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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 :: 3:37:04 AM

National

Illinois Truck Fleet Owner Sentenced in Double-Brokering Scheme

Trucking News Online is reporting that Dragan Simovski, who operated Freedom Transportation Inc., in Illinois, was sentenced earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Chicago to 36 months incarceration, 36 months supervised release, and was ordered to pay $532,000 restitution in connection with an illegal double-brokering scheme.

Click to Read More | Illinois Truck Fleet Owner Sentenced in Double-Brokering Scheme

National

Congress Saves Troubled VA Hospital Project . . . for Now.

DENVER (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the troubled project.

Click to Read More | Congress Saves Troubled VA Hospital Project . . . for Now.

National

Students Hit Ground Running With Mo. Heavy Equipment Tech Program

As the technology incorporated into heavy equipment increases, so does the need for technicians who can maintain, service, diagnose and repair it. Traditional methods of instruction must also change to enable students who have chosen this career path.

Click to Read More | Students Hit Ground Running With Mo. Heavy Equipment Tech Program

National

Titan Machinery Celebrates Newly Remodeled Facility With Open House

Titan Machinery hosted an open house at its Rapid City, S.D., location to celebrate its newly remodeled facility.

The facility features 8,500 sq. ft. of space with six shop bays, an exterior parts warehouse and 15 acres.

Click to Read More | Titan Machinery Celebrates Newly Remodeled Facility With Open House

National

West Side Tractor Offers Up-Close Look at Open House

West Side Tractor Sales Co. hosted an open house at its South Bend, Ind., facility on May 14.

In addition to a BBQ luncheon and giveaways, those who attended were treated to an upclose look at John Deere’s newest commercial worksite products and able to demo hammers and Topcon grade controls.

Click to Read More | West Side Tractor Offers Up-Close Look at Open House

National

University Demolition Sees First Kocurek Front in Action

AT Industries recently began demolition on a 9-story dormitory on the University of Missouri campus. Many Mizzou Alumni may have bittersweet feelings about the demolition of Jones Hall, but the building, which was built in 1954, has seen better days and will be replaced by a modern dining facility.

Click to Read More | University Demolition Sees First Kocurek Front in Action

National

Nitke Conducts 50th Annual Wisconsin Contractors Sale

On April 24 and 25, Nike Auctions reached a significant milestone as it conducted its 50th Annual Wisconsin Contractors Auction in Wausau, Wis.

The Annual Wisconsin Contractors Auction has been held for 50 consecutive years at the Nitke Wausau Auction Center, every spring and every fall.

Click to Read More | Nitke Conducts 50th Annual Wisconsin Contractors Sale

National

More Than 700 Attend Farm-Rite Open House in Dassel

On April 25, Farm-Rite held an open house at its Dassel, Minn., facility, which is located at 901 Parker Ave. W. More than 700 people attended the open house.

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National

MDOT Hosts Seminar at Lano Equipment Open House

Lano Equipment held an open house at its Shakopee, Minn., location on April 24.

A DOT Session was conducted in the morning with approximately 200 people attended the presentation. Lano Equipment was well represented by its equipment representatives and local financial services.

Click to Read More | MDOT Hosts Seminar at Lano Equipment Open House

National

Charity, Industry Join to Aid Soldiers in Need

Rebuilding lives would seem to be a natural interest of construction companies as well as of construction equipment manufacturers and dealers. Their professional life’s work, after all, is to build, repair, refurbish and restore.

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National

Indiana Steps Up Road, Bridge Preservation

The state of Indiana is being proactive in its efforts to preserve its road (pavement) and bridge infrastructure with an infusion of funding that is providing work for contractors across the state, be they small, medium or large.

Click to Read More | Indiana Steps Up Road, Bridge Preservation

National

Foley Equipment Celebrates 75 Years of Business

It started as a single store on the brick streets of Wichita, Kan., in 1940 when Paul Foley Sr. joined the Karcher-Wolter-Foley dealership serving 21 counties in south central Kansas. Today, Foley Equipment has grown into one of the region’s leading suppliers of construction equipment and expertise with nearly 1,000 employees in 19 locations across Kansas and northwest Missouri.

