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Finning World Leader in Encouraging Adoption of Heavy Equipment Technology That Saves Costs, Environment

As the business world watches closely, Finning’s technology solutions division, SITECH Western Canada Solutions Ltd., continues forward with its industry changing procedures in developing Alberta, British Columbia and parts of the Northwest Territories.

Finning won Trimble’s Technology Dealer of the Year award for 2014. The honour is global recognition given to the dealer that sells the most Trimble construction technology world-wide. The technology is one of the most reliable and rugged construction technology systems available to the heavy civil construction contractor and features innovative practices in grade control, site positioning and software used to increase efficiency.

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Refined D3K2, D4K2, and D5K2 Models Deliver Reduced Emissions and New Production-Enhancing Features

The new Cat D3K2, D4K2, and D5K2 Track Type Tractors have a refined design that includes engines meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions standards and new features and options that further enhance performance in utility and grading applications. The new models add customer value with such features as Automatic Traction-Control, Slope-Indicate, and available Slope-Assist, while retaining the premium features of their predecessors—hydrostatic drive, Stable Blade and Power Pitch systems, Eco Mode, and spacious, well-appointed operator's stations with improved climate comfort features.

With respective power ratings of 80, 92, and 104 horsepower (59.7, 68.8, and 77.6 kW), the new models all use the Cat C4.4 ACERT engine, which meets the most stringent emissions standards with only the Cat NOx Reduction System (cooled exhaust gas recirculation), maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst, and selective catalytic reduction system.

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Portable Power & Compressors

VMAC Releases Redesigned UNDERHOOD Air Compressor for Ford 6.7 Diesel Engine

VR 70 UNDERHOOD Air Compressor
VR 70 UNDERHOOD Air Compressor

VMAC is pleased to announce an redesigned UNDERHOOD air compressor system for the Ford 6.7L Power Stroke diesel engine, which is installed on all Ford Turbo Diesel trucks size F250 to F550, from 2011 model year onward. This system simplifies installation and eases access for ongoing servicing.

The new V900130 kit replaces the V900120 kit, and has a quicker install time.

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Asphalt industry’s ‘Road Tour’ seminar rolls into Sudbury

The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA), the voice of the province’s asphalt pavement industry, will bring its annual Road Tour seminar series to Sudbury on Tuesday, May 5.

OHMPA’s annual Road Tour is a four-city seminar series designed for asphalt producers, contractors and road-building stakeholders to get the latest industry information that will impact their work in the coming year. It also allows industry an opportunity to meet face-to-face with local Ministry of Transportation (MTO) representatives and municipal and consulting engineers. The unique event will bring together some of the best minds in the industry to engage in a conversation about how to continue producing the best quality roads possible.

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$215+ Million of Equipment Sold at Ritchie Bros.' Largest Canadian Auction Ever

Ritchie Bros., the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold more than CA$215 million (US$177+ million) of heavy equipment and trucks at an unreserved public auction in Edmonton, AB from April 28 – May 1, 2015, making it the largest Canadian auction in Company history. The auction broke multiple other Company records, including global records for online sales (CA$105+ million or US$86+ million), total number of registered bidders (14,000+), number of online bidders (8,150+), total number of buyers (3,200+) and number of online buyers (1,850+), as well as a new Canadian record for number of lots sold (7,700+). Bids were made in person at the Edmonton auction site, online in real time at rbauction.com and by proxy.

"This auction was certainly one for the record books," said Randy Wall, President, Canada, Ritchie Bros. "With more than 14,000 registered bidders from more than 55 countries, we surpassed our previous global bidder record by more than 4,550 people! As a result of the high bidder turnout and the strength of the transportation, construction, forestry and other sectors in Alberta, the rest of Canada and abroad, we saw strong pricing at the auction, despite continued market concerns surrounding lower oil prices. In particular we saw great pricing on all general construction, transportation, and aerial equipment, as well as all rental-related equipment."

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Superior Industries Acquires Portable Plant Manufacturer MFE Manufacturing

Superior Industries, Inc., has announced its acquisition of MFE Manufacturing. Family owned and operated since its founding in 1947, MFE designs and builds portable plants for construction, aggregates and material handling industries. The 68-year company is headquartered in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.

MFE is best known for engineering and fabricating portable processing plants, including jaw and cone crushing systems, screen plants and belt feeders. The company also designs and builds stationary structures for bulk material handling applications. MFE operates from a 25,000 square foot plant at the mouth of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick.

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Worldwide Boxer Distributor Network Expands

Morbark, Inc., continues to aggressively expand the distributor network domestically and internationally for its Boxer line of compact utility loaders. Two of these new distributors, Best Line Equipment and Stevens Products, Ltd., also signed on as Morbark Tree Care Products dealers. The most recent Boxer Equipment distributors range across four countries and are as follows:

  • AB Hydraulics, Inc., in Carencro, La.
  • Best Line Equipment, with three locations in Pennsylvania carrying Morbark equipment (Hatboro, West Chester and Lemont Furnace) and one location carrying Boxer equipment (Lemont Furnace)
  • Elk Grove Power Equipment in Elk Grove, Calif.
  • KASE Holdings in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Leslie Street Rentals in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
  • Lizwood SA DE CV in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Pacific Tractor & Implement in Hillsboro, Ore.
  • Stevens Products, Ltd., in Auckland, New Zealand

“We’re pleased to see so many companies interested in representing the Boxer equipment line,” said Mark Rau, Morbark Dealer Development Manager. “It is important that the companies we partner with continue to raise the bar and provide the high-quality customer service that is synonymous with the Morbark and Boxer names.”

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Komatsu Launches Powerful New PC390LC-11 Hydraulic Excavator

Komatsu America Corp. has introduced the PC390LC-11 hydraulic excavator. With a net horsepower of 257 hp. (192 kW), the PC390LC-11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D114E-6 engine, which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final engines are built on the solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s first Tier 1 engine. The culmination is today’s Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new excavator leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering an environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing operating costs and improving fuel efficiency.

With an operating weight between 87,388 lbs. (39,638 kg) and 89,248 lbs. (40,579 kg), the PC390LC-11 has upgraded cab features and an enhanced power mode for greater productivity and lower cost per ton. In addition to improved productivity and upgraded cab features, the PC390LC-11 maintains the same powerful lifting performance and stability of the previous model. The PC390LC-11 continues to feature one size class larger PC450 class heavy duty undercarriage components to maintain the same high lift capacity and lateral stability as the former model. The larger undercarriage has a 6% wider track gauge and offers up to 18% greater over-the-side lift capacity than the PC360LC-11.

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Komatsu New PC78US-10 Compact Excavator

Komatsu has introduced the new PC78US-10 hydraulic excavator, a money and time-saving workhorse with a rare pedigree: it has a Tier 4 Final engine that doesn’t require a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

The PC78US-10 allows operators to work with ease in confined spaces, thanks to the tight tail-swing radius, offset boom and contoured cab design inherited from its predecessor. What is new to the machine is an up to three percent increase in productivity and an up to five percent drop in fuel usage with no loss of performance.

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