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Caterpillar Updates Govbidspec.Com To Help Governmental Agencies Save Time & Resources

Cat logoCaterpillar has revamped GovBidSpec.com, creating a next-generation web destination for public procurement professionals. This updated site gives governmental buyers faster, easier access to the information they need to make well-informed equipment investment decisions.

Knowing that governmental agencies face unprecedented time and resource constraints, Caterpillar revamped GovBidSpec.com to enhance content and streamline navigation efficiency. An all-new structure includes a simpler navigation menu and feature boxes that take users directly to vital information about Cat® products, bid specifications, procurement tools, dealer support and more. This resource-rich site also includes educational materials, Life Cycle Costing content and valuable information about how to save time, control costs and reduce risk with cooperative purchasing contracts. Visitors to the site will be able to sign up to receive news relevant to their industries.

To keep GovBidSpec.com fresh and informative, the site will be updated regularly with new resources such as white papers, articles and case studies. A digital RFP builder that makes it easy for governmental buyers to request total cost information from bidders is scheduled to be added to the site later in 2013.

AEM Announces Winners Of Annual Pillar Of The Industry Awards

Member companies recognized for active support of I Make America pro-manufacturing campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the I Make America campaign announce the 2012 recipients of the annual Pillar of the Industry awards, given to companies achieving or maintaining Gold status in the campaign.

The awards recognize the companies’ tremendous dedication and outstanding contributions to the people and communities of the equipment manufacturing industry through extensive I Make America campaign activities in support of pro-manufacturing policies to improve the economy. AEM and I Make America initiated the awards in 2011 to honor the work of these true industry champions.

For 2012 a total 19 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards – 16 for achieving Gold Status this year, and 3 honored as Gold Year 2 winners, for maintaining their Gold-level status earned last year. Winners were announced at AEM’s recent annual conference.

Grass Roots Initiative to Create Jobs, Improve U.S. Competitiveness Globally

I Make America is a grassroots campaign launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep the nation’s economy competitive with other countries. The campaign has enlisted the support of more than 22,000 people to date nationwide, AEM’s 850+ member companies, and industry organizations.

“I Make America has been a great success thanks to the outstanding support of our AEM member companies. We are pleased to honor these companies who have raised the bar of public affairs advocacy and we commend their efforts through these Pillar of the Industry awards,” said Dennis Slater, AEM president. “As members of AEM, they exemplify the commitment we need from all manufacturers around the country to send the message to Congress and the White House that our economy is in urgent need of manufacturing policies that will help create jobs.”

I Make America Gold-Level supporters have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders. Activities can include significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations; and production of A Day in American Life video telling the story of how their companies, employees and communities “make America.”

2012 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners

Three companies earned Year 2 Gold status:

  • Angus-Palm
  • Caterpillar
  • International Construction Equipment (ICE)

And 16 companies earned Gold Status:

  • Calder Brothers Corporation
  • CLAAS of America
  • CNH
  • General Kinematics
  • Kondex Corporation
  • Krone NA
  • Miller Electric Manufacturing
  • Paladin Attachments
  • Screen Machine Industries
  • Steel of West Virginia
  • Stellar Industries
  • Sullivan-Palatek
  • Telsmith
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Wolf Robotics
  • Woods Equipment Company

About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.comI Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its 850+ member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com. Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org 
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

Cashman Equipment will be hosting a Cat Auction Services unreserved live public auction at their LEED Gold corporate headquarters on December 14th at 9 a.m.

  • Buyers from all over the United States will have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of equipment, including customer consignment machines, rental rollout items from Cashman Equipment and neighboring Cat dealers, and used equipment trade-ins from Cashman Equipment.
  • The Auction inventory includes equipment as large as a 2008 Cat 345CL Excavator and a 2007 Cat D8T Track-Type Tractor or as portable as a 194 lb. Wacker WP1550W Walk-behind Plate Compactor.
  • Interested buyers are invited to go online to view the entire equipment list, detailed TA-1 level Cat Certified inspection reports, and live-action videos of the equipment prior to the event by visiting www.catauctions.com. Equipment and videos will continue to be added until the week of the auction.

Todd Gilligan, Cashman Equipment General Manager of Sales & Marketing says:

“The equipment that has been assembled at our Henderson corporate headquarters is a great mix of high-quality, well-maintained construction equipment, which will be sold with detailed inspection reports so customers know precisely what they’re buying.” Gilligan went on to note that the comprehensive inspections inform the successful bidder of any updates or repairs needed; Cashman Equipment can then perform any service needed prior to shipment.

“We’re excited to be hosting Las Vegas’ first Cat Auction Services event,” added Gilligan. “While live public auctions certainly aren’t new, we’re looking forward to showcasing Cat Auction’s difference in style, approach, and features.”

Rick Albin, Cat Auction Services President adds:

“We are thrilled to bring the Cat Auction Services experience to the Las Vegas area,” said Albin. “While the online bidding option is always available and is worth checking out, our LEADERBOARD and theater seating create an atmosphere that is worth showing up for.”

“Cashman Equipment is one of the Dealer Partners that makes Cat Auction Services unique. Partnering with dealers allows us to offer a range of services, incredible expertise, and a level of transparency with which other companies cannot compete. We are very excited to be working with Cashman Equipment, and appreciate their support in hosting this auction.

