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Work Under Way on New Caterpillar Facility in Athens By Mary Reed CEG CORRESPONDENT

March 16, 2012, was a memorable day in the Peach State. On that date, a ceremonial groundbreaking for Caterpillar’s state-of-the-art facility in Athens, Ga., was held at the intersection of State Route 316 and U.S. 78, only a month after the company announced plans to construct its new plant there. Guests at the event included Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Paul Brown, Gov. Nathan Deal, Vice President of Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division Mary Bell, Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and other dignitaries. Situated east of Atlanta, the plant now under construction on a site straddling Many dignitaries attended the groundbreaking on March 16, including Caterpillar Vice President Mary Clarke and Oconee counties (front row, fourth from the left), and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (front row, fifth from the left). will manufacture minihydraulic excavators and small track-type tractors. In addition to “We have accelerated our already aggressive earthwork schedule finished products, Caterpillar plans by three weeks. That’s gaining a week a month. The first month was to export partially assembled miniexcavator units to Europe for final erosion-control work required prior to starting heavy earthwork. assembly, improving delivery times on that continent. Ninety-eight percent of the work will be completed in an eight-month Caterpillar decided in late 2011 span.” to move production of these modJill Wilson els closer to their American and Gray Construction European base of customers using these lines of equipment. The new plant will take over production at ucts. and Savannah was a factor influ- lion project development grant. present carried out at the compaGray Construction, based in About 40 percent of the equip- encing Caterpillar’s decision to ny’s Sagami, Japan, facility, which ment manufactured in the new build the facility in the Peach State. Lexington, Ky., is the design-build will then concentrate on high-tech plant will be exported, and the In addition, the company is eligible contractor for the $200 million, components for Caterpillar prod- proximity of ports at Charleston for tax abatements and a $45 mil- one million sq. ft. (92,903 sq m)

plant. The company served in a similar capacity for Caterpillar’s 850,000 sq. ft. (7,896 sq m) axle manufacturing facility in WinstonSalem, N.C. Ranked third among the top green contractors in manufacturing, Gray has several large projects that are under way or recently completed. Mostly located across the south, they include eight projects for Volkswagen at the Chattanooga, Tenn., campus; a Siemens gas turbine plant in Charlotte, N.C.; a Whirlpool plant in Cleveland, Tenn.; and multiple projects for Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. Gray Construction began work on March 12, 2012. Initial production at the facility is expected to begin in late 2013. Except for a crawler crane and aerial lifts, all the equipBell, ment utilized on site is manufactured by Caterpillar. While only a partial listing, the extensive fleet that is or will be utilized for this project includes: • 815F and 563C compactors • D10N, D8R and D6R crawler tractors • D9T, D8RXL and D6NLGP dozers • 385CL, 365BL and 345CL excavators • 963B, 930G and 938GII loaders • 140H and 14M graders • 621G and 631G scrapers • 773E, 773F and 740 trucks The D6RXL, D6NLGP and see ATHENS page 6


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OTS Capitol Partners took first-place honors with a team score of 380.

Cowin Equipment Company took third place with a team score of 347.

Dennis Taylor & Co. took second place with a team score of 355.

GUCA Scholarship Foundation Hosts Sporting Clay Event The GUCA Scholarship Foundation held its 2012 Scholarship Foundation Sporting Clays at the Cherokee Rose in Griffin, Ga., on April 16, 2012. Ninety-seven participants from 34 companies enjoyed the sunny weather for this annual event, which included teams from: ASC Volvo; Ashley Sling Inc.; Atlanta Grading & Utilities; B&B Septic & Precast; Blount Construction Company; Brad Cole Construction Co. Inc.; Brent Scarbrough & Company; Brown, Nelms & Co. PC; C.A. Murren & Sons Company, Inc.; Callaway Grading Inc.; Cowin Equipment Company Inc.; Dennis Taylor and Co. Inc.; Dockery Group; Envirogreen Services LLC; Falcon Engineering; Flint Equipment Company; Gerdau; Integrated Recycling Solutions; Loggins CPA; McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company; MSC Waterworks of Jonesboro Inc.; OTS Capitol Partners; PopCo Inc.; Powell & Booth PC; Richard Harp Excavation Inc.; Ronny D. Jones Enterprises Inc.; Ruby-Collins Inc.; Sigma Corp.; Sunbelt Rentals; Taylor Turner & Hartsfield; Tractor & Equipment Company; and Yancey Bros. Co. Cowin Equipment Company Inc., which included John Whitley; Steve Chandler; Ryan Smith; and Chey Chandler, took third place with a team score of 347. Dennis Taylor & Co. Inc., which included Joe Crenshaw; Dale Melton; John Owens; and, Dennis Taylor, took second place with a team

