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OCT Equipment of Oklahoma Donates CTL and Excavator to Home Demolition for Korean War Veteran

OCT Equipment of Oklahoma Donates CTL and Excavator to Home Demolition for Korean War Veteran

Donated equipment supports veterans groups and the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity in demolishing an uninhabitable home for Oklahoma City veteran.  

CASE Construction Equipment dealer OCT Equipment donated the use of a compact track loader and excavator to Team Rubicon for the free demolition of a Korean War veteran’s house that was deemed uninhabitable. The initiative is led by Honoring America’s Warriors and will lead to the construction of a brand new home for Harold Edwards and his wife, Minnie, through a partnership with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

Edwards served in Korea from 1950 to 1953 in the 1st Marine Division. Scotty Deatherage, the director of Honoring America’s Warriors, became aware of Edwards’ situation and assembled a coalition of veteran organizations and construction companies to do the work. Midwest Wrecking, Northeast Landfill and McRoof OKC have provided additional support for the project.

“This reflects the work we do in disaster zones,” says Anthony Lawson, state administrator for Oklahoma, Team Rubicon – Region VI. “Our goal in these operations is to demolish the remaining structure, clear the lot and get the homeowner in a position to rebuild as quickly as possible. While this wasn’t a disaster, the home belongs to a man who gave selflessly to this country – helping him clear the lot and get into position to rebuild was the least we could do.”

Team Rubicon heavy equipment operators have been trained as part of a partnership with CASE. Service projects like this house demolition give the operators valuable operating time in preparation for actual disaster response deployments.

“The partnership with Team Rubicon allows our dealers to make a real and lasting impact in their local communities,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “OCT Equipment did just that by donating the equipment that helped this great coalition of groups make a real difference in the life of Harold Edwards and his wife.”

For more information on Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon.

CASE Extends Dire States Equipment Grant Submission Deadline to May 18

CASE Extends Dire States Equipment Grant Submission Deadline to May 18

Heavy equipment OEM will provide $25,000 in free equipment use to one community to repair and/or build local infrastructure.

CASE Construction Equipment has extended the submission deadline for the Dire States Equipment Grant – first announced at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017 – to May 18, 2017. The grant will provide one winning community with $25,000 in free equipment use to help offset the costs of building or repairing a critical piece of local infrastructure. Representatives of municipal, county and other local governments are eligible to apply for the grant. Entrants will be asked to describe the project and provide a detailed assessment of how that local piece of infrastructure will benefit the community.

Entries can be submitted at DireStates.com/Grant. The first Dire States grant, awarded in 2016, went to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Examples of suitable infrastructure projects include: road/bridge repair or construction, utility pipe replacement, erosion control along lakes and rivers, wastewater system improvements and park/recreational construction. All projects that fall within the 16 core categories of infrastructure, as identified by ASCE in its Infrastructure Report Card, will be considered.

For more information on Dire States, visit DireStates.com. For more information on CASE, visit CaseCE.com.

Texas Gov. Abbott Welcomes Kubota to Grapevine, Celebrates Official Opening of North American Headquarters

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with State and City Leaders Marks Official Grand Opening for Kubota Executives and All Employees

 Kubota Tractor Corporation unveiled its new North American headquarters building in Grapevine, Texas, today in a special ribbon cutting ceremony with Governor Greg Abbott, Masatoshi Kimata, President and Representative Director of the Kubota Group, along with State and local officials and supporters from the Grapevine community who all helped to usher in a new era for the company.

The company’s move to Texas from Torrance, Calif., is the most significant change it has undertaken in its successful 45-year history in the U.S., where it has introduced over the years a full line of iconic orange tractors, construction equipment, lawn and garden equipment and utility vehicles.

“Today is an important day for Kubota as this new building is both a testament to our commitment to the future growth of our business in the U.S., and our pledge of being a socially responsible corporate citizen and active business partner with the great state of Texas and the City of Grapevine,” said Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, at today’s ceremony. “As a new employer to the area, our hope is to continue to attract talent from the local community with this open environment, state-of-the art workplace and continue our long-term growth strategy to strengthen the Kubota brand in the U.S.”

Kubota has invested more than $50 million in the three-story, environmentally-friendly office building, which totals 193,000 square feet, and includes an onsite research and development facility, and is designed to maximize work efficiencies and conserve resources in alignment with Kubota’s global brand statement, “For Earth, For Life.”

