February 2020 Vol. 75 No. 2



Representing combined military service of almost 100 years are (from left) Andrew Raynor, Billy Hurley, Ferlin McClanahan, Steven McNeill, Michael Cuntapay and Michael Plummer.

Sunbelt Rentals


Sunbelt Rentals was named one of the nation’s top “Military Friendly Employers” by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment and provides educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Former veterans, who are now full-time employees at Sunbelt Rentals, appreciate the recognition and what’s been done to make it happen. The branch in Jacksonville, N.C. – located just a few miles from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune – has been particularly successful with hires from the military. Its current staff includes six Marine Corps and Army veterans with nearly a century of combined military experience.

“If you’re a military veteran looking for a civilian career – we want to hear from you,” said Marcella Lozano, HR regional coordinator at Sunbelt Rentals. “With nearly 900 locations, we aim to be a premier employment option for veterans across the country, and we strive to provide the best support for our veteran employees and their unique needs.”


U.S. Department of Labor


The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a comprehensive Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) that reflects current regulations and provides useful compliance assistance for contractors in the construction industry.

This guide provides a valuable self-assessment tool for contractors to review the practices they have in place, highlights best practices and offers practical references to eliminate discrimination and achieve their equal employment opportunity goals. At a minimum, it will help federal construction contractors meet all legal obligations; at best, it can prevent violations before they occur.

OFCCP is a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor, which has a mission fostering, promoting, and developing the welfare of U.S. wage earners, job seekers and retirees.


Ring-O-Matic Authorizes New Dealer in Australia, New Zealand

Ring-O-Matic has appointed ELB Equipment as the new, exclusive distributor – responsible for all future sales, spare parts and customer service – of the Ring-O-Matic brand of vacuum excavators in Australia and New Zealand.

Headquartered in Sydney, ELB Equipment maintains full-service branches in most of the major cities around Australia and New Zealand. It has more than 60 years of experience in the underground utility construction market and with vacuum excavators, specifically, as a representative of Ditch Witch and related brands in the region.

“Recognizing that in our industry machines live a hard life, ELB Equipment prides itself on spare parts availability and a trained mobile team of field service technicians to ensure that up-time is maximized, and contractors can get on with the business of making money,” said Christopher Malan, general manager of ELB Equipment.

The new distributor will manage any warranty claims that may arise on behalf of Ring-O-Matic, including machines purchased from the previous dealer, prior to the transition.

“This new partnership will bring nothing but benefit to existing and future Ring-O-Matic owners,” said Brian Metcalf, CEO of Ring-O-Matic. “ELB Equipment has the infrastructure, resources and expertise to support our customers throughout the life cycle of their needs. We’re extremely pleased to have ELB Equipment representing our line of purpose-built vacuum excavation equipment in Australia and New Zealand.”


Ring-O-Matic, (800) 544-2518, ring-o-matic.com


Core and Main


Core & Main LP, a leading U.S. distributor of water, sewer and fire protection products, acquired substantially all assets of J & J Municipal Supply Inc. and Erosion Resources Supply Inc., based in southern Indiana.

“These acquisitions align with our strategy to expand our geographic reach, as well as our products,” said Steve LeClair, CEO of Core & Main. “Also, these companies place a high value on product expertise, excellent customer service and teamwork, which matches Core & Main’s core principles.”

This is the ninth acquisition for Core & Main, since becoming an independent company in August 2017. Now operating 275 branches nationwide, the company combines local expertise with a national supply chain to provide contractors and municipalities innovative solutions for new construction and aging infrastructure.


John Deere


John Deere has extended the eight-year/20,000-hour power electronic components warranty on the 944K Hybrid Wheel Loader, to July 31, 2020. This includes the same, eight-year or 20,000-hour (whichever comes first), non-prorated assurance on wheel motors, generators, power inverters and brake resistors and is applicable to existing machines in the field and new 944K Hybrid Wheel Loaders.

Certain customer conditions must be met to maintain warranty coverage, including component rotation between 15,000 and 18,000 hours; drive voltage cables replacement between 15,000 and 18,000 hours; and an annual dealer machine inspection

“With the extension of the warranty offering, we are giving our customers an opportunity to go through a 15,000- to 18,000-hour machine rebuild without any concern about the longevity or reliability of the power electronic components,” said Ryan Blades, director, C&F customer and product support for John Deere Construction & Forestry.

Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products for the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure.


Vermeer Establishes Distribution Agreement for Compact, Articulated Loaders

Through a new distribution agreement, MultiOne, a leading manufacturer of compact articulated loaders, will supply Vermeer-branded models to be sold, serviced and supported exclusively through Vermeer dealers in North America and the Caribbean.

