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ALLU ANNOUNCES TRAINING PARTNERSHIP WITH IUOE

IUOE

ALLU and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) — a trade union that represents heavy equipment operators, mechanics, surveyors and stationary engineers in the United States and Canada — announce a new cooperation and partnership in pipeline training. Through this partnership, IUOE has begun using an ALLU Transformer screening bucket for its pipeline application training program. The first training was held in Texas, beginning on June 17, 2020. IUOE will be using the ALLU Transformer unit, donated by ALLU Group Inc., for all future pipeline training sessions.

The IUOE and the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA), in joint cooperation, hold more than 170 training classes, working with more than 700 students each year, in programs that train operators from beginner through advanced levels. Sessions range from one to three weeks, and traditionally incorporate six days of 10 hours daily with classroom and field training in pipeline construction. Because the ALLU Transformer is recognized as an effective tool for pipeline padding and backfilling applications, IUOE/PLCA National Pipeline Training Director Bryan D. Abel and ALLU Group Inc. President Edgar J. Chavez began discussing its potential as a tool for the IUOE pipeline training program. The ALLU Transformer allows material to be screened onsite and then backfilled directly into a trench, thus eliminating the need for dedicated stationary screening or the purchase of fine soil.

“We had spoken previously, but we developed the partnership more fully during CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 in Las Vegas,” says Abel. “We sat down at the show, and Edgar told us, ‘We want to help.’ We have IUOE operators who use the ALLU buckets, and we agreed this would enhance our training. So, we ironed out the details.” 

The ALLU Transformer was delivered to IUOE’s Texas training facility just prior to the June 17 session. Chavez and ALLU Group Inc. Vice President, Training and Application, Bernie Olender attended for initial setup and to observe and assist with the class, which hosted 19 students. Moving forward, the ALLU Transformer will be used with IUOE’s intermediate pipeline training classes, in field training sessions where students will operate the unit in three- to four-hour rotations.

According to Chavez, “Safety is one of ALLU’s core values. The partnership with ALLU, IUOE and PLCA solidifies this value in the pipeline industry, as better training means safer overall operation.”

The pipeline training at the IUOE facility near Houston, Texas, covers all pipeline techniques from digging trenches, to laying pipeline, to padding/backfilling, to removing old pipeline. The mock pipeline jobsite accurately simulates real pipeline jobsites and situations. With the ALLU unit, training will include padding and backfilling, as well as maintenance of the unit.

“Our Texas training facility is first-class,” notes Abel. “We fly our members in and pick them up at the airport. We have a 225-room dormitory onsite, with a fully staffed kitchen and amenities. We serve three meals a day, we have a swimming pool and a recreation area — and our training is at no cost to IUOE members.”

Abel says the addition of the ALLU Transformer to the pipeline training program is a great benefit to IUOE membership, as it is an excellent embodiment of the advances in technology within the pipeline industry. “Right down to the ability to use Bluetooth to communicate between a smart phone and the bucket – ALLU is really on top of its game with technology,” he adds.

Additionally, Abel says participants were grateful to have Chavez and Olender onsite during training. “One participant told us it was refreshing and encouraging to see executives with ALLU step up, want to help and personally see it through.”

Beginning this fall, a new ALLU AC Crusher bucket will be delivered to an IUOE sister affiliate — Local 181 in Kentucky — to assist with hill and winch training. Abel says the rocky and hilly terrain in Kentucky lends to challenges that are unique from conditions in eastern Texas. The ability to train with the ALLU AC will be an additional benefit for IUOE members.

About ALLU Group

ALLU attachments are designed to operate in demanding environments on a variety of materials. This enables our customers to transform the way they work. For over 30 years, our attachments have been known for their quality and reliability, transforming business solutions throughout the world. We now operate from 7 regional offices and an extensive dealership group, and provide truly global distribution.

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June is “Safety Awareness” month and Caterpillar is hosting a series of three webinars – “BEYOND SAFETY BASICS.”

