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06 CRAIG'S CRANE & SERVICES, INC. Takes Care of the Heavy Lifting in the Imperial Valley

12 MG CONSTRUCTION & ELECTRIC INC. Building A Reputation For Quality and Reliability Since 1999



16 J.R. MAINTENANCE CONCRETE, INC. Concrete Construction Company Specializing in ADA Compliance

20 STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS Pre-Construction Plan Helps Build Winery Visitor Center

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Above: Craig Huber, Owner/Operator, Craig's Crane and Services, Inc. Below: Craig's Crane and Services, Inc.'s Link-Belt HTC-86100 truck crane.


Takes Care of the Heavy Lifting in the Imperial Valley Craig Huber is a true owner-operator in every sense of the word. He has been serving Brawley and the surrounding Imperial Valley since 2007 with operated crane rental services. Craig has been around construction and equipment from his youth, where he was raised and eventually joined his family's rental equipment business. His father started the rental equipment business in 1965, renting everything from lawn mowers to excavators


and dozers. Huber began working full time for the rental equipment company in 1986, helping his father launch and run a new crane and high reach rental division in 1997.

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Background: Craig's Crane & Services Inc. places conductor pipe into recently drilled hole in preparation for drilling geothermal well in Imperial county. Left Inset: Lucas, Sylvia, Chloe and Craig Huber standing in front of their new crane at the Link-Belt factory in Lexington, KY.


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overseeing and growing the crane and high reach operations until 2007, when he decided to take a leap of faith and start his own crane rental business. "I bought the 36-ton crane from my father and started out working primarily on small commercial and industrial projects," says Huber. "I wanted to get into the heavier lifts, so I purchased a 90-ton Link-Belt (HTC-8690 telescopic) truck crane from Nixon-Egli the following year (2008)."

Craig's Crane & Services, Inc. (Craig's Crane) started out working on everything from small homeowner lifts to medium sized picks for commercial and industrial clients in the Imperial Valley, as well as for power plants, the local irrigation district, and geothermal operations. The addition of the 90-ton Link-Belt Crane opened a new niche for Huber, allowing for much larger picks for some of the same customers, and other new clients like the local school district, mechanical, HVAC and other contractors.

"I purchased another new Link-Belt 90-ton Belt (HTC-8690 telescopic) truck crane in 2010, before eventually selling both of my 90-ton's for a new 2015 Link-Belt (HTC-86100) hydraulic truck crane in December 2014. I still have my original 36-ton truck crane and still use it quite a bit." According to Huber, the Link-Belt HTC-86100 hydraulic truck crane is like having two or three different size cranes in one. "My new Link-Belt 86100 offers a variety of counterweight configurations,

Above Left & Right: Final stage of conductor pipe placement in Imperial Valley.

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a 38' to 140' five stage pin & latch boom section, as well as a large comfortable cab with excellent visibility." The HTC86100 also offers 16,800-pound maximum winch line pull, 480 feet per minute maximum winch line speed, a tight turning radius, the Link-Belt PULSE Total Crane Operating System, as well as industryleading power and responsive hydraulics. "After talking with other crane owners and operators early on in my business, I found out that LinkBelt was the way to go," says Huber. "They all steered me towards Nixon-Egli, and I am glad they did. I am kind of out here in the middle of nowhere and service is real big deal to me. Nixon-Egli has always been there for me and their service manager, Dave Heitmiller, is sort of like my savior. He has led me through several issues, even helping me to fix things and solve problems right over the phone. I made the right decision in going with Link-Belt and Nixon-Egli." Craig Huber points out that there is something to be said about being a true owneroperator. "I think that is one of my great advantages. My customers know what they are getting every time, and they also know my work ethic and that they will always receive nothing short of my best," says Huber. "My clients also know that I will respond promptly to their requests, sometimes with same day service or within 24-hours. I try and prioritize and schedule according to urgency, with my customer's bottom line at the forefront." Huber points out that some weeks are more challenging than others, but that it is not the jobs or scheduling, as much


Above: Craig's Crane & Services, Inc.'s Link-Belt HTC-86100 equipped with refuse bin assisting ATF with arson investigation.

as the backend paperwork part of his operation. "We work on all sorts of job sites including union jobs with prevailing wage requirements. The paperwork can get a bit daunting at times, but I have my wife, Sylvia, in the office and she does everything she can to keep me out in the field, instead of behind a desk doing paperwork," says Huber. Huber points out that he is in a niche market and business has remained steady since he started out in 2007. "Business has always been good, even through the Great Recession," says Huber. "There is only one other crane company in my particular area, although the

