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ARTBA Calls for New Approach to Roadway Safety

Wekiva Parkway under construction in Central Florida. Photo: Mary Brooks.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA is calling for a shift in how the nation approaches roadway safety. The association April 9 submitted its views to U.S. House Highways and Transit subcommittee hearing.

Rather than the usual federal focus on reducing the number of crashes by improving motorists’ behavior, ARTBA believes the premise must be turned around to accept the fact that some drivers will inevitably make mistakes. On all major routes—and others to the extent practicable—the U.S. roadway system must anticipate user error and be designed, constructed, equipped and operated to forgive the errant user and protect the innocent worker, pedestrian, cyclist or other drivers, ARTBA’s written testimony says.

“We have the technology and ‘know how’ to build our roadway system to anticipate user error,” ARTBA’s testimony says. “It can be designed, constructed, equipped, and operated to forgive the errant user and protect the innocent victim.”

More than 37,000 people were killed in 2017 U.S. traffic crashes, including roadway workers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Work zone fatalities increased to 799 in 2017 from 586 in 2010. (2018 data is not available.)

ARTBA’s testimony emphasizes highway work zone safety. It reminds Congress that through federal rulemaking after the SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law and further provisions in both the MAP-21 and FAST Act laws, lawmakers and previous administrations have expressed the intent to use increased positive separation between workers and motorists on construction projects.

“The law has not been fully implemented and positive separation is still not used as regularly as Congress intended,” ARTBA’s testimony says. “New products and technologies are available that make the practice more practical and cost-effective.”

ARTBA has previously called for the repeal of a century-old federal procurement rule that has become a major regulatory roadblock to new technologies that promise to help advance safety and alleviate traffic congestion.

ARTBA’s testimony also notes that sound investment in safe transportation infrastructure is a bipartisan priority. The association is urging Congress and the administration to pass a permanent, sustainable revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund, either as part of broad infrastructure legislation or next year’s scheduled reauthorization of the FAST Act.

IEDA Independent Dealers Unite for Annual Orlando Events

Let’s Talk About Roads

Let’s Talk About Roads

By Greg Sitek

There are things that we, as a society, have developed a need for, a need that readily translates into a necessity of the same magnitude as air, food, and water. In fact, as we currently exist the elimination of the human-made necessities will eliminate the three basics.

Think about it. Think about life as you know and live it without electricity, running water, cable/internet, sewerage systems, stores, roads, cars, trucks, trains, ships, airplanes, gas, oil, etc. etc. etc. When I try to I find that I am in deep trouble.

All of these “needs” are intricately intertwined much like a spider’s web, one “need” supporting the other. In today’s world the linking, supporting “spider web” is our transportation infrastructure, our roads. Take the roads away and everything we “need” to continue living as we do can no longer exist as we do. Each and every component is dependent on our roads for its continued, long-term existence.

Roads are the arteries that provide the means to install and maintain our electricity, cables, phones, waterlines; roads are the web-strands that bring groceries, clothing, stuff to our stores; roads bring farm products to the processors; roads make our lives possible.

We use them, we complain about them, we take them for granted. But we need them and we need to maintain them.

Many of the states have increased their “gas taxes” while others are introducing bills to do the same.

A recent ARTBA Transportation Investment Advocacy Center  (TIAC) release noted, “ Legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019,

a new analysis finds. This number is higher than the amount of legislation the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) tracked over the same time period last year and is projected to grow as additional measures are introduced throughout the year.

“Continuing a trend seen in recent years, many states introduced electric vehicle fees to help ensure all vehicles that create wear and tear on roads pay for their share of maintenance. Sixteen states filed legislation to implement an electric vehicle registration fee, with 10 of those states including an additional registration fee for hybrid vehicles.

“Several states are also considering innovative funding solutions. Mileage-based user fee studies or pilot programs are being considered in eight states. Four states have introduced legislation to implement tolling.

“Of the legislation introduced in January or February, 19 measures have advanced beyond one legislative chamber, with one bill—an electric vehicle registration fee increase in Wyoming— signed into law. Another bill in Arkansas to convert the state’s flat excise tax to a variable-rate formula based on the average wholesale price of fuel, implement new electric and hybrid motor vehicle registration fees, and utilize at least $35 million in casino revenues for transportation funding has been sent to the governor and is expected to receive final approval in March. One hundred sixty-six bills have been introduced and are awaiting further action. Several states have not yet convened for their legislative session, and at least one state—Alabama—is expected to file a significant transportation investment bill.”

