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ARTBA Reports: 2020-21 Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Opportunities Available. Application Deadline: April 17

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is seeking qualified students for its 2020-21 “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.” 
 
Applications are due by April 17 and can be found online at www.artbatdf.org.
           
Established in 1999, this first-of-its-kind scholarship fund provides post-high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. More than 180 scholarships have been awarded to worthy students from 32 states to pursue undergraduate and graduate courses as well as technical training.
 
Eligible students must attend a post-secondary institution of learning that requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. This could include any public or private four-year accredited college or university; two-year accredited college; or vocational technical college or training institution. M.B.A. candidates and master’s degree students in civil engineering, construction management and other construction-related programs will also be considered. Scholarships have a value up to $5,000.
 
For more information, or if you have a lead on a student who might be eligible, contact ARTBA’s Melanie Laird at mlaird@artba.org or 202.289.1029.
 
Established in 1985, the ARTBA Foundation is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt entity designed to “promote research, education and public awareness” about the impacts of transportation investment.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, management and education programs, roadway work zone safety training, special economic research and reports, American National Standards Institute-accredited transportation project safety certification, and an exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

TRIP Report: DAVID KEARBY, CAE, TAPPED TO LEAD NATIONAL NONPROFIT TRIP

Dave Kearby, CAE,  has been named executive director of the Washington, D.C., based TRIP – a national transportation research nonprofit – effective January 24, 2020. Kearby succeeds Will Wilkins, who retires this year after 36 years of service at TRIP, 33 as TRIP’s executive director.

Dave Kearby, CAE

Kearby was named executive director after an extensive search process by TRIP’s succession task force. “We’re confident we’ve got the right person for the position,” said Ken Wert, 2020 TRIP Chairman of the Board. “Dave’s background in transportation and his familiarity in working with volunteer leaders will position him well as he takes the helm of this highly regarded nonprofit.” 

Kearby brings years of experience in the surface transportation field, having served as Central District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Washington for more than a decade. In addition, Kearby served as chair and board member of TRANSAction, one of Washington State’s first regional transportation partnerships.

”I’m excited to be chosen for this position and am looking forward to leading TRIP into the 2020s,” said Kearby. “This organization has been a credible, highly regarded source on all things surface transportation related for nearly 50 years and my goal is to continue and enhance that reputation.”

Retiring executive director Will Wilkins said, “I know I’m leaving TRIP in good hands. Dave’s experience in surface transportation and his qualifications as a certified association executive make him the perfect choice to lead TRIP.”

Kearby was raised in the Yakima valley and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University in Alabama, and is a Certified Association Executive. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife Sharon and daughter Alexis.

Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues.  TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.

ARTBA Announces Four Winners in Annual Student Video Contest

A middle schooler from Washington, a California high school senior, an engineering student from University of California, Davis, and a graduate student from Carnegie Mellon University are winners of the 9th annual American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) “Student Transportation Video Contest.” They each will receive a $500 cash prize.

Sponsored by ARTBA’s Research & Education (RED) Division, the contest aims to raise awareness about infrastructure issues by challenging students to develop a brief video exploring a topic related to America’s transportation network.

Students from across the country submitted entries in one of two categories: general transportation or transportation safety.  The winners were selected by a panel of ARTBA members and film industry experts. 

Topics covered included electric cars, automated vehicles, safe driving practices, and local transportation projects.

The 2019 winning videos are:

General Transportation Category

Age Group One (Elementary, Middle or High School Students)
“Electric Vehicles” by Dylan Tran. Dylan is a senior at Granada Hills Charter High School in Porter Ranch, California and is part of their STEM program. His video highlights the increased importance of electric cars, outlining how they function, how they affect our environment, and the rise in sales trends in recent years.

Age Group Two (Post-Secondary/College/Graduate Level)
“Transportation Trends” by Rithik Sachdeva, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at The University of California, Davis in Santa Clara, California. His video addresses new transportation trends and technologies, specifically driverless, automated vehicles.

Safety Category

Age Group One (Elementary, Middle or High School Students)
“Car Safety” by Ryan Song. Ryan is an 8th grader at Buena Vista Seventh-day Adventist School in Auburn, Washington. In his animated video, Ryan identifies safe driving practices and habits, sharing tips to avoid accidents and injury to yourself and to others.

Age Group Two (Post-Secondary/College/Graduate Level)
“Training-free Monocular 3D Event Detection System for Traffic Surveillance” by Lijun Yu. Lijun is pursuing a Master’s of Language Technologies at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His video presents models for detecting car crashes as well as actions like stopping and U-turns, and future applications.