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guys in San Diego and Fontana try and break into our valley now and then. I work with solar and geothermal companies, local high schools, as well as for out of town contractors that want to work with the local guy. They want to know that someone will be there 24/7 and that is what I am all about." Craig Huber has been serving the Imperial Valley with crane services for nearly 20 years with an enthusiasm that only comes from local pride. For more information on Craig's Crane & Services, Inc., visit their website at or call their Brawley office at (760) 351-8600. Cc




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Building A Reputation For Quality and Reliability By Brian Hoover Since 1999 iguel Gonzalez started his electrical construction company in 1999, before incorporating as MG Construction & Electric, Inc. in 2002. Gonzalez had worked for several years as a project manager on the same project for a large electrical contractor out of Corona, where they were building around 400 homes a year. “I was making good money, but I was young and ambitious, and I wanted to see what I could accomplish on my own,” says Gonzalez. “The problem was, I had been working on just this one job for close to seven years, and I didn’t have many contacts in the industry.” As fate would have it, Gonzalez’ former employer had been getting bid requests from several different sources out in the Palm Desert area where Gonzalez lived. “The previous company that I worked for referred two or three clients to me and they kept me busy for the first couple of years,” says Gonzalez. “I grew up in Palm Desert, and this is where I wanted to do business. I started out with just two employees and slowly added individuals as the jobs became more plentiful and larger in scope.” At the height of his business, Gonzalez had 95


Miguel Gonzalez, owner of MG Construction & Electric, Inc. uses his Cat 259D track loader on a jobsite in Palm Desert.

employees in the field and seven in the office. “We went from being a licensed electrical contractor to a fully licensed general building contractor in 2012,” says Gonzalez. “This enabled us to grow and begin taking on subcontracting work performing everything from underground utility construction to demolition work.” MG Construction & Electric now has 20 full-time field employees with three in the office. Although the company still performs a great deal of

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electrical construction work, they also offer a list of other services including tenant improvements, building rehabilitation, demolition, capital improvements, grading, excavating and erosion control, as well as concrete construction, retaining walls, plumbing, HVAC and so much more. “We are currently taking on a good amount of commercial tenant improvements, as well as underground utility construction and of course electrical,” says Gonzalez. “Most of our work is local, but we will travel out beyond our primary area if the job is large enough.” MG Construction & Electric has completed several $400,000 plus jobs over the years, but they also take on the smaller projects with pride in their reputation for quality. They are currently working at a private motorsports club in Thermal, where they have been doing electrical and some underground utility work for the past four years. “This motorsports complex has plans to build 300 monster garages in the future, and we have already been part of the construction of six garages and also the building of the BMW performance [ Continued on page 14]




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building located on-site,” says Gonzalez. “The owner of the racetrack also owns several gas stations that he has hired us to work on as well. Referrals keep us busy, and one job leads to another. We are very fortunate to work with such great people, and we are honored that they trust us with their electrical and other construction needs.” MG Construction & Electric will also be starting a three-month-long job soon out in Indian Wells at a prestigious country club. “We have had a seven-man crew out at Toscana Country Club all year long doing electrical construction work for the luxury home builds,” says Gonzalez. “We will also soon be working as a subcontractor on the expansion of their clubhouse and three other new buildings, performing electrical and underground utility work.”


MG Construction & Electric works on several jobs at a time, and owner Miguel Gonzalez makes sure that he remains an integral part of every project. “I am personally involved with every project that I take on,” says Gonzalez. “This is something that I feel very strongly about and it is



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also something that is not very common in our industry. I visit every job at least two or three times a week for several hours, and I get in there and get dirty to the point where a client is surprised to see that I am the owner of this company. I believe this is what will set us apart and keep us busy in the future.” MG Construction and Electric remains diversified, and they work for a variety of clients in several industries including homebuilders, large retail outlets, shopping centers, car dealerships, restaurant chains, gas stations, storage facilities, schools, office buildings and other industrial, commercial and residential clients. Some of their feature work has included both electrical and underground utility construction work for companies like Costco, Best Buy, WinCo Foods, Home Depot and even a 2-year project as a subcontractor helping to build a new 3-story fire station in Riverside. “We

