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Amy Materson is the Managing Editor of Equipment World. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama, and has been a member of the Equipment World staff since 2006. Materson’s responsibilities include managing the flow of content for the magazine and providing coverage on a variety of topics that include new product information and safety.


New ARTBA awards program to highlight good works

Sep 19, 2014

New ARTBA awards program to highlight good works

Construction firms intent on giving back to their communities may now be honored for their good works. The Transportation Development Foundation, an American Road and Transportation Builders Association foundation that promotes research, education and public awareness, is launching the Helping ...

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Takeuchi launches TW65 Series 2, TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders

Sep 10, 2014

Takeuchi launches TW65 Series 2, TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders

Takeuchi had enhanced machine performance and operator comfort in mind when launching the company’s newest compact wheel loaders—the TW65 Series 2 and TW80 Series 2. The Tier 4 Final-compliant machines feature a compact design for maneuverability on tight jobsites, and provide ...

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PHOTOS: Caterpillar launches M318F, M320F wheel excavators

Sep 10, 2014

PHOTOS: Caterpillar launches M318F, M320F wheel excavators

Caterpillar has launched two new wheel excavators—the M318F and M320F—which the company says incorporates the best features of predecessor models with improvements based on customer input. The resulting machines provide reliability and durability combined with low operating costs. Both excavators deliver ...

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How to become a more productive highway construction worker

Aug 26, 2014

How to become a more productive highway construction worker

“Work smarter, not harder.” How many times have you seen that quote? Over time, the idea that your best performance is a result of how you work, not how long you work, has become widely accepted. Studies have shown that the last employee ...

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Komatsu launches more fuel-efficient WA200-7 wheel loader with Tier 4 Interim engine, parallel z-bar linkage

Aug 15, 2014

Komatsu launches more fuel-efficient WA200-7 wheel loader with Tier 4 Interim engine, parallel z-bar linkage

Komatsu America has launched the new WA200-7 wheel loader, which provides a 3-percent reduction in fuel usage compared to the previous model, the WA200-6. The 126-horsepower loader, which weighs between 25,342 and 26,070 pounds, replaces both the WA200-6 and WA200PZ-6. The ...

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Volvo launches new L110H and L120H wheel loaders; reduce fuel usage 18%

Aug 04, 2014

Volvo launches new L110H and L120H wheel loaders; reduce fuel usage 18%

  Volvo has launched its new 18- to 22-ton-class L110H and L120H wheel loaders, delivering 256 and 268 gross horsepower, respectively. Designed to handle applications such as material handling, road construction and utility work, the loaders offer bucket capacities between 3.2 and ...

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3 tips for staying safe inside road construction work zones

Jul 25, 2014

3 tips for staying safe inside road construction work zones

Although many types of construction work can be considered hazardous, few tasks are more dangerous than those conducted in road construction work zones. A number of construction site hazards can be mitigated through effective control measures, but the unpredictability of other ...

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3 free safety apps available for use on the jobsite

Jul 09, 2014

3 free safety apps available for use on the jobsite

Being an effective safety manager means more than just holding your obligatory toolbox talk and annual safety training meetings. Developing a proactive approach to safety is not only vital to protecting your workers and the company’s interest at large, it ...

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PPE is still important in the heat

Jul 02, 2014

PPE is still important in the heat

During the intense heat of the summer, it’s hard to stay cool when working outside. That’s why it’s tempting for construction workers to skip wearing their personal protective equipment on the hottest days of the year. Gloves can quickly make ...

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Volvo expects 6,000 visitors in next year at new 20,000-square-foot North American Customer Center

Jun 27, 2014

Volvo expects 6,000 visitors in next year at new 20,000-square-foot North American Customer Center

More than 6,000 customers, operators and dealers are expected to visit Volvo’s Shippensburg, Pa.-based Customer Center in its first year. The new facility on Monday hosted ribbon cutting ceremonies by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rep. Scott ...

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3 ways to become a better business leader

Jun 20, 2014

3 ways to become a better business leader

As anyone who has ever owned a business can tell you, being in charge and being a leader isn’t necessarily the same thing. When you’re running a company, it’s important to make conscious decisions as a leader that will not ...

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Avoid these 3 safety training obstacles

Jun 16, 2014

Avoid these 3 safety training obstacles

As many as a million construction workers participated in Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) National Fall Safety Stand Down earlier this month. I saw a number of press releases, photos and tweets from companies that were participating in the ...

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