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EVENT DATE: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
WHAT: HOLT CAT® CEO Peter M. Holt will join company executives and local and state officials for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s newest store, located at 10701 US 281 North (Exit El Cibolo Road and take the turnaround – NOTE – This is a new location and NOT our truck service facility on 281 and 25th street).
This 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will provide heavy equipment and engine parts, service, sales and rentals to customers across the Rio Grande Valley. The facility will continue to deepen the roots HOLT CAT has in this vitally important region and support continued business growth.
HOLT will also salute the contributions of our military veterans with a skydiving show by retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman. a former member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights. . Bowman is a double-amputee who lost his legs in a military skydiving accident and is an internationally-recognized inspirational speaker and wounded warrior advocate. HOLT employs 366 veterans, approximately 17 percent of its workforce.
WHERE: HOLT CAT Edinburg Full-Service Location
10701 US 281 North
Edinburg, Texas (Hidalgo County)
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
VISUALS: Grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony andopen house. Aerial show skydiving event led by former U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman. HOLT CAT CEO, Peter M. Holt, HOLT CAT President and Chief Operating Officer, Allyn L. Archer, and other HOLT CAT executives and employees will be present. Local and state officials are also expected to attend.
HOLT CAT® sells, rents and services Caterpillar machines, engines, generator sets and trucks in a 118-county Texas territory spanning from the Red River to the Rio Grande. HOLT offers total machine and engine rebuild capabilities, sells used equipment around the world and fabricates its own line of land clearing equipment and HOLT Spray King® water tankers. HOLT CAT is the dealer for Link-Belt Cranes in the Eastern half of Texas as well as the El Paso area. They are the dealer for AGCO/Challenger and Claas farm equipment for the Eastern half of Texas and portions of Arkansas and Missouri.
The Holt name has been associated with heavy equipment and Caterpillar for more than 100 years. Peter M. Holt, Chief Executive Officer of HOLT, is the great-grandson of Benjamin Holt, who in 1904 developed the first successful track-type tractor which he named the “Caterpillar.” HOLT has come to be synonymous with quality, integrity and commitment to customer service. The HOLT CAT team is committed to providing rock solid stability with superior products and services to heavy equipment and engine users from Brownsville to Texarkana, Texas.
Our transportation infrastructure has become a major issue as current funding faces a serious shortfall. More than halfway through the year and most road repairs are still waiting to be started let alone completed. If the country faces another winter like the one that just passed, we’ll need tanks or half-tracks to navigate the pot-hole dominated transportation infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as well as other associations, such as American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), are growing more concerned as Congress continues to battle over possible solutions to this problem.
Over the years a number of solutions have been proposed and all have been rejected because party politics are more important than user needs. ASCE has posted a number of statements on this situartion.
Bipartisan Senate Duo Calls for Gas Tax Increase
U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) released a plan on Wednesday to raise the federal fuels tax and index it to inflation. Their proposal would increase the gasoline and diesel fuel tax (currently at 18.4 cents and 24.4 cents per-gallon, respectively) by 6 cents per gallon in each of the next two years, for a total rise of 12 cents, and index that tax to inflation using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The plan would also include a tax relief offset to minimize the fiscal strain placed on consumers and businesses from any future rate hike. ASCE Executive Director Patrick Natale, P.E., applauded the announcement, calling it, “an encouraging step to improve our economy and raise the grades on the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure.” It is estimated that the proposal would raise enough revenue to fund federal surface transportation programs at current levels, and provide for a very slight increase in the out years because of indexing.
Late last year, ASCE supported legislation introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), H.R. 3636, the “UPDATE Act of 2013,” which would increase the fuels tax by 15 cents per gallon over the course of three years and also index it for inflation. This Congress marks the first time, in a long time, that both the House and Senate have openly discussed, and had members endorse, increases in the federal gas tax. Prospects of this Congress actually enacting such a measure remain unclear, though the best chance may be in the interim legislative period known as the “lame duck” session which begins after the November election and could stretch until the end of December. ASCE will continue to urge Congress to enact legislation that provides a significant, long-term sustainable funding source for surface transportation programs and projects.
New Report Looks for Solutions to the Highway Trust Fund Shortfall
On Wednesday, joining a chorus of advocates looking to move on the Highway Trust Fund, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) released a new report looking for solutions.
In the paper, CRFB calls for a long-term solution, which brings highway spending and revenue in line. Short of that, they also suggest that transferring money into the Trust Fund from general revenue would be acceptable if and only if that transfer is fully paid for with other spending cuts or revenue increases. The paper includes a huge number of potential options to help close the Highway Trust Fund shortfall that help add to the policy debate on Capitol Hill.
Senate Debate on Combined Transportation, Science Appropriations Bill Stalls
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate pulled three fiscal year (FY) appropriations bills – Commerce, Justice and Science; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; and Agriculture – from the floor because there was not agreement on how to proceed with votes over amendments. The Senate had originally planned to debate the bills into next week with hope of speedy passage. The U.S. House of Representatives has already held votes on Commerce, Justice and Science, and Transportation, but has not yet passed Agriculture.
On Transportation, the House approved legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) at a slightly lower amount than is contained in the Senate bill. Both the House and Senate provide $40.3 billion for highways, and the House provides $600 million less for transit, $450 million less for TIGER grants, $130 million less for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and $200 million less for Amtrak.
