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Team Rubicon, in Partnership with CASE, Begins Heavy Equipment Operations for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

PHOTO CREDITS: CASE Construction Equipment and Matt Mateiescu, Team Rubicon.

Veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon began the heavy equipment operations of "Operation Hard Hustle" on Thursday, September 14, 2017 with equipment and on-site support personnel provided by CASE Construction Equipment. Initial heavy equipment operations included debris removal and home demolition near Rockport and Aransas Pass, Texas, where the eye of Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August. Sonsray Machinery, Inc. of California also shipped compact track loaders in for the operation, and Michelin North America, Inc. donated sets of its Tweel airless radial tires to outfit skid steers working in demolition applications. 

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Vermeer Corporation Announces Its Acquisition of McLaughlin Group, Inc.

Vermeer Corporation has announced its acquisition of the remaining non-Vermeer interests of McLaughlin Group, Inc., a leader in the drill tooling and vacuum excavation industry. Vermeer took an initial vested position in McLaughlin in 2012, when it acquired a minority interest in the Greenville, South Carolina company. "Our initial investment in McLaughlin created the ideal opportunity to determine how the company culture and product portfolio fit within our organization," said Jason Andringa, president and CEO at Vermeer Corporation. "Now, we look forward to having the McLaughlin team and the products they design and manufacture become part of the comprehensive solution Vermeer provides to the utility market. This is especially important in the area of soft-dig excavation where we see demand for equipment and expertise continuing to grow today and well into the future."

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Doosan Bobcat donates equipment to aid in hurricane relief

Doosan Bobcat is donating over $325,000 worth of Bobcat equipment and Doosan Portable Power light towers and generators to assist with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief efforts. The company is also providing financial assistance to affected Doosan Bobcat North America dealership employees and their families, and Doosan Bobcat North America employees will direct annual charitable drives toward assisting those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Cat's D10 dozer celebrates 40 years

Forty years ago this September, Caterpillar rolled off of its production lines 10 pilot models of the world's largest, most powerful dozer, destined to leave a lasting legacy on the industry. The Cat D10 dozer's radically different design, high weight and horsepower, and resilient undercarriage answered the growing calls from large mining and big heavy construction operations for a more powerful dozer. 

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Ritchie Bros. Corporate Kids Challenge raises more than $1.1 million

Helping others can be fun. Just look at the massively successful Corporate Kids Challenge held every September at Ritchie Bros.' headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.  For the past eight years, Ritchie Bros. has hosted dozens of corporate teams from the greater Vancouver area to participate in a charity sports day challenge to raise funds for KidSport B.C., a community-based sports funding program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged children to participate in amateur sport. In total, the event has raised more than $1.1 million for KidSport, including $138,000 raised at this year's event held on September 9.   

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Atlas Copco appoints new Vice President for Canada

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment North America has appointed Mike Marion Vice President - Region Canada. Marion will lead Canadian sales and marketing efforts for products in the newly named Atlas Copco Power Technique business area. He brings to his new role more than 20 years of industry experience, including six years in leadership positions with Atlas Copco Construction Equipment Canada. 

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Volvo Penta launches new tagline: "Made to move you"

"We spin, roll, propel, lift and power those who move with the elements. This is what we stand for at Volvo Penta. This is who we are," says Kina Wileke, senior vice president, brand, communication and marketing at Volvo Penta. "In this way, our new ‘Made to move you' tagline complements our brand across all the different types of business that we support. Customers within different industries and areas of interest will be able to make their own interpretations of it. And that's its purpose." 

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Komatsu pledges $250,000 for Harvey relief

Komatsu America Corp. announced plans to provide a $250,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross, to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Komatsu America will also match, dollar-for-dollar, all contributions made by Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) and subsidiary-company employees. Subsidiary companies include Komatsu Financial, Komatsu Mining Corp., Modular Mining Systems, Inc., Hensley Industries, Inc., NTC America Corp., Komatsu America Industries, LLC, Gigaphoton USA, Komatsu Forklift USA, Komatsu Equipment Company, Komatsu SouthWest, F&M Equipment, Ltd., Komatsu do Brasil Ltda., Komatsu Cummins Chile Arrienda S.A. and Komatsu Holding South America Ltda.

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Toromont announces acquisition of Hewitt Group

Toromont Industries Ltd., a diversified industrials company providing specialized capital equipment and ongoing support to customers in various sectors, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the businesses and net operating assets of the Hewitt Group of companies in exchange for consideration of $917.7 million cash plus the issuance of 2.25 million Toromont shares (nominally $100 million based on 10 day average share price as at signing) for a total consideration of $1.0177 billion.

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Actor Channing Tatum drops by Mack World HQ on film promo tour

Actor Channing Tatum visited Mack Trucks' World Headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina as part of Jimmy Logan's Run, a promotional tour for his new film, Logan Lucky. A Mack B model truck briefly shares the screen with Tatum in the film, which recently premiered in theaters. Tatum surprised employees by dropping into offices for photos and conversation. He also had a chance to ride along in a Mack Pinnacle Axle Forward model (above), and drive the truck on a test track.

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