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John Deere, Coastline Equipment and Brough Construction, Inc.

(Left) Brough Construction added a brand new John Deere 35D compact excavator to their fleet. (Right) Jeff Brough, Brough, President, Brough Construction, Inc. Brough Construction, Inc. is a general engineering contractor based out of Arroyo Grande, California, with a satellite office in Delano, CA. In business since 2004, Brough Contruction specializes in earthwork, underground utilities and structural concrete applications. The majority of the construction machines in their 29-unit fleet are made up of John Deere compact excavators, dozers and wheel loaders. Just recently, Brough Construction added a brand new John Deere 35D compact excavator to their lineup and Jeff Brough, owner and president of Brough Construction, Inc. has this to say, “I deal with Steve Lougee out of Coastline Equipment’s Santa Maria facility. More than once, I have commented to Steve on how hard we work our John Deere machines and that no matter what we put them through, they just keep on performing beyond our expectations. For instance, we have been using our compact excavators on some jobs that really call for a larger machine, and it just amazes me just how well they perform and stand up to the challenge. Our operators like the thumb controls on the John Deere compact excavators, because the smoothness and ease of operation makes for increased production and that is what we are all looking for on any job.” Jeff Brough explains his allegiance to John Deere and Coastline Equipment, “I prefer working with Coastline Equipment and John Deere in particular, because I feel that they truly listen to us as a customer and to our operators suggestions as well; in order to create a machine that works best for us out in the field. From equipment options to financing, Steve Lougee and Coastline Equipment have always been there for us, ready to meet our individual specific needs. Coastline is an extremely personable organization, with top-notch service. I like the fact that I can call any of their seven branches and get the same consistent professional and friendly service each and every time.”

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Features 06 ABI Engineering, Inc.-

So Much More Than A Grading, Paving and Underground Contractor

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California Engineers Offer Ways to Improve the State’s Infrastructure Grades by 2018

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ABI Engineering, Inc.-

So Much More Than A Grading, Paving and Underground Contractor Written by: Brian Hoover Dave Needelman, Quinn Company and Andy Brown, ABI Engineering, Inc.

Like many other young American boys, Andy Brown grew up with a fascination for tractors and trains. It makes sense that he jumped at the opportunity to join the Operating Engineer’s right out of high school, quickly completing the Local 12 Apprenticeship Program. He soon found himself working as a heavy equipment operator for major construction firms like Granite Construction Co. and a few other big name contractors. After several

years of learning the ins and outs of the business, Andy decided that he had had enough of just being another number. He soon acquired his State Contractor’s license and officially started his own company in 2003. Like many other startups, Andy began with a single backhoe and a truck, performing mostly residential work and small utility projects such as septic systems and grading a backyard or lot here and there. The pool excavation business also kept Andy busy throughout San Luis Obispo County, as well as custom home house pad site work. Interestingly the past three years have represented the most significant growth years for the company since its inception. Andy Brown, owner & President of ABI Engineering, Inc. explains, “We have grown slow and steady since 2003 and we were have been very successful in contracting some commercial projects along the way. Then, in 2007 we began taking on more vineyard and agriculture type of work. I was lucky enough become associated with a couple of excellent vineyard consulting firms a few years

ago that hired our company to work on some very high profile vineyard projects. This and the fact that all of us here at ABI concentrate so much on doing what is right for the Owners and always performing at a high degree of standards and integrity and at the same time continually finding ways to save the Owners money has lifted our company to a completely different level. Our focus on integrity and maintaining our work schedules and budgets is all we have. We live in a small tight community where word travels fast and our excellent reputation has led to invitations to work on many other high profile vineyard projects. During this time period we have acquired a large fleet of earthmoving and paving equipment along with support vehicles. This side of our business has now grown to the point where we now bid and work primarily on agricultural projects where we deep rip vineyards, DesignBuild water reservoirs that include both the excavation and lining of the reservoirs. We also grade for new and existing roads along with a

Some of ABI Engineering Inc.’s Caterpillar fleet.

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ABI Engineering Inc.’s new Peterbilt 18-wheeler end dump truck.

variety of all types of other excavating, revetment and drainage work. We are just now beginning into what I would call a large earth moving and Excavation Company and I think that is where our growth is in the future.” Perhaps the largest project ABI Engineering has contracted for would be right here in Paso Robles for Justin Vineyards, and Winery located at Templeton Hills. This project began in February of 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in June of 2013. In short the project called for ABI to design/ develop two (2) sets of 30 million gallon reservoirs with HDPE lining that total just under 60 million gallons total for the project along with a series of 20foot wide entrance access roads that total nearly a mile long. The project also calls for us to deep rip nearly 700 acres for vineyard planting. The first thing ABI Engineering did

was to grub off the grass and top layer of earth. Next the brow ditches were excavated above the cut slopes, and then the cut slopes were brought down to the top of the pond area. Next, ABI excavated out the pond area to a depth of approximately 30 feet, utilizing dozers and slope boards to bring the slopes down to the bottom. The first pond will encompass 10 acres, while pond two will be at around 8 acres. They are each around 1,000 feet long and will be used to supply the new vineyard with both irrigation and frost protection. Andy Brown continues, “We are primarily utilizing our Caterpillar D6R dozer with a 9’ slope board to bring down the slopes on the project. One of the biggest challenges has been to build these reservoirs at a plus or minus tolerance of one tenth of an inch. This was made possible with the use of our Topcon GPS system. Our

One of many CAT scrapers on the Justin Vineyards project.

