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GMC unveils Sierra 2500HD All Mountain: A Denali with tracks


General Motors appears to slowly be amassing a fleet of pickups focused on snow applications. The automaker’s recently unveiled 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain is its latest concept pickup and follows the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Alaskan Edition which was unveiled at the 2016 SEMA show.

Unlike the Alaskan, whose custom plow is meant to remove snow from your path, the Sierra All Mountain is designed for simply gliding over the white stuff.

GMC calls it a “one-of-a-kind snow-climbing machine.” In non-marketing speak that means it has Mattracks-built tracks where the tires usually go.

This concept truck package is built upon a Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD Crew Cab powered by the beastly 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 which produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb. ft. of torque. The engine is paired with an Allison 1000 six-speed transmission.

In addition to the 150 Series tracks from Mattracks, the All Mountain features the following:

  • Wheel well and underbody LED lights
  • Snowboard Racks, associated accessories by Thule®
  • Amplifier and Dual Pod Speaker Kit, associated accessories by KICKER®
  • RIGID E-Series 30-Inch Light Bar
  • Soft roll-up tonneau cover by Advantage

The truck is just a concept for now and GMC hasn’t said whether it will actually offer it as a real package. However, the Silverado Alaskan package started out as a concept too and Chevy now offers that as one of its many Special Edition packages (though with a slightly different plow blade) at dealers across the U.S.

Source:: Equipment world

Construction theme park Diggerland’s largest expansion yet brings a zip line, improvements to equipment playground


The Spin Dizzy during its inaugural run at Diggerland.

June will mark the fourth anniversary for the nation’s only construction equipment theme park and New Jersey-based Diggerland is hoping to finish its largest expansion yet in time for the start of the summer season.

Earlier this month the park, located in West Berlin, broke ground on a multi-million dollar 7+ acre expansion, according to a Diggerland news release. The expansion will bring five new attractions to the park, the most notable being the Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

What a zip line has to do with construction or heavy equipment is anyone’s guess, but the 700-foot ride sounds fun, zipping riders from heights up to 130 feet off the ground and spanning “nearly the entire foot print of the park,” according to the release. The other four new rides will be announced in the coming months.

A John Deere 750 in operation at Diggerland XL.

“We’ve done a tremendous amount of research over the past year determining how we can add the greatest amount of value to our guests’ experience. Including these attractions in the cost of admission and extending their use to our annual pass holders is important to our team because it’s appreciated by our visitors,” Ilya Girlya, co-president and owner of the park, said in a statement.

The expansion will also bring improvements to the park’s Diggerland XL heavy equipment playground. Though the majority of the park features rides aimed at kids, in April 2016 Diggerland XL opened to give grown-ups a place to operate machinery as well. This area of the park offers adults one-on-one instruction with a variety of machines and even allows them to smash up a car with an excavator.

Less exciting additions coming through the expansion are a pavilion for corporate events and groups, a climate controlled dining and party pavilion and more parking.

Source:: Equipment world

Volvo CE names three new Midwest dealers


Volvo Construction Equipment has added three new dealers in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

TranSource Truck & Equipment Inc. is now an official Volvo dealer in South Dakota. In Iowa, Housby Heavy Equipment has become a Volvo dealer, and so has Wise Heavy Equipment in Nebraska.

TranSource takes over in South Dakota

Volvo has named three new dealerships located in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

TranSource, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recently bought the assets of Sheehan Mack Sales and Equipment, the former Volvo CE dealer in Sioux Falls. Now called TranSource Truck & Equipment, the dealership will assume the employees, physical property, and territory as part of the agreement.

The new operation in South Dakota is owned by 30-year Sheehan partner Larry Clement, and Dan and James Bland. They own and operate multiple truck dealerships that represent Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks in North Carolina through sister-company TranSource Truck & Trailer.

Under the dealership agreement in South Dakota, TranSource will continue to offer a full line of Volvo CE equipment, parts and service.

Volvo CE names new dealers in Iowa, Nebraska

Housby Heavy Equipment and Wise Heavy Equipment are taking over for Volvo’s former dealer in these states, Scott Van Keppel (SVK), and will assume SVK’s assets and locations.

