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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.


ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent

Jan 20, 2015

ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent

The American Rental Association said it expects the 2015 U.S. construction/industrial equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent this year, reaching $26 billion.General tool rentals will grow 8.8 percent to $9.9 billion, the association predicts.“The industry growth forecast remains more ...

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Kobelco to build excavator plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Jan 08, 2015

Kobelco to build excavator plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Kobelco Construction Machinery has announced it will build an excavator plant near Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant will start producing 1,800 units of as-yet unspecified 20-metric-ton model in January 2016. The 85-acre site will be operated by Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A, ...

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R. Barry Uber, former president of Ingersoll-Rand Construction and Mining Group, dies at 69

Jan 06, 2015

R. Barry Uber, former president of Ingersoll-Rand Construction and Mining Group, dies at 69

R. Barry Uber, a 30-year veteran of Ingersoll-Rand, passed away on Dec. 31 in Springfield, Vermont. Uber began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in 1967, starting as a sales engineer. He held positions in the company’s construction machinery sales, service and rental ...

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AASHTO 2015 Bottom Line Report: $120 billion annual road investment needed to keep up with demand

Dec 23, 2014

AASHTO 2015 Bottom Line Report: $120 billion annual road investment needed to keep up with demand

Next year will be a critical year for America’s surface transportation infrastructure, says a just released report from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. In addition to getting highway legislation beyond the short-term mindset (a current extension ...

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A hard hat that comfortably incorporates protective eye wear

Dec 22, 2014

A hard hat that comfortably incorporates protective eye wear

Wearing safety glasses with a hard hat can sometimes be a pain. As soon as you’ve got the hard hat adjusted just right, adding a pair of glasses can start the adjustments all over again. 3M says it has the solution: ...

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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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