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February 12, 2016, 4:46 am

West

Video: Worker Miraculously Escapes Harm During Demolition Collapse

The website the Guardian is reporting that the demolition of a parking garage in Houston, Texas took a dangerous turn when the structure collapsed on a worker operating an excavator on the site.

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National

IronPlanet/Cat Auction Services Draws Praise From Cat CEO

IronPlanet's February 2016 Cat Auction Services sale got off to a big start on February 8th and has continued its momentum throughout the week.

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Midwest

Wacker Neuson Equipment Aids in Conservation Projects

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center located just north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is dedicated to conservation and sustainability.

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National

JCB to Launch Colorful Limited-Edition Machines as Part of Ongoing 70th

The first batch of colorful limited-edition machines to mark JCB's 70th anniversary is currently in production.The initial wave of “Platinum Edition” 3CX backhoe loaders has rolled off the production lines at JCB's World Headquarters at Rocester, Staffordshire, UK in a color combination last seen more than 40 years ago on the JCB 3C III model.Now, the special machines are on their way to customers throughout the UK, as well as Australia, France, Spain and Russia.

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Northeast

Doosan Equipment Makes Impossible Mission Possible

What do you do when faced with an insurmountable challenge of completing a construction project on the highest peak in the Northeast? Some would shy away from such an endeavor, but not the team at the Mount Washington Cog Railway.The tourist attraction in Marshfield Station, N.H., is installing a fourth railway switch, located about 500 ft.

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Northeast

New Federal Funding Allows $19M for Northeast Rail Corridor Projects

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) While $19 million is a far cry from the estimated $21.1 billion that's needed to address a backlog of projects along the Northeast Rail Corridor, advocates hope it's a signal there will be more to come down the track.The special allotment, tucked into the new federal budget, marks the first time in recent memory that federal money has been specifically dedicated for projects along the aging 557-mi.

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National

Survey Shows New Business Down at the End of 2015

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for December was $12.5 billion, down 5 percent from new business volume in December 2014.

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National

Thousands to Attend Ritchie Bros. Florida Auction on February 15 to 19

It's the most anticipated auction every year: 200 acres filled with rows upon rows of equipment and trucks, ready to be sold.

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National

LeeBoy, Stephenson Equipment Team Up to Fight Cancer

LeeBoy, an industry leader in self-propelled pavers from Lincolnton, N.C., and Stephenson Equipment Inc., a leading construction equipment dealer based in Pennsylvania, will have raised $100,000 for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life by August 2016.

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National

Vermeer Adds Two Industry Veterans to Board of Directors

Vermeer Corporation announced the appointment of Robert Hund and Scott Nelson to its board of directors.

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Northeast

PennDOT Replaces Seven Bridges in Philadelphia Over Five Years on I-676

Crews from Buckley & Company Inc. started working on the Pennsylvaniaa Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) four-year, $65 million project to rebuild seven bridges in Philadelphia last February.

Click to Read More | PennDOT Replaces Seven Bridges in Philadelphia Over Five Years on I-676

Northeast

Baltimore to Raze Buildings to Fight Blight

BALTIMORE (AP) Thousands of vacant buildings in Baltimore will be demolished over the next four years, city and state officials announced, starting in the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested and fatally injured in police custody, prompting civil unrest that highlighted the urban decay.Gov.

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National

Imploded Pa. Bridge Likely to Live on in Construction Projects

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) Residents may not have seen the last of a century-old bridge over the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania that was imploded in late January.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the steel from the 107-year-old Hulton Bridge could end up in a construction project once it's recycled by P.J.

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Northeast

Weary Crews Worked Round the Clock to Keep Blizzard at Bay

Winter storm Jonas brought heavy winds, flooding and snow across the mid-Atlantic region Jan. 22 to 24, 2016.The Nor'easter broke records in many locations, including Allentown, Pa.

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Northeast

Former Vilsmeier President Dies at 67

Richard W. “Rick” Hutchinson of Maple Glen, Pa., passed away on Jan. 30, 2016. He was 67.Mr.

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Northeast

ITE Presents 2015 Award to NJDOT Traffic Ops Director

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced that Sal Cowan, NJDOT's director, division of traffic operations, traffic systems management is the recipient of the 2015 Transportation Advancement Award.This award is given by the Intelligent Transportation Engineers (ITE) Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey each year to a non-engineer who is dedicated to promoting the field of transportation.

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National

Wacker Neuson Crowns New Trowel Challenge Competition Winner

Concrete finishers from around the world competed in Wacker Neuson's Trowel Challenge® competition held at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, NV, February 2-5, 2016.

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Northeast

TrenchTech Adds Three Locations to Serve Mid-Atlantic

Excavation shoring has gone far beyond the delivery of a trench shield. Equipment size limitations, structure support, crossing utilities, understanding soil mechanics and expertise in the OSHA 1926 subpart P have become a part of the everyday world of keeping workers safe in excavations.The type of contractors who now use shoring has grown, as well.

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Northeast

Ten Reasons Why Contractors Should Use MasterRents

Ask Jeff Masterson to give you a couple of reasons why North Shore contractors should rent equipment from Danvers, Mass., caompany MasterRents to tackle a tough job or finish a project on time.

