North Carolina

After examining the current construction materials marketplace and reviewing customer feedback in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, IROCK Crushers announced that Hills Machinery will be its exclusive dealer to sell and service the IROCK product line.

Helping others become stewards of the health of the planet, while still operating a successful business, is a dream for many owners and executives. But, in 1999, J. Gary Steele and his wife, Charlot, did just that when they formed Advanced Residuals Management (ARM) LLC.

Wilmington, N.C.,'s Hampstead bypass has been delayed once again. The North Carolina Board of Transportation voted unanimously Oct. 8 to delay work on the long-awaited bypass along with scores of other projects throughout the state. The Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has postponed the projects in hopes of balancing its funds, which took a significant hit when COVID-19 kept North Carolinians off the roads early this year.

North Carolina state officials approved the issuing of $700 million in bonds Oct. 6 to support road construction and repairs. The 10-member Council of State unanimously passed a resolution that initiates the Build NC bonds sale, part of a $3 billion transportation package approved by the General Assembly in 2018.

Construction has begun on a critical-care tower at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, N.C., west of Charlotte. The 146,000-sq. ft. tower will have four floors, each with 26 private intensive-care rooms, centralized nursing stations and administrative workspace.

LeeBoy announced that it has expanded Ascendum Machinery's territory to include all of North and South Carolina, effective Oct. 1. 2020. Ascendum Machinery already serves as the LeeBoy dealer in Western N.C., and the company will handle all sales, rental, warranty and parts needs from seven locations.

SMHG (Sumitomo Material Handling Group), based in Concord, N.C., just outside of Charlotte, is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation. This is the same company Warren Buffett recently invested more than $1 billion. After taking a close examination of the material handling equipment offerings in the North American market and getting direct feedback from end-users, there was a little doubt there needed to be other options.

North Carolina's transportation needs exceed its resources, members of the NC FIRST Commission said Sept. 21. Ward Nye, co-chairperson of the commission, explained that the state's funding model could continue to cause project delays for the next 30 years.

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.

A slew of high-profile road projects in the Asheville, N.C., area, including the I-26 Connector, are facing delays, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). A revised schedule of projects from across the state was released by the agency in early September.

Curry Supply Co. announced the addition of Will Buddin to the team as a regional sales manager. Buddin will oversee customers positioned in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. With more than 19 years in the pump, OEM and heavy equipment rental industries, Buddin brings with him a diversified knowledge base of direct OEM sales and channel distribution within the rental space.