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BRAGG CRANE & RIGGING Does Their Part to Renovate the “Fabulous Forum” Into a World Class Concert Venue


ANGLEMYER CRANE RENTAL Where More Than 50 Years of Experience Counts. – Approved Subcontractor to Kiewit Working on Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Project


VENTURA CRANE, INC. Offering Crane Services to the Ventura County Oil Fields and So Much More

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he forum was constructed in Inglewood back in 1967 by Jack Kent Cooke, then-owner of the Lakers and founding owner of the Kings. The structure was originally designed by Los Angeles architect Charles Luckman and built at a cost of $16 million. It has always been appreciated for its intimate atmosphere with no seat more than 170 feet from the playing surface. The 18,000 seat arena hosted basketball and ice hockey for many years,

as well as being used for rehearsals and concerts from some of the music industry’s most popular performers including: Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Queen, U2, Prince, Sting, Cream, Aerosmith, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, The Jackson 5, The Osmonds, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross, Jethro Tull, John Denver, Kiss, Bee Gees, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Billy Squier, Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne,

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Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, The Neville Brothers and the list just goes on and on. Michael Jackson even rehearsed at the Forum for his planned “This Is It” concert series. Much of the Forum’s success came from the Lakers and Kings games held there and the celebrities that were often sighted at the games. Tennis and boxing matches were also held at the Forum, in addition to political events. In 2010, the Forum was acquired by the Faithful Central Bible Church,

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Bragg Crane & Rigging ironworkers rigging the compression ring to be lifted.

who later sold to The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) for $23.5 million. Soon after the sale, MSG announced plans to renovate the arena for use as a “world-class” concert venue. The Forum officially reopened in January 2014 with six concerts performed by the Eagles, who had last performed there back in October 1976. Flying over the newly renovated arena, one could take in the giant 400 ft. wide mock Eagles “Hotel California” record actually spinning at 17 mph. MSG reportedly spent

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nearly $100 million on the renovation of the “Fabulous Forum” as it became known as back in its hey day. It has officially been renamed “The Forum Presented by Chase.” Clark Construction headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland with California offices in San Diego, Costa Mesa and San Francisco was chosen as the prime contractor on the Forum Renovation project. Clark was able to complete the demanding renovation in just seven short months. Work

included selective demolition, replacement of each stair riser in the seating bowl, added ADA compliance to the entire facility, as well as upgrading all of the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. It was also necessary to renovate much of the structural and non-structural walls and ceilings throughout the arena. Perhaps the largest and most extensive component of the renovation included the repair and added structural integrity to the existing cable roof truss system.

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Bragg Crane Service moving the compression ring from it’s stand.

Two hundred thirty tons of steel reinforcement was added to the roof in order to support new state-of-the-art lighting and rigging equipment. They were also tasked with installing additional supplemental support framing beneath the seating areas, which had to be done by hand. To help accomplish this major undertaking, Bragg Crane & Rigging was brought in to focus on retrofitting the roof and ceiling with the installation of a new compression ring and a complete retrofit to the existing radial truss system. Luke Lemoine was the Project Manager for Bragg on this

project. “The entire roof system at the Forum was designed around a tension ring located in the ceiling and used to reduce gravitational forces,” says Lemoine. “We went in and removed and replaced the existing tie-rod bracing with new angle bracing in 14 of the radial truss lines and tied the angle bracing into a new compression ring located above the existing tension ring in order to reduce compression forces within the roof system.” The lift plan associated with the new compression ring was perhaps one of the most difficult components for Bragg Crane & Rigging. “The compression ring

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came out in two pieces and we had to set it up and full-pen weld it together on-site,” says Lemoine. “Once we layed it on top of the jacks, we noticed that we were a bit too short and we then brought in Bragg Crane Service for their assistance.” Bragg Crane Service began taking measurements so that they could precisely lift the compression ring up inside of the tension ring and then jack it into place in order to receive the new angle bracing and complete the compression system. “We had to do all of this with only about a foot of head room and around 2 feet of space on each side,” says Lemoine.