Since this information was released Wisconsin’s governor has a proposed bill to increase the state’s fuel tax and consider other long-term possibilities to insure continued funding for Wisconsin’s roads. Michigan’s governor has announced plans for introducing a 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase to fund meeting its highway need.

The TIAC report points out the fact that along with fuel tax increases some states are considering tolls, vehicle mileage taxes, increased licensing fees and are open to other suggestions this due to the increased number of electric, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles on the roads. This is an issue that needs to be addressed on a federal level as well as locally.

Another issue that needs to be addressed is ensuring road-users that the monies collected for highway maintenance are spent for highway maintenance. Too often the collected revenue ends up in the general fund and never get spent on filling potholes, widening narrow roads or building new ones.

Roads are a lifeline of our country and our way of life. Since you use them and you depend on them make sure you are involved with their future…

KINSHOFER Completes Product Range, Gains Breaker Line with Acquisition of Hammer

KINSHOFER, a leading global manufacturer of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, is expanding its product line to include hydraulic breaker excavator attachments following the acquisition of Hammer SRL, an Italy-based manufacturer of demolition, excavation, recycling, and material handling attachments. KINSHOFER chose the company because of its reputation for quality and more than 30 years of experience in the market. The new line includes 22 breakers for carriers from .5 ton to 200 tons and joins an already expansive line of KINSHOFER tools.

KINSHOFER announced the acquisition and debuted the new breaker line at World of Concrete 2019.

“These breakers allow us to offer our customers access to a full range of attachments all in one place,” said Francois Martin, KINSHOFER North America general manager. “Hammer will be a great addition to our group of companies, bringing with them high-quality attachments and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.”

The breakers are made up of the KSB Series for carriers from .5 ton to 12 tons and the KFX Series for weights from 8 to 200 tons. Each line includes features to improve operator comfort, reduce wear and improve longevity. The acquisition also includes a variety of grapples, buckets and more. These will serve as an alternative to KINSHOFER’s premium attachment line for the price-restricted customer.

The Hammer management team will stay in its entirety and will continue manufacturing in Italy. Hammer and KINSHOFER will add additional staff to ensure a smooth launch of Hammer’s products and services worldwide through KINSHOFER’s global network.

The acquisition of Hammer demonstrates KINSHOFER’s commitment to being a global leader in the attachments industry and bringing customers only the best tools. Hammer brings extensive experience designing and manufacturing attachments for a variety of carrier types. Like KINSHOFER, the manufacturer uses strict quality control during the entire process, from a careful examination of the steel to be used to the actual creation of the attachment. That attention to quality was a primary reason KINSHOFER chose Hammer.

“We send representatives to every manufacturing facility we acquire to ensure quality standards are consistent,” Martin said. “It’s important to us that our customers receive only the best. It’s why we offer a broad two-year warranty on all of our attachments, including the new breaker line.”

Hammer attachments will retain branding in Europe but will be marked KINSHOFER in North America.

All KINSHOFER attachments are backed by a two-year warranty.

About KINSHOFER

KINSHOFER is one of the world’s leading sources of high-quality attachments for excavators and loader cranes. Founded in Germany in 1971, the KINSHOFER Group includes the Demarec,RF Systems, Auger Torque, Doherty and Solesbee’s brands. KINSHOFER offers a wide product range with just about every type of attachment for equipment carriers with and without hydraulics in industries as diverse as scrap, demolition, railway, landscaping, construction, snow clearing, excavating, road building, forestry, tire recycling, and biomass. For more information: Kinshofer USA, 6420 Inducon Drive, Suite G, Sanborn, NY 14132; 800-268-9525; sales-usa@kinshofer.com; www.kinshofer.com

Milestone reached on new Liebherr USA Co. headquarters construction project

Milestone reached on new Liebherr USA Co. headquarters construction project

  • $45 million expansion also includes state of the art warehouse and workshop facility
  • The project will add over 251,000 square feet to the company’s campus

The final piece of structural steel was recently installed at the Liebherr USA, Co. new headquarters building – a significant construction milestone. Work is on schedule for completion in 2020. The project will house Liebherr USA, Co. employees working in administration, finance, marketing, human resources, sales and service, product support, production and distribution for nine product units.

