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Ram unveils 2019 1500 Laramie Lonhorn with “craftsman-like” western details


2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Crew Cab

Wood surfaces, leather seats, a ton of technology and Southwestern styling. These are the touches that Ram says make the all-new 2019 1500 Laramie Longhorn a “no compromise luxury pickup.”

Though the truck carries the same great exterior styling redesign unveiled a couple of weeks ago across the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup, the interior of the Laramie Longhorn is what sets it apart, Ram says.

It might be a bunch of marketing speak, but Ram is really pushing the western/cowboy theme in its announcement of this truck. Here’s a pretty representative paragraph of how the truck maker feels about the Laramie Longhorn’s design: “Layered with premium materials, the Laramie Longhorn carries iconic features and design cues from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares such as the antique pocket watch, hand-tooled leather cowboy boots or a horseman’s saddle.”

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Black/Cattle Tan Interior

Here are the interior features that translates to:

  • 100-percent full-grain leather dashboard
  • Southwestern-inspired door-panel and armrest coverings
  • Embossed alligator skin pattern leather covering the center console, instrument panel, seats and door panel inserts
  • Chrome accents
  • Brushed nickel badge on the console lid
  • Barn wood accents throughout the cab
  • Nighttime ambient lighting
  • Heated leather seats
  • Technology: 12-inch touchscreen with dual app operation; 4G WiFi hotspot; five USB ports
  • Longhorn branding mark burned on the wood-trimmed upper glove box door

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Wood and Wrapped Details

Yep. They literally branded the damn glove box.

Here’s some of what Ryan Nagode, Ram’s Chief Designer of interiors, says about the design of this truck in the video below.

“I’m very proud of what the team has accomplished with the interior…For us it has a very strong appearance,” Nagode says. “That’s something that we really wanted to do with this pickup truck is what does it feel like when you wake up on the morning of a ranch or something like that.”

And though the interior is designed to make you feel like you’re driving through an episode of “Lonesome Dove,” there are some exterior differences with this truck as well:

  • Two-tone RV Match Brown trim or monochrome paint
  • LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • Unique 2o or 22-inch wheels and chrome grilles
  • Chrome bumpers
  • Standard tow hooks, side steps and wheel flares
  • Laramie Longhorn Edition belt buckle badge on the front doors and tailgate

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Trailer

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Mountain Brown Interior

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Key Fob

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Key Fob

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Seat Map Pocket Detail

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Hybrid Floor Mat Detail

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Seat

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Interior Door Detail

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Interior Door Detail

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Wood Steering Wheel

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Centerstack

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Gauge Cluster Detail

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Floormat

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Speaker Grille

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Center Console Wood Tandem Door Filigree Detail

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Center Console Metal Badge

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Mountain Brown Interior

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VIDEO: Tesla Semi whirs along in some of the first footage of the electric truck driving


While you may not see a Tesla Semi anytime soon in your neighborhood, there was one caught on video recently traveling along a street next to a UPS customer center in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Though Brandon Camargo has only one uploaded video to his name, his 8-second Tesla Semi clip has gone viral with roughly 676,500 views. Not bad, considering that the video’s only been up for little over a week.

As you’ll hear in the video below, there’s no mistaking the sound of that electric powertrain. Take a closer look and you’ll see that the truck has a California license plate and has been registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Also this truck has side view mirrors; the semis revealed last month by Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not.

It may be just coincidental that the truck rolled past UPS. The shipping giant announced plans last month to buy 125 Tesla Semis, the largest public pre-order yet. Tesla plans to have the truck in production by 2019.

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Kan. Cat dealer Foley Equipment teams with HDA Truck Pride on parts, services


Foley Equipment recently celebrated its grand opening in a new building providing more than 146,000 square feet for headquarters of the Caterpillar dealer in Wichita, Kansas.

Foley Equipment says it is now partnering with HDA Truck Pride to enhance and expand quality parts and services for customers throughout Kansas and northwest Missouri.

Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Foley Equipment now operates 19 locations in 14 cities across Kansas and northwest Missouri. The family-owned business employs nearly 1,000.

“Partnering with HDA Truck Pride will benefit our customers when it comes to quality, brand name products and services,” says Jon Robinson, vice president of Parts and Engine Service. “We’re growing our truck service operations and this partnership demonstrates our commitment to continue to be our customers’ first choice.”

Increased demand for commercial vehicle parts and services creates a natural alignment for Foley’s Truck Service department and HDA Truck Pride, the companies say.

“The commercial vehicle aftermarket is a dynamic industry,” says Tom Tecklenburg, chief commercial officer of HDATP. “We’re proud to have Foley Equipment Company join the HDA Truck Pride team as they move forward with their next chapter of growth.”

