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Above:: Fabian Ortega, Coastline Equipment Representative with Eric Chevasson, President, Gabriel Cristofaro, CEO and Don Loving, CFO, AIR, Inc.

Providing Southern California with Exemplary Demolition & Environmental Solutions Written By: Brian Hoover / Photos: Courtesy of AIR, Inc. and Kerry Hoover

is an acronym for Asbestos Instant Response, but the company does so much more. A substance is considered hazardous if it is toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive. Waste materials from construction and demolition sites can be dangerous and need to be properly managed and disposed of. Materials such as lead or paint containing mercury-based biocides, asbestos insulation, PCB ballasts and burned out buildings pose environmental risks to the air, soil, water and 6

most importantly, human health. Understanding the nature of hazardous materials and the specific risks they create are essential to proper remediation. AIR, Inc. has a proven reputation for offering the most up-to-date methods in the ever-changing world of environmental regulations. They offer a full-service solution to hazardous material management, backed by some of the most experienced individuals in the waste disposal industry. The company began back in 2000, when Gabriel Cristofaro and Eric Chevasson parlayed

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their many years of experience and friendship into a business partnership. Today, AIR, Inc. is a fully licensed hazardous materials remediation,demolition and insulation contractor that has helped to draft asbestos abatement specifications and provided consulting services to legislators, helping to directly shape regulations governing lead and asbestos abatement. Their years of contracting experience have allowed AIR to perfect their methods for removing and disposing of hazardous wastes. (Continued on page 8)

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AIR, Inc. demolishing a former Arby’s restaurant at a shopping mall in Lakewood with one of their (5) new John Deere 326D Skid Steer Loaders purchased from Coastline Equipment.

With available 24 hour emergency response, AIR offers the following remediation solutions: asbestos abatement, mold remediation, contaminated soils clean-up, demolition and decommissioning, methamphetamine lab clean-up, plant engineering and maintenance, facility decontamination, lab packing, lead and lead paint abatement, PCB’s, hazardous waste transportation, underground storage tanks and clarifiers, vapor extraction and bio-venting systems, insulation, fire damage and water intrusion restoration. Gabriel Cristofaro is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board at AIR, Inc. and he has worked very hard to earn a well-respected track record in this industry. He served as the Hazardous Materials Abatement Manager for the City of Los Angeles for several years, managing over $100 million in hazardous material abatement 8

projects citywide. Cristofaro is also responsible for the completion of two major City of Los Angeles – City Hall reconstruction and abatement projects, as well as major projects for FEMA, Van Nuys City Hall and Los Angeles City Fire, Police and Library facilities. Mr. Cristofaro has indeed been instrumental in setting the standard for Hazmat materials management throughout Southern California in his more than 20 years of service to the industry. His credentials are too long to list in this article, but include a degree in Industrial Engineering, California E.P.A. registered Environmental Assessor (REA), California Department of Health and Safety Lead Project Monitor and Supervisor, Division of California Department of Occupational Safety and Health Site Surveillance Technician, as well as a long list of certifications

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and hundreds of classroom hours. He has been everything from a contractor supervisor and building inspector to project designer and management planer. “My friend Eric Chevasson and I have been doing this for a very long time. I am very proud to call him my friend, as he has been very inspirational to many in our industry for more than 20 years. Eric’s knowledge and overall commonsense approach has allowed our company to excel to new heights. As our company president, Eric continues to place a tremendous amount of trust in both our management staff and our more than 150 employees,” says Cristofaro. “Our Operations are backed by a supreme administrative staff, headed by Don Loving, CFO. He has over 30 years of experience in Financial and Administrative Management. We are also very lucky to have Leonardo Cristofaro

John Deere 326D Skid Steer Loader breaking existing foundation at future expansion site for Los Angeles International Airport. as our Operations Manager. Leo has a degree in Chemistry and over 10 years experience in the environmental industry and he has worked hard to develop an exceptional field team and an unprecedented quality service standard. Our Senior Project Managers, Roberto Urbina, Jose Almaraz, and Tony Vasquez and our Project Engineer, Dan Rodriguez, combined have well over 40 years experience and are highly skilled in management, planning and job site execution.” AIR, Inc. has worked for numerous public and private entities including: County of Los Angeles, LA Department of Parks and Recreation, LA County Department of Public Works, LA County Sheriff Department, MacArthur Air Force Base, Housing Authority for the City of LA, Wells Fargo Bank, United States Post Office and for many other cities such as; Burbank, Glendale, Lawndale, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Inglewood just to name a few. They also perform their services for a long list of School Districts and educational entities like Banning Unified School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, Community Harvest Charter School and of course Los Angeles Unified