Cashman Equipment Company… Founded in 1931 by James “Big Jim” Cashman, Cashman Equipment is one of the highest rated Caterpillar equipment dealers in North America. A full service dealership, Cashman provides new and used equipment for sale and rental, as well as high-quality parts and service to mining, construction, paving, truck engine, on-highway trucks, and power system industries throughout Nevada and parts of California. With LEED Gold certified corporate headquarters in Henderson, Nevada, Cashman is one of the largest privately-owned employers in the state. For more information, visit www.cashmanequipment.com or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/CashmanEquipment) or Twitter (@cashmanequip).

Cat Auction Services entered the heavy equipment auction arena in late 2008. Reviews from all corners have been positive, and the auctions have drawn buyers from 49 states and 60 countries. Cat Auction Services was formed through a unique partnership of Cat dealers with the endorsement of Caterpillar, Inc. The addition of Cat Auction Services to the portfolio of services available to Cat customers and others in the heavy equipment industry builds upon the company’s existing customer loyalty. For more information, visit www.catauctions.com.

Cashman Equipment’s Rental Store, 3300 St. Rose Parkway, Henderson, Nevada, 89052

Holt Cat® Invests In Dubiski High School’s Technical Skills Program

HOLT CAT and Caterpillar®, as part of the Dealer Excellence Fund, have made an investment of $8,800 to Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie to support its technical skills program and the career development of technical students. This morning, Dallas WFAA’s Daybreak program featured HOLT CAT Regional Service Manager Tony Spalding presenting the check to Grand Prarie Superintendent Dr. Susan Hull, and Jose Sanchez, a high school senior in the Diesel Technician Training Program at Dubiski High School. Sanchez plans to get training to re-build diesel engines after completing high school. A number of Grand Prarie Independent School District Representatives and Dubiski High School students were in attendance.

HOLT’s Tony Spalding presenting the donation check to a number of Dubiski High School Students

The Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Fund (Est. 1989) is a program to strengthen curriculum and faculty development in technical schools and increase the pool of qualified service technicians.

“The goal of the Dealer Excellence Fund Program is to help schools develop state-of-the-art technical training programs,” explains Shaun Manning, Technical Training Director, HOLT CAT Pro Tech! “When a Cat dealer supports a school’s technical skills program by making a donation, the foundation matches it.” Therefore, the Caterpillar Foundation matched HOLT’s original donation of $4,400 to produce a combined donation of $8,800.

Dubiski High School seniors and juniors in the Ag Power Systems Program with teacher Rick Elmore and HOLT’s Tony Spalding (left)

Rick Elmore, Automotive Program Facilitator and Instructor at Dubiski Career High School, detailed how the school plans to use this donation. “The funds will be used for a hydraulic training system for the diesel mechanic program, which will help prepare students for entry-level positions in the heavy-duty equipment repair field. Hydraulic systems are extremely important and an integral component of construction/agricultural equipment.”

In addition to the investment, HOLT CAT is currently interviewing Dubiski High School students for paid internship positions.  The programs begins in December and eligible student interns will receive top level industry training and could qualify for the National Safe Tractor Operator Certification, which will help these young people develop a competitive edge in the market place.

HOLT strongly supports the training and education of technical students and hopes to increase the pool of qualified technicians to meet industry needs for these specialized employees. The donated funds may be used for scholarships, faculty development, training aids and equipment. Dubiski Career High School was evaluated and selected based on the strength of their current infrastructure and program.

AEM: Equipment Manufacturers’ Top Policy Priority – Fix the Nation’s Debt


AEM Board Affirms Balanced Approach of Spending and Revenue is Only Feasible Solution 

Meeting last week at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) 2012 Annual Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, the AEM Board of Directors established federal deficit reduction as its top policy priority headed into the New Year.  The Board joined the chorus of national business leaders calling for immediate bipartisan action to comprehensively solve our nation’s debt crisis by adopting a balanced approach that addresses entitlement and discretionary spending, as well as revenue while making wise investments in infrastructure and education.

Upon adopting this position, Caterpillar Group President and AEM Chair Stu Levenick said: “America’s equipment manufacturers have a diverse and substantive policy agenda aimed at driving economic growth – including transportation and energy

Stu Levenick,Caterpillar Group President and AEM Chair

infrastructure investment, progressive export policies and pro-growth tax reform. But we know that our hopes for real economic growth and progress as a nation could be derailed if we are not able to come together to solve the looming fiscal crisis.  So AEM’s Board of Directors unequivocally endorsed making fixing the debt our industry’s top policy priority, and we are calling on lawmakers to take immediate and aggressive bipartisan action to adopt a balanced and comprehensive solution that addresses both the spending and revenue sides of the budget.

“The indiscriminate spending cuts and tax increases facing us now are not the way to deal with our nation’s debt.  Rather, thoughtful consideration needs to be given to investment priorities such as education and infrastructure as well as revenue measures that will provide for long-term economic growth and job creation. Together we have an opportunity to get our economy back on track and create a better environment for equipment manufacturers and businesses of every kind to grow and create jobs. All Americans need to come together and support a bold and balanced approach that will ensure a better future for today’s generations and many to come.”

Stu Levenick, group president of Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois, was elected 2013 AEM Chair at the Annual Conference on November 9. Levenick will lead the AEM Board of Directors to achieve AEM’s 2013 goals, priorities and strategic direction.  He served as Vice Chair in 2012.