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National Demolition Contractors Brings Down Building at Active Glass Manufacturing Plant in Fresno By Brian Hoover, Editor

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Above: Cat 330 excavator with an 80 foot boom demolishing a six-story above ground building with National Demolition Contractors worker, Eduardo Vera. assisting with dust control.


bating and demolishing old manufacturing plants in California and across the nation is big business these days. New regulations in the manufacturing industry and the need to repurpose valuable land are just a couple of reasons why this demolition sector is

flourishing at the moment. National Demolition Contractors is a notable expert in the plant closure/ decommission, demolition and remediation business. They have been doing this for years, and just recently finished taking down a 100,000 square foot building for a large glass manufacturing company in Fresno.

In this particular case, the company in question needed the building to come down to make room for transport vehicles and much needed additional storage space due to their expanding workload and growing demand for their product. This job was also a bit more challenging because all of the demolition and abatement work had to be

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Above: Five Cat excavators working on the final portion of the glass production building in Fresno.

completed in the middle of other live working plant facilities. This required National Demolition Contractors to focus heavily on the logistical management of truck and heavy equipment traffic, as well as dust control and a long list of safety issues that come with working in and around an active glass plant operation. One of the more challenging parts of this project included the dismantling and removal of six massive ventilation louvers that sat atop of the nine-story plant in question. These louvers had to be removed by hand because they were lined with asbestos. Each section of the louvers was dismantled and then craned down to ground level for abatement and removal from the site. National Demolition Contractors utilized a crew of around 20 to handle the abatement and disassembly of these structures, along with several other mechanical units. Once these units were


removed and recycled, National Demolition Contractors went to work with a crew of 10 operators and six to eight ground crew members to bring down the rest of the building. The project began in mid-June and was scheduled to take six months for completion. National Demolition Contractors completed the job in 4 ½ months, allowing the customer to get back to a typical work environment without the construction noise, traffic, and other inconveniences. By the end of the project, National Demolition Contractors was able to remove and recycle several electrical units, furnaces, and substations, as well as around 1,500 cubic yards of concrete and 2,500 tons of steel. The concrete was crushed and reused as fill material on-site, while all of the mechanical units and steel were trucked out to local recycling facilities. After everything above ground was demolished, there remained

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a 40-foot-deep basement that had to be dealt with. Jorge Rodriguez serves as the safety director for National Demolition Contractors and also doubles as the media manager for the company. “We took down the exterior bay by bay and worked our way into the basement from the loading side of the building,” says Rodriguez. “As we broke out the concrete sections in the loading area, we were able to use the material as our ramp down into the basement. This took time and patience, and I am proud to say that our experienced crews, led by Richard Alarcon (Demolition Superintendent/Supervisor) and Atillo Fortunado (Abatement Supervisor), did an outstanding job on this section and the entire project in general. I also want to acknowledge Alex Droubey (Lead Estimator) and Darrell Martin (Chief Estimator). Both played a major role in securing this job for our company.”

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Above: National Demolition Contractors operators organizing steel material before shipping off to recycling center.

It is no secret that National Demolition Contractors has some of the industries best operators and ground crew members, but they also own and maintain one of the most prolific heavy equipment fleets as well. “We primarily go with Cat for our heavy machinery needs and UB Equipment for much of our attachment requirements,” says Rodriguez. “On this particular job, we had 13 Cat excavators on-site, from a Cat 321 to a Cat 349 excavator. We also utilized a variety of attachments, made up of 5,000 to 12,000-pound breakers from UB Equipment, as well as shears and pulverizers.” National Demolition Contractor’s newest addition is their Cat 349F excavator, which was purchased from Quinn Cat and manufactured to the company’s custom specifications. “Having the right tools to take on these challenging and demanding jobs is more than half the


battle,” says Rodriguez. “We currently have more than 50 machines in our fleet, with half of that number being excavators and the rest consisting of wheel loaders, track loaders, skid steers, rock trucks and other support equipment. We go with the best equipment and attachments available because that means we have just one less thing to worry about on our job sites. If there is an issue, our vendors like Quinn Cat and UB Equipment are there for us almost immediately with solutions and not excuses.” National Demolition Contractors continues to grow and expand, particularly in Northern California where they just recently opened new office facilities. The following excerpt from National Demolition Contractors’ website pretty much sums up why they are one of the leading demolition, remediation and abatement contractors in California and

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across the nation. “At National Demolition Contractors (NDC), demolition is more than just knocking down a building, a bridge or a freeway overpass. It’s the melding together of experienced personnel, intuitive estimating and state of the art equipment in providing our customers with cost-effective answers to their complex project needs. Thinking out of the box in definitive ways that other demolition contractors don’t, gives us the creative edge in finding solutions that meet your highest expectations. At NDC, we have the manpower and financial strength to support, complete and honor our commitments. We invite you to learn more about our service lines and project experience as you review our site. Let us show you what NDC can do for you!” Please visit or call (310) 732-1991 for more information. Cc


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Conspec Inc. Installing Water Line in Mammoth Lakes for National Forestry Service By Brian Hoover, CMS, Senior Editor


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Above: Conspec operator, John Hansen, digging trench for utility line in Mammoth Lakes with their 2016 Case 590 Super N Backhoe Loader purchased from Sonsray Machinery.

It is the end of October, and the Aspens are in their full glory in Mammoth Lakes, where they, along with the rest of California, are enjoying the extended summer-like weather with the beautiful and majestic colors of fall. Mammoth Lakes is a 25 square mile piece of land with around 8,300 residents. It is located in the Southwestern mountainous part of Mono County and annually offers nearly 3 million tourists the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities. This includes world-class snow skiing at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, hiking the acres of forest and trails, relaxing in the natural hot springs or simply visiting the numerous national monuments and surrounding parks. For Steve Hansen and Conspec, Inc. (Conspec), this is perfect working weather, and they are getting as much as humanly possible done before the winter shutdown.

“For all practical purposes, our underground construction activity goes dormant for five or six months each year. We stay busy with snow removal, and if this winter is anything like the last one, we will be very busy indeed,” says Hansen. Steve is the Vice President and Job Superintendent for Conspec, Inc., a company that his father, Jeff Hansen, started back in 1969. “My dad started Conspec primarily as a home building construction firm. When I got out of high school in 1983, I offered up a simple suggestion to my dad, and it went something like this, ‘the hell with pounding nails, let’s go play in the dirt,'” says Hansen. It took a little time to set in, but by 1999, Conspec had made the full transition from builder to underground utility contractor. “My dad has taught me a great deal, and I enjoy the variety of work that we do to keep our people and machines busy,”

says Hansen. “Both my mom and dad remain active in the business, although my father is starting to eye retirement, whatever that is. My mother (Kathy Hansen) does a great job as our office manager, and my wife (Lana Hansen) is my much-needed assistant, helping me to keep things straight and my days on track. My son, John, also works for the company, spending most of his time operating machinery and helping to manage field crews.My youngest son, Justin works with us when he is not attending college.” Besides family members, Conspec has seven other full-time field operators and laborers. Conspec is presently working in Mammoth Lakes for the National Forestry Service on a waterline replacement project. “We are currently installing 5,010 linear feet of 8-inch C900 water main and two fire hydrants, as well as an additional 7,000 linear

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Left: Conspec, Inc. using their Case CX80C Midi Excavator purchased from Sonsray Machinery working for the National Forestry Service in Mammoth Lakes. Below: One of two Cat 256C Skid Steer Loaders sanding and backfilling waterline trench.

feet of 1-inch and 2-inch waterline that will ultimately supply water to campsites at four separate campgrounds in Mammoth Lakes. We are also installing water line to the Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center, as well as the Forest Services district office,” says Hansen. According to Hansen, the job began back in July and is scheduled for completion by July 2018. “We are around 65 percent complete on this job and will get as much accomplished as possible before winter sets in,” says Hansen. “This project has not been without its challenges. We ran into a little rock trouble when we were burying the 8-inch water pipe at a depth of 5 feet. It took a lot more time than we anticipated, but we finally got through by using an awesome rock splitting tool that drives a wedge with 386 thousand pounds of force behind it. Things are a lot easier now because we are working in much more friendly material and are now burying 2-inch water line, just 2 ½ feet deep. We are moving much faster now at around 500 feet a day.” Conspec is on several other projects right now, including


Above: Case CX80C Midi Excavator digging trenchline for 1-inch and 2-inch water line for National Forestry Service in Mammoth Lakes.

site work at a Caltrans facility in Crestview where they are installing underground utilities for the new maintenance shed.

