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Volvo CE announces headquarters move from Brussels, Belgium to Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has today announced that the company’s global headquarters will move from its current location in Brussels, Belgium to Gothenburg, Sweden. The relocation will facilitate closer cooperation with the Group’s other business areas and allow for better usage of the competence and resources of the whole Volvo Group.

“Our Brussels location has served us well since the office opened in the 1980s and this move comes at the right time for Volvo CE as we continue to adapt our company to changing global business dynamics. It allows us to be physically closer to the other Volvo business areas and it will facilitate closer cooperation and sharing of best practices,” states Martin Weissburg, President of Volvo CE and Member of the Executive Board of the Volvo Group. “Sweden is also home to approximately 4,000 Volvo CE employees and where some of our largest manufacturing, commercial and technology sites are located,” adds Martin Weissburg.

The Volvo CE headquarters will be operational in Gothenburg in the third quarter of 2017.

TRIP Reports: PUBLIC AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE TO CHAIR NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH NONPROFIT IN 2017

A Washington, DC, public affairs executive has been elected 2017 chairman of the Board of Directors of TRIP, a private, national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.
Nick Yaksich, senior vice president for government and industry relations for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), leads the Washington, DC, office of AEM and joined the TRIP Board of Directors in 1999, serving on its executive committee since 2001. AEM is a trade group of more than 900 construction, agricultural, mining, and forestry equipment manufacturers and related business services. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has offices in Washington, DC; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.
“AEM has supported TRIP’s efforts since TRIP was formed in 1971,” Mr. Yaksich said. “I am honored to serve as the next chairman of TRIP, an organization that has done tremendous work increasing public awareness of the need to invest in America’s surface transportation infrastructure for almost five decades.”
In addition to his service to TRIP, Mr. Yaksich is a member of the executive committee of Americans for Transportation Mobility and is a past chairman of The Road Gang, Washington’s Transportation Fraternity.
TRIP elected the following individuals as officers for 2017: President: Tom Brown, President, Sierra Pacific West, Encinitas, Calif.; Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer: Jeffrey DiStefano, Vice President & COO, Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc., Glenmont, N.Y.; and, Vice President: Kenneth K. Wert, President, Haskell Lemon Construction Co., Oklahoma City, Okla.
TRIP also elected the following individuals to its Board of Directors: Donn Diederich, Executive Vice President, Industrial Builders, Inc., Fargo, N.D.; Will Griffin, Account Executive, American Global LLC, Miami, Fla.; Ashley Jackson, Director of Government Affairs, NAPA, Lanham, Md.; and, Michele Stanley, Director of Government Affairs, NSSGA, Alexandria, Va.

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.

Roadtec Offers Comprehensive Technical Training for Asphalt Paving and Milling Trade at its Chattanooga Headquarters

Roadtec recently announced its winter schedule for Technical Service School and Paving Professionals Workshops (PPW) for the asphalt paving and milling industries. All the training sessions and workshops are held at Roadtec’s state-of-the-art training facility in Chattanooga, TN, and are taught by factory staff and industry experts.

The Technical Service School is intended for advanced and head mechanics, field technicians, and service technicians who have a working knowledge of electrical and hydraulics schematics, and electrical meters.

Roadtec factory specialists will provide students with hands-on and in-class training, including sections on hydraulic and electrical system maintenance, troubleshooting, machine set-up, special applications, asphalt mixes and other topics. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Roadtec personnel from all areas including service, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.

Technical Service School offers paver school in January 2017 and mill, Shuttle Buggy MTV, and stabalizer school sessions in February 2017:

Paver Schools

Session 1: January 11-13, 2017

Session 2: January 16-18, 2017

Milling Schools

Session 1: February 1-3

Session 2: February 6-8

Shuttle Buggy® Schools

Session 1: February 14-15

Session 2: February 16-17

Stabilizer Schools

Session 1: February 22-23

Roadtec Paving Professionals Workshops are taught by experienced professionals, from leading companies in the industry. The classroom and hands-on instruction covers proper applications of asphalt lay-down, handling, and rolling equipment. The range of topics covered include proper paver and screed set-up / operation, preventing mix segregation, quality joint construction, automated grade and slope control systems, Superpave compaction, and processes for coordinating plant and paving speeds. PPW is considered to be one of the most comprehensive paving training schools in the asphalt industry.

A variety of equipment are used during the PPW sessions. Two sessions are scheduled for January 2017.

