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Archive for July 2010

User Fee Would Fund Six-Year Transportation Bill

Raising taxes during a slow economy may seem backwards, but when it’s a pennies-per-gallon user fee on gasoline to pay for a multi-year surface transportation bill, then it makes good sense. Federal stimulus programs and funding extensions don’t help the nation’s long-term infrastructure needs — or the need for businesses and states to plan for…

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Group’s Safety Records Honored

The Vecellio Group’s emphasis on safety is reflected in the safety records of its companies and divisions, with most seeing hundreds of thousands of hours worked with no lost-time incidents. At the head of the pack, this summer Sharpe Bros. celebrated four years with no lost-time incidents. Employees were treated to a meal and several…

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Ranger Construction Earns “Best In Construction” Award

Celebrating Ranger Construction’s “Best In Construction” award from the Florida Transportation Builders Association — the second one in four years for Ranger’s North Division, this time for work on SR-414 in Orange County — are project team members, the engineering consultant, and state and association officials. Seated L-R: Ranger Project Superintendent Charles Geiger, Project Manager…

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Central, South Team Up On $37 Million I-595 Contract

A major South Florida corridor is getting a $1.2 billion makeover and Ranger’s Central and South Divisions are key players on a $37 million segment of the work. Under its largest public-private partnership to date, the state awarded a design-build-finance-operate-maintain contract to concessionaire I-595 Express to widen 10.5 miles of I-595 and add three reversible,…

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Ranger Site Development, Paving Projects Are “On The Mark”

Above and below: Ranger South’s Phillip Branson holds a survey rod, Foreman Otto Carr adjusts traffic barriers, and Survey Instrument Specialist Juan Rodriguez checks measurements on a site development and paving project next to Miami International Airport. (Photos by Carl Thiemann)    Ranger South Gradall Operator Mark Prince adjusts barrier wall on a Powerline Road…

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Ranger Back In Action On US-27, This Time In Polk County, FL

US-27 has been good to Ranger Construction — and vice versa. The North Division returns to the roadway where it won a “Best In Construction” award from the Florida Transportation Builders Association four years ago for improvements in Lake County, FL, this time to widen 2.75 miles in Polk County. Under an $8.7 million stimulus-funded…

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Ranger Nabs $2.5 Million Job On Super-Tight Bidding Day

The margin for winning a road improvement bid has become even tighter than the super-slim profit margins typically figured into jobs during this slow economy. Ranger Construction recently turned in a $2,503,302 estimate for three phases of infrastructure improvements in Palm Beach County. A desired winning margin is less than five percent, ensuring that not…

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Job Directions A Breeze On Ranger Street Project

Ranger Central Foreman Tom Brigham and Hoe Operator Mark Beauregard (above), along with Loader Operator David Conway (below), and other crew members, make improvements to Sansbury’s Way and Process Road, right down the street from the company’s West Palm Beach headquarters. The road widening will ease congestion from a nearby amphitheater, automobile auction site, and…

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In Memoriam: John DeFrehn, V.P. — Finance

John DeFrehn, a 40-year employee who rose through the ranks to become the Vecellio Group’s Secretary/ Treasurer and Vice President — Finance, passed away in June after a long illness. John was hired in 1970 as an Accountant at Black Rock Contracting, a leading West Virginia paving company. In 1973, Vecellio & Grogan acquired Black…

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