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operators are also using our Cat 330 and 320 Excavators to do most of the mass excavation. After excavating the reservoirs and cleaning up the sides and removing all of the rock and other angular material from the reservoir site, we then excavated a 2-foot by 2-foot by 2-foot anchor trench all around the perimeter of the reservoir. The 60-mil HDPE liner will then lap back into this anchor trench before being backfilled and compacted. We will then repeat this process on the next reservoir, which is broken up into two (2) separate banks, so technically we have designed and are building four (4) separate reservoirs that are very similar in design with the topography being slightly different from one set of reservoirs to another.” ABI Engineering, Inc. used their Cat D8T dozer with a wing tooth ripper attachment to rip exactly three feet down. This process provides an excellent fracture for the vine to not only grow, but thrive but also to grow. Andy further explains, “We have developed a system where we utilize our Topcon GPS system to rip right on the vine row. This is a fairly new method that allows the vine to struggle less to gain root growth. Traditionally a vineyard would rip every 4 feet and then rip across perpendicular to that cut. More and more vineyards are using our method and there are really only a few companies in this area that offer

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(Left) CAT 950H Wheel Loader back-fills anchor trench. (Right) CAT D6R XL with 9’ slope board brings down the slopes on the project.

this service. It has grown to be a highly accepted method that is preferred by many vineyards. I am one of those guys that believe that if you continue to do only what others have done before; you are going to remain in the past. I want to continue to move our firm forward and remain at the cutting edge of technology. It is important what we continue to grow our business and be the leader of the pack.” Remaining at the cutting edge of technology means dealing with equipment companies that also share the same philosophy. ABI Engineering trusts the professionals at Quinn Company and Cat Financial to help them accomplish these very goals. Andy comments, “We started out with just one Cat backhoe back in 2003 and today we own and operate a fleet of over 30 machines and trucks. We go with Caterpillar because their parts, service and resale value are the best in the industry. Additionally, the cost per hour to operate a Cat machine is second to none. We have a wellrounded fleet of Cat scrapers, dozers, wheel loaders and excavators along with multiple pieces of support vehicles. Our Quinn representative Dave Needelman, Quinn Vice President Monty Baker and everyone else at Quinn and Cat Financial are the backbone of my business when it comes to equipment and the latest technology. They have been there for us to assist us in growing smart and steady since our inception. We have

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One of the completed 30 million gallon reservoirs with HDPE lining.

just completed the acquisition of a new Cat 140 M2 motor grader from Quinn. They are helping us remain proactive by upgrading our entire fleet to Tier 4. Not everything ABI Engineering is working on involves vineyards or agriculture applications. They recently finished a bridge project for the County of San Luis Obispo as a subcontractor to Associated Pacific. According to Andy, “We were the grading and earth moving subcontractor on the project which required us to do a streambed alignment. Basically we took out the concrete Arizona Crossing that was harming the steelhead population downstream. Federal funding was granted to remove this concrete crossing and replace it with a bridge at Ferrasci Creek Road in San Luis Obispo. This fish bypass project was probably the most challenging project

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we have undertaken so far. Andy Brown has come a long way from playing with toy tractors and trains back in Atascadero, California. Today his company performs a variety of work from grading and excavating to removing entire piers out in the ocean. They have worked as far north as Grass Valley, CA and down south to Santa Barbara. They are a grading, paving and underground contractor by trade, but in reality they are so specialized in what they do it is difficult to label them. One thing for sure howersver is that they will continue to grow and prosper with the leadership of Andy Brown and entire staff and crew of exceptional employees. For more information on ABI Engineering, Inc. please visit them online at www.abiengineering.com Cc

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Savala Equipment Rentals

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Over the next five years, Caltrans is investing over $1.6 billion dollars to improve southern segments along the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between the Orange County line and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I605). Improvements will enhance safety, improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, encourage ride sharing, decrease surface street traffic and help improve air quality. These projects include: High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) Lanes – Carpool lanes for vehicles with two or more passengers; Mixed-Flow Lane – Lane for all motorists; 10

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(Left) The Volvo ECR305CL and crew prepare to get the reinforced concrete pipe into position. (Below) The Volvo ECR305CL lowers the reinforced concrete pipe for installation.

Savala Equipment Rentals has been working with contractors out on the various I-5 Improvement Projects and supplies them with trusted manufacturers such as Volvo, Caterpillar, Komatsu, John Deere and Hitachi. Aaron Dyer is the Vice President for Savala Equipment Rentals and comments, “On this particular project we have provided everything from Caterpillar 450E backhoes and Komatsu PC400 excavators to our new Volvo ECR305CL excavator that we recently purchased from Volvo Construction Equipment & Services out of Corona. Our Volvo representative Ed Galindo has sold us Volvo smooth drum rollers and pad foot compactors in the past and for some time now we have wanted to try the Volvo excavator line. This new Volvo 305 (ECR305CL) excavator is still fairly new to our fleet, however our own operators as well as several clients have provided us with rave reviews. When it is all said and done it comes down to what our customers and operators want and that is why we have been offering only the very best construction equipment since our inception back in 1978. The Volvo excavator is being utilized for miscellaneous underground utility installation on the Carmenita Road Interchange 12

Project and we are proud to be able to supply this and our full line of rental equipment options to such a high profile project.” The Volvo ECR305CL Excavator offers a short swing design for confined areas, while delivering the productivity, ease of operation and safety of a conventional excavator. The ECR305CL represents the third largest model in the Volvo excavator range and together with its latest generation, Tier III, fuel-efficient engine with Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology, this 195 HP engine has power to spare. Savala Equipment Rental’s fleet is CARB Compliant with equipment to meet all the latest environmentally sensitive projects. Savala Equipment Rentals serves all of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside,

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San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura Counties. They currently have locations in Irvine and Corona with both bare and union operated equipment availability. Aaron Dyer concludes, “We foresee 2013 being an up year and we look forward to continuing to serve the needs of the Southern California contractor. Whether a customer calls us at 3:00 PM needing a machine for the next day or in the middle of the night on a freeway closure project, we promise to be there for them and have one or more of our reliable units out on the project as soon as humanly possible. If you are a contractor and you have not yet given us an opportunity to serve your needs yet, I invite you to call us at 949-552-1859 or visit our website at www.savala.com Cc

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Making A Machine Fit Perfectly Mainline Paver Adapted to Narrow Trench Job