CATERPILLAR SAFETY WEBINARS:

Webinar #1:  The Psychology of Safety:  Understanding Employee Behavior in Uncertain Times:  Learning the psychology of safety will help you understand the drivers of differing employee behavior. Especially during uncertain times, people behave differently based on a variety of factors, including what is important to them. Our experts help you understand these drivers and make a connection between people, culture and performance.  Presenter:  Jenny Krasny, Operational Risk Consultant, Caterpillar Safety Services

Available NOW https://youtu.be/YMg24qhmoAY               https://www.facebook.com/caterpillarinc/posts/10156882740245764

Webinar #2: Communication Strategy: Supporting Safety Through Words and Deeds:  Leaders, either by title or influence, constantly send messages that shape others’ attitudes and drive their behaviors. Intentionally or unintentionally, every communication and action from a leader tells a story about what’s important to him/her. Learn how you can build a strong communication strategy, especially during uncertain times, to demonstrate your commitment to safety and drive safe behavior throughout the entire organization.  Presenter:  Abby Fansler, MS, Communication Consultant, Caterpillar Safety Services

Available @ 12:00 noon CST, Tuesday, June 23: https://youtu.be/nIPTD2VhBn0   OR   facebook.com/caterpillarinc

#3 Live Webinar: Demonstrating Commitment: Taking Safety from the Office to the Frontline:  Leaders have a wide scope of influence and accountability, so it is critical that they demonstrate commitment to safety through both words and actions, just as they do for production. It starts with leading by example, but true leadership goes beyond wearing proper PPE and ensuring others do the same. Learn tips to create and sustain a culture of positive safety performance through leadership, communication, training and recognition.  Presenter:  Justin Ganschow, CHMM, CSP, Business Development Manager, Caterpillar Safety Services

Available @ 12:00 noon CST, June 30: https://youtu.be/h2z3tX82s8Y   OR   facebook.com/caterpillarinc

ASPHALT PAVEMENT ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2019 PERPETUAL PAVEMENT AWARD

A record number of 12 departments of transportation honored for success of long-life asphalt roads.

ORANGE PARK, Florida – Twelve departments of transportation (DOTs) were named winners of the 2019 Perpetual Pavement Award (PPA) by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). This is a record number of PPAs awarded in a single year since the awards were first presented in 2001. The award celebrates long-life asphalt pavements that reflect the characteristics of a Perpetual Pavement design.

The award is presented to state DOTs and local agency road owners for well-performing asphalt pavements that are at least 35 years old with proven high-quality structural design. To earn the award, the pavement must have not suffered a structural failure, and it should have an average interval between resurfacing of no less than 13 years. The pavement must demonstrate the characteristics expected from long-life, Perpetual Pavement design: excellence in design, quality in construction and value to taxpayers.

Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University evaluated the nominations and validated the results for the 12 Perpetual Pavement Award winners for 2019. Since the PPA was first presented in 2001, 144 pavements in 31 U.S. states and one Canadian province have been honored with the award.

The 2019 winners are:

  • Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for a 4.9-mile section of a four-lane divided highway on State Route 210/Ross Clark Circle in Houston County. This is the eleventh PPA for ALDOT.
  • Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) for a 2.10-mile section of two-lane U.S. Highway 79 (Section 10) in Jefferson County. ARDOT has earned 10 PPAs.
Arkansas ARDOT
  • Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Region 3 for a 23-mile section of two-lane State Highway 141 in Mesa County. This is CDOT’s third PPA. 
Colorado CDOT
  • Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for a 9.4-mile section of a six-lane roadway on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County. This is the tenth PPA for FDOT.
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration for an 8.3-mile section of six-lane Interstate 70 WB in Frederick County. MDOT has earned five PPAs.
  • Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) for a 15-mile section of two-lane U.S. Highway 2 in Roosevelt County. This is the fifth PPA for MDT.
Montana DOT
  • Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) for a 5.7-mile section of two-lane U.S. Highway 6 in Hitchcock County. NDOT has earned four PPAs.
Nebraska NDOT
  • North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) for an 11.3-mile section of two-lane North Dakota Highway 5 in Pembina County. This is the first PPA for NDDOT.
North Dakota NDDOT
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for a 2.2-mile section of two-lane State Route 0956 (Segments 50 to 80) in Lawrence County. PennDOT has earned nine PPAs.
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for a 10-mile section of four-lane Interstate 26 in Calhoun and Lexington counties. This is the eighth PPA for SCDOT.
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for a 2.3-mile section of four-lane State Route 96 in Rutherford County. This is TDOT’s fifteenth PPA.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for a 7.1-mile section of two-lane State Route 12 in Lewis County. WSDOT has earned six PPAs.

