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Bobcat’s newest diesel utility vehicles are meeting even the most challenging work conditions. The UV34 and UV34XL, featuring 2 and 4 seats, feature industry-leading specs and proven durability. This, combined with reliable performance and productivity, make these utility vehicles the superior choice for getting the job done right. 
May 24, 2019

NPK Construction Equipment, a subsidiary of NPK Japan, announced a new partnership with the US’s Genesis Attachments and Germany’s Genesis Holdings and Genesis GmbH. Both of these attachment suppliers have a strong focus on quality products. NPK hopes to utilize the superior distribution network and dedicated employees that Genesis has taken the time to build up in order to make both companies stronger in the long run.
May 17, 2019

Equipment operators will get a chance to test their skills against others around the world at the upcoming, first ever Global Operator Challenge, launched by Caterpillar. This tough competition will be held partially in 2019 and in 2020 at several locations around the globe. Operators will be tested on their agility, mental toughness, versatility, and competence in using integrated technology to enhance machine performance - such as Cat® Production Measurement and Cat GRADE systems - to determine who will claim title of “best”.
May 9, 2019

John Deere demonstrated the continuation of their efforts to advance the manufacturing industry by hosting their annual Reman Day celebration this past April 11th. The event was held at their remanufacturing facilities in Springfield, Missouri and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as well as various other units throughout the company. The company focused on three primary themes this year: Delivering value to the John Deere customer, quality and pride of workmanship throughout the remanufacturing process, and improving environmental stewardship.
April 18, 2019

As of late February, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) confirmed plans to invest an overall $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants. FCA will also work with the state of Michigan, as well as the city of Detroit, to build a new assembly plant within its city limits; an investment that will create an estimated 6,500 new jobs. The move will increase capacity for the growing demand of Jeep and Ram brands, including more electrified models and the production of two new Jeep-branded white space products.
March 5, 2019

The Toro Company recently announced that they will be acquiring privately-held The Charles Machine Works, Inc. for $700 million in cash, subject to specific adjustments set forth under the definitive agreement. The Charles Machine Works, Inc. corporation is an Oklahoma parent company of many leading brands in the underground construction market, including Ditch Witch. While the transaction is still subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, the deal should be closed before the end of Toro’s third fiscal quarter of 2019.
February 20, 2019

Komatsu America Corp. and BOMAG Americas Inc. are excited to announce their recent partnership, which will ultimately pave the way for new road building, as well as new construction market opportunities. The new arrangement means that Komatsu’s six company owned dealerships, (Edward Ehrbar, Komatsu Equipment Company, Komatsu Northeast, Komatsu Southwest, Midlantic Machinery and Pine Bush Equipment,) are now selling BOMAG milling, paving, compaction, and reclaiming/stabilizing equipment as of this month, January 2019. The complimentary products of both companies will certainly further both of their already striking reputations, while making purchases easier and more convenient for customers.
January 4, 2019

Landmark Equipment, a long-time Pettibone dealership run by Earl Rund, has announced they are changing ownership. Rund’s dealership services material handling customers in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and northern California. Based in Portland, Oregon, Landmark Equipment has sold and serviced the Pettibone Cary-Lift product line for over 30 years, in addition to also adding Pettibone Extendo and Traverse telehandlers to their lineup.
December 10, 2018

Komatsu Equipment Company, a flagship dealership for Komatsu America Corp. (KAC), announced plans to construct a state-of-the-art customer support and service center in Elko, Nevada. The global heavy equipment manufacturer will be building their new 189,000 ft2 (57,600 m2) state-of-the-art Service Center on roughly 30 acres. They plan to enhance customer support, boost the local economy, and add full-time jobs in the process.
October 22, 2018

Cat is updating their look for machines, engines, generator sets, and work tools with a new “Cat Modern Hex” trade dress. Replacing the familiar “Power Edge” trade dress, (where the Cat trademark is on a black background accented with a diagonal red bar,) the new, fresh graphic design combines the traditional Cat trademark with a bold, three-dimensional red hexagon featuring a grille pattern on the inside. The use of red is a throwback to the graphics of the company’s very first crawler tractors, introduced back in 1925.
October 19, 2018

Hiab has excitedly announced the winner of the World Crane Championship (WCC) held on September 22nd and 23rd in connection with the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany. Andreas Öhman from Sweden won the championship final with a time of 2:32:89. Jani Väisänen from Finland came in second place with a time of 2:38:95, and Tim Hansen from Denmark came in third place with a time of 2:33:18 after winning the bronze final.
October 5, 2018

Caterpillar recently unveiled that they have entered a preliminary agreement to sell the Cat purpose-built forestry business to Weiler, Inc. The sale is set to close sometime in early 2019, and a final agreement for the sale is still subject to negotiation. The plan will ensure the continuation of excellent customer service while maintaining exemplary standards.
September 14, 2018

Kubota Tractor Corporation is teaming up with Tavant Technologies, a leading provider of aftermarket solutions, in order to invest in their procedure for processing warranty claims in the most efficient manner possible. As a benefit to dealers nationwide, the Tavant Warranty On-Demand (TWOD) platform will go into effect in early 2019. The platform, which will be Kubota’s sole application for dealing with warranty claims and related aftermarket business processes, will help to enhance service quality and operational coherence when processing and tracking claims.
August 22, 2018

Volvo Construction Equipment of North America has recently launched a blog, referred to as The Scoop, as a practical daily help guide for construction owners, operators, and fleet managers. The blog aims to provide practical content that is helpful in day-to-day equipment selection, management, and operations. Not only this, but The Scoop also supports educating construction professionals on business operations, equipment, and emerging technologies, making it a great go-to resource.

August 13, 2018

Komatsu America has recently decided to partner with Propeller Aero in order to bring enterprise-grade drone analytics solutions to the forefront of the construction industry. This boost to the efficiency of construction job sites is thanks to drone-powered mapping and analytics software. This technology can be used to then create detailed aerial maps used to make important logistic decisions.
August 8, 2018

As one of the global leaders in on-road handlings, Hiab, part of Cargotec, has decided to enter an agreement to acquire Effer S.p.A from the CTE Group. Acquiring the Effer loader cranes business speaks to Hiab’s already established ambition to be the global leader in cranes. Hiab obtained the well-known crane manufacturer at 50 million euros.
August 1, 2018

The winner of the second annual “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest has been determined after pouring over the many online and text votes that were received. It was determined that Neil Behnke, a volunteer at the non-profit, Black Forest Together, was chosen by the public as the grand prize winner. The announcement was made at the 2018 John Deere Classic Chairman’s Dinner.
July 27, 2018

Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH is investing 35 million euros in the future of their brand new logistics center at their Kirchdorf an der Iller location. This move is meant to strengthen their development in the original location of the Liebherr Group. The ground-breaking construction began earlier this month, when an official ceremony was held, and the project is planned to be completed by 2020.
June 25, 2018

John Deere has selected three contestants to be finalists in this year’s “Small Machines. Big Impact.” contest. This is the annual contest’s second year to review some of the most outstanding community enhancement project ideas from across the United States. Each of these finalists will have the opportunity to win a brand new John Deere G-Series skid steer or compact track loader, as well as a Worksite Pro attachment.
June 8, 2018

Caterpillar’s Kansas and northwest Missouri dealer, Foley Equipment, is excited to be opening a brand new facility in Colby, Kansas. This addition demonstrates a significant investment in the local community, and helps to strengthen Foley’s roots in northwest Kansas. The new building will be located on Horton Rd.
June 6, 2018

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