The Des Moines-based Housby will assume the SVK locations in Ankeny and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wise takes over SVK’s locations in Omaha.

The two dealers have a combined 84 years of experience in heavy equipment distribution and “have shown tremendous success with Mack Trucks,” says Stephan Roy, president of Volvo CE in North America.

Housby was founded in 1969, with locations in Des Moines and Carroll, Iowa, serving the heavy equipment, ready-mix, waste and forestry equipment markets. The company has also been a Mack trucks dealer since 1978.

Wise was a Mack trucks distributor for more than 40 years, owner Bert Wise tells Equipment World. His father, Bert Sr., bought the dealership, which has served customers in the transportation, trucking and railroad industries.

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Worker killed when core drill strikes power line on I-44 near St. Louis


A contract worker trying to obtain a road core sample was electrocuted November 29 along eastbound Interstate 44 near St. Louis when the truck-mounted core drill he was operating struck a power line.

Stephen J. Tepatti, 39, of Florissant was working around 9:45 a.m. beneath a power line that stretched over the highway.

He was a contract worker and was on the site to obtain a core sample of the road for the Missouri Department of Transportation, according to Fox 2 Now in St. Louis. He raised the drill and it struck the line; that sent 12,000 volts into him, caught the back truck tires on fire and blew a hole in the concrete, the news station reported. He died instantly.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that electrocution is the third leading cause of construction job-site deaths. OSHA says workers should maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet away from the nearest energized overhead lines. The supervisor should set up the minimum clearance distance after obtaining the voltage of the overhead line from the utility company. Higher-voltage lines require greater minimum safe distances.

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Deere completes acquisition of Wirtgen Group


Exactly six months after announcing the transformative deal, Deere & Company says it has completed its acquisition of the Wirtgen Group.

Plans for the $5.2 billion purchase were announced June 1 and with it John Deere becomes the first manufacturer to have crushing and screening, as well as mobile equipment, all under one company. Deere funded the purchase through a combination of cash and debt.

Before the deal, Deere did not manufacture any road building equipment such as pavers and compaction equipment. Deere says it considers Wirtgen “the leading manufacturer worldwide of road construction equipment.”

“The Wirtgen Group will enhance the size, scale and stature of our construction equipment business and will help Deere continue its global growth,” Sam Allen, Deere & Company
chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement. He added that the acquisition aids in “Deere’s long-term strategy to expand in both agriculture and construction,” according to a Deere press release.

As we reported back in June, Deere’s acquisition of Wirtgen was more than a decade in the making.

“While head of the [Deere] C&F (Construction & Forestry) division in the mid-2000s, I met with the Wirtgen family to discuss the possibility of pursuing strategic opportunities such as this one, and we stayed in close touch ever since,” Allen said in June. “Then, when Stefan and Jürgen Wirtgen decided to sell their business and move on to other opportunities, they reached out to Deere and we were honored they did. We’re glad from a timing standpoint, but this is just something that we strategically have had in mind for quite some time, and in the absence of a financial crisis, we would have gone ahead and pulled this trigger, because of how attractive it is.”

Deere has said it plans to maintain each of the Wirtgen Group’s existing brands along with the group’s management, manufacturing footprint, employees and distribution network. Deere says “the combined business is expected to benefit from sharing best practices in distribution, customer support, manufacturing and technology as well as in scale and efficiency of operations.”

Wirtgen Group reported sales of €2.6 billion (roughly $2.9 billion) in in fiscal year 2016 (ended December 31, 2016) and has forecast sales of roughly €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) for FY2017.

Deere has said it expects Wirtgen to contribute a positive financial contribution in its first year. Though the company has yet to comment on how it will handle cross-selling the Deere and Wirtgen brands, there are already seven Deere dealers in the U.S. that carry Wirtgen machines. Wirtgen’s sales are primarily through company-owned sites, with only 30 percent conducted through 150 independent dealers. Deere owns between 10 and 15 percent of its sales locations in North America, but owns many of its forestry sales sites in Europe.

