Western Star reveals aluminum cab, Detroit-loaded 49X workhorse

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Sources: Western Star, Portland, Ore.; CP staff After extensive field testing in mixer, dump and other vocational applications, Western Star has unveiled the 49X, an aluminum cab model with single channel frame rail, composite hood and other modifications equating to a weight savings of more than 350 lbs. versus the 4900 truck, which will remain available.  

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MANUFACTURERS – SEPTEMBER 2019

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As a critical component of an ongoing commitment to a complete customer experience (CX) transformation, Daimler Trucks North America has created an entirely new CX organization and named 34-year company veteran Paul Romanaggi as Chief CX Officer.

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MANUFACTURERS – FEBRUARY 2019

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Chicago-based LafargeHolcim has named Kristin Beck as senior vice president of Supply Chain for the United States. With 20-plus years’ global supply chain and transportation management experience, she arrives from Dow Chemical Co., where she served as director, North American Road Logistics since 2014. Prior to her position at Dow, she held roles of increasing responsibility, including Program Manager-Logistics at Insight Corp. and Senior Account Leader at Schneider Logistics.

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MANUFACTURERS – JULY 2018

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Duane Rondeau, a 30-year Besser Co. veteran, has been promoted to executive director of Sales – Masonry & Hardscape, responsible for national and international sales teams. Upon graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, Rondeau joined the Besser Engineering team in 1988, later moving into sales administration and ultimately a leadership role in international sales in 2012.

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MANUFACTURERS – MAY 2018

Fly ash processor and marketer Charah LLC, Louisville, Ky., has secured an exclusive agreement covering coal combustion products from the Consumers Energy J.H. Campbell complex in West Olive, Mich. It will sell the facility’s Class C fly ash to Great Lakes concrete and cement customers, and also move material through its MultiSource terminal network serving Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, South, Mountain and West regions. Charah will also market the generating station’s bottom ash for such applications as Class 1A backfill, cement kiln raw feed, and lightweight aggregate or flowable fill mixtures.

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MANUFACTURERS – SEPTEMBER 2015

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Daimler Trucks North America has named Kelley Platt as chief diversity officer and Western Star Trucks president, and appointed her to the DTNA Operating Committee. The primary purpose of the former position is to ensure alignment of diversity and inclusion strategies with organizational goals. DTNA reports that employees come from all walks of life, bringing a wealth of skills and experience to their roles; diversity and inclusion have flourished in 2015 through the advocacy and support of Employee Resource Groups, which now include 1,000-plus individuals. The Western Star role has been expanded to include executive oversight of the company’s Portland, Ore., manufacturing plant.

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MANUFACTURERS – JUNE 2015

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A marketing agreement will see the Besser Co. sales organization promote the Rosetta Hardscapes product line to domestic and international prospects, augmenting the latter company’s sales efforts. The variety of Rosetta units and plant equipment offerings, Besser officials note, will appeal to producers throughout manufactured and ready mixed concrete.

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Freightliner takes Hoover Dam at face value in autonomous vehicle premier

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With exposed surface area equal to nearly 10 football fields, one of the world’s top concrete icons supported Daimler Trucks North America’s early-May premier for the first autonomous Class 8 truck licensed to use public roads. Hoover Dam, linking Arizona and Nevada at the Black Canyon and embodying 3 million yd. of cast-in-place concrete, served as the backdrop for a prime time video presentation on the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The 30-minute production was capped by the vehicle’s arrival at the center of the structure, whose top bears U.S. 93 traffic.

 
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Freightliner takes Hoover Dam at face value in record scale video projection

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Sources: Daimler Trucks North America, Fort Mill, S.C.; CP staff

With exposed surface area equal to nearly 10 football fields, one of the world’s top concrete icons supported an early-May premier for the first autonomous Class 8 truck licensed to use public roads. Hoover Dam, linking Arizona and Nevada at the Black Canyon, served as the backdrop for a prime time video presentation on the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The vehicle’s arrival at the center of the structure, whose top bears limited U.S. 93 traffic, capped a 30-minute production.

 
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