Click to Read More | Foley Equipment Celebrates 75 Years of Business

National

Volvo Finds a Pearl in the Rough

Did you know that granite is the second hardest natural rock after diamond? It owes its hardness and density to the fact that it has solidified deep inside the earth under extreme pressure. Thankfully it doesn’t always stay deeply buried – over time, shifts in the planet’s crust forces veins of granite to the surface, where mankind finds commercial uses for it.

Click to Read More | Volvo Finds a Pearl in the Rough

West

Expansion Soccer Team Plans $250 Million Los Angeles Stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Major League Soccer's expansion Los Angeles Football Club plans to build a $250 million stadium on the site of the old Sports Arena next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Click to Read More | Expansion Soccer Team Plans $250 Million Los Angeles Stadium

National

Bunch Brothers's Annual Spring Auction Revisits Louisville

Bunch Brothers’s Spring Auction was back at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., on April 21. The previous year’s spring auction had moved across the street from the fairgrounds but found that, with the season’s unpredictable weather, the gravel lots at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center offered a much more reliable surface for both machines and bidders.

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National

More Than 200 People Attend CAWGC Expo in Joliet, Ill.

More than 200 people and 30 various exhibitors attended the Contractors Association of Will & Grundy Counties Annual Meet & Greet Expo on May 7th at the Click to Read More | More Than 200 People Attend CAWGC Expo in Joliet, Ill.

National

Ditch Witch Hosts Mid-States Training Days

Ditch Witch Mid-States recently conducted a series of Training Days at its locations in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio for the dealership’s customers and other industry professionals. Formerly operating as Ditch Witch of Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York, the company changed its name due to the recently added locations in Lexington and Louisville, Ky.

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National

JCB Shows Resilience As Emerging Markets Fall

JCB achieved underlying earnings in excess of $469 million for the fourth successive year, as improvements in Western economies were eclipsed by sharp falls in developing construction equipment markets.

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Northeast

ECA Hits the Greens to Keep Veterans Healthy

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA sponsored and participated in the Bucks County Veterans Golf Outing in Telford, Pa. on May 18, 2015 to help fund free transportation for veterans to VA Medical Centers in Philadelphia and Coatesville, Pa.

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National

RMT Equipment Moves Headquarters to Blainville, Quebec

RMT has opened its new 6,000 sq. ft. head office and warehouse facility in Blainville, Quebec, near the international transportation hub of Montreal.

Designated as the North American headquarters for global manufacturing including VEI Loader Scales, TRACK-VISION Safety Backup Camera Systems, SciTronics belt scales and metal detectors, and BRT onboard truck scales, the Blainville facility integrates a wide range of resources for parts and service support, factory training and product development.

Click to Read More | RMT Equipment Moves Headquarters to Blainville, Quebec

National

Chinese Building Modeled After 'Star Trek's' USS Enterprise

Mashable reports that NetDragon chairman Liu DeJian is such an “uberTrekkie” (uberTrekker?) that he laid a fat wad of cash ($160 million) to have the building constructed in the ship’s likeness after making a deal with CBS, which, along with Paramount, owns Trek’s licensing rights.

Click to Read More | Chinese Building Modeled After 'Star Trek's' USS Enterprise

National

Continental Tire Sponsors Big-Rig Truck Racing Series, ChampTruck

Continental Tire the Americas is now the named tire sponsor of the ChampTruck series, North America’s competitive big-rig truck racing.

Big-rig truck racing can be found in Europe, Australia, India and South America, and has become one of the largest segments of professional motorsports.

Click to Read More | Continental Tire Sponsors Big-Rig Truck Racing Series, ChampTruck

Northeast

S&R Corp. Full Bore to Complete $17M Highway Project by September

If you have driven along busy Route 24 in Taunton and Raynham for the past year, you can’t help but notice the heavy iron and the pre-cast piles, and the large cranes surrounding both sides of the highway in a major roadway project that has become a landmark for passing commuters.

Click to Read More | S&R Corp. Full Bore to Complete $17M Highway Project by September

Northeast

Concord Reaches Agreement on 100-Year-Old Bridge Project

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Officials say funding is in place for the long-awaited demolition and replacement of Concord’s 100-year-old Sewalls Falls Bridge.

The Concord Monitor reported City Manager Tom Aspell and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation came to an agreement over stalled funding for the project May 11.

