LIUGONG NA WELCOMES NEW DEALER JEWELL MACHINERY

LiuGong North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of LiuGong Machinery based in Liuzhou, China, a manufacturer of heavy construction equipment announced Jewell Machinery of Rocky Mount, Virginia, has joined the LiuGong NA family of dealerships.

Founded in 2000, Jewell Machinery sells parts and machinery, and manufactures, services and rents machinery and equipment for the construction and forestry industry within a 300-mile radius of its headquarters in Rocky Mount, Virginia. The company has twice been named to Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Founder and President Michael Jewell said Jewell Machinery’s growth has always been driven by its commitment to meeting customer need. Although the dealer entered the forestry industry just 10 years ago, those customers represent approximately 95 percent of business today. Jewell Machinery specializes in mobile and stationary loaders and is the OEM manufacturer of self-propelled carriers for the brand.

When Jewell learned forestry customers would prefer a more convenient way to source their heavy equipment rather than deal with multiple dealerships, his search for the most suitable manufacturer led him to LiuGong NA.

“We see an exciting opportunity here,” Jewell said. “LiuGong has an extensive equipment line, really anything our customers need, from Dressta dozers to LiuGong wheel loaders, excavators and more.”

Jewell said the LiuGong machines have been well received. “We’ve had LiuGong machines here four weeks now. All it takes is getting them in the seat. Once they get behind the controls, operate the machine, they love them right away.”

The LiuGong NA product lines are made specifically for the North American market. Jewell said it makes the LiuGong machines easy to work with. “They have Cummins engines and ZF transmissions. Our service personnel are Cummins-certified, and we have the exact same ZF transmissions on the undercarriages we manufacture ourselves right here. They are just a perfect fit for us.”

Plus, Jewell said, LiuGong is “very open with what they build, not trying to hide anything.” He explained that means service personnel can perform diagnostics on the machines without the need for specialized OEM training or access to guarded, proprietary coding systems. “LiuGong doesn’t ‘overcomplicate’ its machines,” he said. “They give owners exactly what they need and nothing that they don’t want or would not use.” It simplifies operator training requirements and contributes to easier servicing.

Jewell Machinery is dedicated to serving the forestry and construction industries. In addition to being a LiuGong authorized dealer, Jewell is also an authorized Barko Hydraulics dealer. Jewell services, repairs and sells a variety of other brand-name equipment. Its facilities include a 19,000-square-foot store and new 22,000-square-foot shop with 13 service bays. Services of its 22 full-time employees include the capability to fabricate or modify equipment to specific customer requirements including the LiuGong machines, “If they need a wheel loader, for instance, with something other than a bucket, we can do that.”

ARTBA Announces: 59 New Transportation Project Professionals Earn ANSI-Accredited Safety Credential –Program Hits 360 “Safety Certified” Mark

Fifty-nine professionals from 21 companies or agencies representing 17 states have earned the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™” (SCTPP) credential over the past four months, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation said today.

Since its launch in late 2016, 360 individuals from 83 companies representing 37 states and the District of Columbia have earned the prestigious credential, which is valid for three years.

The program was launched with the aim to significantly reduce—or ideally eliminate—the 700 motorist and worker fatalities, and nearly 50,000 injuries that occur annually in and around U.S. transportation project sites. It is targeted at significantly elevating safety awareness among the thousands of non-safety professionals in the industry—planners, designers, owners, field supervisors and inspectors—who are in decision-making roles from project conception through completion.

It was designed to bring thousands of more “eyes” to the task of identifying and mitigating potential hazards for workers and motorists commonly found in transportation work zones—skills identified through the certification.

In May 2018, the program earned the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024:2012 international standard.

The latest list of “Safety Certified Transportation Project Professionals” includes:

