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Ruksana Hussain

Ruksana Hussain is a Los Angeles, California-based award-winning journalist with 19 years' experience working with local, national and international print and digital media for consumer and trade markets. As a magazine editor and features writer, she covers a broad range of topics including construction and design, diversity and inclusion, data privacy and security, and more. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in India. Leisurely pursuits include traveling, random researching and attempting word puzzles of any nature.


Bobcat's S86, T86 Loaders Set New Industry Benchmarks

From the inventors who introduced skid-steer loaders to the compact equipment industry comes the R-Series lineup of loaders — the most comfortable, durable and powerful machines ever made by the company....


KAGE's WingLine Tech Ups Safety, Reduces Plow Damage

Influenced by the company motto of experience driven innovation, Osceola, Wis.-based KAGE Innovation's latest offering is the WingLine laser plow guide, an easily installed accessory intended primarily for city trucks and addressing many of the pain points typically experienced when operating city trucks with wing plows in the height of winter weather....


Engineering, Innovation Drive Altoz to New Heights

From the company that manufactured the world's first zero-turn and stand-on mowers with tracks comes a new multipurpose, multi-seasonal tool carrier that has already received industrywide recognition....


HitchDoc Eyes Expansion With New Hydraulic Snowblowers

When Brad Mohns was frustrated at the delay in receiving a motorcycle hitch that he had ordered, he proceeded to build one in his farm shop in Minnesota. Other motorcycling enthusiasts saw the hitches that he had designed, and the orders soon piled up....


Western Products Introduces New Line of Pusher Plows

An industry leader in snow and ice control products, and well known among snow and ice professionals in the western and midwestern parts of the United States, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Western Products has had a busy few years despite the pandemic, labor shortages, supply chain issues and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns....


How Big Cities Prep for Winter Weather

A decrease in temperatures and change in weather conditions usually has us all getting ready with our winter preparedness checklists, creating emergency kits and weatherproofing our homes. At the city level, officials and teams must grapple with so much more than that, ensuring roads and highways are always clear for motorists, and responsible for public safety no matter the snow, sleet, rain or other climate changes being experienced....


$118M CFX Signature Project Will Deliver Smoother Access

To improve safety and traffic flow around the north entrance to the Orlando International Airport (OIA) and provide smoother, uninterrupted access to motorists in the area, the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) embarked upon the SR 528/SR 436 Interchange Reconfiguration project in August 2020....


Lock, Dam Construction Progresses in Kentucky

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is busy powering ahead on construction at the Kentucky Lock and Dam Project in western Kentucky's Land Between the Lakes to help address some of the longest shipping delays in the country....


Central Florida's SR 417 Undergoing Capacity Improvements for Better Traffic Flow

One of central Florida's busiest expressways is undergoing capacity improvements to better traffic flow in the area. The southern corridor of SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay) will increase from four to six lanes as part of Central Florida Expressway Authority's (CFX) State Road 417 Corridor Capacity Improvements Project from International Drive to State Road 528....


TDOT's Largest Project in History Under Way: I- 65 Nashville to Kentucky State Line

High traffic volumes, peak hour congestion and resulting delays and crashes have resulted in Tennessee Department of Transportation's (TDOT) efforts to widen Interstate 65 from Nashville to the Kentucky state line, covering Davidson, Robertson and Sumner counties....


NCDOT Constructing Interstate Bypass at Rockingham to Reduce Congestion

Recognizing the need to preserve the physical quality of interstate roadways in Richmond County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has embarked on a multiyear project constructing an access-controlled, four-lane, median-divided freeway on United States 74 Business interchange west of Rockingham to Harrington Road....


Muskox Eyes Market Expansion for Snowblower Attachment

For many in the design and architecture industries, less is more is a mantra. For the Bergmans, that principle held true with the October 2020 launch of their Muskox bi-directional snowblower attachment....


DOT Officials Discuss Different Ice Melting Techniques

Municipal ice melting techniques are varied, and different regional and state departments of transportation have fine-tuned their approach to include a combination of methods and materials depending on the amount of ice and snow their areas experience every winter....


New Snowplow Technology Targets Efficiency, Safety

As with every industry, the snow and ice sector has witnessed technological advances over the past few years. From the research and development undertaken at the big brand names — known for their impressive product lines and snow and ice management systems — to local transportation authorities seeking effective solutions and safety of community members, the advancements in snowplow technology have been many....


Kärcher Municipal Offers Its New Product Portfolio

The acquisition of Max-Holder, a world leader in cleaning equipment, has resulted in Embrun, Ontario-based Kärcher Municipal North America now offering a comprehensive suite of winter maintenance products with powerful vehicles for snow clearing, blowing, sweeping, loading and salt/brine spreading....


Tips to Maintain Spreaders During, After Snow Season

Maintaining machinery and parts all year round is crucial to your equipment working efficiently when snow season arrives, but can be just as easily overlooked when it comes to spreaders. Ensuring they receive the attention they need ahead of, during and after the season will help provide a longer life to your snow equipment and result in better operations....


VIDEO: Maintaining Your Snowplow for Better Performance

When winter weather conditions come around, it's snowplows to the rescue as highways, roads and streets are cleared of ice and snow, and maintained for everyday use. And though that's the only season we might see this equipment in action, it takes regular care and repairs to ensure all that machinery that's taken a beating from hours of operation will still perform as it should when the next snow season rolls around....