In addition to Robinson, Foley’s management team includes CEO Ann Konecny, Shane Ham, chief operating officer; Matt McNett, vice president of Service and Power Solutions; Beau Boggess, vice president of Rental and Used; Lewis Erickson, chief finance Officer; Doug Stuhlsatz, general counsel; and David Dickey, chief marketing officer.

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Brooks leads National Association of Women in Construction


The new executive vice president of the National Association of Women in Construction has hit the ground running.

Since joining the organization in September, Beth Brooks “has begun to realign staff and has assessed ways to better serve our members, renew partnerships and increase our national sponsorships,” says NAWIC President Catherine Schoenenberger.

Brooks comes to NAWIC after having served as chief executive of the Texas Pest Control Association, establishing its first statewide office, and the Texas Society of Association Executives, according to an NAWIC news release.

She is also a speaker, trainer and author of “The New CEO’s Guide,” which was published by the American Society of Association Executives.

As for changes to NAWIC, Brooks says she plans to focus on streamlining the organization, including its office structure, procedures, bylaws, volunteer roles and policies.

“We want to follow best practices throughout NAWIC and make sure that our practices are current and enticing to younger members,” she says.

She’s also looking ahead to the 2018 annual meeting.

“We have already started to create new sponsorship opportunities and build a creative, educational annual meeting for next August in Orlando,” she says.

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Equipment Roundup: Deere unveils redesigned 344L; Pettibone re-enters traversing telehandler market; Volvo’s new DD110C compactor; Deere unveils mid-frame SSLs/CTLs; Kubota intros 2 new excavators


Kubota intros 2 new compact excavators: the U27-4 and the KX033-4 with extendable dipper arm

During the World of Concrete 2018 show in Las Vegas last week, Kubota unveiled two new mini excavators in a three-ton model, the KX033-4 with extendable dipper arm, and a tight tail swing model, the U27-4.

Both machines are powered by Kubota engines with an auto downshift feature. As the name suggests, auto downshift automatically downshifts the machine from high to low, depending on traction and terrain.

Here’s the breakdown on both new machines.

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Deere unveils mid-frame 320G, 324G skid steers, 325G CTL

First unveiled at World of Concrete 2016, John Deere says it has filled out its G-Series lineup of skid steers and compact track loaders with the unveiling of two new SSLs and one new CTL at World of Concrete 2018.

The new 320G and 324G SSLs, and the 325G CTL are mid-frame machines designed for a wide range of applications. Deere spokesman Gregg Zupanic says the new machines are aimed at customers who need the productivity and technology found in the large-frame models “but in a more compact package and at a lower price point.”

In fact, these machines feature the same pressurized cab as their large-frame G-Series brethren, the 330G and 332G SSLs, and the 331G and 333G CTLs. However, Deere has altered the cabs on the mid-frame machines by reducing their width and weight for fitting on more confined jobsites and project areas.

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Slew of technology on Volvo’s new DD110C compactor boosts productivity

Volvo has added a variety of technological advancements to its new DD110C double drum asphalt compactor.

The 10-ton-class compactor, which will be formally introduced at the World of Asphalt show in March, features an optional Compact Assist with Density Direct, which provides real-time density data displayed on a 10-inch touchscreen. The system prevents operators from over- or under-compaction and allows them to react quickly to the density results, rather than waiting for a nuclear gauge or core sample.

With the onboard display’s Impact Spacing Meter, the operator can control the compactor’s speed and maintain the correct impact spacing, even when following a paver traveling at 60 feet per minute. The DD110C runs on a 148-horsepower Volvo D4 Tier 4 Final engine and delivers 3,800 vibrations per minute.

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Pettibone re-enters traversing-boom telehandler market with new Traverse T944K

After leaving the traversing-boom telehandler market for three years, Pettibone has returned with the Traverse T944X, which offers up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer. The company says the model, introduced at World of Concrete this week, is now the only new traversing telehandler on the market.

At a lift height of 44 feet, 6 inches, the Traverse has a nearly identical landing height. Pettibone says this is in contrast to a traditional fixed boom pivot machine, where the true landing height is generally several feet less than the advertised lift height, since operators must account for withdrawing the forks out of the load with enough rearward travel for the fork tips to clear the landing zone. The Traverse allows for a maximum forward reach of 35 feet, 10 inches and can safely land a load on a fourth floor.

Powered by a 74-horsepower Cummins 3.8-liter Tier 4 Final engine, the Traverse has a DOC muffler and requires no diesel exhaust fluid. Users desiring more horsepower can opt for a 117-horsepower engine.