  • Joel Anderson, project manager, Lunda Construction Company, Hilbert, Wis.
  • Stephen Anderson, safety manager, Bancker Construction, Carle Place, N.Y.
  • Joshua Andrews, HSE professional, Allan Myers, Port Deposit, Md.
  • Edmundo Armendariz, international SH&E manager, HDR, Omaha, Neb.
  • Candido Bocanegra, construction project engineer, TXDOT, San Benito, Texas
  • Jared Browder, supervisor, TXDOT, Stephenville, Texas
  • Michael Carroll, project manager, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • William Clawson, safety specialist, TXDOT, Austin, Texas
  • Kenny Cuevas, safety officer, TXDOT, Bryan, Texas
  • Trey Curtis, area manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
  • Nicholas DeAlba, HSE professional, Allan Myers, Phoenixville, Pa.
  • Ricardo Diaz, health & safety manager, Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc., Riceville, Tenn.
  • John Dowdell, risk manager, The Walker Company, Mount Sterling, Ky.
  • Jason Dupree, director of maintenance, TXDOT, Atlanta, Texas
  • Aaron Dziuk, construction inspector, TXDOT, New Braunfels, Texas
  • John Ferguson, safety officer, TXDOT, Live Oak, Texas
  • Steven Fitter, safety coordinator, Crossland Construction Company Inc., Jenks, Okla.
  • Jesse Flake, general transportation tech III, TXDOT, Buffalo, Texas
  • Rene Garza, construction manager/senior resident engineer, TXDOT, Pharr, Texas
  • Jorge Garza, safety officer, TXDOT, San Antonio, Texas
  • Jared Groves, assistant area engineer, TXDOT, Munday, Texas
  • Fred Guiliano, safety officer, TXDOT, San Angelo, Texas
  • Melissa Hatton, engineering tech, TXDOT, Bryan, Texas
  • Joshua Hebert, construction inspector VI, TXDOT, Austin, Texas
  • Matthew Herbstritt, area engineer, TXDOT, Childress, Texas
  • William Herz, inspector II, AECOM, Birdsboro, Pa.
  • Michael Hines, safety officer, TXDOT, Abilene, Texas
  • Chris Houghton, transportation specialist, TXDOT, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Eric Hulme, director of safety, AWP, Inc., North Canton, Ohio
  • Jack Hutchens, area safety manager, Lane Construction, Manassas, Va.
  • Raymond Jaenicke, general transportation tech III, TXDOT, Madisonville, Texas
  • Stephen Kasberg, area engineer, TXDOT, Gatesville, Texas
  • Evan Larkin, HSE technician, Allan Myers, King of Prussia, Pa.
  • Christopher LaRocca, HSE specialist, Allan Myers, North Chesterfield, Va.
  • Kevin Lassiter, safety officer, TXDOT, San Angelo, Texas
  • Aaron Lease, HSE professional, Allan Myers, New Castle, Del.
  • Phillip LeBlanc, field engineer, Barriere Construction Company, LLC, Boutte, La.
  • Johnny Limbaugh, director of design-build, Wright Construction Group, Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Brian Link, project manager, Michael Baker International, Hershey, Pa.
  • Michael Machacek, senior project manager, TXDOT, Austin, Texas
  • Timothy Mask, safety officer, TXDOT, Mesquite, Texas
  • Scotty Massingill, supervisor, TXDOT, Hamilton, Texas
  • Stacey Meeks, safety manager, Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., Hernando, Fla.
  • Marcus Navetta, senior project manager, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
  • Jeffrey Parisi, president, Parisi Construction Co., Inc., Verona, Wis.
  • Rodney Persall, transportation specialist, TXDOT, Mason, Texas
  • Magdalena Quintanilla, safety officer, TXDOT, Pharr, Texas
  • Jeffrey Raymond, superintendent, Austin Bridge & Road, L.P., Irving, Texas
  • Michael Rebstock, project manager, Barriere Construction, LLC, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Michael Seal, superintendent, Barriere Construction Company, LLC, Franklinton, La.
  • Hector Siller, construction project engineer, TXDOT, Pharr, Texas
  • Josh Simonson, construction manager, Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls, Wis.
  • Jesse Sisco, area engineer, TXDOT, Lufkin, Texas
  • Terry Smith, safety manager, Sundt, Wynne, Ariz.
  • Mark Smith, safety officer, TXDOT, Tyler, Texas
  • John Stawinsky, assistant project manager, Superior Construction Co. Southeast, LLC., St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Brandon Trenter, HSE manager, Allan Myers, Dagsboro, Del.
  • Rebecca Wells, traffic discipline manager, TXDOT, Atlanta, Texas
  • Phillip Yrjanson, safety coordinator, DLZ Industrial, LLC, Fort Wayne, Ind.

The SCTPP exam contains up to 120 multiple-choice questions that probe knowledge in: assessing project risks; creating project safety plans; implementing and conducting ongoing evaluation of a site-specific operational safety plan; and conducting incident investigations.

Additional information about the program can be found at www.puttingsafetyfirst.org.

The SCTPP program is a signature initiative of the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity established in 1985 to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment.