The Commerce, Justice and Science section provides a total of $51.2 billion in proposed discretionary budget authority for programs at the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This is a decrease of $398 million below the fiscal year 2014 level and is funded at the same amount as the bill that cleared the House, although the two chambers’ versions differ in details. Specifically, the Senate bill provides:
• $7.2 billion for NSF, an increase of $83 million over fiscal year 2014. The House version provides $7.4 billion.
• $900 million for NIST, $50 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The House version contains $856 million for NIST.
• $17.9 for NASA, $254 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The House version also funds NASA $17.9 billion.
Should the Senate quickly resume debate and adopt these appropriations bills and should the House approve Agriculture, there exists sufficient time before the August recess for both chambers to remedy any differences and enact legislation on-time before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. However, if recent history is any indicator, it is more likely that an appropriations patch, or “continuing resolution”, of some short-term length will be required this fall.
ASCE has been urging Congress to agree on a fix for the Highway Trust Fund which is facing insolvency in the next couple of months. Appropriations bills and current enacted funding levels will be inadequate to prevent a funding crisis if there is not enough money in the trust fund to provide project reimbursements. That is why ASCE is urging the public to act now and tell their Members of Congress to “Fix the Trust Fund“.
Award-winning author Dan McNichol headlines tour to raise awareness and identify solutions for America’s crumbling infrastructure.
CASE Construction Equipment has partnered with award-winning author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol to tour the United States and bring awareness to the challenges facing the nation’s aging infrastructure. The tour — titled Dire States: The Drive to Revive America’s Ailing Infrastructure — will make stops at CASE dealers throughout the U.S. and bring together citizens, government officials and construction professionals to build a community dedicated to advancing infrastructure-related projects. The primary focus in bringing these groups together is to identify new and innovative ways to spur the growth and development of American infrastructure, and to showcase projects and communities that are already succeeding at it.
“The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives our nation’s infrastructure a grade of D+ and estimates a needed investment of $3.6 trillion by 2020,” says McNichol. “America’s infrastructure is in trouble, and it’s not something we can gloss over when we see it on the nightly news. We’re going to barnstorm this country in an old and beat-down 1949 Hudson that is the perfect metaphor for our current infrastructure: it’s as old, rusty and energy defunct as our vital systems. Depending on this old car to get you to work everyday is as foolish as depending on our current systems for everything we need to function as a society.”
“Dan brings a sharp and informed voice to the discussion on America’s infrastructure,” says Jim Hasler, vice president, CASE Construction Equipment — North America. “Infrastructure plays a vital role in our quality of life, getting from one place to another safely and advancing the economic stability of the entire country. We are a nation that is still standing on the edge of a fragile recovery, and finding ways to move these projects forward will help create jobs and spur economic development and prosperity.”
The tour kicks off with a series of events in Massachusetts, will include stops at CASE dealers throughout the country, and will culminate with an event in March, 2014 at ConExpo in Las Vegas — one of the world’s largest construction industry trade events. McNichol is expected to bring the tour to more than 20 CASE dealerships throughout the U.S.
“Sitting and waiting for the problem to get better isn’t going to work,” says McNichol. “Through this tour we will bring to light the hidden incremental cost of continuing to Band-Aid our infrastructure. We will build a community of professionals and thought leaders to redefine the expectations of what our infrastructure can be and establish new paths forward. Our country has stood behind infrastructure in the past through widespread project development and it has always led to economic growth. This, almost more than any other issue facing us today, is what we should be focusing on domestically.”
For more information on the tour and an updated list of dates and events, visit www.DireStates.com. Learn more about Dan McNichol at www.DanMcNichol.com. For additional information about CASE Construction Equipment, visit www.casece.com.
KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Hall as Sales Manager for National Accounts. Hall brings with him to KOBELCO more than 34 years of sales experience in the equipment industry and a proven track record in building and managing key relationships with rental houses and other companies who do business on a national level.
In his new role, Hall will spearhead KOBELCO’s efforts in establishing preferred supplier agreements with key national accounts, leveraging his experience and contacts to help KOBELCO gain favor as a premier e
xcavator brand among national companies who demand a combination of quality, aggressive pricing and second-to-none support. Once supplier agreements are in place, Hall will be responsible for fulfilling RFP requests for pricing and product support packages and will coordinate dealer involvement for service when required.
“KOBELCO brand excavators have long been a popular choice within the rental market,” states Hall. “The company’s vision of customer service and product support is unmatched in today’s marketplace. With reliability being such a critical component in decision making when it comes to heavy equipment, KOBELCO’s tradition of excellence positions them well. People really appreciate the company’s dedicated expertise when it comes to excavators.”
Since relaunching KOBELCO as an independent excavator brand in early 2013, KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA has quickly established a nationwide dealer network. Hall’s hiring signifies KOBELCO’s intent to acquire and service national accounts with excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 180,000 lb. classes.
Hall’s depth of experience, leadership and passion for the industry will help fuel the company’s long-term success. “Without question, Randy will be an extremely valuable asset to our team,” states Ron Hargrave, Vice President, Marketing & Sales for KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA. “The respect he has in the industry for his work ethic and dedication to service will be instrumental to KOBELCO’s efforts to reintroduce our excavator brand and grow our market share across the rental community. KOBELCO remains dedicated to hiring a team of experienced employees who share our vision of excellence.”
Hall will work from his home office in Fayette, Alabama. From this location he will travel throughout the United States and Canada making regular visits to both purchasing and corporate offices, as well as regional offices of KOBELCO customers and potential customers. Hall will be the primary point of contact for all KOBELCO national accounts.
For more information on KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA visit www.KOBELCO-USA.com or call 281-288-8430.