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CAT Dealers FABCO Equipment Inc. and John Fabick Tractor Company Announce Historic Reunion

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FABCO Equipment Inc. (FABCO), of Milwaukee, WI, and John Fabick Tractor Company (Fabick CAT®), of Fenton, St. Louis County, MO, are proud to announce that they are joining their two family-owned, independently-operated companies to create one of the largest and most dynamic Caterpillar® dealerships in the nation. Over the next several months, FABCO/Fabick teams will be working together to complete this transformation, with an expected closing date of June 30, 2015.

The expanded organization will be led by Doug Fabick (currently President & COO of Fabick CAT) as CEO and Dealer Principal along with his cousin Jeré Fabick (currently President & CEO of FABCO) serving as President and co-Dealer Principal. The combined company will build on what each organization has achieved independently and provide an enhanced ability to grow, expand capabilities and further support customer success. The FABCO identity will transition over time to the Fabick CAT identity; this change is expected to take place over the next 36 months. The corporate headquarters will be located in St. Louis.

“The strength, stability and long-term continuity of the Fabick family network of companies will enhance our ability to meet the needs of all of the customers who we have the privilege of serving in our combined territories,” states Doug Fabick.

The combined enterprise will operate in a six state region, to include major portions of Missouri and Illinois, one county each in Kansas and Oklahoma, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the entire state of Wisconsin. Dealership capabilities will include 37 locations, 100 parts drops, and 550 service technicians, totaling more than 1,100 team members enhancing the customer experience and bringing the added value of expanded scope and reach to every sales, rental, service and parts interaction.

“The valued customers and partners of each dealership should see very little change in those who call on them or in processes that they are accustomed to and, if they do see changes over time, it will be with improvements that benefit them and make their experience with us even better,” according to Jeré Fabick.

The Fabick family heritage, in partnership with Caterpillar, has endured for nearly 100 years since John Fabick Sr. founded the first Fabick company in 1917. A new chapter in this legacy is beginning today further strengthening John Fabick’s motto: “To Ever Serve Our Customers Better.”

As the exclusive Cat dealers in their territories, FABCO and Fabick CAT rent, sell and service Cat construction machinery, trucks, engines and electric power generation equipment. From versatile jobsite equipment like skid steer loaders, aerial lifts and portable power, to the big Cat machines that help build and maintain our infrastructure; FABCO and Fabick CAT supply essential products that improve the quality of life in our communities.

To learn more, please visit www.FABCO.com or www.fabickcat.com

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 www.jgeinc.com.

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.

For more on the ballot initiative, visit: ‪http://bit.ly/1y85g4y

For more on Dire States, visit: ‪http://bit.ly/19eJ2AM

 

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.

To learn more about Strata Systems, Inc., visit www.geogrid.com.

 

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!”