New Hampshire

Barko Hydraulics (Barko) announced the addition of Heavy Machines Inc. (Heavy Machines) as the new Barko forestry equipment dealer of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. As a diversified equipment distributor serving several regions throughout the United States, Heavy Machines has two branch locations in Maine, located in Portland and Skowhegan, to serve customers in the northeastern United States.

Thirty-eight months into a nearly $100 million Portsmouth, N.H., wastewater project and the end is finally in sight. Construction on the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF), the largest public works project in the city's history, got under way in 2016 after the city was ordered to upgrade the existing wastewater facility due to inadequate treatment.

The New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) recently announced new board of directors leadership. The board was inducted at the association's annual meeting on Jan. 30. A sold out crowd came out to the event to support the new board and celebrate membership growth in the association and a prosperous year for the industry.

The rehabilitation of two bridges in Bedford and Manchester, N.H., is under way, with much of the work completed on one section of them. R.S. Audley of Bow, N.H., is the contractor on the $4.7 million project that is being directed by NH Department of Transportation.

Northland JCB has appointed Josh Owen as its new New Hampshire territory manager. Owen was employed at Nitco LLC, the parent company of Northland JCB, since 2013. He started out in the field as a technician. In September of 2016 he accepted the role of service support manager for material handling as well as construction equipment.

The Portsmouth International Airport is currently served by only one airline and has embarked on a construction project to improve the facility and entice additional airlines to sign on. "We've had airlines come in and kick the tires and we've gotten good feedback, but other airports are further along," said Michael Mates, engineering project manager of Pease Development Authority, which oversees operations at the Pease Tradeport, where the airport is located.

New Hampshire's highway system ranks 24th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is a six-spot increase from the previous report, where New Hampshire ranked 30th overall.

The Nortrax locations in Pembroke, N.H., and Springfield, Vt., will become distributors of Wirtgen Group products. These locations will have responsibility for servicing and supporting Wirtgen Group customers for the entire state of New Hampshire and the eastern counties of Vermont.

Construction of Tuscan Village in Salem, N.H., features everything, from homes and businesses to a man-made lake. "They're building a little city out there," said Ross Moldoff, town planner of Tuscan Village, the section of Salem that is becoming a small city that will include town house apartments, retail businesses, medical and corporate space and even a man-made lake that will hold 5.1 million gallons of water.

WASHINGTON U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

Caterpillar Inc. recently celebrated 30 years of small vibratory roller manufacturing and surpassed the 30,000th roller production mark. To commemorate the milestone achievement, Caterpillar held a sweepstakes in the United States to give away a special-edition Cat CB24B roller.