Winning agencies are honored by their local state asphalt pavement association and are presented with an engraved crystal obelisk. The names of the winning agencies and projects are added to a plaque on permanent display at the NCAT Research Center at Auburn University.

“One of the keys to sustainability is long life,” said Amy Miller, P.E., National Director of the APA. “Asphalt roads can be engineered to last indefinitely with only routine maintenance and periodic surface renewal.”

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (www.driveasphalt.org) is a partnership of the Asphalt Institute (AI), National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The Asphalt Pavement Alliance’s mission is to establish asphalt as the preferred choice for quality, performance and the environment.

The Asphalt Institute (www.asphaltinstitute.org) is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. AI promotes the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt, through engineering, research, marketing and educational activities.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (www.asphaltpavement.org) represents the interests of U.S. asphalt producers/contractors before Congress, federal agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities.

The State Asphalt Pavement Associations (www.asphaltpavement.org/sapas) represent the interests of asphalt pavement producers and paving companies at the state and local level across the United States.

A New Normal: How McElroy Manufacturing Is Dealing With COVID-19

“It was like a week of Mondays.”

That’s how Sharon McElroy summed up what it felt like to head into the office to tackle an ever-changing set of challenging circumstances in the first few days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From responding to the latest news and addressing employee concerns, to developing policies and communicating updated governmental guidelines, the vice president of marketing for Tulsa, Oklahoma-based AEM member company McElroy Manufacturing, Inc. and her fellow company leaders found themselves in an unenviable position seemingly overnight.

The task was clear – provide stability in an increasingly uncertain situation. But how exactly? While the seriousness of COVID-19 was becoming readily apparent, information and guidelines related to the growing pandemic were changing daily by mid-March. Further complicating matters, a significant number of McElroy employees were coming off a successful trade show run at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, and were in the process of returning to Tulsa, right as elected officials began issuing their initial guidelines and mandates in response to COVID-19.

“It was like coming home to find out the world had changed,” said Sharon McElroy.

For more information and resources on COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 section on the AEM website

FOSTERING STABILITY IN A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY

Three weeks later, everything has changed for McElroy, the company’s employees, and its customers.

“I feel like we are all living in some unreal Hollywood movie,” said Chip McElroy, the company’s president and CEO in a March 25 letter to staff. “From the chaos, the sensationalism, the ever-changing stream of directives, the loss of freedoms and the raw emotions we are all feeling, I have a deep appreciation for the stress and anxiety that all of us are living with as we work our way through this odyssey.”

Fostering organizational stability during a global pandemic has been a challenging and, at times, hectic undertaking for McElroy. And it’s not difficult to understand why. Every company – whether large or small – is comprised of a diverse set of employees, all of whom possess different personalities, backgrounds and skillsets. McElroy is no different. So, when COVID-19 began to upend the company’s day-to-day activities and processes, company leaders were quick to recognize staff members would have a wide range of responses to the growing public health crisis.

Some employees are quite fearful, especially those with families. Others are far less concerned. What’s universally consistent among McElroy employees, however, is a willingness to listen to what’s communicated by company leaders and – perhaps more importantly – comply with newly formed company policies to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone.

ACCEPTING A “NEW NORMAL”

The “new normal” brought on by the spread of COVID-19 has required a shift in culture for McElroy. The company is proud of its tight-knit staff, but now everyone and everything feels much more spread out due to social distancing guidelines.

Employees who are able to telecommute alternate days spent in the office and at home to ensure the fewest possible number of people are in the same place at any given time. Conference rooms, once occupied by large groups engaging in regularly held meetings, now face strict occupancy limits. Video conferencing has become a primary mode of communication, much like it has for other organizations and businesses around the country.

