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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 :: 11:09:21 PM

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Komatsu America Corp Introduces the New D155AXi-8 Intelligent Machine Control Crawler Dozer

Komatsu America Corp. has introduced the new D155AXi-8, Komatsu’s first intelligent machine control crawler dozer in this size class, and the newest addition to the next generation of machine control and dozer technology.

Click to Read More | Komatsu America Corp Introduces the New D155AXi-8 Intelligent Machine Control Crawler Dozer

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Die Cast Aluminum Truck Step Available From Buyers Products

Buyers Products introduces a new die cast aluminum truck step for a secure 14-in. wide by 5-in. (35.5 by 12.7 cm) deep usable step (19 3/4-in. [50 cm] overall width) designed to fit Ford, Dodge and Chevy trucks.

Click to Read More | Die Cast Aluminum Truck Step Available From Buyers Products

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Construction Employment Increases in 45 States

Construction firms added jobs in 45 states and the District of Columbia between February 2014 and February 2015 while construction employment increased in 33 states between January and February, according to an analysis March 27 of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

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Peoria Museum Offers Look at Engineering

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Staring at a dusty terrain ahead, sloping with muddy hills and peppered with trees, Brendan Patterson gripped the wheel of his dozer and prepared to charge forward.

The 11-year-old from East Peoria may not be old enough to legally drive, but fortunately he was steering and moving the dozer's ripper in a Caterpillar simulator.

Click to Read More | Peoria Museum Offers Look at Engineering

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Federal Funding in Short Supply for Rural Water Projects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A pipeline project intended to bring billions of gallons of water a year to a drought-stricken section of eastern New Mexico represents a lifeline to parched communities that are quickly running out of water.

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Southeast

Worth the Wait — U.S. 220 Receives $17.6M Upgrade

After 20 years of discussion and planning, a two-part road project on Greensboro’s rapidly-growing northwest side is finally under way.

The 9.4-mi. (15.1 km) long U.S. Highway 220/N.C. Highway 68 connector, which will one day be rebranded as I-73, is a four-lane highway under construction just west and north of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI).

Click to Read More | Worth the Wait — U.S. 220 Receives $17.6M Upgrade

Southeast

Crane Warning Systems, ORLACO Announce Merger

Crane Warning Systems, located in central Florida, announced a new partnership with ORLACO, providing specialized vision solutions for a wide range of industrialized equipment in some of the toughest applications.

Click to Read More | Crane Warning Systems, ORLACO Announce Merger

Southeast

Pinnacle Cranes Solidifies Position in Southeast Market

Charlotte-N.C.-based Pinnacle Cranes is known throughout the southeast as a top distributor of Link-Belt cranes and was, in fact, named one of Link-Belt’s Top 5 dealers in North America in 2014.

One of the reasons that Pinnacle Cranes is one of Link-Belt’s best distributors is because it works extremely hard to anticipate its customer’s needs.

Click to Read More | Pinnacle Cranes Solidifies Position in Southeast Market

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Indiana Construction Worker Rescues Woman, 3 Kids From Fire

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A construction worker who spotted a nearby house fire ran to the scene and rescued an Indianapolis woman, her three children and the family's dog from their burning home.

Construction worker Bill Spurr was nearby when he saw the fire about 11 a.

Click to Read More | Indiana Construction Worker Rescues Woman, 3 Kids From Fire

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1,000 Construction Workers Suddenly Laid Off

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that A union official is worried about his members’ job prospects after a contractor this week suddenly laid off 1,000 tradespeople at Husky Energy’s Sunrise oilsands project.

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OSHA Seeks $67,900 Fine in Roofer's Electrocution Death

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal officials want to fine a defunct Pennsylvania woodworking company nearly $68,000 for the electrocution death of a roofer - and then sending another worker to finish the job “under the same hazardous conditions' three days later.

Click to Read More | OSHA Seeks $67,900 Fine in Roofer's Electrocution Death

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GPS May Have Told Man to Drive Off Demolished Indiana Bridge

The New York Daily News is reporting that an out-of-town driver following his car’s outdated GPS system drove off of a demolished Indiana bridge, killing his wife in the passenger seat, deputies said.