were on the Indio Costco project for almost three months and this job required a lot of excavation work,” says Gonzalez. “We own and operate Cat equipment that we have purchased and rented from Johnson Machinery over the years. Just as with our employees, we only work with the best and that includes the machinery we use out on our job sites.” MG Construction & Electric currently has two pieces of Cat machinery, including a new Cat 259 track loader and a 2005 Cat 303 mini excavator. “I grew up working with Cat machines, and I prefer Cat over any other brand,” says Gonzalez. “They are the standard in our industry and working with Johnson Machinery, and their sales representative, Jose Farias and all of Johnson's service and support staff has been nothing but great since I began doing business with them in 2003.” Gonzalez has also purchased several Cat generators from Johnson Machinery over the years, with plans to add to their fleet with a new excavator soon. “Other equipment companies have come and gone, but Johnson Machinery has always been there for us when we needed them,” says Gonzalez. “I am looking at upgrading to a new Cat 308 (308E2 CR mini excavator) excavator soon. I want to go a little bigger so that we can better handle some of the larger grading and demolition jobs that are coming our way more often.” Gonzalez makes it clear that he wants to continue to grow his business intelligently with


1). MG Construction & Electric's Cat 259D track loader pushing dirt on Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells California.

slow, managed growth. “The most fundamental part of our company is our employees. Our people care about job quality, and they take the extra step to ensure the best quality work,” says Gonzalez. We want to work only with the highest quality vendors, and Johnson Machinery is at the top of our list. I look forward to a bright future here in Palm Desert.”

2). MG Construction & Electric's Cat 303 mini excavator preparing to dig on the jobsite. 3). MG Construction & Electric uses their Cat 303 mini to excavate on the project.

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Above: J.R. Maintenance Concrete, Inc. pouring a slab section at an apartment complex in Temecula.

Concrete Construction Company Specializing in ADA Compliance By Brian Hoover

ose Gonzalez had been working as a superintendent for a concrete construction company for several years, before deciding to launch his new enterprise last year. “I knew that I had the experience and the skills needed to build a successful concrete construction company and so I put it all on the line and started J.R. Maintenance Concrete, Inc.,” says Gonzalez.


Jose was able to hit the ground running due to his previous work ethic and reputation he had built in years past. Well-known as a reliable and skilled craftsman, Gonzalez attracted clients immediately, and the word began to spread. “We started out with simple driveway construction and quickly moved into foundations, sidewalks and curb and

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gutter work. We now specialize in ADA compliance, and this is taking off for us,” says Gonzalez. “We have completed ADA jobs all over Southern California and even in San Francisco with work currently in Los Angeles, Temecula, and San Diego.” California is one of the most ADA compliant states in the nation, but it is also one of the most [ Continued on page 18]

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Left: J.R. Maintenance Concrete employees; Higinio Morales (left), Jose Gonzalez, Mauro Arcos and Luis Gonzalez. Above: John Deere 326E skid steer loader working at an apartment complex in Los Angeles.

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litigious. California law makes it clear that ADA noncompliance can be considered a civil rights violation and is subject to a statutory minimum penalty of $4,000, plus attorney’s fees. Lawsuits can be avoided by having your business or property inspected for compliance and then if necessary, hire a company like J.R. Maintenance Concrete, Inc. to bring your property into compliance. Business is brisk for J.R. Maintenance Concrete, Inc. and this is with just three full-time employees. “We are currently working in Los Angeles pouring sidewalks, foundations and doing


ADA compliance work, along with a fair amount of demolition. We also have a similar project going on in Temecula where we are bringing an existing apartment complex up to ADA compliance. We have yet another ADA job in Long Beach with a big concrete project scheduled in San Diego soon,” says Gonzalez. “Within the next few months, I will have seven to 10 full-time employees working, just to handle the workload we currently have on the books.” Along with additional skilled labor, Gonzalez will also need to acquire the proper machinery to help keep up with his Company’s rapid pace

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and growth. They recently purchased a new John Deere 326E skid steer loader from Coastline Equipment and according to Gonzalez; they are looking at adding a new John Deere compact excavator very soon. “I have operated John Deere equipment, along with other brands in the past, and in comparison, I had a much better experience with the John Deere machines,” says Gonzalez. “When I first got started on my own, a friend of mine let me use his John Deere skid steer loader and I was so impressed with the way it handled. The John Deere scored high in power, comfort and ease of operation."

