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May 5, 2016, 6:28 am

Northeast

Groups Battle Over Rail Line

WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) It's just 7 mi. (11 km) of old railroad tracks that you would think no one would want.

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National

France Calls for 600 Miles of Solar Roads

Popular Mechanics is reporting that the French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Ségolène Royal, has announced that the country plans to cover 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of roads with solar panels, according to the Global Construction Review.

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Southeast

Vandals Play Demolition Derby in Equipment Yard

Local Florida news affiliate Local10 is reporting that four people caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to trucks parked in a Sunrise equipment yard."(They) basically played some crash-up derby with all the different trucks that were in the yard," Michael Curry, of Atlantic Southern Paving in Sunrise said.As he looked through the surveillance video Curry was astonished to see the crime play out.Video captures show four males breaking into the equipment yard, getting the keys to trucks and taking them for a joy ride that escalated into crashing them into walls, concrete blocks and other trucks."It was heartbreaking," Curry said.

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National

Report: Global Construction Industry Must Evolve By Doing This . . .

Thirty measures as part of a construction "industry transformation framework" are detailed in a new report compiled by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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Northeast

Material Handler Proving Its Worth at Tilcon Quarries

Driving around Tilcon's Clinton Point quarry in New York, you will find the typical equipment expected at a facility that processes crushed limestone at a high capacity.

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National

Terex Finlay Launches I-140 Direct Drive Impact Crusher

The Terex Finlay I-140 direct drive horizontal impact crusher with variable speed gives operators unprecedented levels of production in both recycling, mining and quarrying applications.

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National

Fuchs MHL340 E Material Handler Boasts Powerful Engine, Long Reach

The Fuchs MHL340 E material handler boasts a powerful and fuel efficient 173 hp (129 kW) turbocharged diesel engine, offering the power required to handle the most difficult tasks while saving on fuel costs.

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National

Atlas Copco Introduces New Bucket Crusher Attachments

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment introduced its new generation of bucket crusher attachments that offer higher output and greater reliability than previous models.

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Northeast

Mayor Announces Agreement for Burlington Mall Makeover

Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, Vt., announced and released the draft predevelopment agreement between the city of Burlington and the mall property owner, Don Sinex's BTC Mall Associates LLC, for the redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall.The proposed redevelopment will create and preserve hundreds of downtown jobs, help address the city's housing challenge by creating at least 270 new homes, of which at least 54 units (20 percent) will be permanently affordable and restore St.

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Northeast

Petrowsky Holds Three-Day Auction in North Franklin

Petrowsky Auctioneers hosted a three-day major-equipment auction from April 7 to 9 in North Franklin, Conn.The sale featured equipment from American Industries, Tilcon CT, Pine Bush Equipment, SLT Equipment Corp.

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National

RhodeWorks: Rebuild Infrastructure While Stimulating Economic Growth

Rhode Island is taking a multiple strategy approach to rebuilding its aging highway infrastructure while stimulating the job market and growing the economy.The state has created RhodeWorks that would use tolls on large commercial trucks and bond sales to finance major highway and bridge projects.

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Northeast

Walsh Expands Equipment Offerings With Trout River

Walsh Equipment, one of Pennsylvania's leading construction equipment dealerships, announced the expansion of its product offerings with the addition of the Trout River Industries line of live bottom products.

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Northeast

Industry Mourns Passing of Colleague, Friend

Theodore Richard “Ted” Vargo, age 78, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 28, 2016, in his home in Upper St.

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Northeast

Tracey Road Equipment Named Rubble Master Distributor

Tracey Road Equipment has become the official distributor of Rubble Master crushing and screening equipment in all areas of upstate New York, north of New York City.

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Northeast

PIRTEK West End Begins Sponsoring Richmond Dragway

The racing season has begun at Richmond Dragway, which now features a “PIRTEK lane” for its racers.

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Northeast

Stephenson Equipment Names Lantz Territory Manager, New York Area

Stephenson Equipment introduced Jeff Lantz as its new territory manager of the eastern upstate New York area.Lantz will be representing the asphalt and construction lines of Bomag, Diamond Mowers, LeeBoy, Rosco, RoadHog, Stepp MFG.

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Northeast

Norris Sales Celebrates 60 Years, Opens New Facility in Pa.

