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Northwestern University Professor Joseph Schofer Honored with ARTBA’s Research & Education Award

Dr. Joseph L. Schofer, associate dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, is the 2017 recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) prestigious “S.S. Steinberg Award.” He was honored Jan. 9 during the association’s annual Research & Education Division (RED) meeting in the Nation’s Capital.

Named after the founding president of the RED, the award recognizes “an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.”

Dr. Schofer has taught for five decades, preparing transportation graduates at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. His students have built careers in transportation planning and operations at some of the largest transit and transportation agencies in the country. Many others have entered academia to teach the next generation of transportation professionals.

Schofer’s teachings extend beyond the classroom, bringing infrastructure design, operations and policies to wide audiences through public lectures, alumni tours to locations like the Panama Canal, and a long-running podcast.

He has also been active in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for over 40 years, leading activities in transportation data programs, planning, policy analysis and decision making. He has chaired three major policy studies, six TRB conferences, two task forces and the data and information system section. He is a winner of several TRB awards and recipient of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Wilbur S. Smith “Distinguished Educator Award.”

Roadtec Offers Comprehensive Technical Training for Asphalt Paving and Milling Trade at its Chattanooga Headquarters

Roadtec recently announced its winter schedule for Technical Service School and Paving Professionals Workshops (PPW) for the asphalt paving and milling industries. All the training sessions and workshops are held at Roadtec’s state-of-the-art training facility in Chattanooga, TN, and are taught by factory staff and industry experts.

The Technical Service School is intended for advanced and head mechanics, field technicians, and service technicians who have a working knowledge of electrical and hydraulics schematics, and electrical meters.

Roadtec factory specialists will provide students with hands-on and in-class training, including sections on hydraulic and electrical system maintenance, troubleshooting, machine set-up, special applications, asphalt mixes and other topics. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Roadtec personnel from all areas including service, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.

Technical Service School offers paver school in January 2017 and mill, Shuttle Buggy MTV, and stabalizer school sessions in February 2017:

Paver Schools

Session 1: January 11-13, 2017

Session 2: January 16-18, 2017

Milling Schools

Session 1: February 1-3

Session 2: February 6-8

Shuttle Buggy® Schools

Session 1: February 14-15

Session 2: February 16-17

Stabilizer Schools

Session 1: February 22-23

Roadtec Paving Professionals Workshops are taught by experienced professionals, from leading companies in the industry. The classroom and hands-on instruction covers proper applications of asphalt lay-down, handling, and rolling equipment. The range of topics covered include proper paver and screed set-up / operation, preventing mix segregation, quality joint construction, automated grade and slope control systems, Superpave compaction, and processes for coordinating plant and paving speeds. PPW is considered to be one of the most comprehensive paving training schools in the asphalt industry.

A variety of equipment are used during the PPW sessions. Two sessions are scheduled for January 2017.

PPW Session 1

January 23-24

PPW Session 2

January 25-26

To learn more about Roadtec Technical Service School and the Paving Professionals Workshops visit www.roadtec.com or call 800-272-7100.

 

AEM and CECE Sign International Exhibition Partnership Agreement

AEM_logoPMSGrey11The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) have signed a cooperative agreement that will help promote image-2visibility for AEM exhibitions worldwide and a positive global business environment for exhibitors as well as visitors.

Sigrid de Vries, CECE secretary general, and Megan Tanel, AEM senior vice president, signed the CECE International Exhibition Partnership Programme agreement during AEM’s recent annual conference of member companies.

CECE represents the European construction equipment sector and its 13 national construction equipment manufacturing associations.

AEM is the North American-based international business group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. A key service is organizing global trade exhibitions, including CONEXPO-CON/AGG, held every three years in Las Vegas, USA.

Under the agreement, AEM becomes a gold-level participant in CECE’s Exhibition Partner Programme, which provides promotional and other business-development services.

Construction equipment trade exhibitions play a vital role in encouraging and enhancing business relationships for manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and customers, and CECE explains it offers this coveted patronage to a limited number of leading sector exhibitions to fortify relations and contribute to successful trade fairs.

