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New, Right-Sized Vermeer MX300 Mixing System Optimizes Productivity

With a redesigned, slim, rectangular profile tank, the new Vermeer MX300 mixing system is right-sized to help horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors optimize productivity and offers customizable mounting configuration options.

Schonstedt

Schonstedt Instrument Company launched Loki, a multi-frequency locator designed to “sweep” large areas to quickly and easily locate buried assets. It was developed for utilities and construction crews seeking a user-friendly, lower-cost, reliable locator.

Volvo

Volvo Construction Equipment gives contractors and rental companies a new crawler excavator option between its 16- and 22-ton machines. EC200E is a 20-ton-class excavator that offers strong performance and comes without the added features and cost of a larger excavator.

Doosan

Doosan Infracore North America now partners to offer the Trimble LOADRITE L3180 SmartScale as an option on Doosan wheel loaders.

Felling Trailers

With official implementation of Felling Trailers Inc.’s Documented Real Time Torquing Procedure, 100 percent of the company’s safety-critical attachments, couplers, actuators and lug nuts are torqued and documented in real time.

John Deere

A new, low monthly payment lease program is available for customers seeking financial flexibility when acquiring select models of John Deere compact track loaders (317G) and skid steer loaders (314G and 318G).

Akkerman Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Akkerman Inc., a premier trenchless underground construction systems manufacturer, attained ISO 9001:2015 for its quality management system at its sole manufacturing facility in Brownsdale, Minn.

ISCO Industries Acquires HDPE Plant in Montana

ISCO Industries Inc., a Louisville, Ky.-based, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe supplier and fabricator, purchased Plasson USA’s HDPE fabrication plant in Missoula, Mont. The strategic acquisition allows ISCO to further expand in a previously difficult-to-reach area of North America.

CASE Celebrates 50 Years of Skid Steer Manufacturing

CASE Construction Equipment celebrated 50 years of skid steer manufacturing with a ceremony on April 3 at its Wichita, Kan., plant. First built in 1969 at the Burlington, Iowa, facility, CASE skid steer production eventually moved to Wichita.

Doosan Bobcat

Doosan Bobcat North America has transitioned its rights to the U.S. sales, marketing and service of the Montabert brand of attachments to Montabert SAS, creating a direct link between the brand’s U.S. distribution network and factory in Lyon, France. The dedicated Montabert U.S. support organization this change creates is the result of an agreement reached jointly by both parties to support Montabert SAS’s desire to get closer to its U.S. customer base.

Cleveland Brothers

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc., the exclusive Cat dealer of Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and western Maryland, has expanded its facility locations to provide quality products and services to Washington, Penn.-area contractors, landscapers, excavators and others.

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc.

Newport Municipal Utility District, which provides water, sanitary sewer and drainage services to 12,000 residents in Harris County, Texas, about 23 miles northeast of the Houston central business district, selected civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) as its district engineer.

John Deere

John Deere is rolling out its new construction simulators. The modular update outfits the new John Deere simulators to one of six machine types: backhoe, crawler dozer, excavator, wheel loader, joystick-controlled motor grader and fingertip-control motor grader.

Felling Trailers

Felling Trailers Inc., a leader in industrial trailer manufacturing, was awarded a national cooperative contract for heavy equipment trailers through Sourcewell (formerly NJPA). Sourcewell members can now purchase any of Felling’s 240 trailer models at an exceptional value through Sourcewell’s competitively solicited contract.

Volvo

Volvo CE has finalized acquisition of Swedish machine adaptation specialist CeDe Group. The deal includes CeDe Group’s intellectual property, operations, other assets and about 45 full-time employees.

Vacall

Gradall Industries Inc. released a new video providing an in-depth look at its Vacall family of products. The 12-minute video features an up-close tour of Gradall’s New Philadelphia, Ohio, manufacturing facilities and the state-of-the-art manufacturing processes that produce Vacall sewer cleaning, hydro excavation, industrial vacuum and sweeper models.

Berntsen International

Berntsen International Inc. received a U.S. patent for its Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) RFID technology, the centerpiece of the company’s connected infrastructure locating and asset management solutions.

MTA to Build First All-Terrestrial Fiber Line From Alaska to Contiguous U.S.

MTA Fiber Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MTA, Alaska’s best choice for technology and communications products, announced today that it plans to build AlCan ONE (Alaska Canada Overland Network), the first and only all-terrestrial fiber network connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States and beyond.

Questions Abound After Toro Acquisition of CMW

Jeff Griffin  |  Senior Editor It’s been two months since The Toro Company announced it had reached an agreement to acquire The Charles Machine Works (CMW), best known as the parent company of Ditch Witch. The news came as a surprise to much of the underground construction industry and to CMW empl..

Hoffman Southwest Expands Nationally Via Tri-State Acquisition

Hoffman Southwest acquired Chesapeake, Virginia-based Tri-State Utilities in a transaction that creates a national presence through the combination of two major underground infrastructure firms on the East and West coasts.

Avanti International Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

Avanti International is proud to announce that the company has reached a milestone, celebrating 40 years as an industry leader.

CASE Announces Fourth-Annual Dire States Equipment Grant

CASE Construction Equipment has issued the call for entries for the 2019 Dire States Equipment Grant. Submissions can be made at DireStates.com/Grant. The 2019 entry deadline is March 31, 2019, and the winner will be announced in April 2019.

Texas Pipeline Contractor Expands with Horizontal Directional Drilling

Scott Andrews of S & J Contractors has seen boom and bust years over three decades in the industry and believes having the right team of people is the best way to survive those peaks and valleys.

Gas Distribution Replacement Work Continues Strong Pace

As recently as 2017, the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) estimated 30,000 miles of cast-iron pipe still carried gas in the United States, with the highest percentage of these mains located in older eastern cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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Toro to Acquire 'Ditch Witch' Parent Charles Machine Works

Toro Charles Machine Works, parent company of Ditch Witch and other underground construction equipment brands, in a $700 million cash transaction expected to close in October

Southern Company to Sell Florida Assets to NextEra Energy

Southern Company has entered into agreements to sell Gulf Power Company, Florida City Gas and the entities holding Southern Power’s interests in Plant Oleander and Plant Stanton to NextEra Energy for approximately $6.475 billion. “This sale provides Southern Company the opportunity to d..