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Award-winning author Dan McNichol headlines tour to raise awareness and identify solutions for America’s crumbling infrastructure.

Dan McNichol and the '49 Hudson News ReleaseCASE 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 tour will be documented heavily on the Web at, and through related social media channels.

“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 Learn more about Dan McNichol at For additional information about CASE Construction Equipment, visit

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA Appoints Randy Hall as Sales Manager for National Accounts


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 or call 281-288-8430.

IBUILDROADS.COM Marks First Anniversary Online

I Build RoadsA leading online, interactive forum for the highway, road and bridge community – – marked its first year of operation June 8. provides a gathering place where the accumulated experience of road builders and managers benefits others who need advice.

It provides a moderated forum for discussion of questions in the industry sectors of Bituminous Asphalt, Portland Cement Concrete, Pavement Preservation, Milling and Recycling, Erosion Control, Subgrade Mechanical Stabilization, Subgrade Soil Stabilization, and Engineering Services.

“In road construction, you are an expert on the problem you solved yesterday,” said Andy Pujats, president, “but tomorrow will bring another challenge to your project or your program. And today, other managers are encountering the same problem you just solved. brings everyone together as it leverages the experience of its stakeholders for the benefit of road builders, managers and users.”

In addition to interactive industry solutions, the site also provides a resource directory and an exhaustive industry event calendar with links. An opt-in newsletter is distributed. Interpretive case history articles also are provided.

With the introduction of online bidding, contractors and suppliers no longer can gather every month to network and discuss issues of mutual concern. bridges that gap via a nationwide network, providing questions, answers and solutions from a “hands on” perspective in an unbiased and educational manner.

Employers can use as a training tool for newly hired personnel.  “Today’s construction environment requires immediate solutions to everyday problems, and has created a network foundation on which industry professionals can draw,” Pujats said. “From the initial bid, to the completion of the job, provides timely solutions to and from industry professionals.”

The highway, road and bridge industry continues to evolve, no matter what the application, and is growing and evolving to keep pace, Pujats said.

For example, the way industry information is received is transforming rapidly, he said. “Government regulations, mix design changes, new equipment requirements, and enhanced techniques are pushing our industry ahead faster than ever, and stakeholders are looking for information and solutions in real time,” Pujats said. “With the recent addition of the mobile apps, users can post photos, questions or answers directly from their smartphones or tablets. They can be in touch with their industry peers while in the field or in the office.”

The free mobile apps are available for download,  with the Apple app available at, and the Google Android app at

As it enters its second year, will be enhancing its market capabilities, and introducing new features, boosting value to its users and optimizing market opportunities for its clients, Pujats said.

For more information, visit is an online, interactive road construction forum where users post photos, pose questions, answers and solutions 24/7 on everyday issues involving road construction and maintenance equipment, materials, specifications, and anything in between. The forum also publishes interpretive feature articles on road construction and maintenance practice. is managed by its founder and president, Andy Pujats, who uses his 12-year experience marketing construction equipment for CMI/Terex and Astec Industries to develop the forum as a meaningful online destination for the highway, road and bridge community.

National Demolition Association Names Six 2013 Scholarship Winners

The National Demolition Association, the trade organization representing the global demolition industry, presented scholarships to six students exhibiting high academic achievement and a commitment to the community.

National Demolition Association announced the names of the six recipients of scholarships presented by the global trade organization representing the demolition industry.

“We’re pleased to present these scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to serve the local community while maintaining a high level of academic achievement,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director of the Association.

  • The Bill and Wanda Baker Scholarship was presented to Ryan Mitacek of Glen Ellyn, IL.  He is a graduating senior at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn.  He was nominated for the scholarship by NDA member company Robinette Demolition Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
  • The National Demolition Association Scholarship was awarded to Laura Kowalik of New Alexandria, PA, a graduating senior at Derry Area High School.  She was nominated by NDA member company Noralco Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.  The second recipient of this scholarship is Marc Petrine of Midlothian, VA, who will graduate this year from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, VA.  Petrine was nominated by NDA member company, S.B. Cox Inc., Richmond.
  • The NDA Southern California Chapter Scholarship was presented to Nathan Wolf of Fontana, CA, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Three D Service Demolition Contractors, Pomona, CA, nominated him for the scholarship.
  • The Patrick H. O’Rourke Scholarship was awarded to Jovana Stijovic of Garfield, NJ, a student at Bergen County Community College.  She was nominated by NDA member company Brandenburg Industrial Service Co., Chicago.
  • The Sims Adams Recycling Scholarship was given to Jelena Stijovic of Garfield, NJ, a student at Bergen County Community College, which was offered to qualified students through the NDA.


Ryan Mitacek Bill and Wanda Baker Scholarship Recipient

Ryan Mitacek
Bill and Wanda Baker Scholarship Recipient



Laura Kowalik National Demolition Association Scholarship Recipient

Laura Kowalik
National Demolition Association Scholarship Recipient


Marc Petrine National Demolition Association Scholarship Recipient

Marc Petrine
National Demolition Association Scholarship Recipient


Jovana Stijovic Patrick H. O’Rourke Scholarship Recipient

Jovana Stijovic
Patrick H. O’Rourke Scholarship Recipient


Jelena Stijovic Sims Adams Recycling Scholarship Recipient

Jelena Stijovic
Sims Adams Recycling Scholarship Recipient


Nathan Wolf NDA Southern California Chapter Scholarship Recipient

Nathan Wolf
NDA Southern California Chapter Scholarship Recipient

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations.  The Association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.  The website is

New at ICUEE 2013: Utility contractor exhibit pavilion

ICUEE 2013Show delivers wider array of exhibiting companies & products

ICUEE 2013 will feature a new Utility Contractor exhibit pavilion, offering attendees a broader array of exhibiting companies and products to check out. The Utility Contractor exhibit pavilion allows contractors to showcase their services and expertise to the utility audience; it’s in response to contractor attendees who buy equipment but also see the show as an ideal way to connect with their own customers.

ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, will be held October 1-3, 2013 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Kentucky.

“It’s a full-circle approach to reaching customers and brings an added dimension of opportunity for both buyers and sellers,” stated Show Director Sara Truesdale Mooney.

Returning to the ICUEE show floor are a Fleet Management exhibit pavilion, organized by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), and a Sustainable Energy exhibit pavilion, as well as the Safety Zone exhibit area.

The pavilion concept makes it easier for attendees to find what they need, and exhibitors benefit from the targeted exposure.

ICUEE is held every two years and covers more than one million net square feet of exhibits of the latest equipment, technologies, products and services related to utility construction and rehabilitation. It is known for extensive hands-on equipment demonstrations in job-like conditions. The show serves an audience of utility professionals and utility construction contractors in the electric, telecommunications, cable, water, wastewater, and natural gas sectors.

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