Longtime cooperation between CECE & AEM

Bernd Holz, CECE president and director of Ammann Verdichtung GmbH and Ammann sales director Europe, stated: “AEM and CECE are key partners on the international stage, both with regard to cooperation on regulatory matters as well as fostering business opportunities through major trade exhibitions around the world. With the new partnership agreement, we underline and reinforce our long-standing relations, keeping a clear focus on both our member companies’ needs. I’m looking forward to a successful partnership.”

Michael A. Haberman, AEM chair and president of Gradall Industries, stated: “AEM has enjoyed a longstanding and very good relationship with CECE as we work on behalf of equipment manufacturers and service providers towards an improved business environment around the globe for all industry stakeholders. AEM trade shows are known as industry gathering places providing unparalleled ROI and this valued CECE support strengthens that relationship and our future endeavors.”

Sigrid de Vries, CECE secretary general (left), and Megan Tanel, AEM senior vice president, sign CECE International Exhibition Partnership Programme agreement during AEM’s recent annual conference of member companies.

Sigrid de Vries, CECE secretary general (left), and Megan Tanel, AEM senior vice president, sign CECE International Exhibition Partnership Programme agreement during AEM’s recent annual conference of member companies.

For more information on CECE, visit www.cece.eu. For more information on AEM, visit www.aem.org.

AEM Elects 2017 Officers, New Directors Michael A. Haberman of Gradall Industries is AEM Chair

 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its 2017 officers as well as directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards.

AEM Officers for 2017 are:

Chair Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.

Chair Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.

Chair Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.
Vice Chair Richard M. Goldsbury, President Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania, Doosan Bobcat
AG Chair John D. Lagemann, Senior VP Sales & Marketing-Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Company
CE Chair Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
Treasurer Jim Walker, VP Case IH North America, CNH Industrial
Secretary Dennis J. Slater, AEM’s full-time President
AEM officers and directors work on behalf of all member companies, giving their time and talent to provide strategic direction and guidance for the Association’s business-development initiatives in areas including public policy, market data, and exhibitions, as well as technical, safety and regulatory issues and education/training.

“At AEM, we benefit from the support of our member companies and the dedication of their representatives who serve in AEM leadership roles,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “They help ensure Association programs continue to meet member and industry needs, and we appreciate their knowledge and participation.”

Directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors:

Jason M. Andringa, President & CEO, Vermeer Corporation
Steven W. Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Navigation Ltd.
Robert B. Crain, Senior VP & General Manager North America, AGCO Corporation
Matt Daley, President & CEO, GEA Farm Technologies Inc.
Richard M. Goldsbury, President Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania, Doosan Bobcat
John D. Lagemann, Senior VP Sales & Marketing-Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Company
Arjun Mirdha, President & CEO, JCB Inc.
Michael J. Osenga, President Diesel & Gas Turbine Publications
Greg Petras, President, Kuhn North America Inc.
Rod Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.
Jim Walker, VP Case IH North America, CNH Industrial
Directors elected to the AEM AG Sector Board:

Grant Adolph, COO, Buhler Industries Inc.
Mark D. Core, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Vermeer Corporation
Matt Daley, President & CEO, GEA Farm Technologies Inc.
Richard Fox-Marrs, President JCB Agriculture, JCB Inc.
Bill T. Hurley, VP Sales North America, AGCO Corporation
John D. Lagemann, Senior VP Sales & Marketing-Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Company
Bret Lieberman, VP North America, New Holland Agriculture
Leif J. Magnusson, President, CLAAS Global Sales Americas Inc.
Brian A. McKown, Executive VP & COO, Kinze Manufacturing Inc.
Greg Petras, President, Kuhn North America, Inc.
Todd H. Stucke, Senior VP Sales, Marketing & Product Support, Kubota Tractor Corporation
Directors elected to the AEM CE Sector Board:

Steven W. Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Navigation Ltd.
John L. Garrison, President & CEO, Terex Corporation
Jeff Heinemann, VP Construction, Sandvik Mining & Construction
Chuck Martz, President, CEO & Chairman, Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company
Daniel L. Miller, President & CEO, Manitou Americas Inc.
Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.
Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
Patrick Roesler, CEO, G&D Integrated
Stephen Roy, President Sales Region Americas, Volvo Construction Equipment
Rod Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.
George H. Taylor, VP Customer Services Support, Caterpillar Inc.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

For more information on AEM services and programs, visit www.aem.org.

