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Most people readily identify the construction projects they see by the big, heavy equipment operating around work sites, such as earthmovers, paving machines and cranes. But just as important to any building effort — from grading and clearing jobs to heavy girder installation — are the less obvious machinery.

Allmand Bros. Inc., a subsidiary of Briggs & Stratton Corporation and long-time manufacturer of high-performance portable equipment, has expanded its product offerings into the portable air compressor market. The Maxi-Air portable air compressor's heavy-duty, over-sized rotary screw air end provides consistent, high-pressure air volumes at low rpm for enhanced fuel efficiency.

Allmand Bros. Inc. , a subsidiary of Briggs & Stratton Corporation and long-time manufacturer of high-performance portable equipment, expands its product offerings with the introduction of Maxi-Power Mobile Generators. The line includes seven easily maneuverable generators ranging in output from 25 to 150 kilovolt amps to accommodate a variety of applications.

MINExpo 2016 was held in Las Vegas, Nev., from Sept. 26 to 28. Manufacturers displayed the latest in mining equipment, innovative technology and solutions. Exhibits covered more than 840,000 sq. ft. (78,038.5 sq m), outpacing MINExpo 2012. According to the website, MINExpo is widely recognized as the premier exposition of mining equipment and services in the world, featuring a wide range of new product introductions and exhibits of equipment parts and services for the global mining industry.

On Sept. 20, Alex Lyon & Son held a public auction in Dallas, Texas. Items for sale included dozers, loaders/backhoes, generators, lighting and more. Manufacturers represented included Case, John Deere, Komatsu, WhisperWatt and Allmand, among others.

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. They may be operated independently depending on heating requirements.

Allmand will be hosting the Back 9 Night-Lite Golf Fundraiser tournaments for a second year in a row to benefit two charities — Tiny Hands International and Give2Grow Phelps County. The tournaments will be held Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 at the Holdrege Country Club in Holdrege, Neb.

The search for the oldest operating Allmand light tower is over — The Allmand 75th Anniversary Special Diamond Edition Night-Lite PRO II light tower was traded to Hotchkiss Rentals in Hotchkiss, Colo. Dan and Sue Stucker, the owners of Hotchkiss Rentals, traded in a 1979 square-top Maxi-Lite light tower.

Allmand recently manufactured its 75,000th light tower. The light tower, which went to Wagner Rents — The Cat Rental Store in Denver, Colo., was a Mine Spec II light tower. A special gold serial number plate was made for the light tower by a local jeweler and was presented to Wagner Rents at the Allmand vendor, customer and employee golf tournament.

The Manufacturing Institute will award Afton Hollertz with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.

Allmand Brothers recently brought more than 61 Night-Light Pro IIs to the Holdrege Country Club, Holdrege, Neb., in order to light up the back nine holes for its “Night-Lite Golf Tournaments.” Vendors, customers, and employees enjoyed a day of golfing the front nine holes and once the sun went down, they golfed the back nine holes with the aid of the light towers lighting the fairways.