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    Apr 1, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Introducing the New Peterbilt 666 Fluid Terrain Vehicle

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    The all-new Peterbilt 666 Fluid Terrain Vehicle (FTV)

    Navistar, Inc. is pleased to announce the exciting introduction of the world’s first Fluid Terrain Vehicle (FTV) — the Peterbilt 666. This new Pete* is an exciting addition to Navistar’s current line-up of eco-friendly vehicles, and begins a new level of energy compliance, Tier 11. 

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    The Pete 666 FTV meets Tier 11 Engine Efficiency

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    Apr 1, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Standing Up For Ontario Farmers

    Governments Expand Support to Corn Farmers with Crops Impacted by Plant Disease

    The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have heard farmers' concerns and are responding with new steps to improve the corn production insurance plan. A new tiered corn salvage benefit will be introduced in support of requests from farmers who dealt with deoxynivalenol (DON) in their corn crop last year due to wet weather.

    The new tiered salvage benefit will more accurately reflect the additional costs associated with harvesting and handling corn affected by DON and help producers trying to find a market for it. The support, provided under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will begin in the 2019 crop year for eligible corn farmers, and the salvage benefit is expanded to include organic corn producers.

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    Mar 29, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Terex Trucks Has Its Sights Set On North American Expansion

    Terex Trucks, the Scottish articulated hauler manufacturer, has big plans for North America. The company wants to expand its already 35-strong North American dealer network, bringing its TA300 and TA400 machines to even more customers throughout the region.

    With the way things are going, America – the ‘land of opportunity’ – will soon become known as the ‘land of construction’. Billions of dollars have been ploughed into projects to create new buildings, roads, and pipelines throughout the country. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, US construction projects started this year will carry a combined value of $808 billion (£612 billion GBP). Also, at the moment, oil pipeline companies are doing particularly well because major renovation work is underway in and around British Columbia in Canada.

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    Mar 29, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Volvo CE Exceeds WWF Energy Savings Target Two Years Early

    Volvo CE has already surpassed its 2020 energy saving target as part of a global commitment with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

    More than two years ahead of schedule, Volvo CE has achieved its end of 2020 WWF Climate Savers commitment, aimed at reducing the amount of energy the company produces in its plants.  

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    Mar 29, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Three Kenworth W990 Models Headlined PKY Truck Beauty Championship At MATS

    There’s a new long-hood aspirational truck in town, and it’s the Kenworth W990.  It made its show debut at the Mid-America Trucking Show, with three customers displaying their W990s at the 30th annual Paul K. Young (PKY) Truck Beauty Championship on March 28th to 30th  in Louisville. 

    “This is just the beginning for the Kenworth W990’s presence at truck beauty contests,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “As a truck designed to maximize performance in over-the-road and vocational applications, I look forward to seeing our customers creativity shine through their customized W990s at future truck shows.” 

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    Mar 29, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Manitou Group’s Support for the NEOLINE Maritime Transport Project

    The Manitou group, the global leader in rough-terrain handling, confirms its support for the NEOLINE maritime project to transport its machines to the American market. This future innovative and environmentally-responsible line is part of the group's CSR approach.

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    Mar 28, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Advancing Automation: Workers Worry More About Site Safety Than Losing Their Jobs

    Almost half of all construction workers fear safety could be put at risk on job sites when artificial intelligence (AI) and automation becomes the norm – a higher number than those worried about losing their jobs to robots, a new survey reveals.


    Safety tops job security as the number one concern in a recent poll of construction workers carried out on behalf of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) – with 46% highlighting the increased risk to site safety compared to the 31% anxious for their jobs. Meanwhile, loss of sociability (26%) and not knowing who to blame if something goes wrong (17%) follows in their list of worries. But experts say automation is an opportunity not a threat, with the potential to actually reduce the dangers on site.
     
    Smarter machines can also be cause for optimism. Over half of respondents (54%) think autonomous machines and AI will be a boost to productivity, while 48% believe advanced technology like this will increase the speed of every day construction tasks. Interestingly, a small number of those surveyed are divided on the topic of safety, with three in 10 workers confident that automation could actually make construction safer. 
     
    The younger you are the more benefits you’re likely to see in autonomous technology. Respondents aged between 25 and 44 are more likely to think autonomous machinery could be a benefit in areas such as productivity, speed, safety, quality and fuel efficiency compared to those aged 44 and over. 
     
    When it comes to job fears, it is the machine operator that is perceived to be most at risk – according to almost half of respondents (48%). And those working in this job role agree, with three in five machine operators believing their job could become completely redundant following the rise in computer technology. Engineers are considered the second job role most at risk (21%), followed by bricklayers (17%) and construction managers (16%). Only one in five construction workers believe no jobs will be affected at all.
     
    From those who responded as part of the wider survey across all industries, some 55% agree that they would rather lose their job to a human than a machine. AI could even impact workers’ career choices with nearly three quarters of US respondents (72%) agreeing in some capacity that they would consider choosing a job that will not be affected by autonomous machinery or AI, compared to over two in five UK respondents (45%). 
     
    But just how much of an impact will automation have on construction jobs? With the majority of construction workers confident that AI would not do a better job than them (58%), can these technologies ever live up to tried and tested manpower?
     
    Volvo CE believes nurturing innovation is the key to surviving – and thriving – in the coming age of automation. Volvo Group Automation Specialist Christian Grante highlighted Volvo CE’s Triple Zero vision of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero unplanned stops as the key to maximizing the potential for automation. He says: “We believe our focus on technologies such as automation is exactly what allows us to make the construction industry safer. Our research into this area has shown that autonomous systems really can improve safety and productivity for our customers. And with more machines working in collaboration with humans, rather than being controlled by them, this will only increase further.”

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    Mar 28, 2019 - 2 months ago

  • Mississauga to Host Canada’s Largest Heavy Equipment Show This Week

    Mississauga, ON – The National Heavy Equipment Show is moving into the International Centre in Mississauga this week, March 28 and 29. With a sold-out show floor and thousands of visitors pre-registered, the key trade event is ready to mark its 22nd year. Thousands of square feet of big iron will be on display from the country’s leading dealers and manufacturers of heavy equipment.

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    Mar 26, 2019 - 3 months ago

  • KOBELCO Dealer Helps Kick-Start Fifth Generation Family-Owned Business in Texas

    KOBELCO Dealer Helps Kick-Start Fifth Generation Family-Owned Business in Texas

     The Moss family has been installing utilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex for almost a century. The fourth-generation family-owned business, Moss Construction Co., was founded in 1989 and became one of the largest utility contracting companies in DFW of its time. The business continued to thrive until 2008, when it was forced to close its doors due to the economic downturn.

    In 2016, Garrett Moss, fifth generation, along with Case Whitfield, decided to start Moss Utilities with the goal of continuing the family legacy of excellent workmanship, a passion for the industry, and conducting business with honor and integrity. Moss and Whitfield needed an equipment supplier to help kick-start their new business. They had considered other local equipment dealers, but had a past relationship with Bane Machinery and heard positive things about KOBELCO excavators.

    “My family has worked with KOBELCO excavator dealer, Bane Machinery, since the early 1990’s,” says Garrett Moss, President, Moss Utilities. “When we decided to restart the Moss business, we reached out to the team at Bane Machinery to form a relationship with the fifth generation. They have been one-hundred percent supportive from the get-go.”

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    Mar 25, 2019 - 3 months ago

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