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Marcia Gruver Doyle is editorial director of the Construction Division of Randall-Reilly, which includes Equipment World, Aggregates Manager, Better Roads, ProPickup and Total Landscape Care magazines. She's been reporting on construction for more than 30 years, and has been the chief editor of Equipment World since its inception in 1989. A graduate of Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, Marcia is past president of the Construction Writers Association and currently serves on the Marketing Committee of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. You can reach her at 205-248-1260 or via email at mgruver@randallreilly.com.


With no plans to raise gas tax, Alabama will rely on 2015 bond issue for road projects

Dec 15, 2014

With no plans to raise gas tax, Alabama will rely on 2015 bond issue for road projects

Gov. Robert Bentley says he has no plans to ask the Alabama legislature to raise the state’s 16-cent-per-gallon gas tax, responding to emailed questions submitted by The Tuscaloosa News. Instead, Alabama will look to a $508.5 million highway bond issue ...

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New financed equipment sales up 16 percent in October

Dec 01, 2014

New financed equipment sales up 16 percent in October

The number of financed new units of construction sold or leased in October increased by 16 percent compared with September, according to Equipment Data Associates, which tracks financed construction equipment activity. In October, 8,503 new machines were sold, compared to ...

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Komatsu's semi-automatic PC210LCi-10 excavator; cuts production time 63 percent (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Nov 27, 2014

Komatsu's semi-automatic PC210LCi-10 excavator; cuts production time 63 percent (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

  We’re used to numbers—some of them in the double digits—when manufacturers talk about fuel efficiency gains in new equipment. But Komatsu America recently talked about a huge number, and it wasn’t about fuel efficiency, but rather production time. Komatsu says the ...

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Cat 825K first four-drum soil compactor with intelligent compaction system

Nov 18, 2014

Cat 825K first four-drum soil compactor with intelligent compaction system

The Cat 825K soil compactor is first four-drum soil compactor with an intelligent compaction system option, says John Thomas, with Caterpillar’s construction technology and solutions group. The 825K now incorporates Caterpillar’s Machine Drive Power (MDP) system, which measures the soil’s ...

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SDLG to make backhoes, motor graders; machines will no longer have Volvo brand

Nov 14, 2014

SDLG to make backhoes, motor graders; machines will no longer have Volvo brand

Volvo Construction Equipment announced its Chinese SDLG division will now manufacture its backhoes and motor graders, and the Volvo brand would be discontinued for both products. Volvo says it will discontinue product development and production of these products in both North ...

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Caterpillar’s new AP1000F asphalt paver uses an integrated generator to cut screed heat time in half

Nov 10, 2014

Caterpillar’s new AP1000F asphalt paver uses an integrated generator to cut screed heat time in half

For more photos and videos of the Cat AP1000F, go to sister site, Equipment World.  Number one on the “paving by the numbers” handout Caterpillar gives to contractors is “heat the screed.” That start-up process just got faster with the integrated ...

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Integrated generator on new Cat AP1000F asphalt paver cuts screed heat time in half

Nov 06, 2014

Number one on the “paving by the numbers” handout Caterpillar gives to contractors is “heat the screed.” That start-up process just got faster with the integrated generator and screed heating system on Cat’s new AP1000F asphalt paver. “With this generator, which ...

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Ray LaHood: 'We need a big pot of money' to fix America’s roads and bridges

Oct 31, 2014

Ray LaHood: 'We need a big pot of money' to fix America’s roads and bridges

Continuing his “America is one big pothole” theme, former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood used an appearance at a Caterpillar press event Wednesday night to lambast the present direction of U.S. transportation policy. Calling the 2-year transportation bill passed ...

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HCEA advances plan for National Construction Equipment Museum

Oct 23, 2014

HCEA advances plan for National Construction Equipment Museum

Long out of space at its cramped 7,000-square-foot headquarters, the Historical Construction Equipment Association launched a new campaign this month to fund the 20,000-square-foot National Construction Equipment Museum. The goal: to have a grand opening of the $1.5 million building ...

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Kubota adds R530 and R630 wheel loader models

Oct 20, 2014

Kubota adds R530 and R630 wheel loader models

Kubota has added two additional models to its compact wheel loader lineup, the 47.9-horsepower R530 and 61.2-horsepower R630, in a press event this week that was capped by the company’s long-awaited announcement it was entering the skid steer market. The R530 ...

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New construction equipment sales up 11 percent in August, used sales down

Oct 08, 2014

New construction equipment sales up 11 percent in August, used sales down

Compared to one year ago, the number of new financed construction equipment units sold rose 11 percent this August, according to Equipment Data Associates figures. Used financed construction equipment sales on the other hand, continued their lackluster performance, with 3 percent ...

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