.1.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.1.3 Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.2 Redland Brick 12.2.1 Redland Brick Basic Information 12.2.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.2.3 Redland Brick Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.3 Endicott 12.3.1 Endicott Basic Information 12.3.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.3.3 Endicott Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.4 Watsontown Brick Company 12.4.1 Watsontown Brick Company Basic Information 12.4.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.4.3 Watsontown Brick Company Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.5 Glen-Gery Corporation 12.5.1 Glen-Gery Corporation Basic Information 12.5.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.5.3 Glen-Gery Corporation Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.6 GAULT STONE 12.6.1 GAULT STONE Basic Information 12.6.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.6.3 GAULT STONE Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.7 Pine Hall Brick 12.7.1 Pine Hall Brick Basic Information 12.7.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.7.3 Pine Hall Brick Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.8 Mansfield Brick & Supply 12.8.1 Mansfield Brick & Supply Basic Information 12.8.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.8.3 Mansfield Brick & Supply Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.9 The Belden Brick Company 12.9.1 The Belden Brick Company Basic Information 12.9.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.9.3 The Belden Brick Company Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.10 Taylor Clay Products 12.10.1 Taylor Clay Products Basic Information 12.10.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.10.3 Taylor Clay Products Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.11 Interstate Brick 12.11.1 Interstate Brick Basic Information 12.11.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.11.3 Interstate Brick Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.12 Bharat Bricks Industries 12.12.1 Bharat Bricks Industries Basic Information 12.12.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.12.3 Bharat Bricks Industries Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.13 GENERAL SHALE 12.13.1 GENERAL SHALE Basic Information 12.13.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.13.3 GENERAL SHALE Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.14 Acme Brick Company 12.14.1 Acme Brick Company Basic Information 12.14.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.14.3 Acme Brick Company Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.15 Wienerberger 12.15.1 Wienerberger Basic Information 12.15.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.15.3 Wienerberger Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.16 Belgard 12.16.1 Belgard Basic Information 12.16.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.16.3 Belgard Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020 12.17 Ibstock 12.17.1 Ibstock Basic Information 12.17.2 Brick Pavers Product Introduction 12.17.3 Ibstock Production, Value, Price, Gross Margin 2015-2020

    Chapter Thirteen: Industry Outlook continued

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    List of tablesList of Tables and Figures Figure Product Picture of Brick Pavers Table Product Specification of Brick Pavers Table Brick Pavers Key Market Segments Table Key Players Brick Pavers Covered Figure Global Brick Pavers Market Size, 2015 2025 Table Different Types of Brick Pavers Figure Global Brick Pavers Value ($) Segment by Type from 2015-2020 Figure Global Brick Pavers Market Share by Types in 2019 Table Different Applications of Brick Pavers Figure Global Brick Pavers Value ($) Segment by Applications from 2015-2020 Figure Global Brick Pavers Market Share by Applications in 2019 Figure Global Brick Pavers Market Share by Regions in 2019 Figure North America Brick Pavers Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Europe Brick Pavers Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Middle East and Africa Brick Pavers Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure South America Brick Pavers Production Value ($) and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Table Global COVID-19 Status and Economic Overview Figure Global COVID-19 Status Figure COVID-19 Comparison of Major Countries Figure Industry Chain Analysis of Brick Pavers Table Upstream Raw Material Suppliers of Brick Pavers with Contact Information Table Major Players Headquarters, and Service Area of Brick Pavers Figure Major Players Production Value Market Share of Brick Pavers in 2019 Table Major Players Brick Pavers Product Types in 2019 Figure Production Process of Brick Pavers Figure Manufacturing Cost Structure of Brick Pavers Figure Channel Status of Brick Pavers Table Major Distributors of Brick Pavers with Contact Information Table Major Downstream Buyers of Brick Pavers with Contact Information Table Global Brick Pavers Value ($) by Type (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Value Share by Type (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Value Share by Type (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Production by Type (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Production Share by Type (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Production Share by Type (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Value ($) and Growth Rate of General Brick Pavers (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Value ($) and Growth Rate of Wall Brick Pavers (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Price by Type (2015-2020) Figure Downstream Market Overview Table Global Brick Pavers Consumption by Application (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Consumption Market Share by Application (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Consumption Market Share by Application (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Consumption and Growth Rate of Patio (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Consumption and Growth Rate of Walkways (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Consumption and Growth Rate of Driveway (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Consumption and Growth Rate of Civic plazas (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Consumption and Growth Rate of Others (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Global Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) and Growth (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Sales by Regions (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Sales Market Share by Regions (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) by Regions (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Revenue Market Share by Regions (2015-2020) Table Global Brick Pavers Revenue Market Share by Regions in 2015 Table Global Brick Pavers Revenue Market Share by Regions in 2019 Figure North America Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Europe Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Asia-Pacific Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Middle East and Africa Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure South America Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure North America COVID-19 Status Figure North America COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Major Distribution Figure North America Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) and Growth (2015-2020) Table North America Brick Pavers Sales by Countries (2015-2020) Table North America Brick Pavers Sales Market Share by Countries (2015-2020) Table North America Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) by Countries (2015-2020) Table North America Brick Pavers Revenue Market Share by Countries (2015-2020) Figure United States Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Canada Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Mexico Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Europe COVID-19 Status Figure Europe COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Major Distribution Figure Europe Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) and Growth (2015-2020) Table Europe Brick Pavers Sales by Countries (2015-2020) Table Europe Brick Pavers Sales Market Share by Countries (2015-2020) Table Europe Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) by Countries (2015-2020) Table Europe Brick Pavers Revenue Market Share by Countries (2015-2020) Figure Germany Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure UK Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure France Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Italy Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Spain Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Russia Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Asia Pacific COVID-19 Status Figure Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) and Growth (2015-2020) Table Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Sales by Countries (2015-2020) Table Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Sales Market Share by Countries (2015-2020) Table Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) by Countries (2015-2020) Table Asia Pacific Brick Pavers Revenue Market Share by Countries (2015-2020) Figure China Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure Japan Brick Pavers Sales and Growth Rate (2015-2020) Figure South Korea Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure India Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Southeast Asia Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Australia Brick Pavers Sales and Growth (2015-2020) Figure Middle East Brick Pavers Revenue (M USD) and Growth (2015-2020) continued

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    Tested: 1981 AMC Eagle SX/4 Sport Goes Where Most Cars Can’t – Car and Driver - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Jean LindamoodCar and Driver

    From the May 1981 issue of Car and Driver.