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They are also around 85 percent complete on this job, and are on their first year of a three year long project for R.S. Preschutti Construction, Inc. in Mammoth Lakes. “We have been kept extremely busy these past few years working for a contractor on Southern California Edison jobs,” says Hansen. “Before that, it was a lot of water line and sewer work. This year has been different because we have focused most of our time working for the National Forestry Service here in Mammoth Lakes and of course we had a snow season that amounted to around 40 percent of our annual business this past year.” Conspec works in both open and confined construction environments and because of this, they find it necessary to own and maintain the right equipment for each unique application. “We have a pretty extensive fleet of heavy equipment, from backhoes and skid steer loaders to excavators and all sorts of compaction equipment and attachments,” says Hansen. “We have owned and operated Case construction equipment

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Left (L to R): John Hansen with his father, Steve Hansen, standing in front of their Case 590 Super N Backhoe Loader from Sonsray Machinery. Below Middle: Steve Hansen, Vice President, Conspec, Inc. with Stan Marriott, Operator and Jayson Harper, Laborer, digging trench for 1-inch and 2-inch water line in Mammoth Lakes with their new Case CX80C Midi Excavator from Sonsray Machinery. Bottom Left (L to R): Lana and Steve Hansen of Conspec, Inc. in Mammoth Lakes.

for as long as I can remember, and have been working with Sonsray Machinery ever since they arrived in Reno. We are pleased with the reliability and performance we get from Case and our sales representative, Tim Kniffen, has always been there for us and attends to our every need.” Conspec’s most recent purchase from Sonsray Machinery is a Case CX80C Midi Excavator, which has the smaller size for working in confined areas, without compromising power and performance. “We are using our new Case CX80C to excavate in and around the trees in Mammoth, and it has been an ideal tool that has saved us a ton of time and hassle in this particular setting,” says Hansen. Conspec also has a Case CX130 full-size excavator that they use on the larger, open space jobs, and a Case 590N backhoe that they purchased in 2016 and are currently using out at the Mammoth Lakes job site. “We currently own five Case machines, and we look forward to an ongoing and mutually beneficial relationship with the folks at Sonsray Machinery.” For more information on Conspec, Inc., please call them at their offices in Lee Vining at (760) 647-6609. Cc


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KML Contracting, Inc. Grading & Excavating Company Specializing in “Mini-Dig” Pool Excavations Since 2004 By Brian Hoover, CMS, Senior Editor

Above: Keith, Ken and Kevin Milne, Partners, KML Contracting Inc. on a pool dig in Carlsbad.

Kevin and Keith Milne grew up with a father in the general engineering construction industry. Because of this, they were given an early orientation into some of the details of this business, including learning to operate machinery like excavators and skid steer loaders. Both Kevin and Keith went to work early on in their teens for their father on a labor crew where they would operate skid steer loaders, skip loaders and other pieces of construction equipment. While Kevin eventually went directly into the business as an owner-operator, Keith started out from college


working in financial services. It didn’t take long for Keith to realize that this particular type of work was not for him and so he decided to turn back to what he had always loved, and that was operating construction equipment. “My heart was set on working in the construction industry, and so I made myself a deal where I would bid on a couple of projects and just see where fate would take me,” says Keith. “I got those initial jobs, and so I got with my dad in 2004, and together we started KML Contracting, Inc., which is an acronym for my father’s existing business

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at the time, Kenneth Milne Landscaping. Kevin Milne joined his brother and father a year or two later, and all three worked together as partners. Keith and Kevin have been taking care of most of the day-to-day operations since 2010, with their father, Ken, focusing most of his time on his other construction enterprise, while also beginning to enjoy a little bit of semi-retirement. “We started out doing mostly landscape construction jobs for my dad's company and other landscape construction firms. We also decided early on to just keep it simple by focusing on the equipment end of the business, working primarily for other general contractors as a subcontractor on grading and excavating projects,” says Keith. “Today, 90 percent of our work is on pool excavation jobs from North San Diego to the Temecula Valley, where we are headquartered.” KML Contracting, Inc. (KML) has three additional operators/ laborers working for the company. “We have grown a bit since 2004 with the ability to work on several projects at a time. Kevin will run a crew, and I will run a crew, and everyone is capable and cross-trained in operating everything from excavators and skid steers, to driving dump trucks or serving on the ground as a laborer,” says Keith. “My wife, Michelle, also