Left: Cat 326E moving dirt at the Los Angeles apartment project. Below: Preparing trench for utilities at an apartment complex in Temecula.

According to Gonzalez, J.R. Maintenance Concrete, Inc. is currently renting additional equipment, like compact excavators, as needed, but they see that purchasing may make more sense as their business continues to grow. “We use our new John Deere skid steer for grading, demolition, backfilling and loading of materials and it will be nice when we get our new John Deere excavator to work alongside the skid steer,” says Gonzalez. “We are just getting started, and Coastline Equipment is already treating me like a longlong customer. Coastline sales representatives, JR Van Osten and Art Mata have been there for me

from the beginning. They even loaned me a machine, while I was waiting for delivery of my new skid steer.” Customer's like Jose Gonzalez helped shape the design of the John Deere 326E. They wanted more foot room, so John Deere developed a flat floor with 25 percent more leg space. They also asked for easy hydraulic attachment, and John Deere responded by adding connect-underpressure auxiliary couplers. Automotivestyle courtesy lighting was another requested added feature, along with electrohydraulic (EH) controls for a smooth transition to ISO, H-pattern, or foot pedal

controls, all through the push of a button, and a 3.3L turbocharged diesel certified EPA Tier 4 emissions standard engine. “We are extremely satisfied with our new John Deere skid steer, and we look forward to working with Coastline Equipment for more of our compact equipment needs,” says Gonzalez. For more information on J.R. Maintenance Concrete, Inc., please call (916) 416-1516. Cc

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PRE-CONSTRUCTION PLAN HELPS BUILD WINERY VISITOR CENTER Software provides cut-fill, elevations, and slope By Jeff Winke

n the world of fine wine there was a time long ago when those with sophisticated palettes would harrumph and turn up their nose at the thought of sipping an Americanproduced wine. It was harshly referred to as drinking swill. It was thought that the climate, growing conditions, and grapes could not compare with what is found in France or other old world wine producing countries. Then in 1976 at a prestigious wine competition, called the Judgment of Paris, a 1973 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon won first place among ten top red wines in a blind taste test by leading French wine experts. The winning variety was not only astoundingly good but it astounded the judges when they learned they had selected a wine produced in California, by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars of Napa. Jaws dropped, eyebrows raised, and likely… Oh My Gods were uttered (long before OMG became popular). The result of the tasting has been described by Decanter magazine as "a victory that put California on the winemaking map, and established Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars as a global superstar." Since the astonishing win which was heard around the world, Stag’s Leap has continued to produce award-


Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is located on a 240-acre estate with 90 acres of vineyards. Wine grapes have grown on this land continuously since the 1880s.

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winning vintages and acquire other, neighboring vineyards. The winery has grown successfully. Positioned seven miles north of Napa on the valley's eastern side, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is located on a 240-acre estate with 90 acres of vineyards. Wine grapes have grown on this land continuously since the 1880s. Suffice it to say Stag’s Leap has become a go-to destination for the wine elite and hoards of tourists…. all wanting to see where some of the very best wine in the world is produced. To better accommodate guests, the winery needed a larger, multi-use facility for tastings, education, and business meetings. Winery management wanted a site for it’s new $7 million visitor facility that would awe visitors as much as they hope

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their wine does. The selected site is on the northeast corner of the estate and perched on the side of a hill. It provides vista views of the expansive rows of grape vines, the land, and the dramatic Stag’s Leap rock formation as a backdrop— in essence, a stunning view of the terroir. A vineyard is often characterized by its terroir, a French term loosely translating as "a sense of place" that refers to the specific geographical and geological characteristics of grapevine plantations, which help form the unique character of the wine. Choosing the site for the new visitor center launched nine months of planning, engineering, and design required before site preparation could commence for a structure that would be built on a constructed ledge that

Above: Sean Martin (left) and Bill Kopling, with John Benward Company, were on-site to ensure the construction was completed according to the plan.

