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Legislative Action Week: Make Congress Listen to Your Issues

November 17, 2014 9:31 pm

It’s been a wild couple of months in Washington with lawmakers splitting focus between campaigning to keep their jobs and actually doing them. Now that the 113th Congress is on their last leg, there’s work to do on Capitol Hill before the 114th is sworn in.

On Monday, Nov. 17, the association welcomed legislators back from their election campaigns with its 2014 Legislative Action Week, a targeted effort for members to focus lawmakers on the issues that matter to the equipment industry during Congress’ lame duck session. Read on to refresh your memory about where things stand on the four main issues more »

House Approves Keystone XL, Senate Up Next

November 17, 2014 8:51 pm

On Nov. 14, the House easily passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate is scheduled to take up identical legislation on Nov. 18.

The pipeline’s fate is a key issue in the December runoff election for the Louisiana Senate seat currently held by Democrat Mary Landrieu. Both Landrieu and challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy have campaigned on their support for the project’s approval. As a result, Congress, which returned for its lame-duck session on Nov. 12, has put Keystone at the forefront of its agenda.

AED led a coalition of 22 other organizations representing American construction workers, contractors and suppliers strongly more »

AED to EPA: Sink “Waters of the U.S.” Proposal

November 17, 2014 8:46 pm

On Nov. 13, AED joined 375 industry trade associations and chambers of commerce from 50 states to voice concerns with the proposed rule to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the country. The rule, proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’, seeks to clarify the definition of what can be regulated and would dramatically expand the agency’s jurisdiction. The association is calling for the proposal to be withdrawn on both legal and business grounds.

AED’s comments highlight that agency failed to follow existing law on numerous counts. more »

Wacker Neuson Begins Loader Production in the U.S.

November 16, 2014 10:04 pm

The Wacker Neuson Group is building a production line for skid steer and compact track loaders at its U.S. facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisc. The facility will go on stream in the first quarter of 2015, initially manufacturing four models. The U.S. is the largest market for skid steer loaders. “Our strategy is ‘in the region for the region,’ so it makes sense for us to build skid steer loaders in the region where demand is strongest – North America,” explained Cem Peksaglam, CEO of Wacker Neuson SE. “We unveiled four loader models tailored to the needs of the North American more »

Construction Equipment Market Worth $125.4 Billion by 2019

November 16, 2014 9:59 pm

The report Construction & Mining Equipment Market by Products (Excavators, Loaders, Articulated Dump Trucks, Motor Graders, Mining Grill & Breakers, Underground Mining Machinery, and Others), by Application, and by Region – Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019″, classifies and defines the construction equipment market in terms of volume & value and in terms of value for mining equipment market. The report highlights potential growth opportunities in the coming years as well as covers review of the – market drivers, restraints, growth indicators, challenges, legislation trends, market dynamics, competitive landscape, and other key aspects with respect to construction and mining equipment market.

Asia-Pacific: more »

AEM Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

November 16, 2014 9:44 pm

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently announced the 2014 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

Their vision and hard work have been critical to advancing global economic and social prosperity; their legacy strengthens continued industry contributions to improving our quality of life, and serves as an inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders.

The 2014 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame are:

  • E.G. Melroe & the Melroe Family, Melroe Manufacturing & Bobcat Company
  • Agustin ‘Gus’ Ramirez, HUSCO International
  • Robert J. Ratliff, AGCO Corporation
  • John D. West, The Manitowoc more »

Volvo CE Transfers Backhoe Loaders and Motor Graders to SDLG

November 16, 2014 9:37 pm

As part of the Volvo Group’s ongoing activities to improve profitability and reduce costs, Volvo Construction Equipment will discontinue development and production of its current product line of Volvo-branded backhoe loaders and motor graders. In the future, these products will instead be manufactured by Volvo CE’s Chinese company SDLG.

As communicated in conjunction with the report on the third quarter of 2014, further cost-saving measures will be implemented in Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) to adapt the cost structure and to address the profitability of certain products. A review of the operation has now been performed, resulting in the decision by Volvo more »

Deere Earns Spot on 2014 Global List of Top Companies for Leadership

November 16, 2014 9:34 pm

Deere & Company has been selected 16th on the 2014 Global Top Companies for Leaders list – a comprehensive study that recognizes best-in-class management practices, especially in the area of leadership development.

This marks the third consecutive time Deere has been named to the list. The study is completed by Aon Hewitt, a leading global talent, retirement and health solutions consulting firm. Besides placing 16th overall on the global listing, Deere also is recognized as 10th among companies based in North America.

“Top Companies for Leaders are passionate about cultivating resilient and engaging leaders who take the time to know and develop employees and understand more »

Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Strong Growth in Third Quarter

November 16, 2014 9:33 pm

Builder confidence in the single-family 55+ housing market for the third quarter is up year over year, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released Nov. 6. Compared to the third quarter of 2013, the single-family index jumped nine points to a level of 59, which is the highest third-quarter reading since the inception of the index in 2008 and the 12th consecutive quarter of year over year improvements.

“Demand for 55+ housing has never been higher, and this quarter’s index clearly demonstrates that,” said Steve Bomberger, chairman of NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council and president more »

NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Aquires H&H Crane Service

November 16, 2014 9:31 pm

Canadian-based NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Corporation announced on Nov. 10, that its U.S. subsidiary, NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services, Inc., has acquired substantially all of the assets of Great Falls, Mont.-based business, H&H Crane Service Inc.

H&H Crane Service’s parent company was founded in Great Falls, Mont. in 1987 by Tom Harant. According to the company, it is the leading supplier of fully operated and maintained crane services in Great Falls. The State of Montana is currently experiencing substantial economic growth and is the location of a number of proposed wind farms, proposed refinery expansions, and home to the western portion more »

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