The National Joint Power Alliance (NJPA) has awarded Morbark, LLC, with a four-year contract to provide NJPA members with grounds maintenance equipment. The contract, which officially began Aug. 18, also covers related attachments, accessories and services.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) presented Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) with the Asphalt Legislator of the Year Award for her bipartisan leadership in crafting the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). “We commend Senator Boxer for her extraordinary leadership in advancing legislation that will truly modernize and reform the nation’s current transportation system to help create jobs, accelerate economic recovery and build the foundation for long-term prosperity,” said John Keating, president and COO East of Oldcastle Materials Inc.

The first Boxer compact utility loader rolled off the Morbark Inc. production line recently. Morbark, a manufacturer of tree care, sawmill, recycling, forestry and biomass chipping and grinding equipment, acquired Boxer Equipment, a product line of Mertz Manufacturing LLC at the end of 2012.

Morbark Inc., has announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Boxer Equipment, a product line of Mertz Manufacturing, LLC , that manufactures and globally markets a full line of compact utility loaders and attachments. As part of the transaction, Morbark has acquired all product designs, intellectual property and manufacturing tools, as well as existing parts, completed units and other inventory.

Compact Power Inc. has added another model to the Boxer lineup, the 532DX mini-skid. Like the Boxer 526DX, the track-driven 532DX offers an integrated track system that retracts from a fully extended 43.5-in. (110.5 cm) to a width of 35-in. (89 cm) and is controlled by a joystick on the control panel.

Compact Power Inc.’s Boxer Brute TRX has a compact footprint of only 44 by 70 in. (112 by 178 cm), boasts an operating capacity of 900 lbs. (408 kg), quite possibly making it the most powerful machine, pound for pound, in the world. The 9- by 42-in.