PPW Session 1

January 23-24

PPW Session 2

January 25-26

To learn more about Roadtec Technical Service School and the Paving Professionals Workshops visit www.roadtec.com or call 800-272-7100.

 

ARTBA Foundation Announces 2016Transportation Development Hall of Fame Honorees

36c7fbed-30d0-432b-8904-e2b650dedefdThe 34th President of the United States, one of the “fathers” of the Interstate Highway System, and the iconic founders of Caterpillar Inc., have been selected into the 2016 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Foundation’s “Hall of Fame.”

Launched in 2010, the “Transportation Development Hall of Fame” honors individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development during their careers. A committee of judges comprised of construction industry journalists annually reviews nominees in two categories:

Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators: Honors the men and women who discovered or created a “game changing” product or process that significantly advanced transportation design, construction and/or safety. It seeks to honor the original innovator.
     Benjamin Leroy Holt & Clarence Leo “C.L.” Best

Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders (Individuals or Families): Recognizes men, women and families who have made significant contributions—beyond just having successful businesses or careers—that have notably helped advance the interests and image of the transportation design, construction and safety industry.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 Francis C. Turner

Innovators:

Benjamin Leroy Holt (1849-1920) & Clarence Leo “C.L.” Best (1878-1951)

Benjamin Leroy Holt built his first combined harvester in Stockton, California, in 1886, using flexible chain belts rather than gears to transmit power from the ground wheels to the working mechanism, thus reducing breakage and down time. He built his first steam traction engine tractor in 1890, which could burn wood, coal or oil as fuel and carry 675 gallons of water. Holt incorporated the Holt Manufacturing Company with his brothers in 1892.

Meanwhile, Clarence Leo “C.L.” Best began his career in 1891, at the age of 13, working for his father Daniel Best. Best established the C.L. Best Gas Traction Co. in 1910, the same year Holt Manufacturing registered “Caterpillar” as a trademark. The two companies merged to form the Caterpillar Tractor Co., in 1925. Its first product line consisted of five tractors. In 1936, the company’s track-type tractors helped complete the construction of the Hoover Dam, and one year later Caterpillar machines helped complete the Golden Gate Bridge. Best was chairman of the board of Caterpillar Tractor Company from its founding until his death in 1951.

Whether supporting Allied Troops during World Wars I and II, widening the Panama Canal or helping to construct the Three Gorges Dam in China, “Caterpillar Yellow” machines are known as the standard for the industry. The company, whose current product line consists of more than 300 machines, helped transform the way both the private and public sector transportation construction market completes projects.

Leaders:

     President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

His views about the need for a network of Interstate highways were shaped by a 62-day, 3,000-mile cross country trek over dirt, mud and sand roads in 1919 as a young army officer, and also by seeing first-hand the efficiency and strategic value of Germany’s Autobahn during World War II.

Later, as president, Dwight David Eisenhower worked doggedly to build a similar superhighway in the U.S., not only for military transport and evacuation of cities, but also to help reduce road fatalities and connect communities.

On June 29, 1956, President Eisenhower signed the law authorizing construction of the Interstate Highway System and creating the Highway Trust Fund to pay for it. It was the most notable domestic achievement of his presidency, and has been called one of the greatest achievements of the federal government during the second half of the 20th century.

The 47,000-mile road network became the thread that connects the fabric of America. Today, it continues to serve as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, and provides an unprecedented level of mobility and safety for all Americans.

     Francis C. Turner (1908-1999)

In 1994, American Heritage magazine named him one of 10 people who, although unknown to the general public, had changed life for all in America. Others called him one of the “fathers” of the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

Much of his 50-year career in public service focused on big projects and big ideas, and his work produced big results.

Frank Turner first joined the federal Bureau of Public Roads in 1929. In 1943, he was chosen to expedite completion of the Alaska Highway. In 1950, he was named coordinator of the Inter-American highway and projects in other countries.

When President Eisenhower appointed the Clay Committee to plan the Interstates, Turner became the body’s executive secretary. He helped lead the committee’s work and was the liaison between the Bureau and Congress as it wrote the 1956 law authorizing the Interstate system.

With Interstate construction underway, Turner worked from 1957-69 as deputy commissioner of public roads, chief engineer and director of public roads to resolve disputes and keep the program moving forward. In 1969, he was appointed Federal Highway Administrator, the only holder of that position to come up through the ranks. He held the post until his retirement in June 1972.

