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Ritchie Bros. will buy Euro Auctions, parent of Yoder & Frey, in a $1.08 billion deal Ritchie says will give it a larger footprint in Europe and the Middle East. Ritchie says it will acquire 100% of Euro Auctions equity. In addition, it will retain key management employees, including Derek Keys, Euro Auction founder and director. The deal is expected to be final in the first quarter of 2022.  “This acquisition significantly accelerates our strategy to drive revenue and earnings growth and add shareholder value by continuing to expand our capabilities in new channels, sectors, regions and customer segments,” says Ann Fandozzi, Ritchie CEO.  Founded in 1998, Euro Auctions purchased U.S.-based Yoder & Frey in 2016, the same year Ritchie purchased IronPlanet. Euro Auctions says it conducted 60 unreserved heavy equipment auctions in 2020 through its live and online sales, selling close to 90,000 items. Yoder & FreyFor 47 years, Yoder & Frey has held a February auction in Kissimmee, Florida, which it held live this past February, bucking the online-only trend after the pandemic hit. Along with its U.S.

Seven road projects have won awards from the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The winners are as follows: Florida Department of Transportation — Restoring a Bridge: American Legion Drive over the Peace River project (Quality of Life/Community Development, Small category) (TIE) Georgia Department of Transportation — Macon-Bibb County Design-Build Bridges project (Quality of Life/Community Development, Small category) (TIE) North Carolina Department of Transportation — Reconstruction of Salem Parkway (U.S. 421/I-40 Business)(Quality of Life/Community Development, Medium category) South Carolina Department of Transportation — C. Phase 1 (Rural Road Safety Program) (Operations Excellence, Small category) Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development — I-10 Widening Project (Operations Excellence, Medium category) Florida Department of Transportation — Leveraging Innovation: How FDOT Transformed the Gateway to Florida Keys (Best Use of Technology & Innovation, Small category) (TIE) North Carolina Department of Transportation — Monroe Expressway: A High-Speed Alternative to U.S. 74 project (Best Use of Technology & Innovation, Large category) This is the first of four regional contests within the national America’s Transportation Awards competition. The three highest-scoring projects from each regional competition earn a place on a “Top 12” list of projects, which will compete for the Grand Prize – selected by an

Bosch Power Tools has debuted two new jobsite radios, the larger of which is a charging station and power source as well. Both jobsite radios have several ways to connect and listen to music, including Bluetooth 5.0 for music from streaming services or songs from your mobile device. And with their USB charging capability, you can also charge your mobile devices with them. The larger unit, the GPB18V-5C, provides four 120-volt outlets to run lights, tools and electronics. Four speakers blast out sound in all directions. Separate bass and treble controls and five equalizer presets enable you to fine tune the sound, keeping your rock music thumpy and your talk/sports broadcasts intelligible. The radio/charger runs on Bosch’s 18V lithium-ion batteries or an included 120V AC power cord. A large digital media bay provides secure storage for mobile devices, and a rubberized roll-cage design protects the GPB18V-5C from knocks and rough handling. Incoming calls can be handled with Bluetooth connectivity and the phone function on the Bosch GPB18V-2C jobsite radio.BoschThe compact version, the GPB18V-2C, features handles and a hanging hook, along

Ram is expanding its light-duty lineup with the additions of the new 2022 Ram 1500 Laramie G/T and Ram 1500 Rebel G/T models. The models feature unique technology and performance straight from the factory. “Ram has a strong history of performance trucks, and the Laramie G/T and Rebel G/T models add to that while expanding the light-duty lineup with the segment’s best combination of performance, capability, luxury and technology,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram Brand Chief Executive Officer at Stellantis. “Ram 1500 G/T buyers will enjoy this combination of performance and luxury that the newest additions to our versatile lineup offer.” Ram 1500 G/T models feature a sport performance hood and G/T decals to distinguish them from the rest of the Rebel and Laramie offerings. A factory installed cold-end exhaust and cold-air intake, available through Mopar, are also standard. 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/TRamPerformance pages are included on the 2022 Ram 1500 G/T as standard equipment and give drivers the tools necessary to become familiar with their vehicle’s performance. The app provides access to real-time vehicle performance information, including timers (such as

Mobile crane manufacturer Tadano has introduced an upgraded four-axle all-terrain crane line with a lifting capacity of 75 tons and two boom lengths. The new AC 4.070-1 and AC 4.070L-1 feature a new carrier cab and multifunctional crane controls. At full length, the 171-foot, six-section main boom can lift 12,786 pounds. The lifting capacity was improved further for steep main boom positions with small radii. Lifting capacity was also improved for steep main boom positions with small radii. A 144-foot main boom is available as an option. With a length of 29.5 to 52.5 feet, the main boom’s extension can be used with manual or stepless hydraulic adjustments from 0 to 40 degrees to overcome a variety of obstacles. The larger total lifting capacity continuously changes in line with all radii, and an additional 5.9-foot runner can be mounted on the opposite side of the double swing-away jib on the boom. Fast set up Tadano’s AML-F crane control system and asymmetrical outrigger settings make quick work of set up and positioning. The lifting capacity selection function is automatic, making things