score of 355. OTS Capitol Partners, which included Tony Milan; Mike Wasielewski; Tom Mosley; and Ronnie Cail, took first-place honors with a team score of 380. After a double shoot off between Steve Chandler, Cowin Equipment Company, and Tim VanEgmond, MSC Waterworks of Jonesboro Inc., VanEgmond won Best Individual Shooter with an individual score of 97. Sponsorships from ASC Volvo; Ashley Sling Inc.; Atlanta Grading & Utilities; B&B Septic & Precast; Blount Construction Company; Brad Cole Construction Co. Inc.; Brent Scarbrough & Company; Brown, Nelms & Co. PC; C.A. Murren & Sons Company Inc.; Callaway Grading Inc.; Cowin Equipment Company Inc.; Dennis Taylor and Co. Inc.; Dockery Group; Envirogreen Services LLC; Falcon Engineering; Flint Equipment Company; Gerdau; Integrated Recycling Solutions; Loggins CPA; McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company; MSC Waterworks of Jonesboro Inc.; OTS Capitol Partners; PopCo Inc.; Powell & Booth PC; Richard Harp Excavation Inc.; Ronny D. Jones Enterprises Inc.; Ruby-Collins Inc.; Sigma Corp.; Sunbelt Rentals; Taylor Turner & Hartsfield; Tractor & Equipment Company; and Yancey Bros. Co., helped make this event a success, according to GUCA. The money raised from this tournament will go toward the

GUCA Scholarship Foundation, which helps support GUCA families with their children’s college tuitions. “The utility contractors have given so much to the association,” said Executive Director Vikki McReynolds, and “it is time we give back.” The foundation has given more than 50 scholarships within the past seven years. The Georgia Utility Contractors Association Inc. Scholarship Foundation, founded in 2003, has made the dream of a scholarship program for its members become a reality. After many months of researching the possibilities of giving scholarships to members, the result was to form a separate scholarship foundation that would be tax deductible to the donor, all the while supporting the children of GUCA members. The goal of the foundation is to award children of members who will be graduating high school seniors and attending four year colleges and universities in Georgia with a scholarship that will assist the student with tuition and an Industry Scholarship for members’ children who are currently in a college or degree program that is industry specific: building construction; construction management; and/or, civil engineering. Winner(s) are chosen based on scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service, career goals, and completion of an essay.

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14M models are fitted with GPS. A handful of mini-excavators, skid steers and all-terrain fork lifts also are working on site. “The notable thing about the equipment is that these pieces are normally found at heavy civil projects like dams, landfills, highway work or mining operations,” said Jill Wilson, vice president of communications and marketing at Gray Construction. “Plateau Excavation Inc., an earthwork company based in Austell, Ga., has the equipment with the real ‘Wow-Factor,’ espe-

cially the 773F trucks. These are not typical pieces of equipment we would have at a job site as they are normally too large for practicality. However, the magnitude of this site is ideal for these pieces of equipment,” she noted, adding “These ridged frame trucks receive the axles made at the Caterpillar axle manufacturing plant located in Winston-Salem, N.C., a facility recently completed by Gray Construction.” The massive project sets a number of challenges. “We are working on a 127- acre site on a very fast schedule. At the

peak of the job, we will easily have 400 to 500 construction workers on site,” Wilson explained. This project involves a very large storm drainage package of up to 72 percent reinforced concrete pipe and building number two has overhead cranes in every bay. By the end of the project we will have moved in the neighborhood of 800,000 cubic yards of dirt. However, while it is still very early in the project, everything is going very well. “We have accelerated our already aggressive earthwork schedule by three weeks,” Wilson continued. “That’s gaining a week

a month. The first month was erosion-control work required prior to starting heavy earthwork. Ninetyeight percent of the work will be completed in an eight-month span,” she added. The facility is expected to employ 1,400 workers when fully operational. In the longer view, it is estimated that almost 3,000 additional jobs will be created as suppliers of raw material and other necessary goods and services move into the area to support the plant. Once up and running, the Caterpillar facility will be the largest private employer in Oconee

County, and it is expected the full economic impact on the region will ultimately be as much as $2.4 billion a year. Not content to rest on his laurels, Gov. Deal, who expressed appreciation for Caterpillar’s investment in the state at the groundbreaking ceremony, has already declared his hope of persuading Caterpillar to move its corporate headquarters from Peoria, Ill., to Georgia. (This story also can be found on Construction Equipment Guide’s Web site at www.constructionequipmentguide.com.) CEG


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