Norris Sales held an open house April 21 at its new facility in Conshohocken, Pa.Many contractors, as well as local highway and public works departments, attended the event to check out both the company's spacious new facility and extensive product lineup.Vendors in attendance were Wacker Neuson, Link-Belt, JLG, Skytrak,Toro, Gehl, Sullivan-Palatek, Diamond Products, Bone Safety, JBC, Cortina, Armorcast, West Chester Safety, FallTech, ML Kishigo, Striker Hydraulic, Tsurumi and Honda.In addition to providing lunch for its guests, Norris Sales raffled off a host of valuable and fun prizes, which included:• A Wacker Neuson Rammer BS50-2i, won by General Masonry & Restoration;• A Honda generator EU 2000, won Riccioli & Sons;• Two Yeti coolers, won by East Norriton Township DPW and Buttonwood Company Inc.;• A $250 VISA gift card, won by A.J.

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Northeast

J.J. Kane Conducts Auction in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

J.J. Kane Auctioneers hosted its 28th Annual Auction April 16 for Danella Companies Inc. in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.With more than 650 pieces of construction, utility, line and underground equipment from Danella, as well as PPL, PECO and PSE&G, the auction was a big success.

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Northeast

Hess Auctioneers Holds Sale at Marietta, Pa., Facility

On April 15, Hess Auctioneers of Marietta, Pa., held a public truck, trailer and equipment auction. More than 760 registered bidders participated on site and online.Items up for bid included tractors, dump trucks, trailers, loaders, sleepers, dozers, material handling equipment, service trucks and more.

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Northeast

Rep. Mike Regan Visits Groff Tractor

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Regan recently visited Groff Tractor's corporate headquarters for a luncheon.

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National

AmQuip Crane Rental and Maxim Crane Works Consolidate Operations

Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) announced today that they have signed definitive agreements to acquire AmQuip Crane Rental (“AmQuip”) from affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

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National

Navistar Parts Distribution Earns Top Performing Warehouse Award

Navistar, Inc. today announced that Carlisle & Co. named Navistar's Las Vegas Parts Distribution Center (PDC) the first place recipient of a new industry award that distinguishes the top performing parts distribution centers.

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National

Binder Machinery Co. Promotes Baker to Product Support Representative

Binder Machinery Co., headquartered in S. Plainfield, N.J., announced that it has promoted Patrick Baker to product support representative.

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Northeast

Mountaineer Gas Seeks Approval for Gas Line Expansion

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) Mountaineer Gas Co. is seeking approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a major natural gas distribution line expansion in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.The company's senior vice president, Moses Skaff, told The Journal of Martinsburg that the proposed project would run a 27-mi.

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Northeast

The Boom and Bust of Pennsylvania's Coal Towns

PITTSBURGH (AP) One hundred years ago, scouts for Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., a titan of the American steel industry at the time, discovered a most ideal 400 acres of rolling farmland along the Monongahela River in Greene County.Locked into a Gold Rush-esque competition for the coal seams underneath, the company raced to dig shafts and build a processing plant.

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Northeast

Amtrak Must Retrain Workers on Safety

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Amtrak has been ordered to retrain rail workers on basic safety rules after a train going 106 mph (170.5 km) struck and killed two Amtrak employees working on the same track.The mandate from the Federal Railroad Administration suggests the veteran Amtrak workers may not have known the track was being reopened to train traffic.The directive, in bold print, orders Amtrak to reinforce the rule that a track will not be reopened until all workers have either left the area or been warned about an approaching train.The engineer on the southbound Palmetto train had only five seconds to brake before crashing into a backhoe occupying the same track in Chester, about 15 mi.

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National

Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. Honors Guild Excellence Awardees

In 2004, Kirby-Smith developed its own internal award program with the goal of promoting continued education in its parts & service departments.

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National

Drones, Robots Could Make Project Work Play Out Like a Video Game

According to a recent BBC report, the building site of the future is going to look very different to the one we are all used to today.Instead of men in high-visibility jackets and hard hats, there are going to be drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.That at least is the hope of those making technological solutions.But first they have to convince the traditionally risk-averse construction industry that such change is necessary.US start-up Skycatch is using drones on some high-profile building projects - although it cannot name them because of commercial sensitivity.The drones give a bird's-eye view of a site and provide progress reports, speed up the logistics of construction by monitoring deliveries and offer real-time updates on any changes that may need to be made to the plans.Japanese construction machinery giant Komatsu has gone one step further - using the Skycatch drones to provide the eyes for automated bulldozers.