Click to Read More | Concord Reaches Agreement on 100-Year-Old Bridge Project

Northeast

Empire Crane's Tadano Mantis at Work on Bruins Training Facility

Empire Crane Company’s 2015 Tadano Mantis 15010 is currently working on the site of the new Boston Bruins training facility, Warrior Ice Arena. Empire Crane rented the Tadano Mantis 15010 to AmQuip who has been working on this project with S&F Concrete.

Click to Read More | Empire Crane's Tadano Mantis at Work on Bruins Training Facility

Northeast

Housing Board to Rebuild Rundown Conn. Neighborhood

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) Not so long ago, Jim Lawlor believed that Willow Street, with its blighted houses, weed-choked vacant lots and drug crime, was no place to raise children.

When a developer asked for his support for the renovation of an apartment building there, Lawlor, the chairman of the city’s housing board, immediately said no, children don’t belong there.

Click to Read More | Housing Board to Rebuild Rundown Conn. Neighborhood

National

Kubota Moving Headquarters to Texas

The Texas Star Telegram is reporting that Kubota Tractor Corp. and Kubota Credit Corp. will move their headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to a 25-acre site northeast of Grapevine Mills mall on city-owned property, according to the company.

Click to Read More | Kubota Moving Headquarters to Texas

National

Are Rural Roads Being Neglected?

The National Transportation Research Group TRIP has released a new report focusing on the special challenges that rural roads face in the current aging infrastructure crisis.

Among the findings of the report:

- Rural residents tend to be more heavily reliant on their limited transportation network – primarily rural roads and highways- than their counterparts in more urban areas.

Click to Read More | Are Rural Roads Being Neglected?

National

Atlas Copco Reveals Winner of Its World of Asphalt Baseball Package

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment announced that Wendy Nester-Schiavo was the winner of its baseball prize package. Atlas Copco held the promotion during the 2015 World of Asphalt tradeshow in Baltimore, where attendees were invited to download the new Atlas Copco Construction App for a chance to win a baseball package for two.

Click to Read More | Atlas Copco Reveals Winner of Its World of Asphalt Baseball Package

National

Atlas Copco Raises Nearly $31,000 for Nonprofit Group

Atlas Copco USA raised nearly $31,000 in individual and company-matched contributions for its employee-led Water for All charity organization. The company raised the funds during a three-day, annual sales conference, and more than doubled the amount of new employee contributors.

Click to Read More | Atlas Copco Raises Nearly $31,000 for Nonprofit Group

National

ARTBA Calls for Nominations for WLTDC Awards Program

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Women Leaders in Transportation Design and Construction (WLTDC) Council is now accepting nominations for its annual awards program, which honors the “extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation construction field as well as the promotion of women leaders within the industry.

Click to Read More | ARTBA Calls for Nominations for WLTDC Awards Program

National

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated reported results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. During the quarter, the company generated $115.6 million of revenue, a 17 percent increase compared to revenue of $98.

Click to Read More | Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

National

Ritchie Bros. Sells More Than $177M During Record-Breaking Auction

Ritchie Bros. sold more than CA$215 million (US$177+ million) of heavy equipment and trucks at an unreserved public auction in Edmonton, Alberta from April 28 to May 1, 2015, making it the largest Canadian auction in company history.

Click to Read More | Ritchie Bros. Sells More Than $177M During Record-Breaking Auction

West

Bertha Damage Much Worse than Expected

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Tunnel Partners finished disassembling Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, on Monday and said the damage the machine sustained when it broke down in December 2013 was more extensive than previously thought, which means they have to revise their schedule for when they will resume drilling.

Click to Read More | Bertha Damage Much Worse than Expected

Northeast

Limerick Township Buys New Case 621FXR for Major Roadwork, More

The Limerick Township, Pa., public works department is not your average public works department, according to Bill Bradford, superintendent of roads.

“We are very diversified,” Bradford said. “We do as much work as we can in house.

Click to Read More | Limerick Township Buys New Case 621FXR for Major Roadwork, More

Northeast

Brubacher Opens New Facility in the Lehigh Valley

Headquartered in Bowmansville, Pa., Brubacher provides a full range of excavation and utility-contracting services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential clients across southeastern Pennsylvania.

Click to Read More | Brubacher Opens New Facility in the Lehigh Valley