essentially extended the hill that houses a network of man-made caves which have been used for years as cool temperature storage. “This is a complicated and complex project,” states Bill Kopling, 3D modeler and takeoff technician with John Benward Company Inc., Sonoma, Calif. “We knew that success on the project depends on accurate cost estimates based on detailed, digital plans for stripping, grubbing, cut and fill, and structural fill placement.” Founded in 1979, John Benward Company is a Class A general engineering contractor firm providing all forms of site preparation for construction projects in the San Francisco North Bay Area—serving Sonoma, Napa, Northern Marin and Solano Counties. A specialty area is wineries. The company has extensive experience and a notable reputation within the California wine industry. For Benward Company, the project included site prep for a new visitors center, a roadway

leading in, and two parking areas—one for 25 cars and an overflow area, which can accommodate two buses. The big challenge was to extend the site plateau 125 feet (150 feet on the toe end) by adding 22,000 cubic yards of approved “select” fill with plasticity index of 15 or lower to meet the geotechnical requirements set by the project’s engineering firm. The building pad extension is adjacent to the network of man-made tunnels. On the site were 1,200 cubic yards of cave tailings from boring activities to create the cave network that remained when the caves were built. To extend the site plateau and ensure fill stability for the new visitor center would require construction of a keyway at the base and a series of four benches measuring four-feet high by 12-feet wide for the length of the fill plateau. Before construction could commence, Benward Company created a comprehensive bid

estimate using the data points provided by Stag Leap’s contracted civil engineers. “We used SiteWorks software from InSite to calculate exact take-off and fill quantities and utility quantities for the Stag’s Leap project,” says Kopling. “The software produces graphical construction layouts which helped us explain our cost estimates and provide visual imagery to help quantify the work necessary to create the project.” During the planning and design phase of the project there were numerous changes and refinements to the construction plan. Benward Company was able to adjust quantities and its cost estimates each time with InSite SiteWorks earthwork and utility estimating software. One time the winery’s design team made some major changes and Stag’s Leap management wanted to see updated costs for the next budget round due in a few days. Kopling states. “It was a lot of work and I literally had about 16 hours to produce

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everything to a very detailed level. Plus, I had a personal priority at the time—my wife was recovering from brain surgery. InSite SiteWorks is so powerful and easy to work with that I was able to do all the data input and modeling with her near my side, so I could address her convalescing needs. That wasn’t the best situation, but I got to tell you that the software helped me pull a rabbit out of the hat that day.” The software’s overlay feature accommodated updates to the subgrade and provided 3D views of the site as it developed. “InSite SiteWorks software helped us win the job. It also helped Benward Company, the general contractor, and the Stag’s Leap facilities management considerably with its pre-construction planning and budgeting,” Kopling says. “A key benefit is that it helped us explore options that without it can be cumbersome and time consuming to complete.”


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In looking back on the project, Kopling had this to say: “We’re proud to have helped Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars produce an absolutely stunning visitor center. They are truly good folks and deserve a facility as good as the wine they produce. And I’ll always remember how the InSite software helped us win the project and made it possible for me to be with my wife during a critical time. I know

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we’re supposed to keep our personal lives separate from the business, but there are exceptions… and in this instance my exceptional wife deserved my attention. This software allowed me to juggle several high priorities in my life without having to make a decision on only one. The portability of the software as well as a very understanding boss made this all possible." Cc

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Long Beach, CA (562) 242-7400 Bakersfield, CA (661) 399-3600 Oxnard, CA (805) 485-2106 Santa Ana, CA (714) 265-5500 Santa Maria, CA (805) 922-8329 Sylmar, CA (818) 890-3353 Jerome, ID (208) 324-2900 McCall, ID (208) 634-3903 Meridian, ID (208) 888-3337






(800) 316-0327

14635 Valley Blvd., Fontana, CA 92335

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Bragg Companies will host Lift & Move USA in Long Beach on Tuesday, November 2nd. Lift & Move USA is an industrywide initiative to promote career opportunities in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industries and aims to inspire and educate the next generation of drivers, mechanics, welders, crane operators, and riggers. Crane, specialized transport and rigging companies work in a wide range of local industries including construction, oil and gas, energy and transportation. Following the successes of the previous Lift & Move USA events in Chicago, Houston, and North Carolina, Long Beach-based Bragg Companies will host the fourth event on November 2nd at their 20-acre facility: 6251 North Paramount Boulevard, Long Beach 90805.