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Placing the head of the boom right dead center of the building in such a tight space was a challenge, but our team came through with perfect precision results.” Bragg Crane & Rigging was given three months to complete a scope of work that would normally take six to nine months to complete. They were able to accomplish their contract inside of the three month accelerated schedule by working two 10-hour shifts with 25 to 35 individuals per shift. “When you consider that there were 25 plus of us, as well as all of the other trades working at once, in retrospect it was quite an accomplishment,” says Lemoine. “There were concrete trucks moving in and out and framers, plumbers, electricians and dozens of other contractors on site. It was really quite the dance.” Bragg Crane & Rigging utilized several specialized cranes on the Forum project including an 850-ton Power Tower gantry system that had to be transported, unloaded and setup in pieces. “We unloaded the jacks outside with our 90-ton Link-Belt and after tripping them outside, we carried them into the building with a 36,000 lb. forklift,” says Lemoine. “The track and other supplemental pieces were driven in on semi-trucks and off-loaded inside the building.” The main lift crane on the project was Bragg’s Link Belt HTC 3140LB and this was used to lift the compression ring into place. A Link-Belt 8690 was used to lift steel, help setup the gantry system and basically move heavy items around. The smallest and most mobile crane utilized was the Tadano TR150XL 15-ton crane. The heaviest lift, at just under 15

Bragg Crane & Rigging’s 850 Ton capacity gantry, used to lift the compression ring into place.

tons, was performed with the Link Belt HTC 3140LB at a radius of 60 feet at 83% of chart. Founded in 1946 with just one crane, Bragg Companies has grown into one of the largest integrated service organizations in the construction industry. Now in their 68 th year of operation (and the fourth generation of family ownership), they have locations throughout California,

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ANGLEMYER CRANE RENTAL Approved subcontr ac Metro Go ld Line Fo tor to Kiewit wor k othill Ext ension P ing on roject

onstruction was completed on the first segment of the Metro Gold Line back in 2003. This 13.7 mile segment includes 13 stations and connects the cities of Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena. The Eastside Extension of the Gold Line was then added in 2009, adding eight stations between Union Station and East Los Angeles. The success of the Metro Gold Line led to the San Gabriel Valley pursuing an extension that further connects the Gold Line east along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Referred to as the Foothill Extension, the project has been split into three phases including the Foothill Extension from Pasadena to

Azusa, Foothill Extension from Azusa to Montclair and Ontario Airport Extension. With the passage of Measure R, Metro has allocated $735 million toward construction of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The Phase 2A project will extend the Gold Line from Pasadena and move on east to Azusa. This phase will add an additional six stations, at a length of 11.3 miles. Phase 2B will extend the Gold Line corridor from Azusa to Montclair. This 12.6-mile section will also have six stations and is projected for completion sometime between 2017 and 2019. Phase 2C proposes to continue the Gold Line from

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Montclair on into the Ontario International Airport. In April 2012, joint venture contractor Kiewit Parsons was issued a Full Notice To Proceed (NTP) on the Gold Line Foothill Extension Project. They officially began work in mid-2012 with the replacement of the railroad bridge over the Foothill Freeway in Arcadia. During March and April 2013, the concrete supports for the Colorado St. Bridge located west of Santa Anita Avenue were being constructed. During that time the grading of the right-of-way from the 210 bridge was completed in preparation for bridge

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construction over Santa Anita Avenue. Although it will be several years before the Gold Line Foothill Extension will be fully completed, it is projected to be operational by November 2016. Kiewit Parsons will have numerous subcontractors working on the Gold Line Foothill Extension Project. Anglemyer Crane Rental is one of these subcontractors and one of a projected 16 percent of local contractors that the joint venture contractor Kiewit Parsons is trying to utilize on

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this project. Dan Nunley is a Project Manager for Anglemyer Crane Rental and his company has worked for a long time, attempting to become a Kiewit approved subcontractor. “We were put through a rigorous prequalification period and before we could even be considered it was necessary that we have a stellar safety record,” says Nunley. “They visited our facility and looked over our equipment, interviewed

every member of our management team and examined our safety programs. We are very happy and proud to be one of the select few that qualified as a crane subcontractor for their company.” Since that time, Anglemyer Crane Rental has worked intermittently on phases currently in progress.

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They had a Link-Belt ATC-3275 all-terrain 275-ton crane working for around eight weeks setting forms for bridges off Foothill Avenue. They also sent out their Linkbelt HTC-8690 truck crane to various locations to set steel and forms. Anglemyer’s 350-ton crane was also utilized setting iron and beams for bridge erection on the Foothill Project. “We have been working on and off at the Foothill Extension Project for more than 9 months now,” explains Nunley. “ When you work for a large contractor, they generally have a pretty impressive fleet of equipment. We are happy to work for them on an as needed basis, the longest being 3 months straight placing forms and setting rebar.” It is necessary for Anglemyer to be at the top of their game at all times. “I have an entire book on my desk covering crane safety

alone for this project and to complicate things even more, we are also working with rail road certifications,” says Nunley. Everyone must be outfitted with gloves, safety glasses, vests and it is required that every lift have a prepick plan. All of the rigging has to be qualified by Kiewit and that means no nylons or synthetics.” Anglemyer Crane Rental is used to stringent safety standards and planning each job down to the smallest detail. “It is always a challenge getting our massive cranes into spaces that are less than adequate. The most important factor is to use the right crane for the right application and remain under 85 percent capacity,” says Nunley. “Our wide variety of cranes and personnel allows us

