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ARTBA Foundation Announces College Financial Assistance to Children of Fallen Highway Workers

image001The children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job will receive financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education thanks to scholarships announced by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF).

Students from Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania have been named 2013 recipients of the ARTBA-TDF’s “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship.”  The program was established in 1999 with a gift from two Roanoke, Va. highway contractors and their companies—Stan Lanford (1999 ARTBA chairman) of Lanford Brothers, and Jack Lanford (1991 ARTBA chairman), with Adams Construction Company.

On average, about 100 highway workers are killed every year on the job or in roadway construction work zone accidents. The 2013 class includes:

Vybav Hiraesave, Dover, Del.

Vybav’s father, Vasuki Hiraesave, was killed in an accident while working as an employee of the Delaware Department of Transportation in March 2006.  Vybav is a sophomore at the University of Delaware and is majoring in chemical engineering.

Lyndsay Morgan, Daytona Beach, Fla.           

Lyndsay’s father, Steven Morgan, was killed in a November 2011 accident while working on Interstate 75 in Florida.  In the fall, Lyndsay will attend Florida Gulf Coast University and major in athletic training.

Haley Ward, Tell City, Ind.

Haley’s father, Ronald Ward, was killed on the job in 2005 while working maintenance for the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Haley will be attending University of Southern Indiana in the fall and plans to major in biology.

Dallas Jones, Bluffton, Ind.

Dallas’ father, Dale Jones, was killed in a December 2009 accident while working as an employee of the Indiana Department of Transportation.  Dallas attends the Indiana Institute of Technology and is majoring in computer science.

Grant Horn, Whitesburg, Ky.

Grant’s dad, Greg Horn, was killed in 1997 during a drilling accident while working on a state highway construction project.  Grant will attend the Lincoln College of Technology in the fall, majoring in automotive diesel technology.

Alexis Keefe, Wyalusing, Pa.

Alexis’ dad, Bret Keefe, was killed in a car accident in 2001 while working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  She will attend Bentley University in the fall and pursue a business degree.

The ARTBA-TDF is interested in receiving contact leads on students who could benefit from the scholarship program.  Please share them with ARTBA Scholarship and Awards Manager Holly DiGangi at  Individuals and firms interested in supporting the scholarship program can do so by sending a check payable to: ARTBA-TDF, 1219 28th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007.

Established in 1985, the ARTBA-TDF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt entity to promote research, education and public awareness.  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, roadway work zone safety and training programs and special economic reports.

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Toro Announces Expanded Rental Support for Expanded Product Lines

ToroToro continues to grow its commitment to the rental industry with the addition of several new rental representatives across North America. These Toro partner organizations will assist with sales and service support for Toro’s rental equipment, which includes compact utility loaders and attachments, trenchers and vibratory plows, concrete and masonry equipment, compaction equipment, turf renovation equipment and tree care equipment.

“Toro is committed to being top provider of equipment and service to the rental industry,” says Rick Rodier, general manager of Toro’s Siteworks Systems Business. “Through equipment design innovation and makingkey equipment acquisitions, we believe rental store owners can maximize their return-on-investment by operating Toro equipment. That said, we knew it wasn’t enough to just have great equipment, we need to ensure we have the best industry representatives providing sales and service support to our customers. We believe we have accomplished that. There has never been a better time to own Toro equipment.”

The following is list of Toro rental partners and their territory responsibilities:

  • Cavalier Industries: Western Canada – British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, Website
  • Hooten & Hooten Sales and Marketing: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Lew Hudson Sales: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Website
  • Marketing Concepts: Florida, Website
  • MM Sales: North Carolina, South Carolina, Website
  • Meridian Pacific Sales: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Website
  • Wirant Sales, California, Website
  • Prairie Star Equipment Construction: Nebraska, Kansas, Western Missouri and Southwest Iowa, Website
  • CSI Marketing, Inc., North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa
  • T. Nestor Sales and Service, LLC: Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois
  • M.J. Miller C.C.: Northern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and central and eastern Iowa, Website
  • Thomas Sales Company: Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia
  • Gullivan Sales Company: Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware
  • Summit Sales: Northern New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, Website
  • Essex Sliverline West: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Website

Information About The Toro Companyis available at

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.