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Bridgit and Touchplan Collaborate to Boost Productivity in the Construction Industry

Bridgit | July 27, 2021

Bridgit, a leading construction workforce intelligence technology company, and Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning software platform that digitizes collaboration, planning, tracking, and communication on the job site, announced today an exclusive partnership that will enable construction firms to better manage risk through a data-driven approach to project and workforce management.

Bridgit provides industry-leading workforce intelligence solutions designed from the ground up to meet the specific requirements of the construction industry. Contractors can use Bridgit Bench to develop and retain top talent, make informed bidding and hiring choices, and predict their project pipeline.

Touchplan has been trusted by the world's top building owners, developers, and contractors to optimize costs and deliver over $52 billion in construction project value since 2013. More than 40,000 construction professionals worldwide have used the Touchplan platform to plan and finish work faster, as well as track, analyze, and manage critical jobsite risk factors such as labor efficiency, supply chain and materials management, health and safety, and quality.

About Bridgit
Bridgit is a workforce intelligence company that specializes in the construction industry. Bridgit's mission is simple: to assist the construction sector in maximizing profitability by putting people first. Bridgit Workforce Intelligence converts workforce data into actionable insights that guide an organization's strategic and tactical business choices. Bridgit collaborates with industry leaders like Skanska, Balfour Beatty, and Ryan Companies, among others. Bridgit is a privately held company that has raised more than USD 15.7 million in equity investment from investors, including Autodesk, BDC Capital's Women in Technology Venture Fund, EDC, IAF, Salesforce Ventures, Sands Capital Ventures, and StandUp Ventures.

About Touchplan
Touchplan is a leading construction planning software that bridges the gap between the office and the field. It aspires to provide approachable, forward-thinking data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and flexible process for all parties involved. Touchplan is firm in its stance that learning from data is the key to making the building process more efficient and, as a result, improving people's lives. Touchplan is the privately-owned MOCA Systems, Inc.'s technology solutions division.

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California's Bobcat Company Brings Electric-powered Construction Equipment Innovations

Bobcat Company | May 27, 2022

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Beam, Longest & Neff, LLC Merges with McIntosh Perry

McIntosh Perry | August 19, 2021

McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. (McIntosh Perry), an award-winning consulting engineering company, is pleased to announce a merger with Beam, Longest & Neff, LLC (BLN), a leading infrastructure engineering firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The partnership provides clients with a team of more than 800 engineers, project managers and technical experts focused on delivering high-quality projects from 21 offices across North America. "We are excited to be combining forces with McIntosh Perry as we create a large, dynamic North American engineering consulting firm that brings together the best people, industry leading knowledge and decades of experience so that we can continue to serve the growing needs of our clients and put forward the best solutions possible," said Tom Longest, CEO of BLN. A third-generation company founded in 1945, BLN has provided services to hundreds of clients on thousand of projects, including the two signature bridges forming the US$2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Projects and most recently the US$4.4 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge. BLN's team of talented and dedicated professionals will form the foundation for the company's expansion into the USA. "We are energized by this partnership for two important reasons. One, it creates professional development and career path opportunities for our employees and two, it ensures a deep bench of technical and professional talent for our clients," said Jim Longest, President of BLN. "One of the key factors in forming this relationship is our similar core purpose, core values and strategic ambition." Jim and Tom Longest, the third generation to lead the consulting firm, will continue to manage operations and support client relations at BLN, and will also serve on the Board of Directors at McIntosh Perry. "It is very exciting to see our company fulfill our strategic vision and evolve into a full-service North American engineering consulting company," said Gus Sarrouh, CEO of McIntosh Perry." As the COVID restrictions are lifted across North America, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of opportunities on both sides of the border, including the $1.2 trillion stimulus that the United States plans to spend on rebuilding aging infrastructure. We are very fortunate to have found a firm with the history, reputation, and capability that BLN has, and we look forward to working with their people to build a unified firm that provides rewarding career opportunities and delivers high-quality projects." About Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC Founded in 1945, Beam, Longest and Neff (BLN), is a third-generation firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is one of the largest full-service engineering firms in the region. BLN delivers comprehensive solutions for all facets of infrastructure projects and has offices in Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, and Puerto Rico. BLN is listed in ENR Midwest as one of the top Midwest design firms and in ENR’s top 500 design firms in the U.S. About McIntosh Perry McIntosh Perry offers a full range of consulting engineering services and technical solutions for public and private sector clients that encompasses every stage of a project, including Building Science, Contract Administration, Energy, Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering, Land Development Engineering and Planning, Municipal Engineering, Project Management, Transportation, Transportation Structures and Surveying. McIntosh Perry has more than 600+ engineers, project managers and technical experts operating out of 14 offices. As we've grown, we remain focused on one goal – helping our clients turn possibilities into reality.

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Patrick Industries, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Coyote Mfg. Co.

Patrick Industries, Inc. | August 10, 2021

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