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Midwest

No Penalty for Early Bakken Pipeline Construction

The Iowa Gazette is reporting that a Texas oil company violated terms of a hazardous liquid pipeline permit by starting construction early without notifying inspectors, but Iowa regulators will not impose a fine, which could have reached $200,000, according to an order released Tuesday.The Iowa Utilities Board determined the early construction occurred but was only on property where developer Dakota Access LLC had obtained voluntary easements; had permission of the landowners; and done work that consisted only of staking for the pipeline and clearing trees using hand tools.“In this situation, the board determines that Dakota Access should not be assessed civil penalties,” the utilities board stated in the order.

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National

Gehl 2015 Top Dealer Award Presented to Farmer's Implement of Mineral Point, Wisconsin

Gehl, a leading manufacturer of compact equipment for agriculture and construction markets, presented Fritz Aschilman and Mike Tibbits from Farmer's Implement in Mineral Point, WI with the 2015 Gehl Top Dealer Award.This prestigious award is based on the overall sales performance for North American Gehl Dealers in 2015.

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Northeast

Dangerous Tappan Zee Project Boasts 'Amazing' Safety Record

New York News Affliate WABC is reporting that with the massive 'Left Coast Lifter; in full operation, giant girders are being put into place on the new New York Bridge, being built to replace the Tappan Zee."Anything that our workers may not be aware of when they come in - we offer that training to make sure everybody is as safe as possible," said one manager.The twin three-mile spans stretching across the widest portion of the Hudson River creates one of the most challenging construction projects, and as contractors are boasting, one of the safest in terms of on-the-job accidents."From day one, from 2013 to present - 21 incidents," said Project Safety Manager Daryl Lloyd.The incidents are with more than six million man hours put in by 1,200 workers, two shifts, seven days a week, and with most of the work dangerously over the water."To have one incident, basically one incident every three months is amazing, considering the type of work we do out there and the challenges we are facing," adds Lloyd.Design and construction is by 'Tappan Zee Constructors', a consortium of firms working in conjunction with the New York State Thruway Authority."We never ever disagree on safety, that is one thing we both hold as the highest priority," says Project Director Jamey Barbas.Tappan Zee Constructors has a unique approach."On this job, if they are asked to do anything unsafe, if they see anything unsafe, they are allowed to stop the work, and get it fixed," says Tappan Zee Constructors President Terry Towle.As part of Safety Week 2016, the construction industry as a whole is pushing for greater safety measures."Together we can make a real impact, and keep our people safer," says Michael Cobelli, President and CEO of Skanska USA Civil.Source: WABC

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Midwest

Southeastern Equipment Company Names New EVP

Southeastern Equipment Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Thor Hess to Executive Vice President.

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National

CASE Construction Equipment Releases 4-in-1 Fluid Testing Kit

CASE Construction Equipment announced the release of the 4-in-1 Systemgard Fluid Analysis Kit. The preventative maintenance tool provides a picture of fluid and internal system conditions without users having to dissemble the machine.

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Midwest

McCann Industries to Hold Open House

McCann Industries will Hold an Open House at its Wauconda, IL Branch serving the Lake County territory.

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National

Bill Paves Way for Delaware's New Psychiatric Hospital

DOVER, Del. (AP) The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill to fast-track construction of a psychiatric hospital in Sussex County whose approval by a state panel was subject to a legal challenge.The legislation cleared the Senate with little debate, and now goes to the House.While acknowledging that it was unusual to circumvent the court system, lawmakers agreed that there is a dire and immediate need for more mental health services in southern Delaware.“We are in essence dictating that the hospital go to construction,” said chief sponsor Sen.

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National

Summit Supply LLC Expands With New Atlanta Location

Summit Supply announces the opening of a new location just outside of Atlanta, Ga., to better serve customers in the Southeast region of the United States.The company, which supplies rubber tracks, undercarriage parts, rubber pads and solid tires to the construction equipment industry, has been in business more than 30 years, and has a sound reputation supplying parts for manufacturers including Bobcat, Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota, Case, Takeuchi, Gehl and Mustang.

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