The Wirtgen Group’s roots stretch back 56 years to the original Wirtgen brand’s founding in 1961. But it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the company took on its multi-brand identity with the acquisition of Vögele and Hamm. Since then the Wirtgen umbrella has expanded to include five brands with the additions of Kleemann, Benninghoven and Ciber.

“As we looked to the future, we specifically chose Deere as the buyer because of our long-held respect for the organization and our full confidence that Deere is dedicated to the ongoing success of the Wirtgen Group and our employees worldwide,” says Stefan Wirtgen, a managing director for the Wirtgen brand.

“We believe this transaction allows the company to be successful well into the future—independent of our family ownership,” added fellow Wirtgen brand managing director Jürgen Wirtgen.

Source:: Equipment world

Reward issued for tractor-driving historic bridge wrecker in Ind.


Photo: Boone County Sheriff’s Office

Some residents in Boone County, Indiana, are rallying to save a historic, one-lane Pratt truss bridge that has been closed for a year after being damaged by a tractor.

They have issued a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the tractor driver who wrecked the bridge on November 10, 2016. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says it will continue its investigation and is hoping someone will step forward with information.

The sheriff’s office said the culprit was on a Caterpillar “tractor on tracks pulling a red ripper or folding implement.”

This isn’t the first time the community has gotten behind the Sugar Creek Bridge on Creek Road. The community helped raise money for a rehab project before it was damaged.

Though the bridge, which was built in the early 1900s, only gets about 150 vehicles a day, it is viewed as a landmark by the community. It is often a popular backdrop for photos. It has also been listed on the state’s historic bridge inventory and it is eligible for National Register of Historic Places, according to an Indiana Department of Transportation’s historic bridge inventory.

Source:: Equipment world

WYDOT tests vehicle-to-vehicle communication tech for I-80


The Wyoming Department of Transportation is preparing to install vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology on some of its snow plows, patrol cars and other vehicles under a trial program to provide real-time traffic information to drivers on Interstate 80.

WYDOT says that it, along with the University of Wyoming and other project partners, including Sirius XM, tested the technology recently on a snow plow and patrol vehicle to show how they can communicate with each other during a collision warning, a distress notification, a construction zone notification and weather warnings.

For example, in a collision warning, the slower vehicle would send out a signal indicating its speed and direction, WYDOT says. Nearby drivers in vehicles equipped with the technology would be alerted to a possible crash.

“The forward collision warning would be beneficial in a low-visibility situation,” says Ali Ragan, GIS/ITS project manager. “This could then help prevent a crash.”

The technology not only communicates vehicle-to-vehicle, but can send data to roadside units connected to WYDOT’s Transportation Management System, which can send out alerts. The roadside units also receive reports from WYDOT maintenance employees, and the system can receive information from other systems, such as weather stations.

Sirius XM’s satellite system is assisting in sending the notifications to vehicles to fill any gaps not picked up by the roadside units.

Wyoming is one of three locations in the country testing the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The other locations are Tampa, Florida, and New York City.

“This technology will give us the ability to alert motorists of difficult situations before they encounter them,” says Bill Panos, WYDOT director.

This winter, WYDOT plans to equip 100 of its vehicles with onboard communication devices and install about 75 roadside units on and around I-80. It plans to expand the devices to 300 commercial vehicles during spring and summer. Companies interested in participating in the pilot program can email WYDOT at dot-cv@wyo.gov or call 307-777-4231 or 307-777-2985.

After the test is completed, WYDOT and the USDOT will decide whether to proceed further with the technology.

Source:: Equipment world

Worker seriously injured on lower level of Bayonne Bridge


Photo: Google Maps

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that the Bayonne Bridge was closed to traffic in both directions on Tuesday afternoon after a worker was seriously injured, according to silive.com.

The injured worker is part of the crew that is dismantling the lower level of the span as part of the “Raise the Roadway” project.

Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told the news agency that a 49-year-old construction worker on the lower level of the bridge sustained a severe leg injury. The Fire Department of New York/EMS responded to a report at 1:03 p.m. of an unconscious person on the span. The worker was transported to Richmond University Medical Center. He was reportedly conscious, but possibly in shock.

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