Contractor's Machinery has announced the addition of Blake Wilson as vice president/general manager in Knoxville, Tenn. He will be responsible for heavy equipment, as well as new and used machine sales. Wilson gained extensive sales and management experience by working for several different equipment dealerships over the past 30 years.

Knoxville, Tenn., is a rapidly growing area with lots of new construction. It also is home to world class research facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which draw in a lot of manufacturers — particularly those working with advanced materials and robotics.

The 35th annual National Pavement Expo was held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 at the Music City Center in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tenn. "We are truly honored to be a part of this industry and look forward to continuing the relationships with the participating companies for years to come — thanks for being a part of this one." show managers from Emerald Expositions said.

Takeuchi-US has announced Mountain Farm International as a new dealer. Located in Crossville, Tenn., the dealer will provide sales, service, parts and rental to customers throughout Middle Tennessee. Carrying the full lineup of Takeuchi equipment, including excavators, skid steer loaders, track loaders and wheel loaders, Mountain Farm's primary customer base is agricultural, landscaping and small to medium contractors.

The Franklin Bridge Golf Club was the center stage for the NUCA of Middle Tennessee Chapter Year End Celebration. Members gathered to recognize the 40 founding members and present Donnie Mingus of Team Construction as the first NUCA of Middle TN Ditchdigger of the Year Award.

The National Pavement Expo (NPE) annual show and conference will take place Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. What's new at National Pavement Expo 2020? 55-plus sessions this year, 30 of which are new to the show and specifically tailored to the pavement maintenance industry.

On Dec. 7, Ritchason Auctioneers Company held a record-setting end-of-year auction at their permanent auction facility in Lebanon, Tenn., featuring complete inventory dispersal for Authorized Equipment. Authorized Equipment has been a well-respected staple in the Middle Tennessee heavy equipment rental business for many years.

Since its establishment in 1937, the Nashville International Airport has undergone numerous name changes, expansions and renovations. The public/military airport in southeast Nashville, Tenn., currently hosts 16 airlines with 585 daily flights, including nonstop flights to more than 70 cities in North America and Europe.

The Vulcan Franklin, Tenn., plant hosted a site visit on Nov. 11 for members of the NUCA of Middle Tennessee Chapter Members. Vulcan Materials Company is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates — primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel — and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete.

The first major project of the $1.3 billion expansion of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital campus in Memphis, Tenn., is the $412 million advanced research center (ARC, $342 million construction cost) — an eight-story, 625,000 sq. ft. concrete building being constructed by Flintco LLC with an April 2021 completion date.

For Greg Sitton, work has always operated as a family affair — even before founding his own business, Sitton Construction, 35 years ago in Tennessee. Sitton's father worked many industry-related jobs, from electrical installation to plumbing to home building, the latter of which birthed a successful real estate business to list his growing number of properties.