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AEM Poll: Rural-Urban Agreement on Need for Infrastructure Investment

An overwhelming majority of Americans in urban, suburban and rural communities believe that investing in infrastructure will improve the U.S. economy according to a new poll released Tuesday by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers(AEM).

While infrastructure needs differ in different parts of the country, the new survey shows that adults strongly support modernizing U.S. infrastructure and believe that investments will create jobs and improve their quality of life.

“The findings underscore the fact that infrastructure connects rural and urban America – both literally and physically,” said AEM president Dennis Slater. “America’s infrastructure was once the envy of the world, but after years of underinvestment, our infrastructure and connectivity between rural and urban America have deteriorated considerably. This is one of the areas rural and urban Americans agree on today – that we must modernize and rebuild our infrastructure to reclaim the infrastructure advantage we once had.”

The national poll identified a number of key findings, including

  • An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of all adults believe that investments in infrastructure will strengthen the U.S. economy, including eighty-six (86) percent of urban and eighty-nine (89) percent of rural Americans.
  • More than eight out of every ten adults (82 percent) agree that investments in infrastructure will increase the number of jobs in their communities, with eighty-four (84) percent of suburban, eighty-two (82) percent of urban and eighty (80) percent of rural Americans sharing this belief.
  • Americans across the country agree that investments in infrastructure will improve their quality of life (81 percent). This sentiment is equally strong in suburbs or towns (82 percent), cities (80 percent) and rural America (79 percent).

Read the full polling memo here.

“It is time for Congress and the administration to listen to the American people and rebuild our infrastructure, spur economic growth and accelerate job creation as a result,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM vice president of public affairs and advocacy.

Respondents also identified transportation, construction and manufacturing as the top industries poised to benefit most from increased infrastructure investment. Thirty (30) percent of all Americans pointed to manufacturing as one of the three primary beneficiaries of increased spending on infrastructure, a figure that rises among Midwesterners (34 percent) and rural Americans (34 percent).

The poll also found that a third of Americans (33 percent) believe that investing in broadband and wireless connectivity would most likely benefit their ability to access educational and workforce training resources.

The findings support recommendations made in a recently released report by AEM called The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage (TM). The report emphasizes the importance of the United States reclaiming its infrastructure advantage in order to maintain its global economic dominance. The report also highlights several areas in which infrastructure, such as surface transportation and broadband, provide critical links between urban and rural communities and economies.

About the Survey

AEM conducted the poll in partnership with YouGov through its online omnibus survey. The survey was fielded to 3,481 U.S. adults, including 667 adults who self-identify as living in a rural area. Figures have been weighted and are representative of all American adults (18+). Fieldwork was conducted between July 26 and July 28, 2017.

CASE Expands D Series with CX145D SR Minimum-Swing Excavator

New 32,100-pound minimum-swing excavator offers reduced footprint, precision maneuverability and powerful bucket digging force and lift capacity for road and bridge work, utility, landscaping and general construction applications.

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the all-new CX145D SR minimum-swing radius excavator to its D Series lineup. Designed to provide ample digging and lifting power in a small footprint, the CX145D SR features a compact counterweight and modified boom placement. This results in a highly maneuverable and powerful excavator that is easy to transport and ideal for restricted jobsite conditions, such as road and bridge work, utilities, urban construction and landscaping applications.

With an operating weight of 32,100 pounds and a 102 HP Tier 4 Final engine, the CX145D SR offers bucket digging forces up to 21,400 foot-pounds and lift capacities up to 21,350 pounds. Options include a dozer blade configuration as well as the choice between either steel or rubber tracks depending on operating conditions and jobsite requirements.

Each D Series model is built to provide significant operational gains, including faster cycle times, improved responsiveness and greater fuel efficiency. An electronically controlled hydraulic pump and larger control and solenoid valves increase lifting capacities and improve responsiveness.

D Series models offer more standard features than previous CASE excavators, simplifying the buying process and making them extremely versatile and operator friendly. All CASE D Series excavators provide peace of mind and lower total cost of ownership through CASE ProCare™.

Maintenance-free Tier 4 Solution

The CASE CX145D SR excavator meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards through an innovative combination of selective catalytic reduction (SCR), cooled gas exhaust recirculation (CEGR) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) technologies, which helps maximize uptime and performance – all with minimal maintenance. There is no diesel particulate filter (DPF), no DPF regeneration or associated lifetime service costs.

 Intelligent Speed, Power and Efficiency

Faster cycle times are achieved through a new electronically controlled pump, a larger control valve and multiple sensors. These features enhance the CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System and its four integrated control systems to make the best use of the machine’s hydraulic power and momentum, resulting in added strength and fuel efficiency.
The four systems that make up the CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System are: Boom Economy Control (BEC), which reduces RPMs by using gravity during boom down and swing; Auto Economy Control (AEC), which lowers RPMs during idle and automatically shuts down the engine after a preset idle time; Swing Relief Control (SWC), which reduces hydraulic power at the swing start; and Spool Stroke Control (SSC), which adjusts hydraulic pressure during digs. It actively manages hydraulic power throughout lift/dump and dig/curl movements to maximize speed and efficiency while reducing fuel consumption by minimizing unnecessary hydraulic flow. The operator experiences a more productive machine without losing the precision of the machine’s controls.