Jerry Keepers, Superintendent at Pave-Tech, Inc. Pave-Tech Inc., a specialist in road construction and concrete paving for 20 years, had recently purchased a new mainline paver. It also had a 30” trench job that was a poor match for the new machine’s primary application. That left the company with three choices. 1. Subcontract the work to another paving firm. “That would be leaving money on the table, and we had just purchased the Cat® AP1055E,” said Jerry Keepers, superintendent at Pave-Tech, with headquarters in Carlsbad. That recent purchase actually marked the long-time road construction firm’s entry into the paving portion of the business. “We always subcontracted the paving, and in doing so felt like we gave up too much,” Keepers said. “We didn’t want to enter the paving business, and then almost immediately hire a subcontractor.” 14

2. Rent a machine to handle the trenching duties. But that would add cost and idle the Cat AP1055E that Pave-Tech had recently purchased. “We didn’t buy that machine to sit around,” said Keepers. “It has great capabilities and technology. Not using it seemed like a waste.” 3. Find a way to make the new AP1055E a perfect fit for the job. “We’re a company that focuses on innovation, about finding ways to get challenging jobs done,”

Keepers said. “If someone says it can’t be done, that just makes us more likely to find a solution.” That’s exactly what Pave-Tech did. The company developed a special pair of “cut-off shoes” that adjusted the paving width to 30”—equal to the width of the trench that had been created when deteriorated pavement was removed from the shoulder of Interstate 210 near Sunland, in the San Fernando Valley. Keepers said the adjustment was about more than finding a way to utilize an existing piece of equipment. “We wanted to use the AP1055E because it was easy to control the paving speed,” he said. “The machine is easily adjusted, and we could control the feeders. Still having that control was crucial.” PaveTech developed cutoff shoes with baffles that funneled the material into the 4’ width. This is sometimes done to utilize larger pavers on small patching jobs, Keepers said.

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The Project • Milled a damaged area of the shoulder 3” deep • Paved at a width of 30” • Paved ¾” high to allow for an even surface after compaction • Paved at a distance of 9 miles • Worked four days, with about 220 tons placed per shift • A Cat CB24 roller handled breakdown, intermediate and finish compaction (Right) A hopper insert “But this job was certainly diverted mix to one side, not a patch job. It ran for before it reached the shoes. 9 miles.” Pave-Tech used the AP1055E’s variable conveyor speed to control flow through the AP1055E’s material handling system. It also developed an accessory hopper insert that diverted mix to one side before it reached the shoes, which ran the width of the paver with the exception of a 30” area. “When the asphalt comes out, it falls into the shoes and feeds into the trench and away you go,” Keepers said. “That’s why the control is crucial. If you overload the system, the asphalt would overload the shoes and it would “I researched a full range of have run underneath and created paving equipment for about a big mess.” There was no mess six months, and Caterpillar and created on the I-210 job—no their Cat Dealer, Hawthorne small feat considering Pave-Tech Cat, had the most to offer,” entered the paving business such Keepers said. “We didn’t just a short time before taking on the look at the machines, but also the challenging job. “We had been warranty, experience and parts around concrete a long time, and and service support provided saw opportunities to offer asphalt by local dealers. “Parts, service paving as well,” Keepers said. and customer support—they “We were in a good position to were huge. Hawthorne Cat was observe before making the move.” very strong in those areas, and Keepers and others at Pave-Tech we already knew them because watched those who handled we own Cat earthmoving the asphalt paving work. They machines.” Hawthorne also noticed that many of the best provided training to leverage the subcontractors utilized Cat paving value and efficiencies built into equipment. “In particular, Cat the AP1055E, a Tier 4 compliant pavers have been used on many machine, crucial to earning of the really big recent paving business from the state of jobs around here,” Keepers said. California. “Hawthorne provided The observations were only the that training, and they supported start of the purchasing process. us throughout the I-210 project,” www.calcontractor.com

(Left) Pave-Tech developed a special pair of “cut-off shoes” that adjusted the paving width to 30”—equal to the width of the trench . Keepers said. “They gave us pointers on how to build the cutoff shoes, and what the best paving speeds would be. Their training was top-notch. They trained a whole group of us.” The training and paver have helped Pave-Tech succeed on a variety of projects with varying challenges. “We’re doing some shoulder work now that has inverts and crowns and double crowns,” Keepers said. “The other night we did an onramp with a triple crown. The Cat paver works great on those jobs and also when working on high-production jobs.” Now PaveTech is ready to reap the rewards from the transition into asphalt paving—a point proven by the I-210 trenching work and other challenging projects. “There was no money left on the table on this job,” Keepers said. “That’s a very good thing.”Cc

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California 2012 Infrastructure Report Card

California Engineers Offer Ways to Improve the State’s Infrastructure Grades by 2018

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently issued the 2012 California Infrastructure Report Card, which assesses California’s current public infrastructure. This report is issued every six years and the current report suggests that California’s grades have barely improved since 2006. California’s infrastructure rises each year at a staggering rate, actually doubling to $65 billion since 2006. The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) California is a 50 plus year-old, nonprofit association of private consulting engineering and land surveying firms. As a statewide organization, they are dedicated to enhancing the consulting engineering and land surveying professions, protecting the general public and promoting use of the private sector in the growth and development of 16

our state. In this article, Paul Meyer, Executive Director offers his comments on how the State of California might improve infrastructure by 2018. The following contains assessments according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Society and suggestions for producing higher grades from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). 2012 Report Card - Solid Waste (2012 Grade: B) - ASCE Assessment Solid waste management systems in California are operated by a combination of private and public facilities, which include collection, processing, and sanitary landfills. Nearly 65 percent of solid waste generated is diverted from landfills due to recycling and diversion programs. Current statewide landfill capacity is 25 years, giving California sufficient capacity through the year 2037. The California Solid Waste Management infrastructure is assigned a “B” grade based on a thorough review of its facilities’ condition, capacity, operations and security. Solid waste management systems require continued current annual funding levels of $8 billion per year for the next 10 years to maintain the current grade. Paul Meyer, Executive Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) California has the following suggestions for producing higher grades by 2018: “Solid waste management

