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Wacker Neuson launches construction equipment technician apprenticeship program

“The program is intended to act as a funnel for qualified technicians into our dealer network,” explains Jake Gaylord, technical training manager for Wacker Neuson and author of the program.

Wacker Neuson has announced a unique apprenticeship program to help fill the growing need for qualified machine technicians in the construction industry. Wacker Neuson has teamed up with the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to create an apprenticeship program that allows students to "earn as they learn."  The program combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards, knowledge base and technology.

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Ozdemir appointed to lead Beka-Lube Canada

Aykut Ozdemir joined the BEKA organization in 2002 as an application engineer and recently relocated his family to Canada from Turkey, where he served as Managing Director.

BAIER + KÖPPEL has announced the appointment of Aykut (Ike) Ozdemir as President, Beka-Lube Products Inc. Aykut succeeds Sven Pitman, who has returned to the firm's head office in Pegnitz, Germany, to assume leadership of BEKA's products and services in the mining sector worldwide.

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Are all excavators the same?

Among the top brands, many believe all excavators are the same. But when you look closely, you can spot the small differences in design that add up to huge differences in productivity and efficiency — differences that can boost your profitability. 


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GOMACO University announces a new director and new schedule for 2019 season

“We are committed to setting the industry standard at GOMACO University in the education of concrete slipform paving,” Schneider said.

GOMACO has released their 2019 schedule of specialized courses covering GOMACO‘s full range of concrete paving equipment. Rod Schneider has been appointed as GOMACO University's new Director of Training after the retirement of Dennis Clausen at the end of the year. Since 1989, Schneider has served as the University's Training Coordinator.

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Second generation of the Epiroc zero-emission fleet presented at Power Change Days

Örebro, Sweden: With over 60000 operating hours, Epiroc is now expanding its proven battery offering and zero-emission fleet with the second generation in underground loaders, trucks and drill rigs and a new battery service offering.

Battery-electric equipment allows a mine to unlock a number of benefits: improved health and safety, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and decreased operating costs. "We are leading the charge towards sustainability in mining through battery electric, zero-emission equipment," says Stevan Topalovic, Vice President Marketing Underground Rock Excavation division at Epiroc. "At Power Change Days, we proudly present our second generation electric battery 14 and 18-tonne loaders, our 42-tonne truck and our mid-sized drilling family including face drilling, production drilling and rock reinforcement rigs."

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Earthworks GO! brings Trimble grade control to small machines

Small machines like skid steers and compact track loaders can now be 2D grade control capable thanks to Trimble's Earthworks GO!

Trimble's Earthworks GO! Grade Control Platform is a 2D grade control solution for compact machine grading attachments. Trimble Earthworks GO! enables high-accuracy grading in an easy-to-use, portable platform. It is the only Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) compact machine control solution available today that runs on Android or iOS smartphones. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions.

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Genie expands its used equipment team in North America

“Used equipment is critical to the growth and sustainability of the aerial market, and we are forecasting increased trade cycles in North America over the next few years.

Anticipating an increase demand for used aerial equipment in North America, Genie has expanded its used equipment team to support customers' needs and market growth. Led by Mitch Ely, Genie Director of North American Services, Terex AWP, the team includes Kevin Spencer, Marcy Lemin and Scott Sensenbrenner in the field and is supported by a dedicated used equipment inside sales team at the factory.

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BKT production site project in the US underway

Widely known for its focus on innovation and technology, BKT has recently doubled its production capacity by means of its latest production site in Bhuj. It has now announced the construction of a sixth production site on US territory.

Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) has announced development of a $100-milion construction project for a new production site to serve not only US markets but the entire American region. This new production site will be the multinational group's first manufacturing site outside of India.

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Dana expands Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio

Available through traditional aftermarket channels, Spicer Select offers a practical replacement alternative for aging vehicles.

Dana Incorporated is expanding its Spicer Select all-makes drivetrain portfolio to include the most popular u-joints for commercial-vehicle applications while also adding new u-joint strap kits. With the addition of the strap kits, the Spicer Select offering provides a complete u-joint replacement package for a significant portion of over-the-road and vocational applications.

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MECALAC Group progressing rapidly, establishing its presence in North America

Mecalac has launched its sales and marketing efforts in the United States with MCR crawler skid-excavators and AX wheel loaders. Today, sales extend across the entire product range of the Group: track and wheeled excavators, compact wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers.