“Kubota is the model business partner,” said Governor Abbott. “The new headquarters not only stands as a symbol for their hard work up to this moment, but also for the solid foundation for which they’re able to continue building for a prosperous future here in Texas. We are proud that job-creating industry leaders like Kubota are calling Texas home, and thank them for their confidence in the Lone Star State and the hard-working people of Grapevine.”

The headquarters building houses Kubota Tractor Corporation and Kubota Credit Corporation, placing Kubota’s leadership and professional staff closer to the company’s major markets and its manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities in Georgia and Kansas. By centrally locating more of its operations, Kubota will be able to respond more quickly to changes in markets and the industry, and streamline its operations for both dealer and customer benefit.

Currently, 275 employees are working in Grapevine as a culmination of new hires and relocated employees from Torrance, Calif., and Suwanee, Ga. The building is large enough to accommodate nearly 600 employees with room to expand.

From left to right: David Sutton, KCC; City of Grapevine Mayor, William D. Tate; the honorable Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott; Mr. Masatoshi Kimata, President and Representative Director, Kubota Corporation Japan; Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO, KTC; Consulate-General of Japan, Mr. Teruo Amano; Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Joseph Szymaszek. (Photo: Business Wire)

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, or visit www.kubota.com.

Komatsu acquires Joy Global to expand mining business

Komatsu acquires Joy Global to expand mining business

Joy Global Inc. will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp., headquarters remains in Milwaukee, WI  

Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. (TYO: 6301) (“Komatsu”) has completed its acquisition of Joy Global Inc. (NYSE: JOY) (“Joy Global”), a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions.

Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, WI, Joy Global Inc. will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp. and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu. The company will continue to promote and invest in the P&H, Joy and Montabert product brands. Komatsu remains committed to directly servicing the global mining industry and through its products, services and technologies is focused on helping customers improve productivity and safety in their operations worldwide.

“The combination of our Komatsu-brand surface mining equipment with the P&H, Joy and Montabert brands of surface and underground products will allow us to offer a complete range of mining solutions for our customers,” said Tetsuji Ohashi, President and CEO of Komatsu. “We plan to build on the strength of our shared cultures, including our unwavering belief in safety first and our passion for providing innovative solutions, to become an unrivaled mining solutions and services provider.”

The close of the transaction adds to the Komatsu team more than 10,000 people with deep knowledge and experience in the mining industry, bringing the company’s global total to more than 57,000 employees. With a focus on providing uninterrupted and unrivaled service and products for its customers, Komatsu plans to leverage the best practices of both companies while aligning the organization and operation for optimal customer support. Komatsu Mining Corp. will be led by Jeffrey Dawes, formerly leader of Komatsu Latin America. Dawes and the management team will be based in Milwaukee, WI. Following the close of the transaction – valued at approximately $3.7 billion, including Joy Global’s outstanding indebtedness – Joy Global shares will be delisted from the NYSE and will no longer be publicly traded.


About Komatsu

Komatsu Ltd., established in 1921, is a diversified provider of industrial-use products and services. While remaining an international leader in the field of construction and mining equipment, the company engages in other business, such as industrial machinery and vehicles, logistics, electronics and other solutions-based operations. The company is based in Tokyo, Japan, with locations worldwide. For more information visit www.komatsu.com.

Subsite Electronics Reminds Us That April Is National Safe Digging Month

This April marks the tenth annual National Safe Digging Month, a designation formally recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Subsite® Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, and 1,700 members of the Common Ground Alliance promote National Safe Digging Month to remind everyone to call 811 before they dig to avoid the many hazards that lie underground.

Our land is made up of a complex underground infrastructure of pipelines, wires and cables. In fact, there are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities in the United States, according to data compiled by CGA from various industry groups. That figure equates to more than one football field’s length of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the U.S. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

That’s why we remind you to call 811 before every digging project, from simple landscaping like planting trees or shrubs, to building a deck or installing a rural mailbox. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged. Calling 811 before digging can greatly reduce the chances of striking a line.

As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are using this month to strongly encourage individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Jeri Lamerton, Marketing Manager for Subsite Electronics. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

Visit www.facebook.com/NationalSafeDiggingMonth/ for more information about National Safe Digging Month or www.call811.com to learn more about the free Call 811 program. For more information on utility locators and other Underground Awareness products from Subsite® Electronics, visit www.subsite.com or any of our social media channels – Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube. You can contact us at info@subsite.com or 800-846-2713.