New Warranty Policy, Financing Program Gives XL Specialized Industry Edge

Standing behind its versatile heavy haul products and custom trailer innovations, Iowa-based manufacturer XL Specialized Trailers started 2021 on a high note with a new warranty policy and new financing program, both improvements over its own offerings and setting the standards high for the industry overall....


Charles Blalock & Sons Inc. Leads $300M Alcoa Highway Reconstruction Work

With traffic along East Tennessee's Alcoa Highway (State Route 115/U.S.129) increasing daily and congestion in the area causing concern for commuter wellbeing, the Tennessee Department of State Transportation (TDOT) embarked upon a highway corridor improvement project in 2016, spanning Blount and Knox counties....


Valley Transportation Brings 30-Year Expertise to Niche Service

When Brad Grafe, owner and president of Valley Transportation Service Inc. , established the company in 1989, he observed a vital niche: providing transportation services to manufacturers and shippers countrywide....


Creative Design Fuels Bauer Built's Future Plans

When Vaughn Bauer began designing and manufacturing folding planters for local agriculture in Paton, Iowa, he was simply improving upon the design and utility of machinery used commonly by farmers in the area....


Monroe Truck Equipment Continues Growth, Evolution

Wisconsin's Monroe Truck Equipment is an industry leading truck and trailer equipment manufacturer, upfitter and distributor, with a mission to move communities forward. Backed by its team's expertise, the Monroe's products have helped cities, towns, townships and rural areas across the nation improve safety and infrastructure for more than 60 years....


Crews Correct Historic Bridge's Malfunction in Sacramento

When the historic Rio Vista Bridge (also known as the Helen Madere Memorial Bridge) malfunctioned in August 2018, Caltrans District 3 initiated emergency repairs on the drawbridge — the sole roadway for vehicular traffic travelling across the Sacramento River between Solano and Sacramento counties....


SmithCo Conquers New Markets With Customized Solutions

For more than 25 years, side dump trailer specialist SmithCo has been designing and manufacturing industry-leading equipment for the construction, agriculture, waste and demolition and other sectors, providing custom solutions to clients no matter the project requirements or geographical location....


Clearwater Construction Gives Expert Treatment on Wastewater Project

When the city of Lewiston, Idaho, decided to rehabilitate its wastewater treatment plant for energy and cost efficiency, Spokane, Wash.-based Clearwater Construction and Management LLC undertook what would be its, and the city's, largest such project to date....


Specialty Teams Collaborate to Complete Savannah River Flume

It's not every day that onlookers at a construction site include alligators and venomous snakes, but at the recently completed Savannah River Flume, part of the larger Raw Water Canal Improvements approved by Beaufort — Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) — that was the guaranteed daily scene....


Winter Equipment Begins to Eye Private Sector Market

The manufacturer of innovative wear parts for more than three decades, Willoughby, Ohio-based Winter Equipment's blade-saving technologies have become a quality standard in the snow removal industry....


Henderson Products Thrives On Time-Tested Principles

Manchester, Iowa-headquartered Henderson Products, manufacturers of innovative snow and ice solutions for municipal applications, have long been known as pioneers in the science of snow and ice management due to the development of its brine mixing and application equipment....


Boss Snowplow Introduces New Back Drag Plow to Market

Leaders in the competitive snow and ice management business, Iron Mountain, Mich.-based Boss Snowplow has a few new products available to customers this year. The company will introduce a new back drag plow it is bringing to market that goes on the back end of a pickup and is "dragged" behind the truck....


Fisher Expands Skid Steer Snow Removal Equipment Line

Rockland, Maine-based Fisher Engineering, manufacturers of snowplows, spreaders and accessories since 1948, recently expanded its line of snowplows for construction equipment. This includes a new family of trip-edge pusher plows, tractor mounts for heavy-duty straight blades, v-plows and winged plows, and a universal mounting plate specifically for skid steer applications....


Western Products Ready When Mother Nature Comes Calling

Powered by decades of offering quality products, service and expertise, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Western Products, a manufacturer of snow and ice control equipment, is looking forward to a promising year in business....


Experience-Driven Solutions Spur Kage Innovation Offerings

Kage Innovation, manufacturer of commercial snowplows based in Osceola, Wis., is introducing the new WingLine laser plow guide this year. The inexpensive and easy-to-install plow accessory, made with municipal markets and city plow trucks in mind, casts a green laser line in front of trucks to indicate where the wing plow will appear so operators can avoid obstacles like mailboxes and guard rails....


New Products Spearhead Hiniker Growth Plans

Mankato, Minn.-based Hiniker Company, manufacturer of agricultural and snow and ice control equipment, is bringing several new offerings to market this year, including an anti-icing liquid brine applicator, simply called the Brine App....


Water Under the Bridge … Fixing Floods at Cosumnes River

Watsonville-based Granite Construction and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are constructing two new bridge structures to replace the Cosumnes River bridge and the Cosumnes River Overflow bridge on State Highway 99....


RASL Project Fixes Troublesome Road Issues

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2 is addressing a troublesome issue that has plagued its highways for years with the Redding To Anderson Six Lane (RASL) Project on Interstate 5 (I-5) in Shasta County....


Caltrans Eyes Alternatives for Albion River Bridge Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently reviewing rehabilitation and replacement alternatives for the Albion River Bridge Project in California's Mendocino County. The 969-ft....



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