A century ago, the Ford Motor Company was half way through the 20-year run of producing the Model T, a vehicle with a whopping 20 horsepower engine. By comparison, today’s sedans and SUVs are powered by engines producing 120-200 horsepower. But even those engines seem rather small when compared to the 2019 Dodge Challenger Demon.
Mach 1 Stores, are one of the fastest growing operations in the convenience store arena. During their quarter century of growth, AKRA Builders is their proud construction partner. This short video offers some perspective on Mach 1’s amazing journey. AKRA Team
The lowly pallet was first developed in ancient Mesopotamia, as products were moved on a skid like device. The real development of pallets occurred in the 1930’s, as forklifts were first introduced into the workplace. While we think of pallets in the traditional form (wood), variations of plastic and steel have also found a
For more than 40 years Habitat for Humanity has been building homes around the world. Their unique “sweat equity” model of providing housing for those less fortunate, has provided more than 800,000 units, on every continent but Antarctica. As compared to the largest US home builders, (DR Horton, Pulte and others), Habitat for Humanity would
It’s commonly known that politicians from Winston Churchill to JFK scanned numerous newspapers each morning to stay abreast of the world, national and local happenings. As recently as the 1980’s, it was considered the height of luxury to have a newspaper delivered to one’s bedside (presumably by a butler). In fact, in the fanciest of
The fall harvest is underway. As the combines efficiently capture the spring planting, we are reminded of a unique architectural element of the Illinois farm landscape………the round barn. The round barn is not an American creation. Rather, the first circular structures were created in Europe. But America quickly adopted round barns as their own. In
Miami, Florida, while not suffering a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, offered up one of the more enduring images of the damage left behind. Three large construction cranes in downtown Miami all suffered structural failure. The broken assembly is a stark reminder of the power of a hurricane, even when not in the proverbial “eye”.
Digital camera offerings now include 360-degree imagery. The “full view” of any image comes alive, as the camera captures the item of interest, along with everything surrounding the camera. As an example, displayed via Google’s Street View, the interior images of the International Space station, offer an incredible tour of a place that few will
Did you start your high school day at 7 am? For the enthusiastic students of Effingham County’s CTEC program (Construction Trades Educational Curriculum) the answer is “ABSOLUTELY”! Now entering its third year, the CTEC program offers high school seniors “experiential” learning in the construction trades arena. Meeting from 7-9 am, every school day, the students
The news is filled with stories of the changing face of retail, as impacted by online shopping. From store closings (Sears, Penney’s, Macy’s, & CVS) to bankruptcy (Gander Mountain, Payless, Gordmans, & HH Gregg), retail faces a tsunami of a head wind. The retail fallout is also impacting that uniquely American creation – the shopping