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Northeast

Construction Worker Seriously Injured in NYC High-Rise

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City fire officials say a construction worker has been seriously injured after being struck by concrete in a high-rise building undergoing demolition.Officials said workers at the Madison Ave building just west of Grand Central Station called for assistance around 2:30 p.m.

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National

House Approves Bill to Tighten Control on VA Construction

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill to increase oversight and management of large construction projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs after a new VA hospital outside Denver tripled original cost estimates.The bill, approved earlier this week on a voice vote, requires the VA to allow the Army Corps of Engineers or other federal agency to manage projects that cost more than $100 million.The bill responds to a multiyear debacle in Aurora, Colorado, where a hospital under construction is projected to cost $1.7 billion.

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National

Quake-Toppled Building Leads to Charges

TAINAN, Taiwan (AP) - Three Taiwanese construction company executives have been detained on charges of professional negligence resulting in death following the collapse of an apartment building in an earthquake, killing dozens.The district prosecutor's office in the city of Tainan said Wednesday that Lin Ming-hui and architects Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui were suspected of having overseen shoddy construction of the 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon building, which crashed onto its side during the earthquake Saturday.It said the three were detained to prevent collusion or other acts that could disrupt the investigation.

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National

Caterpillar Names Official Dealer for Cuba

Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it has selected Rimco, a privately owned Puerto Rico-based company, to be the Cat dealer for Cuba.

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National

Home Construction Spurs Spending Charge

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. construction spending rebounded slightly in December, helping push total spending for 2015 to the highest level in eight years.Construction spending increased 0.1 percent in December after falling in October and November, the Commerce Department said Feb.

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National

Terramac Appoints Enviro Services as Authorized Dealer

Terramac expands its representation in the North American market by including Enviro Services as part of its dealer network.

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National

Emerging Transportation Leaders to Convene at the International Conference

To provide emerging transportation leaders with leadership training geared specifically to the toll road industry, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) convenes its 2016 Leadership Academy, February 7 to 12, at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C."From New York City to Orlando, from Dallas to San Diego, and from Portugal to Nova Scotia, IBTTA is bringing together the best and brightest members of the tolling industry to prepare them to be extraordinary leaders of the future," said Patrick D.

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National

Proxibid Marketplace to Host Major Equipment Sales in February

Proxibid will provide online bidding for several high volume equipment sales during the month of February, including the famed Yoder & Frey Kissimmee auction.

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National

A Look Back at the Koehring 505

It's hard to imagine, but there was a time when cable machines were used exclusively for excavation in general construction work.An American engineer by the name of William S.

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Northeast

Details of NYC's Penn Station Overhaul Emerge

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The $3 billion vision for Manhattan's Penn Station includes more light, a new grand entrance, added retail and office space and even a hotel — all part of the plan to transform the cavernous rail hub that Gov.

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National

Empty Paint Cans Used as Construction Material in Collapsed Taiwan Building

The website Quartz is reporting that at least 34 people have died, more than 500 were injured, and over 120 are missing after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on Feb.

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Southeast

'Celebrities' Entertain Alex Lyon & Son Crowd

The Lyons Florida Auctions in Kissimmee this year featured a bevy of quality heavy equipment for sale, as well as some "celebrity" visitors.One of the crowd-pleasing traditions of the sale is to feature celebrity impersonators to entertain the crowds, and this year was no exception.

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National

Isuzu Diesel Positions Top-of-the-Line Engines Under Isuzu Red Tech

Isuzu has proven itself for 100 years and with the number one cab-forward truck since 1986 and more than 20 million diesel engines worldwide, Isuzu Red Tech has become the next logical step to who it is in the marketplace, according to the company.“We have always been known for reliable, eco-friendly, durable, and technologically advanced diesel engines,” said John Dutcher, director of sales and marketing, Isuzu Motors America LLC.

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National

Isuzu Shatters Sales Records

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. announced that it shattered two long-standing sales records in 2015 — for the highest parts sales and for sales of Isuzu commercial trucks.Isuzu dealers retailed 20,725 Isuzu trucks to customers in 2015 — a record for Isuzu trucks in the United States.

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National

IROCK Crushers Highlights TS-522 Screener at World of Asphalt

IROCK Crushers is highlighting its TS-522 heavy duty screener at booth 1614 during World of Asphalt/AGG1 in Nashville, Tenn.

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National

Bidspotter Provides Instant Access to Thousands of Auctions

BidSpotter.com, the global pioneer in live and timed auctions, provides instant access to the thousands of auctions hosted by 350 industrial, construction and farm equipment auctioneers in the United States and Canada.

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National

Education Stars at WOA and AGG1 Academy

World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo 2016 will offer a wide variety of learning opportunities to help aggregates and asphalt industry professionals stay competitive in today's marketplace.A comprehensive slate of more than 115 education sessions will provide real-world operational and management strategies and techniques to help attendees improve professional knowledge and company productivity.AGG1 Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Show & Conference will be held March 22 to 24, 2016, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Click to Read More | Education Stars at WOA and AGG1 Academy