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HOLT CAT® to Host Grand Opening of New Store in Edinburg, TX

80815ACD-AAAF-4A3F-BAFB-2667D91D6ADCEVENT 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).

21627D5F-F5BF-401B-8C6C-0E49824ACE65This 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.

ARTBA’s Highly-Rated Project Delivery Academy Set for Oct 15-17 in the Nation’s Capital

image007The increased use of alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build (DB) and Construction Manager-General Contractor (CMGC) by transportation agencies present new opportunities and challenges for transportation design and construction industry executives.  The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Foundation has a professional development program, taught by a nationally-recognized engineer, to help ensure industry professionals have a comprehensive understanding of both delivery methods.

The Project Delivery Academy (PDA), built around the highly successful adult learning model of instruction by industry experts and supported by peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, is scheduled for October 15-17 at ARTBA’s headquarters building in the Nation’s Capital.  It is designed for project managers, procurement personnel and contractors.

The PDA will be led by Dr. Douglas Gransberg, an Iowa State University professor with more than 35 years of experience.  He is a designated design-build professional and owner of a construction management/project delivery consulting firm.  He helped write the book on alternative project delivery methods, co-authored the “AASHTO Guide for Design-Build (DB) Contracting,” and the “AASHTO Guidelines for Construction Manager General Contractor Project Delivery.”

Dr. Gransberg’s instruction will cover four core areas:

·         Procurement models/contract structure;

·         Project pricing provision models;

·         Developing responsive submittals to requests for qualifications (RFQ) and/or requests for proposals (RFP); and

·         Post-award contract administration.

Registration is $1,999 for ARTBA members.  More than 20 Professional Development Hours are available.  Contact ARTBA’s Kashae Williams for more information at or 202.289.4434.

The ARTBA-TDF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to promote research, education and public awareness.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, roadway work zone safety and training programs and special economic reports.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG continues momentum with 2017 dates, chair announced 
Richard Goldsbury of Bobcat/Doosan Infracore leads industry managing committee for 2017 exposition

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG international exposition will be held March 7-11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

Named CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 chair is Richard M. Goldsbury, President Bobcat/Doosan North America & Australia/Oceania for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, West Fargo, North Dakota. He will lead the triennial show’s management committee, a group of volunteer manufacturers and other industry stakeholders who oversee show planning to ensure the event meets industry needs.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the Western Hemisphere’s global gathering place in North America every three years for the construction and construction materials industry, co-located with the IFPE exposition for fluid power/power transmission/motion control. The recently held 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE saw record exhibit and education numbers and nearly 130,000 registered attendees, including 24-percent international.

“2017 will definitely build on the momentum of 2014, and we are already in analysis and planning mode just weeks after such a successful event. Our focus is to amplify our efforts to deliver an outstanding quality show experience for our visitors, plus expand our exhibitor engagement outreach that results in improved exhibitor ROI,”  stated Goldsbury.

Rich Goldsbury is President of Bobcat Company and the Doosan heavy equipment division in North America, Australia, New Zealand and other Oceania countries and territories, responsible for all operations in these regions. He returned to the Bobcat organization in 2008, serving as President, Bobcat Americas, and was promoted to his current position in July 2010.

Previously, Goldsbury served as President for global product and business strategy with the Security Technologies Sector of Ingersoll Rand. He had been part of the Security sector since 2006 and also served as President of Schlage Security Products. He has been part of the industrial and construction equipment industry for almost 30 years, with extensive global experience in general management, marketing, operations, finance, engineering, product portfolio management, aftermarket and mergers and acquisitions.

Goldsbury is a Director for the Greater Fargo/Moorhead Economic Development Corporation. His leadership involvement with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a show owner and show producer, is extensive and includes currently serving on the AEM Board of Directors and as 2014 chair of its Government and Public Affairs Committee, and he has served as a director on the AEM CE Sector Board.

For the latest details on attending or exhibiting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, go online to

NTEA Celebrates 50 Years Serving the Work Truck Industry

NTEA 50th MastheadThe NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, is celebrating 50 years of serving the work truck industry.

The Association started in 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the Truck Equipment & Body Distributors Association with six member companies. In 1978, the growing Association moved to its current headquarters to suburban Detroit, the heart of the nation’s automotive industry. In 1979, based on its changing industry-wide perspective and service offerings, changed its name to the National Truck Equipment Association, or the NTEA.

The legislative office opened in Washington, DC, in 1988 to represent member interests on Capitol Hill.

The NTEA, now 1,600 member organizations strong, is the leading organization representing the work truck industry.

Through the years, the association has grown its capabilities to include:

  • Technical services for engineering, installation, compliance and certification support
  • Advocating on behalf of the work truck industry to protect and advance the industry’s regulatory and legislative interests
  • Enhancing our market data and research offerings to help member businesses succeed
  • Offering education, training and networking opportunities
  • Delivering industry information on demand

“We’re dedicated to continue representing the hard working group of individuals and companies who have helped build the Association and the industry into what it is today,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “As we begin our next 50 years, we will continue to provide the tools and services to help our members succeed.”

The celebration will culminate during The Work Truck Show® 2014, North America’s largest work truck event, March 5-7, 2014 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. The Work Truck Show ranks among Trade Show Executive magazine’s Gold 100 Honorees, Class of 2013.