KHL Group Murray Pollok, KHL Tel: +44 (0)1505 850043

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rend on, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez from the 1st District, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia representative, Senior Administrative Deputy, Tim Patton will also be in attendance. “Bragg Companies firmly believes that recruiting and hiring talented members of the next generation’s workforce is critical to the success and sustainability of our industry and community. We are excited to have over 750+ Long Beach high school students at our facility to learn about the outstanding career opportunities in crane, rigging and specialized transport”, said Scott Bragg, vice president and CEO of Bragg Companies. The event is free for students, parents, teachers and veterans. Industry representatives pay a $150 registration fee. All attendees

NCCCO Joel Oliva, NCCCO Tel: (703) 560 2391 (Ext 209)

must register in advance at The event is jointly organized by Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and industry publisher KHL Group, owners of American Cranes & Transport magazine. in cooperation with Skills USA, the national organization that helps students prepare for careers in technical, skilled labor occupations, will provide attendees with an overview of job opportunities in the industry alongside personal testimonies from young people already working in the sector. More details can be found at: Cc

Bragg Companies Contacts: Connie Jeffries, Marketing Manager Lynn Findley, Event Coordinator EDITORIAL CONTACTS Brett Melvin SC&RA Tel: (703) 698 0291


Murray Pollok KHLGroup Tel: +44 (0)1505 850043

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Joel Oliva NCCCO Tel: (703)560 2391 (Ext209)

(562)259-2731 (562)259-2732

Connie Jeffries Bragg Companies Tel: (562) 259-2731

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4701-B Little John St. Baldwin Park, CA 91706 Phone: 800-813-8232 Fax: 626-813-1594 Email:

Tree Planer


UB Compactor Attachment for Mini Excavator

Shears Available for Mini-Ex/ Skidsteer Loaders/Large Excavators

Compaction Wheel Available from Mini-Ex of 12’’ to Large Excavator of 48”

Equipment • Breakers • Auger Motors from Mini to Large Ex, Bits (8” up to 60”) and Extension • Hydraulic Shears • Hydraulic Pulverizers • Vibratory Compactors • Compaction Wheels

Hydraulic Breaker

We have Attachments for... • Skidsteer Loaders • Mini Excavators • Excavators • Backhoes

Mini Shear • No high flow required. • No need for an additional circuit to rotate. • Can be mounted on SSL, Mini-Ex or even backhoe with proper plumbing.

New Reverse Cylinder & Reconditioned Crushers Available! • Rod inside of the frame no need for a guard plate to protect. • Speed valve as standard on all models.

1-800-813-8232 All Items for Sale, New and Used Also Available for Rent!

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JOHN DEERE INTEGRATES SMARTGRADE™ TECHNOLOGY INTO THE 750K AND 850K DOZER MODELS John Deere is building on its lineup of SmartGrade™ crawler dozers with the integration of the machine control offering on the 750K and 850K models. Adding SmartGrade availability on these larger machines will improve job site accuracy and quality of work through the complete integration of the Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System. The system is fully incorporated into the machine cabin, structures and software — delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables. The 750K and 850K incorporate a PowerTech™ 6.8-L Final Tier 4 diesel engine with 165 horsepower and 205 horsepower, respectively. Both

models feature Eco mode, which automatically adjusts engine power and transmission settings based on load while maintaining ground speed, to help optimize fuel economy. Since SmartGrade is integrated into the machines, it removes the need to install blade-mounted sensors and components daily, reducing setup time and allowing operators to get to work. Eliminating external cables to the masts reduces breakage, and the removal of the masts from the blade eliminates vulnerability to damage and theft. A key feature of the integrated machine control is Auto SmartGrade. This allows the operator to easily adjust the system when moving the machine

The 750K and 850K SmartGrade Crawler Dozers feature Eco mode, which adjusts engine power and transmission settings based on load while maintaining ground speed.

from one soil type to another, unlike an after-market system, which often requires the GPS manager to make a trip to the machine to recalibrate the system. Cc

CATERPILLAR TO DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE FULL LINE OF MINI EXCAVATORS AS ALLIANCE WITH WACKER NEUSON IS PHASED OUT The new Cat® M Series medium wheel loaders—950M, 962M, 966M and 972M meet U.S. EPA Tier 3/ EU Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards. These new loaders apply proven technologies systematically and strategically to meet your high expectations for reliability, productivity, fuel efficiency, and long service life. The new M Series medium wheel loaders are more powerful and fuel-efficient than predecessor models, featuring significant drive-train and hydraulic-system refinement, operator-safety and convenience enhancements, proven Z-bar linkage, Cat Performance Series buckets, and options such as


differential locks, ride control, and Cat Connect Technologies. Optional Aggregate Handler configurations offer slightly higher payload capability for loose aggregate rehandling. These configurations enable efficient bucket size and payload pass matches to common truck payload targets. The updated and refined Cat ACERT engines offer increased engine power by 22 percent in the 950M, 8 percent in the 962M, 10 percent in the 966M and 5 percent in the 972M (compared to H series) to greatly improve machine performance and response. The 950M and 962M use a 5F/3R countershaft power-shift