AEM Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees Hagie Manufacturing and Vermeer Corporation Leaders Honored

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the 2016 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

The two distinguished inductees into the 2016 AEM Hall of Fame are Ray Hagie, founder of Hagie Manufacturing LLC, and Robert L. Vermeer, chair emeritus of Vermeer Corporation.

“AEM is proud and privileged to honor the pioneering individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Their vision and dedication have contributed significantly to the growth and strength of our industry and economic progress and quality of life around the world; and their legacy serves as an inspiration for our leaders of tomorrow.”

AEM Hall of Fame inductees have been evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry: 1) innovation, 2) industry contributions, 3) leadership, 4) corporate citizenship/social responsibility and 5) sustainability.

Honorees are publicly announced and celebrated during special ceremonies at AEM’s annual conference and take their place of honor in AEM’s Hall of Fame; for more information on the AEM Hall of Fame and all its inductees, visit www.aem.org/HallofFame.

Nominations for the AEM Hall of Fame are open year-round.

About the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Below are summaries for each 2016 honoree with some of the reasons they were selected for induction.

Ray Hagie (Hagie Manufacturing LLC)

imageRay Hagie never intended on bringing to market the world’s first self-propelled sprayer in 1947. He was an entrepreneur and an innovator who spent his lifetime in pursuit of solving problems and finding a better way.

In 1933, the Iowa State College graduate returned to his family farm and decided to experiment with hybrid seed corn. A drought hit and the hybrids withstood the challenge and so did Ray, leading to the opening of Hagie’s Hybrids seed corn plant in 1944.

As the agricultural industry experienced a labor shortage during WWII, Ray’s entrepreneurial spirit struck again. He developed a self-propelled “personnel carrier” to help reduce the painstaking time and fatigue associated with detasseling corn. At the end of World War II, Dow released the pesticide/herbicide, known today as 2,4-D, for use in the control of broadleaf weeds. Ray envisioned a more efficient solution to apply this product, which led to him bringing to market the world’s first self-propelled sprayer and founding of Hagie Manufacturing in 1947.

In years to follow, Hagie Manufacturing earned a reputation as an industry innovator by providing the market with new solutions for evolving farming needs. A few of Hagie Manufacturing’s industry firsts include the invention of the four-wheeled Hagie sprayer, front-mounted boom, and a high-clearance nitrogen toolbar.

Committed to the community, the environment and the industry, Ray served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career including as an Iowa state representative and senator, chairman of the Iowa Manufacturers Association and on the Iowa State University Board of Governors.

Robert L. Vermeer (Vermeer Corporation)

image-1With an intense focus on the well-being of his team, Robert “Bob” Vermeer continued the legacy of bringing innovative processes to Vermeer Corporation that were integral in expanding the business to where it is today.

Under Bob’s leadership, sales at Vermeer grew nearly 13 times. He initiated a program to evaluate and coach dealers to higher levels of performance through improved customer relationships. He oversaw key advancements in finance that improved equipment availability and allowed dealers to stock inventory globally, ultimately growing business domestically and outside the United States. Bob also challenged his team members to expedite processes which resulted in huge productivity improvements.

A shining example of compassion and service, Bob spearheaded numerous employee and community service programs including the Vermeer Chaplain Program, the Vermeer Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program and the Vermeer Spirit of Caring Award. To stay connected to the pulse of the Vermeer people, Bob emphasized an open-door policy expectation of his leadership. You will often find him walking the production floor with a sincere interest in every person he meets.

Active within the industry and community, Bob has served as Chair of both the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Iowa Business Council. In addition, Bob has been a member of, and served as an officer for, several boards, including Central College Board of Trustees, Dordt College Board, Calvin Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Pella Chamber of Commerce.

Bob started his career at Vermeer in 1974, later assumed CEO responsibilities, and served as Chairman of the Vermeer Board of Directors beginning in 1989. He has been involved in all aspects of the business and strategy in support of the long-term health and growth of Vermeer, and continues to devotedly serve his team, industry and community.

About the AEM Hall of Fame – www.aem.org/halloffame

The AEM Hall of Fame traces its roots to 1993 and development of the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame as a not-for-profit industry-wide initiative by Construction Equipment magazine. AEM served on its Board of Directors; the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at CONEXPO 1993 and the last ceremony in 1999. The Hall lapsed in the early 2000s and AEM took over ownership and operation in 2008 creating the AEM Hall of Fame.