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to cover anything that Kiewit or any other contractor could ask of us.” From a 2-ton cherry picker to a mammoth 350-ton hydraulic truck crane with luffer, Anglemyer Crane Rental has the perfect machine for any job. Their latest purchase is their new Link-Belt ATC-3275 allterrain crane purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. “We purchased the Link-Belt 275-ton crane from Nixon-Egli to fill the gap between our existing 210-ton and 350-ton crane,” explains Nunley. “We have enjoyed a successful ongoing relationship with Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. and have eight Link-Belts currently in our fleet.”

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Anglemyer cranes can be found working everywhere from refineries and ports to transporting and placing trees for landscape contractors. They are a full spectrum crane company that regularly performs lifts for a variety of industries. Anglemyer Crane Rental serves all of southern California from Oxnard to San Diego and up into the high desert. “We truly appreciate Kiewit and the effort they made to use smaller local companies that can meet their qualifications,” says Nunley. I believe that we offer the trifecta with the best equipment,

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personnel and management available. These three factors along with our number one emphasis of safety at all cost, should qualify us for most any project.” Ed Anglemyer & Sons has been in the crane business for more than 50 years. After a few years in business, they created Anglemyer Crane Rental and have built a reputation for being professional, affordable and reliable ever since. They currently have a very wide range of cranes in their fleet

including hydraulic truck cranes from 2 to 350-ton capacity, crawler cranes from 100 to 225-ton, conventional truck cranes from 80 to 200-tons, carry deck cranes from 2 to 15-ton and rough terrain cranes from 14 to 55 tons. For more informationon Anglemyer Crane Rental, please visit them at www. or call (626) 334-5109. Cc

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n the 1880s much of California’s oil production was located in Ventura County with discoveries at Sulphur Mountain, Rancho Ojai, Rancho Sespe and Rancho Santa Paula. It is said that the State’s first “gusher” occurred in Adams Canyon near Santa Paula in 1888, producing an estimated 1,500 barrels of oil a day. The Ventura Oil Field was first discovered in 1919 and as the seventh-largest oil field still in production in California, it produces around one billion barrels of oil a year. The oil industry in Ventura County brought about tremendous population growth, new industries and plenty of jobs. One of those niche industries included companies that could lift and set the heavy oil rigs, pipe and operating equipment into place. Ventura Crane, Inc. has been serving the Santa Paula area since 1960 primarily serving the oil field and construction industry, but also serves residential, commercial and industrial customers as well. They 16

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also have another division, Ventura Truck Company that handles all of the general low bed, high bed and heavy hauling needs of Santa Paula and customers throughout Ventura County. Ventura Crane, Inc. specializes in boom truck applications with trucks that offer 5 to 14.5 ton, 30 to 45 ton and 65 to 70 ton cranes. Ventura Crane’s largest crane is a Link-Belt HTC86100 100-ton hydraulic truck crane, but their newest crane is their Manitex 3051T tractor mount crane mounted on a 2014 Kenworth T800 truck chassis. George Ballesteros has been with Ventura Crane for seven years. He started out as a driver and is now a crane and boom truck operator, while also helping with the equipment purchases. “We went with the new Manitex tractor mount crane from Coastline Equipment for a variety of reasons. We needed a bigger boom truck, with a higher lifting capacity. The biggest size the competitor offered is a 23 ton.

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We could not justify purchasing a 23 ton, when we already have two 20 tons,” says Ballesteros. “The Manitex 30-ton is right around the same size and weight as the 20-ton, but offered that additional tonnage and further pick that we are more in need of these days.” Ventura Crane has several other cranes and boom trucks in their fleet including a 40-ton and two 20-ton units. “The Manitex from Coastline brought us further into carb compliance, but beyond that, we really wanted to try out a Kenworth chassis,” says Ballesteros. “We were previously a Peterbilt only company and we were hearing that Kenworth was the way to go.” Knowing that Coastline deals with Kenworth, George checked out the new Manitex. “We got a lot of truck, for a great price. Down to the Neway off road and high center of gravity air ride suspension Kenworth offers,” says Ballesteros. “I am the operator for this new Manitex 30-ton and I am really impressed with the compact size and 51 ft. telescopic boom. This unit just allows us to do so much more in the oilfields and other jobs that require more reach.” For George Ballesteros, every day is an adventure and according to him he is never bored. “You never know what you are going to get into each day when you arrive out on the jobsite,” says George. “Having the new Manitex 30-ton from Coastline Equipment just makes my adventure that much more enjoyable.” Ventura Crane, Inc. offers cranes and boom trucks from 18-to to 100-ton capacities. They specialize in providing truck crane services to the production and oil rigging industry. Each day they can be found