Dynapac North America Names New VP of Sales

Dynapac North America LLC, a leading manufacturer of rollers for asphalt and soil applications, pavers and feeders, has named Jamie Roush Vice President of Sales for North America. Effective July 1, Roush will lead the sales efforts for the complete Dynapac product portfolio across all sales channels throughout the region.

Jamie Rousch

Roush led Dynapac’s aftermarket efforts post-Fayat acquisition developing and implementing new policies and procedures creating a structured technical service training program, regionalizing customer service to provide a personal level of support to Dynapac partners, lead the project to establish the new parts distribution warehouse and launched the Dynapac’s 24-Hour Parts Guarantee.

“It’s an exciting time at Dynapac,” Roush said.  “I am looking forward to growing our business and being your partner on the road ahead.”

Roush earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Muskingum University in Ohio and attended Cleveland State University for graduate studies in mechanical engineering.

“Jamie’s leadership over the past few years has excelled Dynapac’s aftermarket support and laid the groundwork for a successful transition to his successor,” says Dynapac President Brian Bieller.  “His management style, strong technical www.dynapac.us, and business development skills will help our customers continue to grow their Dynapac business.”

For more information on Dynapac, visit www.dynapac.us.

Nominations are now open for AEM’s $50,000 celebratory grant program

In conjunction with its year-long 125thAnniversary celebration, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is issuing five $10,000 grants to non-profit organizations who partner with AEM member companies and/or their distribution networks to cultivate the next generation of the equipment industry’s workforce.

“AEM is passionate about paving the way for future professionals and continuing to build momentum for our robust industry and we believe that this is a phenomenal way to do so,” said Julie Davis, director of workforce development at AEM. “Additionally, it also allows AEM to give back to some of those who have helped the industry grow into what it is today.”

An AEM Next Gen Grant Program Nominee is:

  • 501(c)(3) organization
  • Engaged in outreach towards a K-12 audience and engaged with an AEM member company, or has plans to engage with an AEM member company, as part of their outreach.
  • Have an existing relationship with an educational organization.
  • Engaged in outreach at the national, state, and/or local levels.

Nominations for grant recipients may be submitted by employees of AEM member companies, please click here for additional information.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) robust history began 125 years ago from a unique vantage point – its industry segments came together to create a fundamentally more powerful voice and advocate for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. As we give a nod to the past century of accomplishments, we asked our volunteer leadership to share what AEM has meant to them and their organizations. Check out AEM’s leadership stories, their look back and their look ahead to the next 125 years.

KOBELCO Announces Enhanced SK850LC-10

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is pleased to introduce the enhanced SK850LC-10 excavator. The SK850LC-10 is the largest KOBELCO Generation 10 model and features cutting-edge power.

The SK850LC-10 is more durable and able to withstand the rigors of tough job sites. This KOBELCO excavator delivers a  bucket digging force of 90,598-lbs to achieve impressive work volume. Premier working ranges and a powerful 146,800-lb drawbar pull force enable the SK850LC-10 to operate in rough terrain and on slopes with increased productivity.

This robust, 185,700-lb unit is powered by a 510-hp Tier IV Final HINO engine, allowing it to tackle heavy-duty applications while remaining highly fuel efficient. While operating in ECO-mode, the SK850LC-10 boasts an impressive ~17% improvement in fuel economy compared to its predecessor. This boost in efficiency is a result of an enhanced hydraulic line layout that further reduces energy loss to ensure outstanding performance. A variable-geometry turbocharger also helps to lower fuel consumption, and a new selective catalytic reduction system decreases NOx emissions by 80% to provide low operation emissions.

An improved lever control force of 25% further lessens operator fatigue during long hours of operation, while added climate control outlets and an expanded cab interior provide a pleasant work environment. A FOPS top guard, rear-view camera and swing flashers come standard on the SK850LC-10 to enhance job site safety.

Maintenance on the SK850LC-10 is simple and cost-effective. Easy access to maintenance data from the operation management system greatly improves ease of maintenance scheduling and ensures a long service life, while easy access to the cooling unit, engine compartment and electrical components ensure convenient day-to-day maintenance.

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA offers crawler excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 245,000 lb. classes including zero tail swing, compact, standard, long-reach, mass excavation, and demolition models. Well-known as the excavator authority, KOBELCO is committed to producing quality machines with advanced productivity-boosting features and innovative technologies. With premier capabilities such as no time limit power boost and exclusive independent travel, KOBELCO machines ensure performance and efficiency for the tough worksite challenges.

For more information on KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA or KOBELCO products, please visit www.KOBELCO-USA.com