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Looking to the Future Is Prevailing Theme at MITA Annual Conference

Mon February 06, 2012 - Midwest Edition
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Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg of Jeffers Crane Service had their hands full discussing crane equipment with attendees.
Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg of Jeffers Crane Service had their hands full discussing crane equipment with attendees.
Kevin Boyd (L) and Vince Voetberg of Jeffers Crane Service had their hands full discussing crane equipment with attendees. Michigan CAT’s Clay Cutchins (L) and Allen Broskey are happy to talk about Caterpillar equipment. IronPlanet’s Mark Domeier (L) and Michael Shane share insights on converting excess fleet inventories into gold. (L-R): Ryan Wurtzel, Tom Raska and Ray Henwood discuss equipment solutions at the Carleton Equipment booth ranging from big, with their Doosan line, to small, with their Bobcat line. Jesse Radke (L) of Cougar Sales talks with Ritchie Bros.’ Steve Gorman about several of Ritchie Bros.’ upcoming sales, including its big annual sale in Orlando, Fla. (L-R): Pro-Tec Equipment’s Dave Miedema, Paul Rosemech and Joe Cook talk about trench safety with attendees. Southeastern Equipment Company’s Mike Zalewski (L) catches up with Mark Geib, engineer of operations field services of Michigan’s Department of Transportation. Mike Ross of Efficiency Production is on hand to discuss trenching and shoring with show attendees. (L-R): Mike Schuyler, Adam Harding and Matt Rinckey of CRC, the equipment rental division of AIS, greet attendees at their booth.

The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) held its annual conference and trade show Jan. 19 to 21 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich. As a state wide association focused on Michigan’s road and bridge, sewer and water, utility, railroad, excavation and specialty construction, MITA represents nearly 600 Michigan companies throughout the state.

The theme for this year’s event was “The Road Ahead – Surviving or Thriving in Michigan.” Keynote speaker, Timothy Galarnyk, host of the History Channel’s “Inspector America,” offered insights gained from more than 35 years of experience as an infrastructure safety inspector.

Breakout sessions were conducted over the course of the three-day event, including MDOT Focus Groups, a MIOSHA activity report and conferences focused on topics such as the dynamics of health care reform and innovations to ease contract management.

Major event sponsors included AIS Construction Equipment, ALTA Equipment Company and Michigan CAT.