Click to Read More | GPS May Have Told Man to Drive Off Demolished Indiana Bridge

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Atlas Copco Initiates New Employee Sustainability Program

Atlas Copco has launched an employee-led sustainability program called Blue is the New Green to reduce its resource consumption on a global scale. The new program encourages employees to minimize their environmental impact by making small changes to consume fewer resources, including electricity, materials and water.

Click to Read More | Atlas Copco Initiates New Employee Sustainability Program

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Ritchie Holds Impressive Sale at Columbus Site

Ritchie Bros. held an auction at its Columbus facility, located in South Vienna, Ohio, on March 12.

Equipment up for bid included a large selection of crawler tractors, hydraulic excavators, skid steer loaders and wheel loaders as well as a large variety of trucks.

Click to Read More | Ritchie Holds Impressive Sale at Columbus Site

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Flexible Pavements Holds Annual Ohio Asphalt Expo

Flexible Pavements of Ohio held its Annual Ohio Asphalt Expo on March 3 to 4 at the Polaris Hilton Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The Expo was attended by those who construct, inspect, manage or maintain both public and private transportation infrastructure.

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National

NSSGA Names Jacomet State Aggregates Executive of 2014

Patrick A. Jacomet, executive director of the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA), has been named NSSGA’s 2014 State Aggregates Association Executive of the Year.

Each year, NSSGA recognizes the leader of a state’s aggregates association for exemplary service to the industry.

Click to Read More | NSSGA Names Jacomet State Aggregates Executive of 2014

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OOGA Holds 68th Annual Winter Meeting and Trade Show

OOGA held its annual Winter Meeting and Trade Show at the Hilton Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, March 11 to 13.

The annual event, in its 68th year, serves to bring industry leaders from Ohio and the nation together to network and gain insights and updates regarding the current status of Ohio’s oil and gas industry.

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World of Asphalt, AGG1 2015 Break Attendance Records

World of Asphalt and AGG1 2015 were a huge success: registered attendance broke all records, the show floor was the largest ever, and education ticket sales set a new record.

• More industry networking: Record registered attendance totaled more than 7,600, an increase of more than 1,000 over the previous record and 26 percent over the last edition of the shows; registrants came from all 50 states, nine of the 10 Canadian provinces and more than 50 other countries

• More product innovations: Both shows set exhibitor and exhibit space records, for a total 450 exhibitors taking mo

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Isuzu Announces Start of Production of 2015, 2016 Diesel Models

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. has announced start of production for its line of 2015 and 2016 N-Series diesel models.

The diesel-powered 2016 NPR-HD, NPR-XD, NQR and NRR meet stringent new EPA greenhouse gas emissions standards a full year before they go into effect.

Click to Read More | Isuzu Announces Start of Production of 2015, 2016 Diesel Models

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Proposed Highway Would Connect NYC to London

Fox News is reporting one of Russia's most powerful tycoons and a close pal of President Vladimir Putin has proposed a long and winding road that theoretically could connect Great Britain to Alaska, via Mother Russia.

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Dressta to Launch New Customer-Focused Hydrostatic Compact Dozers

Dressta is unveiling the new TD9 Hydrostatic Crawler Dozer. This new high-performance, compact crawler dozer has been developed by Dressta’s team of expert engineers, and is the first of three new models that range from 74 to 101 Net HP.

Click to Read More | Dressta to Launch New Customer-Focused Hydrostatic Compact Dozers

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Dressta's New Focus on User-Optimized Construction Equipment.

Throughout 2015, Dressta will look to demonstrate its unique commitment to providing bespoke heavy equipment for customers’ specific needs.

A refined manufacturing process allows customers to request machine customization according to their preferences.

Click to Read More | Dressta's New Focus on User-Optimized Construction Equipment.

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Star Equipment Joins Husqvarna's Million Dollar Club, Accepts Award

Throughout Star Equipment’s 47 years in business, the company has received numerous awards and recognitions. This year was no different as Star has recently accepted the Husqvarna’s Million Dollar Club Award.

