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Cat Vocational Trucks sets May production for CT660

Source: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.

Cat Vocational Trucks will open orders for its flagship CT660 model in April, with contract production commencing the following month at the Navistar severe service truck assembly plant in Garland, Texas. Company officials note the truck will be premium priced, and they will focus on cost of ownership.

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Navistar, Indiana Phoenix team for Continental Mixers front

Source: Navistar Inc., Warrenville, Ill.

Through a strategic partnership with Indiana Phoenix announced at the opening of ConExpo-Con/Agg, Continental Mixers LLC will add a new front-discharge mixer to complement its line-up of integrated rear-discharge models. The Continental front models will be available in the fall and manufactured for an interim period by Indiana Phoenix, which will remain active in the glider market.

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Mack Trucks eyes bridge formula with Medium Duty Granite

Sources: Mack Trucks Inc., Greensboro, N.C.; CP staff

To round out options for truck weight-wise mixer and dump customers, Mack has extended its construction offerings with a Medium Duty Granite in axle-forward or axle-back configurations. Announced at ConExpo-Con/Agg, the new model will be equipped with a Cummins ISL9 engine, plus Eaton manual, or Allison 3000/4000 automatic transmissions. The Allison 3000 also has been added as an option for the standard Granite series, as has a single-piece windshield.

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Cemex’s Karl Watson, Jr. named NRMCA chairman

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

At the close of the NRMCA annual convention in Las Vegas, leading into the 2011 ConExpo-Con/Agg, Cemex East Region President Karl Watson, Jr. began a one-year term as board chairman, succeeding Tim Becken of Minnesota’s Cemstone Products.

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EPA lauds Roanoke role in RM customers’ double-digit energy cuts

Source: Roanoke Cement Co., Virginia

By Don Marsh

Through 3,000-plus hours of technical assistance and energy management training last year, Roanoke Cement’s Plant A Star program saw staff position a group of ready mixed concrete customers to reduce plants’ electricity consumption by an estimated 15 percent.

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