The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries, announced that Komatsu America Corporation, Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company and Turner Construction Company have joined the HCEA as corporate members.
Komatsu America is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and was established in 1970 as a U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. Founded in 1917, Komatsu is the world’s second largest manufacturer and supplier of quality construction, mining and compact construction equipment; along with representing these lines, Komatsu America also serves the forklift and forestry markets. Komatsu joined for five years.
Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company originated in Chicago, Ill., in 1906 with the consolidation of two firms established by William Dana Ewart to manufacture his detachable link chain. Now headquartered in Lexington, Ky., it has grown from the first Link-Belt crane, produced circa 1890, to become a leader in the design, manufacture and sales of telescopic and lattice boom cranes.
Turner Construction Company of New York, N.Y., is an international building and general contractor that was founded in 1902. Its extensive resume of projects includes Madison Square Garden and construction management for the world’s tallest building, the 2,717 ft. (828 m) Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The National Construction Equipment Museum, operated by the HCEA in Bowling Green, Ohio, has a 1926 Link-Belt K2 crawler crane that has been fully restored by museum volunteers, as well as several machines from Komatsu’s heritage. Its archives house substantial collections of records from Komatsu, Link-Belt and associated companies. Museum and archives holdings are preserved and made available for public research and education.
Corporate members designate up to five of their officers and employees to receive the HCEA’s quarterly magazine, Equipment Echoes, and VIP passes to its annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition, to be held this year in Penfield, Ill., July 8 through 10, 2011, and at its Bowling Green, Ohio, headquarters Sept. 14 through 16, 2012. They also receive links on the HCEA’s Web site at www.hcea.net, and are being publicized in Equipment Echoes and in press releases to trade publications and Web sites.
For more information, call 419/352-5616 or visit www.hcea.net.