In recognition of NTEA’s 50-year celebration, NTEA members have graciously contributed historical images of their businesses through the years – showcasing the work truck industry’s evolution from the 1960’s to modern times.


Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents approximately 1,600 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.

GOMACO University Announces New School Year Schedule for GOMACO Products and 3D

Getting your GOMACO curb and gutter machine or paver ready for the upcoming paving season and your next pour is the goal every year at GOMACO University. In 2014, they will once again be offering a full course schedule for GOMACO products and 3D stringless paving. The University has some new offerings, including introductory and advanced courses to better meet the needs of each student attending class in 2014. This year’s in-depth 3D class offerings include all three of the major 3D companies, including Leica Geosystems, Trimble and Topcon. The GOMACO University season begins in January and runs through April.

The 2014 school year includes sessions on specific models of GOMACO equipment. The classes cover everything from machine setup to troubleshooting in both classroom lectures and actual hands-on shop time. New for 2014 are the Introductory or Advanced Curb and Gutter classes and Two-Track and Four-Track Pavers classes.

GOMACO University will once again offer specialized classes on 3D stringless paving. GOMACO University will offer Leica handheld/rover training covering the use of the rover and VIVA software, Leica LMGS software training, and Leica PaveSmart training. The University’s Trimble class covers the Trimble PCS900 software and paver setup and operation. Topcon training will include a class on the mmGPS solution for concrete paving, including machine operation, data collection and grade verification. A complete listing of what each course will cover is listed below. The classes will be taught by GOMACO’s 3D paving specialists and include both classroom time and actual hands-on experience in the shop with GOMACO pavers and 3D stringless control equipment and software.

GOMACO University combines classroom learning with hands-on experience

GOMACO University combines classroom learning with hands-on experience

The 2014 schedule is listed below:

GT-3600: January 7-10 and February 18-21 at the University. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering controls, setup, and operation of the GT-3600.

Curb & Gutter (Advanced): January 14-17, January 28-31, February 11-14, and March 11-14 at the University. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering maintenance and diagnostics for curb & gutter machines.

Three-Track Commander III (Intro.): February 4-7 and March 25-28 at the University. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering controls, setup and operation of the three-track Commander III.

Four-Track Commander III: January 21-24 at the University. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering the controls, four-track barrier and paver setup and operation, and paving to profilograph specifications.

Trimmers: January 28-31 and March 18-21 at the Paving Center. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering controls, setup and operation, maintenance and advanced diagnostics.

Two-Track and Four-Track Pavers (Intro.): January 14-17 and February 18-21 at the Paving Center. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering controls, setup, operation, optional attachments (excluding the IDBI), and paving to profilograph specifications.

Two-Track and Four-Track Pavers (Advanced): February 4-7 and March 11-14 at the Paving Center. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering maintenance and advanced diagnostics.

IDBI: February 25-28 at the Paving Center. Class begins on Tuesday. A three-day course covering controls, setup, operation, maintenance, and diagnostics.

GOMACO Leica Handheld/Rover Training: January 6-7 and February 10-11 at the Paving Center. February 24-25 at the University. Class begins on Monday. A two-day course covering use of the Leica handheld/rover with VIVA software. Basic grade checking, stakeout, volumes and areas, data import and export.

GOMACO Leica LMGS Training: January 8-9 and February 12-13 at the Paving Center. February 26-27 at the University. Class begins on Wednesday. A two-day course covering use of Leica’s LMGS software for concrete slipform paving. Paving software and total station setup, maintenance, and operation will be covered along with some transitional training on PaveSmart 3D for mainline paving.

GOMACO Trimble Training: March 19-20 at the University. Class begins on Wednesday. A two-day course covering the use of Trimble’s PCS900 software for concrete slipform paving. Including machine setup and operation, as well as use of Trimble’s data collection software.

GOMACO Topcon Training: March 26-27 at the Paving Center. Class begins on Wednesday. A two-day course covering use of Topcon’s mmGPS solution for concrete paving. Including machine operation, as well as data collection/grade verification.

GOMACO Leica PaveSmart Training: April 2-3 at the University. Class begins on Wednesday. A two-day course covering use of Leica’s PaveSmart 3D software for concrete slipform paving. Including software setup, maintenance, and operation, along with use on placer/spreaders and curb and gutter machines.

Note: Additional classes will be scheduled as required.

GOMACO University was founded in the early 1970s and has taught over 17,000 students from around the world the skills needed to successfully operate GOMACO’s line of concrete construction equipment. For further information about GOMACO University, the class schedule, or to register for a class, please visit or contact the GOMACO Training Department by phone: 1-800-831-2320, or by e-mail:

GOMACO Corporation ( is the worldwide leader in concrete construction equipment with headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa, USA. GOMACO equipment will slipform concrete streets and highways, airport runways, curb and gutter, sidewalks and recreational trails, safety barrier, bridge parapet, and irrigation canals. Support equipment includes grade trimmers, concrete placers, concrete placer/spreaders, and texturing and curing machines. The company also offers equipment to finish flat slabs, bridges, and slopes. GOMACO will consult on unique concrete paving applications and equipment needs. Products are offered through a worldwide distributor network for local sales, parts and service expertise.