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AEM Elects New Director: Brad Boehler of Skyjack

 The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Brad Boehler, President of Skyjack Inc., to the AEM CE Sector Board to fill an unexpired term.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 900 companies and more than 200

Brad Koehler

product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.

AEM officers and directors work on behalf of all member companies, giving their time and talent to provide strategic direction and guidance for Association action in areas including public policy, market data and exhibitions, as well as technical, safety and regulatory issues, and education/training.

“At AEM, we benefit from the support of our member companies and the leadership talents of our Board members, who are selected to reflect an industry cross-section,” said AEM President Dennis Slater.

“Their dedication helps ensure Association programs continue to meet member and industry needs, and we welcome Brad’s knowledge and participation.”

Boehler joined Skyjack in 2003 and has progressively held strategic positions, including the previous titles of Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He holds the designation of Professional Engineer and began his career as a Military Engineer with the Canadian Armed Forces. He is active in several AEM working committees and chairs the AEM Canada Working Group and is also active in leadership roles for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).

Brokk Acquires Hydrodemolition Robot Supplier Aquajet Systems AB

Brokk, a leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, recently acquired Aquajet Systems AB, a global supplier of hydrodemolition robots. The acquisition expands the application solutions offered by Brokk in the construction and demolition industry. Aquajet Systems specializes in concrete renovation by using extremely high-pressure water jets to remove concrete without harming the underlying rebar or causing microfracturing. The machines are ideal for a variety of selective demolition applications, including bridge and road repair.

The two brands will share booth B90703 during CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

“We’re pleased to welcome Aquajet Systems into the Brokk family,” said Martin Krupicka, Brokk Group CEO. “This offers us the opportunity to better serve our customers in the concrete demolition and renovation business with a wider breadth of safe, productivity-enhancing technologically advanced solutions.”

The Holsbybrunn, Sweden-based company shares Brokk’s vision for continuous product development and global innovation, and has enjoyed strong upward sales growth over the last several years.

“We admire Brokk’s reputation for manufacturing high-quality, productive equipment for customers around the world,” said Roger Simonsson, Aquajet Systems managing director. “By joining Brokk, we look forward to growing Aquajet Systems’ global sales through their existing distribution channels in several regions, in particular the U.S. market.”

Aquajet Systems was formed in 1988 and manufactures a full line of Aqua Cutter robots designed for a variety of applications, including bridge and road repair, tunnel repair and nuclear power plant rehabilitation and refurbishment. By varying the flow and pressure of water through the specially designed ceramic nozzles, the machines can easily remove areas of loose, deteriorated or even sound concrete to a predetermined depth.

The robots feature diesel or electric power and are compatible with Aquajet Systems’ line of accessories, which include rotolances and circular power heads. The company also manufactures large power packs and mobile water treatment systems.

“Our sales and service team in the U.S. is excited about adding this state-of-the-art hydrodemolition equipment to our product offering. Our existing customer base has already expressed interest in adding Aquajet’s unique capabilities to their contracting services,” said Peter Bigwood, VP Sales & Marketing for Brokk Inc.

Both companies will maintain current management with the acquisition.

‘Dirtiest Man on TV’ Mike Rowe Joins CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Tech Talks Lineup

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 is pleased to announce that Executive Producer and Host Mike Rowe, best known as the “dirtiest man on TV” from the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, is a featured speaker at the show’s new Tech Talks forum.

Rowe will share the surprising lessons he learned as an apprentice traversing all 50 states and attempting 300 different jobs, during a special session, “Lessons from the Dirt.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG, March 7- 11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, is the international gathering place every three years for the construction industries.

The Tech Talks forum offers short content-rich presentations to inspire and inform. The Talks are an integral component of the show’s new Tech Experience, focused on emerging trends and solutions directly affecting the construction industries in key areas of the jobsite, workforce and infrastructure.

“We’re very excited to welcome Mike Rowe to the Tech Talks forum and CONEXPO-CON/AGG to connect with our attendees; he is a longtime industry supporter advocating for a skilled workforce, the manufacturing sector and infrastructure investment,” said Sara Truesdale Mooney, show director and vice president exhibitions and business development, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

In a new effort, Rowe is collaborating with the National Excavator Initiative, founded in October 2016 to reach excavators and contractors with safe-digging messages, especially the importance of contacting an 811-notification center before digging.

Most recently, Rowe launched The Way I Heard It, a weekly five-minute podcast of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span. He also runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap by giving scholarships to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand.

40-Session Line-up Also Features Local Motors’ CEO

Also joining the Tech Talks forum lineup is John Rogers, President, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, a next-generation car company changing the designing, building and ownership of cars.

In “The Future of Mobility,” John will discuss how the mobile landscape will look very different in the future, autonomous vehicles as well as projects and expectations for 2020 and beyond.

View the Tech Talks forum 40-session lineup online. For the latest show information and to register, visit www.conexpoconagg.com.

JWH Equipment Supports Team Rubicon on Operation Iron Bird

Team Rubicon uses trained heavy equipment operators to demolish 17 houses and clear an additional 13 properties of debris created by an EF3 tornado that hit the region in January    

 

Veteran-led disaster relief organization Team Rubicon deployed its heavy equipment operators to Hattiesburg, Mississippi February 2-10, 2017 to assist in demolishing damaged houses and

From left to right, Team Rubicon Heavy Equipment Operators Patrick Smith, Brian Foy, Emiliano Sanchez and Victor Civitillo

clearing debris caused by the EF3 tornado that hit the city on January 21, 2017. CASE dealer JWH Equipment (Jackson, Mississippi) supplied an excavator and compact track loader for Team Rubicon’s http://Operation Iron Bird, which demolished 17 houses and cleared an additional 13 properties of tornado debris for free.

“Our goal while we’re out here as volunteers is to help as many people as we can, to get them to the point where they can rebuild their properties,” says Victor Civitillo, a certified heavy equipment instructor and operator with Team Rubicon who managed the heavy equipment deployment. “Having the CASE heavy equipment here means we can accomplish in two hours what would normally take a full day for a crew working with hand tools. So together we can help families get back on their feet faster, and then the whole community and the local economy recover faster.”

Operation Iron Bird is the most extensive heavy equipment deployment conducted by Team Rubicon in a disaster zone. The heavy equipment competency within the organization was created with training support from The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and equipment and training support through an ongoing partnership between CASE Construction Equipment and its dealers.

“Helping real people and communities rebuild with nothing but determination and a sense of service was what drew us to Team Rubicon and the work they do – this was a perfect execution of what this partnership was intended to be,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “JWH Equipment stepped up and saw an opportunity to help people in their own community, and we’re proud of the work all partners accomplished in Mississippi.”

Team Rubicon and CASE continue to work on additional heavy equipment operator training sessions throughout the U.S. For more on Team Rubicon, and to volunteer or donate, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org.

CASE Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world, including the No. 1 backhoe loaders, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steers, compact track loaders and rough-terrain forklifts. Through CASE dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible financing. More information is available at www.CaseCE.com.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit http://www.TeamRubiconUSA.org.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW