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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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Liebherr at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

Crawler Concrete Pump 110 D-K

The new Liebherr crawler concrete pump is particularly suited for applications in which pumping of the concrete is constantly being relocated around the building site. Maneuvering and operation of the crawler track-mounted concrete pump is affected via remote control. 

Liebherr Crawler Concrete Pump 110 D-K

A typical application for crawler concrete pumps is the supply of concrete to drilling equipment for bored piling foundations. Deep holes are drilled into the ground and then filled with concrete following extraction of the drill. Crawler concrete pumps are employed alongside the drilling equipment at the various operation points, whereby the concrete hose remains permanently connected to the drilling equipment.

LB 45 Drilling Rig

The name of the brand new LB 45 derives from the torque of 331,903-pound force per foot. That is an increase of approximately 10 percent in comparison to the already high performance of the LB 36. Both the counterweight and the leader are modularly constructed. This enables quick and easy assembly and flexible application. 

Liebherr LB 45 Drilling Rig

The leader top is designed for different drilling axes and is suitable for all applications. Through the enhancement of the drilling axes by 19.7 inch, the LB 45 can be applied for drilling diameters up to a maximum of 10.9 feet. At the same time, the maximum drilling depth for Kelly drilling with 5-fold Kelly bar has been increased to 328 feet and so significantly improved. The strong winches with a maximum pull force of 92,594 pounds enable highest performance even under the most difficult conditions. Furthermore, the noise emission is considerably reduced thanks to their elastic mounting.

LRB 355.1 Drilling Rig

The overall design of the LRB 355.1 puts special attention on the handling of the machine – both on and off the jobsite. For transportation, the crawlers can now be removed from both types of undercarriage. This reduces the maximum transport weight by about 30,865 pounds. To minimize the transport length, the leader can be folded. For the longer leader version with 88.6 feet, this saves 23 feet. A further advantage is that the machine can be transported with a mounted leader, sledge and ropes. Thus, the piling and drilling rig can be mobilized even more quickly on the jobsite. 

Liebherr LRB 355.1 Drilliing Rig

The core of the piling and drilling rig is a new 1,005 hp Liebherr diesel engine that complies with the NRMM exhaust certification Tier 4, Stage V. The new BAT 450.1 with a torque of 331,903-pound force per foot serves as rotary drive and has automatic torque regulation, continuous speed optimization and four electronically adjustable speed ranges.

Generation 8 Series Excavators

The Generation 8 series, now in production at Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar, is made up of seven models ranging from 24 to 50 tons: R 922, R 924, R 926, R 930, R 934, R 938 and R 945. The generation 8 is characterized by a new design which was first presented at Bauma in 2019. The team of developers from Colmar completely revised the basic excavator concept to further increase comfort, safety and performance, and to achieve even better operational ergonomics. 

The R 926 was on display at CONEXPO, along with the R 930, is based on a specific platform developed by Liebherr. The R 926 and the R 930 have an operating weight between 28 to 34 tons and achieve a power of 204 hp and 245 hp respectively. The backhoe bucket capacities vary from 1.15 m3 to 1.75 m3 on the R 926 and between 1.25 m3 and 2,15 m3 on the R 930. The R 926 and R 930 models are available in stage V and Tier 4f.

Liebherr R 938 Crawler Excavator

The R 938 together with the R 934 is based on a specific platform developed by Liebherr-France SAS. The R 934 and the R 938 have an operating weight of 35 and 38 tons, and achieve a power of 272 hp and 299 hp. The backhoe bucket capacities vary from 1 m3 to 2.5 m3 on the R 934 and between 1 m3 and 3 m3 on the R 938. The R 934 and R 938 models are available with the relevant engines in countries where emission standards regulation is extremely stringent or less stringent, or in countries where such regulation does not exist at all. 

In combination with the engine that meets Tier 4f emission standards, the R 934 is positioned between the R 936 (launched in 2015) and the new R 938. The R 938 in turn, replaces the R 946. With regard to the engines that meet Stage IIIA emission standards and the engines for unregulated markets, the new position of the R 934 is now between the R 934 C and the R 938. The R 938 succeeds the R 944 C.

Generation 8 Crawler Dozers

The new PR 736 G8 is powered by a newly developed Liebherr diesel engine belonging to the EVO series (217 bhp). It meets emission level 4f, its exhaust gases being cleaned by a combination between a DOC (diesel oxidation catalyst) and a SCR filter (selective catalytic reduction and particle filter). Alternatively, customers in lower regulated markets have additional engine versions and equipment levels to choose from. The machines’ operating weight is up to 56,218 pounds. Various blade versions (straight, semi-U and 6 way) are available to cover a large application range. Blade) capacities range from 5.36 to 7.27 cubic yards. Many rear equipment options are also offered.

Liebherr PR 736 G8 Crawler Dozer

The new assistance systems on the generation 8 crawler dozers offer three assistance levels: “Free Grade” or active blade stabilization during fine grading, “Definition Grade” for automatic blade positioning when creating 2D grades and “3D Grade” as an optional GPS machine control system to model complex terrain shapes – among others, with the standard roof-mounted GPS/GNSS antennas. Liebherr Active Sensor Control to stabilize all blade axis is on board as standard. Two independents, permanently mounted integrated sensor circuits (gyroscopic and inertia sensors) allow for particularly high grading speeds and perfectly fine grading at all times.

Wheel Loaders

The largest Liebherr wheel loader, the L 586 XPower, which weighs 71,870 pounds, can also be seen at the exhibition stand. Liebherr installs a power-split travel drive as standard in all large XPower wheel loaders. It combines the hydrostatic drive, which is ideal for short loading cycles with the mechanical drive, the benefits of which come into effect over long distances and up hills. Thus, the power-split XPower drive ensures massive fuel savings and high performance, regardless of the use profile. 

The L 538 represents the Liebherr medium-size wheel loader range at the exhibition stand. It is equipped with parallel kinematics for high holding forces in the upper lift arms area. This industrial design is suitable for working with heavy attachments, such as with high dump buckets when recycling. For customers from countries in Central and South America, Liebherr is showing the L 550 wheel loader. It is representative of the separate wheel loader series for less emission-regulated markets.

Liebherr L 586 Wheel Loader

The new joystick steering for the L 526 to L 586 XPower wheel loaders is an innovative steering system which is an option available to customers. It allows the machine operator to steer comfortably with one hand.

For more information visit www.liebherr.com

This material appeared in the May 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

Komatsu rebrands company-owned distributors in eastern, western & southwest North America

Company continues to invest in improved support capabilities,

distributor growth and customer satisfaction goals

To better support customers and leverage the power of their wholly-owned network, Komatsu has created a new structure in North America to strengthen the growth of company-owned distributor branches. A new corporate unit within Komatsu has been created and effective immediately, all company-owned distributor locations will be branded simply “Komatsu” to reflect their inclusion in the company’s global footprint.  

The change supports Komatsu’s long-term strategic plans to grow and strengthen its distribution channels. With the alignment of these larger groups of premiere distributors, customers will have access to additional equipment and parts inventory, as well as greater service and support resources. Trade territory for the renamed branches remains the same, as do all equipment lines sold, and services provided.

Grant Adams, former president of Komatsu Southwest, has been appointed to lead the new unit as vice president and general manager of company-owned distribution. His responsibilities will include defining strategy, managing profitability and continuing to develop strength among the regional leadership teams. 

The rebrand effects the branches along the eastern seaboard formerly named: Pine Bush Equipment, Midlantic Machinery, Komatsu Northeast and Edward Ehrbar; those in New Mexico and Texas under the name Komatsu Southwest; and sites in Nevada, Montana, Utah and Wyoming under the Komatsu Equipment Company banner. 

“More than just a name change, this decision shows Komatsu’s commitment to provide the best customer support in the territories where these branches do business,” said Rod Schrader, chairman and CEO of Komatsu’s North American operations. “Ultimately, we want to make it an easy decision for customers to come back to us again and again for equipment, service and solutions.” 

signage outside of Rutherford’s facility

“Customers can rest assured that the team helping them grow their businesses yesterday will be there for them tomorrow,” said Adams. “They’ll just have more resources. And I’m looking forward to taking all the best practices at a regional and branch level and incorporating them across the organization, so the whole equals more than the sum of its parts.” 

About Komatsu

Komatsu is an industry-leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment, technologies and services for the construction, forklift, mining, industrial and forestry markets. For nearly a century, Komatsu equipment and services have been used by companies worldwide to develop modern infrastructure, extract fundamental minerals, maintain forests and create technology and consumer products. The company’s global service and distributor networks support customer operations, tapping into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. For more information, visit https://www.komatsuamerica.com/ .

Chicago Hosts the 2020 Associated Equipment Distributors Summit

The city of Chicago is known for many things: Ditka and Da Bears, the Cubs, Second City, and the best deep dish pizza in the country among other things. But for one week in January, for any company involved in the distribution, rental and support of equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications, it was known as the home of the Associated Equipment Distributors’ (AED) 2020 Summit.

AED President and CEO Brian P. McGuire interviews former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, the AED Summit took place January 14th through the 16th, and educated, informed and entertained all that attended. AED President and CEO Brian P. McGuire – along with 2019 AED Chairman Michael Brennan, 2020 Chairman Ron Barlet, and the entire staff of AED – were on hand to welcome everyone. General sessions set the stage in the mornings, offering AED updates and riveting speakers. Concurrent breakout sessions throughout the days presented the opportunity for Professional Dealer Education. Hospitality suites in the hotel made available manufactures, venders, and suppliers of equipment and services to dealers and allowed for quality one-on-one time and discussions away from the crowds at the Summit. The CONDEX exhibit area provided equipment dealers a prime opportunity to discover new products and services to enhance their dealerships. All three days ended with a special event such as the AED Foundation’s Fundraising Gala and live auction, a Summit Reception sponsored by Ritchie Bros., and a closing dinner and dessert reception featuring a Conversation with Chris Christie.

AED President and CEO Brian P. McGuire welcomes everyone to the 2020 AED Summit

A View of the Future

The first General Session on Tuesday featured a panel discussion offering a Customer View of the Industry Future. Steve Sandherr, Associated General Contractors of America, served as moderator and the panel was comprised of Dirk Elsperman of the Tarlton Corporation, Bob Lanham from Williams Brothers Construction Company, and Brian Herold of Power Construction Co., LLC. Each panel member offered a contractor’s perspective of renting vs. owning, using local dealers or the big rental houses, the use of telematics, and more. 

Brian P. McGuire, Steve Sandherr, Bob Lanham, Dirk Elsperman, and Brian Herold

Of particular interest to the dealers in the audience was the question of how a dealer/equipment salesman can be more effective and useful to a contractor. All of the panelists felt that bashing the equipment a contractor is currently using and the dealer they are currently buying or renting from is the wrong approach. Dealers should know what equipment makes up a contractor’s fleet and how can they and their equipment can make a contractor more effective and competitive. Also, how can a dealer help a sub-contractor – who is such an important part of a contractor’s business – be of better service to the general contractor and the job they are working on together.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Wednesday morning’s speaker was Kris Paronto, a former U.S. Army Ranger, known for his heroic actions while part of the CIA annex security team during the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stephens, and the CIA compound in Benghazi. Paronto’s in-depth story of what happened that night was fascinating, and his message of surrounding yourself with people you can count on and the need to keep pushing on until you have reached your goal was taken to heart. Thursday morning’s speaker was Dr. Arthur C. Brooks. Dr. Brooks spoke of the importance of being happy in one’s life, not just successful, and offered tips to achieve this happiness.

The CONDEX exhibit area provided equipment dealers an opportunity to discover new products and services to enhance their dealerships.

Topics for Everyone

The many General Sessions offered throughout the Summit touched on a wide range of topics including:

  • Playing the Long Game in the Fourth Quarter of Your Career
  • Unlocking Additional Revenue: How to Capitalize on Equipment Rentals
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Firing a Customer
  • Key Metrics to Monitor for Maximum Revenue Impact
  • The Five Pivotal Conversations that Advance and Close Sales
  • Forecasting for 2020: An Economic Outlook
  • Analyzing Your Service Department for Peak Profitability Performance 
  • Differentiating Your Company from the Competition
Diane Benck, of West Side Tractor Sales, received the P.E. MacAllister Democracy Award

The mission of the AED Foundation’s Fundraising Gala was to tackle the technician shortage and ensure a more predictable and stable future for technician availability. The event was a huge success and raised over $250,000 for the Foundation.

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks with Brian P. McGuire

In addition to all of these many events, throughout the Summit, awards were handed out in recognition of the service and achievements of several AED members. These included:

Kris Paronto and AED’s Sandy Reynolds
  • The Foundation Partner Award – Liebherr Construction Equipment Company
  • The Foundation Champion Award – LBX Company
  • Lester J. Heath, III Award – Steve Johnson of the AED Foundation
  • 2019 Technicians of the Year Awards –
    • Canada: Clayton Kennon, SMS Equipment
    • Great Lakes: Randy Ciolkosz, Miller-Bradford & Risberg, Inc.
    • Midwest: David R. DeGood, Bobcat Enterprises, Inc.
    • Northeast: Steve French, Rock & Recycling Equipment, LLC
    • Rocky Mountain: Loren O’Connor, Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC
    • South Central: Dalton Koelzer, Vermeer Texas-Louisiana
    • Southeast: Jeremy Scott Ford, Ascendum Machinery
    • West: Jake Dugger, Coastline Equipment
  • Paul D. (Bud) Hermann Emerging Leaders Award – Jonathan Campbell, Wheeler Machinery
  • Morton R. Hunter, Sr. Distinguished Industry/Association Contribution Award – Jim Behrenwald, AIS
  • The Chairman’s Award – Michael Vazquez, MECO Miami
  • P.E. MacAllister Democracy Award – Diane Benck, West Side Tractor Sales
Members of the Berry Companies enjoyed the AED Foundation Fundraising Gala

To conclude the incredibly successful event, 2020 AED Chairman Ron Barlet gave his inaugural speech and followed by former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who offered his opinions on various industry topics. 

