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McAllister Equipment Co. (MEC) hosted a ground-breaking ceremony Nov. 29 for its new branch, located on 5958 Columbia Parkway in Rockford, Ill. The 18,000 sq. ft. facility will open in April 2008, housing Volvo Rents and a heavy equipment store. Present were McAllister management; William Charles Investments executives; Ragnar Benson associates; Scott Christiansen, Winnebago County board chairman; Einar Forsman, president, Rockford Chamber of Commerce; Jim Ryan, City of Rockford administrator; and press representatives from local TV stations and newspapers.

Construction equipment enthusiasts, contractors, landscapers, highway superintendents and public works officials, get ready! On Feb. 7 and 8, the second annual Pittsburgh Construction Expo will showcase virtually everything your business or township needs to get the job done.

Like many people when they were in their early twenties, Al Funk in 1964 was at a crossroads in his life: what to do with his life? “I was fresh out of the army,” said Funk, who recently retired as Modern Equipment Sales & Rentals’ president, ending a long, successful career in the construction equipment industry.

In November 2004, Jack L. Moser became the major shareholder of this northern Illinois distributorship McAllister Equipment Co. (MEC). Moser has been the company’s president and chief executive officer for the past two years. Along with Moser, a group of seven other investors purchased the dealership.

A $10-million expansion of the C. Burr Artz Central Library in downtown Frederick, MD, will soon provide some much-needed additional space. According to Darrell Batson, library director, actual building costs total $8 million. Funding comes primarily from a government bond within the operating budget of the county, with an additional $450,000 coming from outside contributions.

An articulating boom lift with features including a working outreach of 30 ft. 3 in., (9.2 m) a spacious 32- by 58-in. (81.2 by 147.3 cm) platform, and a width of less than 5 ft. (1.5 m) for easy movement in tight places is now available from Mayville Engineering Company and its dealers throughout North America.

The first of three boom lifts from Mayville Engineering Company — a vertical mast unit with a 34-ft. (10.3 m) working height, 10-ft. 6-in. (3.2 m) outreach, and 39-in. (.9 m) width for easy movement in tight spaces — is now entering rental fleets and is available for purchase at MEC dealer locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Mayville Engineering Company (MEC) has announced an expansion of its line of aerial work platforms with the addition of three boom lift models for construction, maintenance and other overhead projects. The introduction marks the company’s entry into the boom market after a quarter-century of specializing in scissor lifts.

A new scissor lift from Mayville Engineering Company takes up to three workers, their tools and materials to work heights as great as 43 ft. (13 m) with improved features for productivity, convenience, safety and operator comfort. The MEC 3768ES is a slab-type machine that is driveable at full height using a proportional control system that allows an infinite range of drive and lift speeds.

By Amanda L. Gutshall CEG ASSOCIATE EDITOR The rental market for construction equipment has become big business lately, with many manufacturers getting into the game. Most manufacturers have detailed rental plans for their dealers to follow; others let the dealers use whatever plan is necessary for the customer.