The final structural steel was recently placed on Liebherr’s new administration building in Newport News, VA.

Members of the Liebherr family, executive management and Newport News city officials gathered in July 2018 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the $45 million project, which marks a new chapter for Liebherr in the United States. The company has outgrown its existing four-story administration building, which is 100 percent occupied.

Favorable weather has allowed construction to proceed without any significant delays, according to safety and facilities manager Terrence Leo. Curtain walls are now being installed on the state-of-the-art four-story administration building. Vertical metal stud framing is underway and the building’s weather barrier is being placed. Next, concrete floor slabs will be poured and windows will be installed. Once the buildings are closed in, work can continue in any weather. A new warehouse and workshop also are part of this expansive project.

Modern warehouse will significantly increase capacity

“The new Liebherr USA, Co. warehouse in Newport News will allow all aspects of our logistics operation to be fully centralized and integrated into a modern state of the art facility,“ said Oliver Frey, general manager of warehousing and logistics. “The new Liebherr USA facility will provide the latest safety features and an increase of 50 percent in storage capacity. In addition to the increased shelf space, the warehousing will also incorporate a dual shuttle vertical lifting machine to increase small component picking speed and storage capacity over our existing single shuttle unit.”

Frey added that “all pallet racking will be modernized to include the latest safety features and location barcoding will be implemented for all bin locations. Our receiving and shipping departments will also be ergonomically separated to allow for better material flow through the facility versus our current conditions.”

Concrete aprons on the east and south sides of the warehouse will provide outdoor storage for large components such as counterweights, track chains, and sticks. The south apron will also feature a large canopy for inbound and outbound freight staging. A two-story office and conference room for managers and staff will be located on the warehouse’s south side. Frey said an overview of the entire logistics operation is possible from these offices.

Work on the warehouse portion of the expansion project is ongoing.

Workshop facility will enhance customer support and service

Liebherr’s Houston, Texas-based mobile and crawler cranes workshop has also outgrown its capacity. The division is opening a second workshop for cranes and construction equipment in Newport News to accommodate a growing East Coast customer base. The mobile and crawler cranes division will have three stations to service and repair equipment. This will allow the division to improve its efficiency and productivity.

Twelve repair stations will be available for the earthmoving division – an increase from the eight currently available – for equipment modifications and pre-delivery inspections. In addition, the building will also house a semi-knockdown kit assembly area for concrete pumps.  Warehouse roof installation is underway and foundation work is in progress for the workshop.

When completed, the new buildings will add over 251,000 square feet to the company’s existing 560,000 square foot campus. The existing four-story administration building will be retained, renovated and fully occupied by Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News, Co. Liebherr‘s manufacturing of large mining gauge trucks will continue in Newport News.

After nearly 50 years of operation in Newport News, Liebherr is at another positive growth juncture. This investment in administrative, warehouse and workshop facilities greatly expands the company’s operations and demonstrates Liebherr’s long-term commitment to Virginia and the US market.

An artistic rendering of the completed Liebherr USA expansion project.

About Liebherr USA, Co.

Liebherr USA, Co., based in Newport News, VA, provides sales and service on behalf of nine different Liebherr product units: construction equipment; mining; mobile and crawler cranes; tower cranes; concrete technology; foundation equipment; maritime cranes; components and appliances, which includes refrigerators and freezers.

About Liebherr Group

Established in 1949, the Liebherr Group is a leading manufacturer of earthmoving equipment and a supplier of innovative user-oriented products and services in many other fields. The family-owned company employs more than 43,000 people in more than 130 companies on all continents. Liebherr’sproduct range covers earthmoving and material handling machinery, mining equipment, mobile cranes, tower cranes, concrete technology, domestic appliances, maritime cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, machine tools and automation systems as well as high-performance components for mechanical, hydraulic and electrical drive and control technology. Liebherr also operates hotels in Ireland, Austria, and Germany