Above: Kevin Milne operating KML's Cat 303C CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator on a pool dig project in Carlsbad.

works for the company as our corporate secretary, and she does an outstanding job running our office.” KML has a long list of loyal customers, and they just recently finished a pool job in La Costa and just started another in Carlsbad. One of their repeat customers is Mike Welch from California Pools out of Carlsbad, and it was while working for Welch that KML was given the opportunity to experience a little bit of the television limelight. “We were working on a job for California Pools that was scheduled to be featured on Pool Kings, an ongoing show on the DIY Network,” says Keith. “We were called out on this particular job for our mini dig abilities. We get a lot of work from other pool contractors because we specialize in this type of work and have the equipment to

get in and work around in tight access areas. Imagine excavating a 30 to 40-foot long pool down six to 8 feet deep with a three-foot-wide machine and a two-foot-wide bucket. That is around 200 yards of dirt excavated one scoop at a time. A lot of our business comes from other pool contractors who can’t fit their conventional machines into a backyard, and so they gladly call us out to perform a mini dig, which is our specialty.” KML is currently on another mini dig job in Carlsbad where they are utilizing their specialized equipment to dig out a pool in a relatively small backyard with very tight access. KML has invested in the appropriate machines to get into and work around

in these environments. They currently own and operate five skid steer loaders and four mini excavators. Six of these units are Cat machines purchased from Hawthorne Cat, while the other four units are from another manufacturer that is one of only a few companies to offer three-foot-wide skid steer loaders. “We purchased our first Cat skid steer loader in 2004 and I fell in love with and have been partial to Cat ever since,” says Keith. KML’s fleet currently includes a Cat 305C CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator, a Cat 303C CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator, a Cat 303 CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator and a Cat 301.7D CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator with a 3.25 foot retracted undercarriage. They also own a Cat 226 Skid Steer Loader and a Cat 246D Skid Steer Loader, along with three other skid steer loaders.

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Left: The Milne brothers operating the Cat 303C CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator and Cat 246D Skid Steer Loader. Above: Keith Milne utilizes the Cat 246D Skid Steer Loader on the residential pool project.

“The biggest single factor for going with Cat is their tremendous service and support,” says Kevin. “If any of our Cat machines were to go down, I could call Hawthorne Cat, and they will have a solution for us that will get us up and running as soon as humanly possible. Even if they don’t have a part in stock, they will tap into their amazing supply chain and service network and have that part to us by as early as 7 a.m. the following morning.” Keeping their machines up and running is of utmost importance to KML and their bottom line. “Keeping our machines healthy and working is everything in this business. Downtime is a killer, and we need a company like Hawthorne Cat that we can depend on in any and all circumstances,” says Keith. “I started working with Matt Higgins, our Hawthorne Cat Sales Representative, in 2008. I have dealt with a lot of salespeople over the years, and Matt is the best. I call Matt for everything. The guy knows his machines, and he even knows


the competitor's machines. If he doesn’t have the answer, he will not stop until he finds one.” KML has added several units to their fleet over the past year or so and two of these were Cat machines from Hawthorne Cat. “We were replacing some of our older machines in 2016, and two of these included a Cat 246D Skid Steer Loader and a Cat 301.7D Mini Hydraulic Excavator. I can’t say enough about these and all of our Cat machines. If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times. As soon as Cat decides to manufacture a three-foot wide machine, we will own several of them. You just can’t beat Cat.” Keith Milne points out that, in general, growth in the pool excavating business can be a bit of a challenge. “When we do a job, the customer knows that an owner and a Milne family member will be on that job, operating equipment and supervising every move. It would be difficult to even think about stepping away from being this hands-on and attempt to find

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and manage the operators that are trained and experienced in our special niche,” says Keith. “Having said this, I do think that there is room for expansion with our company with the bigger grading and excavating jobs, and I think that will be our growth area over the next five to10 years.” Another challenge that KML faces on almost a daily basis is finding a home for all of the dirt they are loading onto 10 wheeler trucks and exporting off job sites. “We deal with dirt brokers and have developed other sources for moving all of the dirt we excavate and export from these jobs. It is an ongoing challenge, but one that we have always seemed to keep a handle on. I enjoy operating equipment and love working with my dad, wife, and brother every day. It’s a labor of love, and we are all just like a bunch of kids playing in a sandbox with our Tonka toys.” For more information, please call KML Contracting, Inc. at (951) 326-0530. Cc