An Auto Power Boost feature provides increased breakout forces in tough applications, and overall operation is simplified with three Power Modes to maximize machine performance and fuel economy:

  • Automatic (A): The best balance between productivity and fuel efficiency
  • Heavy Duty (HD): High workload mode
  • Speed Priority (SP): Extra speed and power for the most demanding jobs that require maximum productivity

Greater Feature Standardization

CASE D Series excavators now offer more standard features than any previous CASE crawler excavator. This includes Free Swing for improved craning, laying or lifting of offset loads; oil sample ports for quick sampling of engine and hydraulic oils; and an easy pattern selector for the operator’s preference of ISO or SAE controls.

The CX145D SR features an industry-leading operator environment, with a more spacious cab, excellent visibility, a standard fully-adjustable heated air-ride seat, ergonomic multifunctional controls, and a pressurized, viscous-mounted cab that reduces noise and vibration. A standard Bluetooth radio gives operators hands-free functionality that further improves the operator experience. Standard rear-view and side-view cameras feed a 7-inch widescreen monitor that also provides operators with real-time access to important performance parameters, including fuel consumption, operating hours and machine information. The optional CASE Max View Monitor provides 270-degree visibility, improving jobsite safety and providing the operator full visibility of the machine’s surroundings.

 New Lighting Package

Each D Series machine is available with a new (optional) LED working light package that provides illumination than three-times brighter than halogen, allowing contractors to work around the clock. The LED package includes six LED lights (two front, two rear and one on each side).

 CASE ProCare

All CASE D Series excavators are covered under CASE ProCare – a suite of product assurances that includes a three-year Advanced CASE SiteWatch™ telematics subscription, a three-year/3,000-hour full-machine factory warranty, and a three-year/3,000-hour planned maintenance contract. ProCare allows business owners to invest in new equipment while helping to make owning and operating costs predictable for the first three years of lease or ownership.

For more information on the CX145D SR as well as the entire lineup of CASE D Series excavators, visit CaseCE.com.

Sonsray Machinery Donates Heavy Equipment to Team Rubicon for Operator Training in San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

CASE, Sonsray Machinery, Team Rubicon and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service join forces for skills training and wildlife refuge improvement.

CASE Construction Equipment, Sonsray Machinery, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Team Rubicon teamed up for a heavy equipment operator training and improvement project at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge. Sonsray Machinery provided four machines – two CX80C excavators and two SR210 skid steer loaders – and Team Rubicon brought in four instructors and nine volunteers from across the U.S. for the event, which involved classroom instruction as well as practical hands-on training in safety and machine operation.

Located on the southern rim of San Diego Bay, the Refuge is an important stopover for migratory birds, and supports a diverse array of natural habitats for a variety of wildlife including rare birds, butterflies and other wildlife that are critical to the area’s ecosystem. In addition to training nine new heavy equipment operators, Team Rubicon also made improvements to an access road, and removed over 50 tons of concrete from an old dairy complex within the Refuge.

For Team Rubicon – an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams for disaster relief – the training preps their volunteers for operating heavy equipment during disaster response deployments, and also makes them eligible to assist the  on future projects. Team Rubicon has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create opportunities to provide heavy equipment training. A key component is Team Rubicon’s partnership with CASE, which provides both training and heavy equipment through its dealer network.

For more information on Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon. For more information on Sonsray Machinery, visit SonsrayMachinery.com.

Taking the Stress Out of Buying Used Equipment

Renovating a River

Products At Work

Colorado-based contractor, Whinnery Construction is employing Volvo excavators to navigate the Animas River, ensuring safe passageway for whitewater enthusiasts. 

Nestled in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains is the city of Durango, Colorado. The region’s evergreen forests and babbling creeks are attractions for locals and nature enthusiasts alike; bringing a steady flow of tourists throughout the year. With tourism the leading driver of Durango’s economy, maintenance on local attractions, such as the Durango Whitewater Park, is necessary.

The tourist hotspot is situated along the Animas River, a 126 mi (203 km) section of the Colorado River System. The Animas River runs through the bustling city of Durango and is one of the top whitewater stretches in the US, with flow rates ranging from 200- 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). The river is also recognized by Colorado wildlife officials as a Gold Medal Water. The status is reserved for waters that consistently support a minimum trout standing stock of 60 lb (27 kg) per acre and at least 12 trout, measuring 14 in. (355 mm) or longer, per acre.

Fitted with a rocksaw attachment, the Volvo excavator cuts the boulders with hairline accuracy.

In winter 2014, improvements were made to create waves and holes to enhance the Durango Whitewater Park. The features created were powerful and difficult for the average river users to enjoy during periods of high flow. To provide a more pronounced, easier passage for recreationists and improve the fish habitat, the Durango Whitewater Park is undergoing a $60,000 renovation to widen and lower the existing structures. The updates were scheduled from February to March of this year, and indeed much of the work was completed during that time. However, due to higher river flows, the remainder of the renovations has been delayed until later this year when the river lowers. The park remains open while renovations are ongoing.

Equipment used on the project includes

To read the full story, visit https://volvoce.com/press

Photography: Jerry McBride/Durango Herald/Polaris