Resilience is a term being discussed quite a bit when it comes to infrastructure, but what does it mean and how does it apply to building asphalt roads? A recent report published by the National Asphalt Pavement Association seeks to answer those questions and more, as well as provide recommendations for asphalt contractors and others in the asphalt industry. The Resilient Asphalt Pavements: Industry Solutions for the Resilience Goal says evaluating infrastructure resilience involves determining its risk to disaster, such as a flood, and then addressing that risk. The report also includes the Federal Highway Administration’s definition of resilience: “The ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.” Examples of asphalt’s resilience include: Rapid constructability to repair damaged roads and reduce user delay costs.Perpetual Pavement design to harden pavement systems.The ability to leverage maintenance overlays to harden the system and adapt to changing climate conditions.Use of recycled materials, when supply chains are cut off due to a disruptive event.Warm mix asphalt technologies to increase haul distance or assist in

Biodegradable lubricants are gaining increased interest as more states and municipalities work to reduce the environmental impact of construction activities. Even small leaks and spills of machine fluids and grease runoff are of particular concern around sensitive aquifers, groundwater sources, water sheds and wildlife habitats.  Rainfall can carry these contaminants many miles where they wind up in streams, lakes, rivers and the ocean. In some California districts, operators are required to park their construction machines on large sheets of heavy-duty plastic at the end of the day to prevent accidental fluid leaks from contaminating leaching into the soil. As environmentally acceptable lubricants or (EALs), Shell Naturelle products can reduce risks to the environment while at the same time providing the engine, gear, bearing and hydraulic system protections you need to keep your machines in good running order. And by using Shell Naturelle lubricants and greases, construction contractors can meet a multitude of regulatory requirements and reduce their impact on local ecosystem. For the construction and mining industries, the Shell Naturelle brand includes ester based hydraulic fluid, grease fluid, high pressure

With their quiet, zero-emissions power systems, battery-electric rough terrain scissor lifts make a lot of sense. And Snorkel is making a lot of them. The company recently announced production of five new lithium-ion battery powered models to add to its existing line of three electric rough terrain scissor lifts and telehandlers. The five new machines include versions of two narrow-width units, the S2255RTE and S2755RTE, as well as three standard width units, the S2770RTE, S3370RTE and S3970RTE. The maintenance-free lithium-ion battery packs on the new machines last up to 22 times longer than lead-acid batteries thanks to built-in battery management systems.  Suitable for a wide range of environments, the lithium-ion battery packs have been tested to as low as minus-77 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Models are offered standard with two 5.75-kilowatt lithium battery packs, with an additional 5.75-kilowatt battery pack option for extended range, heavy use applications or where long-distance driving is required. According to the company, in both test conditions and real-life applications the standard two battery pack system has delivered at least an eight-hour shift

Any construction contractor who spends a lot of time in his truck from the office to jobsite visits, meetings with customers, suppliers and bid lettings — knows how hard it is to have a clear picture of where his equipment is, what it’s doing and how it is doing. Mecalac, a manufacturer and distributor of compact construction equipment for urban environments now offers a fleet management solution to help. With the MyMecalac telematics program you can get high-level summaries, specific machine details, maintenance, inspection and damage notifications in real time almost anywhere. Developed in partnership with Trackunit, and accessible through the web on MyMecalac.com, and mobile app, the system comes standard on all Mecalac excavators and loaders in North America. The onboard telematics box continuously communicates information to the web portal. Users simply login to the web portal or app to access all machine data in real-time. The machine data shows users which machines are healthy, and which need immediate attention or will require service soon. From there, those using the service can zoom into a specific machine to see everything

H&E Equipment Services is expanding into the Midwest with the opening of its new Kansas City branch. The 21,000-square-foot facility sits on nearly 2 acres with six service bays, a fenced-in yard, offices and parts warehouse.  The branch specializes in the rental of aerial lifts, telescopic forklifts, earthmoving machinery, compaction equipment, generators, compressors, and more and represents the following manufacturers: Allmand, Atlas Copco, Blue Diamond, Bomag, Case, Club Car, Gehl, Generac Mobile, Genie, Hamm, Husqvarna, JCB, JLG, John Deere, Kubota, LayMor, Ledwell, Link-Belt Excavators, MEC, Miller, Multiquip, Okada, Polaris, Skyjack, SkyTrak, Sullair, Sullivan-Palatek, Takeuchi, Towmaster Trailers, Wacker Neuson, Wirtgen, Yanmar, and others. Case CE names Diamond, Gold dealers Case Construction Equipment has named its top 2020 dealers, recognized for excellence in sales performance, marketing and communications, product support, parts support and training. The 2020 Diamond Dealer award winners are: ASCO Equipment (Texas), Groff Tractor (Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey), J.R. Brisson Equipment (Ontario, Quebec), Longus Equipment (Quebec), McCann Industries (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan) and Redhead Equipment (Saskatchewan). The 2020 Gold Dealer award winners are: Crawler Supply (Louisiana), Eagle Power &