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California’s Legendary I-10 Freeway Delivers Outstanding Value and Longevity Celebrating 70 Years of Pavement Use Written by Tom Tietz and Charles Stuart Photos contributed by Caltrans and Garret Larson The I-10’s longevity is due to smart engineering choices by Caltrans, resulting in low maintenance costs and exceptional long-life performance. Seventy years ago, in 1947 when I-10 was built as a fourlane highway from Ontario to San Bernardino, Calif., it passed through a landscape of ranches, orchards, and open fields fringed with trees. Traces of the historic Route 66, or “America’s Main Street,” can still be found running parallel to the I-10 freeway through the region. Today the I-10 passes through the familiar urban landscape of homes, business parks, and industrial warehouses. Originally this section of roadway was assigned as US70-99 and in 1957 was reassigned to become part of Interstate 10 which stretches from Santa Monica, Calif. to Jacksonville, Fla. Looking back, it is clear today that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) highway engineers, working under the provisions of the post WWII Federal Aid Project, made some outstanding decisions when they designed this concrete pavement back in 1945.


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Above: Photos from original construction completed in 1947, Courtesy of Caltrans.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this 70-year-old highway is the pavement—an 8-in. thick section of concrete making up the top layer of the roadway including tie bar reinforcement; an innovative practice at that time. Much of this original concrete pavement is still in use today and has survived an incredible beating from the unrelenting forces of traffic and time. By today’s Caltrans design standards, to handle the current traffic loads, this pavement should be 50 to 75% thicker with more reinforcement, dowels and tie bars. Commenting on the longevity of this section of I-10, Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said, “This is an excellent illustration of the long-lasting benefits of investing in transportation infrastructure, and a strong indication that the work we are doing now to ensure a resilient and sustainable system will serve California’s people and prosperity for generations to come.” In 1967, some 20 years after the initial construction, in an effort to reduce congestion and increase mobility, the highway was widened to eight lanes on the section from Vineyard Avenue in Ontario to just east of Valley Boulevard. The new

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lanes were constructed with concrete pavement on cement treated base. At the same time, the original 1947 concrete pavement was improved using an innovative diamond-grinding process to provide a smoother ride and longer life. The I-10 corridor now connects Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Palm Springs and the nation, carrying increasing numbers of passenger vehicles, buses, and heavy freight trucks. As one of California’s busiest freight freeways, the I-10 has stood up well to 24/7 usage with current average daily traffic of 280,000 vehicles, compared to 90,000 vehicles in 1993—an increase of 300% in just over 24 years. Driving along the I-10 freeway today it is hard to imagine how any roadway survives the traffic loads of 100 million vehicles per year with only minor maintenance, but it has endured without significant restoration or upheaval to traffic flow. Until recently, most concrete pavements were designed for a 20-year life span, and on that basis, the I-10 pavement has lasted about 50 years beyond its design life, an outstanding accomplishment in terms of sustainability, economic benefit and social value. Below: L to R: Stephen Matich, Matich Corp, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez-Reyes, Allen Hamblen of CalPortland, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, John Bulinski - Caltrans Dist. 8 Dir., Tom Tietz, CNCA, Gordon Csutak, Griffith Company.


When the first engineers set out to design rigorous specifications for the San Bernardino State Highway (I-10) contract in April of 1945, sustainability was not part of everyday vocabulary. Even so, the highway has proven itself sustainable in every sense. For 70 years it has stood up to the rigors of increasing traffic volume and bigger, heavier truck loads. Indeed, the original engineers and roadbuilders delivered a road that would serve the area for many years without major repairs. Ultimately, the long-lived I-10 freeway has played a beneficial role in establishing California as the world’s eighth largest economy in the United States. Maintaining a Good Surface Critics accurately assert that our decaying transportation infrastructure is showing serious wear and tear. In addition to the prevalent struggles to find sufficient transportation funding, one of the issues many experts agree upon is that the country’s infrastructure needs upgrading. Poor road conditions contribute to poor livability, impaired mobility and increased costs for motorists. Older highways such as the I-10 carry far more truck traffic than their original design lives. In addition, as highway congestion and longer commute times have impacted peoples’ lives, the need to increase capacity becomes imperative. For those reasons, in about four years the I-10 Corridor Project, under Caltrans’ supervision, will begin construction of two new express lanes in each direction to ease traffic flow between the Los Angeles/San Bernardino County line and Ford Street in Redlands. The new lanes will

