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IronPlanet and Associated Auction Services LLC, an alliance of Caterpillar and several of its independent Cat dealers that operates under the name of Cat Auction Services, have signed an agreement to merge the two companies.

In partnership with the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is developing a new certification for operators of dedicated and purpose-built pile driving rigs.

Caterpillar Inc. announced the retirement of Vice President Jim Johnson and the appointment of a new vice president, Raymond Chan, who will replace Johnson.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has issued the one-millionth PAL Card (Powered Access License or Powered Access Licensed-Registration in North America) under its voluntary, industry-led operator training program which is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.

The federal budget recently signed into law by President Obama includes a 50 percent increase in funding for an effective clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles and equipment, according to the Diesel Technology Forum.

For the 2014 business year, the Liebherr Group is currently anticipating an overall turnover of $10.99 billion. 

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the December 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), indicating an overall confidence in the equipment finance market of 63.4, steady with the November index of 64.2.  

Congress has renewed legislation that allows bonus depreciation, a 50-percent write-off for new equipment purchases, and also granted a two-week extension of tax credits for wind energy, disappointing wind energy advocates who had sought a multiyear extension.

Navistar International Corporation announced a fourth quarter 2014 net loss of $72 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to a fourth quarter 2013 net loss of $154 million, or $1.91 per diluted share. 

Fort Mill, S.C.-based Sunbelt Rentals has acquired GWG Rentals, according to Rental Equipment Register

Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 6 percent in 2015, driven by a steadily improving economy, according to the Annual 2015 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation.

Caterpillar Inc. announced a number of officer changes effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Navistar International Corporation will close its foundry operations in Indianapolis where it currently produces engine blocks and heads for its proprietary engines.

Sunbelt Rentals reported $1.3679 billion in revenue in the first half of fiscal 2014, compared to $1.1075 billion for the same period last year, according to Rental Equipment Register

 

Vallencourt Construction Co. Inc. of Middleburg, Fla., knowingly endangered employees at a residential construction site by allowing them to work in an unprotected excavation in St. Augustine, Fla.

Terex now offers an insulated, retractable 4th section on its General 80 digger derricks. 

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released an update to its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure website and Android/iOS app for tablets, featuring new state data and graphics.

After the death of a 45-year-old untrained diver, OSHA cited Ric-Man International Inc. for 19 safety violations, including one willful.

Operations have stopped at downtown Seattle’s state Route 99 tunnel project as the soil beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct is settling unevenly, according to Roads & Bridges magazine.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) forecasts a steady and ongoing economic recovery for the U.S. commercial and industrial construction industries in 2015. 

More than 70 transportation and technology professionals gathered at Microsoft Headquarters in Washington State to explore how big data will influence transportation infrastructure during the 4th Annual “Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop,” hosted by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).

Titan Machinery Inc. reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended Oct. 31, 2014.

Two workers installing a water main at Golf Road and Sayre Avenue in Morton Grove, Ill., were exposed to cave-in, according to OSHA. 

Atlas Copco Construction Technique Business Area has launched an app for use with Apple and Android devices, tablets and smartphones. 

A 39-year-old worker and father of three was crushed to death on May 22, 2014, while repairing a bin at the Ready Mix Batch Plant owned by Nuvo Construction Co. in Milwaukee. 

The 2015 Bottom Line Report on transportation investment needs, released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), estimates that to meet current demand it will require an annual capital investment over six years by all levels of government in the amount of $120 billion in the nation’s highway and bridge network and $43 billion in America’s public transportation infrastructure.

A Sandusky, Ohio man died when his haul truck fell into the Maple Grove Quarry, according to WTVG 13.

West Palm Beach, Fla., Mayor Jeri Muoio announced a ban on city utility vehicles idling for more than five minutes, according to the Palm Beach Post

Volvo Construction Equipment is now offering the first in a series of engine conversion kits that allow Volvo customers to resell their Tier 4i/Stage IIIB machines outside of the U.S. and EU—regardless of when the machine was purchased.

International Truck launched a new fuel efficiency package for the International ProStar: the International ProStar ES.

Construction industry employment hit a new five-year high in November as the sector added 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent, the lowest rate for November in seven years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). 

Republic Services added 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse vehicles to its fleet in the Springfield, Mo., area, according to Green Fleet magazine.

All PAL Cards (Powered Access Licensed-Registrations and Powered Access Licenses) issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) for training on or after Jan. 1, 2015 will be machine-readable, i.e. Smart PAL Cards.

Kubota Tractor Corporation will open a 450,000 square foot, Parts Distribution Center in Edgerton, Kan.

The number of state unemployment claims dropped to a seasonally adjusted 297,000 for the week ended Nov. 29, 2014, dropping by 17,000 from the previous week, according to Reuters.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) released a new live-action Crane Safety Video and revised Crane Safety Manual

Westport Innovations, a manufacturer of natural gas engines, has acquired Prins Autogassystemen, according to Diesel Progress.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree—a 75-foot white spruce—was transported by a specially decaled Kenworth T880 from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minn., and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to the nation’s capital after a 2,700 mile journey.

Construction employment expanded in 228 metro areas, declined in 64 and was stagnant in 47 between October 2013 and October 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). 

Volvo and SDLG have not yet committed to a date for introducing SDLG-branded backhoes and graders (formerly Volvo products) to the U.S.

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