It Was A Good Run ...

By Loren Faulkner | September 28, 2010

California Builder & Engineer magazine began in 1893 and will end in April 2009. That is a lot of history in the heavy/highway construction industry.

The magazine has been written through the Great Depression, two world wars, as well as the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras, and California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations that threaten the livelihoods of more contractors than any of those other tough times and conflicts ...

And now, it is the current economic downturn that has torpedoed many businesses. Associated Construction Publications, of which California Builder & Engineer is a part, has suffered severely through loss of advertising revenues.

It recently reached the point to where ACP and 13 of its 14 magazines will cease as a business — a sad day for all the editors and staff to see such a large niche in the construction industry just fade away.

I want to thank all the readers of California Builder & Engineer through the 13 years I have been its editor for your loyalty to us. Thank you too, to all the contractors whose job sites I've visited and written about over the years. There was always something new to learn. To the equipment dealers and advertisers, thanks for sustaining us over all those decades. We hope you and all of us see better days in front of us.

I will now be a freelance writer/photographer/editor. For those who wish to contact me, my e-mail is Thanks again for your loyalty all these years. Godspeed to you.

Loren Faulkner


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