Monitoring efforts are under way following completion of this season's dredging operations at Indiana Harbor and Canal (IHC) in East Chicago, Ind. It is one of the most polluted waterways in the Great Lakes area. Crews will treat water from the confined disposal facility (CDF) until freeze up, with the 2020 season scheduled for next spring.

Manitou Americas Inc., based in West Bend, Wisc., a leader in designing and manufacturing compact equipment under the Gehl, Manitou and Mustang brands for construction and agricultural markets, will be the “Official Construction Equipment” sponsor for the 21st straight year at the April 19 to 21, 2013, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif.

Since opening its new location in Charlotte, N.C., in June 2012, Atlantic Coast Toyotalift’s mission has been clear. “We want to be a premier dealer of quality compact equipment and accessories,” explained Patrick Cudicio, regional operations manager of ACT Construction Equipment.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) At first glance, the Mississippi Highway 9 reconstruction under way in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. The $90-million four-laning/improvement project was in the works before Toyota ever committed to building its plant in Mississippi.

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.’s M137 premium high performance steer radial is for long haul, over-the-highway applications. This tire is designed to deliver more miles to operators driving coast-to-coast. The M137 is a product of the Toyo e-balance design technology for commercial truck tires that focuses on a stiffer belt package, stiffer bead construction and optimization through simulation technology.

Toyota has awarded its sixth local construction contract for its new Highlander vehicle assembly plant in Blue Springs, Miss. Harrell Contracting Group, based in Ridgeland, Miss., has formed its third partnership with Homewood, Ill.-based Graycor Construction Company Inc.

The first of many construction projects involving the $1.3 billion Toyota automotive plant near Tupelo has been completed weeks early. Hill Brothers Construction Co. of Faulkner, Miss., recently finished the first contract, clearing the core site in Blue Springs.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. said it has signed a deal to buy 690 acres from the state for a research and development center that is expected to add 400 new jobs. Toyota Technical Center USA Inc., Toyota’s North American research and development arm, said the automaker wants to expand its engineering and research capabilities.

Toyota Plans Expansion in West Virginia Toyota Motor Corp. plans a $50 million expansion of its Putnam County engine and transmission plant to accommodate the Lexus RX 300 and a new vehicle being produced in a joint venture with General Motors. The expansion is expected to increase plant employment to 1,000 by 2003 and Toyota’s total investment in the Buffalo plant to $950 million.