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Local 49 Training Center Facility Hosts New Iron Expo

Wed May 02, 2018 - Midwest Edition #9
Construction Equipment Guide

The Seppi Multiforst tilled, crushed and laid down a nice road base for expo attendees to see.
The Seppi Multiforst tilled, crushed and laid down a nice road base for expo attendees to see.
The Seppi Multiforst tilled, crushed and laid down a nice road base for expo attendees to see. The Brush Wolf 72-M-AX was a big hit at the show.
At the ABRA Attachments booth was Ben Carlson, sales manager of Seppi North America. Here, he stands with an ASV RT-120. ABRA Attachments is based in Crosslake, Minn.
The OilQuick quick coupler system enables operators to change over quickly between various mechanical and hydraulic attachments from inside the cab. Demonstrations at the show were provided by OilQuick USA Division Manager Jason Johnson.
Working the Quality Equipment demo was sales and service team member Jeff Doege with the company’s Wacker Neuson lineup on hand. Quality Equipment is based in Shakopee, Minn.
Joe Fairbanks of Olson Power & Equipment, North Branch, one of Minnesota’s premier Kubota dealers, was on hand as attendees gave the Kubota lineup a spin, like this KX040-4 compact excavator. Grant Stebakken, a high school student in Baudette, Minn., jumped into this Tri-State Bobcat T595. He is interested in joining the National Guard to run equipment like this for the United States, he said.
The John Deere booth had Nortrax Product Support Technician Eric Stoller (L) and Nortrax Territory Manager Tony Macke on hand. 
Jody McDaniel (in cab), president of JM Hauling & Excavating, Prescott, Wis., speaks with Titan Machinery Machine Control Specialist Mike Werman, who is showing him the control system for this Case 2050M dozer.
Darin Krattenmaker (L) of S.J. Louis Construction and Brian Bjonfald of Tri-State Bobcat, Little Canada, Minn., stand with Tri-State’s newest equipment line, the LV600 Green Climber. The LV600 is a long-range, remote-controlled machine ideal for any job in dangerous, steep or other challenging sites.
The “Sandbox Area” at the New Iron Expo featured many indoor displays. The area is used for trenching and underground boring and utility training for students at the 49ers Operators Union in Hinckley, Minn.
Running the Komatsu PC 360LGi excavator from Road Machinery & Supplies was Operator Scott Ulsby of S&T Machinery, Clear Lake, Minn.  
Jeddiah Maack, future 49ers equipment operator, accompanied his grandfather and retired 49er, Mike Alm.
Don Henry, sales manager of IRAY Auctions, Foley, Minn., with Faith Nelson, office assistant, give away prizes via the famous IRAY Wheel of Fun!
Pauline and Harlan Hecksel, owners and founders of HH Fabrication & Repair LLC, started with a simple idea … manufacture high-quality skid steer attachments at the lowest price. Today, the company manufactures more than 30 different attachments for skid steers, tractor loaders and telehandlers.
A huge 400-plus acre facility allowed for equipment of all sizes — from high reach cranes to dozers, excavators, pavers and underground equipment — to be used for training purposes. The Hayden Murphy booth showcased this new Manitou MRT-X 2540 Privilege Plus. This crane’s high tonnage capacity allows it to lift 8,800 lbs. up to 80 ft. in height.
Ken Boehm (L), vice president of sales and operations, and Len Kirk, president of Hayden Murphy, Bloomington, Minn., stand with their popular Vogele Super 700-3i paver that was sold at the New Iron Expo.
(L-R): Mike Gunderson of Theco Inc., Big Lake, Minn., with 49ers Assistant Training Director Dale Christenson and Ric Williams, also of Theco. Christenson said he was interested in adding a machine like this Powerscreen Chieftain 1400 to their training facility. 
(L-R): Mike Doyle, territory manager of Gary Carlson Equipment, Blaine, Minn.; new sales representative Peter Terry and sales representative Joe Miller stand with the EZG Mfg. Hog Crusher. 
Theco Equipment is the Twin Cities’ newest Doosan dealer. Mike Gunderson (L) and Ric Williams, both of Theco Equipment.
The Quality Equipment demo area had Xtreme Manufacturing Product Representative Rocco Frucci of Henderson, Nev., on hand to enjoy Minnesota’s balmy early April weather. Hayden Murphy of Bloomington, Minn., had a Manitowoc 10000 on site that was used for pylon training. The Manitowoc 10000 crawler crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 100 tons and a 200-ft. heavy lift boom. It also has a 250-ft. fixed jib and 250-ft. luffing jib.

More than 750 people attended the New Iron Expo April 3 to 5 in Hinckley, Minn.

The event was held at the Local 49 Training Center Facility, where the union trains more than 5,000 Local 49 union members in the heavy equipment industry each year. Many regional equipment dealers and national construction equipment manufacturers had displays where attendees could learn about the latest technology and equipment the industry has to offer.


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