Michael Brennan, Jim Behrenwald, Ron Barlet, and Michael Vazquez
2019 AED Chairman Michael Brennan, 2020 AED Chairman Ron Barlet, and AED President and CEO Brian P. McGuire
The Summit Reception sponsored by Ritchie Bros. was a huge success.

This article originally appeared in the March issue of Construction Equipment Distribution.

This feature appeared in the March 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

Turner Construction Teaches Educators About the Industry Through Externship Program

By Jessica Hoover

Last summer, the Rutherford Works Teacher Externship Program paired educators from five middle schools in Rutherford County with five companies in the fields of construction, advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology, and supply chain management. The program is a partnership between the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Rutherford County Schools. 

“The goal of the program is to help expose educators – so teachers, counselors, administrators – to the world of work,” said Beth Duffield, Senior Vice President for Education and Workforce Development for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. “Most educators don’t have extensive work experience outside the classroom. We want them to become familiar with our employers and some of the challenges that our employers are having in finding a qualified workforce. Ultimately, we want the educators to utilize what they learn from the employers in the classroom to help students learn about careers in the related industry.”

A Multi-Faceted Program

On the first day of the program, all 22 educators from the five schools gathered at the Chamber of Commerce for orientation.

“During our first day with the educators, we give them a deep dive into all things high school,” Duffield said. “We teach them about graduation requirements, early post-secondary opportunities and work-based learning experiences so they are able to talk about what’s next with their eighth graders. We also review all the programs that the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce facilitates with our schools.”

After orientation the teachers are divided into five groups, with each group going to Turner Construction Company, Ingram Content Group, Magneti Marelli (Calsonic), Nissan Group of North America or TriStar StoneCrest. Each company developed its own two-week program independently. 

Turner was the only company in the construction industry. Turner hosted five educators from Christiana Middle School over the course of the two-week program.

Turner’s program involved the educators job shadowing the project engineer, superintendents, safety manager and project manager for the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Tower and Operating Room Expansion in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

“Our educators got the opportunity to see the logistics that go into an expansion project at a functioning hospital,” said Paul Lawson, Project Executive for Turner Construction Company. “They took part in daily huddles, scheduling meetings, pricing reviews, submittal reviews and construction activity notice meetings held with the hospital’s engineering and maintenance staff. I think many of them found it eye-opening to see the level of coordination that goes into the work we do.”

“The teachers that worked with Turner last summer learned about safety and quality and teamwork,” Duffield said. “They were exposed to as much hands-on, real-world work as possible.”

Reaching Students Through Educators

The Rutherford Works Teacher Externship Program gives educators real-world experience in STEM-related fields so they can advise students on their educational and career goals. The program aims to increase the number of individuals with both soft and technical skills needed to fill the growing number of jobs in the construction, advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology, and supply chain management industries.

“Ultimately, we’re trying to reach students through these educators,” Lawson said. “We understand that middle school is pretty early to be thinking about a career, but we think it’s beneficial to create awareness of our industry early on, so that when students do start thinking more seriously about a future career, there’s already some familiarity there. … Each teacher who participates in this program could potentially reach 60-plus students per year. By drawing on their firsthand experience through the program, they can help students understand what’s interesting and fulfilling about our work, as well as how skills like math and science can be beneficial in the engineering and construction industries.”

After the two weeks is over, Duffield said that each group of educators identified a problem that they wanted to solve within their school and developed a school-wide implementation plan for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Turner’s five educators from Christiana Middle School implemented career and lifestyle exploration throughout all grade levels, along with monthly advocacy projects. They also created a parent pathway night so students and parents could make connections with companies.

“The teachers who took part in the program this year told us that it was very illuminating to see the behind-the-scenes planning and coordination that is involved in our projects and that students seemed to be genuinely interested in hearing about their experiences,” Lawson said. “Because these students are in middle school, we won’t know for years if any of them end up pursuing careers in construction, but our hope is that through this program and similar initiatives, we’ll begin developing our construction workforce of the future.”

The 2020 Teacher Externship Program will be held from June 8-19, and participating teachers will be paid $20 an hour for the two weeks of the program.

This feature appeared in the February 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder