2017 yielded a flurry of activity for some of the biggest names in the construction industry. Mergers, acquisitions and partnership announcements made headlines at a steady pace throughout the year as businesses did their part to strengthen the brands so many rely on to get the job done.

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Caterpillar Inc. has announced that an agreement has been reached with Kennametal Inc. to provide Caterpillar customers globally with special order rotors and diamond and carbide earth cutting tools for mixing and road milling applications. “This partnership provides our customers, via our Cat dealer network, access to world class machines, a full line of rotors, outstanding earth cutting tool technology and industry expertise,” said Paul Clark, worldwide product manager, paving, Caterpillar Inc.

Kennametal Inc. has appointed Texas Contractors Equipment Inc. as its new distributor in the sales and service of all Kennametal construction tool products for the counties covering Southeast Texas. Texas Contractors Equipment is located on 9303 Ponderosa Lane in Houston.

Increased efficiency and reduced equipment wear are primary concerns of every road repair and construction crew. Kennametal said its new Road-Ready milling drums address both with computer-engineered designs that provide optimum asphalt grinding, cause less wear on equipment and save downtime through ease of use.

Kennametal Inc. has introduced a new series of road planing tools — the Road Razor RZ Series — designed for improved performance and longer life. Reengineered from tip to tail, the RZ series tools are more reliable, more impact resistant, stronger, and have greater protection against tip loss, according to the manufacturer.