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transmission, and the 966M and 972M a 4F/4R planetary power-shift. A high-capacity torque converter uses a lock-up clutch for efficient high-speed performance, and the Caterpillar Advanced Productivity Electronically Controlled (APEC) control system maintains torque flow during range shifts for faster acceleration. Cc



Crane Division


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“Your Crane and Boom Truck Headquarters” 2016 MANITEX TC450 Stk #: 43376 - Call For Pricing 3 Unit Available ak41ns

2016 MANITEX 40124SHL Stk #: 44628 - Call For Pricing 2 Units Available aj99pi






2012 MANITEX 35124C Stk #: 35112 - 1948 Hrs - 30,120 Mi 2 Units Available - $245,000 aj75or

2016 TADANO GR900XL Stk #: 44712 - Call For Pricing

2009 Tadano GR300XL-1 Stk #: 1678 - 2600 Hrs 1 unit available - $140,000



2012 TADANO GR550XL-2 Stk #: 35948 - 905 Hrs 4 Unit Available - $295,000





2012 MANITEX 26101C Stk #: 35104 - 4675 Hrs - 88,950 Mi 8 Units Available - $148,000

2013 MANITEX 2250T Stk #: 37103 - 4540 Hrs 100,705 Mi - $155,000



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ADVERTISER INDEX CalAPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Quinn CAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Clairemont Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

RDO Equipment Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Coastline Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 25

Sakai America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Coastline Equipment Crane Div. . . . . . 29

Scott Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Hawthorne CAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Sonsray Machinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Heavy Equipment Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Trench Shoring Company . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Johnson CAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 13

UB Equipment Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. . . . Back Cover

Volvo Construction Equip. & Svcs. . . . . 7


DRIVABILITY To reduce road noise and help keep neighborhoods quiet, asphalt pavement engineers have developed special mixes like open-grade negraded surfaces, as well as modi ed, rubberized and stone-matrix asphalt that can lead to pavement-tire noise reductions as great as 7 decibels. * No wonder 83% of engineers, developers, transportation o cials and other key stakeholders chose asphalt as the quieter ride.** Smoother, quieter, fewer delays… that’s drivability. That’s asphalt. L E A R N M O R E A T W W W. D R I V E A S P H A LT. O R G

* World Road Association (PIARC). Quiet Pavement Technologies. Report 2013R10EN,2013 **Edelman Berland Survey, 2013

The APA is a partnership of the Asphalt Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations.


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Whether you’re looking to trade-in for a new machine, add a used or rental machine to your fleet, or need reliable service and parts for your existing equipment, our Machine Specialists are standing by to assist you with the best options and solutions available.


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(Left) Patriot Paving’s new LeeBoy 8616B paving machine purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment. (Above) Patriot Paving’s crew.

Since their inception in 2009, Patriot Paving, Inc. has earned a reputation as one of Southern California’s top asphalt construction and maintenance companies. As a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), Patriot Paving performs all aspects of asphalt paving construction from small pothole repairs to large-scale new construction projects. In addition to their highly skilled staff, Patriot Paving also owns and maintains a fleet of today’s finest equipment. Their fleet includes two LeeBoy paving machines, with the brand new LeeBoy 8616B being their most recent purchase. Joe Draper is the owner and president of Patriot Paving and he handles most of the equipment purchases. “We prefer the LeeBoy brand because they are small and versatile for things like parking lot construction, but our 8616B can also be utilized on the larger paving jobs,” says Draper. “Our new LeeBoy 8616B lays down a great mat with a Legend Screed system that opens wide enough to pave 14 foot paths. The Join Matcher automatically matches joints, whether on multiple passes or on a parking lot or two-lane road.” Patriot Paving works primarily from Bakersfield down for agencies like Caltrans and on prevailing wage projects, as well as for school districts, churches and a long list of other public and private entities. I work with Steve Kekich at Nixon-Egli and he has always been a man of his word, consistently following through with what he says he’s going to do,” says Draper. “The service and parts department has also been there for us with prompt service and excellent parts availability. Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. and LeeBoy pavers are second to none.”

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