Readers' Choice: Top News Stories of 2018

Wed January 09, 2019 - National Edition

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15. Repairing the Longest Tunnel in the World

In September 2017, DEP officials appeared with federal, state and local representatives, guests and construction workers at a ceremony to kick off the project.

14. Arizona Set to Open First New Copper Mine in Decade

More than 300 operating mines plumb the Arizona desert landscape, most of them quarrying sand and crushed rock for industrial and commercial use — a $450 million takeaway in 2017.

13. Vermeer Plants Hit by Tornado

The alarms in all of the company's buildings went off and more than 2,700 workers and visitors were sent to tornado shelters inside, according to a news release from Vermeer.

12. Construction Equipment Falls Into Sinkhole

The incident occurred in a parking lot where crews were digging to repair a water main at the Shops at Riverside mall in Hackensack, N.J.

11. United Rentals Announces $2.1B Acquisition

The board of directors of United Rentals unanimously approved the agreement.

10. State Lawmakers Approve $755M for Office Renovation

The plan appropriates the money to rebuild the statehouse annex, the building attached to the Capitol that houses most legislative offices.

9. Foley Inc. Acquires Ransome Cat

The acquisition brings together two Caterpillar dealers with a combined 160 years of industry experience and even more years of construction industry experience.

8. Manitowoc Shows That The Revolution is Real With Crane Days 2018 Video Recap

Proving that The Revolution is Real, Manitowoc debuted five new crane models to more than 750 dealers and customers in attendance.

7. DOT Announces $366.2M in Grants to Improve Bus Infrastructure Nationwide

Federal public transportation law, as amended by FAST Act, authorizes FTA's Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program through Fiscal Year 2020.

6. VIDEO: Heavy Equipment Disasters That'll Make You Flinch

Think you're having a rough day? Just be thankful you don't have to deal with any of the cringeworthy heavy equipment disasters featured in this video.

5. Companies Test Autonomous Skid Steer on Job Site for First Time

While the company has performed tests before, this is the first time that the technology has been used on a real construction site, KTVQ reported.

4. Komatsu-Owned Dealers Phasing Out Sales of Wirtgen Products

Komatsu America and Wirtgen said they were committed to ensuring that the transition is smooth and not disruptive to our mutual customers' businesses.

3. Komatsu Acquires Pine Bush Equipment

For Komatsu America Corp., this was part of a strategic reinforcement of the distributor network.

2. Dozers Destroy Luxury Cars

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that $5.89 million worth of cars be destroyed by bulldozers.

1. Man Jailed for Selling Cranes, Loaders He Didn't Own

He was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

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