School District, and for colleges like Santa Monica College, Cal State Fullerton, Loma Linda University, Pasadena College, Pierce College, UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. Their list of private sector clients are also too long to list but include: Anderson Group International, Century Park East Development, Tilden-Coil Construction, TOBO Construction, The Salvation Army, CBR Ellis Properties, Avalon Properties, JAM Corporation, Davis Reed Construction, Skanska USA, Kiewit Corp and Frederick Towers Inc. It is the work for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that has kept AIR, Inc. busy over these past few years. AIR, Inc. is currently carrying around $25 million in projects for the LAUSD right now and has performed well over $60 million over the past three years. “Because our background and reputation is very solid, we have been allowed to work with high profile clients with special demands, like LAUSD. They know and trust our work, as well as our track record for being accident free for the past seven years in this business with such a high level of exposure. I believe that we are the safest company in our industry in California right now

and that is very important to our clients. We work in very sensitive areas like schools and there is just no room for error,” continues Cristofaro. AIR, Inc. recently won another $10 million contract for the Los Angeles Housing Authority to operate as the agency’s main source for demolition and remediation services. In addition, AIR, Inc. is in final negotiations with two of the nations largest and most respected heavy highway general engineering contractors. This large workload has prompted AIR to invest in their truck and equipment fleet. They already own eight VecLoader industrial vacuums that they utilize to remove contaminants from remote locations in places like buildings, schools and soil. They are the only California certified remediation company currently using these specific machines, which comply with all emissions requirements. The AIR 30 plus unit vehicle fleet is in the process of being updated with environmentally friendly hybrid cars and trucks. In addition, the company recently purchased five new John Deere 326D skid steer loaders from Coastline Equipment. (Continued on page 10)

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Right & Below: AIR, Inc. is currently in the process of updating their entire car and truck fleet with Honda hybrid cars and the most environmentally friendly trucks on the market today.

Right: HEPA negative air machines used to filtrate particles in the air to remove toxins like asbestos in contaminated areas.

“We added five new John Deere skid steers to our fleet about five months ago to aid in our ever increasing demolition duties. We recently put in another order for five more JD skid steers and are looking at purchasing four new JD 225 50,000 lb. excavators to replace our track loaders,” says Cristofaro. “We are moving to the JD excavators for greater flexibility on the jobsite and simply because we are getting so much more involved with the large general engineering projects.” AIR, Inc. has traditionally rented the equipment they need and still do when the need temporarily arises for equipment like compact excavators, man-lifts or wheel loaders. But due to their tremendous growth, they have 10

decided that owning certain machines like skid steers and excavators simply makes better economical sense. “We are in a unique business and we work our equipment a bit differently than the average contractor. You can get into trouble fast in this business and you need to keep your eye on the ball and rely on companies that will not let you down. Coastline Equipment is a company that we know will be there for us, even at a moments notice. The John Deere product is just so reliable and comfortable to operate and our sales representative Fabian Ortega has been great to work with from the beginning,” says Cristofaro. Gabriel Cristofaro has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to advancing the business of

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protecting people and the environment they live in. “Our company was founded on excellence and confidence and I have remained in the trenches with our people to make certain it stays that way. I continue to work hard to stay on top of this everchanging industry that seems to move at a beat of its very own. I believe we have a very good future ahead of us here in California and I look forward to another 20 years of serving our valued customers,” concludes Cristofaro. For more information on AIR, Inc. please visit them online at or call them at their corporate office in Los Angeles at (323) 733-0508. Cc


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uis Carlos Reyes is a first generation immigrant who moved to the United States from Mexico at the age of three. He and his family are no strangers to hard work, his mother and father earned their original living doing fieldwork in Bakersfield in the 80’s as part of the amnesty field worker visa program. “I started working in construction right out of high school when I landed a job with a local general contractor. I eventually became a finish carpenter for the company,


and work became so plentiful that I decided to go out on my own,” says Reyes, Owner and President of So. California Builders, Inc. “I started this company back in 2005 doing mostly kitchen and bath remodels. Soon we began taking on patios, backyard remodels, room additions and even entire design build projects.” Today, So. California Builders, Inc. (SCB) is a full-service general contractor that has built a reputation for providing top shelf quality, while maintaining an affordable price. From their

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headquarters in Redlands, California, SCB continues to specialize in kitchen and bath remodels, along with the installation of windows, doors, tile, additions and complete new builds through their carpentry division. It is their general engineering and earthwork division that has added an entirely new twist to their overall offerings. “We have two basic divisions. Our grading and excavating crew will soon be working on a multimillion dollar project out in the Yucca Valley/29 Palms area. We are the subcontractor

Southern California Builders, Inc. utilizes their Cat equipment on a church addition project in Banning.

