Canada

Michels Canada is poised to begin construction on the $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline in Alberta, while construction in the United States is still delayed by a court appeal, Kallansh Energy reports. The Alberta-based company said it expects to begin construction near Oyen, Alberta, this summer and to complete the construction near Hardisty, Alberta, in the spring of 2022.

Topcon Positioning Systems announced its longtime distribution partner, The Brandt Group of Companies, has reached an agreement with U.S.-based Ultara Holdings Inc. to acquire the Canadian assets of GeoShack Inc. and Inteq Distributors, subject to due diligence, effective June 1.

Screening and crushing industry leader McCloskey International Limited announced the appointment of AULT as the dealer of Ontario and Atlantic Canada, building on its current success as the exclusive dealer serving the Quebec market. AULT, founded in 2009, quickly grew to become one of the premier equipment companies in Quebec and developed a reputation for excellent aftersales support with a well-trained service and parts department, according to the company.

Nors Group (Nors), a global leader in transport solutions and construction equipment, has purchased Strongco Corporation (Strongco) and will take over its Volvo Construction Equipment's Canadian dealerships and distribution. The Portugal-based company finalized the deal to purchase Strongco on March 18.

The Kinshofer Group sold several attachments at ConExpo-Con/AGG, including a DRS-75-A mobile scrap shear. AM Démolition, a fast-growing demolition company based out of Charlemagne, Quebec purchased the DRS-75-A. "Kinshofer manufactures durable, reliable attachments," said Remi Maltais, president, AM Démolition.

LiuGong North America (LGNA) has appointed Michel Marchand as its vice president, LiuGong Construction Machinery NA Canada, effective Jan. 13, 2020. In his role as VP of LGNA Canada, Marchand's primary responsibilities include growing the LiuGong brand in Canada, developing the Canadian market and managing business operations for LG Canada.

Metso's North American aggregates distributor community is excited to welcome L.S.W. Wear Parts Ltd. of Eastern Canada. L.S.W. is a second-generation, family-owned and operated business incorporated in 1993. The company has grown over the years to be a major supplier of aftermarket parts to the mining, construction, forestry and energy industries.

The Brandt Group of Companies has announced the formation of a new division, specifically designed to serve the needs of the Canadian aggregate industry. The new business unit, Brandt Mineral Technology, will operate across a Canada-wide footprint through the company's Brandt Tractor locations, now the country's only coast-to-coast-to- coast construction equipment network.

The Brandt Group of Companies has made a major product-line announcement. Effective Dec. 1, 2019, they have been named the Canada-wide dealer for the full range of aggregate and road construction and maintenance products from the Wirtgen Group. The Wirtgen Group supplies the road construction machinery sector, incorporating Wirtgen milling, paving and soil stabilization products, Vo╠łgele paving equipment, Hamm compaction equipment and Kleemann aggregate crushing and screening equipment.

The Brandt Group of Companies has acquired the businesses of Nortrax Canada Inc. and Nortrax Quebec Inc. and are now the exclusive John Deere Construction & Forestry dealer for all of Canada. The landmark deal united all John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships in Canada under the Brandt banner and delivers unprecedented access to Deere products, parts and support services to Canadian contractors.

Bomag Americas Inc. and SMS Equipment Inc. announced their cooperation for the sale and support of Bomag compaction, milling, paving and reclaiming/stabilizing equipment for roadbuilding and other construction market segments throughout Canada. Beginning Dec.