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According to a Marketwatch report, Caterpillar believes it is “more likely than not” to win its tax case against the IRS, which has audited the company’s tax returns from 2007 through 2009.

Construction firms eliminated jobs in 27 states between May and June 2014, but added jobs in 38 states and the District of Columbia over the past 12 months, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Volvo Construction Equipment reported second quarter 2014 results, which indicate a 25 percent increase in North American sales compared to the same period a year earlier; European sales increased by 11 percent. 

Manitou Group saw a 10 percent increase in sales in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

United Rentals Inc. announced financial results for the second quarter 2014 ended June 30, with rental revenue climbing 16.8 percent from the same period in 2013. 

OSHA cited Maher Industries, doing business as A Fast Blast, for 17 serious violations when workers performing abrasive blasting during the renovation of an Easthampton, Mass., mill were overexposed to lead and silica and faced other health hazards.

Terex Corporation will relocate production of its Demag overhead cranes from its current Houston location to a newly upgraded Oklahoma City (OKC) facility.

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) made available the first phase of a new CCO certification program designed for boom truck operators.

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has rebranded its GCR Tires & Service division.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, legislation that extends federal surface transportation programs and ensures the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015.

Terramac LLC announced Lyle Machinery, Richland, Miss., as the latest addition to its North American dealer network.

LoJack Corporation released data from its annual “Construction Equipment Theft and Recovery in the United States” study, which reviews theft trends specific to construction equipment and tools equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.

Victor Technologies will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes as part of its 2014 “A Cut Above” student cutting and welding contest. 

Navistar Inc. has started customer shipments of its first International DuraStar and International WorkStar vehicles with the company’s 9- and 10-liter engines with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology.

Bobcat Company marked the production of its one-millionth loader with a formal ceremony July 12, 2014, sharing the occasion with its employees and the community of Gwinner, N.D.—home to Bobcat’s primary production facility.

Three trucking companies that purchased vehicles in California, Illinois, and Washington state filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Navistar International Corporation, according to Jonathan D. Selbin of the law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP.

World of Concrete launched the fourth annual Crews That Rock competition.

Donaldson Company Inc. has introduced MyCleanDiesel.com, an online resource that answers questions about diesel fuel challenges faced by owners of modern engines.

Ohio Cat has acquired the expanded Cat Mining equipment distribution and support business for its territories from Caterpillar Global Mining LLC. 

On June 20, a construction worker taking down an old Blockbuster Video building in New Jersey was trapped and killed when the last standing wall of a building under demolition collapsed on top of him. 

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), Glenwood Springs, Colo. and the American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., have formed a partnership to cooperate as organizations in the areas of information exchange, education/training opportunities or research initiatives that are appropriate for their respective members.

Trimble has established a SITECH Technology Dealer in Illinois, the counties of Lake and Porter in Indiana, the county of Cherokee in Kansas, northeastern Missouri, and the county of Ottawa in Oklahoma. 

An employee of R.E. Arnold Construction Inc. was trapped when the wall of an excavation he was working in collapsed around him.

Cummins Inc. has expanded its leadership team.

Trimble has established two SITECH Technology Dealers in the United Kingdom and Ireland: SITECH UK and SITECH Ireland.

Terramac LLC has added Vermeer Texas-Louisiana to its North American dealer network.

 

Volvo Construction Equipment is accepting applications for funding of pre-studies or similar projects as part of its Construction Climate Challenge. 

Workers demolishing a three-unit, three-story residential building in Brooklyn's Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section were exposed to potentially fatal falls due to their employer's failure to provide and ensure the use of lifesaving fall protection, according to OSHA.

Construction employers added 6,000 workers in June as the industry's unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, its lowest June level in six years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Terramac LLC announced McClung-Logan Equipment Co. as the authorized dealer in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C., and McClung-Logan Crane & Equipment as the authorized dealer in North and South Carolina.

AEM announces exhibition staff leadership updates

 

Total construction spending rose slightly for the third straight month in May, as solid increases in private nonresidential and public construction outweighed a downturn in residential projects, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Case Construction Equipment introduced its SiteWatch app for the iPad.

KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens named Jeff Schwarz president of Johnson Crushers International, the company’s Oregon manufacturing facility.

Ann Schneider, head of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), has resigned, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Construction employment rose in 218 metro areas, declined in 72 and was flat in 49 between May 2013 and May 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ Board of Directors has appointed Beverley Briscoe as chair of the board, effective immediately. 

OSHA has implemented an interim enforcement policy for the new final rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment, which becomes effective on July 10, 2014.

Truck sales are expected to reach their forecasted growth before the end of the year, according to the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association.

Registration is officially open for Trimble's International User Conference—Trimble Dimensions—held Nov. 3 to 5, 2014 at the Mirage and the Treasure Island Hotels in Las Vegas.

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