(Above) Cat 252B loading dump truck.

on this large new storage facility project, where we are doing the concrete, grading and excavating work, as well as constructing the main offices and manager’s living quarters,” says Reyes. “Our carpentry crew is busy out in Banning building a custom home, as well as a new 25,000 sq. ft. remodel with a 4,800 sq. ft. addition. We are also the general contractor on a church project, where we have completed a 7 foot overexcavation and some minor grading and compaction before beginning to build the 30’x160’ addition to the main sanctuary.” According to Reyes, SCB’s concrete work is truly second to none. Jr. Quintana joined the company two years ago and

(Above) Decorative Concrete - Nuevo.

(Above) Cat skid steers moving dirt.

currently spearheads this end of the business. “Jr. Quintana is a true artist and he takes concrete to a whole new level with his brilliant designs and ideas. We offer all sorts of colored and stamped concrete solutions, designed specifically to enhance our customers existing architecture,” continues Reyes. SCB also performs a good amount of concrete curb and gutter work, as well as sidewalks and other general concrete slab work. SCB is obviously diversified in the work that they offer and this has benefited the company on jobs that require all or most of their services. They also take on work with a more narrow focus, like a job for the California

(Above) Kitchen Remodel - Indian Wells.

(Above) Cat 252B excavating.

Conservation Corp. that will be starting soon. This job is in downtown Los Angeles at an old firehouse, where they will be replacing old single pane steel windows with energy efficient units. Another one of their smaller jobs in progress calls for the construction of all new hardscape and landscape on the front and backyard of an upscale residence in Nuevo. “We started this job as a simple interior floor replacement and minor remodel project to basically remodeling every square inch of the property. It looks like we may even be building a pool. This is where our diversification really pays off,” says Reyes. (Continued on page 14)

(Above) Swimming Pool - Indian Wells.

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(Above) Cat wheel loader loading dump truck.

Around 70% of SCB’s work is in the private sector with the other 30% being in the commercial/public works area. The company honors their roots by continuing to take on simple $1,500 fence jobs all the way up to $2.5 million dollar ongoing projects. They have had an ongoing contract with the County of Orange for many years now, where they remove and replace broken boardwalk and sidewalk at the beach areas in and around Irvine. They also do light grading and excavation work for the County in areas where erosion has occurred. “Contracts with Orange County and Caltrans are what kept us alive during the recession. I am glad that we went through those times early on in our business, as it taught us how to operate in lean times and to remember those lessons in better times,” continues Reyes. SCB recently purchased two brand new Cat 252B Series 3 skid steer loaders from Johnson Machinery in Riverside. “I found that as our company grew, we were renting more of the heavy machinery. As rental fees began 14

to get a bit out of control, I began to wonder if ownership would make better financial sense,” says Reyes. “I am a numbers guy and everything has to make sense for me in black and white before I will even consider any sort of acquisition.” Construction equipment is of course very expensive and Luis did his research. He decided to rent each of the major brand name skid steer loaders and make the decision firsthand. “We ended up preferring the power and performance of the Cat skid steer loaders. I would drive up and down the freeway and from job site to job site and it seemed that Cat machines were everywhere,” explains Reyes. “Johnson Machinery has been extremely helpful and professional from the beginning of our negotiations. We are a small company of 15 employees and they have treated us like big wheels and we appreciate that. We are seriously considering adding a backhoe or compact excavator to our fleet, as well as a sheepsfoot roller in the near future, as we continue to

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(Above) Compact excavator and skid steer work in tandem.

win more larger grading and excavating jobs.” It is clear that SCB will continue to grow and prosper over the years. Luis Carlos Reyes comes from a family of faith in hard work and these traits are what will continue to drive the company to new heights. “I would eventually like to begin building, developing and selling our own track housing projects. We have been planning for some time now to develop unique semi-custom homes in areas like Redlands and Riverside,” says Reyes. “I love architecture, so these will not be cookie cutter homes by any stretch of the imagination. With the housing shortage right now, we feel that the time is right and are currently working with investors to make this dream a reality.” So. California Builders, Inc. has built their reputation on quality work and that is what they will continue to focus on in the future. For more information on SCB, please visit them online at www. or call (951) 255-4192. Cc

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Reprinted with permission from On The Job Summer 2013.


experienced business owners and to each other—has helped the company survive the recession.

Yet lessons learned during the lean years are helping the company succeed today. Specifically, the ability of Rowan’s management to listen— to employees, to consultants, to

“Now we’re coming out of it, and we’re stronger than ever,” said Mark Rowan, co-owner and vice president at Rowan Electric. “We are expecting to really take off in the next four years. We’re starting to see that growth now.”

owan Electric has turned the corner. These days, the Carlsbad, Calif. company is thinking more about thriving than simply surviving.


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That includes expanded offerings. Rowan Electric recently began to handle the trench work for the electrical systems it installs at amusement parks, hospitals, commercial developments and other jobsites. So how did Mark Rowan and his business partner and brother, Paul, help the company survive—

and in fact put it in a position to grow? The key was listening. Among those the Rowans listened to: Consultants. Sometimes consultants have a reputation for stating the obvious, yet billing as if they’ve solved one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Rowan Electric brought in consultants that more than earned their pay. “They told us to be in position to emerge, and how to get there,” Mark Rowan said. “They helped us evaluate priorities. They also reinforced that every penny counts.” The cost-cutting measures included a few layoffs, though not many given the severity of the recession. “We really clamped down on spending,”

Rowan said. Internal spending controls were put in place, and the Rowans made it clear that all spending was under review. “There were no hats, no t-shirts, no company Christmas party for two years,” Rowan said. Industry veterans. “We met with experienced business owners before the recession hit,” Rowan said. Some were exiting the construction industry, sensing a recession was on its way. “They told us to make sure all the equipment was in good working order, because money would be tight for repairs when the recession came,” Rowan said. The temptation would be to delay repairs to save money— perhaps to a point where costly damage could occur.

Employees. The Rowans want their business to feel like it’s family run. Quarterly cookouts are one such effort. The Rowans flip burgers and serve lunch to the staff. While it might not seem like the ultimate bonding experience, it does give everyone a chance to catch up. And it does provide a situation where the Rowans are essentially waiting on the staff. “I don’t mean to make a hamburger sound way more symbolic than it is, but Paul and I like the cookouts,” Mark said. Each other. Paul and Mark showed a willingness to listen to the consultants, the employees, the retirees. But most of all, they listened to each other. Together they developed a specific plan for survival and now, growth. (Continued on page 20)

We began to take on bigger projects, including at Sea World, and we decided to do our own trenching. Subcontractors recommended Caterpillar, they said that’s the only way to go.

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“We agree on a lot,” Mark said. “Not everything, all the time. But we certainly come together on important decisions. And when a decision is made, we do all we can to carry it out and make the company successful.” EQUIPMENT

Mark Rowan Co-Owner & Vice President, Rowan Electric.

“We just bought our first Cat machines from Hawthorne Cat. We began to take on bigger projects, including at Sea World, and we decided to do our own trenching. Subcontractors recommended Caterpillar, they said that’s the only way to go,” said Mark. “We have another subcontractor that bought Cat excavators for his business and then started digging for others. That quickly became a side business. We could see it going that way for us, too. We’ve already had calls to dig for other people at other sites, including the jobsite we’re on.” NEW CHALLENGES Rowan Electric survived the recession, and in fact is growing. So what challenges face the company in 2013? “We face one problem that a lot of companies are encountering: which jobs to bid on,” said Mark Rowan. “There are a lot of projects out for bid, and some people aren’t serious. Some of the jobs, it’s their third time out. They’re not going to happen.” Margins remain very tight, meaning companies can’t afford to waste time bidding on projects that will never see the light of day. So what to do? “It’s about relationships,” Rowan said. “You have to know the owners and the construction managers. They have a good feel about which jobs are likely, and which aren’t. Knowing that can save valuable time that could be applied toward a serious project.” Cc


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THEY DO WHAT THEY SAY How RDO Equipment Co. Employees Deliver on their Promise to Serve as Exceptional Corporate Business Citizens Article & Photos: Courtesy of RDO Equipment Co.