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is a public health issue, and we should be demanding the highest grade possible,” Meyer states. While the combination of public and private sector waste management programs attained the highest grade for any California infrastructure program in 2012, there was no improvement over the 2006 grade. To improve the grade, the state needs to push policies that incorporate recycled materials in purchasing specifications so that products diverted from landfill, stay out of landfills. We should also re-evaluate program priorities and consider factors such as air quality and wear and tear on our roads, so that megalandfills are not the only low cost option for solid waste. Valued properly, solid waste programs can even provide the benefit of locally produced, cost effective energy. 2012 Report Card - Aviation (2012 Grade: C+) ASCE Assessment The State of California is experiencing massive growth with a projected population in excess of 54,000,000 by the year 2040. Significant actions must be taken to meet the anticipated population demand requirement for air transportation, particularly commercial, foreign and domestic travel, and air cargo and to maintain the significant economic

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development provided by this industry. This demand is a result of consistent growth within the state as well as limited capacity and increasing restrictions on aviation infrastructure growth within regions. California must ensure efficient air travel and cargo transport by expanding airports and building regional airports to distribute the influx of passengers and cargo or risk losing its competitive edge. Estimated annual capital investment needed to move to a “B” grade is $300 million per year over the next ten years. Paul Meyer, Executive Director for ACEC California: “Airports are micro cities, with much of the same building, pavement and utility infrastructure, yet the cost of infrastructure within an airport is generally much more than what it costs to build in a city. If we can get that cost closer to a municipal cost, we can do more with less,” says Meyer. ACEC California suggests rethinking airport design. The basic concept of an airport requiring very large terminal facilities to support airport operations has been essentially unchanged for decades. Advancements in other market sectors, such as personal rapid transit systems, as well as the broader application of information technology (which can be used in micro energy grids), provide the opportunity to improve the efficiency and operational performance of the terminal, through cross-market integration. 2012 Report Card - Transportation (2012 Grade: C-) ASCE Assessment California’s transportation infrastructure, consisting of streets, highways, bridges, rail systems and transit operations, is suffering from a lack of sufficient investment for the operations and maintenance of existing facilities and dedicated funding sources for new improvements to the system. The economy and growth of California have long been associated with an advanced transportation system, and continued public investment is needed. The overall grade for transportation infrastructure in California has been www.calcontractor.com

determined to be a low “C-“ due to existing conditions and the lack of adequate funding. There is a need for $10 billion per year more to be spent for ongoing maintenance of existing facilities and an investment of $36.5 billion in order to raise Transportation to a “B” grade. Paul Meyer, Executive Director for ACEC California: “California can make a major step towards a higher grade by creating a leaner, more efficient and modern state department of transportation,” Meyer says. Simple math suggests that Caltrans probably won’t need the 20,000-plus staff it has today to deliver a dramatically scaled-down $2.5 billion transportation program in 2015. It is time to reduce state staffing, assign more resources to actual improvements (rather than administrative costs), authorize municipalities and counties to take more responsibility for project delivery, and make greater use of innovative delivery techniques like public-private partnerships and design-build. These techniques are widely used by other states and nations to speed up project delivery, improve accountability and increase efficiency. ACEC California also recommends that the state reconsider and revamp how it pays for transportation improvements. The

current system, which primarily relies on gas tax revenue, is becoming more and more archaic as the popularity of electric, hybrid and non-traditional vehicles rises. 2012 Report Card - Water (2012 Grade: C) ASCE Assessment California’s water infrastructure is vital to the economic well-being, environmental integrity, and overall quality of life of all Californians. Water received a grade of “C”, which is a reduction from the 2006 grade of “C+”. The ability to meet the water needs of existing and future Californians is not only dependent on our available supplies, but also on the condition of the numerous facilities required to collect, store, treat, and deliver that water to customers. Significant investments are still needed to address renewal and replacement, maintenance, security and reliability for the State’s water infrastructure. These investments will move water

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supply and related infrastructure closer to a path of sustainability. The annual investment needed for the next 10 years is estimated to be $4.6 billion. Paul Meyer, Executive Director for ACEC California: “With regard to water supply, California is literally living off of the past and the tremendous legacy of the first Governor Brown. However, that is no longer sufficient,” said Meyer. While taking care to protect the environment, California needs more and upgraded water storage and water transport facilities. Public-private partnerships are a particularly useful tool for delivering new water supply projects. “Not only is most of our water infrastructure old, it is no longer adequate to meet the needs of our current and projected population. If we are going to provide job opportunities for our young people, if our farmers are going to maintain the productivity of their land, and if our families are going to have enough water to meet their needs, we simply need more water supply.” 2012 Report Card Levees/Flood Control (2012 Grade: D) ASCE Assessment The backbone flood control and drainage systems serving California cities including channels, levees, retarding basins, dams and pump stations vary widely in condition and capacity to prevent flooding from major storms. In California’s Central Valley, there is a real potential for catastrophic disaster to life and property from the failure of fragile levee systems. These levees protect thousands of homes, businesses and critical community infrastructure. Current flood control funding shortfalls across the state, based upon available budget estimates for regional flood control facilities alone are in excess of $2.8 billion per year over the next 10 years. Paul Meyer, Executive Director for ACEC California: “Today engineers and construction contractors have much better tools and much more knowledge about levees, than we had when most of our levees were originally designed and constructed. Rather than wait for another life threatening disaster to 18

happen, California needs to act now to dedicate an adequate revenue stream to get the job done. Not only is this essential for human safety, it will also be far, far cheaper to fix our levees in advance, than it will be to do major clean up and repair work after a disaster. “Most of California’s levees are old and have lost much of their original strength ability to hold back flood waters. The danger to California homes and businesses and human life is very real,” commented Meyer. “There is no excuse for failing to upgrade and strengthen our levees.” 2012 Report Card - Ports (2012 Grade: B-) ASCE Assessment The California sea ports provide a vital link for goods movement from ship to shore, and connection to the National Highway System and the transcontinental railroad network. With the Cooperation of city, county, state, and federal agencies, the California sea ports own and operate an extensive infrastructure system that facilitates the movement of cargo from ship to shore and vice-versa. The California Sea Ports consist of eleven large to moderate-sized maritime facilities. There are more than 20 other

