Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff
Despite continued uncertainty in the U.S. construction markets and the overall economy, the mood at last week’s ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2011 in Las Vegas was, by all accounts, remarkably positive as industry professionals expressed hope for a sustained upturn in the coming months, while global sales continue to be strong for exhibitors with export capability or overseas production.
Source: ConExpo-Con/Agg Daily News; CP staff
On one of ConExpo-Con/Agg’s final days, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood held a last-minute press conference to tout pipeline safety and to kick off National Pipeline Safety month, as well as discuss his assessment of a new highway transportation bill, which he would like to see pushed through Congress before the August recess.
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.
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.
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.
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.