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J. Gross Equipment, Aberdeen SD to Carry Hyundai’s Full Line of Construction Equipment

vcsPRAsset_2790566_65667_03d16357-4820-40be-a65e-1e812863fa51_0Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., an earth moving and material handling equipment manufacturer is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Gross Equipment to their rapidly growing dealer network.  J. Gross Equipment will provide sales and service of Hyundai equipment from their dealership location in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

“J. Gross Equipment is a well-established equipment dealership with an obvious passion for the industry,” states Kirk Gillette, General Manager of Hyundai Construction Equipment. “With their exceptional customer service and proven business practices, I’m confident they will be a top notch Hyundai dealer.

J.Gross Equipment will now carry Hyundai’s full line of quality construction equipment, which includes wheel loaders, crawler and wheeled excavators and mini-excavators. The full stock of Hyundai equipment will be readily available for sale or rent.

“Over the past 25 years, we’ve committed to becoming the best equipment company for our customers and the community we serve,” states Josh Gross, CEO of J. Gross Equipment, Inc. “The Hyundai brand has a strong reputation for its durable, feature-rich products and perfectly complements our equipment offerings.  We are excited to partner with Hyundai and provide our customers with a world leading brand of heavy construction equipment.

J. Gross Equipment sales staff has been fully trained in the application, sales, parts and service of Hyundai Construction Equipment products and offers prompt and professional parts and service support to its customers.

For more information or a demonstration of Hyundai products, please contact J. Gross Equipment at 605-229-4037 or visit

Dire States – A Transportation Vote in Wisconsin

The Dire States team interviews Craig Thompson, the executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. Thompson details a constitutional amendment in Wisconsin that, if approved by voters, will dedicate funds generated by transportation for road and bridge maintenance and construction in the state.

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Strata Systems, Inc. Hires Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Soil reinforcement product manufacturer and distributor, Strata Systems, Inc., has recently selected Scott Czewski, P.E. as its new Midwest Regional Sales ManagerCzewski joins Strata as part of an initiative to develop new business opportunities in the Midwest, and in Strata’s growing base reinforcement and road infrastructure business, and to manage all of Strata’s existing partners.  He’ll service all Midwestern states from Texas, north to the Canadian border and east to Indiana.

Czewski was selected due to his extensive civil engineering and sales background, which totals more than 15 years. He was previously employed at CSI Geoturf in Michigan as a project consultant where he generated engineering specifications for products, developed concepts and methodologies for cost-effective design and performed internal sales and installation training. Czewski holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

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Topcon Technology Roadshow Hits Northern Illinois

As part of a 24-stop North American tour, the Topcon Technology Roadshow visited Wilmington, Ill., located just south of Joliet—approximately 55 miles from Chicago. The two-day visit—June 25th and 26th—was held on the grounds of the IUOE Local 150 Union Training Center and was hosted by Positioning Solutions Company, Carol Stream, Ill., an authorized Topcon dealer.

6L4A2525ext copy 2“It was an awesome opportunity for construction and survey customers to see everything in one spot,” said Ed McCaffery, marketing director with Positioning Solutions Company. “From my observations and interactions, it was clear to me that contractors were surprised by the breath of the offering, enjoyed the hands-on exhibits both in the trailer and on the grounds, and they were intrigued with some of the new technologies that were demonstrated.”

Outdoor-Presentation-Areas_Overview copyThe Technology Roadshow displays and demonstrations covered the full range of machine automation, Topcon Enterprise Solutions, BIM and 3D layout, Sitelink3D site management, GNSS and robotics, and scanning and mapping. Contractors were able to maximize their time by scheduling their visit at a convenient time and choosing which displays or demos were of interest.

Justin Smith, survey/machine control manager with K-Five Construction Corporation, Lemont, Ill., liked the opportunity to see engineers and product reps that he’s worked with. “I was able to talk directly with them and get answers to my questions and learn better ways to take advantage of the technology I have.”

Interior Presentation Areas-Overview copyThe 53-foot mobile solutions center truck showcases the latest technology for the construction, survey, civil engineering, architecture, and design industries. The information provided is designed to help contractors learn:

  • The latest tools and technologies available for the job site and office.
  • The impact of field computer technology on project data and administration.
  • The latest software technologies and the ability to improve business productivity.
  • Total job site solutions to fit any size business.

6L4A2622int copy 2“My area of knowledge and expertise is in machine control, so it was nice to have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of survey systems,” stated Dan Breunig, mechanical supervisor with The Lane Construction Corporation, Shorewood, Ill. “The Technology Roadshow was beneficial to me because I had access to Topcon experts and was able to meet other contractors.”

6L4A3154 copy 2During the two-day stop, there were contractors from Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

“All in attendance were decision-makers and key personnel with keen interest in getting as much as they could out of their time there,” McCaffery stated. “Everything is geared toward helping the contractor understand the state of our ever-changing industry and what technologies they should consider adopting to stay competitive. After all, that’s what it’s all about!”

WESTERN BUILDER and the ACPs Remember Jim Keyes

0004405740-01-1_20140707.jpgxKeyes, James Earl, know to his friends in the industry as Jim, a long time resident of Elm Grove, WI, died peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family, on July 6, 2014, at the age of 80. Beloved husband for 52 years of Mary. Loving father of Brian (Jennifer) Keyes, Patricia (Dean) Knudson, Thomas (Mary Kaye) Keyes, Margaret (Joel) Rolefson, Daniel (Jamie), William (Deanne), Stephen (Saskia) Keyes, Carolyn (Frank) Souk, and Kelly Keyes. Proud grandpa of 18 grandchildren. Also remembered by his brothers John and Tom and sister Dorothy.

Jim, along with his brother John, owned and operated Western Builder Publishing in Wauwatosa, WI. Jim and John also own KSM Industries in Germantown, WI. Western Builder has been serving the Wisconsin construction industries since its founding in 1902.

Jim proudly served in the United States Army. Visitation will be held Thursday July 10, 2014 at the Funeral Home from 4 to 7 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Jim’s life will be offered Friday 11 AM. at St. Mary Visitation Church, Elm Grove (1260 Church St.) Private family graveside at St. Mary Cemetery, Elm Grove. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice . “Lady of the ways, Pray for us”