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smaller craft harbors and navigable landings, but they are not included in this assessment. The report card includes an infrastructure assessment using existing records and documents. The overall grade for the California sea ports based on a weighted factor is “B-“ with total investments of $1.7 billion per year for the next 10 years for a total investment of $10.7 billion. Paul Meyer, Executive Director for ACEC California: “California’s ports are a key element in our state’s global competitiveness, and efficient goods movement should be an economic priority for our state. To stay competitive we must have higher grades for our ports,” said Meyer. ACEC California believes we can get there by taking a more cohesive approach to our port structures and their connections with other modes of transportation. The idea is to view our ports as part of a complete transportation system and plan accordingly. We can also improve our ports by making sure that our Harbor Maintenance Tax funds are allocated and used for their intended purpose. Finally, California needs to stay firmly committed to achieving and www.calcontractor.com


maintaining in our ports the national infrastructure standard of “State of Good Repair” (SGR). 2012 Report Card Wastewater (2012 Grade: C+) ASCE Assessment Significant wastewater infrastructure investments are needed to address renewal and replacement, maintenance, security and reliability funding. These investments would increase the reliability and sustainability of infrastructure and protect our coastal and inland water resources into the future. The annual investment needed to raise our Wastewater infrastructure grade for a “C+” to a “B” is $4.5 billion annually for the next 10 years. California’s 100,000 miles of sewers and over 900 wastewater treatment plants generally perform adequately to protect the water resources of the state by managing the approximately 4 billion gallons of wastewater generated every day by California’s citizens and businesses. Nevertheless, the condition and performance of

California wastewater infrastructure (sewers, treatment plants and effluent disposal) vary significantly across the state and from agency to agency. The wastewater collection systems continue to require significant investments to be in compliance with the statewide Waste Discharge Requirements adopted in 2006. 2012 Report Card - Urban Runoff (2012 Grade: D+) ASCE Assessment Funding for urban stormwater infrastructure has failed to keep pace with the requirement of state and federal regulation for surface water, and surface water pollution persists over 20 years after regulation has been in force. Improvement to urban runoff programs and infrastructure have been substantial over the past decade, but these improvements have been overshadowd and outpaced by additional regulatory requirements in NPDES permits and by obligations placed on permit holders under the total maximum daily loads (TMDL) program. Simply put, urban

runoff stormwater programs are underfunded. Improving the urban runoff infrastructure grade from “D-” will take a substantial new investment, estimated at $6.7 billion per year for the next 10 years. Investment in key program areas include infrastructure, regulation, and the control of sources of pollutants in our environment. For more information and the full California Infrastructure Report Card 2012, please go to the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) website at www.ascecareportcard.org or call 800-548-2723. The National Infrastructure Report will also be available in March of 2013. For more information on the American Society of Civil Engineers, please visit them online at www.asce.org Cc

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CTC outlines $538 billion in transportation needs due by 2020

Caltrans funding to be cut in half by July 1 Written by: Bill Davis, Editor, SCCA Magazine

If you are involved in rebuilding California’s vast network of transportation resources, look around you today and know that these are “the good old days” for our industry. Caltrans is sharing a chart they call “The Mountain” that shows the days of $13 billion in highway spending in California ends this year. Starting July 1, the beginning of the 2013-14 fiscal year, and without legislative action, Caltrans spending will drop by nearly 50 percent. All of the 2006 bond money and all of the federal stimulus money is allocated—most will be spent—by the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year, leaving the only support for California roads to come from the motor fuel excise tax, local government half-cent sales taxes for transportation and increasingly questionable federal funding from the Highway Trust Fund. State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) made a short-lived attempt to raise Caltrans funding by proposing to increase the vehicle license fee, but pulled the proposal after a storm of criticism in December. The Governor will release his proposed budget in January, but, even if he offers a funding solution, it will take legislative action to

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beat the July 1 deadline. At the same time, the California Transportation Commission is taking up the challenge of raising public awareness with its first “Needs Report” since 1999. In the report, the CTC notes that “California’s transportation system is the largest and most complex in the nation. Historical investments in freeways, roads, bridges, rail systems, airports, public transit, and other transportation infrastructure have fueled the state’s phenomenal economic growth in recent decades. But times have changed.” “Today, California’s transportation system is in jeopardy,” the report continues. “Investments to preserve transportation systems simply have not kept pace with the demands on them, and this underfunding - decade after decade - has led to the decay of one of the state’s greatest assets.” The 191-page report covers roads, highways, bridges, airports, seaports, railways, border crossings, and public transit infrastructure, warning that further decay and a deterioration of these transportation systems “may take many years to recover.” The reality is that, in the aftermath of the “Great Recession,”

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the public has lost its focus on big picture issues like the transportation system. Recent polls show road building at the bottom of the list of public concerns. The total cost of all system preservation, system management, and system expansion projects during the ten-year study period (2011 to 2020) is nearly $538.1 billion. Of this total, the cost of system preservation projects (both rehabilitation projects and maintenance costs) during the study period is $341.1 billion. This isn’t spending for a gold-plated highway system according to the report, which emphasizes the “costs for system preservation contained in the report are based on the goal of meeting accepted standards that would bring transportation facilities into a state of good repair.” The cost of system management projects and system expansion projects over the same period is estimated at $197 billion; these cost estimates are taken primarily from adopted Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs), which are “fiscally constrained.” This means that the number and types of projects are limited to those for which revenues can be reasonably identified during the planning period. The RTP that the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) just approved for $525 billion, all on its own, is not included in the CTC report. This new plan puts most of its chips on subways and other transit-related projects, with a few billions to street, highway and freeway work to help people get to the trains. While this RTP calls for 74 percent of the funding to come from the local level over the next 25 years, none of the extra funding mechanisms called for currently exist and all would require voter approval. The total estimated revenue from all existing sources during the ten-year study period is $242.4 billion. This represents about 45 percent of the overall estimated costs of projects and programs that were identified in the needs analysis, which leads to a deficit of $295.7 billion—a 55 percent shortfall. www.calcontractor.com


