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New Holland Construction Launches Rental Partner Program

New Holland Construction announced it is further expanding its range of customer-focused business solutions with a new Rental Partner Program. In response to the growing need for premium equipment while looking for options other than immediate ownership, equipment rental is a natural choice for large and small-scale contractors who wish to control expenses and inventory while still providing the right equipment for the job.

The Rental Partner Program allows New Holland Construction’s North American dealerships to expand their cooperation with rental companies of all sizes. It offers a variety of different finance options, including retail contracts for rental houses that want to own equipment and have a fixed payment, as well as leasing options that provide state or privately owned companies the cash flow benefits without the responsibilities of ownership. The program incorporates all of New Holland Construction’s products, from the versatile line of skid steer and compact track loaders, high-productivity telehandlers, loader backhoes and tractor loaders, to powerful crawler dozers, wheel loaders and hydraulic excavators.

“Our priority is to solve customers’ business needs and help them to get the job done,” said Edgar J. Chavez, director of marketing for New Holland Construction. “The Rental Partner Program allows us to better serve the growing rental market as it offers complete business solutions to rental houses to get quality equipment into their fleets. In cooperation with our trusted network of New Holland dealers and the support of CNH Capital, the initiative also provides immediate access to financing, training, customer support, parts and service. The Rental Partner Program paves the way for New Holland’s increased cooperation with rental houses across North America which contributes to our overall goal to provide contractors the equipment they need, when and where they need it.”

First Transportation Construction Management Conference a Success

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) managed the FHWA/ ASHTO event designed to give design & construction industry professionals tools to improve project delivery.

“Every hour spent planning construction eliminates 100 hours of problems during construction.” Those were the words of North Carolina Turnpike Authority Chief Engineer Steve Dewitt describing the value for attendees of the inaugural “International Conference on Transportation Construction Management,” held Feb. 9-12 in Orlando, FL.

During the conference, more than 250 industry officials received real world information about proper planning and management techniques aimed at ensuring transportation improvement projects are delivered on time, on-budget and with minimized risk during construction.

The program featured nearly 80 presentations from industry experts on: project delivery and construction management, construction performance specifications, alternative contracting and procurement systems, cost escalation and containment, safety, risk management, public-private partnerships, environmental accountability, and innovative contracting techniques.

2009 ARTBA Chairman Charlie Potts, chief executive officer of Indiana-based Heritage Construction & Materials, spoke at the event. He outlined the industry’s efforts to boost transportation investment in the economic Stimulus Package, and the challenges associated with project delivery under the bill’s accelerated construction timelines.

Potts also highlighted ARTBA’s proposals for the next multi-year federal surface transportation investment authorization bill, due later this year. ARTBA is advocating a significant boost in the core highway/transit program to preserve past infrastructure investments, and creation of a national “Critical Commerce Corridors” program to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of freight.

Other key speakers included: Missouri Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn, National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commissioner Tom Skancke, Nirmal Kotecha of the British Highways Agency, and Florida Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Brian Blanchard.

Learn more about the program at http://www.tcm-2.org/.

ARTBA Announces New Training Program

The “Managing Transportation Projects to Avoid Legal Pitfalls” Forum is scheduled for April 15-16 at the ARTBA Building in the Nation’s Capital. The educational program is geared for contractors, in-house counsel, project managers/superintendents, HR managers and industry attorneys

Legal pitfalls can trigger unnecessary delay and cost increases in transportation design and construction projects—and in many cases can be avoided with proper risk management and preparation.

Offered through the ARTBA Foundation’s “Transportation Builder Institute,” which provides customized professional development programs for industry executives, the program will cover: developments and trends, ethics issues, false claims, risk management and dispute resolution, environmental compliance, delay and impact claims, and DBE/WBE-related issues.

Dubbed “Managing Transportation Projects to Avoid Legal Pitfalls,” the program will feature presentations from these leading law firms: Peckar & Abramson; Watt, Tieder, Hofar & Fitzgerald; Kilpatrick Stockton; Beveridge & Diamond PC; Holland & Knight; Coats Rose; and The Law Office of Lawrence J. Joseph.

To learn more about the program and related costs, contact ARTBA Staff Attorney Allison Wenograd at awenograd@artba.org or 202-289-4434. Registration forms are available under the 
“Transportation Builder Institute” section of http://www.artbatdf.org/ or by contacting ARTBA Events & Special Projects Manager Jim Colleton at jcolleton@artba.org.

Volvo Construction Equipment Recognizes Strongco of Canada

Volvo Construction Equipment recognized Strongco, Canada, as its largest volume dealer in North America for 2008. In addition, Volvo Financial Services recognized Strongco as its largest producer in North America of financing at the retail level. The awards were announced last week at Volvo’s annual dealer meeting.

“It is very satisfying to see positive results from our initiatives over the past two years to improve the quality of our sales organization and customer support,” said Bob Dryburgh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Strongco. “This is particularly gratifying when combined with Strongco’s success in improving Volvo’s market s
hare across the regions where we operate. We are excited by these achievements and look forward to the additional impact of new facilities we opened in 2008 and early 2009 as they begin to contribute in their markets.”

Mr. Dryburgh added that, of the global brands represented by Strongco, Volvo accounts for the largest volume. “We highly value the collaborative relationship with the entire Volvo organization. Through this partnership, we are able to supply high-quality, fuel-efficient construction equipment to our customers, and through Volvo’s in-house financial arm, provide the financing that enables them to purchase the equipment they need.”

About Strongco

Strongco Income Fund is a trust established to hold one of the largest multi-line industrial equipment distribution providers in Canada. Over 700 employees provide retail service at 24 branches located from Nova Scotia to Alberta. Strongco sells, rents and services mobile equipment to sectors that include infrastructure, construction, road building, mining, forestry, utilities and municipalities. Strongco represents several leading equipment manufacturers including Volvo, Case, Manitowoc, Cedarapids.

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