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Monday, August 03, 2015 :: 9:22:14 PM

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Long-Haul Truck-Driving Teens: A Scary Proposal

One provision in the current surface transportation bill would drop the interstate commercial truck driving age to 18 from 21. It is one of those issues with two appealing sides. In the end, though, the idea doesn’t pass muster.

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Finding Money for Highways Becoming a Bipartisan Project

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren’t waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways.

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Construction Workers Recollect Building Iconic 'Thunder Road'

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Thirty-nine years later Ray Hargis still treasures the photo.

The fading Polaroid shows a then-19-year-old Hargis standing next to an orange fiberglass car front shaped to resemble a 1957 Ford.

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HH Fabrication & Repair Welcomes Guests to Open House

On July 10, HH Fabrication & Repair LLC welcomed customers to its customer appreciation open house at its Winsted, Minn., location.

In addition to touring the facility with its line of attachments and Harlan and Pauline’s tractor collections, customers also were treated to a complimentary lunch and door prizes.

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CAWGC Recognizes 17th Annual Scholarship Recipients

The Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties’s Scholarship Committee has named the 17th Annual CAWGC Scholarships recipients. CAWGC received 10 applications and, after interviews were conducted, the committee awarded scholarships to the following seven recipients: Joseph D.

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Illinois Tollway Awards Over $166M in Construction, Engineering Contracts

The Illinois Tollway board of directors approved three new construction contracts totaling $59.4 million and five new engineering contracts totaling nearly $107 million at its July meeting. More than $775 million in construction and engineering contracts have been approved by the Tollway board so far in 2015, as part of the fourth year of the 15-year, $12 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

Click to Read More | Illinois Tollway Awards Over $166M in Construction, Engineering Contracts

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Mike Rayz Rejoins Highway Equipment Company of Ohio

Highway Equipment Company of Ohio announced that Mike Rayz has re-joined the Highway Equipment Company sales team. Rayz is responsible for rentals and sales of Highway Equipment Company’s heavy equipment in Ohio, along with selected accounts in Pennsylvania.

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Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc. Welcomes Dewitt

Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc. recently announced that Timothy Dewitt has joined the company as parts associate at the Indianapolis, Ind., branch. Dewitt’s responsibilities include managing inventory, placing orders and assisting customers.

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Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc. Hires Matt Moore

Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc. has announced that Matt Moore has joined the company as service manager for the Novi, Mich., branch.

He is responsible for scheduling and completing repairs and maintenance service for heavy equipment, both on-site and in the shop.

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Talbert Manufacturing Announces New Great Lakes-Area Sales Manager

Derek Losh joined the Talbert Manufacturing team as the new Great Lakes-area sales manager. Losh, a former mechanical engineer within the industry, will bring experience and a fresh perspective into his new sales leadership role.

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David Pearson Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary at Takeuchi

Takeuchi-US awarded inside sales manager David Pearson with a plaque to honor his 30th year with the company.

Pearson started out part-time with Takeuchi while still in high school. In 1985 he transitioned to full-time working with machine inventory and parts shipping.

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JLG Launches New Web Site for Used Equipment

JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, introduced www.JLGUsed.com, a Web site where users can find, inspect and buy pre-owned construction equipment from JLG.

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Redoing Wrigley

In early 2013, Chicago Cubs management announced a largescale restoration and expansion of the team’s storied ballpark, Wrigley Field. The project, called The 1060 Project (after its address on Addison Street on Chicago’s North Side), includes facelifts to the interior, exterior, infrastructure and other facilities.

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Komatsu Introduces Parallel Link Undercarriage System (PLUS) for the D155AX-8 Crawler Dozer

Komatsu America Corp. has introduced the addition of the highly successful PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) rotating bushing undercarriage option to the D155AX-8 dozer.

“Applications for PLUS undercarriage range from high-impact, rocky ground conditions to low-impact, abrasive sandy worksites,” said Chuck Murawski, product manager, Komatsu America.

Click to Read More | Komatsu Introduces Parallel Link Undercarriage System (PLUS) for the D155AX-8 Crawler Dozer

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Nortrax Goes Beyond the Conventional for Wetland Mitigation Specialists

When crews for Haywire Point, wetland mitigation specialists in Grand Rapids, Minn., went to work with their new customized excavator, it took owner Steve Gilbertson less than a minute to know he’d made the right choice in selecting the equipment manufacturer.

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Southern Pipeline Tackles Gas, Water Pipe Utility Work

David Spencer, CEO of Southern Pipeline in Louisville, Ky., is no stranger to the demands of the oil and gas industry. Hired as an operator in 1981, then becoming a foreman and working his way through the ranks of the company, Spencer has just about seen it all.

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SM Fencing Credits Growth to Butler

When Seth Murphy accepted a job in the spring of 2006 to build a fence around an oil field facility, he never expected it would lead to a business that would eventually employ 185 people and consistently offer more than 35 different services to more than100 clients.

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Bakken Contractor Relies Heavily on Butler, Caterpillar in Frigid Temps

When the thermometer reads 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of November, you know that winter is just getting started and conditions will only get worse. That’s just one of the reasons Steier Oil Field Service, based in Dickinson, N.

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Kansas's Ongoing Gateway Project Moves Toward Phase 2

Planning for the construction of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) ongoing Johnson County Gateway Project (Phase 2) in Kansas City — the first design-build project to be initiated by the DOT —began in mid-2008 when a three-year concept study was launched.

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ISU Campus $55M Construction Projects Under Way

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) When Indiana State University students return to campus in August, they'll notice a few changes.

For one, The Statesman Towers on the east side of campus are gone — demolished.

Click to Read More | ISU Campus $55M Construction Projects Under Way

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St. Louis River Bridge to Close for $16M in Upgrades

ST. LOUIS (AP) A key Mississippi River bridge between St. Louis and Illinois closed July 20 for at least four months of roughly $16 million of improvements.

Crews are expected to remove the Martin Luther King Bridge’s deck, replace the middle truss span and make structural steel repairs and paint, the St.

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Architect Chosen to Design $22M Sports Complex

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) Mandan Park Board officials have chosen the architect to design a $22 million sports complex in the city.

Voters in June approved a three-fourths percent sales tax to fund the facility near the Tesoro oil refinery north of Interstate 94.

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Trail Ox Series End Dump Trailer Makes Impact With Contractors, Dealers

The Trail Ox Series of end dump trailers from Ox Bodies adds on-the-job versatility for a range of hauling applications, including sand to large aggregates, riprap and asphalt. A variety of configurations and options are offered to meet specific hauling needs.

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Multifaceted Komatsu WA380-8 Wheel Loader Gets the Job Done

With a 6.69 L, 191 hp Komatsu SAA6D107E-3, variable geometry turbo charged and after cooled Tier IV Final certified engine, Komatsu’s WA380-8 uses up to 6 percent less fuel than its Tier IV Interim predecessor.

Click to Read More | Multifaceted Komatsu WA380-8 Wheel Loader Gets the Job Done

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Volvo EC160E Boosts Fuel Efficiency, Power

The new EC160E crawler excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment is designed with a range of new features that boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. Incorporating a Volvo Tier IV Final D4 engine, the EC160E boasts an 8-percent improvement in fuel efficiency, and 5-percent improvements in tractive force and engine power compared to previous-generation models, according to the manufacturer.

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Allmand Introduces Maxi-Heat MH500iQ

The Maxi-Heat MH500iQ offers the same features of the Maxi-Heat1000 while offering a number of updated features to enhance operation and serviceability.

The new MCS dual heat exchangers produce a maximum of 1 million combined BTUs.

Click to Read More | Allmand Introduces Maxi-Heat MH500iQ

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KDI Power Unit: Ready-to-Use Power

The KDI Power Unit range of engines developed by Kohler Engines for the power generation market represents a ready-to-use, versatile, high-output solution for both end users and OEMs alike.

Compact size, outstanding power density, low fuel consumption, noise and vibration, and excellent reliability are the distinctive characteristics of the Power Unit line of KDI Diesel engines, according to the manufacturer.

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Metso NW Series Offers Full-Scale Crushing, Screening Plant Setup in 12 Hours

Metso has introduced the Metso NW Series crushing and screening plant solution to the global market. The solution enables rapid plant setup in less than 12 hours without heavy cranes. This allows customers to make even the most challenging crushing sites more profitable and move to the next site more easily than ever.

Click to Read More | Metso NW Series Offers Full-Scale Crushing, Screening Plant Setup in 12 Hours

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Hyundai Introduces Tier IV Final HX Series Hydraulic Excavators

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has launched the HX series of Tier IV Final-compliant hydraulic excavators in the United States and Canada. The first models, which range from 24 to 57 ton (22 to 52 t) and include the HX220L, HX260L, HX300L, HX330L, HX380L, HX480L and HX520L, are hitting the ground now.

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Kuala Lumpur's $1B Terminal Is Sinking

The MSN website is reporting that Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new budget passenger terminal is sinking, with cracks appearing in the taxiway and water forming pools that planes must drive through.

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What's in the 6-Year Senate Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.

With a Friday deadline to prevent a cutoff of highway and transit aid to states, House and Senate Republican leaders say they will also pass an $8 billion short-term bill to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through late October.

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Fighting Over Highway Funding May Lead to Another Short-Term Fix

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival.

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Opposing Sides Face off at Keystone XL Pipeline Hearing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Opposing sides in the debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline faced off on Monday in front of the state regulatory panel that is considering for the second time in just over five years whether to approve the construction of the South Dakota portion of the long-delayed project.

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Northeast

First Part of $11M Bridge Rehab Project Complete

The first part of the Waterbury construction project on Interstate 89 is complete. Official say new technology is helping to keep the project moving along smoothly.

“This is a big project for us,” said Chris Cole, VTrans deputy secretary.

Click to Read More | First Part of $11M Bridge Rehab Project Complete

Northeast

Part-Time Business Becomes a Full-Time Passion

With an unusual company name and one of the owners works 7,000 miles away from home half of the year, Rotten Rock Hardscaping and Tree Service Inc. is riding a five-year growth rate of 50 percent annually.

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Northeast

Woods CRW Hosts Time to Dig Event in Burlington,Vt.

On May 7 Woods CRW held an event at its facility in Burlington, Vt., which they called Time to Dig. The open house featured its Volvo dirt moving products and the wide variety of attachments that Woods CRW offers.

Click to Read More | Woods CRW Hosts Time to Dig Event in Burlington,Vt.