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Biggest, Baddest Machines to Go Head-to-Head in New Competition Series for Discory Channel - Machines of Glory premieres Sunday, Dec. 30 beginning at 6 PM E/P

It’s heavy equipment like you have never seen it before. Hosted by Johnny Littlefield “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC) and “Dude Room” (Discovery), Discovery Channel’s newest competition series MACHINES OF GLORY premieres Sunday, December 30 beginning at 6 PM E/P. The series features three crews of highly-skilled machine operators who battle it out to prove who is king of the construction world.

“There hasn’t been a heavy equipment competition show like MACHINES OF GLORY,” said Scott Hallock, executive producer of Hallock Healey Entertainment. “This Discovery show is a dream come true for us and anyone who played with their trucks in the sandbox when they were little.” 

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pushing their skid steers to the limits in four challenges. • Episode 2: Dig & Destroy! at 7 PM E/P: It’s old guys versus young guys versus Boston boys as the top operators battle it out to see who reigns supreme. The teams will manipulate a maze with a backhoe, run an excavator with surgical precision and use a telehandler to launch projectiles from the world’s biggest slingshot. • Episode 3: Carmageddon! at 8 PM E/P: In the final episode, the crews will face off in several outrageous challenges: playing

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poker with skid steers, dropping bombs with excavators and crushing cars with dozers to see who is ultimately the best. Tested in three areas of ability – speed, skill and power – the talented crews will compete in outrageous challenges while operating massive machines ranging from the powerful excavator to the agile skid steer in order to prove that they have what it takes to earn $12,000 in cash winnings and most importantly, the glory. Cc www.calcontractor.com


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$306 Million Approved To Upgrade Transportation Los Angeles The California Transportation Commission today allocated $306 million to 44 projects that will help ease traffic congestion, improve safety, and support economic growth. “From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing jobs and improving roads, bridges, and transit for people and businesses in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. The allocations include $114 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In total, $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide. The remaining $192 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars. Among the projects that received funding today were: * $34,200,000 to replace existing asphalt pavement with concrete, and replace median barriers, signs, lighting, ramp meters and improve drainage on the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) in Baldwin Park and West Covina. $4.3 million to the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) for the replacement of the Estrella River Bridge on Hwy. 46 in San Luis Obispo County. $195,000 to the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) for the Safe Routes to Schools Program. This funding will help to educate, encourage, evaluate and enforce bicycle and pedestrian safety at K-12 schools in San Luis Obispo County. 24

$2.8 million to the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)/ City of Santa Maria to connect the Santa Maria Airport and the community of Orcutt to the new Hwy. 101 Interchange. $5.3 million to the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) to improve rail improvements from Davenport to Watsonville for existing freight and recreational rail service and to facilitate the implementation of new recreational passenger service. An allocation of more than $1.4 million towards the construction phase of the Avenue 12 Interchange project on State Route 99 in Madera County. $1.1 million to replace curb, gutter, sidewalk, and curb ramps in the City of Huntington Beach on Goldenwest Avenue from Pacific Coast Highway to Yorktown Avenue and on Garfield Avenue from Magnolia Street to Bushard Street. $950,000 to construct a maintenance vehicle pullout and access road in the City of Irvine from San Diego Creek to Von Karman Avenue. Calaveras County - $45,000 – Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection. Construct bicycle trail from Oak Circle to Pine Drive, improving mobility within the community of Arnold and improving connectivity with the existing Arnold Rim Trail. Sacramento County - $18.9 million from Proposition 1B and locally administered multifunded SPP/STIP to the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to construct a project

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on I-5 / Cosumnes River Boulevard Interchange. In the city of Sacramento, between the Meadowview Road and Laguna Boulevard Interchanges on Route 5. Construct interchange and roadway extension. Butte County - $9.9 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) to remove and replace bridge due to severe channel scour and continued deck deterioration. Project includes reconstruction of existing approach shoulders, and temporary median cross-over for stage construction and traffic handling. On Highway 99 near Chico, from Estates Drive to 0.4 mile north of Butte Creek Bridge #12-0126R. El Dorado County - $4.7 million from the SHOPP to replace drainage systems and install Best Management Practices (BMP) treatment for storm water runoff including sediment vaults and a force main to collect and treat storm water from Highway 50 in the city of South Lake Tahoe, from Herbert Avenue to Takela Drive. Nevada County - $650,000 to reconstruct embankment at four locations on Highway 49, install new and upgraded drainage facilities, stabilize a severely eroded culvert and install downdrain to prevent further slumping of the embankment due to water infiltration. Additional work includes pavement digouts and shoulder widening. Near North San Juan, from 1.3 miles south of the Middle Yuba River Bridge to the Middle Yuba River Bridge. Cc

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New Six-Lane Freeway On State Route 99 Will Bring More Congestion Relief To Central Drivers Caltrans and its partners recently began work today on a new project to make travel between Merced and Madera counties faster and less stressful. The project will upgrade five miles of the roadway from a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway from just north of Chowchilla to Buchanan Hollow Road. A new interchange will also be constructed at Plainsburg Road. The $119 million project is a partnership between Caltrans, Merced County, and the Merced County Association of Governments. The project received $108 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide. Construction began in July of 2012 on another project that is widening seven miles of SR-99 south of Merced from Buchanan Hollow Road to the Miles Creek Overflow. When both projects are completed by late 2015, Central Valley motorists will be able to travel the entire 12mile stretch between Merced and Chowchilla on a new six-lane freeway. Among the projects that received funding today were: • $4.3 million to the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) for the replacement of the Estrella River Bridge on Hwy. 46 in San Luis Obispo County. • $195,000 to the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) for the Safe Routes to Schools Program. This funding will help to educate, encourage, evaluate and enforce bicycle and pedestrian safety at K-12 schools in San Luis Obispo County. • $2.8 million to the Santa Barbara www.calcontractor.com

