Inland Crane acquires Crane West
One Boise crane company has merged with another, as Inland Crane has acquired Crane West for an undisclosed amount.
The combined company has approximately 35 to 40 employees, according to Jeremy Haener, sales and marketing manager for Inland Crane.
Haener said the acquisition gives Inland Crane more workers and equipment, which translates to a better selection for its customers. He also said Crane West had a long-time, loyal customer base that Inland Crane hopes to capture.
Haener said Crane West owner John Huddleston will work for Inland Crane part time as a consultant. He said Inland Empire offered employment to all Crane West employees, though some elected not to work for the combined companies.
Inland Crane offers crane services, as well as machinery moving and heavy hauling services. The company also has a subsidiary called Inland Foundation Specialties that offers drilling, piling, and shoring services.
Boise company joins forces with Century 21
Boise-based Magellan Companies has affiliated with Century 21 Real Estate LLC.
The company will operate as Century 21 Magellan and specialize in residential and commercial real estate in the Treasure Valley. Wes Flacker founded Magellan Companies in 2008 and will oversee operations with the new firm. Previously, Flacker’s firm renovated and flipped homes. His focus now is on residential brokerage services.
“We’re reducing renovations, increasing our focus on new buildings,” Flacker said.
He said home prices today in the area are comparable to what they were in 2005 and 2006. But he said he’s seeing movement among potential buyers and sellers.
“Folks who wanted to move and couldn’t are now looking at selling their property now,” he said.
Report: One in five workers will change jobs this year
One in five workers will change jobs this year, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.
CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive surveyed workers at the beginning of the year and found that their job satisfaction had dropped 13 percent from the same time a year before.
The Chicago-based company said 21 percent of full-time employees will try to change jobs this year, up from 17 percent last year.
The survey included a representative sample of 3,008 full-time, private sector employees across industries and company sizes.
Fifty-nine percent of workers reported that they are satisfied with their jobs, down from 66 percent in 2013. The dissatisfied said they have concerns about salary and don’t feel valued.
Nearly a third of the workers who said they plan to change jobs cited the fact that they didn’t receive a pay increase last year as the reason.
Idaho Falls to hold energy summit
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will speak at the first-ever Intermountain Energy Summit in Idaho Falls in August.
Moniz, a nuclear physicist who became energy secretary lasy year, is one of two keynote speakers, along with Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson.
The conference will examine energy issues in the Mountain West and northern Plains. The conference will focus on finding ways to bring together the planning processes of the region, including transmission and transportation, public engagement and research and development.
Before becoming energy secretary, Moniz served in the Clinton administration and was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Simpson has served in Congress since 1999 and serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. Before going to Washington, D.C., he was the Speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives for six years.
The Intermountain Energy Summit, which will take place on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, will be produced by a subsidiary of the Post Co., which publishes the Post-Register in Idaho Falls and three eastern Idaho weekly newspapers.
White House plan targets methane emissions
The White House has announced a wide-ranging plan aimed at cutting methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, landfills and other sources, part of President Barack Obama’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
The White House plan, which could lead to several new regulations on energy production and waste management, comes amid concerns about increased methane emissions resulting from an ongoing boom in drilling for oil and natural gas.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas released by landfills, cattle and leaks from oil and gas production. It is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn’t stay in the air as long. Methane emissions make up about 9 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to government estimates.
Experts say methane leaks can be controlled by fixes such as better gaskets, maintenance and monitoring. Such fixes are also thought to be cost-effective, since the industry ends up with more product to sell.
The Associated Press