Ask any RDO Equipment Co. employee and they’ll quickly tell you ways their store supports their community. As “community” is one of the company’s five key stakeholders, there is a focus on serving local needs and being an exceptional corporate business citizen. “Over the last several years, we’ve made impressive community involvement progress across our company, and we want to make sure we continue our internal and external focus on our Community stakeholder,” commented Christi Offutt, RDO Equipment Co. CEO. One such focus has been on increasing volunteerism for employees. In early 2013, RDO Equipment Co. implemented “Community Time.” This program provides every full-time employee with eight hours annually of paid time that they may use for local volunteer activities. The goal of this program is to enable employees to have a larger and more personal impact on their communities. “The primary goal of Community Time is to make an investment in the communities in which we do business,” commented Dennis Howard, Southern Construction Vice President. “We encourage 20

our teams to focus on volunteer opportunities that are specific to our communities and will make them a better place to live and work. We also encourage teams to work together to make the most of their efforts.” Sacramento Team Finds Community Time Experience Rewarding One such example of Community Time occurred in the Sacramento store. The store serves as both a Vermeer and RDO Integrated Controls location and a small team of Sacramento employees recently donated their time at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes. Loaves and Fishes’ mission is to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. The team members worked in a food serving line and provided meals to nearly 700 adults and children. Sacramento Loaves and Fishes is a private, non-profit organization. They’ve served the Sacramento community for 32 years and survive solely on charitable donations and volunteers, receiving no funding from the government. Rick Draper, Account Manager grew up in the Sacramento

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community and knows about the great work Loaves and Fishes has done throughout the years. He went through an orientation process and interview which also helped Loaves and Fishes learn more about RDO Equipment Co. Moving forward, the store’s goal is to have small groups of five volunteer once a quarter. “This was a very rewarding experience for us, and it was eye opening to how fortunate we are in comparison to others’. Those who came through the food line really needed our help and we were grateful to be able to be there,” said Draper. “I’m proud of the Sacramento store for partnering with this organization. This looks to be a promising experience for all of our employees to participate in,” added Brandon Kyse, General Manager. Lakeside Supports Efforts Across Southern California In addition to volunteer time, each store has a Community Responsibility Committee that manages requests for sponsorships and donations. The following activities occurred over the past 18 months in the John Deere Construction and Vermeer location in Lakeside:

Above Left: The Lakeside store partnered with El Capitan Stadium Association (ESCA) and volunteered at the Lakeside Rodeo snack bar, raising more than $300 in tips, which was donated to the ESCA. Above Right: Lakeside employees donated items the shelter was in desperate need of including things like diapers, soap, and shampoo.

The Sacramento Vermeer/RDO Integrated Controls store has partnered with Loaves and Fishes, an organitzation that provides food and shelter to those in need. The day these team members volunteered, they helped serve nearly 700 meals.

• Several pieces of equipment were donated to the East County Junior Fair plus six cases of water for volunteers who set up for the fair. • John Deere toys and RDO Equipment Co. items were given for an auction benefitting the Lakeside 4-H and FFA. • Equipment was donated to Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility to cut roads, grade and level arenas. • Two large bins of donated items were provided, including

Sacramento employees felt the experience at Loaves and Fishes was a rewarding one.

diapers, shampoo, and soap, for Becky’s House, a San Diego area women’s shelter. • 30 employees volunteered at the El Capitan Stadium Association – Lakeside Rodeo snack bar and raised more than $300 in tips (which they gave to the ECSA). Jennifer Johnze, an RDO Equipment Co. Preliminary Lien Specialist for Lakeside and member of that store’s Community Responsibility Committee commented, “Many times you are unable to put a price

on the value of time. Moments can be priceless. However, with the support of our leadership team, each employee is not only encouraged but is empowered to give their time to the matters that mean the most to them in their community. Coupled with the financial donations our organization makes, I can’t help but feel a tremendous amount of pride and gratitude to be a part of this great team.” Cc

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CAT® TH514C TELEHANDLER HAS NEW ENGINE, UNMATCHED VERSATILITY Powered by a new 101-horsepower Cat® C3.4B engine that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4-Interim emissions regulations, the Cat TH514C telehandler has an operating weight of 24,890 pounds, a rated load capacity of 11,000 pounds, and a maximum lift height of 45 feet with stabilizer down. The new telehandler is available in a number of machine configurations to match various applications and operating environments.