County Association of Governments (SBCAG)/ City of Santa Maria to connect the Santa Maria Airport and the community of Orcutt to the new Hwy. 101 Interchange. • $5.3 million to the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) to improve rail improvements from Davenport to Watsonville for existing freight and recreational rail service and to facilitate the implementation of new recreational passenger service. Among the projects that received funding today were: • An allocation of more than $1.4 million towards the construction phase of the Avenue 12 Interchange project on State Route 99 in Madera County Among the projects that received funding today were: • $1.1 million to replace curb, gutter, sidewalk, and curb ramps in the City of Huntington Beach on Goldenwest Avenue from Pacific Coast Highway to Yorktown Avenue and on Garfield Avenue from Magnolia Street to Bushard Street. • $950,000 to construct a maintenance vehicle pullout and access road in the City of Irvine from San Diego Creek to Von Karman Avenue. Among the projects that received funding today were: • Calaveras County - $45,000 – Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection. Construct bicycle trail from Oak Circle to Pine Drive, improving mobility within the community of Arnold and improving connectivity with the existing Arnold Rim Trail. Among the projects that received funding today were: • Sacramento County - $18.9 million from Proposition 1B and locally administered multi-funded

SPP/STIP to the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to construct a project on I-5 / Cosumnes River Boulevard Interchange. In the city of Sacramento, between the Meadowview Road and Laguna Boulevard Interchanges on Route 5. Construct interchange and roadway extension. • Butte County - $9.9 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) to remove and replace bridge due to severe channel scour and continued deck deterioration. Project includes reconstruction of existing approach shoulders, and temporary median cross-over for stage construction and traffic handling. On Highway 99 near Chico, from Estates Drive to 0.4 mile north of Butte Creek Bridge #12-0126R. • El Dorado County - $4.7 million from the SHOPP to replace drainage systems and install Best Management Practices (BMP) treatment for storm water runoff including sediment vaults and a force main to collect and treat storm water from Highway 50 in the city of South Lake Tahoe, from Herbert Avenue to Takela Drive. • Nevada County - $650,000 to reconstruct embankment at four locations on Highway 49, install new and upgraded drainage facilities, stabilize a severely eroded culvert and install downdrain to prevent further slumping of the embankment due to water infiltration. Additional work includes pavement digouts and shoulder widening. Near North San Juan, from 1.3 miles south of the Middle Yuba River Bridge to the Middle Yuba River Bridge. Cc

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A40F Wins International Product Design Award ­Again!

Volvo Construction Equipment is celebrating after its A40F articulated hauler received another prestigious accolade for innovative product design­the coveted iF product design award. The A40F articulated hauler from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is taking the industry by storm. The machine has picked up yet another award­this time in the esteemed iF product design awards. The A40F beat thousands of international products and wowed a panel of design experts to win the internationally recognized quality label ­and there might still be more success to come. At the awards ceremony in February, the jury will honor the very best designs with an iF gold award. Earlier this year, the A40F won another one of the world¹s most sought-after seals of design quality ­the red dot: best of the best¹ product design award. The iF product design awards have been honoring outstanding design for 60 years. Only the very best innovative works, from 16 categories, managed to convince the jury a ­ nd this year more than 3,000 products were entered by designers and 26

companies worldwide. The jury thoroughly examined each entry the evaluation criteria included design quality, degree of innovation, environmental impact and functionality. Volvo CE’s A40F was awarded the prestigious prize in category 15: special vehicles, construction and agriculture. Double success for the A40F “We are extremely proud to win another globally-recognized mark of industrial design quality for the A40F articulated hauler,” says Anders P. Larsson, executive vice president of Volvo CE’s Technology function. “This award is a tribute to the hard work of the many dedicated and skilled Volvo CE employees who helped to create Volvo¹s marketleading and innovative range of F-Series haulers by pushing the boundaries of technology and design. The A40F sets new standards in the market that Volvo created in 1966 when it invented the world’s first articulated hauler ­Gravel Charlie’. This award proves that we are still the undisputed market leader.” Volvo CE’s A40F articulated hauler maneuvers, travels and dumps its load in the most

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efficient and safest way and is more fuel efficient than the previous E-Series model which, until now, was the class leader for low fuel consumption. The machine features improvements in design, functionality and maintenance. Design identity “It is a tremendous honor for Volvo to receive yet another prestigious and highly respected accolade for the innovative design of the A40F,” says Stina Nilimaa Wickström, design director at Volvo CE. “At Volvo we are proud of the outstanding performance delivered by this machine. The A40F’s imposing appearance is a direct reflection of its productivity, strength and durability. When we started designing this generation of machines we evaluated the strongest elements from the previous series, those that most reflected the company’s core values of quality, safety and environmental care. We incorporated the strengths and implemented an updated design identity across the Volvo range, which utilizes our heritage and further strengthens the Volvo brand.” Showcasing award-winning design Around 2,000 guests from the world of international design, media, business and politics are expected to celebrate the iF award winners on February 22nd in Munich, Germany. Together with the other prize-winning products, the Volvo A40F articulated hauler will then be presented as part of the iF design exhibitions in Hannover and Hamburg as well as in the iF product design online exhibition. Cc www.calcontractor.com


New Case 570N XT Loader/Tool Carrier Delivers Superior Fuel Economy, Productivity