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draw on new technological advances in pavement design and sustainability developed since the original section of I-10 was built. New pavements will likely include recycled materials; more sustainable, low CO2 cements; optimized concrete mixtures; smoother riding surfaces; innovative paving equipment; and viable options for active transportation. These advances involving construction productivity include high early strength concrete and pre-cast slabs, which allow repaired roads to open to traffic in as little as four hours. Largely due to this fast-track concrete pavement technology, paving contractors can now rehabilitate highways with minimum traffic interruption. With these improved tools, and as the I-10 continues its journey, it will once again prove its worth through many more decades enduring performance and substantiality. Autonomous and driverless cars or trucks of the future may change the way we drive, but we will still rely on our highways for basic transportation and freight movement. This requires smooth, well maintained road surfaces for our comfort and safety. Fortunately, the I-10 will continue to see heavy duty trucks move goods and provide services to our inter-connected economy well into the future without major rehabilitation. With the I-10, the California economy has benefited from the investment in long term thinking and far-sighted decisions. The engineering decisions made all those years ago have proven that using smart pavement designs, quality materials, skilled roadbuilding techniques, and innovative

Above: L to R: Gordon Csutak of the Griffith Company, Allen Hamblen of CalPortland and Stephen Matich of Matich Corporation

maintenance, our roadways will deliver long-life, with less need for costly maintenance resulting in significant, longlasting economic value. The I-10 provides today’s engineers and roadbuilders a model for success while also providing a challenge as we look to the future. How can we ensure the highway pavements built today will exceed expectations and provide tremendous value 70 years later? Cc About the Authors: Tom Tietz is the Executive Director of the California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA). He oversees and is directly involved with CNCA’s mission to develop sustainable and economical construction solutions for California and Nevada with an emphasis on the use of cement and concrete. CNCA provides expert technical leadership, design assistance, research, and educational opportunities designed to responsibly transform our built environment and improve the lives of the people throughout the region. Charles Stuart is the Executive Director of the Southwest Concrete Pavement Association (SWCPA). He is responsible for overseeing the administration, finance, membership and overall strategic plan of the association. The SWCPA works on behalf of the concrete pavement industry in California and Nevada and represents many of the largest paving contractors, material suppliers, testing labs, and equipment manufacturers in the region.

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JOHN DEERE ADDS A POWER-ANGLE-TILT BLADE TO THE 950K CRAWLER DOZER, MAKING IT THE LARGEST PAT MACHINE IN NORTH AMERICA The John Deere 950K PAT Crawler Dozer is now officially available at dealers across North America. This production-class crawler dozer is designed and manufactured by John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa, and is built specifically for customers looking for a machine that will excel in applications from mass excavation to fine grading. "As PAT blades have become increasingly popular on mid-size dozers, like the 850K, customers have inquired about adding the feature to a larger model. The 950K PAT answers their calls and gives customers the power to move large amounts of dirt with the versatility to do finish work," said Nathan

Horstman, crawler dozers product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. "And weighing in at nearly 80,000 pounds with a ripper, this is the largest PAT dozer in the industry and will be a game changer for our earthmoving customers." The 950K PAT incorporates an EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV John Deere 9.0L (549 cu in) engine with 280 horsepower. Contractors will quickly realize that the efficiently designed hydrostatic powertrain will get approximately 15 percent more power to the ground versus a conventional torque-converter powertrain. The 8.6 cubic yard six-way PAT blade gives the operators

the flexibility to place material where they want it on every pass using the blade angle feature. Equipped with standard electrohydraulic (EH) controls, the 950K PAT is grade-control ready, making adding a gradecontrol system as easy as plugging in the components, calibrating and going to work. Cc