“As a manufacturing company, we don’t do a whole lot of remote work,” explained Sharon McElroy. “We’re family-oriented, and we’ve always embraced a philosophy of being ‘One team, one company.’”

Many within the organization can’t help but wonder when it will be safe or appropriate to conduct certain tasks and responsibilities again, when everyone can return to work at the same time, or when the company’s focus will fully return toward providing valuable products and services for customers. So much has changed in such a short time, leaving everyone to adjust accordingly as quickly as possible.

“I feel like we’re also just trying to communicate with customers that we’re still in business and we can help them,” said Sharon McElroy.

LESSONS LEARNED

Times of crisis often lead to lessons learned in a matter of only a few days and weeks. McElroy Manufacturing’s leaders appreciate the importance of good communication and transparency now more than ever – both with their employees and with their customers.

“We’ve always had a culture of open communication and this crisis brings the importance of that to a whole new level.” said Sharon McElroy. “It’s a lesson that we will remember.”

The company has also taken great care to ensure employees know they will be taken care of during these unprecedented times. Whether it’s through providing additional sick time, adjustments to pay structure, or implementing safety precautions and procedures related to social distancing, hand-washing, limiting group sizes or regular disinfecting, organizational leaders are doing whatever they can to provide as much stability as possible. Because, ultimately, the goal is to ensure McElroy’s workforce knows it’s safe, secure and valued when at work and on the job.

According to Sharon McElroy, the emphasis on communication and transparency has made navigating the current COVID-19 health crisis much easier for employees at the company, and it’s certainly helped limit unnecessary panic or concern. However, despite the best efforts of everyone at McElroy, uncertainty regarding the future still remains.

“I think people feel pretty secure, but the uneasiness for me comes from ‘How long is it going to last?’” she said. “Sometimes you need that ending to look toward. And when you don’t have it, honestly, it’s tough.”

To learn more about AEM’s efforts to support the equipment manufacturing industry, visit the COVID-19 section on the AEM website. If you have questions or need to get a hold of AEM staff, please e-mail our Response Team at responseteam@aem.org.

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Doosan recognizes top-performing dealers of 2019

Doosan Infracore North America, LLC announces its top- performing dealers of 2019. Doosan annually recognizes its dealers that have demonstrated high quality customer service by providing exceptional sales, parts and service to their customers.  Annual dealer performance reviews are also a factor in the dealer’s score.

The top 2019 Doosan dealers include the following enterprises (headquarters in parentheses):

  • Barry Equipment Co. (Webster, Massachusetts)
  • Best Line Leasing, Inc. (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
  • Bobcat of Hamilton Ltd (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
  • Bobcat of Mandan Inc. (Mandan, North Dakota)
  • CG Equipment (Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
  • Coastal Machinery (Pensacola, Florida)
  • Eastrock Inc. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
  • Equipment East, LLC (Dracut, Massachusetts)
  • Equipment Rentals, Inc. (Watertown, New York)
  • Wilson BC Companies, LLC (Central Point, Oregon)

“Our top Doosan dealers set the bar for the entire dealer organization,” says Todd Roecker, Doosan Director of Dealer Management and Marketing. “To achieve this recognition, these top-performing Doosan dealers performed at high levels in terms of sales, parts and service capabilities, in their respective markets.”

Top-performing Doosan dealers are offered a selection of several incentives that they may choose from which will improve their profitability and focus with Doosan.

In addition, these dealers are often looked upon as leaders in the Doosan dealer network being the voice for future direction and initiatives.

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ABOUT DOOSAN INFRACORE NORTH AMERICA, LLC 
Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, markets the Doosan brand of products that includes crawler excavators, wheel excavators, mini excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, material handlers, log loaders and attachments. With more than 150 heavy equipment dealer locations in North America, Doosan is known for an unmatched dedication to service and customer uptime, and durable, reliable products. Doosan is fast becoming a global force in heavy construction equipment. For more information on Doosan® products, visit DoosanEquipment.com.