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MITA Holds ’Building Better, Building Smarter’ Conference

Fri February 15, 2013 - Midwest Edition
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Ritchie Bros.’ Steve Gorman (L) and Tim Keane spoke with attendees about the auction company’s upcoming sales, including its big annual sale in Orlando, Fla.
Ritchie Bros.’ Steve Gorman (L) and Tim Keane spoke with attendees about the auction company’s upcoming sales, including its big annual sale in Orlando, Fla.
Ritchie Bros.’ Steve Gorman (L) and Tim Keane spoke with attendees about the auction company’s upcoming sales, including its big annual sale in Orlando, Fla. Michigan CAT’s Josh Buchanan (L) and Chris Machalak greet attendees during the show. Mike Zalewski (L) is joined by Mike Kelleher of the Berger Dealer Group at Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc.’s exhibit. With Michigan Laser recently joining GeoShack, company Vice President Dan O’Reilly (L) and Mike Fitzpatrick help Michigan contractors get familiar with the GeoShack name and reputation. Micah Brooks (L) of Somat Engineering discusses trenching and shoring safety with Mike Ross of Efficiency Productions. Bill Theile (L) of Alta Equipment Co. talks about Volvo’s line of equipment with Mario Suarez of Super M Excavating & Development Inc. Heidi Flateau (second from L), Pamar Enterprises, speaks with (L-R) Jeffers Crane Service’s Kevin Boyd and Vince Voetberg, along with Lauren Sustic of Advanced Concrete during the show. (L-R): Pro-Tec Equipment’s Paul Rosemeck, Dave Miedema and Joe Cook spoke with attendees about their company’s line of trench shielding and shoring products.

The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA) held its annual conference and trade show, themed “Building Better, Building Smarter,” Jan. 16 through 18 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The association represented nearly 600 Michigan companies providing equipment, materials and services dedicated to Michigan’s road and bridge, sewer and water, utility, railroad, excavation and specialty construction projects throughout the state.

MITA Board President Chris Shea and Executive Vice President Mike Nystrom delivered the welcome message and opening remarks at the event’s general session.

Throughout the course of the three-day event, breakout sessions were conducted covering topics ranging from the infrastructure funding debate to truck regulations to the future of bonding. The event’s keynote speaker was Captain D. Michael Abrashoff who, as the most junior commanding officer in the Navy’s Pacific fleet, oversaw the turnaround of the underperforming warship, the USS Benfold. Capain Abrashoff’s story easily related to the similar problems confronting many organizations today.

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