Click to Read More | Star Equipment Joins Husqvarna's Million Dollar Club, Accepts Award

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More Than 3,400 Attend Ritchie Bros. Chicago Auction

More than 3,400 bidders participated online and in person at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ multi-million dollar unreserved public equipment auction in Chicago, Ill., on March 20.

Bidders came from more than 40 countries, including 49 U.

Click to Read More | More Than 3,400 Attend Ritchie Bros. Chicago Auction

National

Van Keppel Hosts Basic Principles of Paving School in Springfield, Mo.

Van Keppel recently hosted a Basic Principles of Paving School at its Springfield, Mo., facility.

Fifty-four attendees, five highway class paving customers, one commercial class paving customer, and three crews from counties attended the school.

Click to Read More | Van Keppel Hosts Basic Principles of Paving School in Springfield, Mo.

National

Construction Costs Yet to Rise in 2015

Construction costs fell again March, according to IHS and the Procurement Executives Group . The headline current Information Handling Services (IHS) PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) registered 44.

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New Study Finds That OSHA Officials Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule for Construction Industry

WASHINGTON—A new report released today by the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) found that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) proposed silica standards for U.

Click to Read More | New Study Finds That OSHA Officials Underestimated Cost of Silica Rule for Construction Industry

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Kentucky Dam Lock Job Reaches Milestone

The Tennessee River sees a high volume of barge traffic carrying mostly coal (11.3 million tons) and crude materials (10.7 million tons) like rock from nearby Vulcan Quarry and sand mined out of the Ohio River near Paducah.

Click to Read More | Kentucky Dam Lock Job Reaches Milestone

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Diggerland USA Unveils New Attraction

Diggerland USA, North America’s only construction theme park, has made public the details of their latest attraction. The recent unveiling of a modified JCB WorkMax UTV truck fleet is the 24th attraction to make its way into the ride line up at Diggerland USA.

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Midland Machinery Co. Inc. Introduces the SPF-8 Road Widener

Midland Machinery Co. Inc. is introducing a new model road widener with the capability to be transported without permits day, night, or weekends. The features of the SPF-8 are:

• This foldable machine transforms to 98.

Click to Read More | Midland Machinery Co. Inc. Introduces the SPF-8 Road Widener

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Centerpoint Articulated Steering on the New Bomag BW11RH-5 Offers Full-Width Compaction in Turns

The new BOMAG BW11RH-5 pneumatic tire roller features 35° centerpoint articulated steering, delivering a short 10-ft (3.0-m) inside turn radius. This allows the front and rear tires to maintain tracking in turns, offering full width compaction in tight, winding curves to reduce the number of passes to reach desired densities.

Click to Read More | Centerpoint Articulated Steering on the New Bomag BW11RH-5 Offers Full-Width Compaction in Turns

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General Highway Tires Roll out at Mid-America

The General HS is a new long haul steer tire featuring an enhanced tread design, fuel-efficient compounding, and an upgraded casing platform. The five rib tread pattern, including a straight groove bottom design, promotes even wear and high removal mileage.

Click to Read More | General Highway Tires Roll out at Mid-America

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North Dakota Might Challenge New Federal Fracking Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is considering challenging a new federal fracking rule for U.S. government lands.

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.

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Throwback Thursday: Excavating the Past

The Demag company was formed finally 1910 in Duisburg through the union of the Märkische Maschinenbau-Anstalt L. Stuckenholz AG, the Duisburg Mechanical Engineering AG, and the Benrath Machine Works GmbH.

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Calif. Pregnant Woman Crushed to Death by Gravel Truck

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a pregnant woman was fatally crushed in her driveway by a gravel trailer that tipped onto her car.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1Bjs9C8) that Lindsey Combs, 32, had been asked by a Martinez city-contracted construction crew to move her car farther away from a sidewalk construction project.

Click to Read More | Calif. Pregnant Woman Crushed to Death by Gravel Truck

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Andy Studdert of NES Rentals Elected IPAF President

Andy Studdert, chairman & CEO of US-based NES Rentals, was elected as the new president of the International Powered Access Federation at the IPAF annual general meeting (AGM) on March 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Click to Read More | Andy Studdert of NES Rentals Elected IPAF President