For more than 30 years, the ARTBA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, has supported an array of initiatives to “promote research, education and public awareness.” Its efforts include educational scholarships, awards, executive education seminars, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and a national exhibition on transportation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

AEM Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees Hagie Manufacturing and Vermeer Corporation Leaders Honored

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the 2016 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

The two distinguished inductees into the 2016 AEM Hall of Fame are Ray Hagie, founder of Hagie Manufacturing LLC, and Robert L. Vermeer, chair emeritus of Vermeer Corporation.

“AEM is proud and privileged to honor the pioneering individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Their vision and dedication have contributed significantly to the growth and strength of our industry and economic progress and quality of life around the world; and their legacy serves as an inspiration for our leaders of tomorrow.”

AEM Hall of Fame inductees have been evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry: 1) innovation, 2) industry contributions, 3) leadership, 4) corporate citizenship/social responsibility and 5) sustainability.

Honorees are publicly announced and celebrated during special ceremonies at AEM’s annual conference and take their place of honor in AEM’s Hall of Fame; for more information on the AEM Hall of Fame and all its inductees, visit www.aem.org/HallofFame.

Nominations for the AEM Hall of Fame are open year-round.

About the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Below are summaries for each 2016 honoree with some of the reasons they were selected for induction.

Ray Hagie (Hagie Manufacturing LLC)

imageRay Hagie never intended on bringing to market the world’s first self-propelled sprayer in 1947. He was an entrepreneur and an innovator who spent his lifetime in pursuit of solving problems and finding a better way.

In 1933, the Iowa State College graduate returned to his family farm and decided to experiment with hybrid seed corn. A drought hit and the hybrids withstood the challenge and so did Ray, leading to the opening of Hagie’s Hybrids seed corn plant in 1944.

As the agricultural industry experienced a labor shortage during WWII, Ray’s entrepreneurial spirit struck again. He developed a self-propelled “personnel carrier” to help reduce the painstaking time and fatigue associated with detasseling corn. At the end of World War II, Dow released the pesticide/herbicide, known today as 2,4-D, for use in the control of broadleaf weeds. Ray envisioned a more efficient solution to apply this product, which led to him bringing to market the world’s first self-propelled sprayer and founding of Hagie Manufacturing in 1947.

In years to follow, Hagie Manufacturing earned a reputation as an industry innovator by providing the market with new solutions for evolving farming needs. A few of Hagie Manufacturing’s industry firsts include the invention of the four-wheeled Hagie sprayer, front-mounted boom, and a high-clearance nitrogen toolbar.

Committed to the community, the environment and the industry, Ray served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career including as an Iowa state representative and senator, chairman of the Iowa Manufacturers Association and on the Iowa State University Board of Governors.

Robert L. Vermeer (Vermeer Corporation)

image-1With an intense focus on the well-being of his team, Robert “Bob” Vermeer continued the legacy of bringing innovative processes to Vermeer Corporation that were integral in expanding the business to where it is today.

Under Bob’s leadership, sales at Vermeer grew nearly 13 times. He initiated a program to evaluate and coach dealers to higher levels of performance through improved customer relationships. He oversaw key advancements in finance that improved equipment availability and allowed dealers to stock inventory globally, ultimately growing business domestically and outside the United States. Bob also challenged his team members to expedite processes which resulted in huge productivity improvements.

A shining example of compassion and service, Bob spearheaded numerous employee and community service programs including the Vermeer Chaplain Program, the Vermeer Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program and the Vermeer Spirit of Caring Award. To stay connected to the pulse of the Vermeer people, Bob emphasized an open-door policy expectation of his leadership. You will often find him walking the production floor with a sincere interest in every person he meets.

Active within the industry and community, Bob has served as Chair of both the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Iowa Business Council. In addition, Bob has been a member of, and served as an officer for, several boards, including Central College Board of Trustees, Dordt College Board, Calvin Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Pella Chamber of Commerce.

Bob started his career at Vermeer in 1974, later assumed CEO responsibilities, and served as Chairman of the Vermeer Board of Directors beginning in 1989. He has been involved in all aspects of the business and strategy in support of the long-term health and growth of Vermeer, and continues to devotedly serve his team, industry and community.

About the AEM Hall of Fame – www.aem.org/halloffame

The AEM Hall of Fame traces its roots to 1993 and development of the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame as a not-for-profit industry-wide initiative by Construction Equipment magazine. AEM served on its Board of Directors; the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at CONEXPO 1993 and the last ceremony in 1999. The Hall lapsed in the early 2000s and AEM took over ownership and operation in 2008 creating the AEM Hall of Fame.