    Dateline: Snow Belt, U.S.A. Undoubtedly, American Motors' 1981 Eagle SX/4 Sport is great for winter driving in a city like Ann Arbor, which is notorious for its abominable road upkeep. The four-wheel-drive SX/4's sure-footed grip is comforting when surrounding cars get stuck in their driveways and slide sideways through the slush. But to satisfy the Stump Jumpers and Brush Busters of America, the SX/4 needs to be put through more strenuous paces.

    I have a five-acre field and some woods, and it seemed that the best approach to the Eaglet would be just to take the sucker out there in the field and bury it. Then I'd go and get the old Dodge Power Wagon and pull the SX/4 back out on the road, where, of course, it belonged. After the pantywaist city slickers in the office (who "needed" it to get home to urban apartments) had a chance to drive it, I managed to get the car for a weekend.

    The weather couldn't have been better. The sky had been dumping four inches of snow every other day or so for about two weeks, and the accumulation out in the field along the fence row was knee-deep. We had to knock down the snowbank that the plow had thrown up across the logging road into the woods before we could get in. The Dodge was ready nearby, its "snatchem" strap in place. My husband, Tom, was watching for traffic coming up over the hill as I hurtled the Eagle over the snowbank and into the woods. False start.

    Jean LindamoodCar and Driver

    "We might not make it as far as the field," I shouted. Tom grinned. I backed out over the bank, got a little running start, and heave-hoed over the hill, through the woods, into the field, and honked right around into Turn One.

    By this time, my mind was changed about burying the car. I didn't want to get stuck, because I had forgotten to put my ten-buckle boots on over my tennies. Naturally, that's when I got stuck. When you're four-wheeling, it's just such a moment of indecision that will get you every time. I'm a girl, but even I know that when the goin' gets rough, it's balls out or die.

    So there it died, the absolute furthest from the road it could possibly be. I rocked the car back and forth, thinking, "The truck might not even make it out here," and then of the last $40 wrecker bill we paid to have the Power Wagon pulled out of a muck hole a mile off the road.

    Jean LindamoodCar and Driver

    Tom slogged through the field toward me, grinning. The snow was literally up to the sills, and if you looked back at the two-track around the field you could see the flat spot down the center that the undercarriage had carved out. We kicked snow from around the wheels, rocked a little more, and proceeded to blast off once again. Tom was bummed. He wanted to tryout his new snatchem. "Well, your Eagle won't haul a cord of wood." he said in defense of the Dodge. Right. Tom. "Let me try it now." he said. Right, Tom.

    The SX/4 is a fun vehicle to drive, although four-wheel-drive truck junkies might need to be weaned gradually from their daily fixes of header roar and high-altitude jostling and turbulence. And drivers of a more civilized persuasion might wish for stiffer shocks to control the Eagle's pitch and body roll over wavy pavement surfaces, and for better seats: the SX/4's lack thigh and lateral support and are tilted back at an uncomfortably odd angle.

    Jean LindamoodCar and Driver

    Another negative feature of the Eagle is its relatively low, 17-mpg EPA city-mileage rating. AMC has addressed this deficiency with a new transfer-case shifter it calls "Select Drive" and offers it as a $159 option. The two-handed operation of a dash-mounted control switch will cause two vacuum-actuated spline clutches to disengage: one stops power to the front axle's driveshaft, the other splits the connection between the front wheels. Voil, a two-wheel-drive car.

    Select Drive is unique in that the Eagle's four-wheel-drive mode is available anytime. When you flick your selector switch you can cruise on dry pavement in four-wheel drive without tearing up the front end. And in contrast with a part-time four-by-four vehicle, there are no hubs to unlock when switching to two-wheel drive.

    Jean LindamoodCar and Driver

    There is no EPA mileage advantage in the Eagle's two-wheel-drive mode, but AMC estimates a 10 percent real-world mileage improvement over four-wheel-drive operation. That makes for a substantial improvement over the low-teens fuel economy of most big four-by-four trucks, so if you're in it for the sport of off-road travel and don't really need the cargo area, this SX/4 is for you. And for off-road dilettantes, the Select Drive option is one more button to play with.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    1981 AMC Eagle SX/4

    VEHICLE TYPEfront-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

    PRICE AS TESTED$10,616 (base price: $7,119)

    ENGINE TYPEpushrod 12-valve inline-6, iron block and head, 1x2-bbl carburetorDisplacement258 in3, 4230 cm3Power100 hp @ 3400 rpm

    TRANSMISSION3-speed automatic

    DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 97.2 inLength: 166.6 inCurb weight: 3340 lb

    C/DTEST RESULTS60 mph: 15.6 sec1/4 mile: 20.0 sec @ 69 mphTop speed: 92 mphBraking, 700 mph: 210 ftRoadholding, 282-ft-dia skidpad: 0.72 g

    C/DFUEL ECONOMYObserved: 14 mpg

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