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Thompson Pump Primed for Success with KM Specialty Pumps & Systems

Thompson PumpsThompson Pump and Manufacturing Co., Inc., announces the appointment of KM Specialty Pumps & Systems as regional sales, rental, and service representatives for the Thompson Pump product portfolio in parts of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Headquartered in Chandler, Indiana, a suburb of Evansville, IN. KM Specialty is currently situated to provide comprehensive portable pump and system rentals and sales solutions to a wide variety of industries including mining, municipal, industrial, aluminum, steel, cement, food and beverage and general manufacturing.

Founded in 1982, by Mr. Russ Welder, as a company primarily focused on selling and servicing Mining, Industrial and Municipal pumps, KM Specialty is currently a leading supplier of all types of pumping equipment and accessories as well an industry leader in lubricants, lubrication equipment, automated lubrication systems and custom-engineered bulk lubricant transfer systems.

For more information please contact Dan Pritchard or Brad Coney with KM Specialty at 812.925.3000, toll-free 800.804.8005, or email We also welcome you to visit their website for more information.


A.C. McCartney Equipment Provides Sales And Service Of Bobcat Equipment To Customers In Northern Illinois Through Two New Locations

UnknownBobcat Company has expanded its dealer network with the addition of A.C. McCartney Equipment’s Carthage and Mt. Sterling locations as authorized sales and service providers of Bobcat® products. The Carthage location can be found at 1463 N. State Highway 94, and the Mt. Sterling location is at 306 Pittsfield Road.

Both locations will be carrying all-wheel steer loaders, skid-steer loaders, mini-track loaders, compact excavators and compact track loaders.

A.C. McCartney Equipment is a family owned and operated company that has been in business since 1950. Started by A.C. McCartney, today the dealership has four generations of McCartneys running the company. For more information, contact A.C. McCartney’s Carthage location at 217-357-2167 or the Mt. Sterling location at 217-773- 3339. You can also visit their website at

Bobcat Company introduced its original self-propelled loader with the unique skid-steer drive system to the industry in 1958. Today, Bobcat is recognized worldwide as the leading producer of compact equipment and attachments. A.C. McCartney Equipment is part of a network of some 900 Bobcat dealerships worldwide.

Bobnar Appointed Service Center Manager For Atlas Copco Construction Equipment

Roni Bobnar, new service center manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, Independence, Oh.

Roni Bobnar has been appointed to the position of service center manager at Atlas Copco Construction Equipment in Independence, Ohio, effective immediately. In her new role, Bobnar will report directly to Joey Parker, service operations manager.

Bobnar previously held the role of service administrator and acting service center manager for service operations at the Ohio location. Roni joined the Atlas Copco Group in 2005 as a customer service representative with Atlas Copco Constructions Tools. She has worked with the construction industry since 1979. She has worked for Allied Construction and NPK Construction companies in various roles such as customer service, customer service supervisor and inside sales.

Her new role includes managing the maintenance staff and service facility at the Independence location.

“Roni’s knowledge and expertise will ensure continued success and growth within the CRS Business area,” commented Parker.

Tennessee Contractor Steve Wright Elected ARTBA Chairman

Makes ARTBA History, First Young Executive Development Program Graduate to Become Chief Elected Officer

Stephen D. Wright, president and chief executive officer of the family-owned Wright Brothers Construction Company in Charleston, Tenn., has been elected 2012-13 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).  The election was announced during the association’s national convention, held September 11-14 in Memphis.

Wright Brothers Construction was founded in 1961, by two brothers, James and Robert Wright.  Steve joined the company in 1978, and has held many positions from laborer, to equipment operator to his current role.  Wright Brothers performs site preparation, grading, excavating, highway and heavy construction services, and is one of the biggest contractors in the southeastern U.S

Wright’s election marks another milestone in ARTBA’s 110-year history.  He is the first graduate of the ARTBA Foundation’s “Young Executive Development Program” (YEDP) to become chairman.  Created in 1996, the YEDP introduces the industry’s “rising stars” to the federal legislative and regulatory processes, and ARTBA’s role in shaping policy in the Nation’s Capital.  More than 400 people have graduated since its inception.

Wright has been a leader in ARTBA for a decade, serving as: senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, southern region vice chairman, Contractors Division president, 2011 Strategic Planning Committee co-chair, 2007 Long-Range Planning Committee co-chair, and Environmental Committee chairman.  He is a past president (1998) of the Tennessee Road Builders Association, ARTBA’s state chapter affiliate.

A key component in Wright’s agenda relates to MAP-21—the highway and transit investment law.  Members of the ARTBA “Trans 2020: MAP-21 Policy Promotion, Implementation & Funding Enhancement Task Force” will be working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to make sure the provisions in the law are implemented as intended.  The task force is also charged with developing a strategy for the next reauthorization legislation in 2014-15.

Wright also plans to expand the scope and focus of the annual Transportation Construction Law & Regulatory Forum to help industry executives and lawyers better understand the myriad of legal and regulatory challenges relating to the transportation planning process.  The fourth annual event takes place October 24-25 in the Nation’s Capital.

Other items on Wright’s agenda: boosting membership development, particularly among contractors; continued implementation of the recommendations put forward by the 2011 Strategic Planning Committee, which Wright co-chaired, with special focus on innovation; building financial support for the next phase of the ARTBA “Transportation Makes America Work,” grassroots lobbying and advocacy campaign; and building on the past success of the YEDP with new activities to engage the industry’s rising stars.

Established 110 years ago in New York City, and now headquartered in the Nation’s Capital, ARTBA represents the public and private sector members of the transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and general public.  The award-winning association is a “federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.”

Volvo Rents ‘Digging’ Its Way Into Scott City, Missouri

Anchored by an increase in U.S. construction spending, as well as a forecasted growth of the equipment rental industry, Volvo Rents is looking to grab a bigger piece of the construction equipment rental pie that is currently up for grabs.

A worldwide provider of small-to-medium sized construction equipment, Volvo Rents recently opened a new rental center at 2520 East Outer Road in Scott City.

The new store is Volvo Rents’ sixth in the state of Missouri – joining existing locations in Hollister, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis – and will service all of southeastern Missouri and certain areas in northern Kentucky and southwestern Illinois.

“While some sectors of the economy continue to slow, the construction industry has been flashing signs of improvement, as has the demand for construction equipment rental,” said Mike Crouch, Vice President of Business Development for Volvo Rents. “This puts us in a very favorable position as we continue to expand our footprint in various markets across the country, including Missouri.”

According to the latest analysis of new federal data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction spending in the U.S. increased in June to the highest level in almost three years.

Meanwhile, the American Rental Association (ARA) reports that overall North American equipment rental industry revenue is expected to increase at least 6.9 percent in 2012 to total $33.5 billion at year end. The five-year forecast calls for continued annual growth in rental revenue to reach a total of $53.1 billion by 2016.

In addition to Volvo Rents’ expanding line of Volvo compact equipment – such as backhoe and skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders, compact excavators and compaction equipment – the rental center carries a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets. The focus is on daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

“Our new store offers the best of both worlds,” said Volvo Rents’ Midwest Division Manager Dan Martino. “We have the ability to respond quickly to our customers’ needs, while having the global support of an equipment name you can trust and rely on.”

The new store in will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., with 24-hour service available every day of the week.