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Above L-R: Manuel Sandez, Swamper/Helper, and George Ballesteros, Operator, Ventura Crane, Inc. Below: Ventura Crane utilizes their Manitex 3051T tractor mount crane mounted on a 2014 Kenworth T800 truck chassis to off-load new 3 1/2” tubing for an oil well at an oil production site.

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in the Ventura Oil Fields and beyond moving tubing and casing liners, and also wells and all of the surface equipment used in the process. They work primarily in Seneca Valley and Ventura County but will occasionally be called to Bakersfield from time to time. Their full services include 5 to 100 ton hydrocranes, end dump services, crane rental, high and lowbed services, oil and gas services, quality hook work and trucking heavy hauling. In addition they will offer the following services: aerial painting, bridge work, container services, contracting, curb installation, double drop trucking, engineering, equipment transport, estimates, expediting, heavy hauling and heavy material handling, hoisting, HVAC work, jobsite consultations, large tree services, light pole installations, marine construction, mechanical equipment placement, modular home setting, oversized loads, post and beam frames, radio dispatched services, shoring, sign erection, dismantling and removal, slings and shackles, steel and iron erection, trucking equipment rental, hot shot services and a whole lot more. For more information on Ventura Crane, Inc. or Ventura Truck Company please visit them online at or call (805) 656-1019. Cc

Above Left: George Ballesteros, operates the Manitex 3051T. Left & Above: Ventura Crane’s Manitex 3051T transports in and off-loads the new replacement tubing and hauls off all the worn tubing.

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COASTLINE EQUIPMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS Long Beach, Calif., - Coastline Equipment’s Oxnard branch would like to introduce Albert Fernandez as their new Commercial Worksite Product (CWP) Specialist for Northern Ventura county, Santa Barbara county and San Luis Obispo county. Prior to being hired at Coastline Equipment Albert spent the last ten years working in the John Deere Agricultural divison. Albert is looking forward to building new customer relationships and gaining the trust of existing customers. He attended Ventura College where he majored in criminal justice. He resides in Oxnard and has 3 children. Cc

Long Beach, Calif., - Coastline Equipment would like to announce that Julio Gomez has a new sales territory. Julio has been a Commercial Worksite Product (CWP) Specialist for Coastline Equipment for seven years. His new territory will be South Ventura county, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and the Conejo Valley. Julio looks forward to serving his new clients and growing the customer base in his new territory. His previous position was in the John Deere Agricultural division. Julio resides in Oxnard with his wife Sandra and their 3 sons. Cc


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INTRODUCING TADANO’S LARGEST ROUGH TERRAIN CRANE TO NORTH AMERICA TADANO AMERICA Corporation, Houston, TX, announces the launch of the GR-1600XL-2, their largest rough terrain crane. The new crane boasts 160 US ton (145 metric ton) capacities, and features a newly designed 200 ft (61m) 6-section rounded boom, providing a maximum 201 ft lifting height, and 185 ft load radius, powered by a single telescopic cylinder. Extra reach is provided by a 2-stage, bi-fold lattice tilt type jib, which extends tip height to 257 ft and a load radius to 200 ft. Listening to customer requirements, Tadano introduces the highest lifting capacity rough terrain crane, utilizing Tadano’s first compact 3-axle carrier. The new 3-axle carrier has improved maneuverability to navigate confined job sites with 6x4x6 drive, plus 4 steering modes, and a turning radius of 32’ 6” (9.9m), with 6-wheel steer. For ease of transport, the self-removable counterweight and outriggers require no assist crane. In addition, the cab tilt system design improves operator visibility for highreaching operations. This machine has everything you’d expect from Tadano including; Like its XL-2 series predecessors, the GR-1600XL-2 comes standard with several features highlighted below: • HELLO-NET, used to monitor crane activity straight from your computer or mobile device. 22

• Two state-of-the-art devices, the eco-mode and positive control systems that reduce fuel consumption while the crane is being operated or on standby. • The fuel monitoring system designed to minimize environmental impact and reduce CO2 emissions. • The automatic moment limiter (AML-C) displays important information and allows the operator to preset a custom working environment. The operator can preset the load radius, boom angle, tip height, and swing range, enabling safe and seamless lifting operations. Tadano’s exclusive asymmetrical, multi-position outrigger setups for maximum utilization of crane lifting capacities when operating in confined areas. This is provided by the AML-C that detects outrigger extension length