To see more videos visit ARTBA’s Student Video Contest YouTube Channel.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, the White House, news media and the general public.

Doosan Bobcat completes acquisition of BOB-CAT Mowers, and the Steiner and Ryan grounds maintenance brands

Doosan Bobcat Inc., a global leader in the compact equipment industry, today announced it has completed its acquisition of the BOB-CAT Mowers and the Steiner and Ryan brands of grounds maintenance equipment from Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

“We are pleased and proud to welcome the BOB-CAT, Steiner and Ryan team members into the Doosan Bobcat family,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are bringing great people and strong brands into our organization to help further grow our business and reach more customers and markets.”

Doosan Bobcat announced the signing of a definitive agreement in December 2019 to acquire BOB-CAT Mowers and the Steiner and Ryan brands of grounds maintenance equipment, including the Johnson Creek, Wisc., manufacturing facility. Approximately 200 employees at the manufacturing facility and members of the distributor and dealer direct field sales and technical support teams will join Doosan Bobcat.

“A dedicated group has been working on the integration plans, and we are excited about what our expanded team and new brands will accomplish together,” said Ballweber. “This will position Doosan Bobcat to offer a broader range of quality products and solutions to our dealers, distributors and customers.”

The investment is part of Doosan Bobcat’s long-term, strategic growth initiatives as a global leader in the compact equipment industry, in addition to demonstrating its long-term commitment to employees and the communities in which it operates.

Doosan Bobcat was advised by law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Croft & Bender LP served as financial advisor to Doosan Bobcat. Schiller Grounds Care Inc. was advised by law firm Blank Rome LLP, and BDO Capital Advisers LLC served as financial adviser to Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.

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ABOUT DOOSAN BOBCAT INC.
Doosan Bobcat, a leading global manufacturer of construction, agriculture and landscaping equipment, attachments and services, is committed to empowering people to accomplish more. As a part of the Doosan Group, which employs 43,000 people in 38 countries worldwide, the company offers its customers products and solutions to help build stronger businesses and communities. Based in Seoul, South Korea, with its North America headquarters in West Fargo, North Dakota, Doosan Bobcat is home to world-renowned brands. This includes: Bobcat® compact equipment; Doosan Portable Power products; BOB-CAT Mowers; Ryan and Steiner grounds maintenance equipment; and Geith attachments. For more information, visit doosanbobcat.com.

ABOUT DOOSAN BOBCAT NORTH AMERICA
Doosan Bobcat North America, is the U.S. and Canadian subsidiary of Doosan Bobcat Inc. As a leading global manufacturer of construction, agriculture, landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment, attachments and services, the company is committed to empowering people to accomplish more. For more information, visit bobcat.com.

Universal Forest Products is now UFP Industries New organizational structure in place

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPI) today announced it has completed the reorganization of its operations and is now operating as UFP Industries, a change announced in August 2019. The name UFP Industries more accurately describes the company today. 

“We are not just a forest products or wood company anymore,” said CEO Matthew J. Missad. “Over the years, we have evolved from a lumber wholesaler to a mixed materials manufacturer and solutions provider serving thousands of business customers. Our new segments — UFP Retail, UFP Construction and UFP Industrial — will be much more focused on their individual markets, and with the leadership teams now in position, we expect more speed to market, better product and customer alignment and more efficient capital utilization.

“It’s a truly exciting time for us, as we unleash the full power of our people to execute on our opportunities and grow our company.”

UFP Industries has approximately 170 locations and 14,000 employees around the world. Prior to the reorganization, UFP affiliates were organized by region; now they are organized by market.

The company will seek shareholder approval for the change to its corporate name at its next annual meeting of shareholders in April 2020 and will continue to trade on the NASDAQ exchange under the UFPI ticker symbol.  

In conjunction with the reorganization and name change, the company has updated its website, ufpi.com, with business segment information and introduced new branding that includes a modernized version of its tree logo. 

“Our tree logo is deeply rooted in our 65-year history and is well known in our industry as a symbol of excellence,” said Missad. “Our updated logo captures our heritage of performance while pointing to further growth to come.”

Universal Forest Products, Inc. (d/b/a UFP Industries)

UFP Industries is a holding company whose subsidiaries supply wood, wood composite and other products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial.  Founded in 1955, the company is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with affiliates throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more about UFP Industries, go to www.ufpi.com.