For optimum utilization, the TH514C handles a wide range of work tools via its standard Integrated-Tool-Carrier coupler, and an optional hydraulic coupler allows the operator to change non-powered work tools from the comfort and safety of the cab. To ensure smooth, precise control of travel on rough-terrain job sites, the TH514C’s 4F/3R Power-shift transmission uses a torque converter to smoothly transmit the drive to the wheels.

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CATERPILLAR INTRODUCES 308E2 MINI EXCAVATOR The new compact radius Cat® 308E2 CR SB hydraulic excavator delivers high performance with the versatility of a swing boom front linkage. It is ideally suited to working in restricted work areas and is the first machine in the Mini Hydraulic Excavator (MHE) line-up to meet the United States EPA Tier 4 Final and European Union Stage IIIB emission standards. The new load sensing and flow sharing High Definition hydraulic system provides improved controllability. It uses the machine’s power more efficiently during the digging cycle to deliver greater productivity and up to 10 percent fuel efficiency improvement. The Cat® 308E2 offers a spacious operator environment with ample ingress and egress room and generous leg room. All the E Series models are equipped with a digital control panel that is specially designed for Cat mini excavators COMPASS - Complete Operation, Maintenance, Performance, and 22

Security System. Built into the COMPASS monitor are an antitheft system, which requires a five-digit alphanumeric password to start the machine, and an Economy Mode feature that can lower fuel use by up to 20 percent. An automatic engine-idle system drops engine rpm to idle after 4 seconds of inactivity. The COMPASS control panel promotes ease of operation

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and a comprehensive view of maintenance levels and requirements. The cab layout is fitted with ergonomic joysticks and a heated air suspension seat is available as an option. A wide range of Cat Work Tools such as buckets, hammers, and compactors help maximize performance and efficiency. Cc

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JOHN DEERE ADDS 204K AND 304K MODELS TO COMPACT WHEEL LOADER LINE Designed specifically for lower-clearance applications, John Deere introduces the 8-foot tall, economical 204K and 304K Compact Wheel Loaders. Both machines include features to increase productivity, visibility, versatility, and lower daily operating costs. A foot lower than other compact John Deere wheel loaders, the 204K and 304K feature rigid front and rear axles to meet the 8-foot height while lowering the center of gravity and increasing stability and the tipping load limit. The two new models can easily reach and work in areas with restricted access such as door and trailer openings.

The 204K and 304K boast an Interim Tier 4 diesel engine and a two-speed transmission with a top speed of 12 mph to swiftly navigate the jobsite. If one wheel slips when navigating soft terrain, limited slip differential transfers that wheel’s power to the opposite wheel to restore traction. Articulated steering assists in turning ability and offers operators flexibility when picking up or positioning loads. Fingertip control of the coupler, travel speed, park brake, lights, and other machine functions are close and convenient to the operator. An optional creeper

control allows slow, incremental travel speeds while maintaining full hydraulic flow. The push-button actuated skid-steer style coupler comes standard on the boom and enables operators to attach and release John Deere Worksite Pro™ attachments quickly, without tools or leaving the seat. Cc

JOHN DEERE ADDS NIMBLE 75G AND 85G REDUCED TAIL-SWING EXCAVATORS TO G-SERIES LINE The John Deere 75G and 85G excavators are the latest models to join the successful, customer-driven G-Series line. Both models feature reduced tail-swing configurations to maneuver and work around congested jobsites in efficient fashion. The machines feature a wide variety of improvements, to increase visibility, operator comfort, and productivity. “The 75G and 85G were designed to handle a variety of jobs, including landscaping, light residential excavating, site development or underground work,” said Mark Wall, product marketing manager for excavators, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Their compact size 24

and pinpoint metering combined with the reduced tail-swing design allow the machines to rotate freely within a small radius, increasing productivity in confined spaces and around obstacles.” The 75G and 85G boast a 53 hp Final Tier 4 diesel engine outfitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that cleans automatically without impacting the machines’ productivity. Like all G-Series excavators, the 75G and 85G include an unsurpassed operation environment with spacious, comfortable cabs and easy-touse enhanced LCD monitors.

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Another benefit of the 75G and 85G is the ability to reduce daily operating costs. Daily and periodic maintenance is quick, easy, and convenient. Large fuel tanks and 500- and 5,000-hour engine and hydraulic oil-service intervals decrease downtime and expense. Cc


The new E-Series line of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders (CTLs) from John Deere include five skid steer models and four new compact track loaders, each with Interim Tier Four or Final Tier Four engines and several improvements designed to enhance operator and machine productivity. The large-frame skid steers and CTLs feature a flat floor design with 25 percent more foot room than previous models, giving operators more comfort in the cab. All models include low-effort electro-hydraulic (EH) controls for additional comfort and ease of operation. The EH controls are available for ISO, H, and foot control patterns. In addition, the E-Series features an option to allow the operator to switch between all of the above industry control patterns. Other new standard features include connect-under-pressure auxiliary hydraulic couplers, and a new courtesy lighting feature that automatically shuts the machine lights off after operation.

