Through charitable employee and community contributions, local manufacturer Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. was able to help in efforts to raise more than $20,000 for employee Linda Stock, who has worked for the company since 1987 in the technical publications department and was diagnosed in July with a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

After 35,000 miles, 39 states, and nine oil changes, The Road Connection tour officially came to a close in Yankton, S.D. A celebratory rally was held at Kolberg Pioneer Inc. (KPI) headquarters to bring closure to this comprehensive advocacy campaign.

Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI-JCI) welcomed Chad Renken to its sales and marketing team as a product application specialist. In his new position, Renken will provide support to both domestic and international sales personnel in reviewing aggregate processing opportunities and by proposing the most efficient and economical equipment solutions for the company’s end-user customers.

Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI-JCI) announced the addition of Gary Fisher to the company’s engineering team as a structural design engineer. Fisher, who joined the staff March 12, will work with Project Designer Steve Anderson and the washing product line design group as the product line transitions into a new product line involving fines recovery and dewatering screen technology.

Terex Construction Americas has recognized Pioneer Equipment Rental LLC as a top performing distributor in the first half of 2011. Pioneer was selected for its accomplishments as a full-line Terex compact equipment distributor with the most unit sales and year-over-year growth within the January-June 2011 period.

Ferruccio Moritsch, pioneer and innovator of the tower crane industry, passed away at the age of 76 on July 9 in Italy. After founding Comedil in 1962 and Recom in 2004, Mr. Ferruccio consistently pioneered the tower crane industry worldwide throughout his lifetime with the development of a significant number of tower crane products and innovations marked notably by the launch of the first Hammerhead tower crane in 1965, the first telescopic self-erecting tower crane in 1968, the first luffing boom tower crane in 1988, and the first extra large 44 ton (40 t) capacity flat top tower crane in 2005.

Vermeer Corporation has signed an alliance agreement with Pioneer One Inc., based in Mooresville, Ind., a manufacturer of horizontal directional drilling air hammers. The exclusive agreement offers contractors access to the Pioneer One line of rock tooling solutions through the global Vermeer dealer network.

Jeff May has been promoted to the position of vice president of operations of Kolberg-Pioneer Inc. (KPI-JCI). In this position May will be responsible for the management of Kolberg-Pioneer Inc.’s day to day operations and strategic planning. In addition, May will continue in his role as controller for the company as well as his management of the accounting and IT departments and their staffs.

Situated in the central part of the state, Utah County is 1,998 sq. mi. (5,174 sq. km) in size. Between 2000 and 2009 the county has seen a 48 percent increase in population. State government officials determined that the population in this area would increase by 250 percent between 2000 and 2030.

After 28 years marketing to the construction and concrete industries, Jim Layton will retire from Wacker Neuson Corporation at the end of 2010. During his tenure as marketing communications manager, Layton expanded the department from a one-man operation supporting a dozen products to leading a team of communications professionals with a multi-million dollar budget supporting nearly 400 products.

Pioneer Construction, one of the largest full-service general contracting, design-build, and construction management companies in Michigan, has received the 2009 Construction Safety Award of Excellence from the Western Michigan Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), a construction industry association.