“Across our landscape, tree care, rental and general construction markets, we are seeing a growing demand for highly maneuverable material handling equipment capable of productive speeds and low turf disturbance, while helping solve labor challenges on the job site,” said Doug Hundt, president of Vermeer Industrial Solutions.

“By combining MultiOne’s proven loader line with the reach, service and support of the Vermeer dealer network, we can quickly expand our already robust line-up of compact equipment to meet this demand.”

While the two companies envision building on their partnership, this agreement will feature all MultiOne compact articulated loader models, ranging from 933 pounds to 1,590 pounds of operating capacity. These models feature a telescopic boom, which is highly sought-after by customers looking for greater reach and utility from a multi-tool-capable loader.

“MultiOne has a strong, 20-year track record of supplying customers around the world with compact articulated loaders that are known for high quality, versatility and efficiency,” said Stefano Zanini, MultiOne technical director.

The Vermeer models will be manufactured at MultiOne’s facility in Vicenza, Italy, and should be available with select attachments, a full line of parts, and service at Vermeer dealerships early this summer.


Vermeer Corporation, (888) 837-6337, vermeer.com




Lyle Machinery Company, a family-owned equipment business established in 1985 and headquartered in Richland, Miss., is the newest dealer for the full line of Allu Transformer material processing attachments.

With 11 locations, the company will provide sales and rental, and complete aftermarket service, for customers throughout Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle, and sections of Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. The locations offer new and pre-owned equipment, and rentals, as well as financing and extensive support, on a fleet of service vehicles to assist customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Together, the two companies are a winning combination.

“Lyle Machinery Company has a solid reputation for its industry expertise and excellent customer support,” said Edgar Chavez, ALLU president. “ALLU’s legacy of providing the highest quality equipment and aftermarket support is made even stronger through this new partnership.”

ALLU Group, based in Finland, manufactures the Transformer Series, an excavator-/loader-/ tractor-mounted processing bucket that screens, pulverizes, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, and even crushes, feeds and loads materials, transforming them into highly valuable products and making construction businesses more efficient and profitable.


Doosan Infracore


Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, expanded its dealer network with the addition of G. Stone Commercial, Middlebury, Vt., as an authorized sales, service/support, parts and rental provider of a wide range of Doosan equipment.

Initially selling tow trucks, wreckers and trailers in the early 2000s, G. Stone Commercial expanded its business to include construction equipment rental services, used commercial truck sales and used equipment sales. It also offers a complete parts and service department, road service and hydraulic repair service. The company serves construction, agriculture, landscaping, homeowner, utilities, recycling and industrial services, mining and forestry, and other markets.

With more than 150 heavy equipment dealer locations and headquartered in Suwanee, Ga., Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, markets Doosan-branded products that include crawler excavators, wheel excavators, mini excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, material handlers, log loaders and attachments.




CASE Construction Equipment received the prestigious Good Design Award for ProjectTETRA, the methane-powered wheel loader concept that provides an insight into a sustainable, connected and technologically advanced future of construction.

Jointly developed by the CASE engineering and CNH Industrial international design teams, the wheel loader concept reimagines wheel loader design. It demonstrates the viability of alternative fuels in construction equipment and the feasibility of using fuel generated from waste products and renewable sources. It is powered by a proven methane engine, produced by sister brand FPT Industrial, that delivers the same performance as its diesel equivalent.

The innovative design includes cutting-edge styling and an advanced operator environment that makes extensive use of touchscreen and voice control technologies. It also offers innovative safety features that use biometric technologies and an obstacle detection system derived from CNH Industrial’s autonomous vehicle research and development program.

ProjectTETRA has been tested in real-world construction environments, demonstrating its feasibility and proving its business case in terms of sustainability, reduced overall Total Cost of Ownership and operational viability.

The Good Design program, organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, in cooperation with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, recognizes the best products across the globe for sustainability, superior design and unparalleled function.


Cemen Tech


Faris Machinery is now the exclusive dealer for Cemen Tech volumetric concrete mixers, through three locations in Colorado: Commerce City, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.

Since 1953, Faris Machinery has provided quality equipment and full-service parts, rental and sales support to its Colorado customers, developing into one of the leading providers of equipment and services for the region’s concrete, asphalt, environmental, oil & gas, and solid
waste/sewer industries

“We partner with industry-leading manufacturers, so our customers have access to the best equipment and service available, and Cemen Tech is a strong and unique addition to our concrete equipment offering,” said Giles Poulson, President, Faris Machinery.

Based in Indianola, Iowa., and operating in more than 70 countries, Cemen Tech Inc. has 50 years of manufacturing and engineering experience in the volumetric mixing industry.

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