CASE BOOSTS C SERIES LINE WITH ALL-NEW CX30C MINI EXCAVATOR CASE Construction Equipment introduces the CX30C to its C Series line of mini excavators. With an operating weight of 6,020-pounds and a 24.8 horsepower Tier 4 Final engine, the CX30C boasts a bucket digging force of 4,520 pounds. This new offering expands the CASE mini excavator lineup to its broadest range of sizes ever, and provides a more comprehensive and feature-driven compact excavator solution to the landscaping, construction, utility and rental markets. Each new C Series model features a variety of standard features designed to improve


productivity and performance. The new machines feature a zero tail swing, short-radius or conventional design, adjustable boom offset for improved maneuverability in congested areas and an auto-shift travel system for operator convenience in varying terrain. Standard proportional controls provide precision control of all attachments with the ease-of-thumb control, while a standard auxiliary flow diverter valve allows the operator to easily switch between single and bi-directional flow for use with a variety of attachments. An easy-to-use pattern selector

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also comes standard, allowing operators to choose their control pattern preference for optimum productivity. The C Series mini excavators provide a spacious, stress-free operator environment. Cc


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TADANO ANNOUNCES COASTLINE EQUIPMENT EXPANSION HOUSTON, TX—Tadano has recently expanded Coastline Equipment’s crane division territory to include Nevada and Idaho. Since 2005 Californiabased distributor Coastline Equipment, a division of Bragg Companies, has provided crane sales, rental and customer service for Tadano cranes through their locations in California and the state of Baja, Mexico. “Tadano manufactures the most reliable, dependable and efficient cranes on the market today,” said Neil Goodale, general manager of Coastline Equipment’s crane division. “The cranes are designed to be safe and cost-effective to own or rent and operate. This dependability is why Bragg and our customers repeatedly choose Tadano rough-terrain and all-terrain cranes.” “Coastline Equipment continues to be a great partner strongly committed to the sale, rental and support of Tadano cranes,” said Ron Dogotch, vice president of national accounts for Tadano. “We are excited to grow our Tadano crane sales and rental operations into these new areas,” said Scott Bragg, vice


president and COO of Bragg Companies. “As the Bragg Companies continue to expand our footprint in the Western US, it provides us with additional opportunities to grow the crane division of Coastline Equipment.” Coastline Equipment’s crane division is a full-service crane dealership representing Tadano rough-terrain and allterrain cranes. They offer sales and rentals on new and used equipment from their large rental fleet. The division’s staff includes factory-trained parts and service technicians offering expert quality service, fast response, and competitive prices. Coastline Equipment is a subsidiary of the Bragg Companies. Established in 1993 in Houston, Texas, TADANO

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America Corporation is the strategic base for sales of roughterrain and all-terrain cranes in the North American market. Tadano America has dedicated customer service locations in Houston, Texas and Edmonton, Alberta providing direct-tocustomer product support. Their corporate office in Houston has 46,000 square feet of warehouse space for parts and storage. Tadano field service staff work in key areas throughout North America continuing the company’s core values of safety, quality and efficiency. Tadano products are available through a broad sales network. Tadano America Corporation is a subsidiary of TADANO, Ltd. Cc

REDUCED WEIGHT CAT® 303E CR MINI HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR SIMPLIFIES TRANSPORT WHILE MAINTAINING PERFORMANCE The Cat® 303E CR mini hydraulic excavator has been reduced in weight to accommodate customers who require a maximum 10,000-lb transport weight—yet performance of lighter excavator has not been compromised when compared to the current model. In most states a loaded trailer of more than 10,000 lb requires tow vehicle driver to have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL). The new 303E CR weighs 6,750 lb when equipped with a canopy, full fuel tank and 24-inch bucket. The weight is down from the previous machine weight of 7,300 lb, and

this difference provides expanded margin to accommodate trailer weight and ancillary equipment while keeping total weight less than 10,000 lb (4 536 kg). The new 303E CR is 60 inches wide across the blade and has zero-radius tail swing. The machine is designed to work efficiently in small spaces and on congested job sites, and it’s easy to transport. The cab version will also benefit from the weight reduction. For customers who do not need to meet the 10,000-lb transport requirement and wish to maintain the current machine weight, an optional 588-lb counterweight is

available. This configuration is especially useful in heavy duty applications and when using heavy attachment configurations that include couplers and thumbs. The optimal counterweight brings the machine weight back to the current model weight of 7,300 lb with a tail swing less than 5 inches. Cc

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