Geographical expansion remains one of the main policy priorities of the Mecalac Group. For more than 4 decades, through its 5 factories, its 7 commercial subsidiaries and a global network of more than 250 dealerships, the Group has been designing, manufacturing and selling construction machines specifically intended for civil and underground engineering in urban environments. In 2016, Mecalac established a presence in the United States with an initial partnership in Massachusetts. Since then, its distribution network in the United States has expanded continuously. Consequently, Mecalac has now moved into the Canadian market with 3 distributors who now handle the promotion, sales and marketing of Mecalac construction machinery.

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Asia Cement Group opts for 13.7 km long BEUMER Group troughed belt conveyor in Sichuan, China

From the quarry to the cement plant: BEUMER Group built a 12.5-kilometre-long conveyor through hilly terrain and unstable ground in the Chinese province of Sichuan. An additional, smooth running system is added with a length of 13.7 kilometres. This system can feed a potential third conveyor with limestone.

Sichuan Yadong Cement Co, Ltd. in Pengzhou, China, has been relying on a 12.5 km overland conveyor from BEUMER Group in order to convey limestone from their quarry to their silo. When constructed in 2009 it was the longest belt conveying system in BEUMER history (BEUMER installed a longer system in 2016). The troughed belt conveyor runs through hilly terrain and nature reserves, over streams and unstable ground. The second project includes two additional overland conveyors, with an overall length of 13.7 kilometres, transporting limestone to the cement plant. Unlike the first project, the task here was to build the conveyor across inhabited areas. Noise emission limitations set forth by the government also needed to be considered.

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Vermeer Corporation acquires Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC

Vermeer Corporation has announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.

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Skyjack helps veterans STEP back into the workforce

Skyjack is working with their partners to help veterans step back into long-term permanent positions. The Service to Employment Program (STEP) is catered to helping U.S. veterans transition from active duty into rewarding careers as service technicians.

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DEUTZ opens new Innovation Centre in Europe

DEUTZ CEO Dr Frank Hiller (3rd from left) and the team of the DEUTZ Innovation Centre.

DEUTZ AG has officially opened its new Innovation Centre. Over an area of 380 square metres, a modern building has been constructed at the Cologne-Porz site that provides DEUTZ employees with space to work on ideas, develop them into prototypes, and shape them into a project, a product or an investment opportunity.

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Revenue up 8% in third quarter for Ritchie Bros.

Revenue up 8% in third quarter for Ritchie Bros.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated reported the following results for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Net income attributable to stockholders of $23.1 million increased 125% compared to $10.3 million for the same quarter in 2017. Diluted earnings per share attributable to stockholders increased 133% to $0.21 versus $0.09 in the third quarter of 2017, while diluted adjusted EPS attributable to stockholders(1) (non-GAAP measure) which excludes a $4.9 million gain on sale of an equity accounted for investment and acquisition-related costs, increased 100% to $0.18 from $0.09 in the third quarter of 2017. Other key third quarter highlights included: 

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Four Alberta Bobcat dealerships acquired by Calmont Equipment Ltd.

Four Alberta Bobcat dealerships acquired by Calmont Equipment Ltd.

Calmont Equipment Ltd. has expanded its dealer network with the acquisition of Bobcat of Edmonton, Bobcat of Calgary, Bobcat of Red Deer and Bobcat of Fort McMurray, establishing Calmont as the Bobcat equipment provider in those four cities and surrounding areas. All four dealerships will continue to serve as authorized sales, service, parts and rental providers of Bobcat equipment.

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Haulotte holds 2018 Open Days for North American customers

Haulotte North America held Open Days 2018, a customer event for U.S. and Canadian customers at their Virginia Beach, Virginia, location October 17 – 18. The event included education, hands on machine demonstrations including an obstacle course, and the opportunity to be the first in the U.S. and Canada to test drive the new HA61 LE PRO 100 percent electric architecture boom lift.

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Equipment sales push Toromont earnings for Q3

Equipment sales push Toromont earnings for Q3

Toromont Industries Ltd. has reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. These results include the operations of the significant acquisition completed by the Company on October 27, 2017. This transaction expanded Toromont's operations to include the Caterpillar dealerships for Quebec, the Maritime Provinces and Western Labrador and the MCFA lift truck dealership for Quebec and Ontario, in addition to other distribution rights. The acquired operations are collectively referenced as "Toromont QM or TQM" throughout this report.

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