The mid-frame models have been improved to enhance performance and make the machines more versatile. The optimized boom design provides best-in-class boom and bucket breakout throughout the lift path. It also offers greater reach at truck-bed height and increases lift height to the hinge pin. In addition to the standard improvements, both the largeand mid-frame E-Series models offer several options that further enhance ease-of-use and productivity. Like its larger siblings, the mid-frames also include the option for switchable controls to allow operators to choose between foot pedals, ISO and H-pattern. Other options include a new keyless start feature and a ride control option that cushions the boom under heavy load for a smoother ride. The E-Series offers several customer favored features that carried forward from the D-Series, including a pressurized cab with best-in-class visibility, auto-idle to help conserve fuel and best-in-class service access.

In addition, industry-leading options such as the reversing fan will also be available. The skid steers and CTLs are powered by Yanmar 3.3 or 3.1 liter diesel engines. The largeframe model engines provide up to 10 percent more horsepower than the previous D-Series models. Engines over 75 hp will meet Interim Tier 4 emissions requirements, while engines under 75 hp will be Final Tier 4 compliant. The engines in all E-Series models feature cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) with an exhaust filter consisting of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DCF). The E-Series consists of nine total models. In skid steers, there are three large-frame models (326E, 328E, 332E) and two midframe models (318E, 320E). In CTLs, there are two large-frame models (329E, 333E) and two mid-frame models (319E, 323E). All models will be compatible with more than 100 available Worksite Pro™ attachments for optimal jobsite performance.Cc

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COLTON CROSSING RAIL PROJECT FINISHED – $109 MILLION UNDER BUDGET AND EIGHT MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE SACRAMENTO – Caltrans and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SBAG) recently announced that Colton Crossing, a project that will unlock delays at a major rail crossing in Southern California, has been delivered significantly under budget and ahead of schedule. Original estimates calculated the project would cost about $202 million and be finished in 2014. Thanks to cooperation between Caltrans and SBAG, innovative construction methods, and a competitive marketplace that resulted in much lower bids than expected, the project wrapped up eight months ahead of schedule for $93 million. Transportation officials estimate the project will deliver $241 million in travel time savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 34,000 tons annually.

Colton Crossing was first constructed in 1883, and nearly 130 years later virtually all trains entering or leaving Southern California use the at-grade rail-to-rail crossing, which was a major cause of congestion on commuter and freight rail lines. A new elevated 1.4-mile-long overpass has now removed the chokepoint that existed where the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline crossed Union Pacific Railway tracks in Colton. Putting the UP tracks above the BNSF

line allows both railroads to use the tracks safely and eliminate waits as crossing trains pass. The need to separate this historical crossing was crucial not only to California’s economy, but to the nation’s as well. Nearly half of all U.S. imports flow through California ports and travel by trucks and trains across the state to the rest of the nation. The amount of cargo handled at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is expected to more than double by 2020. The project was a partnership between Caltrans, SBAC, the city of Colton, UP, and BNSF Railway. Funding was provided by state and federal sources, including $34 million from the Recovery Act and $41 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. Cc

CALTRANS BEGINS NEXT STAGE OF KINGS CANYON EXPRESSWAY EXTENSION FRESNO – Continuing a push to improve transportation in the Central Valley, Caltrans and the Fresno County Transportation Authority today broke ground on the next stage of a project that will add three much-needed miles to the Kings Canyon Expressway (State Route 180). “We’re building a faster, safer route for people commuting from eastern Fresno County, farmers hauling produce, and motorists visiting Kings Canyon and the Sequoia National Park,” 26

said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. The Kings Canyon Expressway Project (Segment Two) will upgrade a 2.7 mile section of SR-180 from a two-lane highway into a fourlane expressway from just east of Academy Avenue to Smith Avenue near Centerville. Caltrans completed the first segment of the project in 2009, widening six miles of SR-180 between Temperance Avenue and Academy Avenue. Segment Three will expand the route from Smith Avenue to just east of Frankwood Avenue. When the entire project is completed 12