Case Construction Equipment announced the launch of its model 570N XT loader/tool carrier, offering enhanced fuel economy and productivity, along with superior breakout force and reach. The Case 570N XT loader/tool carrier achieves Tier 4 Interim certification through the use of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) technology and a diesel particulate filter. The machine features a Case turbocharged

engine rated at 78 net hp (58 kW) that delivers a minimum fivepercent increase in fuel efficiency and faster response times than previous models, while meeting current emission standards. “The Case 570N XT combines proven emission-control technology with a slightly smaller, more efficient engine to achieve better fuel economy. It delivers Tier 4 Interim certification, without sacrificing power or productivity,” said Katie Pullen, Case brand marketing manager. “The new model also offers important enhancements to the operator environment and delivers on the well-earned Case reputation for ease of serviceability.” The Case 570N XT boosts productivity and efficiency by

retaining more material during the dump cycle. To help reduce material spillage during roading, Case offers the 570N XT with optional Ride Control. The three-point hitch with variable-flow hydraulics delivers greater precision and lift capacities. An optional hydraulic power takeoff and dual tilt on the box blade provide more versatility and ditching capabilities. The Case 570N XT loader/ tool carrier offers the same powertrain components that are standard on the Case brand’s industry-leading N Series loader/ backhoes, including the engine, axles, four-speed transmission and power-assist brakes. Fourwheel drive is a standard feature on the 570N XT. Cc

Case CX210C Excavator Boosts Power, Fuel Economy

In January, Case launched its CX210C full-sized excavator at the World of Concrete 2012 show. The most recent addition t o the company’s C Series product line, the CX210C model features increased fuel efficiency, productivity and improved serviceability and operator comfort. The new Case CX210C excavator achieves 160 net hp (119 kW) using Tier 4 Interim-certified cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) technology www.calcontractor.com

that burns cleaner while delivering superior horsepower. A new narrow undercarriage version, measuring 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) wide, is available for easier transport. “The new Case CX210C excavator delivers both the lower operating costs and higher productivity that contractors expect,” said Tim O’Brien, brand marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment. He cited 10-percent fuel economy gains, 3-percent cycle time reductions and 7-percent lift capacity increases among crucial product improvements. “An advanced version of the Case Intelligent Hydraulic System technology reduces total fuel consumption and improves performance,” O’Brien said. Boom Economy Control lowers engine RPMs

during the boom down and swing operation, while the Auto Economy Control lowers RPMs when the joysticks are inactive. Swing Relief Control technology manages the hydraulic power allotted at the start of the swing operation, and Spool Stroke Control creates an automatic pressure adjustment during digging operations. “These fuel efficiency gains are especially significant,” O’Brien explained. “While typical CEGR systems lose fuel efficiency, we’ve actually increased fuel efficiency on our Case CX210C excavator by 10 percent over the previous B Series model. While delivering exceptional fuel efficiency, the Case C Series models continue to be in the top of their class for productivity.” Cc

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Sonsray Machinery Acquires 11 Case Power & Equipment Locations In Four Western States Case Construction Equipment today announced an agreement with Sonsray Machinery, LLC, of Los Angeles, under which Sonsray Machinery will acquire and operate 11 Case dealership branch office locations in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Previously owned and operated by Case Power and Equipment, a subsidiary of CNH Construction Equipment, the Sonsray Machinery locations stretch from the San Diego area in Southern California to the Seattle area in Washington. Sonsray Machinery will provide comprehensive sales, as well as parts and service support for Case customers through branch offices in El Cajon, Fontana, Santa Fe Springs, Sacramento, Stockton and Redding, Calif.; Sparks, Nev.; Portland and Salem, Ore., and Auburn and Marysville, Wash. “Case customers served by these locations will appreciate the service and support Sonsray brings to these Case dealer locations,” said Jim Hasler, vice president, construction equipment North America, CNH Global. “From their other businesses, Sonsray brings knowledge of the service area and an understanding of the importance of uptime to contractors and others who use Case equipment.” “We’re excited to represent Case Construction Equipment and to serve the needs of contractors and customers in a variety of businesses, industries and government markets throughout the West Coast region,” said Herb Hoelscher, owner, Sonsray Machinery. “Customers can expect our Sonsray locations to go beyond business as usual in terms of sales, service and support.” The entire line of Case construction equipment—including loader/backhoes, excavators, motor graders, wheel loaders, vibratory compaction rollers, crawler dozers, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, loader tool carriers and rough-terrain forklifts—is available at all 11 locations. Cc

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Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., Hamm and Mission Paving and Sealing, Inc.

(Above) Mission Paving & Sealing’s new Hamm HD 90 articulated oscillating tandem roller compacts an access road leading into Southern California Edison’s power plant in Mojave, Calif. Established in 1940, Mission Paving and Sealing has and always will be a family owned and operated paving company. As one of the Southland’s foremost paving contractors, Mission Paving and Sealing offers a full line of services for the public, commercial, industrial and residential sectors. Mission Paving and Sealing believes that quality and reliability are the hallmark of success for any company competing in the existing construction environment. This is precisely why they have relied on Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. for their paving equipment needs for most of their company’s history. They most recently purchased a Hamm HD 90 articulated, oscillating tandem roller from NixonEgli Equipment Co. and Mission Paving’s President, Doug Sweeney has this to say about the Hamm roller, “We purchased our new Hamm HD 90 roller because we have learned first hand that Hamm manufactures a superior and extremely reliable machine. Most importantly the Hamm HD 90 makes it easy to achieve proper compaction requirements quickly on sub-grade and base asphalt. The Hamm is just a very sturdy, powerful machine that offers this comfort and visibility that our operators prefer.” Doug continues, “As I mentioned before, Nixon-Egli has been a longtime partner and we have continued to do business with them over the years simply because they offer the very best equipment backed by exceptional service. Their representative, Chris Doring, is very attentive, knowledgeable and easy to work with. The entire Nixon-Egli team has taken great care of us over the years and we are proud to be associated with their wonderful company.”

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