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and boom position as well as the important “soft stop” function that brings the motion of the crane to a slow stop automatically before it reaches the limits of allowed capacity. In the North and South American markets, Tadano’s energy and mining sector customers require mobile cranes that have larger lifting capacities and longer boom lengths. This is primarily stemming from the complex and growing refinery jobsites. With these jobsites in mind, especially the energy sector, the need for a crane that can work smoothly while maneuvering through tight spaces is essential. Additionally, Tadano’s customers request and expect high quality, durable products as well as being conscience of environmental issues related to machine operations. Cc

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MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR CONEXPO-CON/AGG AND IFPE 2014 Advance registration pace surges, show floor largest ever, new education sessions launched.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 are rapidly building momentum as the shows prepare to open their doors on March 4-8 in Las Vegas, USA: The shows are already recordbreakers for exhibit space – more than 2.3 million net square feet indoors and outdoors for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and 160,000 net square feet for IFPE – in an improved show footprint that makes it easier for attendees to connect with exhibitors. CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 will be held March 4-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA. The co-located shows will be the global gathering place in 2014 for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries. Attendees can conveniently register online pre-show and during the shows to avoid the onsite lines. One registration allows access to both shows. Industry customers in show surveys say key reasons for attending are new products and

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access to industry experts. Show management notes these reasons propel new attendees as well, and they’ll find both at the 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, with the leading manufacturers and companies showcasing the latest innovations and technologies. “The common thread among those making their first trip to CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE is an excitement about new products and new technology. The ability to compare products and talk with company experts make the shows a very unique opportunity,” stated John Rozum, attendee acquisition manager specializing in specific outreach to first-timers who represent large contracting or producer companies. Attendees will also find the latest industry-focused education to enhance their show experience. Co-located industry events add more value, and attendees can take part in special show events to extend the industry networking and knowledge-sharing.

Producing Value-Added, Industry-Driven Events Show management has worked proactively with exhibitors, attendees and industry groups in the show planning process to make CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE truly shows that are run by the industry and for the industry. “Our strategic alignment with the needs of the industry leads us to produce events geared towards helping exhibitors and attendees achieve the greatest value possible for the time they spend,” said CONEXPO-CON/ AGG Show Director Megan Tanel. “Throughout our planning, our primary goal is to create the most ROI possible for exhibitors and attendees; we want our events to be where everyone in the industry can find the ideas, information and knowledge to run their businesses more successfully,” she added. For more information and to register, go online to and Cc

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INTERSTATE 215 PROJECT BOOSTS KEY INLAND EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR Caltrans today announced the completion of a “major overhaul” of Interstate 215, which includes 15 new bridges, four new lanes, two flyovers and the reconstruction of 34 ramps along the 7.5 mile route. The project included construction of new general use and carpool lanes in both directions of I-215 from I-10 to SR-210 and an auxiliary lane from SR-210 to just south of University Parkway. Connector ramps between I-215 and SR-210 were also added to improve mobility between freeways. Crews also built 15 new bridges and two flyovers and reconstructed 34 ramps. Artistic wallscapes that reflect the San Bernardino Mountains, the region’s railroad history, and natural springs have also been added along the roadway. The project was funded through a combination of $128 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, $117 million in State Proposition

IB funds, and local Measure I funds —the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in San Bernardino County. This four-phase project was a close partnership between SANBAG (San Bernardino Associated Governments), Caltrans, the city of San Bernardino, and the Federal Highway Administration. The seven-year, $647 million project will reduce travel times and increase safety along one of the region’s major transit corridors. This project also created or supported thousands of jobs in the San Bernardino area. “SANBAG and Caltrans are proud to unveil this beautiful finished freeway to the public today,” stated SANBAG President Bill Jahn. “It represents fifteen years of planning and design, plus seven long years of construction that occurred while heavy freeway traffic continued to flow. We witnessed an amazing

engineering and construction feat, as we watched this giant puzzle assembled, piece-by-piece, during these years. We now have one of the nation’s most elaborate, efficient, and safe freeway systems passing through the heart of San Bernardino County.” This major expansion and revitalization project will increase traffic flow, eliminate fast-lane entrances and exits, and aid traffic merging with the added auxiliary lane, which enhances access to both the east and west sides of San Bernardino on this major goods movement corridor between the Victor Valley, Riverside County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County. Other added benefits of the project include improved air quality and noise reduction. For more information on these and other Caltrans projects, visit our website at dist8. You may also follow us on Twitter at Caltrans8 Cc

