Alta Equipment Group Inc. announced on Oct. 15 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Howell Tractor and Equipment LLC. , a privately-held heavy equipment dealer serving northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Howell Tractor has an expansive range of heavy construction, mining, material handling and crane equipment available for sale or rent to its customer base.

In Bartholomew County, Ind., construction teams are working to complete a $31.5 million project designed to reduce current and likely future delays to traffic on SR 46, due to train activity at the L&I rail crossing. It also will ease congestion and improve vehicular mobility at the SR 46/SR 11 intersection.

For nearly 40 years, Midwest Mole Inc. has forged a reputation as a premiere specialty underground contractor providing boring, tunneling and directional drilling throughout the Midwest, more recently expanding its territory to the east coast, as well as to other cities throughout the country as opportunities develop.

On Aug. 23, Takuma Sato (#30), brought the Rahal, Letterman and Lanigan Racing (RLL) team its second Indianapolis 500 win. RLL's Graham Rahal (#15) finished third, while teammate Spencer Pigot (#45) was examined and discharged from the hospital after crashing in Turn 4 on Lap 196.

The Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) of Northwest Indiana recently celebrated the region's highest-quality project outcomes and contractor performances with an awards presentation. Altogether, the contractors honored by the foundation demonstrated an ability to consistently exceeded national industry standards while establishing projects that will benefit NWI for many years.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) Construction could start this fall on an 8-mi. (12.9 km) extension of northwestern Indiana's South Shore commuter rail line from Hammond into other Lake County communities. South Shore officials anticipate receiving a potential $355 million federal grant by the end of September that would complete funding for the estimated $933 project to extend the rail line south from Hammond into Munster and Dyer, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, the State Street Redevelopment Project in Indiana, Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson and ACS Infrastructure Development Vice President of Project Management Noah Jolley have been recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation finance and leadership, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced July 16.

Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc. announced it will invest $55 million in a new distribution and automated warehouse facility in Whitestown, Ind. Construction is under way and is anticipated to be completed in spring of 2021. "We are excited to continue our journey of growth in the Hoosier State," a company official said.

Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana (BCA) announced the winners of the 2020 Presidential Merit Scholarship and Michael H. Kinder Jr. Memorial Scholarship. These programs were created to recognize significant accomplishments and reward worthy students in furthering their education in construction-related college degree programs.

Prinoth announced MacAllister Machinery as the newest partner in its dealer network. Headquartered in Indianapolis with locations throughout Indiana, MacAllister will provide vehicle rental, sales, parts and service for the Prinoth Panther tracked carriers in Indiana.

Form/Tec Plastics, mother company of SHIELDS Windshields, manufacturer of SHIELDS polycarbonate heavy equipment replacement windshields, recently announced the expansion of its line of excavator replacement windows and doors. According to company president Brad Shields, the product expansion represents a 300-percent increase in its excavator category offerings.