Going beyond tracking, ECA member Tenna has become the construction technology platform that revolutionizes equipment fleet operations.

Before the construction technology boom, company co-founders identified the need for Tenna while working together on a heavy civil construction project and grew to develop a total equipment management solution for other contractors with similar needs and pain points.

Now, Tenna specializes in construction technology including equipment tracking hardware and related equipment management software platforms featuring both web and mobile application versions.

Since 2015 from Tenna’s headquarters in Edison, New Jersey, the company has built a staff throughout the entire U.S. representing customers not only here but in Canada, with capabilities to also service Mexico

It is the company’s mission to develop great products and services that provide valuable, innovative solutions for the construction industry. Their vision is continually evolving, continually enhancing their product lines and developing new ones. 

Tenna’s newest hardware devices include the TennaCAM – a safety dashcam – and the TennaBLE Beacon Steel Puck – a spin on their traditional BLE Beacon ideal for tracking equipment parts and attachments such as buckets, blades, forks, etc. that get aggressive use. Tenna products allow owners to know equipment location, utilization, condition, maintenance and inspection needs and reserve machines for projects. 

Always an innovator, Tenna is a highly engaged organization under the leadership of company owner Austin Conti. ECA Board member Elizabeth Torrez is Tenna’s California Territory Account Executive. The company is also a member of numerous industry organizations. For the past seven years, Elizabeth has served as the ECA Installation Dinner Chair and was a previous recipient of both contractor member of the year and affiliate of the year awards with ECA.

Tenna’s outlook on the industry is bright. As it relates to the technology revolution currently growing within the construction industry. The company has seen construction equipment management become a staple for businesses as an essential tool vs. a “nice to have.” Contractors today are increasingly integrating equipment management systems into their operations and workflows to improve efficiencies and cost control, mitigate risk, and increase project margins and overall profitability

It’s Christmas Time in Washington

The much-ballyhooed $2.25 trillion federal “infrastructure” bill is wending its way through Congress this spring, with surprisingly little spending targeted to roads, highways, dams, and water projects.

According to an analysis of the actual language in a White House announcement on March 31, which detailed the list of funding “opportunities.” According to that study, less than six percent ($115 billion) of the $2.25 trillion spending plan will go to roads and highways. 

Big-spending bills like this are often referred to as “Christmas Trees” because the measures contain spending measures that various members of Congress attach, using the support for the purported purpose of the proposed law to carry over to these legislative “ornaments.”

Here’s a summary of some spending categories from the Biden Administration: 

  • 43 percent more is spent on mass transit and rail ($165 billion) than for roads and bridges
  • Less than 2 percent ($42 billion) for waterways, locks, dams, ports, and airports
  • Less than 5 percent ($110 billion) for water projects with an emphasis on replacing lead pipe
  • Less than 5 percent ($100 billion) for broadband
  • 74 percent more is spent on subsidies for electric vehicles ($174 billion) than for broadband.

Meanwhile, most of the bill consists of non infrastructure provisions such as:

  • $400 billion for expansion of Medicaid
  • $213 billion for housing and to increase federal control of local housing markets
  • $100 billion of additional funding for schools without requiring them to reopen
  • $50 billion for a new office at the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • $35 billion for climate science, innovation, and R&D
  • $10 billion for a new “Civilian Climate Corps”
  • Overturns right-to-work laws in 27 states

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes to get the necessary legislation to codify the Biden plan by midsummer. The measure would then move to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced plans to use the “budget reconciliation” ruse for this monster bill. Reconciliation requires only a simple majority vote—51 votes—so that his party could pass the measure without any bi-partisan support. 

While some GOP Senators are making conciliatory noises about supporting the “infrastructure” portions of the Biden Plan, the rest are railing against the tax increases proposed to pay for work.

There are two federal tax hikes included, raising corporate taxes by a third, from 21 percent to 28 percent and a similar planned increase in U.S. tax on corporate earnings from overseas operations.

The Biden plan would spread spending in the proposal over eight years; the tax hikes would continue for twice as long. 

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