Gregory Poole CAT

Although not an interstate highway, U.S. Highway 70 in eastern North Carolina is steadily being transformed into one. The highway is already one of the state's most critical transportation arteries. Most of the route across the length of the state is made up of four lanes, while some sections have been converted to freeways.

Gregory Poole Equipment Company held a product demonstration on Oct. 2 featuring the Caterpillar Next Generation dozers, excavators, compact track loaders and skid steer loaders at Caterpillar's Clayton, N.C., facility. Guests were able to operate the Next Generation Cat equipment, which included the Cat D6 and D6 electric-drive dozers; Cat 320 and 320 GC excavators; Cat mini-excavators with new stick steer and the Cat compact loaders with Trimble Earthworks Go! The Next Generation of Cat excavators are built to increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs and improve operator comfort with unique combinations of purpose-built features designed to achieve productivity and cost targets.

As the year 2008 was winding down and the country's dire economic crisis was heating up, Greg Poole III had to make one of the toughest decisions of his career as an equipment distributor. Having just broken ground on what was to become the latest outpost of his family business — Gregory Poole Equipment Co.

Gregory Poole Equipment Company hosted its 2019 Operator Challenge on Aug. 27 to 29 at the Caterpillar Visitor Center in Clayton, N.C. The three-day event brought out 35 operators from across eastern North Carolina to compete in the four machine challenges.

“We know that customers of Gregory Poole Equipment Company have a large investment in the equipment they use, and Gregory Poole is committed to help our customers protect that investment,” said Joe Bousquet, manager of one such commitment, the S•O•S Fluid Analysis Laboratory located in Gregory Poole's Raleigh, N.C., facility.

Any person seriously involved with construction equipment ownership or operation will readily tell you that there is a lot more to consider in equipment operation than simply pushing dirt from point A to point B or digging a hole x feet long by y feet wide by z feet deep.

On Aug. 15 and 16, Gregory Poole hosted a Next Generation Excavator Event to showcase the new machines that Cat has to offer and the technology that now comes standard with these machines. The event was held in Clayton, N.C., at Caterpillar's Visitor's Center.

In a year of multiple significant milestones for Cat mining and infrastructure trucks, Caterpillar announced delivery of its 50,000th articulated truck from its Peterlee, U.K., manufacturing facility. Since the start of Cat branded articulated truck manufacturing in 1985, Caterpillar has become an industry leader of the articulated truck design.

Joe Wright could almost serve as the face of the small-business construction business in 2018. A young, college-educated man who, in a relatively short time, has built an outstanding reputation for himself and his specialized company, Wright Contracting LLC.

Directional Services Inc. (DSI), a full service licensed electrical and utility contractor, has been serving customers from Hope Mills, N.C., and the surrounding area since 2005 by performing horizontal directional drilling, power line utility work, commercial electrical work and solar farm construction.

Residents and vacationers on Outer Banks islands in North Carolina have been forced to evacuate after a construction company damaged power cables on July 27. The trouble began when PCL Construction accidentally drove a steel casing into an underground transmission line on July 27 while they were working on building the new Herbert C.