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW PROJECT TO CUT CONGESTION AT U.S. HIGHWAY 101/STATE ROUTE 23 INTERCHANGE Long-awaited improvements are now underway at the heavily-used U.S. Highway 101/ State Route 23 interchange in Thousand Oaks that will ease traffic congestion and improve safety for more than 170,000 motorists who travel through the area daily. The project will add one new lane in each direction to U.S. 101 between the Los Angeles/Ventura County line and Moorpark Road, a distance of about four miles. 24

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spring of 2016. About $10 million of the project’s funding comes from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. For more information about the U.S. 101/SR-23 Interchange Project, visit: dist07 or Cc

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LINK-BELT TO UNVEIL TCC-500 AT CONEXPO 201400 AT CONEXPO Link-Belt will unveil its all-new 50-ton (51-mt) TCC-500 telescopic crawler crane at ConExpo, March 4-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boom Up The TCC-500 offers an impressive capacity chart that rivals even lattice crawler cranes with a similar base rating. Foursection, full-power boom on the TCC-500 is 35 ft 6 in -110 ft (10.8 – 33.8m) in length with box type construction of high tensile steel consisting of one base section and three telescoping sections. The vertical side plates of the boom have diamond-shaped steel impressions for strength to weight ratio. Fly options include a 28.5 – 51 ft. two piece bi-fold lattice fly, stowable, offsettable to 2, 20 and 40 degrees; maximum tip height is 165.5 ft. Smooth Move Of course, being a Link-Belt, the TCC-500 moves quickly and easily on or off the job site.

With a standard counterweight package of 25,000 lbs, the TCC500 transports in just one load while staying under 100,000 lbs in most cases. On the trailer, the TCC-500 travels at a height of 9 ft 10.55 in and a width of 11 ft 5.24 in. For flexibility on the jobsite, a hydraulic cylinder mounted in the lower frame can hydraulically extend and retract all welded, precision machined, steel frames. The TCC-500 can work at three different track widths: 15 ft 2.37 in fully extended, 13 ft 6.11 in intermediate, and 11 ft 5.24 in retracted. It has two travel

speeds and can travel up to 2 miles per hour to spend less time traveling and more time lifting. Power to perform A Tier IV final Cummins QSL engine powers the TCC-500, producing 215 hp (160.3 kW) and driving a variable displacement piston pump package. Simple and dependable hydraulic pilot-operated control valves distribute flow to all functions. Tried and tested Link-Belt hoist packages using piston motors and 5/8 inch rope handle the flow of the crane. The winches have 17,084 lbs of line pull and a maximum line speed of 549 feet per minute. Owners will find the same winch-view and rearview cameras that come standard on the TCC-750 and TCC-1100 on the new TCC-500. Cc

BETTER REACH, GREATER CAPACITY FOR THE RTC-80150 SERIES II In 2002, Link-Belt introduced the world to hydrostatic drive on a six-wheel carrier frame with the RTC-80100 Series II. Twelve years later, Link-Belt is adding reach and capacity to its rough terrain crane line with the new 150 ton RTC-80150 Series II. Powered by a 345-hp Cummins Tier 4f diesel engine, the RTC-80150 Series II will debut for the first time at ConExpo 2014 March 4-8, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visitors to ConExpo will also be impressed by the 22 foot, tight turning radius of the RTC-80150 Series II which is best in its class. A switch in the cab controls four

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steering modes: independent front, independent rear, combination and diagonal. In addition to a tight turning radius variable speed pumps supply hydraulic power to all six drive motors for outstanding creep control. Like all 6-wheel rough terrain cranes built by Link-Belt, the RTC80150 Series II will transport with two overflow loads and assemble in less than an hour without assistance from a helper crane. The RTC-80150 Series II can be equipped to transport at less than 100,000 lbs. and loaded onto a conventional lowboy trailer while maintaining a 9 ft. 10 in. width.