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miles of SR-180 will have been upgraded to a four-lane expressway. The price tag for the second segment is $41.6 million, including $11.5 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voterapproved transportation bond. To date, more than $16 billion in Proposition 1B funding has been put to work statewide. State and local partnership programs and Measure “C”, a half-cent local sales tax dedicated for transportation, also contributed towards the overall cost of this project. Segment Two is scheduled to be completed by spring 2015. Cc

CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES $487 MILLION FOR STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS SAN LUIS OBISPO 足- The California Transportation Commission recently announced it has funded $487 million for 82 construction projects to improve transportation, safety, and mobility across California. Highlights of the funding allocations include: * $17 million for Highway 101 near Fairview Avenue in Santa Barbara County for the replacement of concrete culverts and bridges to reduce roadway flooding in the area. * $1 million for the Highway 101 Union Valley Parkway Interchange Project in Santa Barbara County for landscaping and a three year plant establishment period. * Shasta County: $27 million to rehabilitate a ten mile section of the roadway on State Route 299 from east of Intermountain Road to west of Backbone Ridge Road. * More than $4.6 million dollars was allocated to the cities of Portola, Mount Shasta, Tulelake, Weed, Yreka and the town of Fort Jones for various construction and rehabilitation projects. * $1.178 million for a bridge maintenance at the Little Potato Slough Bridge on State Route 12 (SR-12) near Terminous and the overhead connector from westbound SR-120 to northbound Interstate 5 near Manteca. * State Route 94 received $676,000 to reconstruct guardrail and upgrade bridge end treatments along a 7.5 mile stretch near Barrett Junction and various locations from Cochera Via Drive and Potrero Valley Road.

* $35,412,000, including $15,500,000 in Proposition 1B bond funds, to build a new two lane connector ramp from westbound Interstate 80 to westbound State Highway 12 in Solano County, and to reconstruct the Interstate 80/Green Valley Road Interchange. * $10,578,000 to replace the Laguna de Santa Rosa Bridge on Highway 12 in Sebastopol. * $2,936,000 to construct left turn pockets and wider shoulders on State Highway 12 in Rio Vista, Solano County. * $39.5 million from Proposition 1B for the Lakeview Avenue Grade Separation project to construct a significant overpass from Lakeview Avenue over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline tracks and a connection and a connection road from Orangethorpe Avenue to the new overpass in the City of Placentia. * $4.8 million to improve slope stability at Santiago Boulevard in the cities of Orange and Anaheim. * $27.3 million for a bridge vertical clearance project on Interstate 80 in Placer County from Brace Road in Loomis to Magra Road in Magra. The project will raise six bridges

and lower the roadway beneath three structures to meet vertical clearance requirements for permit vehicles. * $1.3 million to replace metal beam guardrail with concrete barriers at nine locations on Interstate 80 and State Routes 49 and 193 in Placer County. * $1.25 million on State Route 49 in El Dorado County at the Rattlesnake Bar intersection to construct left-turn lanes as a safety enhancement. * An allocation of $319,000 toward a rock slope protection project on State Route 245 near Badger in Tulare County. * An allocation of $1,077,000 for safety enhancement projects in Kern, Fresno, and Tulare counties on multiple State routes at various locations. * $8 million to construct 10 miles of carpool lane on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) from the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) to the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101). * $10.3 million for construction on I-10 between I-605 and the Orange Freeway(SR-57). * $19.8 million to widen the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) corridor from the Orange County Line to the I-5/I-605 junction, adding carpool and mixed-flow lanes from Artesia Avenue to Florence Avenue to reduce congestion For information about all projects that received allocations today please paffairs/news/pressrel/ctc_08-13. pdf. Cc

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Komatsu America Corp. recently introduced the PC138USLC-10 tight tail swing hydraulic excavator. With an operating weight range of 31,791 – 32,628 pounds, the PC138USLC-10’s short tail swing radius makes it an ideal machine for confined work areas such as one lane of traffic or urban environments. The EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage 3B emissions certified machine is the newest addition to Komatsu’s Dash-10 excavator line up. Designed with the customer in mind, the PC138USLC-10 has a net horsepower of 93.5 hp, powered by a Komatsu SAA4D95LE-6 engine. Built upon its proven Tier 3 engine platform, Komatsu maintains the proven performance of the previous series while reducing daily costs and fuel consumption. Cc 2013 compact equipment ISSUE CALCONTRACTOR


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