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Deere unveils redesigned 344L loader with Articulation Plus steering at World of Concrete

Emphasizing what it is now calling its “Articulation Plus” steering system, John Deere Construction & Forestry introduced its 344L compact wheel loader at World of Concrete in Las Vegas this week.

Articulation Plus, first introduced in the company’s K Series, combines an articulated frame with rear-wheel steer, a feature Deere says gives the 344L a host of benefits, including 6 percent more full-turn tip, 15 percent tighter turning radius, improved stability and additional lift capacity. “With this feature, we articulate only 30 degrees, but we also have 10-degree rear-wheel steer,” says Drew Miller, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders. “It’s mechanically linked between the articulation point.”

Miller further explains Articulation Plus: “We decreased the difference between the straight tip load and the full-turn tip load, so as you’re working, it reduces the chance of getting in an unstable position.” This comes into play when the operator has a full load coming out of the pile and begins to articulate, a point at which some operators might get in trouble. “By reducing the difference between those numbers, we reduce the chance for the operator to get into that unstable position,” he says.

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Business Roundup: Komatsu acquires Quadco, Southstar attachments; Cat 2017 sales up 18%; United Rentals 2017 revenue up 15%; SDLG adds new dealer; Benck becomes first AED chairwoman


Diane Benck becomes first chairwoman of Associated Equipment Distributors

Diane Benck – known for her strong advocacy for the equipment industry and for enhancing technician training – has been named chairwoman of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED).

Benck, of Illinois, is the first woman to lead the international organization, and she received rousing applause during her appointment at the recent AED Summit in Las Vegas.

She replaces outdoing Chairman Wes Stowers, president of Stowers Machinery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Benck and her two brothers own West Side Tractor Sales in Naperville, Illinois. The dealership has 10 locations serving more than 80 counties in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

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TransSource Truck & Equipment now an SDLG dealer

SDLG has named TranSource Truck & Equipment its dealer in South Dakota.

TranSource is the new name of a Sioux Falls-based company that recently acquired the assets of the former Sheehan Mack Sales and Equipment.

TranSource is assuming Sheehan’s employees, physical property and territory and is co-owned by Larry Clement a 30-year Sheehan partner, and Dan and James Bland, who own multiple truck dealerships in North Carolina, operating as TranSource Truck & Trailer.

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United Rentals revenue up 15% in 2017 as company ends year with big 4Q

United Rentals saw total revenue climb 26 percent to $1.922 billion during the fourth quarter, capping off what CEO Michael Kneeland called “a year of record results.”

Rental revenue for the quarter was up 27 percent to $1.646 billion with time utilization increasing 70 basis points to 70 percent over 4Q 2016. Trench, Power and Pump rental revenue increased by 39 percent over 4Q 2016.

Net income for the quarter shot from $153 million to $897 million ($10.45 per diluted share) due to a $689 million benefit associated with the tax reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

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Caterpillar sales jump 18% in 2017 with 4Q surge

Caterpillar announced its fourth quarter and full-year 2017 sales Thursday, reporting a 35-percent increase in sales for the quarter and an 18-percent increase in sales for the year.

Cat’s 4Q sales climbed from $9.6 billion a year ago to $12.9 billion in 2017. Despite the strong sales, the company still posted a loss per share of $2.18 during the quarter. However, Cat places the adjusted profit per share at $2.16. This adjustment accounts for “mark-to-market losses for remeasurement of pension and OPEB plans, state deferred tax valuation allowance adjustments, a gain on sale of an equity investment in 2017 and a goodwill impairment charge in 2016,” and the positive impact of the tax reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.

Full year sales rose to $45.5 billion, while profit shot from $139 million in 2016 to $4.1 billion in 2017. Profit per share rose from a loss of 11 cents in 2016 to $1.26 per share. Adjusted profit per share for the year was $6.88.

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Komatsu expands forestry business with acquisition of Quadco, Southstar attachments

Komatsu announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Prenbec Equipment to purchase the Quadco and Southstar brands of forestry attachments from that Quebec, Canada-based company.

The deal, financial details of which Komatsu did not disclose, does not include the Tanguay and Forespro delimbers. The deal will be completed through a Komatsu subsidiary, is expected to close in February and will likely have no meaningful impact on Komatsu’s current fiscal year, which closes March 31, Komatsu says.

Komatsu says the deal’s roots stretch back to 2016 when the company decided to expand its forestry attachment business as part of a three-year mid-range management plan. Komatsu says it sees the global market for forestry machines and attachments “continuing to grow at a rapid rate,” particularly in North America, where Full Tree Length logging—which employs a felling head attached to a base machine and a skidder—is the dominant method.