The RTC-80150 Series II comes with a 42.3 – 195.3 ft. six-section, full-power latching boom with superior load capability and five boom extend modes that are simple but effective. Cc

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JOHN DEERE UPDATES MOTOR GRADERS TO MEET FINAL TIER 4 EMISSION STANDARDS John Deere’s best-selling G-Series Motor Graders now meet Final Tier 4 emissions standards with the implementation of a John Deere PowerTech™ EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV engine. The engine update also allowed engineers to implement several customer-inspired ideas to better meet the needs of today’s operator. The G-Series still boasts 12 models (670G/GP, 672G/GP, 770G/GP, 772G/GP, 870G/GP, 872G/GP) with net horsepower ranging from 220 to 287. Six of the units (those models ending in two: i.e. 872G) feature six-wheel drive, enabling them to power through the toughest cuts with power flowing to all wheels. Six-wheel drive gives operators increased traction, the ability to get more work done in fewer

blading passes and a 30-percent increase in blade pull. Operators don’t have to worry about diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning as it still occurs automatically with no impact to machine operation. Also, after extensive testing, John Deere’s DPF can go up to 15,000 hours before ash removal. Operator control is a hallmark of the G-Series. Customers continue to get a steering wheel and can choose from the console-mounted low-effort industry standard control pattern (G models) or intuitive and easyto-use armrest-mounted industry standard fingertip controls (GP models). If an operator specifies the fingertip controls, he’ll still have a choice between using lever steering and the everpresent steering wheel. Either

way, G-Series controls provide a smooth, predictable response and plenty of power whether the application calls for heavy blading or fine grading. All John Deere motor graders come standard with John Deere WorkSight™, the most comprehensive, easy-to-use suite of technology available for increasing uptime and productivity while lowering operating costs. Cc

MANITEX INTERNATIONAL, INC. FEATURES NEW 70-TON CRANE AT CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 Manitex to Showcase Innovative Lifting and Handling Equipment Product Lines at Booth #2115 in Gold Lot at Las Vegas Convention Center March 4-8, 2014 Manitex International’s CONEXPO lineup at the 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG will feature the Manitex TC700, which, at a lifting capacity of 70 tons, is the company’s most technologicallyadvanced and largest crane to date. Launched approximately nine months ago, the TC700 marked the Company’s entry into the higher capacity global truck crane market. Deliveries for this model began in late 2013. Also featured at CONEXPO will be a range of Manitex 26

lifting products including the Manitex 50155GT, a soft track crawler crane that is an exceptional choice for power line construction and mining applications, the Manitex CabDown M150 and CD90i Pick and Carry unit, the 3051T, 50128S, 40134S, 50155SHL, and 2892C truck mouthed cranes. Manitex LiftKing rough terrain forklifts, Load-King trailers and the electric powered Valla 250-E pick and carry crane will also be on display as well.

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Manitex International will host will host a reception at Gold Lot Booth 2115 between 3PM – 5PM on Wednesday March 5, 2014, to introduce some of their key people over appetizers and refreshments. Cc

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CAT® 725C/730C ARTICULATED TRUCK BARE-CHASSIS MODELS EXPAND CUSTOMER CAPABILITY BY ACCOMMODATING VIRTUALLY ANY SPECIALTY-EQUIPMENT SYSTEM The Cat® 725C and 730C articulated truck bare-chassis models combine the proven durability, reliability and superior performance of Cat C Series articulated dump trucks with the capacity to mount specialty equipment, including application-specific bodies (coal and trash, for example), water tanks and spray systems, fueland lube-service components, hook-lift systems, containertransport systems, and flat-bed dump platforms. Through direct interaction with Caterpillar, Cat

dealers and OEMs are prepared to work with customers in designing bare-chassis models to accommodate rear-mounted equipment systems that meet the requirements of virtually any application. The 725C and 730C articulated truck bare-chassis models are available in two wheelbase lengths, standard and long. The long configuration allows Cat dealers and OEMs to design application-specific derivatives that can accommodate larger equipment systems, provide

optimal payload capacity, and can lower the center of gravity for added stability—while leveraging the features and capabilities of the new C Series articulated truck. Cc

CAT® TH255C COMPACT TELEHANDLER IS POWERFUL AND VERSATILE The new Cat® TH255C telehandler—with a rated load capacity of 5,500 pounds and a maximum lift height of 18.33 feet—features a powerful, compact design that accommodates both a wide range of work tools and a varied range of applications, resulting in an exceptionally versatile machine. At the center of the TH255C is a new engine available as both a U.S. EPA Tier 4-Final/EU Stage IIIB version and as a U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA version for less regulated regions, as well as a more powerful hydrostatic drive system for added tractive effort for negotiating difficult terrain. The TH255C uses a new fuelefficient, 2.9-liter engine rated at 74-horsepower. A new cooling package features a variablespeed, hydraulically driven fan with an available variable-speed reversing feature. The engine

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pod has been redesigned to accommodate the new engine, including a new exhaust mounting system and a lowprofile hood that provides significantly enhanced visibility to the right of the machine. New axles for the TH255C have larger final-reduction hubs and new, larger wheel assemblies that use an eight-lug bolt pattern. The new axles add durability and reliability, as do the addition of boom-section brushes. Additional new features include a redesigned electrical harness and roof-mounted air-conditioning system for models so equipped. In the operator’s station, a new instrument cluster and dash panel allow at-a-glance monitoring of machine performance, and an intuitive control layout—including a single, electro-hydraulic joystick—promotes operator comfort, efficiency and safety.

