Fed Rate Hike Likely to Spur Spending on Infrastructure and Transit Maintenance Projects According to Stertil-Koni

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Recent .25% Fed rate hike may accelerate capital expenditures on infrastructure and municipal projects.

Dr. Jean DellAmore

Rising Rates Could Actually Spur New Investment

While the recent move by the Federal Reserve to raise its key interest rate by .25% was widely expected, what may come as a surprise is that the marginally higher cost of borrowing associated with such a move may actually spur new capital expenditures on a broad range of infrastructure projects, notably vehicle maintenance facilities serving municipalities and transit agencies across the U.S.

According to Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, a major player in the field of providing heavy duty vehicle lifting systems, “It’s apparent that the Fed is telegraphing that it will be patient with future rate increases. After all, the recovery is far from robust.”

“At the same time,” he continued, “in what could appear to be an economic example of inverse logic, the specter of increased borrowing costs may actually have a positive impact – potentially driving municipalities to lock-in their cost of borrowing for new capital projects now, but with a caveat – the projects must be cost-effective. In essence, the central bank’s action creates a sense of urgency, and that in turn will contribute to greater economic growth.”

For its part, Stertil-Koni embraces the trend.

The company recently introduced a new version of its highly regarded in-ground telescopic piston lifting system, the DIAMOND LIFT, but with a twist. The new approach, called the “Frame Version,” has been engineered for replacement situations, rather than new construction. The DIAMOND Frame Version is designed to work in facilities with existing concrete foundations and efficiently address what may be tens of thousands of old, single-stage hydraulic lifts that are literally rotting away in America’s workshops. Many are likely no longer viable and some may present environmental and safety hazards.

“The bottom line,” concluded DellAmore, “is that big public projects will continue. However, cost controls will likely play an even larger role in securing approvals for local governments, state agencies and municipalities across the country.”

Stertil-Koni, a brand of the Stertil Group, is the global market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts – bus lifts and truck lifts – and is the preferred supplier to the world’s leading companies in the truck and bus industries. Stertil-Koni's breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes mobile column lifts, two-post, four-post, in-ground piston lifts, parallelogram lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. Stertil-Koni is also now installing DIAMOND LIFT across North America, a full rise telescopic piston lift designed to set new standards in precision heavy duty lifting. Stertil-Koni USA is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland. Stertil-Koni has production facilities in Europe in The Netherlands, and in the USA in Streator, Illinois.

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