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N.Y. adds $250 million to bridge rehab program


The 1980 Olympic ski jumps form an eye-catching backdrop for the new bridge on Route 73 south of Lake Placid, New York. The state is gearing up for more bridge projects, thanks to an additional $250 million in funding for municipalities. Photo by NYSDOT

The state of New York plans to infuse an additional $250 million into rehabilitating and replacing worn-out bridges and culverts.

The Bridge NY program began in 2016 with an initial $200 million. The program provides grants to municipalities in the state. It has led to more than 125 bridge and culvert projects being funded, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

“Investing in New York’s infrastructure is key to increasing our economic competitiveness now, as well as future growth,” Cuomo said. “As the Bridge NY program continues to help communities across the state improve safety and reliability of bridges and roads, I am encouraging all local governments to apply for funding to help enhance our transportation infrastructure for the 21st century workforce.”

The program focuses on bridges in poor structural condition, those requiring weight restrictions or leading to long detours, or projects that improve economic development.

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Neb. DOT rolls out funny highway messages for traffic safety


This message in honor of Mother’s Day is among the humorous catch phrases the Nebraska DOT is posting on its digital highway signs on Fridays to remind drivers to be safe.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation is hoping to brighten Friday travels and also keep drivers safe.

The NDOT has been soliciting humorous messages about safe driving from the public and plans to post those messages on digital highway signs on Fridays in February through May.

So far, more than 300 people have submitted safety messages for consideration, according to the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper.

Submissions could have no more than 18 characters and had to be related to traffic safety.

According to the newspaper and NDOT, some of the submitted messages include:

  • “Cats Have 9 lives/You are not a cat/Put down your phone.”
  • “Dance like no one is watching/Drive like we are.”
  • “Join the rebellion/Against distracted driving.”
  • “Smartphones do not make smart drivers.”

The NDOT also has messages designated for holidays and other special events:

  • Mother’s Day – “Your mom called/Are you buckled?”
  • Easter – “Drive egg-cellent/Some bunny needs you.”
  • March Madness – “Busted brackets are no excuse for road rage.”

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TxDOT, city, architect dispute fault for Dallas bridge flaws


Construction occurs on Margaret McDermott Bridge in Dallas. The arches were completed in 2016. Photo: Estela Ornelas from City of Dallas website

Flaws in a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Trinity River in Dallas are leading to finger-pointing among state transportation and Dallas city officials, as well as the architect that designed the span, which is part of the Margaret McDermott Bridge system.

The bike and walking bridge was supposed to open last summer, but rods that are part of the cables that hold up the bridge have been cracking, the Dallas Observer newspaper reports. Officials with the city, the Texas Department of Transportation and architect Santiago Calatrava are at odds over who should pay to fix the problem, according to the Observer, with TxDOT saying the city shoulders the burden, and the city and Calatrava saying the onus is on TxDOT’s contractor. The parties have been arguing over the cable flaws for two years, the newspaper says.

The paper revealed that cable parts have failed in high winds, that tests were not conducted as originally required and “an adjustment rod was made of thinner material than called for in the original design.”

The paper traces the flaws to cost overruns in 2013 on the project and an effort by the city to reduce costs “by pressing TxDOT and its contractor to accept ‘value engineering’ (VE) … which amounts, basically, to cutting corners.” The paper reports that Calatrava had repeatedly urged the city to conduct the proper tests and offered to lend it money to do so.

“Was it the contractor’s fault for failing to carry out proper tests and for building with weaker materials?” the newspaper poses. “Was it TxDOT’s fault for failing to better oversee the contractor? Was it the city’s fault for pressing TxDOT and the contractor to accept the VE changes? Or was it Calatrava’s fault for designing a bad bridge?”

The paper reports that TxDOT sent out a letter January 30 saying it would not pay for the costs of future delays or repairs. In response to a request from the city to keep the contractor on the job after the completion date, TxDOT’s letter says that would cost about $1 million a month and would be the city’s responsibility, the Observer reports.

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Idaho partners with National Weather Service for travel app


Drivers in Idaho can now better track driving conditions and weather forecasts along their routes.

The Idaho Transportation Department has updated its 511 app and website and partnered with the National Weather Service in Pocatello to offer weather forecasts.

“The weather forecast information is really important from a planning standpoint for a traveler,” says Tony Ernest, ITD manager of 511.Idaho.gov.

The 511 platform takes specific weather forecast information from areas along a section of highway and creates an overall forecast for that route, the ITD says.

“There may be multiple weather forecasts for a highway, depending on its length,” the agency says. “Weather forecasts are available for 16 individual sections of Interstate 84, for example. Idaho 1, in northern Idaho, is covered by one weather forecast.”

To view weather forecasts, click on a highway on the 511 map at 511.Idaho.gov. The weather forecast will appear right below the description of the current road conditions.

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