Properly placed handholds and steps ensure entering and exiting the cab comfortably and safely. For added versatility, the TH255C is fitted with a standard universal quick coupler that is compatible with many Cat skid steer loader work tools. Overall cost of ownership for the TH255C is reduced by its easy serviceability, with all routine service points accessible from ground level and daily maintenance limited to fluidlevel checks and a walk-around inspection. Cc

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VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT SET TO ACQUIRE HAULER BUSINESS FROM TEREX In a move that will improve the company’s penetration in the core earthmoving segment and extend its presence in light mining, Volvo Construction Equipment has agreed to acquire the off-highway hauler business of the Terex Corporation for a purchase consideration of approx. USD 160 M (approx. SEK 1 billion) on a cash and debt free basis. Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it has agreed with the Terex Corporation to acquire the hauler manufacturer Terex Equipment Ltd, including related assets and intellectual property. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, includes the main production facility in Motherwell, Scotland and two product ranges that offer both rigid and articulated haulers. It also includes the distribution of haulers in the U.S. as well as a 25.2% holding in Inner Mongolia North Hauler Joint Stock Co (NHL), which manufactures and sells rigid haulers under the Terex brand in China. NHL is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The acquisition includes five models of rigid haulers, with proven designs and payloads ranging from 32 to 91 tons. The introduction of rigid haulers will extend Volvo CE’s position in light mining; an industry area that is complementary to general construction, oil & gas, aggregates & quarrying and road building – segments that Volvo CE is already active in.

The deal also sees a further three models of articulated hauler added to the Volvo portfolio, with payloads ranging from 25 to 38 tons. These machines support Volvo CE’s already established position in the articulated hauler segment, offer an extensive field population and opportunities for considerable growth in emerging economies. If approved, the acquisition adds some 500 employees to Volvo CE’s existing workforce. It also allows for the continued use of the Terex brand name on the relevant machines for a transitional period. The transaction is expected to be finalized during the second quarter of 2014. For implementation, approval is required from relevant authorities. Cc

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Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., Link-Belt & Bob’s Crane Service Left: Bob Turner (left), Owner and Rick Duarte, Operator, Bob’s Crane Service. Right: One of (2) Link-Belt RTC 8090 Series II cranes purchased especially for the Interstate 805/ Palomar Street bridge replacement and addition of on and off ramps as well as new retaining wall construction in Chula Vista for Granite Construction.

Bob Turner started out as an owner/operator back in 1983. Today, over 30 years later Bob’s Crane Service has grown into a fleet of over (20) cranes, ranging from 5-tons to 275-tons with boom lengths from 40 foot to 343 feet. The company works for the biggest names in the business, providing cranes and operators for high profile projects including a long list of bridges and freeways. Bob is the first to admit that the people working for him have made the company the success it is today. He also considers Nixon-Egli Equipment a part of his team and long term success. Bob’s Crane Service owns (7) Link-Belt cranes and is looking to purchase another. His most recent purchases include (2) Link-Belt RTC 8090 Series II cranes. They were purchased specifically for the Palomar Street bridge replacement project on Interstate 805. Bob’s Crane Service is providing the operated crane rental service for the bridge replacement, which includes the addition of on and off ramps, and for construction of retaining walls in Chula Vista by Granite Construction. “The (2) Link-Belt RTC 8090 Series II cranes were ideal for this project due to their strength and durability and the fact that they can fit in tight quarters like the ones on this job,” said Bob Turner. “We are using the two identical cranes on this project on each side of the freeway to better meet our client’s needs. Another benefit of the Link-Belt RTC 8090 Series II cranes is that they are the largest rough terrain cranes that can be operated by a single operator. This also keeps costs down and certainly helps in the bidding process.” “Nixon-Egli has always been there for us with nothing but excellent service over the years. Their sales representative Tom Trevithick has always provided us with great sales support and we know we can count on him, states Turner. We are celebrating 31 years in 2014 and Nixon-Egli has been a big part of our success.” Bob’s Crane Service serves all of San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties with the industry’s best operators and cranes from 5-ton to 275-ton. For more information on Bob’s Crane Service, please visit them online at or call (619) 443-5887.


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